Articles by Pepe Escobar

We found 204 results.


Asia’s Future Takes Shape in Vladivostok, the Russian Pacific
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Sep 2022

8 Sep 2022 – Sixty-eight countries gathered on Russia’s far eastern coast to listen to Moscow’s economic and political vision for the Asia-Pacific.

→ read full article

All the Way to Odessa
Pepe Escobar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2022

26 Aug 2022 – The leadership in Moscow is making it very clear, the new deal consists in slow cooking the Kiev racket inside a massive cauldron while polishing its status of financial black hole for the collective West. Until we reach boiling point – which will be a revolution or a putsch.

→ read full article

Six Months into Ukraine’s Collapse, the World Has Changed Forever
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2022

24 Aug 2022 – The inevitable transfer of power away from the west is leading to a surge in state-sponsored terrorism, but this will do little to reverse the trend. To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, this is the way the (new) world begins, not with a whimper but a bang.

→ read full article

How a Missile in Kabul Connects to a Speaker in Taipei
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2022

3 Aug 2022 – Washington’s hard power display of taking out Al-Qaeda’s Al-Zawahiri will not be reciprocated by Beijing over Pelosi’s provocative visit to Taiwan. It does however, definitively bury the decades-long era of cooperative US-Chinese relations.

→ read full article

From Balkh to Konya: Discovering Rumi’s Spiritual Geopolitics
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2022

30 Jul 2022 – While the mystic poet, Sufi, theosophist and thinker Jalal al-Din Rumi is synonymous with Islamic mysticism, a deeper dig brings to light the West Asian political changes and upheavals that shaped his world and other-worldly view.

→ read full article

For Those about to Rock, NAM 2.0 Salutes You
Pepe Escobar | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2022

22 Jul 2022 – Those were the days, in 1955, at the legendary Indonesia conference when the Global South started dreaming of building a new world via the Non-Aligned Movement. NAM 2.0 drive – of which China is a key player – stands in stark opposition to how the Empire of Chaos wove its toxic net since the start of the millennium.

→ read full article

The Multipolar “Iran-Russia-Turkey Troika” Overshadows “Unipolar Joe Biden” in West Asia
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jul 2022

20 Jul 2022 – The Tehran summit uniting Iran-Russia-Turkey was a fascinating affair in more ways than one. Their Presidents convened to discuss critical issues pertaining to West Asia, with the illegal US occupation of Syria and wholesale rejection of the “war on terror” exceptionalist unipolarity that once ruled West Asia, as key talking points.

→ read full article

Exile on Main Street: The Sound of the Unipolar World Fading Away
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2022

22 Jun 2022 – Let’s cut to the chase and roll in the Putin Top Ten of the New Era, announced by the Russian President live at the St. Petersburg forum for both the Global North and South. The future world order, already in progress, will be formed by strong sovereign states. The ship has sailed. There’s no turning back.

→ read full article

Behind the Tin Curtain: BRICS+ vs NATO/G7
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2022

28 Jun 2022 – The West is nostalgically caught up with outdated ‘containment’ policies, this time against Global South integration. Unfortunately for them, the rest of the world is moving on, together.

→ read full article

St. Petersburg Sets the Stage for the War of Economic Corridors
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jun 2022

18 Jun 2022 – In St. Petersburg, the world’s new powers gather to upend the US-concocted “rules-based order” and reconnect the globe their way.

→ read full article

Will the Global South Break Free from Dollarized Debt?
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2022

9 Jun 2022 – In his latest book, economist Michael Hudson pits socialism against finance capitalism and tears apart the ‘dream civilization’ imposed by the 1 percent.

→ read full article

Bilderberg Meets in Washington: Bilderberg Does China–An Economic Hurricane Is Coming
Pepe Escobar | Global Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2022

7 Jun 2022 – Discreetly, as under the radar as a looming virus, the 68th Bilderberg meeting is currently underway in Washington, D.C. Nothing to see here. No conspiracy theories about a “secret cabal”, please. This is just a docile, “diverse group of political leaders and experts” having a chat, a laugh, and a bubbly.

→ read full article

Empire of Bioweapon Lies
Pepe Escobar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2022

13 May 2022 – An ongoing U.S. bioweapons program in Ukraine was one of the Top Three reasons that led to Operation Z. So just when we thought we could enjoy the summer by watching Europe commit hara-kiri, it’s time to stock up on those Aperol Spritz. Get ready for a new hit series, season 1: Inside the American bioweapon racket.

