Articles by Pepe Escobar

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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?

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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China Rising – Have Grandmaster, Will Travel
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 22 Jun 2015

“The US cannot stop China’s rise. It just has to live with a bigger China, which will be completely novel for the US, as no country has ever been big enough to challenge its position. China will be able to do so in 20 to 30 years.”

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American Dreaming, From G1 to Bilderberg
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 15 Jun 2015

11 Jun 2015 – What’s the connection between the G7 summit in Germany, President Putin’s visit to Italy, the Bilderberg club meeting in Austria, and the TTIP – the US-EU free trade deal – negotiations in Washington? G1 plus junior partners? Bilderberg? Get a job; you’re not the only show in town, any town. WikiLeaks and a ton of BRICS.

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(Português) Sonhos norte-americanos, do G1 a Bilderberg
Pepe Escobar – Pravda, 15 Jun 2015

11 Jun 2015 – *Qual a conexão entre a reunião do G7 na Alemanha, a visita do presidente Putin à Itália, o clube Bildemberg reunido na Áustria e as negociações do Acordo de Parceria Transatlântica de Comércio e Investimento (APT) [Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)] – o acordo de livre comércio entre EUA e União Europeia -, em Washington?

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BRICS Trample US in South America
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 25 May 2015

Little by little, yet inexorably, BRICS members China – and in a smaller measure, Russia – have been no less than restructuring commerce and infrastructure all across Latin America.

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U.S. Wakes Up to New (Silk) World Order
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 25 May 2015

15 May 2015 – The real Masters of the Universe in the U.S. are no weathermen, but arguably they’re starting to feel which way the wind is blowing. History may signal it all started with this week’s trip to Sochi, led by their paperboy, Secretary of State John Kerry, who met with Foreign Minister Lavrov and then with President Putin.

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The Pentagon’s ‘Long War’ Pits NATO against China, Russia and Iran
Pepe Escobar – Sputinik News, 4 May 2015

Whatever happens with the nuclear negotiations this summer, and as much as Tehran wants cooperation and not confrontation, Iran is bound to remain — alongside Russia — a key US geostrategic target.

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Eurasia as We Knew It Is Dead
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 27 Apr 2015

Move over, Cold War 2.0. The real story, now and for the foreseeable future, is a new, integrated Eurasia forging ahead. China’s immensely ambitious New Silk Road project will keep intersecting with the Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union, a booming trade/commerce axis stretching from St. Petersburg to Shanghai.

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Ukraine: Donbass Struggle, European Shame
Pepe Escobar – Sputinik International, 13 Apr 2015

Seen from Donetsk, the plight of so many families, which look just like your average family in Manchester, Lille, Bologna or Valencia, displaced by a proxy war which they never wanted, demonized in block as “terra-rists”, threatened by fascists with deportation, and completely ignored by the “civilized” West, is as mind-boggling as the cosmic arrogance/ignorance of the “civilized” narrative which sees Ukraine only as good guys/democrats in Kiev against bad guys/rebels remote-controlled by evil Russia.

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Westward Ho on China’s Eurasia BRIC Road
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 30 Mar 2015

The real story is not how China will collapse, as peddled by David Shambaugh, the so-called second top China expert in the U.S. (who’s the first? Henry Kissinger?) This is a line that’s been soundly debunked. The real story is how the myriad aspects of the New Silk Road will be configuring a new Eurasian dream. Have vision, will travel. Bon voyage.

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What BRICS Plus Germany Are Really Up To?
Pepe Escobar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2015

Winston Churchill once said, “I feel lonely without a war.” He also badly missed the loss of empire. Churchill’s successor – the ‘Empire of Chaos’ – now faces the same quandary. Some wars – as in Ukraine, by proxy – are not going so well.

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Year of the Sheep, Century of the Dragon?
Pepe Escobar - TomDispatch, 2 Mar 2015

Seen from the Chinese capital as the Year of the Sheep starts, the malaise affecting the West seems like a mirage in a galaxy far, far away. On the other hand, the China that surrounds you looks all too solid and nothing like the embattled nation you hear about in the Western media.

