The Unz Review: An Alternative Media Selection
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
by  
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information



=>
Topics Filter?
2016 Election American Media American Military China Christianity Conspiracy Theories Deep State Dollar Donald Trump Economics EU Foreign Policy Gun Control History Ideology Immigration Iran Iraq ISIS Islam Israel Israel Lobby Jews Judaism Kurds Middle East NATO Neocons Neoliberalism North Korea Nuclear War Political Correctness Putin Qassem Soleimani Russia Russian Orthodox Church Saudi Arabia Soviet Union Syria Terrorism Turkey Ukraine Venezuela Vladimir Putin Yugoslavia Zionism 9/11 Aircraft Carriers Alt Right Amazon.com Anti-Semitism Arctic Resources Asia Balkans Baltics Bosnia Brexit BRICs Britain Catalonia Censorship Charlottesville Chechens Chechnya Communism Crime Cruise Missiles Cuban Missile Crisis Democracy Democratic Party Dmitry Orlov Drone War Drugs Economic Sanctions Elliott Abrams Emmanuel Macron Erdogan Europe Eurozone Financial Debt France Freedom Of Speech Gays/Lesbians Gaza Germany Gold Google Government Surveillance Guns Hezbollah Hillary Clinton Homosexuality Internet Iran Nuclear Agreement Islamophobia KGL-9268 Kosovo Latin America Malaysian Airlines MH17 Marxism MH 17 Michael Flynn Minorities Muslims Nazism Neo-Nazis NSA NSA Surveillance Oil Oil Industry Orlando Shooting Orthodoxy Panama Papers Paris Attacks Pedophilia Petro Poroshenko Poland Police State Poverty Qatar Religion Rogozin Russian History Russian Military Serbia Shias And Sunnis Srebrenica Stalinism Stephen Cohen SU-57 Terroris Tulsi Gabbard Ukrainian Crisis USSR Vladimir Zelensky World War II
Nothing found
 BlogviewThe Saker Archive

Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • BShow CommentNext New CommentNext New ReplyRead More
ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
AgreeDisagreeThanksLOLTroll
These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Thanks, LOL, or Troll with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used three times during any eight hour period.
Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
Lavrentii Beria and Mikhail Mishustin
By now we all have heard the news, the entire Russian government has resigned and a new Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, has been appointed. And we also know that the Internet has exploded with all sorts of speculations about what this all could mean. Alas, until we know who will be included in the new... Read More
When you go to vet school, they teach you a simple principle: if you are under a bridge and you hear hooves, think of horses first, but don’t forget there are also zebras out there. This is exactly what comes to my mind when I hear all the speculation about the shooting down of the... Read More
michael-hudson-864x400
The Saker: Trump has been accused of not thinking forward, of not having a long-term strategy regarding the consequences of assassinating General Soleimani. Does the United States in fact have a strategy in the Near East, or is it only ad hoc? Michael Hudson: Of course American strategists will deny that the recent actions do... Read More
I feel that there is a need to clarify a few things here which apparently baffle and perplex many. Since the beginning of this crisis the Saker Community worldwide (literally!) has been crazy busy trying to keep up with the events and make sense of what seems totally insane. I have been working nonstop for... Read More
The blowback has begun First, let’s begin by a quick summary of what has taken place (note: this info is still coming in, so there might be corrections once the official sources make their official statements). Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdl Mahdi has now officially revealed that the US had asked him to mediate between... Read More
A spiritual father kisses his beloved son
First, a quick recap of the situation We need to begin by quickly summarizing what just happened: General Soleimani was in Baghdad on an official visit to attend the funeral of the Iraqis murdered by the US on the 29th The US has now officially claimed responsibility for this murder The Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah... Read More
shutterstock_1414140164
I just got home and saw the news that General Qasem Soleimani has been murdered along with another 5-8 people by what was initially reported as a MRL strike (Russian sources say it was a drone attack). This was bad enough. Then this:
The end of the year is often a time of relative calm when the various parties to a conflict take a moment off, even when they declare nothing of the sort publicly (there are, of course, exceptions to this rule of thumb, such as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979). This year, both the... Read More
_____-_______-________
Is there a future for Russian aircraft carriers? Those following the news from Russia have probably heard that Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov (official name: Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov), was put into dry dock for major repairs and retrofits. Things did not go well. First, the dry dock... Read More