→ read full article

Russian Geoeconomics Tzar Sergey Glazyev Introduces the New Global Financial System
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2022

14 Apr 2022 – The world’s new monetary system, underpinned by a digital currency, will be backed by a basket of new foreign currencies and natural resources. And it will liberate the Global South from both western debt and IMF-induced austerity.

→ read full article

Say Hello to Russian Gold and Chinese Petroyuan
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2022

15 Mar 2022 – It was a long time coming, but finally some key lineaments of the multipolar world’s new foundations are being revealed. The Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union and China just agreed to design the mechanism for an independent financial and monetary system that would bypass dollar transactions.

→ read full article

Follow the Money: US Sanctions–Will Russia Be Able to Bypass Western Economic Warfare?
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2022

The US and EU are over-reaching on Russian sanctions. The end result could be the de-dollarization of the global economy and massive commodity shortages worldwide.

→ read full article

“Do You Want a War Between Russia and NATO?”
Pepe Escobar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

9 Feb 2022 – Mr. Macron went to Moscow to see Mr. Putin with a simple 4-stage plan in mind.

→ read full article

Iran-Russia Hit Maximum Strategy
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jan 2022

21 Jan 2022 – Three ain’t a crowd: The Iran-Russia summit this week, concurrent with RIC military drills in the Sea of Oman, in advance of a Xi-Putin meeting in two weeks, suggests a rapidly-advancing strategic vision for the three Eurasian powers.

→ read full article

Mr. Xi Plays Davos Man
Pepe Escobar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jan 2022

19 Jan 2022 – A collective West “led” by unspeakable mediocrities looks at the Russia-China strategic partnership as if it was something like a double-headed Anti-Christ. Xi, for his part, seems not to be impressed.

→ read full article

Will the Islamic World Save Afghanistan?
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Dec 2021

21 Dec 2021 – Between the complex internal dynamics of the Taliban and the western trick of conditional aid, it is the Muslim world that must act to save Afghanistan.

→ read full article

What Putin Really Told Biden
Pepe Escobar | Asia Times – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Dec 2021

8 Dec 2021 – So Russian President Vladimir Putin, by himself, and United States President Joe Biden, surrounded by aides, finally had their secret video link conference for two hours and two minutes – with translators placed in different rooms. Both leaders dropped their respective rhetorical gauntlets but nobody really expects Russia to invade Ukraine.

→ read full article

Fauci as Darth Vader of the Covid Wars
Pepe Escobar | The Unz Review – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Nov 2021

25 Nov 2021 – A rollicking review of RF Kennedy Jr’s, The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health

→ read full article

The World According to Vladimir Putin
Pepe Escobar | Global Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Nov 2021

23 Oct 2021 – Russian president, in Sochi, lays down the law in favor of conservatism – says the woke West is in decline.

→ read full article

From Russia, with (Taliban) Love
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Oct 2021

21 Oct 2021 – Asia’s powerbrokers dropped an Afghan bombshell in Moscow today: ‘The country’s reconstruction must be paid for by its military occupiers of 20 years.’

→ read full article

What to Expect from Taliban 2.0
Pepe Escobar | Asia Times – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Sep 2021

8 Sep 2021 – A wiser, better-traveled and social media-savvy Taliban will strive to avoid the many dire mistakes of its 1996-2001 rule.

→ read full article

Blowback: Taliban Target US Intel’s Shadow Army
Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Sep 2021

27 Aug 2021 – The Kabul Airport bombing shows there are shadowy forces in Afghanistan, willing to disrupt a peaceful transition after US troops leave. But what about US intel’s own ‘shadow army,’ amassed over two decades of occupation? Who are they, and what is their agenda?

→ read full article

Who Profits from the Kabul Suicide Bombing?
Pepe Escobar | Asia Times – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2021

27 Aug 2021 – The horrific Kabul suicide bombing by ISIS-Khorasan aims to introduce an extra vector in an already incandescent situation: to prove, to Afghans and to the outside world, that the nascent Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Taliban, is incapable of securing the capital.

→ read full article

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Back with a Bang
Pepe Escobar | Asia Times – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Aug 2021

16 Aug 2021 – In the end, the Saigon moment happened faster than any Western intel “expert” expected. Four frantic days of the most astonishing guerrilla blitzkrieg of recent times, Afghan-style: lots of persuasion, lots of tribal deals, zero columns of tanks, minimal loss of blood. The US ‘loss’ of Afghanistan is a repositioning and the new mission is not a ‘war on terror,’ but Russia and China.