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EU Reeling between US and Russia
Pepe Escobar – Sputinik News, 2 Mar 2015

Minsk 2.0 agreement de facto shows that Germany and France, the leading European powers are trying to break away from the “American Chaos project.”

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China Pivots Everywhere
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 23 Feb 2015

Plenty to be excited about then as the Year of the Sheep (or Goat) starts. What’s certain is that the Chinese caravan, much in contrast with the dogs of war – and austerity – pivoting across the West, has already pivoted towards “win-win” pan-Eurasia integration.

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From Minsk to Brussels, it’s all about Germany
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 16 Feb 2015

13 Feb 2015 – Germany holds the key to where Europe goes next. A fragile deal may have been reached on Ukraine, but there’s still no deal with Greece. In both cases, there’s much more than meets the eye.

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Russia, China Mock Divide and Rule
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 29 Dec 2014

Essentially, the Empire of Chaos is bluffing, using Europe as pawns. The Empire of Chaos is as lousy at chess as it is at history. What it excels in is in upping the ante to force Russia to back down. Russia won’t back down.

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What Putin Is Not Telling Us
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 22 Dec 2014

The perfect storm evolves in two fronts; an overt economic war – as in siege by sanctions – and a concerted, covert, shadow attack to the heart of the Russian economy. Washington’s endgame is clear: impoverish and defang the adversary and force him to meekly bow to the ‘Empire of Chaos’s’ whims. And bragging about it all the way to “victory.”

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Go West, Young Han – As Washington “Pivots” to Asia, China Does the Eurasian Pirouette
Pepe Escobar - TomDispatch, 22 Dec 2014

Welcome to the new trans-Eurasia choo-choo train. At over 13,000 kilometers, it will regularly traverse the longest freight train route in the world, 40% farther than the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. Its cargo will cross China from East to West, then Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, and finally Spain.

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The New European ‘Arc of Instability’
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 15 Dec 2014

What these two think-tanks don’t – and won’t – ever acknowledge is that a new European “arc of instability” – from the Baltic to the Black Sea, as myself and other independent analysts have stressed – is exactly what the Empire of Chaos and its weaponized arm – NATO – are working on to prevent closer Eurasia integration.

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“Turk Stream”: Huge Win for Turkey – Big Win For Russia – Historic Loss for EU
Pepe Escobar – Russia Insider, 8 Dec 2014

So the EU “defeated” Putin by forcing him to cancel the South Stream pipeline. Thus ruled Western corporate media. Nonsense. Facts on the ground spell otherwise.

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Washington Plays Russian Roulette
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 24 Nov 2014

The economically devastated EU is a joke; the only thing that counts for the US is NATO – and the overwhelming majority of its members are in the bag, sharing the prevailing mood in Washington of treating Putin as if he were Milosevic, Saddam Hussein or Gaddafi. There are no signs whatsoever Team Obama is willing to de-escalate.

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Lame Duck Out of the Silk Road Caravan
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 17 Nov 2014

Russia and China may not be proposing an alternative system – yet. Still, as the dogs of war, of hate, of inequality – bark, the China-Russia caravan passes. The caravan is selling Eurasia economic integration – not bombs. What APEC has shown is the spectacular implosion, in slow motion, of the former indispensable nation’s geopolitical dominance.

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China’s Silky Road to Glory
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 17 Nov 2014

APEC once again has shown that the more geopolitics change, the more it won’t stay the same; as the exceptional dogs of war, inequality and divide and rule keep barking, the China-Russia pan-Eurasian caravan will keep going, going, going – further on down the (multipolar) road.

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The Caliph Fit to Join OPEC
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 3 Nov 2014

The Caliph’s oil prices are to die (be beheaded?) for; after all, he’s implementing the same low-price strategy concocted by the people he wants to dethrone, the House of Saud. And oh, the irony Top customers for The Caliph’s cheap oil happen to be “Sultan” Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Earthly paradise, aka Turkey – a North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally – and that King “Playstation” Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein’s domain impersonating a country, aka Jordan.

