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‘Samarkand Spirit’ to be driven by ‘responsible powers’ Russia and China

by Pepe Escobar, first published at The Cradle and posted with the author’s permission The SCO summit of Asian power players delineated a road map for strengthening the multipolar world Amidst serious tremors in the world of geopolitics, it is so fitting that this year’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) heads of state summit should have taken place in Samarkand – the ultimate Silk Road crossroads for 2,500 years. When in

Avert the Catastrophe in Afghanistan

by Zamir Awan for the Saker blog Afghans are not the people of a lesser God. Each human being came to this world with an identical biological process and each mother has suffered similar pains. The human being is the most precious thing in this universe. Everything else in this universe is meant to serve human beings, whether it is animals, plants, minerals, Sun, Mountains, Water, Oxygen, etc., all are

The EUthanized EUropean nat-gas “reserves”

by Jorge Vilches for the Saker blog Sir Isaac Newton vs. the EC There are plenty of formal peer-reviewed industry papers and articles published in specialized international oil & gas journals regarding theoretical “huge volumes” of supposed European nat-gas “reserves”. Supposedly, such reserves would “solve” the absolutely unnecessary self-inflicted European nat-gas crisis. Furthermore, there are lots of curious back-of-the-envelope ´calculations´ plus added blah blah blah with the very same prognosis

Apocalypse Later?

By Batiushka for The Saker blog Clearly, the only certain thing in the Ukraine is that Western aggression is being ‘monsterminded’ centrally from the Pentagon and Brussels. The current counterattacks by NATO-guided, Western mercenary-led and Western-armed Kiev forces around Kharkov, Kherson and elsewhere in Eastern Ukraine against the Allies, the new attacks by Azerbaijan on Armenia, the new Special Forces exercises in southern Moldova, the new threat of war against

Women in Cabinets and Boardrooms

By Hans Vogel for the Saker blog Do you remember Margaret Thatcher? And Indira Gandhi? Have you ever heard of Golda Meir? All three were “Iron Ladies” who as leaders of their countries and staunch defenders of national interests, truly made a difference. One may or may not agree with their political philosophies and opinions, but there is no denying these women were truly great politicians, outshining even most of

A Turning-Point Once Every 500 Years

By Batiushka for The Saker blog Introduction: The Old Queen I recall some forty years ago meeting an elderly English lady, a farmer’s wife called Mrs Dove, who had been present as a schoolgirl at the funeral of Queen Victoria. ‘When the old Queen died all those years ago’, she reminisced nostalgically, ‘everything was draped in black and everyone was dressed in black’. Now Victoria’s great-great-granddaughter, the new ‘old Queen’,

The Kharkov game-changer

by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted Wars are not won by psyops. Ask Nazi Germany. Still, it’s been a howler to watch NATOstan media on Kharkov, gloating in unison about “the hammer blow that knocks out Putin”, “the Russians are in trouble”, and assorted inanities. Facts: Russian forces withdrew from the territory of Kharkov to the left bank of the Oskol river, where they are

Civilisation Or Barbarism – Western Dusk, Eastern Dawn

by Nora Hoppe for the Saker blog   “Poets and philosophers are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” – from “A Philosophical View of Reform” (1819-1820), a series of essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley In our times, there are many in the West who speak of the imminent extinction of our planet due to “man-made climate change”. But the potential extinction of our civilisation, of our humanity, does not seem to

The SMO Goes BTO Or The Pitfalls of Body-Counts

by James Tweedie for the Saker blog, Britain, 12th September 2022 The Pro-Russian online commentariat have been appalled by the retreat from north-eastern Kharkov in the face of the Ukrainian counter-offensive. But they may take comfort that Special Military Operation (SMO) has begun to live up to President Vladimir Putin’s paraphrasing of the ‘classic’ Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO) song ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’. Never mind that the Russian Ministry

The flood caused heavy damage to Pakistan.

by Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan for the Saker blog Preliminary estimates show that the country has already suffered heavy damages, including a death toll of more than 1000 precious lives, injured around 2000 persons, and damaged houses, crops, animals, and property. Initial estimates show it is worth $5.5 billion. But, it is just an initial report, and heavy rains are expected next few days. It is scary that the

Another one bites the dust: shrivelled Lizzie drops off her perch

By Eric Arthur Blair for the Saker blog The Queen is dead. I am not referring to the demise of Freddie Mercury. That was ancient history, although Freddie’s passing certainly represented the premature tragic loss of an immense talent and deserved to be mourned. No, I am referring of course to the demise yesterday of an extremely old, extremely rich and extremely privileged lady who, as far as we knew,

Asia’s future takes shape in Vladivostok, the Russian Pacific

by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted Sixty-eight countries gathered on Russia’s far eastern coast to listen to Moscow’s economic and political vision for the Asia-Pacific The Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok is one of the indispensable annual milestones for keeping up not only with the complex development process of the Russian Far East but major plays for Eurasia integration. Mirroring an immensely turbulent 2022, the

Interview with Yuri Podolyaka

by Batko Milacic for the Saker Blog   Recently, the Ukrainian army launched a counter-offensive on the southern and eastern front. The Ukrainian leadership seems to have started to sober up and it has become clear to them that they have no use for false praises about successes on the southern front because in the end the people will find out the real truth. For this reason, the Deputy Minister

We the Silent Majority

by Asia Teacher for the Saker blog History has an unfortunate habit of repeating itself, invariably drawing the minority into the same world of beliefs as those who previously fell for them. Removing moral, spiritual and intellectual values, aka traditions and replacing them with woke ideologies, green agendas and cultural equality follows a well-trod political path to disaster. As we head for collapse, can or will the silent majority stop

Germany’s energy suicide: an autopsy

by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted When Green fanatic Robert Habeck, posing as Germany’s Economy Minister, said earlier this week “we should expect the worst” in terms of energy security, he conveniently forgot to spell out how the whole farce is a Made in Germany cum Made in Brussels crisis. Flickers of intelligence at least still glow in rare Western latitudes, as indispensable strategic analyst

The Coming Victory of Native Europeans in the UK and the EU

By Batiushka for The Saker blog Introduction: A Spectre Is Haunting Europe A spectre is haunting Europe – it is the spectre of poverty. The bets are now on as to which European country will collapse first. Among the front runners you will find Portugal, Latvia, Ireland, Romania, Italy, Moldova, Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Bulgaria, France and Slovakia. But perhaps none of them is more likely to fall first

The Case for a New American Civil War

by Dmitri Orlov for the Saker blog Will the USA hold together through 2024? Earlier this year Covid-related complications took the life of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the bombastic perennial leader of Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party. He was known not just for his inimitable oratory but also for the uncanny accuracy of his predictions. For example, he predicted the start of Russia’s Special Military Operation in the Ukraine almost to the day—months

Ten years of Chinese Research and Development: 2005-2015, the decisive decade to the top

by Jean-Pierre Voiret for tjhe Saker Blog After the beginning of the millenium, China started investing huge amounts of money in scientific research and development. With millions of engineers and scientist working to develop the country and its science and technology this effort will, in the long term, bring about a tremendous quantum jump in science and technology for the whole planet. Acronyms: Atimes Asia Times online, Hong Kong BjRev

Russian engineers make it alone and confirm it’s technological progress

by Batko Milacic for the Saker Blog Saki gas combined heat and power plant of the KRYMTETS company in Crimea From August 26 to 30, a group of international journalists had the opportunity to visit Crimea and see how the European Union sanctions affect Crimea. The author of this article was among that group of international journalists. As a reminder, Crimea became part of Russia again in 2014. In March of

Unicorns Are Real

by Batiushka for the Saker blog Unicorns Are Real or It Must Be True, the Western Media Told Me So An autumn chill is descending on every European country, though in each country in different ways. Gas-dependent Germany and Italy are desperate for Russian gas. It is not just homes, but whole factories which face imminent closure in energy-intensive industries. The result of that will be mass unemployment. By ‘mass’,