Articles by Pepe Escobar

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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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Why France Is Playing ‘Stupid’ on Iran
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 18 Nov 2013

Torrents of bytes have already detailed how Israel routinely hijacks US foreign policy. Here’s yet one more graphic demonstration of how Wag the Dog works… Hollande is a joke. This week he’s on the cover of the Courrier International (headline: “The Art of the Fall”), with pan-European media judging him “incoherent”, “paralyzed” and “incompetent” (and these are the merciful epithets).

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US and Pakistan Locked in a ‘Drone Marriage’
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 28 Oct 2013

Obama didn’t even mention “drones” when talking to the media after his meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. So is it all Islamabad’s fault? Not really.

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‘Our’ Weaponized Wahhabi Bastards
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 21 Oct 2013

Life is good if you’re a member of the Gulf Counter-revolution Club, officially known as Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). You can crush the Arab Spring at will. You can hire goons all across dar-al-Islam to advance a sectarian Sunni-Shi’ite divide. You can be deeply implicated in the destruction of Syria. You can treat a significant part of your own population as third-class citizens. Not only you get away with it; you get rewarded with expensive toys. And in one particular case – Saudi Arabia – even with a two-year seat at the UN Security Council.

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A Crash Course in Somalization, from Syria to Kenya
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 30 Sep 2013

So what was Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen – the Al-Qaeda-linked Somali outfit – really up to in Kenya? Somalis who have nothing to do with al-Shabaab may and will pay the price – as much as Syrians who detest Al-Nusra Front are victims of the West’s blind, blank support of ‘rebels’. Dick Cheney must feel vindicated; the West is finally consolidating his ‘vision’ of Al-Qaeda as a mercenary shadow army disguised as global Terror Inc.

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The (Farcical) Emperor Is Naked
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 10 Sep 2013

There is nothing tragic about the Obama presidency, capable of drawing the analytical talents of a neo-Plutarch or a neo-Gibbon. This is more like a Pirandello farce, a sort of Character in Search of an Author.

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Hi, I’m Your New Axis of Evil
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 26 Aug 2013

The winner, as it stands, is the House of Saud/Israel/ Pentagon axis. How did they pull it off? With Israel possibly mulling another invasion of Lebanon; the Kerry “peace process” an excuse for more settlements in Palestine; Bandar Bush back practicing the dark arts; the pre-empting of any possible solution to the Iranian nuclear dossier; Egypt in civil war; Syria and also Iraq bleeding to death, what’s left is the certified proliferation of all kinds of axes, and all kinds of evil.

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Al-Qaeda to the Rescue
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 12 Aug 2013

Imagine a rushed crisis meeting at the highest levels of the Orwellian/Panopticon complex: “Gentlemen, we have a golden opportunity here. We are under siege by defector spy Edward Snowden – liberated by the Soviets – and that terrorist hack Greenwald. Snowden may be winning: even among US public opinion, there’s a growing perception we may be more of a threat than al-Qaeda. So we must show we are vigilantly protecting our freedoms. Yes; we’re gonna scream Terra, Terra, Terra!”

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War against Iran, Iraq AND Syria?
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times, 29 Jul 2013

Britain, the Netherlands and France, have just branded the organization that is fighting jihadis on the ground in Syria/Lebanon “terrorists”, while the jihadis themselves get away with it. So much for European ignorance/arrogance.

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Al-Qaeda Unleashed against Syria and Iraq with Acceptance of the West
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 29 Jul 2013

Now, with Syria as the new magnet of global jihad – once again a direct consequence of a US power play, via Barack “Assad must go” Obama – al-Qaeda is resurgent on both fronts. Washington has already destroyed the social fabric of Iraq. Now it’s helping to destroy Syria’s.

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Meet a Moderate Syrian Insurgent
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 22 Jul 2013

You see how hard is the life of a moderate rebel? Not only we have to fight the despicable dictator in Damascus – we fight Shi’ite apostates and we even fight terrorists! Oh, Amrika! The terrorists are among us as well, just as they are among you.

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Brazil Burning: The Story of an Illusion Gone Sour
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 24 Jun 2013

Brazil remained one the most (deadly) unequal nations in the world, peppered with retrograde landowning oligarchies and some of the most rapacious, arrogant and ignorant elites on the planet – inevitable by-products of ghastly Portuguese colonialism. The die is cast. Once again, it’s people power vs. institutional politics. Remember “Standing Man” in Taksim Square. The time to take a stand is now.

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The Chimerica Dream: Two Nations, Two Dreams, One Pacific
Pepe Escobar - TomDispatch, 24 Jun 2013

Beijing was very much aware of Washington’s deep plunge into China’s computer networks over the past 15 years. Yet Xi merrily allowed Obama to pontificate on hacking and cyber-theft as if China were alone on such a stage. Enter — with perfect timing — Edward Snowden, the spy who came in from Hawaii and who has been holed up in Hong Kong since May 20th.

