Yesterday evening I have finally come back from my week long trip to Switzerland where I barely had the time to bury my mother and go clean up her small apartment. This was probably one of the worst weeks in my life and I wanted to begin by thanking all those of you who have expressed their sympathy for the loss of my mother. Your outpouring of kindness really did touch me even if I simply did not have the time to thank you for it.
I am still jet-lagged and sick with a cold, but there has been a nasty matter which life has dumped upon me which I want to deal with right now before a resume normal blogging (which I scheduled for next Monday, December 7th): the fact that two dishonorable people decided to post the following text on the Internet: (source: http://cirilizovano.blogspot.rs/2015/11/who-is-saker.html)
Who is the Saker?
Almost a year ago to the day, I had the distinct displeasure of meeting the man who calls himself the Saker. Our professional relationship lasted less than a month, for reasons I will outline below. We parted on rancid terms and I swore to him that I would make his identity and ideological shortcomings public. I have waited until now due to milestone events in my own life and because, frankly, I was waiting to see what the loon would come up with next.
As of the end of last year, I had been following the Saker blog for several years to get news of events in Donbass and when I learned he was looking for volunteers for a Serbian sister site, I applied for the job. My original idea was to contribute some translations on an ad hoc basis but Saker had just had a major falling out with the whole Serbian team and sacked the previous team leader, Aleksandar Jovanovic. He described Mr. Jovanovic as ,,a talented translator with paranoid psychotic tendencies”. I didn’t delve too deeply into the dispute at the time (my mistake!) but later I did discover Mr. Jovanovic was quite sane, and rather a nice guy.
Anyway, after a drawing of straws among the few new Serbian volunteers, like myself, Saker himself put me forward as the new leader of the Serbian sister site. He attributed this to our common respect for traditional Slavic values, like respect for the Orthodox church and the military, plus the fact that we communicated well. I think he was also a bit influenced by the fact that I live in Argentina (not far from a cousin of his, actually), that he has family here and some fond childhood memories of holidays with them among the Russian expat community, of which I am an ardent admirer and (to the extent circumstances allow) a fleeting member.
Andrei (for by then we were on a first name basis) encouraged me to form a properly Serbian team and I promptly solicited the assistance of everyone and anyone toward that end. He promised me complete editorial freedom, which I understood to mean that all contributors, myself included, could make the points they felt were most relevant. I was convinced at this time that he was my brother Russian, and this was reenforced during the defection during this period of his French IT guru (who, I discovered subsequently, was also a very nice guy) and the threat of collapse of the entire so-called “Saker community”. At one point (as God is my witness) Andrei was begging me to assume legal ownership of all the domains in the Saker community, which had been left in limbo by Francois. I declined (for technical reasons) and it was then that my husband suggested that the Saker switch to Icelandic servers (where he is currently) to protect the integrity of his sites. You’re welcome, Andrei.
In the meanwhile, the Charlie Hebdo massacre occurred in Paris – a bunch of Muslim fundamentalists strifing the editors and staff of the “tasteless” satirical French paper, and other locales frequented by the Jewish community. For me, taste is primarily a question of education and culture; whereas freedom of speech (and editorial license) is something altogether different, supposedly one of the rights guaranteed by so-called “democracy”. Anyway, the French Saker community broke into two parts – the “I am Charlie” and “I am not Charlie” (and this had nothing to do with the withdrawal of Francois, the IT maestro, although Andrei tried to pretend this was the case). Andrei himself wrote an absolutely repulsive piece entitled “Why I am not Charlie” basically blaming the French paper for lack of refinement (a satirical paper!) and arguing that they had brought the wrath of the followers of Mohammed upon themselves because ,,they chose to provoke Islam, knowing the results this would engender”.
Faithful Serbian follower that I was of my Russian brother Andrei, I translated his article into Serbian but was most unhappy with it. By opportune chance, through a mutual friend, I chanced upon an article by the talented Serbian expat writer Aleksandar Lambros, in which he lambasts (no pun intended) the idiots who were not ,,seeing the connection” between Islamic fundamentalism and the Charlie Hebdo massacre. I have little in common with Mr. Lambros, aside from an admiration for his writing style and intellectual integrity, but I was happy to translate his Serbian into English in order to achieve a sense of balance with respect to Charlie Hebdo. Being neither Charlie nor prepared to massacre satirical staff, I was somewhat in a quandry.
I was gently (and I do emphasize ~ gently ~) reprimanded by my “brother Russian” that although I had complete editorial freedom, this did not extend as far as insulting members of the Muslim community (as the article of Aleksandar Lambros apparently did). I told him (most ungraciously, I admit) to go fuck himself and who was he, after all, to explain to a Serb, 600 years under the Ottoman yoke, the situation with Muslims? His response was that “all Serbs are crazy” (meaning me and Aleksandar Jovanovic, I guess) and that I just didn’t see he was properly respectful of Islam (whose teachings he openly compares with the teachings of the Holy Fathers of the Christian Church) ,,just like Putin admires and respects Kadhyrov”.
The Grand Strategist he is not. I did my research on Andrei Raevsky aka the Saker ex post facto and determined that he was a Swiss citizen who had already some difficulties with the Russians with respect to Chechnya. By his own admission, he was sent there as an employee of the International Red Cross and subsequently fired for his pro-Chechen bias. He later went on record in several published works as being critical of the Russian Army’s “heavy-handed approach” towards the Chechen terrorists.
He was then apparently hired on by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) out of Geneva, which sent him on several tours to ex-Yugoslavia, specifically, he claims to have been involved in “disarmament negotiations” (which can only have been detrimental to the local Serbs) in Croatia and Bosnia. Having thus cemented his friendship with the Serbs, he immigrated to the USA and underwent further grooming at the Paul H. Nitzke School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the happy hunting ground of the likes of Madeleine Albright, Condoleeza Rice. He now lives on the Atlantic coast of the state of Florida within a stone’s throw of some 30 military installations who have no problems with his primary activities: broadcasting war against the phantom “Anglo-Zionist empire” (in the cartoon where the Western sponsored ISIL are the good guys) and soliciting donations from his (chiefly left-leaning) supporters in exchange for kitschy wallets imprinted with the Saker image, and autographed copies of his book. Like any good apologist for Islam, Raevsky is also a rabid anti-Semite.
I still believe Russians are our brothers but I don’t believe that Andrei Raevsky is one of them. He is a hybrid, a GMO if you will, of Russian soul fertilized by select Western ideology. It cannot thrive, it should not multiply. It will perish.
For those who you who might not recall who Mrs Berthet is – she was the (short-lived) Serbian Saker Team Leader #2 (if I recall corrected). As for Mr Jovanovic, he held the same position right before her. To make a long story short, soon after Mrs Berthet took over she, indeed, posted an article I judged to be insulting to Islam and I asked her to avoid doing so in the future. Just for the record: each Saker Blog Team is, indeed, 100% independent in its editorial policy, but I always assumed that mentally same people would understand that this meant “within a minimal core number of values” including the respect for, if not endorsement of, any religion (this was never an issue with any other Saker Blog, even those run by agnostics – at least 3 by my count – but somehow became one with putatively “Orthodox” folks. Go figure). Anyway, at this point Mrs Berthet offered to resign which I gladly agreed to. I posted a notice on the blog saying that “The Serbian Saker blog has been purged of most of its data by the (now ex-) Serbian Saker blog Team leader following my opposition to the publication of a viciously anti-Muslim article. Mentaly sane Serbian friends are currently trying to re-start the blog.“
That short post elicited a truly fantastic reaction. Mrs Berthet send me an email which began with “saker, you lying, thieving, manipulating piece of human shit” and ended with “ultimately, you will be as sorry you crossed paths with me, as i am to have crossed paths with you, and this is NOT a joke or a threat. i hope you choke on your own vomit, VERMIN!“. Anybody interested in the full text can get it by clicking here. In 50 years of life I had never come across such an absolutely rabid expression of total, uncontrolled rage and I immediately understood that if I had, indeed, thought that Jovanovic was “insane” it was solely in the colloquial matter of the use of this expression, like “crazy dude”, but that Mrs Berthet was truly either truly mentally deranged, or possessed, or both.
