Tag "Paul Schmutz Schaller"

On Red Lines and Core Interests

Note: I regularly post columns by guest authors with whom I do not agree.  This is also the case today.  First, I believe that Paul Schmutz Shaller has mistakenly attributed to Paul Craig Roberts the opinions of Iben Thranholm (see full video here).  He also misunderstood the use (not by PCR but by Russia Insider who created the title!) of the word “pussy” in the title which refers to the

Two Popular Votes in Switzerland: Right Wing Colonial Thinking and Left Wing Colonial Thinking

Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog a) Definitions I must start by defining what I understand by „colonial thinking“. This means the conviction in Western countries that their country, their system, their culture, their general mentality is much better than in the other parts of the world. One may add the conviction that the religion („Western“ Christianity) is better than other religions. Or the conviction of white supremacy; but

Geopolitical Tendencies of the Last Six Years

Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog 1) China, Russia, and Iran – confronted with Western aggressions – develop their strength and collaboration In my eyes, the most important evolution in the last six years is that now, the leading forces are China, Russia, and Iran, and no more Western hegemonism under the direction of the USA. China, Russia, and Iran have not only fended off different Western attacks, but

Switzerland and the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Second Wave

by Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog General situation The SMI (Swiss Stock Market) index is presently about the same as one year ago. This means that the Swiss brokers did loose nothing in the year 2020. The feelings of the broad population however are completely different, most would say that 2020 was really a bad year. Moreover, the SMI sharply dropped twice in 2020, in the end of

After the US elections: A Pyrrhic Victory for the West and a new Strategic Situation

Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog Personally, I was very affected by these US elections, more than I expected. After some days of real sadness, I started to think again. And I came to the conclusion that the results are not so bad, finally. Once more, reality has proven much more creative than all human theories. Obviously, the US elections were a very important event. The meaning that the

New role for China and Russia – and how after a Biden victory?

Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog On the world stage, profound changes are under way. Obviously, China and Russia have lost the confidence that the West will contribute to the solution of the world’s problems in some constructive manner. China and Russia have now accepted their role as the leading forces with the responsibility of holding the world together. The West held this role for centuries, but this time

Facing Difficulties, Do not React Defensively

by Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog At the end of the year 2019, I wrote: „From my point of view, 2019 was a very positive year and I am convinced that the same will be the case for 2020.“ Unfortunately, my expectations for 2020 have turned out to be too optimistic. There is however no reason to hang one’s head. The general outlook remains positive, a Western dominated

Trump or not Trump – Is this Really the Question?

Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog Introduction From a global point of view, the most important political question is certainly whether you stay on the side of the USA/Western hegemonism or whether you stay on the side of China, Russia, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, or, in short, of a post-Western world. Once this question is decided, the next problem today is obviously – as I see

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

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

Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Ansarullah is the front line, not China-Russia

Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog During the last days, we saw dramatic changes in the Syrian situation. For the fourth time in the last years, Turkey invaded Syria. But the actual invasion is quite different since it is directly targeted against the Syrian army. This was confirmed, on March 1, by the Turkish defense minister and, on March 2, by Erdogan. The Turkish aggression is carried out by

Mathematics and the Power of a Nation

Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog Introduction In some sense, this article is a comment on some aspects of Andrei Martyanov’s two books „Losing Military Supremacy: the Myopia of American Strategic Planning“ (2018) and „The (Real) Revolution in Military Affairs“ (2019). I am not aiming at discussing these excellent books; if you do not intend to read them, you may at least look at the book reviews of The

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

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

United Kingdom: from the Brexit vote on June 23 (2016) to the general election on December 12 (2019)

By Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog In June 2016, Brexit was accepted by 51.9% against 48.1%. This was a political sensation and a huge blow against the arrogance and the omnipotence of money. Although the result was relatively clear (by Swiss standards), the losing side made every effort in order to undo it. In the general elections of December 12, the Brexit vote was however clearly confirmed. Under

Some questions concerning the putsch in Bolivia

by Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog Preliminary note Of course, I have read the Saker’s article „A few short comments about the Fascist coup in Bolivia“, posted on November 12, as well as most of the comments. However, the predominant assessment did not satisfy me. Considering that my knowledge of the situation in South America is quite rudimentary and that my ideas were not clear enough, I was

The case of the Occident is lost

By Paul Schmutz Schaller for the Saker Blog I claim that 2019 will be the year when it has become obvious that the case of the Western hegemony is lost. In my text „Iran or the fight for the strategic initiative“ (August 7, 2019), I wrote that the Western hegemonic forces and the worldwide anti-hegemonic forces fight for the strategic initiative and that Iran is actually the center of this

Syria: Dignity, tenacity, and commitment against Western hegemony

By Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog In a complex situation like the actual one in north and northeast Syria, one has to clarify what is the principal contradiction. As far as I know, this concept is due to Mao Zedong (see “On Contradiction” (1937)). So, what is this principal contradiction? In my eyes, we have on the one hand the forces which defend the Western hegemony. They dream

Switzerland: the political system and the cold arrogance

by Paul Schmutz Schaller for the Saker Blog Since more than 125 years, Switzerland has a very interesting tradition of popular votes. There are three situations which lead to a popular vote: a) (Small) changes of the constitution, proposed by the government and approved by the parliament. b) (Small) changes of the constitution, proposed by a popular initiative, which needs to collect 100’000 signatures (not online!); actually, there are 5.44

Donald Trump has no measure

by Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog Some weeks ago, I was convinced that Trump would be quietly re-elected in 2020. His position was very confortable. His political program “Make America great again” has made its way. He has finally taken the reins in his government. And in the relations of the USA with the other countries, he has established the style “as long as you dance to my