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Fighting for Survival: Whither Modern Civilization?

By Amir NOUR[1] for The Saker Blog “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” (Albert Einstein)[2] A red alert in an age of fear, anger and extremes In anticipation of its 2018 edition, the well-regarded Munich Security Conference issued a report which aimed to serve as a useful compilation for an impressive gathering of

Mission Accomplished (flashback to 2004)

I just came across this amazing documentary made in 2004 by Sean Langan and I decided to share it with you because of the many analyses I have recently written on the US armed forces.  Watching this documentary I realized how vividly it illustrates the totally dysfunctional and delusional nature of the US military.  Now, 14 years later, we can clearly see how what Langan showed in this documentary has

Saker on a short road trip

Dear friends, I am going to be on the road for 10 days or so, visiting a sick relative of mine and seeing some good friends.  I should have Internet, at least in the evenings, but please be patient with me if I am slow in answering emails.  I will be updating the blog as best I can, mostly in the evenings.   Hopefully, my short trip will therefore have little,

Future Paths for the Russian Economy?

by Gary Littlejohn for The Saker Blog Part 1: Divergent views on the Russian Economy While there is widespread consensus in the West about the nature of Russian politics and the Russian economy, my own view is that the Western consensus is wide of the mark, being based on a naive acceptance of stereotypes that are at best outdated, originating as they do from either the Yeltsin years or the

Ukrainian Infrastructure Sees Its Last Days, by Ruslan Ostashko

  Translated by Scott Humor, editing and subtitles by Leo With every new day we get news from Ukraine reminiscent of a plot sketched by some drunk Hollywood screenwriter of “disaster movies.” Every day we hear that something else fell, exploded, collapsed and derailed. Where is it all going, given the presence of several nuclear power stations? I don’t even want to think about it. A few years ago, one

Tariffs ‘kick off 50-year trade war’ with China

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The tariff tussle that began today is linked to Beijing’s ambitious ‘Made in China 2025’ and Belt and Road strategies, which will transform the global economic and geopolitical landscape; this rivalry could last for decades, some experts have said Way beyond the first midnight shot in what could possibly turn into a vicious trade war, the

Mediterranean Sea – The Largest Graveyard in Modern History

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog In June 2018 alone, more than 500 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Their boats were refused access to land in either Malta, or Italy. They were force-driven back by gun-boats to the North African shores they came from, mostly Libya, but many boats capsized and countless refugees didn’t make it. These are de facto murders, high crimes against humanity, committed by the

Syrian War Report – July 6, 2018: Syrian Army Retakes Multiple Points On Border With Jordan

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-july-6-2018-syrian-army-retakes-multiple-points-on-border-with-jordan/ If you’re able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldn’t be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront, BTC: 13iYp9CDYZwgSnFXNtpEKgRRqaoxHPr2MH, BCH: 1NE49pQW8yCegnFCMvKuhLUnuxvTnxNUhf, ETH: 0x962b312a9d41620f9aa0d286f9d7f8b1769bfae6 The military operation of government forces in southern Syria was once again resumed after the Damascus government and local militants groups had failed to reach any kind of fully-fledged reconciliation agreement that would allow to settle the situation in the area

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/07/05 … Open Thread

2018/07/05 23:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of the issues of the day. The ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’ will have two new open threads each week. The Saker stated moderation policy will apply eg ‘no caps’, no obscenity … etc to all post. The Cafe is now open for

Does Belarus need an independence? by Ruslan Ostashko

On July 3rd, the Republic of Belarus once again celebrated an anniversary of its independence. Or rather, given an economic situation, would it be justifiable to put the word “independence” in quotation marks? We already talked about this in June, let’s continue the topic. On July 2nd, on the eve of the holiday celebrating Belarusian statehood, Alexander Lukashenko spoke at a solemn meeting on this very occasion. This is what

The Balkanization of South America – and the Role of Fifth Columns Throughout the World

by Peter Koenig for The Saker blog During the recent meeting in Caracas of the Venezuelan Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, in mid-June 2018, President Maduro said something extremely interesting, but also extremely disturbing – nonetheless highly important for the region to be aware of. Mr. Maduro mentioned Yugoslavia, the foreign induced local conflicts, the breakup and dismemberment of Yugoslavia, starting with the “Ten Days War” on Slovenia in 1991, the