Since I never respond to slander on principle and since I never engaged with mentally insane individuals, I did not reply and simply put a block on Mrs Berthet’s email address. As for the addressees of that email (I should add here that she sent that wonderful opus not only to me, but to pretty much every person she knew in the Saker community and everybody in the Serbian Saker Blog Team), they responded with a unanimous expression of disgust, especially the Serbs who were embarrassed to see a fellow Serb act in such a manner.
At this point, I had mistakenly concluded that with this exchange of pleasantries I was done with the crazy woman. Alas, I was very mistaken.
A few months later I got an email from her husband, whose full name I do not recall but whose email address indicated that he was the author of an anti-imperialist blog. Since I (vaguely) recall Mrs Berthet asking me not to make their association with this blog public I shall not reveal more details about this. Anway – Mr Berthet was writing to, believe it or not, blackmail me.
He entitled his email “if the Saker explodes it will fall on Andrei”. He then proceeded to tell me that unless I posted a note explaining that my trust in his wife was “well placed” and that she had not “participated in an attack against the blog” then that would prove my duplicity! He concluded that this was not a threat, but a wise warning. I could not believe my eyes, the man wanted me to prove my non-duplicity by lying to my readers about his wife and saying that my trust in her was well-placed and he was threatening to, precisely, betray my trust and reveal my identity :-)
Anyway, I told him that if he went ahead with this threat the moniker of “Judas” would stick to him and his wife forever (they have now apparently decided to earn it).
At this point, I need to explain a few things about my anonymity.
[Sidebar: I used to refer to my anonymity as “thin anonymity” because anybody with a little bit of brains reading my blog could have easily located me with the info I had already given out. I just got an email from a good friend whom I only had given only my first name and who now told me that he knew my full ID already for long time :-) This is how decent people are: respectful of privacy and boundaries]
Please remember that when I started my blog in 2007 I was a ‘nobody’ who was writing mainly for himself. I had exiled myself in Florida after leaving Switzerland where I had, indeed, been blacklisted for my pro-Serbian and pro-Russian views. I decided to create an anonymous blog for the following reasons:
- I wanted my former employers to forget about me
- I wanted to write about issues, not personalities
- I wanted my family to enjoy its full anonymity
I started the blog in 2007. We are now in the last days 2015. My former employers don’t even exist anymore. The 3 letter organizations I worked for have been disbanded and my former bosses are either dead of old age or retired. So reason one is now gone.
I still want to write about issues, not me or my past. So reason two is still current.
I still want my family to be safe and left in peace, but reason three is now compromised.
Which is really no big deal. After I got Brethet’s letter of blackmail, I wrote to the Saker Community Executive Committee (SCEC) members and asked for their advice: shall I go public or not? Their advice was to wait.
I should mention one more thing here: I always wanted to act like modern homosexuals and “come out of the closet” one day. I told my wife that this would be my “coming out” day and I tentatively scheduled it on May 1st, 2017 – on the 10th anniversary of the blog. But now that the crazies have gone ahead and violated my trust, my anonymity and my privacy, I am not exactly sure as to how to proceed.
So here is where I need you advice and opinion:
Initially, I thought that I had three options.
First, I considered simply ignoring it all. But it turns out that the crazies are now busy posting links to their little article elsewhere. For example, I was recently interviewed by Sputnik (http://sputniknews.com/politics/20151201/1031060730/turkey-war-russia-crimea-caucasus-central-asia-daesh.html) and a friend informed me that Mr Jovanovic had already posted this in the comments section:
Sputnik, by the way, apparently removed that comment (since I cannot find it any more). Still, this is ridiculous – honorable moderators will now have to look for these types of comments and remove them one by one? This is silly, no? (Note: my mistake – I did find the comment on Sputnik – the Saker)
Also, don’t underestimate the staying power of Berthet and Jovanovic. Not only do they get to wage their little anti-Saker crusade, but they also get to re-direct traffic towards their otherwise irrelevant blogs! So they will have a drive, a determination, to continue their “Saker denunciation” crusade long for a very long time. In fact, I predict that their next step will be to simply fabricate more pseudo-revelations about me with even less truth to them and this latest one.
My personal preference would be to “flush my mental toilet” and forget about these clowns, but they will do their utmost to keep themselves relevant for as long as they can, so that is not an option anymore.
Then, finally, there is also this consideration: besides lying about quite a few things in her post, Brethet got a lot of things simply wrong. Yes, my name is Andrei Raevsky, and the photo is me (cross-country mountain biking in Florida) but much of the rest is plain wrong, especially the chronology. There is also a lot missing ;-)
So I see two options, really, but I want you to decide:
I stick to my plan. I make my official “coming out” from my “closet” in 2017 where I write a painfully narcissistic post – all about myself – and I tell you the full story with details and all. In the meantime, we let the two idiots wait for the collapse of the Saker community (they don’t realize that many/most of the members of that community already know my identity which, to put it mildly, I have not been shy about revealing) and continue to post links to their “Saker denunciation posts”. But what we can do is *pretend* that they don’t exist, that for us they are beneath our “contempt radar”. I like that option because it gives them less power and it allows me to stick to the “coming out” date I had planned. Or
I say it all now. The big advantage of this option is that I can set the record strait now. Take for example the self-evidently idiotic assertion that I was fired from the ICRC for my “pro-Chechen” bias! Anybody who knows anything about ICRC or the rest of them western “humanitarian” organizations would realize that this is quite impossible and that, if anything, it could have been my pro-Russian bias which could have gotten me fired (in this case it was neither, but something I will never publicly discuss no matter what, since it involves the death of a group of innocent people). Their hatred for me clearly clouts their judgment so I expect Jovanovic and Berthet to get many other things wrong. So, shall I bother to set the record straight already now?
You can tell where I am leaning, of course (if you don’t – it’s “A”). Frankly, I don’t feel like “giving chase” to every bit of bullshit these two clowns will post in the future. To deal with dishonorable people always gives me the desire to take a shower and try to forget them as soon as I can. Then there is the fact that this blog is about issues, about resisting the Empire, not about “saying the truth about the Saker”. After all, WHO CARES who I really am or what I really did or did not do? I don’t want to reciprocate to these two crazies and act as if my ego and ruffled feathers (for a Saker – perfect expression, no?) are at the center of the universe and as if everybody should care?
I think that one self-centered and narcissistic post in May 2017 is plenty enough and that between today’s post (which I had to make) and 2017 I can focus on other, much more important and interesting issues.
Bottom line: my personal preference is definitely for “option A”: we all pretend like this all never happened and we just ignore the ugly actions of two dishonorable individuals. But, and this is really important, I want this to be your decision, not mine. After all, you have all, in various manners, trusted me and I now feel that if you do have questions about the allegations made, I should provide them. Besides, I really have never had anything to hide. Right now my biggest regret is that the security and privacy of my family: a wonderful wife of 22 years of marriage whom I admire, respect and love more with each day God granted me to spend with her and three children, a daughter and two boys – all teenagers. They are really the ones whom Berthet and Jovanovic have potentially hurt most. But I also can take care and protect them, and I trust in God’s mercy. But on a strictly personal level, I really don’t care about my privacy being compromised (in many ways, this makes things simpler as this is one less thing to worry about).
So, if you, my friends, want me to basically write up a short bio then I will gladly do it. Just let me know, okay?
My request to you is this:
1) please let me know who you want me to proceed from now on; let me know if you have any questions you want me to answer and share your views, comments and reactions to my explanations above.
2) Vote (in the comments section) by posting “option A” or “option B”.
3) Any other ideas are welcome.
As for me, I ask for your indulgence and understanding. I will restart the blog in full mode only on Monday. I am tired, jet-lagged and, frankly, rather disgusted with this entire business. I also need to reply to 173 emails which accumulated over just the past week! Finally, I want to take a few days to wash-off my sense of violation and disgust and deal with the loss of my mother.