→ read full article

How Myanmar Fits into China’s New Silk Roads
Pepe Escobar | InsideOver – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2021

4 Aug 2021 – How Beijing approaches the Myanmar maze is conditioned by four variables: natural gas; water; the drug trade; and the fractious clashes between the Tatmadaw and a dizzying patchwork of over 135 ethnic minorities.

→ read full article

Shanghai Cooperation Organization New Great Game Gets Back to Basics in Afghanistan
Pepe Escobar | Asia Times – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jul 2021

13 Jul 2021 – Russia-China-Iran Alliance Is Taking Afghanistan’s Bull by the Horns

→ read full article

From History: Afghanistan and the CIA Heroin Ratline
Pepe Escobar | Sputnik - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jul 2021

27 Aug 2017 – Up to 93% of the world’s opium comes from Afghanistan. Near the top of the Persian Gulf’s array of extremely compromising secrets is the Afghan heroin ratline – with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) positioned as the golden node of a transnational, trillion dollar heroin money laundering operation.

→ read full article

A Saigon Moment in the Hindu Kush
Pepe Escobar | Asia Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

7 Jul 2021 – The US is on the verge of its own second Vietnam repeated as farce in a haphazard retreat from Afghanistan. Let’s start with some stunning facts on the Afghan ground.

→ read full article

The Chinese Miracle, Revisited
Pepe Escobar | Strategic Culture Foundation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

The Chinese Communist Party’s centennial takes place on 1 July at the heart of an incandescent geopolitical equation. China, the emerging superpower, is back to the global prominence it enjoyed throughout centuries of recorded history, while the declining Hegemon is paralyzed by the “existential challenge” posed to its fleeting, unilateral dominance.

→ read full article

The Real B3W-NATO Agenda
Pepe Escobar | Global Research - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jun 2021

16 Jun 2021 – The NATO summit communiqué concise low down: Russia is an “acute threat” and China is a “systemic challenge”. NATO, of course, are just a bunch of innocent kids building castles in a sandbox. Those were the days when Lord Hastings Lionel Ismay, NATO’s first secretary-general, coined the trans-Atlantic purpose: to “keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.”

→ read full article

Lula in a Wilderness of Mirrors in Brazil
Pepe Escobar | Asia Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

17 Mar 2021 – Still in the legal woods and not daring to project as a revolutionary leader, Lula should nonetheless never be underestimated. His best bet will be to hit the road, unleash the battered working masses in the streets, energize them, talk to them, listen to them. And act like the true leader of the Global South he never ceased to be.

→ read full article

No Escape from Our Techno-Feudal World
Pepe Escobar | Global Research - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Dec 2020

3 Dec 2020 – The Digital Age was crucially associated with right-wing ideology from the very start. The incubation was provided by the Progress and Freedom Foundation (PFF), active from 1993 to 2010 and conveniently funded, among others, by Microsoft, At&T, Disney, Sony, Oracle, Google and Yahoo. In 1994, PFF held a ground-breaking conference in Atlanta that eventually led to a seminal Magna Carta: literally, Cyberspace and the American Dream: a Magna Carta for the Knowledge Era, published in 1996, during the first Clinton term.

→ read full article

First Comes a Rolling Civil War
Pepe Escobar | Asia Times/Global Research - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

10 Nov 2020 – Biden is on a double precipice of the worst-ever economic depression coupled with imminent explosions of social rage. The massive psyops is ongoing. This is a live exercise. Yet no one knows exactly how it will end.

→ read full article

Julian Assange, Prometheus Bound
Pepe Escobar | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

8 Sep 2020 – This is the tale of an Ancient Greek tragedy reenacted in AngloAmerica. Amid thundering silence and nearly universal indifference, chained, immobile, invisible, a squalid Prometheus was transferred from the gallows for a show trial in a faux Gothic court built on the site of a medieval prison.

→ read full article

Everything Going According to Plan in China
Pepe Escobar | The Transnational - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2020

24 Aug 2020 – China plans not only in years, but in decades. Five year plans are complemented by ten and 15 year plans. The Belt and Road Initiative is in fact a nearly 40-year plan, designed in 2013 to be completed in 2049. And continuity is the name of the game. The contours of China’s long-term strategy for the new Cold War are quickly coming into view.

→ read full article

Brazil’s Money Laundering Scandal from Hell
Pepe Escobar | Asia Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

23 Jul 2020 – What is now termed “the Banestado leaks” and “CC5gate” is straight out of vintage WikiLeaks: a list, published for the first time in full, naming names and detailing one of the biggest corruption and money laundering cases in the world in the past three decades. With no one eager to talk about the revelations, the question is what will ex-president Lula do about it.

