Guest Analyses

Can You Smell What the Year of the Rabbit Is Cooking?

by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted The New Silk Roads, or BRI, as well as the integration efforts of BRICS+, the SCO and the EAEU will be on the forefront of Chinese policy. Liu He studied economics at Renmin University in China and got a Master’s from Harvard. Since 2018, he’s one of China’s Vice Premiers – along with Han Zheng, Sun Chunlan, and Hu

Ukrainian Nationalism as a ‘Cold War Weapon’

By Cynthia Chung for the Saker blog The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) was founded in 1929 in East Galicia (located in Poland at the time) and called for an independent and ethnically homogenous Ukraine. From the beginning, the OUN had tensions between the young radical Galician students and the older military veteran leadership, who grew up in the more lenient Austro-Hungarian Empire. The younger generation had only known oppression

Russia, now the South and East’s counterpoint to Israel

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog There is no doubt that were Israel threatened with the forced implementation of even something as fundamentally just and decent as a two-state solution they would resort to using nuclear bombs. They are dead-set on waging war until they get all the Palestinians’ lands, and they have made it clear that there is no place for non-Jews (non-White Jews, actually) inside this land

Dmitri Shostakovich – “Leningradskaia”: The End of the Siege and the Triumph of the Spirit

by Nora Hoppe for the Saker blog In Celebration of the End of the Siege of Leningrad… 27th January 1944 Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony was written in 1941, primarily during the Siege of Leningrad by the Nazi forces. When it had its premiere in the war-torn city on 9th August 1942 – performed by the emaciated, surviving musicians of the Leningrad Radio Orchestra that was supplemented with military performers, before a

Pakistan is facing a hybrid war

by Zamir Ahmed Awan for the Saker blog It is believed that the world is changing rapidly, technology has been improving at an accelerated speed, geopolitics is also changing, new alliances are emerging, and trade pattern has been transformed, and so on. But, one thing is not changed – the suffering of humankind. Human beings are still killed and forced to flee from their homes, and countries and poverty have

Mussolini Re-Dux? Could Italy’s new foreign policy trigger a passage to a multipolar world order?

By Gerardo Papalia for the Saker blog By switching its allegiances, Italy played a decisive role in the outcomes of both the First and Second World Wars. If Italy were to abandon the US centred world system to join BRICS it could once again decisively turn world history onto a radically different path. The conflict in Ukraine has brought the world, and Europe in particular, to a turning point. In

The Oldest Lie and Why the End of the American Empire Was Delayed

By Batiushka for the Saker blog Robbers of the world, having by their universal plunder exhausted the land, they rifle the deep. If the enemy is rich, they are rapacious; if he is poor, they lust for control; neither the east nor the west has been able to satisfy them. Alone among men they covet with equal eagerness poverty and riches. To robbery, slaughter and plunder, they give the lying

Journalists Pointed Out The Inadequacy Of Existing Organizations For Protecting The Rights Of Media Workers In The West During The Press Forum Of The Foundation To Battle Injustice

by Mira Terada for the Saker blog On January 19, 2023 an international press forum of the Foundation to Battle Injustice «Journalists under the gun: attacks on freedom of speech and reprisals against reporters. How to preserve lives and guarantee safety?» took place on the platform of a Patriot Media Group. At the event, which was attended by foreign journalists, the idea of creating an independent international organization to protect

Russia, now the South and East’s counterpoint to Israel

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog There is no doubt that were Israel threatened with the forced implementation of even something as fundamentally just and decent as a two-state solution they would resort to using nuclear bombs. They are dead-set on waging war until they get all the Palestinians’ lands, and they have made it clear that there is no place for non-Jews (non-White Jews, actually) inside this land

Going, Going, Gone: Fiddling While the West Burns

By Batiushka for the Saker blog So when is the Russian winter offensive going to begin? Some thought it would be in December, when the ground had frozen. Now we are nearing February. However, just remember that the so-called Russian winter offensive was thought up by armchair generals. Of course, it may well exist as one of a number of scenarios among the Russian General Staff and may still happen