cover_ukraine_rip
The recent Paris summit and the few days following the summit have brought a lot of clarity about the future of the Minsk Agreements. Short version: Kiev has officially rejected them (by rejecting both the sequence of steps and several crucial steps). For those interested, let's look a little further. First, what just happened First,... Read More
The first thing we need to do is the remember what each participant wanted from this summit. Here is a summary of what I think (not how they officially stated it) each starting position was: Zelenskii: key notion “a flexible approach” to the Minsk Agreements No direct negotiations with the LDNR No special status Ukrainian... Read More
cover_martyanov_books
Last year I reviewed Andrei Martyanov's book "Losing Military Supremacy: the Myopia of American Strategic Planning" for the Unz Review. In that book, Martyanov explained why the era of easy US victories over pretty much defenseless countries was over and what that meant for US force planners. This year it is my immense pleasure to... Read More
cover_putin_islam
When I wrote my recent article "Deconstructing Islamophobia" I expected a rather outraged reaction from the usual circles, but I have to admit that the actual level of outrage and even pure rage really surprised me. In fact, I never realized that hatred for, and fear of, Islam had reached such a level, especially in... Read More
cover_xi_putin_rouhani
In a recent article entitled "China, Bolivia and Venezuela are proof that social democracy cannot thrive in the global capitalist order" my China-based friend and correspondent Jeff J. Brown asked me an exceedingly interesting and important question. He wrote: Russia is a social democracy, with a large, successful people owned industrial sector and many social... Read More
cover_a_ride_into_nowhere
In my July 25th article "Zelenskii's dilemma" I pointed out the fundamental asymmetry of the Ukrainian power configuration following Zelenskii's crushing victory over Poroshenko: while a vast majority of the Ukrainian people clearly voted to stop the war and restore some kind of peace to the Ukraine, the real levers of power in the post-Maidan... Read More
sharia_law_threatens_america
Introduction: a short survey of the cuckoo's nest My initial idea was to begin with a definition of "Islamophobia" but after looking around for various definitions, I decided to use my own, very primitive definition. I will define Islamophobia as the belief that Islam (the religion) and/or Muslims (the adherents to this religion) represent some... Read More
Assad and His Commanders
In his recent article "The Road to Damascus: How the Syria War Was Won" Pepe Escobar summarized the outcome of the war in Syria in the following way: This otherwise excellent summary overlooks two out of three members of the "Axis of Kindness", including Israel and the KSA. Of course, later in his analysis Pepe... Read More
shutterstock_150549371
Introduction: I recently spoke to a relative of mine who, due to her constant and voluntary exposure to the legacy AngloZionist media, sincerely believed that the three Baltic states and Poland had undergone some kind of wonderful and quasi-miraculous economic and cultural renaissance thanks to their resolute break with the putatively horrible Soviet past and... Read More
Zelenskii negotiates with Skinheads
Well, that didn't take too long. Let me summarize what just happened in the Ukraine. Everything was looking oh-so-promising and then suddenly... First, Trump, Macron and Merkel apparently told Zelenskii that he had to sign the so-called Steinmeier formula, which basically spells out the sequence of confidence-building and de-escalation measures foreseen by the Minsk Agreements.... Read More
One of the greatest Serbian heroes of all times: Chetnik General Draza Mihailovich (1943)
This is a very special day for me, because the topics I will be covering are all very dear to my heart and to my entire family. Following the Bolshevik revolution my family and another 1.5 million Russians fled their beloved motherland at the end of the civil war. All our so-called European “allies” immediately... Read More
cover_russias_kidnapping_problem
No, this will not be an article about Russians kidnapped in Chechnia (that was a very long time ago) or somewhere in a combat zone. I will be talking about the US and Iran. First, here are a few links for context: About the FBI's illegal detention of parliament member Inga Iumasheva "Imagine FSB interrogating... Read More
Heavy Strike UAV S-70 Hunter
There are probably hundreds of books out there about the so-called "Revolution in Military Affairs", some of them pretty good, most of them very bad, and a few very good ones (especially this one). For a rather dull and mainstream discussion, you can check the Wikipedia article on the RMA. Today I don't really want... Read More