→ read full article

The Heart of the Matter in the South China Sea
Pepe Escobar | Asia Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2020

30 Jul 2020 – The battle for the contested maritime region is over before the shooting even begins and China has won.

→ read full article

China Locked in Hybrid War with US
Pepe Escobar - Global Researcj, 23 Mar 2020

18 Mar 2020 – Among the myriad, earth-shattering geopolitical effects of coronavirus, one is already graphically evident. China has re-positioned itself. For the first time since the start of Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in 1978, Beijing openly regards the US as a threat, as stated a month ago by Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Munich Security Conference during the peak of the fight against coronavirus. 

→ read full article

Munich Conference Reveals East-West Divide
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 24 Feb 2020

19 Feb 2020 – Few postmodern political pantomimes have been more revealing than the hundreds of so-called “international decision-makers,” mostly Western, waxing lyrical, disgusted or nostalgic over “Westlessness” at the Munich Security Conference.

→ read full article

China’s Virus Response Has Been ‘Breathtaking’
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 3 Feb 2020

30 Jan 2020 – Chinese scientists have already handed over to Russian counterparts the virus genome, with snap tests able to identify it in a human body within two hours. A Russia-China vaccine is under development.

→ read full article

Pamir Highway: The Road on the Roof of the World (I)
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 23 Dec 2019

12 Dec 2019 – This is arguably the ultimate road trip on earth. Marco Polo did it. All the legendary Silk Road explorers did it. Traveling the Pamir Highway back to back, as a harsh winter approaches, able to appreciate it in full, in silence and solitude, offers not only a historical plunge into the intricacies of the ancient Silk Road but a glimpse of what the future may bring in the form of the New Silk Roads.

→ read full article

Cruising Pamir Highway, the Heart of the Heartland (II)
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 23 Dec 2019

14 Dec 2019 – A privileged microcosm of what is evolving as the intersection between the New Silk Roads and Greater Eurasia.

→ read full article

New Silk Roads in Action at China-Kazakh Border
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 9 Dec 2019

4 Dec 2019 – Central Asia, Between China and Europe, Is Bustling

→ read full article

The RCEP Train Left the ASEAN Station Leaving India Behind
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 11 Nov 2019

5 Nov 2019 – Biggest story at the ASEAN Summit was convergence of moves for Asia integration through the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, leaving Delhi out for now.

→ read full article

Caliph Closure: ‘He Died Like a Dog’
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 4 Nov 2019

28 Oct 2019 – The “died as a dog” movie can also be interpreted as the liquidation of a formerly useful asset that was a valued component of the gift that keeps on giving, the never-ending Global War on Terror. Other scarecrows, and other movies, await. Trump’s victory-lap movie version buries the embarrassing story of deploying tanks to ‘protect’ Syrian oilfields.

→ read full article

Kurds Face Stark Options after US Pullback
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 21 Oct 2019

14 Oct 2019 – In the annals of bombastic Trump tweets, this one is simply astonishing: here we have a President of the United States, on the record, unmasking the whole $8-trillion intervention in the Middle East as an endless war based on a “false premise.” No wonder the Pentagon is not amused. Forget an independent Kurdistan: They may have to do a deal with Damascus on sharing their area with Sunni Arab refugees.

→ read full article

BRICS Was Created as a Tool of Attack: Lula
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 9 Sep 2019

29 Aug 2019 – In a wide-ranging, two-hour-plus, exclusive interview from a prison room in Curitiba in southern Brazil, former Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva re-emerged for the first time, after more than 500 days in jail, and sent a clear message to the world.

→ read full article

Hong Kong, Kashmir: A Tale of Two Occupations
Pepe Escobar | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Aug 2019

Much to the distress of neocons and humanitarian imperialists, there won’t be a bloody mainland China crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong – a Tiananmen 2.0. Why? Because it’s not worth it. While China identified “Occupy Hong Kong” as a mere Western-instilled and instrumentalized plot, India, for its part, decided to go for Full Occupy in Kashmir. Welcome to the Kashmiri Intifada.

→ read full article

The Dragon Lays out Its Road Map, Denies Seeking Hegemony
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 5 Aug 2019

27 Jul 2019 – China’s ‘National Defense in the New Era’ white paper shows where the country aims to be by 2049. The key merit of China’s National Defense in the New Era, a white paper released by the State Council in Beijing, is to clear any remaining doubts about where the Middle Kingdom is coming from, and where it’s going to.