And since all you got is a crappy photo of my mountain biking in central Florida, I am also leaving you with a photo of me made by my wife in Cedar Key in November 2013. I was celebrating my birthday and I wanted to toast to all those friends whom I missed on this occasion (my wife and I were alone on that day) so we took this photo. Now that my privacy has been compromised and my face is out there anyway, I figured I could show it to you without sunglasses and while toasting to you all – the wonderful and beautiful Saker community and all my friends who will be reading this post. Thank you all for being out there and for being such a source of comfort and support.
Andrei Raevsky aka “The Saker”
PS: a small note to my Serbian friends. Please do not worry about what happened. This is no way says anything about the Serbian people whom I love. We know from the New Testament that there is one traitor for every 12 folks out there and considering that our community has well over 100 actively engaged members, it was to be expected that eventually 2 individuals would be unworthy of our trust. In fact, I am amazed at the opposite: over the past couple of years there have been quite a few members leaving our community (the names of Nora, Gevorg, Francois come to my mind) and none of them ever violated the trust I put in them (for which I am sincerely grateful and I wanted to mention them by name for that). The truth is that more or less everybody I was even in semi-regular contact with knew my name, many I met in person, and a few even stayed at my home. Coming from the military world I knew full well that statistical probabilities were against me and that somebody would inevitably take the role of a “rat” and “snitch me out” but I simply did not care. More importantly, I will not deny my trust to most simply because of the inevitable betrayal of a few. You – my Serbian friends, have always been kind, generous and honorable friends towards me and my fondness and respect for you have not been affected by any of that.
PPS: to those interested in meeting me personally. Now that my anonymity is gone, please drop me an email if you are anywhere near East-Central Florida, I will gladly meet with you. Let’s make something good from something ugly :-)
I have been reading your blog for well over 2 years – since before the coup in the Ukraine, and I have quoted you and linked to your blog numerous times on places like The Daily Telegraph.
I have never posted on your blog, except once before – at around Christmas time, merely to say that you are my Journalist of the Year 2014.
God Bless You Sir,
Can you play guitar? You remind me of Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.
You certainly are a Top Man.
Thank you so much for your analysis, and writing The Truth as best as you could. It takes tremendous courage.
The World needs many more people like you – but you are a bit unique.
Never think you don’t make a difference.
One man can change the world – maybe it will happen tonight if one man or woman in the UK Parliament switches his vote from Yes, to No War.
I didn’t check how many people wrote this already, but I forgot the following and will remind of it:
As somebody who is reading Saker’s excellent blog for almost 2 years already – more or less on a daily basis – I can say with 100% certainty that also the allegedly “facts” based “arguments” of this “lady” are not only incorrect (which can be verified with google in a few minutes), but even ludicrous!
Among other lies she claims that The Saker is “siding with Bosnia” and that he allegedly “cemented his feelings for Serbia”.
What a nonsense!
Is she and that other idiot == Serbia?????
No! She and her companion are enemies of Serbia.
I recall many posts by Saker where he strongly defended Serbia against Bosnian aggression. There was also more than just one occasion where we dealt with that subject and some troll came up and claimed that “Bosnian script” is an “alphabet” created 1000 years ago other than just a slightly modified version of SERBIAN script.
I participated in those discussions and Saker jumped in and instantly helped me defendiang Serbia and reminded of all the Ottoman crimes during the past millenium.
That’s why I _know_ what I’m talking about.
Who doesn’t believe it shall use google, it’s still there.
This entire SerbianSakerTeam split saga reminds me too much of a staged psyop to plant hostility against Russia into the Serbian community.
Like back then on RT: https://www.google.de/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjQx7iN9b3JAhUp7nIKHa-7DakQtwIINjAF&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DcNBjiO-YgHk&usg=AFQjCNGMRZiJc1cHaHWmsaHNtn7IUewP8g
Later it came out which “interesting” connections this “lady” has had for years in advance …..
It is all on yt, google yourself.
I won’t waste any single more minute for these Anti-Saker, Anti-Russia _and_ Anti-Serbia *TRAITORS*
imo they get way too much attention.
As for the AZ empire’s alleged “Non-Existence” – my biggest saddest laugh in a long time.
Hearing such stuff from alleged “Serbians” (after 1999) makes it clear that there are only 2 options: #0.) Either they are insane or #1.) _paid_.
If somebody really never heard of it: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=still+federal+reserve
Option A. No questions.
My sympathy for your difficult situation. Protect your family and take good care of yourself.
Jewish extremists are VERY well organised. They assess each outlet they attack, and choose a strategy that has a proven track record of working. If their target is very savvy in its anti-zionist operation, they’ll ensure their people offer themselves as ‘helpers’ with no apparent Jewish/Israeli/Zionist links. Fr as long as possible, they’ll gather intelligence on the inner operation of the target, the nature of the staff working there, and all potential weaknesses and points of potential disruption.
To this end, they have access to the best psy-ops teams the Israeli government can provide. Be in no doubt- pro-zionist attacks are financed and assisted at the highest level by extremist Jewish organisations that operate in every nation of the West.
The taking out of the David Icke operation is a classic example of what they do. Forget what you think about Icke, and simply consider how Jewish extremists neutralised him. His speaking outlets were boycotted and blocked by Jewish extremist groups in the USA, Canada and Australia- striking his main source of income. Then they made a deal with the man where he agreed to allow extremist Jews operating out of Australia to run his website and moderate his forums for him, and also told him exactly what he could and could not write in future books. A classic zionist carrot and stick approach, and Icke folded 100%.
If the owner of the media outlet is capable of resisting such tactics, and won’t be bought out, then they eventually use the “he is a racist anti-semitic scumbag” approach, where a so-called ‘insider claims that he/she witnessed anti-jewish atrocities by the target. If they figure the target and his/her audience won’t be shaken by such claims (or their are no advertisers to frighten off) they’ll go for other claims of terrible misbehaviour.
Zerohedge, for instance, has been wiped clean of all critics of Israel and Saudi Arabia several times over the last few weeks by the simple tactic of the Jewish extremists worming their way into key moderator positions at the site. Amazingly, ranting zionist racists calling for all forms of harm on Syria, Russia and Muslims, have suffered no similar bans during this period. Before, to give the impression of fairness, the zionist trolls had to be banned at the same time the true targets were- and then new trolling accounts set up.
We see the same thing at TheMess.net, a supposed military discussion forum (which appeared when the infamous militaryphotos closed down). All pro-Russian posters are banned as soon as they are identified, regardless of how such posters behave. Meanwhile themess happily tolerates they worst kind of racist anti-Russian trolling, and is needless to say a VERY pro-Israeli site.
The best way to fight back is to be an even harder critic of the obscene, racist, anti-Human states of Israel and Saudi Arabia, and to make it clear that the supporters of these nations are literally devil spawn. The zionists fight to win hearts, minds and power. And the way to do this is to scrub their vile nature clean in the eyes of the foolish and ill-informed. Truth is their mortal enemy, and being exposed is their greatest fear.
PS the British government is current paying out a fortune to innocent female victims of the same ploy you fell for. Under-cover policemen offered themselves as key organisers to target activist groups in the UK, and many of these agents engaged in long term relationships with people involved in these activist movements. Like an under-cover nazi passing himself off as a jew, and having a realtionship with a jewish woman as such. The ‘stab in the back’ was always coming and planned from the very beginning. You are a fool if you think it represents something ‘personal’ or believe in any way the carefully concocted ‘story’ that explains it. Zionist agents take great pride in fooling their targets to the very end.
haha, that is very interesting post. To be honest, i never really gave a damn about your personal info, that was not important to me since I somehow knew, that you are honest man and a good person anyway. Im sorry though, that this may affect your family in some way, so there is that i guess.
Anyway i guess i vote for option A.
I have no idea, what that serbian miss was thinking. She sounds really lost and anyone who starts an email with that sort of language does not really deserve to be taken seriously.