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A Caliph in a Wilderness of Mirrors
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 27 Oct 2014

He’s invincible. He beheads. He smuggles. He conquers. He’s the ultimate jack-of-all-trades. No Tomahawk or Hellfire can touch him. He always gets what he wants; in Kobani; in Anbar province; with the House of Saud (which he wants to replace).

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Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington Out of Eurasia? The Future of a Beijing-Moscow-Berlin Alliance
Pepe Escobar - TomDispatch, 6 Oct 2014

Think of China as a magnet for a new world order in a future Eurasian century. The same integration process Russia is facing seems increasingly to apply to India and other Eurasian nations, and possibly to a neutral Germany. In the endgame of such a process, the U.S. might find itself progressively squeezed out of Eurasia.

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Will NATO Liberate Jihadistan?
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 15 Sep 2014

Caliph Ibrahim, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, self-declared leader of Islamic State, really sports a mean PR vein. So The Caliph is not exactly quaking in his Made-in-USA desert boots. He’s even dreaming of taking on the Slavic Caliph himself. How come Marvel Comics never thought about that?

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NATO Set to Liberate ‘Jihadistan’?
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 15 Sep 2014

When the show seemed set for NATO to save Ukraine and Western civilization – at least rhetorically – from that evil empire remixed (Russia), the Caliph intervened with yet another “off with their heads” special.

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Can You Smell What the Caliph Is Cooking?
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 8 Sep 2014

If they were really serious at targeting The Caliph, they’d be following the money. The Caliph is making roughly $2 million a day. No one knows who’s buying from the Islamic State, but the fact is the oil flows from Caliph-controlled “Syraq” to Turkey and Jordan.

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NATO Attacks!
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 8 Sep 2014

You don’t need to be a neo-Foucault hooked on Orwellian/Panopticon practices to admire the hyper-democratic “ring of steel” crossing average roads, parks and even ringing castle walls to “protect” dozens of NATO heads of state and ministers in Newport, Wales. Once again, the battle lines are drawn. NATO vs SCO. NATO vs BRICS. NATO vs Global South. Therefore, NATO attacks!

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Why Obama Is Bombing the Caliph
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 18 Aug 2014

Obama also could not possibly explain why the US always supported ISIS in Syria and now decides to bomb them in Iraq. Oh, the perils of ‘Don’t Do Stupid Stuff’. So a quick translation applies.

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NATO Is Desperate for War
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 11 Aug 2014

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is desperate; it is itching for a war in battlefield Ukraine at any cost. Let’s start with Pentagon supremo, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has waxed lyrical over the Russian Bear’s “threat”:

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Crime (Israel) and Punishment (Russia)
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 4 Aug 2014

Israel gets away with unlawful premeditated mass murder of civilians, while Russia gets framed for a (smaller-scale) airborne mass murder of civilians.

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It Was Putin’s Missile!
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 21 Jul 2014

And here’s the spin war verdict: the current Malaysia Airlines tragedy – the second in four months – is “terrorism” perpetrated by “pro-Russian separatists”, armed by Russia, and Vladimir Putin is the main culprit. End of story. Anyone who believes otherwise, shut up. Why? Because the CIA said so.

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Arab Spring, Jihad Summer
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 7 Jul 2014

So 13 years ago Washington crushed both al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Then the Taliban were reborn. Then came Shock and Awe. Then came “Mission Accomplished”. Then al-Qaeda was introduced in Iraq. Then al-Qaeda was dead because Osama bin Laden was dead. Then came ISIL. And now there’s IS. What’s not to like? If anyone thinks this whole racket is part of a new live Monty Python sketch ahead of their reunion gig this month in London, that’s because it is.

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The Future Visible in St Petersburg
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 2 Jun 2014

29 May 2014 – In more ways than one, last week heralded the birth of a Eurasian century at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum – the Russian answer to Davos. This is what Washington gets for over a decade of wars, incessant bullying, nasty sanctions and trillions of misspent dollars.