→ read full article

Debunking the Indo-Pacific Myth
Pepe Escobar | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jul 2019

9 Jul 2019 – The Trump administration is obsessively spinning the concept of a “free and open Indo-Pacific”. Apart from a small coterie of scholars, very few people around the world, especially across the Global South, know what that means. Now everything one needs to know – and especially not know – about the Indo-Pacific is contained in a detailed Pentagon report.

→ read full article

Iran Goes for “Maximum Counter-Pressure”
Pepe Escobar | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jul 2019

20 Jun 2019 – Sooner or later the US “maximum pressure” on Iran would inevitably be met by “maximum counter-pressure”. Sparks are ominously bound to fly. As I previously reported, shutting down the Strait of Hormuz would destroy the American economy by detonating the $1.2 quadrillion derivatives market; and that would collapse the world banking system, crushing the world’s $80 trillion GDP and causing an unprecedented depression.

→ read full article

Where the Silk Roads Meet the Mighty Mekong
Pepe Escobar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Apr 2019

26 Apr 2019 – Sleepy, landlocked Laos is undergoing rapid changes as China builds connections to mainland Southeast Asia… It’s this extremely complex, fragile, social and environmental system that from 2021 will have to learn to coexist with the era of the high-speed naga.

→ read full article

The Inside Story of the Saudi Night of Long Knives
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 13 Nov 2017

6 Nov 2017 – Princes, ministers and a billionaire are ‘imprisoned’ in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton while the Saudi Arabian Army is said to be in an uproar.

→ read full article

The BRICS Strike Back
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 11 Sep 2017

6 Sep 2017 – The wide-ranging Xiamen Declaration, issued in conjunction with the just wrapped-up annual BRICS summit, shows that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, although facing internal challenges of their own, may be about to step up their collective game, big time.

→ read full article

Afghanistan and the CIA Heroin Ratline
Pepe Escobar - Sputnik News, 4 Sep 2017

25 Aug 2017 – Afghanistan is infested by contractors; numbers vary from 10,000 to tens of thousands. Military and ex-military alike can be reasonably pinpointed as players in the heroin ratline — in many cases for personal profit. But the clincher concerns the financing of US intel black ops that should not by any means come under scrutiny by the US Congress.

→ read full article

Imperial Folly Brings Russia and Germany Together
Pepe Escobar – Sputnik News, 31 Jul 2017

29 Jul 2017 – Economic war has been declared against Russia for at least three years now. The difference is this latest package also declares economic war against Europe, especially Germany. Make no mistake; the EU leadership will counterpunch. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, put it mildly when he said, “America first cannot mean that Europe’s interests come last.”

→ read full article

Empire of Whiners
Pepe Escobar – Sputnik News, 31 Jul 2017

As a new report by the Army War College tracks the loss of “US primacy” around the world, it prescribes more of the same; propaganda, surveillance and war.

→ read full article

House of Saudi Cards: The Inside Story
Pepe Escobar – Sputnik News, 26 Jun 2017

Just when geopolitical practitioners were betting on regime change in Qatar – orchestrated by a desperate House of Saud – regime change ended up happening in Riyadh, orchestrated by Warrior Prince, Destroyer of Yemen and Blockader of Qatar, Mohammad bin Salman.

→ read full article

The West Can’t Smell What Eurasia is Cooking
Pepe Escobar – Sputnik News, 19 Jun 2017

A tectonic geopolitical shift happened in Astana, Kazakhstan, only a few days ago, and yet barely a ripple registered in Atlanticist circles.

→ read full article

Trump’s Sword Dance Sets Off the War of the Wahhabis
Pepe Escobar – Sputnik News, 12 Jun 2017

7 Jun 2017 – The fact is the House of Saud went amok, in a flash, going after Qatar and bombing from the inside that glorious Arab NATO project – call it NATOGCC — sworn with pomp over a glowing orb. US President Donald Trump could not possibly have predicted the game-changing after-effects of his triumphal sword dance in Riyadh. Or could he?

→ read full article

Putin Aligns with Xi in Crafting the New World (Trade) Order
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 22 May 2017

15 May 2017 – History will record the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing marked the juncture where the 21st century New Silk Roads assumed their full character of Globalization 2.0, or “inclusive globalization,” as defined by President Xi Jinping in Davos earlier this year.

→ read full article

The Decline of the West Revisited
Pepe Escobar – Sputnik News, 15 May 2017

Europa, in Greek mythology, was a Phoenician princess abducted by Zeus and carried off to Crete. In time, Europe was meant to designate the western extreme of Eurasia. Europe, essentially, was the quite provincial Western seed that then sprouted an octopus: the global West.