Book Review – Losing Military Supremacy by Andrei Martyanov

[This article was written for the Unz Review] The fact that the USA is facing a profound crisis, possibly the worst one in its history, is accepted by most observers, except maybe the most delusional ones. Most Americans definitely know that. In fact, if there is one thing upon which both those who supported Trump and those who hate him with a passion can agree on, it would be that

Venezuela: Continued treason at high level

By Saker Latinamerican Community for the Saker blog A few days ago, we had access to the video we share below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=8WLIunFd3vE The video is self-explanatory, and it makes it hard to avoid seeing what’s undeniable. There is a fifth column within the revolutionary government that threatens the Revolution from within. This phenomenon, certainly not exclusive to Venezuela, has been taking shape and expanding dramatically in recent years, since the

Syrian War Report – July 4, 2018: Government Retakes 27 Settlements In Southern Provinces

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-july-4-2018-government-retakes-27-settlements-in-southern-provinces/ If you’re able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldn’t be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront, BTC: 13iYp9CDYZwgSnFXNtpEKgRRqaoxHPr2MH, BCH: 1NE49pQW8yCegnFCMvKuhLUnuxvTnxNUhf, ETH: 0x962b312a9d41620f9aa0d286f9d7f8b1769bfae6 27 settlements in in the southern Syrian provinces of al-Quneitra, al-Suwayda and Daraa have returned to the government control over the past week, a spokesman for the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria said on July 3.

Skripal 2.0 – another couple found poisoned by “Novichok” (UPDATED 2x!)

RT reports: UK police say couple in Wiltshire contaminated with same substance as Skripals   British authorities are saying that the couple that is currently in critical condition in Salisbury hospital was exposed to the same substance as Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March. UK counter-terrorism chief Neil Basu said that the substance was ‘Novichok,’ the same one that the UK claims the Skripals were poisoned with. He said

Kiev Will “Abolish” the Ukrainian Army Just to Spite Putin

By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-kiev-will-abolish-the-ukrainian-army-just-to-spite-putin/ source: https://ukraina.ru/opinion/20180704/1020558385.html Kiev Will “Abolish” the Ukrainian Army Just to Spite Putin The army is not just soldiers (summoned, mobilised or employed under contract), not only officers and generals who graduated from schools and academies, not only weapons and equipment, and not only rear services and HQs. The army, first of all, is a tradition. It’s

Superb SouthFront documentary on the war in Yemen

If you’re able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldn’t be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront, BTC: 13iYp9CDYZwgSnFXNtpEKgRRqaoxHPr2MH, BCH: 1NE49pQW8yCegnFCMvKuhLUnuxvTnxNUhf, ETH: 0x962b312a9d41620f9aa0d286f9d7f8b1769bfae6 PLEASE SUPPORT SOUTH FRONT HERE: https://southfront.org/donate/ 1. History of the movement, structure, and ideology History The movement of Ansar Allah (Supporters of Allah), also known as the Houthis, is a paramilitary group of Zaidi Shi’ites, acting in Yemen. This is one of

North America is a land run by Galician zombies

  Scott Humor Galicia – The Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, also known as Galicia or Austrian Poland. For a historical background see an excellent essay of Oleg Yakovenko How Rusyns disappeared and Ukrainian chauvinism was born, originally published by Regrum new agency. If you can’t open the link, here is the mirror Instead of the epigraph: “We (Poland-IA REGNUM) could find a place as the Reich’s allay almost the

Rostislav Ishchenko: The Recognition and Legitimation of Crimea – What Doesn’t Depend on Trump

By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/ishchenko-crimea-recognition-trump/ source: https://ukraina.ru/opinion/20180702/1020548537.html When in Ukraine people fall into hysterics because of Trump’s “we will see” concerning Crimea, it is understandable. The US President publicly stated his intention to reach an agreement with Russia discounting Ukraine and at the expense of Ukraine. The stake on “the whole world is with us” and “The West will help us”

How the Iran sanctions drama intersects with OPEC-plus

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Major states buying oil from Iran are unlikely to heed the US call to drop imports; key allies want a waiver to avoid sanctions; OPEC, meanwhile, will have trouble boosting output in the short-term; the puzzle is not solved, but there are dark clouds History may have registered stranger geoeconomic bedfellows. But in the current OPEC-plus

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