Well I wish you the best mr. Saker. I hope you and your family will be fine whatever happens and thank you very much for everything you do. Ill pray for you. :-)))\
sry for my enghglish
i only made it through the 1rst page of comments…many good ones. i especially liked the ‘at least you don’t look like netanyahu’ remark ;) anyway, follow your instincts on this one; if you feel most comfortable with option A, so be it.
i checked out the aleksandar lambros blog. i’m an atheist, but i feel nothing but disdain for the hitchens/dawkins/lambros types. an excellent book that may give you some solace in your situation is ‘Shame, Exposure and Privacy’ written by the catholic theologian carl schneider.
anyway, all the best
I’m with you! I vote for Option A. Thanks for all your work.
Option A – Love and Gratitude to you
Thank you. Read all the comments. No need to repeat any arguments for A.
A it is.
Humanity needs a haven to hear the verities of facts and circumstance and the Saker’s Vineyard is where I come to listen, to learn and to grow as a person. We drink its sweet grapes of knowledge on many topics and gain nourishment which we take and offer to other like-minded souls. We want the plantation to grow and be bountiful for it is a great benefit to us all and fills our minds with wisdom, compassion and scholarly thought.
Our caretaker suffers many insect bites and stings, sometimes the cuts from sharp thorns bleed him as he tends the land. Occasionally he wonders with self-doubt if his hard work will bear a healthy fruit, if the land will remain rich and fertile, if he as a mortal man serves the purpose that God Almighty intended for him. However the reality is the vineyard’s roots are strong with courage, its leaves remain green with unwavering perseverance throughout the seasons, its fruit cannot be soured by the bitterness of spoiled air.
The Saker’s mission is to watch over the vineyard, prune back the undesirable weeds of falsity and malcontent, carry clear water in the Holy Grail of truth to pour over the plants and give them life, for man can only survive by walking the narrow, winding path of enlightenment.
It matters not who the Saker is but the work he does, and it is good.
I second this. The saker is your creation that is becoming bigger than just you. Matters not if you out yourself to the readers.
However expect the attacks on you to get worse regardless of your decision. The empire is not happy being outsmarted by Vladimir Putin. Nor are they amused by all the various populace movements.
Finally my belated condolences to you. There is nothing quite like a mother’s love. Know it will be with you for the rest of your life.
Something like B. What you’ve already posted obviates plan A. My feeling is that, this is more or less a usual blog development. Atrios and Digby posted anonymously for years — and carried on as before when it became known that they were Duncan Black and Heather Parton offline. Black is an economist, which makes his views more authoritative. Parton was a Hollywood publicity agent, which makes her perspicacity amazing.
Make available a short, basic bio if you like, for the curious. Don’t make a point of it. What validates The Saker is reason and information. As the information proves accurate, the site gains trust.
It’s hard to ignore all that noise from the neighbors, especially with their sound-truck patrolling the street, but I hope you can hunker down and get on with business. Aside from your ill-advised calling your former associate not “mentally sane” (she doesn’t seem to be, but the insult set her off), this fuss has little to do with you. All the best.
a lil present for you to get better :-)
Option A. Its your blog Saker and your choice. Whatever you do I’ll keep making donations as long as you keep making great blog posts. Nil bastardo carborundrum
Protect your family. Give these people nothing. Everything you say will be twisted and used against you.
You have a successful blog that people with power wont like because of the truthful nature of the blog.
Anybody with a brain that comes here can see that. Even the paid trools can see it.
Now what I would do is use it to for advertising, But I have had website since 95 selling Doberman guard dog pups so I guess I think that way, free hits.
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved mother. Only a twisted and demented soul would behave in the way this woman did who struck you AND your family at such a low point in your life as you buried your mother and settled her affairs. God sees and knows everything and this woman will not get away with anything.
I’m interested in the whole explanation of the Charlie Hebdo issue and relieved to learn that you took the responsible path whilst this woman with her hate looks like she’s willing to partake in a new holocaust. I can see you are a man to trust and that you know how far to go when discussing the problem of militant Islam and the misinterpretations of Islam that underpin this.
I take option A. You have already explained enough about yourself and told us your door is open.
Bless you and your family. Thank you for your amazing role and responsibility you’ve taken on and please continue as usual.
This is the internet; you cannot win a pissing contest with someone whose only interest is in harming you and/or your reputation. All you can do is waste your time and build up high levels of frustration. Let ’em punch away all they want, they’re only wasting their energy punching the empty air, unless you’re willing to be a punching bag for them. Don’t do it.
As you know, I have some serious disagreements with a couple of your stated views. That said, if I simply could not abide being here where those views are occasionally stated, I would simply leave. It’s your site.
I suspect there are many others here like me. They stay. They participate, respectfully and courteously, knowing full well that there is probably no other single person in the world with whom they agree absolutely and 100 percent.
I appreciate this site, immensely. We can agree to disagree on a couple of important matters. That’s the way the world runs.
We stay because the site performs an extremely valuable and necessary service to those whose concerns are for peace and justice.
Option A for sure. By the way, I just bought your book on Amazon.com and am looking forward to getting started on it. Keep up the good work!
Clearly and definitely: option A.
I don’t care who you are in the world. Far as I’m concerned you can tell us details now or two years from now or never. Even if I did care, you owe us nothing. To the contrary; you’re the guy that made lots of useful information available and created a platform for a set of views which are direly under-represented. That’s who you are to me, and we owe you.
It’s generous of you to be letting us decide, but we are the people who are largely unaffected by the decision (It is also generous that you are not even suggesting option C, which would be “Sue ’em till they glow, then litigate in the dark.” Or at least option D, threaten to do so in order to make them shut up). So I hesitate to vote; I really don’t feel like I have standing.
At most I see our participation as kind of like a coin toss where generating a decision randomly can crystallize your true opinions about the subject–sometimes I’ll say to myself “Heads I’ll do A, Tails I’ll do B”, toss it, it comes up tails, and the prospect of going for it will make me realize I don’t actually like option B, so I dump the coin result and do what I now know I wanted to do. The coin wasn’t useless, but it was helping me not in charge of me. Similarly if the vote comes up B and that makes you realize you’re really not happy with B, I for one think you should feel free to disregard the vote and do whatever seems right to you.
Side note: Although I don’t care about knowing your precise identity, that doesn’t mean I don’t care that your mother died. I was very sorry to hear it. I haven’t expressed condolences because I didn’t know what to say and it seemed . . . I mean, you don’t know me from Adam, I didn’t want to presume. But I’ll say it now, I’m sorry both that she is gone and that you have to suffer her loss, and while I’m not religious I hope nonetheless that your own religion is a comfort to you in such a hard time.
We know everything we need to know about you from your writing. We need no explanations.
Go for option A. And if you do feel that events push you into option B – don’t do it right away. Wait, calm down, take your time about it.
Fuck ’em. Don’t let the bastards get you down.
I prefer option A.
For me you are “the Saker” so I don´t care about your real name ore identity. What counts is what you do and your thinkings and analysis.
Your real identity for me would only be of interest if I owe you ore you owe me money ,what is not the case.
But when you come to Canary Islands , Tenerife , give me a touch with email and then we will have a conspirative encounter at a bar and I show you and your wife the Island with my cabriolet. We are about the same age. My origin is Berlin , during cold war.
Saker, I’ve never posted a comment, but I read the blog fairly regularly. I would bet most folks here feel as you do. It reminds me of an old admonition to avoid wrestling with pigs in the mud. Frankly, I don’t care what your name is, you provide an avenue to information that is sorely needed in this world and I thank you for this. I vote for A. In the months since Euromaidan, all I’ve seen is integrity in your responses. It seems more and more apparent that those protesting the loudest in the world seek to divert attention from their own behavior – US Republican candidates anyone? Keep up the good fight.
hey Andrei, nice to meet You man!! I really liked, even under these circumstances…
about your question…
it doesn’t matter at all…
I am so sorry that those excuse for humans are Serbs as me.
Really sorry, even if I could not be responsible for every idiot (which may be Serb too) narrative.