→ read full article

Why Washington is Terrified of Russia, China
Pepe Escobar – Sputnik News, 1 May 2017

The Russia-China strategic partnership, uniting the Pentagon’s avowed top two “existential” threats to America, does not come with a formal treaty signed with pomp, circumstance – and a military parade.

→ read full article

Daesh, Creature of the West
Pepe Escobar - Sputnik News International, 27 Mar 2017

James Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Emerging Threats at NATO – now that’s a lovely title – recently gave a talk at a private club in London on the Islamic State/Daesh. Shea, as many will remember, made his name as NATO’s spokesman during the NATO war on Yugoslavia in 1999. In the end, Shea frankly admitted that Gen David Petraeus, conductor of the much-lauded 2007 surge, had trained these Sunnis now part of Daesh in Anbar province in Iraq.

→ read full article

The ‘Birth Pangs’ of a New Middle East, Remixed
Pepe Escobar – Sputnik News, 20 Mar 2017

You all remember former US Secretary of State Condi Rice’s notorious 2006 prediction about “birth pangs of a New Middle East.” True to the George “Dubya” Bush/Cheney regime, Condi got it all spectacularly wrong. By now it’s much clearer who’s configuring the birth pagans of a new Middle East. It’s not Israel. It’s not the House of Saud. And it’s not exactly Trump.

→ read full article

Eurasia Integration: A Three-Speed Affair
Pepe Escobar – Sputnik News, 27 Feb 2017

Europe, relatively integrated, lives today in a de facto two-speed reality. Eurasia integration, a work in progress and with vastly more reach, is for the moment a three-speed process, as seen through the positioning of three Central Asian “stans”.

→ read full article

The Pivot to China
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 13 Feb 2017

Trump may have already understood that a trade war is a lose-lose proposition. In the absence of an Asian economic version of NATO (the dead-in-the water Trans-Pacific Partnership), the emphasis will be on “vigilant” allies/semi-disguised vassals such as Japan, South Korea and Australia. Meantime, Beijing is delivering its strategic vision for a new Pax Sinica.

→ read full article

China ‘Marco Polo’ Xi Jinping Starts Jockeying in Post-Obama World
Pepe Escobar - Russia Today, 28 Nov 2016

17 Nov 2016 – Beijing and Moscow have arrived at the conclusion that President-elect Donald Trump is not an ideologue in the neocon sense of the term; he’s a pragmatist. Therefore, resets are inevitable, as well as surprises.

→ read full article

Welcome to the Brave New (Trumpolitical/Trumponomic) World
Pepe Escobar | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Nov 2016

17 Nov 2016 – We will be living among the myriad debris originated by the Trumpolitics IED. America invented the politically correct. Trump bombed politically correct. America is proud of corporate media. Trump bombed corporate media. These are already two important victories.

→ read full article

Why the New Silk Roads Terrify Washington
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 10 Oct 2016

7 Oct 2016 – Almost six years ago, President Putin proposed to Germany ‘the creation of a harmonious economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.’ Washington panicked. The record shows how Putin’s vision – although extremely seductive to German industrialists – was eventually derailed by Washington’s controlled demolition of Ukraine.

→ read full article

Non-Aligned to… Nowhere?
Pepe Escobar | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2016

22 Sep 2016 – The summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) came and went in Isla Margarita, Venezuela, virtually invisible to Western corporate media. NAM nowadays congregates every African nation except South Sudan; most of Latin America – except Brazil, Argentina and Mexico (they are observers); and most of Asia and the Middle East (China is an observer).

→ read full article

Made in China: G20 and Its Geoeconomic Significance
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 12 Sep 2016

5 Sep 2016 – What has just taken place in Hangzhou, China, is of immense geoeconomic importance. Beijing from the start treated the G20 very seriously; this was designed as China’s party, not the declining West’s. And much less Washington’s.

→ read full article

How Silicon Valley Follows the Money
Pepe Escobar | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2016

There’s way more in common between Wall Street and Silicon Valley than meets the untrained eye. They are two of the key strategic hubs of hyperpower global domination. The others are the industrial-military-surveillance-security complex – of which Hollywood and corporate media are the soft power extensions – and the petrodollar racket/tributary system.

→ read full article

The Whole Game Is About Containing Russia-China
Pepe Escobar | Uprooted Palestinians – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2016

29 Aug 2016 – The next BRICS summit, in Goa, is less than two months away. Compared to only two years ago, the geopolitical tectonic plates have moved with astonishing speed. Most BRICS nations are mired in deep crisis; Brazil’s endless political/economic/institutional debacle may yield the Kafkaesque impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. BRICS is in a coma.

