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Serbia SITREP: Serbian Bishop Naum arrested by state-of-exception regime

by Stephen Karganovic for The Saker Blog In Serbia, severely restrictive measures taken ostensibly to combat the corona virus pandemic are turning increasingly into a cover for the persecution not only of political critics but also religious leaders who refuse to abide by government decrees effectively abolishing collective Orthodox worship during Lent. Last week, the regime’s target was Republican Party leader Nikola Sandulović. On Saturday, April 4, it was the

Landlord class: Waive or donate rent-profits now or fear the Cultural Revolution

By Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog While the concept of class warfare is verboten and greeted with expressions of bewilderment and fear in the West, at least now everyone is familiar with the 99% versus the 1%. However, this is really too facile an analysis. It would be more accurate to talk of the “not-so-talented, toadying” 10% versus the 90%. But while this can prove quite accurate for neo-imperial

Corona virus malfeasance might grease the skids for Serbia’s Batista…

By Stephen Karganovic for The Saker Blog The corona virus controversy has hit Serbia particularly hard. Les pauvres Serbs, as once, during World War I, they were called by their compassionate French allies, are now harvesting the bitter fruits of their political immaturity. The rogue regime that was fraudulently installed to finish them off, upon which they never conferred the mantle of legitimacy but which they have irresponsibly tolerated by

SITREP: What the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Already Changed in Switzerland – and what not

by Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog There is a lot of speculation about the future of the planet, after the present crisis. This is a natural reaction. The vision of the world has become insecure and one would like to reach solid ground again. However, in order to stay sober, it is necessary to look at the real changes which take place. I shall speak of Switzerland (where

Elections SITREP: Why Trump Will Probably Win Re-Election

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog Throughout this election-season in the United States, there have been many indications that the stupid voters who chose Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in 2016 are doing it yet again and chose Joe Biden over Sanders, and thus they handed Trump the victory in 2016 and are repeating that in 2020. A new poll shows it clearly. Just like happened in 2016 when

SITREP – Iran’s fight against the Coronavirus exposes Washington’s cruel nature

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog The Islamic Republic has entered its second month of battling the global pandemic caused by the Covid-19 disease. For long, Iran stood out as the hardest hit nation outside of China as the virus swiftly spread across the country, infecting several MPs and government officials as well. From the onset of the outbreak, some among the Western media were quick to criticize Iran’s

Heads up – naval sitrep

By Nat South for the Saker Blog Photo op of US State Department delegation putting a foot into Idlib. Kelly Craft & James Jeffrey met with the White Helmets at the Turkish /Syrian border. 2. France News 24 (02/03) 3. U.S. Intel sources indicate… (06/03) Rumour control: the ‘unconfirmed’, ‘unverifiable’ type as usual from journalists & media sources who diligently and blindly act as stenographers. Rather telling that a time

Turkey vs Syria SITREP

by Scott for the Saker Blog source: Officially Turkey admitted the death of over 30 soldiers last week of February. Official numbers over 50 dead and over 100 wounded. Over 30 Turkish soldiers were killed February 27th. The number of killed terrorists is unknown. Erdogan called for the NATO Council over Idlib. NATO refused to invoke Article 5. Syrian Tiger Force dealt a resolute blow to terrorists in the

COVID-19 – What people say, and only 5 realities

by Amarynth, drawing together a braintrust from The Movable Feast Cafe We set up a ‘brain trust’ in the Cafe in order to write a combined sitrep for The Saker Blog about the Coronavirus. The new name in the taxonomy is COVID-19 but let’s stick to Novel Coronavirus for now. It is of course too early to come to any conclusions, but we can start isolating the discernible high level

Sitrep – Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua

Chris Faure for The Saker Blog While the Mena is exploding in tensions, the Empire is hungry and is not leaving these countries in Latin America any breathing room. Although it can be argued that the circumstances are different in each, there are certain commonalities that can be pointed out. Venezuela The Trump administration warned early in February of “impactful” measures on the government of Venezuela First was a blanket

SITREP: The Progress for the Battle for Idlib

By Blake Archer Williams for the Vineyard of the Saker The Syrian government’s last push to get rid of foreign and domestic terrorists from its soil started on December 19th, and has met with great success. Since then, over 1,200 square kilometers of territory have been liberated. The main frontline of the war is currently to the area southeast of Idlib city, with gains having taken place as follows: Sarāqīb,