I am personally, very tankful to you and your efforts on this blog.
Additionally – I am assuring you that NOTHING about your private life is interesting for me.
So please, if it is version A – DO NOT explain anything – because you need not!
People I know, including myself, visiting your blog – NOT because of your personal life or your former business – but explicitly because your blog is informative, deep analytical and educative.
(Please, forget all about those idiots in form of this women and her stupid friends)
Saker, thank you very much again and good luck!
Stick with plan A
As a long reader of your blog, my humble advice is not to take of those clown seriously
Simply to keep your word about yourself
As a former Canadian patriot,now a Quebec nationalist
I realized that further down the line, by the actions of my government, figure-head and deep state style, my nation will be thrown down the cliff, and cut up like former Yugoslavia and the Soudan
There will be no savior…
i look up to your blog a a way to raise awareness about how the klowns that leads us
operate and screw us up
Keep up the good work!
Divorce if necessary but not necessarily divorce….you think you will be better off as a cut up little french island without Canada….Good Luck with that.
Quebec did an excellent job of insulating itself from the powers-structure of the Anglo-banks by creating the Caisse Populaire Investment empire. If only Quebecers would wake up and shrug off the suicide drug of Liberal anti-family “values” that are causing a demographic suicide of the Quebecers. Rene Levesque was partially right (right to want to remove the yoke of anglo-finance, wrong to buy into the family and society destroying liberal social agenda that has gutted Quebec culture and demographics.)
@RR don’t kid yourself with your ridiculous Anglo-nationalist bravado- Quebec could easily go it alone- huge landmass huge natural resources, solvent sovereign banks with assets in the trillion dollar range a highly skilled and decently educated labor force. Their only weaknesses: their addiction to the socialist dole, their losing their traditional values that have lead to a shrinking population and their lack of self-confidence in being able to integrate and convert immigrants to love their way of life and language. (honey always works better than the stick, French is beautiful, the food is superior to the English slop, the culture so much more vibrant -Latin north). Chinese, Indians and Brazilians love French language and culture these BRICS immigrants would bring skills and money into Quebec not to mention their business connections and multinationals.
Here’s the day I hoped would never come…Let me introduce myself first.
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
My name is Marina. I was a co-founder and until recently an active leader of the Russian Saker team. Many of the past and current followers of this blog know and remember my projects for this blog. I was managing a great team of over 90 English-speaking editors as well as over 25 Russian-English translators. Few months I had to step down ago due to health reasons. However, I am still a loyal supporter of Saker and all his wonderful teams and hope to get back to my active duties once things get better for me. I also have to mention that I’ve never had any personal issues with anyone in the Saker community, not even in the darkest of times. I have a huge respect for people offering their talents and a lot of personal time to help the world community hear alternative voices.
I worked closely with Saker and consider him my personal friend. From the early summer of 2014 I was also working closely with Francois who helped me develop the Russian Saker site and provided an outstanding support throughout his involvement with the Saker community. It’s painfully difficult for me to speak of those “past-Charlie” days when Francois severed his relationship with the Saker community. To make the long story short, we suffered an enormous blow, loss of communicating platforms, contacts and most importantly, the sense of security and trust. I don’t want to blame it all on Francois – a lot was a direct result of our incompetence, unpreparedness and naiveté. It took us a long time to heal and move forward. In the end, we overcame, hardened up and moved on. We had a new fresh wave of wonderful volunteers. The rest is history…
Nevertheless, as bad as it all sounds, I have never been able to shake off my friendly feelings towards Francois. If you read this, Francois, please be assured I was and still am very grateful for all your hard work and personal help during our time working together. Wherever you are now, I wish you all the best.
I was less familiar with Aleksandar and even less so with Snezana although I wholeheartedly, just like all of us in the Saker community, welcomed both of them in joining our ranks. I was trying to extend my friendly hand to Aleksandar by appealing to our Slavic brotherhood and comradeship when the broil broke out between him and Saker. It’s in my nature to deescalate by giving a person(s) even more credit than they often deserve. After all, we are humans and can over-react and act in ways we may later regret. Everyone deserves a chance to be looked upon and judged in kindness and understanding. Until this morning and despite all the ugliness of the emails emanated from both individuals at the time (as Saker indicated, a lot of us were copied on the email exchange), I kept a strong belief in my heart that they acted under duress and personal stress. Today the blinders finally fell off my eyes. It hurts to see people sinking to such lows. To attack someone in the most vulnerable time of his life – this is beyond ugly and un-Christian. Poor misguided souls, God save them.
My personal recommendation to Saker in the wake of such an ugly event: stay your course and stick to whatever plan you had in mind for his blog. Don’t give your adversaries a pleasure of satisfaction in derailing you from your path. They blew the stroke; you came out with an honest rebuttal and appeal. What else is needed? Don’t allow anybody to re-focus this blog to your personality. You should continue using your moniker “Saker” because this is a brand name for all Saker community.
Life goes on. Let’s focus on more pressing issues. A war is brewing; the world is on the brink of collapse. Let’s not be distracted by petty individuals in their miserable quest for a backdoor revenge. Don’t be so easily ticked off!
Peace and love to all,
What a sensitive comment Marina full of love but clarity. And bonjour mon cher André the Saker et mes sincères sympathies pour ta maman. It is the last time I call you André but for your mom this is the name she choosed.
As for the blog we came here for the quality and depth of understanding in this crucial time for all humanity. Feel free to act according to your deepest sense of what is appropriated and if the date of 2017 needs to be adjusted for whatever reason, you do it and we will be there for the big pow-wow.
I enjoyed reading everybody, like a coming together for a new start. So much to understand. But dear Saker take your time, we’ll be there.
Anne from Quebec
It is wonderful to hear from you, even if it is in these nauseating circumstances. Let me immediately reassure you and tell you that I will continue my efforts as will the rest of your very united and, yes, loving community and I will continue to sign my articles as “The Saker” since this is my “nom de plume” anyway.
You are always in my memory and your photo with your granddaughter is still on the wall next to my monitor :-) Please take good care of yourself! A big warm “Russian bear” hug to you,
Wow Marina is such a sweet human being and an example to what we should all strive to be like.
Another person who teaches us by their example.
I hope you get well will put that in my prayers.
Hi Saker–I trust you 100 % and think you ought to have your “coming out” in May 17 as you plan. I
believe that when you attract negative attention like these crazies it means you are working on behalf of the “good angels”– and that’s when the bad guys send out their harassing legions. Do not be troubled in heart and blessings of the season. Thank you for the work you do! Wish I lived closer to Florida and could meet you sometime. But you have a friend in Philadelphia.
I’ve read through most of the comments and find that there is more or less equal support for both options. So it would seem that the ball is back in The Saker’s court, though he might be inclined to attend to some comments rather than others.
I wish to elaborate on my prior support for Option B. Specifically, I suggest the following (though of course The Saker will himself decide what he thinks best):
1. Itemize all the lies and slanderous accusations made by the two crazies.
2. Write a bio which does not refer to those lies and slanders explicity (and does not mention the two crazies by name) but which implicitly refutes them by stating the facts (or what actually happened).
3. Do NOT provide any personal information about your current situation (beyond what you have already revealed) and do NOT provide any information about your family or their current activities.
4. For those of us who don’t care about their lies and slanders, but are curious, tell us in you bio who you worked for in Switzerland (or wherever), what you did and why you aroused such animosity that you were forcibly retired.
5. Post this on your blog via a permanent link, not as an article which will disappear from view with time.
6. Then ignore the crazies and whatever further lies and slanders they manage to think up, and go back to providing the insightful and intelligent analyses and reports of what’s going on in the world, analyses and reports that many of us have been following for two years or more.
Not option A or option B…..Non of them.
I am here (like many others are) to read your (and your colleagues/associates) insights and analysis on geostrategy, geopolitics, cultural-religious politics and foreign policy.
Many of us (your readers) have come to read and find out about your blog through other sources and websites. Often from very different backgrounds and directions.