→ read full article

The Real Secret of the South China Sea
Pepe Escobar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2016

The US is all about Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny. As it stands, more than Russia’s western borderlands, the Baltics or “Syraq”, this is where the hegemon “rules” are really being contested. And the stakes couldn’t be higher. That’ll be the day when the US Navy is “denied” from the South China Sea; and that’ll be the end of its imperial hegemony.

→ read full article

Between a Rock and a Hard (South China) Place
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 18 Jul 2016

Beijing argues that all the attention over the South China Sea revolves around conflicting sovereign claims over islands/rocks/reefs and related maritime delimitations – over which the court has no jurisdiction. Attributing territorial sovereignty over maritime features in the South China Sea goes beyond the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

→ read full article

Russia-China Strategic Partnership: On the Road to United Eurasia
Pepe Escobar |Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2016

Whenever President Vladimir Putin stresses Russia’s “all-embracing and strategic partnership” with China, one can hear the proverbial howls of anger emanating from the neocon/neoliberalcon axis in the Beltway.

→ read full article

Why the UK Said Bye Bye to the EU
Pepe Escobar – Sputnik News, 27 Jun 2016

24 Jun 2016 – The irrepressibly mediocre Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, posing as a “historian”, had warned that Brexit, “could be the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but Western political civilization in its entirety”. That’s foolish. Brexit proved that it’s immigration, stupid. And once again, it’s the economy, stupid (although the British neoliberal establishment never paid attention).

→ read full article

Kill List: Smashing the ‘B’ in BRICS
Pepe Escobar – The International Reporter, 20 Jun 2016

The stakes could not be higher. Not only the future of the BRICS, but the future of a new multipolar world is in the balance. And it all hinges on what happens in Brazil in the next few months.

→ read full article

Target Russia. Target China. Target Iran
Pepe Escobar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2016

28 May 2016 – Not a day goes by without US Think Tankland doing what it does best; pushing all sorts of scenarios for cold – and hot – war with Russia, plus myriad confrontations with China and Iran. That fits into the Pentagon’s Top Five existential threats to the US, where Russia and China sit at the very top and Iran is in fourth place – all ahead of «terrorism» of the phony Daesh «Caliphate» variety.

→ read full article

Dilma Out: Brazilian Plutocracy Sets 54 Million Votes on Fire
Pepe Escobar – The International Reporter, 16 May 2016

13 May 2016 – Never in modern political history has it been so easy to “abolish the people” and simply erase 54 million votes cast in a free and fair presidential election. This is a day that will live in infamy all across the Global South – when what was one of its most dynamic democracies veered into a plutocratic regime, under a flimsy parliamentary/judicial veneer, with legal and constitutional guarantees now at the mercy of lowly comprador elites.

→ read full article

The Real Target of the Panama Papers
Pepe Escobar – teleSUR, 16 May 2016

What the Panama Papers may succeed in is to eliminate competition. From now on, your fiscal paradise of choice must be in US, UK and Dutch jurisdictions. We control every global financial flow—legal or otherwise. Defy us—or else.

→ read full article

The Calm before the Coming Global Storm
Pepe Escobar | The International Reporter - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2016

6 May 2016 – They have seen what Washington does offer; endless war; the progressive smashing of the nation state; democracy blasted to smithereens; and technocratic governance by the 0.00001%. Yet all this is just the calm before the geopolitical/financial storm. Let’s review the current state of play via the dilemmas afflicting the House of Saud, the EU and BRICS members Russia, Brazil and China.

→ read full article

“Neoliberal Restoration”: Hybrid War Hyenas Tear Brazil Apart
Pepe Escobar – The International Reporter, 25 Apr 2016

The coup has been sponsored by a certified crook, president of the lower house Eduardo Cunha; holder of 11 illegal accounts in Switzerland, listed in the Panama Papers and under investigation by the Supreme Court. Car Wash’s not so hidden agenda was always regime change. Who cares if in the process the nation is left on the verge of being controlled exactly by many of those indicted by the anti-corruption drive?

→ read full article

(Italiano) La Cina Sta Gia’ Vivendo Nel 2020
Pepe Escobar – Come Don Chisciotte, 11 Apr 2016

Come una classica economia programmata, di un governo di stampo comunista, la Cina prepara un nuovo “piano quinquennale”. Quest’ultimo mira a rendere lo stato non solo la fabbrica del mondo, ma anche il principale bacino di innovazione tecnologica.