Global South: Gold-backed currencies to replace the US dollar

by Pepe Escobar, first published at The Cradle, reposted here by the author’s permission The adoption of commodity-backed currencies by the Global South could upend the US dollar’s dominance and level the playing field in international trade. Let’s start with three interconnected multipolar-driven facts. First: One of the key take aways from the World Economic Forum annual shindig in Davos, Switzerland is when Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan, on a

Painful Similarities Between the German and Aztec Collapses

Painful Similarities Between the German Collapse and the Aztec Empire – with Some Clarification On The Transformation Of Europe Against Mesoamerica By Thorsten J. Pattberg for the Saker blog JUST IN, so funny: ‘Shove Your Democracy Up Your Ass’ went viral in China and Taiwan. My sense of humor! If you can, grab five mint copies for your study group! Part I. The Arrival The Aztec Empire, also known as “the

‘Fragmented world’ sleepwalks into World War III

by Pepe Escobar for PressTV, cross posted with the author’s permission The self-appointed Davos “elites” are afraid. So afraid. At this week’s World Economic Forum meetings, mastermind Klaus Schwab – displaying his trademark Bond villain act – carped over and over again about a categorical imperative: we need “Cooperation in a Fragmented World”. While his diagnosis of “the most critical fragmentation” the world is now mired in is predictably somber, Herr

Game-Changing Russia

By Batiushka for the Saker blog Meanwhile, Circuses While America is prepared to pay for the last Ukrainian to die for America – the Western world is talking about something else: Harry Windsor has revealed the family secret. The family secret was that Harry is an idiot, whose strings are pulled by an American actress. Now the secret is out. Harry has himself told the whole world he is an

Tanks for Nothing: NATO Keeps On Demilitarising Itself in Ukraine

by James Tweedie for the Saker blog It has been said often over the past year, most recently by Emmanuel Todd, that the conflict in Ukraine is “existential” for Russia. Certainly, the Great Bear cannot abide a NATO ballistic missile launchpad just 300 miles from Moscow in a country run my rabidly-Russophobic Nazis — not neo-Nazi skinhead cosplayers but the literal descendants of the real deal. But others have argued

All Quiet (Panic) on the Western Front

Pepe Escobar for the Saker blog Shadows are falling / And I’ve been here all day / It’s too hot to sleep / And time is running away / Feel like my soul / has turned into steel /I’ve still got the scars / That the sun didn’t heal / There’s not even room enough / To be anywhere / Lord it’s not dark yet, / but it’s getting there

Help! The Beatles to Save America?

By Batiushka for the Saker blog I need somebody, Not just anybody, You know I need someone, help! So much younger than today, I never needed anybody’s help in any way, but now these days are gone, I’m not so self-assured. And now I find I’ve changed my mind And opened up the doors. In, oh, so many ways My independence seems to vanish in the haze. But every now

Everything upside down

by Hugo Dionísio for the Saker blog 8 years of fortified constructions, tunnels, bunkers and endless armament depots, two months of repositioning of reserves and military human losses, the structure finally begins to collapse. The human losses are in the tens of thousands of young people, not so young, national and foreign, and after all the inevitable happens. The comedian who is president, in his daily videos from some bunker

A Tale of Two Cultures (America and Russia)

by Jimmie Moglia for the Saker blog When events do not make sense or are such as sense cannot untie, an option is to forget all about them – the head-in-the-sand solution. Another is to remember that man is but a quintessence of dust and often, therefore, not even worth the dust that the rude wind blows in his face. Yet another option is an attempt at interpretation, with emphasis

How General Soleimani kick-started the multipolar world

by Pepe Escobar, cross-posted with PressTV with the author’s permission The consensus among future historians will be inevitable: the 2020s started with a diabolic murder. Baghdad airport, January 3, 2020, 00:52 a.m. local time. The assassination of Gen.QassemSoleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic RevolutionGuards Corps (IRGC), alongside Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi, by laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles launched from two MQ-9 Reaper drones,