Tag "Open thread"

Open thread, one development and a request

Dear friends, God willing, I will post an analysis tomorrow of what apparently has happened (I will look at at least two main versions) and what is going on today. At this point all I can do is to confirm that overnight the Russians have hit Ukrainian electricity nodes and that much of the Ukraine, especially in the East, is in the dark.  Even “Ze” confirmed this.  BTW – the

Open Thread, one article, a very promising new blog and trolls/bots

Dear friends, I am creating an open thread about the SMO in the Ukraine. As a “primer” I recommend this machine translation of a Russian article: Version one: https://translated.turbopages.org/proxy_u/ru-en.en.2ae402df-631d0e24-b263427a-74722d776562/https/vz.ru/news/2022/9/10/1176889.html Version two: https://vz-ru.translate.goog/news/2022/9/10/1176889.html?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp And, just to clarify, Sivkov (PhD in Military Sciences) is very critical of Putin and the Russian Military and while we can criticize much of what he writes, he is hardly a “flagwaver”. Finally, please pay special attention

Open thread for today

There is an amazing amount of current news to discuss. Gazprom does not like the paperwork accompanying the Canada-returned gas turbine. And another one is being taken offline. Deliveries via the Nord Stream from July 27 will be no more than 33 million cubic meters per day (against the current maximum of 67 million cubic meters). Lavrov is making incredible statements on his major Arab League and African Tour and

Open Thread for Today

Use as open thread for those aspects of our blue marble that falls within the general Saker discussion sphere. The Big News of the day is that Shoigu took the brakes off and told his commanders in the field that there is a need for speed and bigger and intensified action in the Ukraine.  The timing is epic!  On July 17, 1942, the Battle of Stalingrad began, one of the

Open thread: Multipolarity

By Amarynth for the Saker Blog The stark difference is imperialism vs multipolarity Historically multipolarity undermines imperialism, maximalism, and a single point of control over the whole world for example, long arm of the law jurisdiction where US law seemingly is obeyed by lackey countries and groups. Productive power and ability have spread sufficiently widely to displace the west from being the only central ruler of the world order.  Larger

Open Thread for today

This is an open thread for discussion of everything Saker related. Two notes to start it off: The Russian MoD released a very interesting additional statement, beyond their usual factual briefings.  It reads as follows: ◽️Successful offensive of Russian units towards Lugansk within 5 days has resulted in the liberation of Loskutovka, Podlesnoye, Mirnaya Dolina, Shchebkaryer, Vrubovka, Nyrkovo, Nikiolayevka, Novoivanovka, Ustinovka and Ray-Aleksandrovka. ◽️Group of Ukrainian units has been completely

Open thread (and notes)

The world is busy with the greatest part busy with building their lives and their countries and regaining sovereignty, and the smallest portion busy sinking. We have Spief going on in St Petersburg and seemingly a number of loose threads are being pulled together. We have Europe’s gas supply being throttled by Russia, as Siemens could not supply repair parts because Canada did not want to release the parts because

Open Thread for today (plus comments)

For Ukraine issues, we can still use the latest sitrep here. Please use this as open thread for all other issues pertinent to the Saker Blog. A few latest happenings and statements: Chinese Ambassador to Russia Zhang Hanhui:  “We must put an end once and for all to the hegemony of the United States, with its eternal desire to interfere in the affairs of sovereign states” The following is non-trivial

Open thread for today and a few comments

Use as an open thread for today for any topic discussed at the Saker Blog and not already being discussed in other threads. Comments: – This article by Andrei Maryanov is almost required reading: http://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2022/05/plans-are-changing-for-us-larry-talks.html – And I do so like Maria Zakharova.  She just told Olaf Scholz that he is a plagiarist. #Opinion by Maria Zakharova: 💬 Speaking at the Davos World Economic Forum, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said:

Open thread for today and some comments

Use as open thread for today for any topic discussed at the Saker Blog and not already discussed in other threads. Comments:  How about those sanctions?  European Gas Buyers Switch to Ruble Payments – It’s reported another 14 firms – on top of the existing 20 – have requested the paperwork to set up accounts too.  Italy and Germany – huge consumers of Russian gas – are among those that

Open Thread .. dedicated to Victory over Nazism

Why is the Great Patriotic War such a big deal to the Russians? Over 26 million people of the Soviet Union, 18 million of whom were civilians, – the ultimate sacrifice and the “toll” of Victory. It’s no exaggeration – every family in the post-Soviet countries has relatives or loved ones who served, died, worked on the home front, or was affected by the scariest of wars. Thus, whenever their

Open thread for today and a few notes

The news just does not stop coming.  In the big scheme of things, China is completely and unreservedly committed to Russia and the concept of mutual and indivisible security and a true multipolarity in the world. CHINA WEIGHS IN “While Europe and the international community are calling to end the war, the US continues to fan the flames and is ready to fight to the last Ukrainian.” “The US continues

Open Thread

This is an open thread for today as I see many threads go seriously off-topic.  Use as commentary for everything Saker Blog related that does not fit into currently running essays, sitreps, updates and threads. All moderation rules are in full effect and it would be good for new commentators to please read the moderation policy. Amarynth

Today’s Open Thread

This is today’s open thread for The Saker Blog discussion points. All moderation rules are in effect.  For all the new readers and commentariat, please read the moderation policy. Updates on the Ukraine Mariupol has been declared liberated and it is being called the 2nd Liberation of Mariupol.  Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu, during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, announced that “The Total Liberation of Mariupol by

Today’s Open Thread

All things Russia and the Ukraine. There are a few pieces from Andrei Martyanov that should be taken into account, specifically this:  http://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2022/03/sadly-only-in-russian.html The video that he quotes is frustrating, but with a little perseverance and patience, can be parsed and understood with English sub-titles turned on. Moderation policy ‘rules’, and if you post in a language other than English, you are welcome but also provide a machine translation for

Open Thread

This is meant for all the many reports from Saker commentators on the daily progress in the Ukraine. Also, for all other comments that cannot find a home in the current live threads but contain Saker Blog content. Moderation policy is in full effect.  New commentators must kindly update themselves on the rules for commenting here. For those that post in languages other than English, kindly provide us with a

Open Thread for Today

This open thread for today will act as a catch-all for all of the many comments that our current threads don’t specifically handle.  Note, Saker Blog related content only please. Moderation Rules are in full effect.