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Glorious Revolution of 1688: England declares ‘death to all other revolutions’

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog (This is the second chapter in a new book, France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values. Please click here for the article which announces this book and explains its goals.) Modern conservatism was hugely inspired by Edmund Burke’s constant assertion that one is not permitted to remake society into something new because to wipe out the historical context which shaped

The UK’s endless reaction: 1789 & feudalism’s end creates modern conservatism

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog (This is the first chapter in a new book, France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values. Please click here for the article which announces this book and explains its goals.) It would be boring to defend the French Revolution by showing the moral and intellectual worth of its left spectrum – of Danton and Robespierre, Marat and Babeuf. What’s far

Fixing Russia’s ‘denazification’ PR disaster: not ‘neo-Nazi’, but ‘3rd-gen Nazis’

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog As I wrote in my previous article on this issue – the total Western failure of Russia’s “denazification” justification for its armed operation in Ukraine – Russia will lose the battle for Western hearts and minds if it fails to introduce new discussions and prolonged, patient debates about what “Nazi” means in 2022. Some point out that Russia doesn’t have to convince anyone

Introduction: A Yellow Vests’ history must rewrite recent & ancient French history

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog For readers who missed the announcement of this new book, France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values, please click here in order to see the short recap of what this book is about and why it’s not only the best French election primer you can find, but necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand the Yellow Vests and modern

The Russian ‘denazification’ PR disaster: How, why and what to do

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog Maybe it’s worked in Russia, but a military operation in Ukraine based on “denazification” has been a total public relations disaster everywhere else. Quite simply: Russia should have known that the use of the word “Nazi” totally shuts down any discussion in the West. Russia is waging a new type of military operation but they lazily or foolishly thought that “denazification” was a

New book – ‘France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s best values’

Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog As the journalist – in English or French – who has covered more Yellow Vest demonstrations than any other, I thought it was my responsibility to give them something I can’t find anywhere: an objective, accurate and complete history. I am publishing here, in a chapter-by-chapter serialised format, my new book – France’s Yellow Vests: Western Repression of the West’s Best Values. Soon after

‘Remaining in the EU means peace’ – Ukraine explodes that Bourgeois Bloc idea

By Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog For many years Europeans have said the European Union was the only way to have peace on the continent. I always had a tough time seeing the direct correlation. I often wondered if the thinking was: Europeans are so bloodthirsty and savage that they have to join themselves together just to keep from killing each other. It reminded me of English critic A.A.

‘Neither East nor West but the Russian Federation’? Russia considers Iran’s way

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog Iran hasn’t invaded a country in over 200 years, and Iranians boast of this fact often, as they should. However, if Iran invaded a country – and of course they will not – I think everyone would agree they should brace themselves for years of Iranian seriousness, self-sacrifice and determination. If the Iranian people agreed war was the only option, then woe betide

Western progressives must demand 3.5 more years of – no, permanent – Russophobia!

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog Yes, the gravestone is of THAT Joseph McCarthy. Joseph McCarthy, United States Senator, rabid Russophobe, fanatical anti-socialist, leader of America’s 2nd Red Scare (1947-57), ruiner of countless lives, raging alcoholic, the most effective shill ever for the military-industrial complex, whose name became the eponym to describe political witch-hunts, rests in his home state of Wisconsin in a lakeside plot along a gorgeous stretch

France’s conservatives cry out for National Socialism – Zemmour’s response?

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog The two big differences between 2017 and 2022 are that back then France had a presidential candidate who should have been called a National Socialist, and that in 2022 the country has somehow moved even further to the right. History will show that back in 2017 the Great Financial Crisis – just the latest failure of Western liberalism – had inflamed the masses

Iran at 43: Linking with & learning from the world’s other great revolutions

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV We shouldn’t be surprised the West doesn’t understand the Iranian Islamic Revolution, even after 43 years. After all, they don’t even understand their own political revolutions. I’m writing a new book on the brutal repression of the Yellow Vests in France – which should be out before April’s election – and it’s forced me to freshen up on my modern Western political history,

Catastrophe since 2017: How to cover France’s presidential election?

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV It’s a question which appears almost too basic a starting point, but not when we recall what a catastrophe the heart of Western Europe has been since 2017: What is to be done about France? Emmanuel Macron: Marketed as Prince Charming but who quickly became Evil King Manu I of the neoliberal empire of the European Union. The Yellow Vests: It’s as if

Yellow Vests ‘Season 2’ begins – are Season 1’s always better?

By Ramin Mazaheri posted with permission and cross-posted with PressTV Last weekend, after more than one and half years away, the Yellow Vests hit the streets again for what they are calling “Season 2”. You’re going to laugh and say, “But Season 2 of television programs are always worse!” Sure, for TV shows which turn out to be lousy. I find it hard to imagine that the Yellow Vests are

Is 1% of the US now Iranian-American? No, that’s an undercount

By Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog (Author’s note: This is my first article after a 5-month sabbatical. 2019 Yellow Vests, 2020 corona/US election – I needed a break. However, I’m glad to see everything has been fixed in my absence!) This year the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced a startling figure: 1.5 million Iranians who were born in Iran now reside in the United States. That denotes that there has

The Iran-China pact is a huge blow for Western imperialists who want war in Asia (2/2)

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV In the first part of this article, titled Nixon ‘opened’ China, but only socialist superpower China could ‘open’ Iran, I discussed the historic role reversal: it’s the position of the superpower China which now counts the most, and not the the attitude of the United States. The 25-year Iran-China pact is actually an undercounting as it is essentially – to quote China’s foreign

Nixon ‘opened’ China, but only superpower, socialist China could ‘open’ Iran (1/2)

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV One thing about Western business media is that whenever any imperialism-opposing nation has a major success their subsequent understatement speaks volumes, as evidenced by an article in the oil trade press, The Iran-China Axis Is A Fast Growing Force In Oil Markets, at the website OilPrice. For trade journalists they are quite behind the trends of their industry: Iran and China are now

US, Israel & EU election farces or the ‘Allies of Sovereignty’ – Iran, China & Russia?

By Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV Too bad the elections for European Parliament aren’t this year – we could have enjoyed all three tones of the chord of “liberal (aristocratic) democracy”. The United States, the European Union and Israel – the triumvirate which dominates half the world and thinks it has the moral and intellectual right to rule the other half – obviously have incredibly flawed, domestically-denigrated and politically

Lula’s lessons for Iran before Brazil’s populist showdown begins

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV Remember in 2010 when Brazil had “arrived”? That was Lula. Back then the United States and Europe were financially imploding but Brazil – with a strong real, fresh off the very first BRIC summit in 2009, and with the economic redistribution polices championed by Lula – was looking like a permanent and necessary geopolitical power. Their tourists were trotting the globe while Westerners

Iran at 42: Keeper of mankind’s anti-imperialist flame amid the ‘end of history’

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV At 42 years the Iranian Islamic Revolution has endured so long that it has seen the reactionary force which rose to counter it – Reaganism – partially defeated by a new faction: Trumpism. With the return to power – via Joe Biden – of the three decade-long Clintonista ideology Iran hasn’t lasted so very long as to witness a total sea change in

Which nation will US Democrats try to destroy in the next 4 years?

by Ramin Mazaheri (@RaminMazaheri2) and cross-posted with PressTV John Kennedy’s “Camelot” was a magical time for US leftists. Too bad its promise was not fully realised – his attempted armed overthrow of the Cuban Revolution failed to return Washington’s fascist allies to power. It’s so interesting how Lyndon Baines Johnson was brought down by mass protests which were not equaled until Donald Trump. The difference is that the anti-LBJ protests