SITREP: Iraq’s million-man march against US occupation, and Pentagon admits to 34 injuries from Iran strike

by Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog Iraqis have rallied in Baghdad in massive numbers to call for an end to US military presence in the country following high-profile assassinations and airstrikes targeting anti-terror forces. Sayed Sadiq al-Hashemi, the director of the Iraqi Center for Studies, said more than 2.5 million took part in the demonstrations on Friday. Since the early hours on Friday, huge crowds of men, women and children of

After Soleimani’s Assassination: Moral Values Come to the Fore

Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog On January 5, Hassan Nasrallah stated: „ January 2, 2020 is a date that separates two stages in the region. It is the beginning of a new phase, a new history, not just for Iran or Iraq, but for the whole region.“ Obviously, this feeling is widely shared. The crime was too big, too heinous, and way too adventurist. In the new phase,

IRGC Chief on Ain al-Assad missile attack/accidental downing of Ukrainian aircraft

Link: (Please consider supporting Middle East Observer’s work on Patreon: Description: Head of Iran’s IRGC Major General Hossein Salami comments on the recent Iranian missile attack on US bases in Iraq, in addition to the subsequent accidental downing of a Ukrainian civilian aircraft by Iranian forces over Tehran. Source: Al-Alam News Date: 12-01-2020 Transcript: – America assassinated General Qasim Soleimani, and it threatened to respond to our retaliation, the incident (accidental downing

Key Notes from Nasrallah speech marking one week after Soleimani assassination

Link: (Please consider supporting Middle East Observer’s work on Patreon: Description: The following is a translation of breaking news notes from a speech delivered by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah hours ago marking one week after the assassination of former Iranian General Qasim Soleimani and former Deputy Head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Source: Al-Alam News/Al-Manar TV Date: 12-01-2020 Transcript: Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah:

Syrian Pres. Adviser: Assad & Putin surprise meeting part of Axis response to Soleimani’s killing – English Subs

Description: Syrian Presidential Adviser Bouthaina Shaaban believes Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s surprise meeting in Damascus (07-01-2020) forms part of the ‘Resistance Axis’ response to the assassination of Iranian General Qasim Soleimani. Source: Al-Mayadeen TV Date: 07/01/2020   Transcript:  

SITREP : Iran’s IRGC Aerospace Chief on US casualties/damages/future retaliation steps Description: Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force General Amir Ali Hajizadeh reveals key details regarding the recent retaliatory Iranian ballistic missile attacks on US bases in Iraq. Source: Iranian media: Al-Alam News/Fars News Agency Date: 09/01/2020 Transcript: – We struck with our missiles areas in the American airbase (in Iraq) that was used for equipping attack helicopters – We were able to target the barracks of US

Iran strikes US bases in Iraq to avenge Soleimani, vows to target Israel and all US bases in the region (Al-Manar)

Source: Al-Manar, Hezbollah media Translation: The Islamic Republic of Iran began its revenge for the assassination of the martyr Soleimani by launching dozens of ballistic missiles at the US base of Al-Asad in Iraq. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards announced that the process of revenge for the assassination of the martyr Soleimani had started with the launch of dozens of ballistic missiles against the American base at Al-Asad in Iraq.

SITREP- Pentagon and the entirety of the US military are designated as terrorists while the Resistance Axis aims to deepen its cooperation

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog On Tuesday, Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) unanimously passed a motion designating the Pentagon and all subsidiaries terrorist after the US military assassinated Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, a senior Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commander, on President Donald Trump’s direct order. All the 233 lawmakers present at an open session of the parliament on Tuesday unanimously adopted the triple-urgency motion, which amends an earlier law

SITREP : At War – The Myth tumbles and everything has changed.

by Chris Faure – for The Saker Blog At the time of writing, just in from RT – Mr Putin is in Syria on surprise visit and has already held talks with Bashar Assad. It is not hard to understand that world leaders have most probably doubled up on their already excellent security and will travel highly secured, with no pre-announcement. The myth of the US as the self-purported savior