Image processed by CodeCarvings Piczard ### FREE Community Edition ### on 2019-09-23 06:58:34Z |  |
An Iranian official has announced that the UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero was free to leave. Remember the Stena Impero? This is the tanker the IRGC arrested after the Empire committed an act of piracy on the high seas and seized the Iranian tanker Grace 1. Col Cassad posted a good summary of this info-battle, blow... Read More
satimage_of_strike_outcome
The Middle-East is literally exploding: the Houthis have delivered an extremely effective blow against Saudi oil production which (so they claim) has now dropped by 50% before bouncing back; there are persistent rumors that Russian Su-35S and S-400 have threatened to shoot down Israeli aircraft attacking Syria; Lebanon has declared that it will defend itself... Read More
cover_macron_de_rothschild
I don't know whether the supposedly Chinese curse really comes from China, but whether it does or not, we most certainly are cursed with living in some truly interesting times: Iran won the first phase of the “tanker battle” against the AngloZionists, Putin offered to sell Russian hypersonic missiles to Trump (Putin has been trolling... Read More
trump_thug_life
There is nothing new about empires taking hostages and using them to put pressure on whatever rebel group needs to reminded “who is boss”. The recent arrest in Italy of Alexander Korshunov, the director for business development at Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC), is really nothing new but just the latest in a long string... Read More
cover_the_bromancing_parties
Israeli Prime Minister made it to Kiev today, where he was greeted by the (pseudo) “traditional” Ukronazi slogan “Glory to the Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!”. For somebody like me who dislikes Zionism and Nazism just about the same, it was a sweet irony to see an Israeli Prime Minister officially traveling to the Nazi-occupied... Read More
cover_boeing-777_mh17
The Saker: First, a que
marandi
The Saker: It is often said that there is an “axis of resistance” which comprises Syrian, Hezbollah, Iran, Russia and China. Sometimes, Venezuela, Cuba or the DPRK are added to this list. Do you believe that there is such an “axis of resistance” and, if yes, how would you characterize the nature of this informal... Read More
cover_ukro_delusions_vs_reality
When Zelenskii came to power, there were two fundamental options he could have chosen. These options were, roughly: Option one or pragmatism above ideology: to make a determined effort to address Ukraine's most urgent problems. At the very least, Zelenskii could have ordered his forces to stop firing and have them withdraw to a safe... Read More
cover-us-imperialism-dead
"Missing the forest for the trees" is an apt metaphor if we take a look at most commentary describing the past twenty years or so. This period has been remarkable in the number of genuinely tectonic changes the international system has undergone. It all began during what I think of as the “Kristallnacht of international... Read More
cover-more-of-the-same
The recent elections to the Ukrainian Rada have yielded two most interesting results: First, almost all the nationalist parties failed to get even one representative elected to the Rada (Poroshenko's and Timoshenko's parties did get some seats, but only 25 each) Second, for the first time since the independence of the Ukraine, the country's President... Read More
williams-vs-sharapova
First things first: let get the obvious out of the way Homosexuality is a phenomenon which has probably always existed and which has often polarized society into two camps: those who believe that there is something inherently bad/wrong/pathological/abnormal with homosexuality (probably most/all major religions) and those who emphatically disagree. This is normal. After all, the... Read More
Patrushev in Jerusalem
This Spring saw a sudden increase in the volume of articles in the so-called "alternative media and blogosphere" about Putin "selling out" Syria or Iran to the Israelis and their US patrons, or both. What was particularly interesting about this campaign is that it was not triggered by any kind of event or statement by... Read More
powerprimacybook
The Saker: Please introduce yourself and your past and present political activities (books, articles, memberships, etc.) A.B. Abrams: I am an expert on the international relations, recent history and geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region. I have published widely on defense and politics related subjects under various pseudonyms. I am proficient in Chinese, Korean and other... Read More
irantankersaker
The first thing to say here is that we have no means to know what really happened. At the very least, there are two possible hypotheses which could explain what took place: 1) a US provocation: it is quite possible that somebody in the US chain of command decided that Iran should be put under... Read More