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The Birth of a Eurasian Century: Russia and China Do Pipelineistan
Pepe Escobar - TomDispatch, 19 May 2014

And no wonder Washington is anxious. That alliance is already a done deal in a variety of ways: through the BRICS group of emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa); at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Asian counterweight to NATO; inside the G20; and via the 120-member-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

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Obama’s ‘Strategy’ against ‘Pariah’ Russia
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times, 5 May 2014

The Kremlin, in a nutshell, has invited Washington to play realpolitik. Not Monopoly. The Obama administration, at best – and we are being very lenient here – plays checkers. Moscow plays chess.

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Ukraine and the Grand Chessboard
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 28 Apr 2014

Ukraine is for all practical purposes broke. The Kremlin’s consistent position for the past three months has been to encourage the European Union to find a solution to Ukraine’s dire economic mess. Brussels did nothing. It was betting on regime change to the benefit of Germany’s heavyweight puppet Vladimir Klitschko, aka Klitsch The Boxer.

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The US-Russia Ukrainian Deal
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 7 Apr 2014

4 Apr 2014 – By the time you read this Russia will have invaded Ukraine. Well, that’s what the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, General Philip Breedlove, is spinning. Breedlove Supreme says the Russians are “ready to go” and could easily take over eastern Ukraine. Western corporate media have already dusted off their Kevlar vests.

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China, Crimea and Pashtunistan
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 24 Mar 2014

At the center of the simultaneous tumult faced by both Afghanistan and Pakistan stands the ultimate taboo: Pashtunistan. How does the dream of a common Pashtun land connect to the secession of Crimea from Ukraine? And what does China think about all this?

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(Português) Ucrânia: como o blefe do Ocidente fracassou
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Mar 2014

Sob influência dos “falcões” neoconservadores, Obama lançou-se a nova aventura arrogante. Nem toda histeria da mídia ocultará sua derrota.

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Russia 1, Regime Changers 0
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 24 Mar 2014

The Obama administration’s “strategic” gambit to subcontract the State Department’s “Khaganate of Nulands” to extricate Ukraine from the Russian sphere of influence – and ultimately annex it to NATO – by instrumentalizing a coalition of willing neo-nazis and fascists with a central bank veneer (prime minister “Yats”), is in utter shambles.

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The New Great (Threat) Game in Eurasia
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 17 Mar 2014

In Ukraine, the West supported an unconstitutional putsch against an elected government perpetrated, among others, by fascist/neo-nazi storm troopers (Svoboda, Right Sector) instrumentalized by US intelligence. This is just the latest instance in the serial rape of “international law”.

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Spring Fails in Ukrainian Plunderland
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 10 Mar 2014

The endgame: Moscow controls an autonomous Crimea for free, and the US/EU “control”, or try to plunder, disaster capitalism-style, a back of beyond western Ukraine wasteland “managed” by a bunch of Western puppets and oligarchs, with a smatter of neo-nazis. So what is the Obama/Kerry strategic master duo to do? Start a nuclear war?

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The New US-Russia Cold War
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 17 Feb 2014

Meet the new (cold) war, same as the old (cold) war. Same same, but different. One day, it’s the myriad implications of Washington’s “pivoting” to Asia. Then, the denigration of all things Sochi. Yet Nulandgate – as in US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria “neo-con” Nuland uttering her famous “F**k the EU” – was way more serious. Not because of the “profanity” (praise the Lord!).

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China vs US ‘sea-to-shining-sea’
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 23 Dec 2013

The paper spelt it loudly; “If the American navy and air force always encroach near China’s doorstep, confrontation is bound to take place.”

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The Wahhabi-Likudnik War of Terror
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 25 Nov 2013

For the moment though, enough of Orwellian newspeak. What happened in Beirut was a terror attack, cheered by Israel, and fully enabled by Saudis; a graphic display by the Likudnik-House of Saud axis.

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