The readers can search very easily who are these sources and websites who cite your work and are associated with you. These sources are your referrals, your backbone, they indicate your status, respect, trustworthiness, sincerity, experience and knowledge.
Let me ask you a simple question:
You have been anonymous for the past 7+ years…..Do you think that the sincere people who are craving for the truth, knowledge and want a decent explanation of what is happening around them in the world, do you think these people who have followed you anonymously for all these years, will suddenly have the need to know what is your background, what flavor ice-cream you like or how many jobs you have had?
The world is now upside down, ignorance and deception is becoming the truth, and the truth is considered as ignorant and backwards. Millions if not billions of people are literally in the dark and have no clue what awaits them. We are in an extremely dark and dangerous time in the history of mankind, and only God knows what is coming next. We do not have time for such personal issues that divert us from the main events happening around us.
My humble advice to you dear Saker, you cannot avoid such people in your life and you cannot control what they say or do. But do not let them divert you from your goal. Your goal is very important and the scale and purpose of your goal is much bigger than a few people who do not like you.
P.S. I am not even sure you (and we) have enough time to even make it to “option A” :-) ……However, your optimism is commendable.
May God bless you and your family, and to all those who seek the truth.
You’re entitled to your privacy and personal life. It matters not one jot to me. Really appreciate your posts. Thank you. Suggest “A”. Best wishes and hope you recover from your emotional stress and cold very soon.
Stick to the brand. That’s what “sells” here I believe. No need for the full revelation, bio and all that…. Your readers trust you and come here for the Saker brand because of the quality you offer.What you focus on will expand..so just ignore them and do not resist/confront their evil ways. They will fade away. Perhaps option A is best.
Dear Saker, in dealing with psychopaths the golden rule is: do not give them attention, do not look for what they are doing on the internet or elsewhere as this will only feed them with your energy or at least disturb your own equilibrium. So it is A. All the best, and I think he waited for this moment shortly after your mother’s death
It is all part of the NATO grab for the Balkans. The trouble maker and her husband may be acting under instruction to try and harm a valuable anti colour revolution Saker community in Serbia.
Get it all out!
You are probably destined for this and as soon as we can see you on RT with Lavelle, the better!
best to ignore and do what your heart desires
in case you really are a serbofile, think again.
serbian elite that think of themselves as ‘serb’ are hardly it..their minds more akin to mush, fried matter.. i know, cos i am exposed tho luckily i am in a position to limit the toxicity.
a typical elite serb with an unlimited access to net, carrying the latest gadgets etc expects its’ entitlement i.e. to be PAID for everything they do or say..particularly if what they wrote or spewed gets published on the internet. if not payment , then a deep public bow down is in order..in their minds… their minds – it’s where photons go to die.
it’s a 0,5% if not less of the serbian society, still a blything force to keep well away from.
i am a serb and speak from experience.
On a conflict handling basis, you should go B. But this conflict isn’t very important.
On a “best interest of the community”, you should go A. We don’t care about those people but *regardless* your profile and history do matter for anyone reading your views. It’s just information, really, and important one. If you feel like you can live with it, then you should not wait and just give the info. I suggest a no drama version, no “new” articles but updating the “about” page (or what you have in that field). Indeed it’s not content but it’s something that should be easy to find for every newcomer wondering “who’s talking”.
Sure there is the slight cons of giving the appearance to care what the idiots say but they matter so little it shouldn’t be a concern IMO.
Woops, got it in reverse. You should go B and reveal for the community’s best interest, provided it’s not too much trouble for you to do so.
if you live in the usa
if you use cloudfare
you are one more brick in the wall
take option c
When you wrestle with swine, you get dirty and they love it. Paranoids love this kind of thing and will never admit they are wrong, since they are incapable of objectivity towards themselves and will project their flaws onto you. One has to avoid psychopaths. They thrive on attention.
The positive comments you’ve received here in response to this problem are convincing enough.
“The dogs bark, the caravan passes.”
Option A. If you don’t want to do it then don’t do it or other people could as well start thinking that they can manipulate you into doing something that you were not going to do.
On the other hand, in my opinion your main mistake in this situation was probably in the usage of wrong words about this lady: “Mentaly sane Serbian friends are currently trying to re-start the blog”, implying that she was not sane. Now, it wasn’t a wise thing to say, was it?
When next time you part with any people who used to help you, you’d better remember this situation for who knows how far insulted people could go in order to retaliate you for your words?
In order to stop this feud before it goes any further could you please publish here a short post saying that you didn’t want to insult her in the first place? It would be a wise thing to do for any offended woman who thinks that she is in the right is much more dangerous than an atomic bomb…
….an offended woman is much more dangerous than an atomic bomb, LOL! That was hilarious, Unicorn! Great advice from you – it would be a good idea to apologize for the slight, and then leave the whole thing in one’s rear-view mirror. This drama is so Eastern European, LOL.
Well, today I worked long hours and when I got home and read this I got shocked and exhausted, unable to understand such savagery, at a time like this, just buried your mother and after a long journey, a low blow, but very, very low.
Whatever the difference of opinion, there is no justification for such manners. In any case, these people should understand that the blog is yours, even if they are in charge of local franchises, bears your name ( de guerre ) and therefore must meet your minimum requirements regarding the vision you want to give.
As I see it, these people, who also have their own blogs but not as successful as yours, surely have come to surf the wave of your success, and to see if they can get some personal gain. Seeing that you’ve had so much success with your book, now seeing you also interviewed in Sputnik and seeing that they are felled from the project, simply have not been able to bear and have decided to let loose all their demons.
Dear Saker, ( for me has also been a bit shocking to know suddenly your real name and by now I am not going to call you otherwise ) I would not dare advise an option, I think it’s something very personal to decide with your family, although I appreciate that you consult us.
I, for my temper, would try to refute any slander, although many of the things they are accussing you of, here we know they are not true, but, what about those who do not know you so long? Besides, what they have done is a crime, I fear, to expose you this way in the net against your will, because as you point, some unbalanced, like these, could well take it with you or your family.
About your previous jobs, I see nothing reprehensible in what she argues, disagree with the boss is something that has happened to us all and is still happening every day, especially in official organizations, and you’re not the only one who has come scalded from some well-known NGOs. Some, in fact, are almost like sects, and, despite the many assemblies organized, if you disagree on the “guidelines” you have not but to get out. The same with political parties.
On the defense of Islam, I have to discuss this up with my best friends. What they are spreading the MSM, that hate propaganda, does its effect, especially among people who do not travel. I have very bad feelings with this, somewhat in line with what he says Sheikh Imran Hossein, but not only in terms that Muslims in Europe are at risk, but anyone who dares to do a bit of justice with regard to Islam.
Bad times to disagree….
So, think about it, get some rest, give yourself time and space to deal with the feelings you have about losing your mother, and, when you feel like to do it, make the decision that you consider more correct. Trust your instincts
A big hug for you and your family!
P.S: For things like this, and because this community is already a little big, I will remain only “elsi”.
You immediately remove their incentive to link and comment on your work because the information they hold will be largely void. They could still write bullshit about you, but they were going to do this anyway. And by becoming a known person, I would venture that the media would be more likely to engage with you and pay you for your opinion and analysis. You ought to be on cross talk, for example. I can understand that privacy is a valued commodity, but that ship has already sailed. Come “out” now and reap the rewards yourself.
Your choice. Suffice it to say – another illusion shattered – my vision was of Sean Connery Robert Redford Robert de Niro – and what do I get – a younger Santa Claus. Opportune time to revive the old John Prine song: “Some Humans Ain’t Human”. My favourite lyric being:
Have you ever noticed
When you’re feeling really good
There’s always a pigeon
That’ll come shit on your hood
I have been following your blog for over a year now and the content of your blog is what matters most to me. You are dedicated to expressing yourself on matters that are of great importance to me and I appreciate your candor and dedication.
People who are honest with themselves, self correct if and when mistakes are made. People who are not honest with others are almost always exposed if people choose to pay attention.