The Saker: please explain what a Quaker is and how you became one? Edik: “Quaker” is a member of the Religious Society of Friends, a small Protestant movement which was founded in England in the 1640s. Our formal name comes from John 15:15, in which Jesus says “Henceforth I do not call you servants; for... Read More
sakeriran-cover
My name is Aram Mirzaei, I'm 30 years old and live somewhere in Europe. Originally, I hail from western Iran, a place that is deeply rooted in my heart. Ever since my teenage years, I've had a passion for history and politics, a trait I inherited from my mother who was an Iranian revolutionary. Naturally,... Read More
desantis_in_israel
We all know that the Neocons are by far the largest and most influential group of sponsors of US wars of aggression. They are the ones who lobbied the hardest for the invasion of Iraq, and they are the ones which for decades have tried every possible dirty trick to lure the US into acts... Read More
anti_united_russia_poster
As predicted, Putin's popularity takes a nosedive. This fact is not often discussed in the West, but the popularity of Vladimir Putin is in decline and has been so ever since, following his reelection, he kept more or less the same (already unpopular) government while that government very clumsily attempted to "sneak by" undetected a... Read More
cover_the_best_military_in_the_history_of_mankind
Last week saw what was supposed to be a hyperpower point fingers for its embarrassing defeat not only at Venezuela, which successfully defeated Uncle Shmuel's coup plans, but also at a list of other countries including Cuba, Russia, China and Iran. It's is rather pathetic and, frankly, bordering on the comically ridiculous. Uncle Shmuel clearly... Read More
maybe_next_time
Introduction It is sometimes helpful not to look at any one specific issue in detail, but rather make a survey of ongoing processes instead. The resulting picture is neither better nor worse, it is simply different. This is what I want to do today: to take a bird's eye view of our suffering planet. Putin... Read More
the_people_of_venezuela
The Empire has suffered painful defeats in Afghanistan and Iraq, but one has to admit that these are “tough” countries to crack. The Empire also appears to have lost control of Libya, but that is another complex country which is very hard to control. We also saw all the pathetic huffing and puffing with the... Read More
Zelenskii as the Servant of the People
As everybody predicted, Poroshenko completely lost the election. As I wrote in my previous column, this is both amazing (considering Poro's immense and extensive resources and the fact that his opponent was, literally, a clown (ok, a comic if you prefer). His defeat was also so predictable as to be almost inevitable: not only is... Read More
dmitry_orlov-2
If I had to characterize the current international situation using only one word, the word "chaos" would be a pretty decent choice (albeit not the only one). Chaos in the Ukraine, chaos in Venezuela, chaos everywhere the Empire is involved in any capacity and, of course, chaos inside the US. But you wouldn't know that... Read More
trump_and_great_military_leader
Ever since Mr. MAGA made it to the White House, I have been awed by the level of sheer stupidity and, frankly, the immorality of this administration. Obama was almost as incompetent and evil, but Trump truly brought about a qualitative change in what we could loosely refer to as the "average White House IQ."... Read More
The first round of the Presidential election in the Ukraine took place on April Fool's Day and it could be tempting to dismiss it all like a big farce which, of course, it was, but, we should not overlook the fact that some very interesting and important events have just taken place. I won't discuss... Read More
trump-praying-hard-at-the-western-wall
There is no doubt that the 9/11 false flag (now even admitted (by direct implication) by NIST!) was a watershed, a seminal event in our history. While millions (or even billions) watched in horror as the twin towers burned, a small group of Mossad agents stood nearby and danced in overwhelming joy. Why exactly were... Read More
not-my-president
Folks in the West are taught that their civilization has its roots in ancient Rome and/or ancient Greece. This is more a case of self-aggrandizement than serious historical research. While it is true that the city of Rome was sacked in 410 AD, the Christian Roman civilization continued in the East for another 1000 years... Read More
elliotabrams01
Maduro wins the first round The standoff between Venezuela and the AngloZionist Empire last week-end has clearly ended in what can only be called a total defeat for Elliott Abrams. While we will never know what was initially planned by the demented minds of the Neocons, what we do know is that nothing critical happened:... Read More
PastClassics
How America was neoconned into World War IV
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
Our Reigning Political Puppets, Dancing to Invisible Strings