SITREPs

SITREP: political prisoners in the UK

Dear friends, today I am posting an email (with permission) describing the situation of another political prisoner in the UK, not Assange and not the, apparently held incommunicado, Skripal father and daughter.  I thought that it was important to post it here Andrei ——- Dear Saker, You probably don’t know that Julian Assange is not the only political prisoner in the UK. Craig Murray was from 1984 to 2004 was

Here comes China: BRICS, The Dollar Bite, Power, Common Prosperity and The Real Mao Zedong story

BRICS As both President Putin and H.E. Xi Jinping attended the 13th BRICS Summit together, one could surmise that BRICS is either being propped up, or there are some new plans for this initiative that seem troubled in the last number of years. Here is Xi Jingping’s speech: Advance BRICS Cooperation to Meet Common Challenges Together Remarks by H.E. Xi Jinping President of the People’s Republic of China At the

Here comes China: Afghanistan, 7 Deadly Sins, Space, Common Prosperity

Afghanistan is where the eyes of the world are. In my view, and according to the Chinese media and commentary, China is the inheritor of Afghanistan in terms of possible rebuilding of the country (finance, economy, industry, and trade) and also to ensure that a terrorist problem does not threaten across the border with China. The jury is out in terms of the trajectory here. China though has its embassy

Sitrep : Here comes China : Military Drills, Extortion, the ‘Religious Freedom Balkanization’ Plan for China

The main news of the day is the Biden administration’s effort to sell 40 155mm M109A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer artillery systems, 1,698 precision guidance kits for munitions, spares, training, ground stations and upgrades for previous generation of howitzers, to the island of Taiwan in a deal worth up to $750 million. China is, to say the least, livid. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202108/1230698.shtml Military Drills: US ‘large-scale’ military exercises cannot scare China, Russia The

South Africa: Sitrep 3 – a week of lootings and riots, where very little adds up.

Staff Writer What was this? An insurrection? (Or ‘a failed insurrection’ according to the President using western talk of “a deliberate, coordinated and well-planned attack on our young democracy, on our economy and our people’s livelihoods.”) Up until now, he has done nothing much to assist ‘our people’s livelihoods.’. But the Defense minister Mapisa-Nqakula said it was her view that the military was not seeing signs of a coup or

Sitrep: Cuba

Staff Reporter The US is manufacturing consent to coup Cuba.  The language used is a clear give-away.  After all these years, now suddenly the ‘Cubans want their Freedom! and of course, the US can give it to them, is the sub-text. On 23 June 2021, the UN General Assembly voted for the 29th year in a row, in favor of a resolution to demand the end of the US economic

Sitrep: Here Comes China: Giant Pandas, Elephants and Decoupling

Selections from Godfree Roberts’ extensive weekly newsletter: Here Comes China. You can get it here: https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe Further selections and editorial and geopolitical commentary by Amarynth. Geopolitical moves: Most of the geopolitical space was taken up by the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.  Soon Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, moved in, boots ‘n all, with SCO.  http://thesaker.is/russia-china-advance-asian-roadmap-for-afghanistan/ A geopolitical story of note is the confirmed friendship between

Sitrep 2 – South Africa – Situation now, unintended consequences and bleak future

By Chris Faure for The Saker Blog Part 1 The riotous looting has reduced but is still continuing into Wednesday. We don’t really know what is left to loot and burn but whatever is standing is still being looted and burnt. This clearly was a planned initiative as the looter vehicles, cars and trucks have their number plates removed or covered with black plastic bags, the movement of the mobs

South Africa Sitrep: Civilians forced to take the Law into their own hands

By Chris Faure for The Saker Blog Waves of extreme violent anarchistic protest broke out and is ongoing in the two provinces Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal. Shopping malls and property are being set alight and burned down, looters rule the streets, roads are blockaded, cars and trucks are turned over and burned and in some scenes, one can clearly hear the bullets fly. At the last count around 200 major

Syria Sitrep: Joint Statement by the Representatives of Iran, Russia and Turkey

8 July 202113:17 Joint Statement by the Representatives of Iran, Russia and Turkey on the 16th International Meeting on Syria in the Astana Format, Nur-Sultan, 7-8 July 2021 https://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/4809709 The representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format: Reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as well

Sitrep: Here Comes China: Great Chinese Firewall, Governance, Space and Spinach.