You have gained my trust and I will continue to follow your blog whether you reveal details about your background or not.
As is the case for a number of others, I read your site regularly, but this is my first post.
I would add my voice to the chorus recommending that you not alter your course of take any action that you have not already intended. Do not let them think they can affect your behavior.
I would not be concerned about any readers you might lose due to their attacks. Frankly, I do not want to see the quality of the blog discussions reduced by people with a deficient intellect who would allow such people influence them. When I was much younger and starting a business, an older, successful colleague told me to be thankful in similar circumstances. To quote him, “The only thing worse than bad publicity is no publicity.” I expect you to gain high quality readers as a direct consequence of their attacks.
I also join those who express their sympathy, empathy and condolences at the loss of your mother.
Finally, I want to thank you and the multitudes that work together to make this site informative and thought provoking. Your analyses are always factual and logical. As an added bonus, they are even right most of the time!
Dear Saker you owe no one anything .It’s free speech.I had problems with assholes also Let me just show you the kind of email I got.I told the guy to show up if he wants to and then I would deal with him after my 150 pound black king sheperd got done with him.Here is the email I got and btw there is no one in Toronto that will touch me :) …………..
Date: 05/06/06 07:31PM
Let me tell you something kid, and I’ll say it brief and as blunt as I can. Now that you’ve entered my private section of Forum, you’re going to know who you’re fucking with. Before you even moved to North America I was working with and working for Russians in Miami that started from Chicago. I had and still have many Russian friends both in Miami and in Chicago. I just came back from Miami and stopped at one of their clubs. I had a chance to mention to them about you. To them, you’re nothing, whether you’re Russian or not. They’re into business which I assisted in. I did favors for them and they did favors for me. It would take no time at all for them to find your punk ass. You want to play your fucking games you play with someone else. I don’t reply to you because I have no time waste on stupid bullshit ignorance. You have an obsession about me and you should think what one person has done to you to act so fucking stupid. Or maybe this is how you get your fucking rocks off.
I also have connections since last November with someone that works in the Forum, so that should tell you that if I wanted to, I can get your e-mail address and I work for THE largest telecommunications company in the US, and for me to find exactly where you’re at would be no problem for me. People owe me favors because I made them alot of money. It would be no expense for them to find you. I don’t think I have to say anything further, because I think you have a very good idea what the final outcome will be. You want to chance it, go for it. It won’t only affect you but it’ll DIRECTLY affect your family. I want to repeat that it’ll affect your family. I’m quietly telling you this because you don’t faze me a bit with your threats. You’re nothing to me. You’re just a punk that has no life and tries to think that you’re something to be afraid of. Kid you’re just a punk. So if you want to chance seeing your last days of threatening anyone, keep it up. Oh! I can also have you banned from this site, just to start with, if I get one more message from you. So pick your choice. You want to continue playing your stupid games, play them with someone else. You want to conitue playing your games with me, you AND your family will curse the day you were born.
I guess that’s Russian mafia…maybe they’re zionists too.
Thanks for sharing.
Do what you think, point A
just keep on working. “Critics” who attack ad hominem should shut t f up and mind their own business. Shame on them. You do not have to justify yourself, for heaven’s sake!
Your views and analyses are one of my indispensable antidotes to counter atlanticist brainwashing. Your past for me is only relevant as far as it qualified you for your task.
I am an avid, regular reader of your blog, and frankly, would like to quote George Bernard Shaw:
“I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”
So, keep a stiff upper lip. And don’t waste your time feeding pigs. Better use the time to send love and prayers to your mothers soul – may she rest in peace. I really mean this, although I’m not orthodox but rather from an anthroposophist background.
Vote: I’d stick with Option A
Best wishes from Germany!
Enough said. Ignore them. To do otherwise gives them credibility they do not deserve. Go with option A.
Your choice. Suffice it to say – another illusion shattered – my vision was of Sean Connery Robert Redford Robert de Niro – and what do I get – a younger Santa Claus. Opportune time to revive the old John Prine song: “Some Humans Ain’t Human”. My favourite lyric being:
Have you ever noticed
When you’re feeling really good
There’s always a pigeon
That’ll come shit on your hood
oops forgot name – repost.
Saker, it is not your history or your CV what is important, your analysis are important.
And who sleeps with dogs wakes up with fleas, i.e. suggest not make a too big issue about your real name and your little great silent life somewhere in the nowhere of the US. In case you want to make big PR choose B, in case you prefer the live you have at the moment stay with plan A and this mini-coming out.
A secret ist only a secret as long as it is secret. To most of as the message is far more important as the man. But it is better to give that of us some info about yourself who wants to know something personal about you than to have only the hate speech of dishonorable people.
If you Choose B please let it be with it and never ever answer to further hate speeches. Just ignore them and forget about it like it is your nature.
Thanks for the good analsyses.
From a website that’s younger than yours (Zerohedge). It came from nothing to the highest ranking financial sites in about 5(?) years. When you read it, you know why. It’s run by a “tyler”.
From this site: “the zero hedge manifesto”
to widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public.
to skeptically examine and, where necessary, attack the flaccid institution that financial journalism has become.
to liberate oppressed knowledge.
to provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint.
to facilitate information’s unending quest for freedom.
our method: pseudonymous speech…
anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. it thus exemplifies the purpose behind the bill of rights, and of the first amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation– and their ideas from suppression– at the hand of an intolerant society.
the right to remain anonymous may be abused when it shields fraudulent conduct. but political speech by its nature will sometimes have unpalatable consequences, and, in general, our society accords greater weight to the value of free speech than to the dangers of its misuse.
– mcintyre v. ohio elections commission 514 u.s. 334 (1995) justice stevens writing for the majority
though often maligned (typically by those frustrated by an inability to engage in ad hominem attacks) anonymous speech has a long and storied history in the united states. used by the likes of mark twain (aka samuel langhorne clemens) to criticize common ignorance, and perhaps most famously by alexander hamilton, james madison and john jay (aka publius) to write the federalist papers, we think ourselves in good company in using one or another nom de plume. particularly in light of an emerging trend against vocalizing public dissent in the united states, we believe in the critical importance of anonymity and its role in dissident speech. like the economist magazine, we also believe that keeping authorship anonymous moves the focus of discussion to the content of speech and away from the speaker- as it should be. we believe not only that you should be comfortable with anonymous speech in such an environment, but that you should be suspicious of any speech that isn’t.
There can only be one answer: A ( for a AAA blog,- thank you for everything)
The mainstream media and establishment consistently ignore pretty much all similar commentary, opinion and fact based critism.
Ownership and control of Reuters (and other major western media interests if anyone cares to scratch the surface) is a prime example. The fact that it’s a Rothchild interest is rarely mentioned and ALWAYS ignored by the mainstream.
Anyway, all this behind the scenes bullshit is irrelevant.
Since September there have been almost daily geopolitical developments. Unfortunately, Saker has variously been taking a month off or other things.
Twelve months ago (when things were decidedly less intense geopolitically – but still of significance with developments in the Ukraine) Saker was given priceless analysis every day.
Now though, when the world situation has escalated beyond calculation and the balance does visibly seem to be shifting, we wait sometimes weeks for any Saker analysis.
I for one do not give a flying/running/diving/swimming/etc f#*k about who you really are or a falling out with some deviate. It’s the analysis that is needed. Of course the personality attacks were coming. They were coming from the day you decided to put this train in motion.
Surely you can see this crap is designed to be a distraction from the real issues – the geopolitical analysis.
Spend 10 minutes to put a biographic side bar somewhere on the website and the move the f@*k on and forget about all this.
PLEASE just get focussed on the shit that matters.
First, I wish you all the strength after your loss, and the below the belt attack just when you were most vulnerable.
I view you as a professional and a good human being, but, out of respect, don´t need to be involved in your personal matters (unless, by chance, we would meet for a hiking trip or would do a serious work project together). In our narcisistic western ´selfie´ culture, persona is always emphasized above content and intentions. Not everybody always gets along, that is natural, but this attack seem to me following the trend of forcing or impliying you to ´come out´ of something… (in this case not homosexualitty, but all kinds of other evils, like the ultimate sin: antisemitism.)