→ read full article

China Is Already Living in 2020
Pepe Escobar – Strategic Culture Foundation, 11 Apr 2016

28 Mar 2016 – Consumed by myriad manifestations of its existential crisis, as usual the West neglected or underestimated the biggest show in Chinese politics: the famous «two sessions» – of the People’s Political Consultative Conference and the National People’s Congress, the top legislative body – which ended up approving China’s 13th Five-Year Plan. China is already thinking, and mentally living, in 2020.

→ read full article

Brazilian Democracy Thrown to the Dogs
Pepe Escobar – The International Reporter, 11 Apr 2016

Military coups are so Pinochet-era. It’s never enough to stress that what’s taking place in Brazil is advanced Hybrid War, a white coup/regime change operation organized by the Federal Public Ministry, corporate media (controlled by four families) and a significant part of Congress.

→ read full article

Brazil’s Revolution Starting to Reveal Its True Colors
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 28 Mar 2016

“Rule of law” in Brazil has now been debased to Turkey’s Sultan Erdogan levels – featuring business leaders with the “wrong” political connections arrested for months without trial. The Brazilian Constitution is being torn to shreds. The politicization of the Judiciary runs in parallel to the mainstream media spectacularization, criminalizing politics but only selected politicians. And forget about reading any of this on Western corporate media.

→ read full article

‘Prime Minister’ Lula: The Brazilian Game-Changer
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 21 Mar 2016

Only three days after massive street demonstrations calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, and less than two weeks after his legally dubious four-hour detention for questioning, former Brazilian President Lula is about to spectacularly re-enter the Brazilian government as a Minister, actually a Super-Minister. This is Rousseff’s one and only chess move left amidst an unprecedented political/economic crisis.

→ read full article

It Takes a Greek to Save Europa
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 22 Feb 2016

Yanis Varoufakis is resurfacing with a bang. On 9 Feb 2016 at the Volksbühne Theater in Berlin, Varoufakis launched a new project: the DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025), whose aim is to ultimately transfer power from Europa’s unaccountable, fiercely authoritarian elite and distribute it – fairly – among European citizens. He wants DiEM25 to be more than “just a think-tank and… an internet community”.

→ read full article

You Have Now Landed in Geneva, Syria
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 15 Feb 2016

The alleged Syrian peace process now enters its Geneva charade stage. This could last months; get ready for lavish doses of posturing and bluster capable of stunning even Donald Trump… Geneva? That’s for tourists; the capital of the Syrian horror show is now Jarabulus.

→ read full article

Syria: Ultimate Pipelineistan War
Pepe Escobar – Strategic Culture Foundation, 14 Dec 2015

8 Dec 2015 – Syria is an energy war. With the heart of the matter featuring a vicious geopolitical competition between two proposed gas pipelines, it is the ultimate Pipelinestan war, the term I coined long ago for the 21st century imperial energy battlefields.

→ read full article

Will Chess, Not Battleship, Be the Game of the Future in Eurasia? Silk Roads, Night Trains, and the Third Industrial Revolution in China
Pepe Escobar – TomDispatch, 23 Nov 2015

The U.S. is transfixed by its multibillion-dollar electoral circus. The European Union is paralyzed by austerity, fear of refugees, and now all-out jihad in the streets of Paris. So the West might be excused if it’s barely caught the echoes of a Chinese version of Roy Orbison’s “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” And that new Chinese dream even comes with a road map.

→ read full article

Paris: Who Profits?
Pepe Escobar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2015

14 Nov 2015 – There’s no evidence this is a false flag – at least for now. What this seems to be proving is that Daesh is a certified pro ops with badass connections. Scouring a ton of reports, I found a Danish citizen describing one of the attackers to a Paris café; ultra-pro, black-clad head to toe, AK-47, very well trained. These are not your usual al-Zawahiri underwear bombers; these are precision killers.

→ read full article

Blowback on a NATO Beach
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 7 Sep 2015

Hannah Arendt once wrote movingly about the banality of evil, referring to the mechanism of fascism and Nazism. Aylan’s lifeless body now illustrates the banality of an evil he was trying to flee: the “arc of instability”, a Pentagon self-fulfilling prophecy. So to put hell in perspective we must retrace some steps of the arc.

→ read full article

The Eurasian Big Bang: How China and Russia Are Running Rings Around Washington
Pepe Escobar – TomDispatch, 27 Jul 2015

From now on, any possible future attack on Iran would essentially be an assault on the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), the EEU (Eurasian Economic Union), the AIIB (the new Chinese-founded Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank), and the NDB (the BRICS’ New Development Bank) — the emerging new order in Eurasia.

→ read full article