Selections from Godfree Roberts’ extensive weekly newsletter: Here Comes China. You can get it here: https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe Further selections and editorial and geopolitical commentary by Amarynth. America outperforms the Great Chinese Firewall. We know now why China has the Great Chinese Firewall.  It is like a gated community to keep western plunderers out.  Its that simple.  Daniel Dumbrill comments on the seizing of Iranian domains vis a vis the Great Chinese

Peru Sitrep and Update

by Peter Koenig as an update to his initial article for The Saker Blog:  Peru had Presidential (run-off) elections on 6 June 2021 – the final result is still not published, even though the National Election Committee had finished its work and decided that, though with a razor thin margin, the socialist Pedro Castillo, primary school professor, from rural Cajamarca, won the election. His opponent, the ultra-neoliberal Keiko Fujimori –

Sitrep: Here Comes China: Elephants, Finance and Trade, RCEP

Selections from Godfree Roberts’ extensive weekly newsletter: Here Comes China. You can get it here: https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe Further selections and editorial and geopolitical commentary by Amarynth. If you do not know about the wandering elephants that are firing up imaginations, you cannot possibly be up on your reading on China.   The launch of the Huawei Harmony operating system is the first serious competition for Apple and Google in the world. 

Sitrep: Here Comes China: Buried lies & betrayals – Viruses, Nukes – and a Plasma sun

Selections from Godfree Roberts’ extensive weekly newsletter: Here Comes China. You can get it here: https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe Further selections and editorial and geopolitical commentary by Amarynth. Geopolitics The expectation expressed by Russia and China is that the US is no longer stable and is becoming dysfunctional and a bigger problem than what is worth to prop up. A retreat, a crash, or a type of retrenchment from the world is imminent.

Sitrep: Here Comes China: Space, Trade, Encirclement and Tibet

Selections from Godfree Roberts’ extensive weekly newsletter: Here Comes China. You can get it here: https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe Further selections and editorial commentary by Amarynth. Space News The Zhurong rover touched down May 15 on Mars and signaled ground control 320 million kilometers away. After diagnostic tests, it will spend 90 days exploring and analyzing the area, climate, magnetic field and subsurface. The Tianwen-1 orbiter is changing its trajectory so Zhurong can transmit high-resolution photos. Read full article $→ “The

China Sitrep: Comments on Palestine and Gaza

China has the chair in the UNSC this month, while the catastrophe against the Palestinians and in Gaza continue.  China made a proposal for a cease fire. That was stopped by the US.  There have been further ceasefire proposals and the US has scuppered all of them.  This contains a few comments from Zhao Lijian.  He is a Chinese politician and the deputy director of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign

Brazil Sitrep: Foreign and domestic issues

By Cristian Junior for The Saker Blog At the moment, Brazil is going through a Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry, in which the government of the Presidency is having its management during the pandemic investigated for alleged crimes of responsibility. As these facts are still occurring, and the minerva owl only takes off at dusk (to remember a classic Hegel idea), I would like to focus on some international and domestic

Sitrep: Here Comes China – Remarkably similar remarks at UN Security Council and a kick-out for Australia

Partheno, a single female Skywalker hoolock gibbon living in Nankang, Gaoligong nature reserve. Photo: Li Jiahong   Selections from Godfree Roberts’ extensive weekly newsletter: Here Comes China.   You can get it here: https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe Further selections and editorial commentary by Amarynth. China suspended economic dialog with Australia. Australia has been walking a tightrope between geopolitics and economic/trade cooperation to maximize its national interests. The trend now is this tightrope is

Sitrep: Here Comes China – Propaganda and BRI

Selections from Godfree Roberts’ extensive weekly newsletter: Here Comes China.   You can get it here: https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe Further selections and editorial commentary by Amarynth.  This will be a short one, as some links that are necessary cannot be used.  This first video will give you an idea of why. In a video by Daniel Dumbrill, the true hegemonic ‘other war with China‘, the one of propaganda, becomes crystal clear.  He

Brazil Sitrep – The social dimension of the pandemic in Brazil

By Cristian Junior for the Saker Blog. Its done. Brazil reached 350 thousands of pandemic deaths. Although there is the biological factor – the virus itself -, it looks small in front of its social nature. This disease doesn’t mean a “natural accident”. It is the result of the material relations that mankind lays down to the environment. Unplanned urbanization and the destruction of ecosystems, to say the least of

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