Your former associate has no honour whatsoever. Anonimity can be very important: now you will (!!!) have to take precautions. ´The Saker´ is an important player, and your analysis is a valuable contribution. (Personally, I disagree with ca 25% of your ideas and conclusions).
Much of your attention will now have to be focused on protection, defending against the most stupid assumptions and 3rd party- second hand accusations and framing. I very much hope you find enough capable volunteers to counter this!
I always tell my friends
You write … “My personal preference would be to “flush my mental toilet” and forget about these clowns, but they will do their utmost to keep themselves relevant for as long as they can, so that is not an option anymore.”
Forgetting these clowns does remain an option (the correct and only one in my view) for I don’t understand why you are giving these people oxygen — which is to ask why are you helping them remain “relevant”.
Please — “Flush your toilet” and move on — this is all such a waste of every one’s energy.
Please allow me to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for your good work.
Best wishes and kind regards
If you go for ‘B’ you are ‘reacting’ to this slanderers.
Option ‘A’ is the right choice.
Option “A”. Please don’t feed the trolls.
Option A. It is almost uncanny the way that people bring up Christ as a way to highlight the (supposed) supernatural patience and forbearance that they no longer have. Forgive them for they know not what they do.
I seem to remember an earlier post from you about the book publication that sakers little masters must be pleased?
Another one just shows how much tripe there is in the world.
None of the above
“”Do not be influenced by the importance of the writer, and whether his learning be great or small; but let the love of pure truth draw you to read. Do not enquire, “Who said this?” but pay attention to what is said”
Thomas Kempis 1380-1471
Saker, Option A (doing nothing) is the only one possible.
Imagine, an enemy threatens to kill you. You ask your followers: Should I A) do nothing or B) kill myself before they can do it?
The answer, I think, is clear.
Option A if the choice has to to with yourself in relation to those two persons bothering you. As many have commented: don`t feed the trolls, or give grist for the mill. If you are up against paranoid people, as it may seem you are, they will pick a fight with you at every opportunity and there is no stopping that with facts and reason. You are “enemy” and everything you say or do will be treated according to that.
But if you primarily are getting concerned about some readers of your blog possibly being misled by their slander, you might perhaps consider putting up a short notice on the front page of your blog to make readers aware of the effort to circulate lies about you.
I wish you well and hope your good work won`t be derailed by these problems.
Take all the big writers of opinion articles in the NYT and the WP, like Friedman and Zakaria: what do we really know about them? They are read for their opinions, not for their biography. I look in a similar way at your question. It would be interesting to know something more about your intellectual pedigree (which people and which events influenced you?), but I don’t see a need that you should defend everything that you have done in your life.
You don’t mention the troubles on the blog with Francois, Jovanovic, etc. Yet if I see need for transparency it would be here. From the beginning I was astonished that you didn’t give those people a chance to have their say. These people had some merits in the community and if they wanted to leave it for cause they should have been allowed to state their case. Very likely they would have left in peace after having said their thing. By not giving them a chance to have their say you risked leaving some of them with resentment that could erupt in some unhappy way – as we now see with Snezana.
Definitely. Too much dirt. Do not let it stick. Set the record straight now.
As your reader, this whole essay actually made me feel really uneasy. If want to know what your real past was.
Ignore these people. Who cares what they have to say?
A if you must, seriously not B.
May God grant your mother rest in His kingdom and вечная память ей.
What timing by your foes! May it backfire on them.
I appreciate your work and read it regularly.
I think you have done enough of option B for now, so I would choose A. Let some time pass, gain some context before saying any more. As we see in the election campaigns, greater knowledge of a candidate allows for greater criticisms (many of them petty, many distorted), greater possible distraction from the message. But arguments may be advanced both ways.
Whatever you do, take counsel with your wife and children (and your priest, perhaps?) before making a final decision. All the best! Мир и утешение господа вам всем.
I am Serbian and was in similar position few years back.
My sp. father suggested that I never disclose my identity even if there were good guesses. It is simply because no one can actually prove his claims or accusations, and it would always remain a bit of a mystery. Unless my reaction confirms their claims. And yes, the reason for hidden id is related to other family members sake, not my own. And to some other people involved.
I would never confirm what other people write about me, claiming to know my ID. They even published some pics, but I never confirmed it. You, however, decided to confirm it by this article, and imho that is a mistake.
My suggestion is to not reveal any more data about yourself.
If you TRULY believe that the glory of the real Saker is not important, then you will never disclose yourself. It is the stories and analysis that counts, and no one should care who is real Saker. As long as the community has benefits of your writing. If this becomes a tiny bit about you, and not about the war on AZ imperialists, then it is a little disappointment.
Very True, +1
Points of view are products of experience as much as anything else. This site provides commentary that is coherent and well expressed. Agreement is optional and with or with out it, it doesn’t diminish the value. There are lot of well informed people who contribute here. Nobody alone has the whole picture.
Who needs a bio or explanations or rebutals of the people responsible for the site or those contributing, especially on a personal level? It is the information and the different points of view for which I come. I can make my own mind up about any possible biases, and we all have them.
If there is a choice to be made I say go with opt A but neither is necessary.
Thanks for keeping this site running.
Ignore Judas for she is trying to derail the passions for the subjects you kindly share with us.
Oh and thank you for this wonderful blog. Your soft introduction to Russian realpolitik has made much calmer in face of the tragedies which recur ever too often.
Option one. You remain in control and they will become more frustrated if ignored.
Say no more, your blog stands on its own merits and its content, who you were in the past is largely irrelevant.
Saker, I suggest Option ‘A’.
You’ve clarified the situation enough for now. The veracity of the situation lies within the tone and content of your blog. Anything else at this stage is irrelevant and only serves to distract from the content of the Saker blog.
BTW. Thank you (and the Saker team) for an excellent running commentary on what’s happening in the world.
Option A. Who cares what is said about you? Readers have a relationship with you that was formed not so much by your words but by that subjectivity of reading you “between the lines”. And that non-verbal communication cannot be engineered. Saker, do your thing as you usually do, without regard for what others think or say. We can all wait till 2017 to read about you because in some profound way, we already know you.
Thanks for that lovely picture of you: fantastic! Exactly how you described yourself in that one post when you were in your van waiting for your wife and a man from “the land of the free and brave” wanted to know why you were there.
Carry on, Friend.
I am Not a “member” yet, but since recently a Very Interested reader. I send You my condoleances for the loss of your mother.
My view: take option A, Protect Your family, forget or Suppress everything else.
Do what your gut says Saker.
but here is something a bit troubling about Erdogan and if one can leave aside for a moment the site it appears on if that is your preferrment the audio of Erdogan claiming to be the savior is deeply troubling and portentous.
I am really sorry to know that you have to deal with such hatred at the time in your life when you had lost your mum. I just want to say that I stand with you in this hard time.
Option A or B is your choice really. Frankly, I respected you as the Saker and would respect you the same even when you come out of the closet as Andrei Raevsky.
My only major concern is the impact on your family and therefore, I would suggest careful consideration and thinking before you make your decision.
God bless you and your family and all the members of this wonderful Saker community.
Any response to “Charlies” only dignifies their blather.
“Come out” on your terms, as you see fit. The only thing your readers need is your writing and analysis.
Nah, don’t waste time or energy or mental health on “Facebook Wars.” Facebook Wars is when family members trash each other on the internet; happens all the time. It’s like a nasty divorce. Not worth it. Best to ignore it and carry on doing your thing on your schedule and on your terms and to hell with hateful people’s blah blah…
If you think this is bad, you should see how Greg Palast was once trashed in the UK tabloids. He’s no worse for wear. He has a great sense of humor about it. Just keep your sense of humor.
this is par for the course in the internet age. Don’t feed the trolls.
Anyway, high time to appear on Crosstalk now! Might as well. There’s a silver lining there.