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Meet the ‘Friends of Jihad’
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 10 Jun 2013

Western politicos love to shed swamps of crocodile tears about “the Syrian people” and congratulate themselves within the “Friends of Syria” framework for defending them from “tyranny”. Well, the “Syrian people” have spoken. Roughly 70% support the government of Bashar al-Assad. Another 20% are neutral. And only 10% are aligned with the Western-supported “rebels”, including those of the kidnapping, lung-eating, beheading jihadi kind.

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A Post-History Strip Tease
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 29 Apr 2013

Slavoj Zizek posed the key question in terms of the Decline of the West. The (closet) winner is “capitalism with Asian values’ – which has nothing to do with Asian people but everything with the tendency of contemporary capitalism to suspend democracy”. French philosopher Jean Claude Michea argues that post-modern politics has become a negative art – defining the least bad society possible. That’s how liberalism became, as neoliberalism, the “politics of lesser evil”. Well, “lesser evil” for who’s in control, of course, and damn the rest.

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The FBI Boston-Chechnya Charade
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 29 Apr 2013

The Boston bombing was major blowback. That much is certain. The question is, what level of blowback? The FBI, predictably, sticks to a convoluted screenplay worthy of those cocaine-fueled Hollywood nights in the 1980s; a couple of bad guys who ”hate our freedoms” because… they do. Welcome to the sweet abyss of an Orwellian vortex. 2013 increasingly looks like 1984.

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Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Qatar: Pipelineistan at Work
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 22 Apr 2013

Construction is nearing completion on a natural gas pipeline linking Iran and Pakistan, a project that portends a huge geopolitical shift. As regional powers strengthen ties in this key energy market, they’re looking to China, and away from the West.

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(Português) Os BRICS Afiam Suas Garras
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 8 Apr 2013

Ao se reunirem na África do Sul, os BRICS deram um passo que pode ter dimensões geopolíticas: montaram um pacote que prevê um banco de desenvolvimento, uma alternativa às agências de classificação de risco e uma opção ao dólar nas transações comerciais.

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BRICS Go Over the Wall
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 1 Apr 2013

The BRICS meet in Durban, South Africa, this Tuesday [26 Mar 2013] to, among other steps, create their own credit rating agency, sidelining the dictatorship – or at least “biased agendas”, in New Delhi’s diplomatic take – of the Moody’s/Standard & Poor’s variety. They will also further advance the idea of the BRICS Development Bank, with a seed capital of US$50 billion (only structural details need to be finalized), helping infrastructure and sustainable development projects.

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El Comandante Has Left the Building
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 11 Mar 2013

How enlightening to watch world leaders’ reactions to the death of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica – a man who shuns 90% of his salary – reminded everyone how he qualified Chavez as “the most generous leader I ever met”, while praising the “fortress of democracy” of which Chavez was a great builder. Compare it with US President Barack Obama – in what sounds like a dormant cut and paste by some White House intern – reaffirming US support for “the Venezuelan people”.

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All That Pivots Is Gold
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 4 Feb 2013

What Beijing actually wants is to get rid of the US dollar peg. For that to happen, it needs vast gold reserves. So here’s Beijing pivoting from the US dollar to the yuan – and trying to sway vast swathes of the global economy to follow the path. Oh yes, this is a film noir worthy of Dashiell Hammett – involving the Pentagon, Beijing, shadow wars, pivoting and a lot of gold.

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War on Terror Forever
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 28 Jan 2013

Exit “historical” al-Qaeda, holed up somewhere in the Waziristans, in the Pakistani tribal areas; enter al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). In Dempsey’s words, AQIM “is a threat not only to the country of Mali, but the region, and if… left unaddressed, could in fact become a global threat.” With Mali now elevated to the status of a “threat” to the whole world, GWOT is proven to be really open-ended.

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Burn, burn – Africa’s Afghanistan
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 21 Jan 2013

Forget about spotting any Americans; these are – what else – contractors who do not wear military uniforms.

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Mr. President, Tear Down This Wall
Pepe Escobar – TomDispatch, 10 Dec 2012

On entering the Oval Office in Jan 2009, President Obama inherited a seemingly impregnable three-decade-long “Wall of Mistrust” in Iran-U.S. relations. To his credit, that March he directly addressed all Iranians in a message for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, calling for an “engagement that is honed and grounded in mutual respect.” Now, with the campaign Sturm und Drang behind us but the threats still around, the question is: Can Obama 2.0 bridge the gap between current U.S. policy and Persian optics?

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How Sexy Is Benghazi?
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 19 Nov 2012

The Love Pentagon – as in the Petraeus-Broadwell-Kelley-Allen-FBI shirtless torso guy – is the farce that keeps on giving. But this should really not be about sex, lies and emails. This should be about Benghazi. With frenemies like the US, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, Syria certainly does not need enemies. As for blowback, brace yourselves; what happened in Benghazi is just the hors d’oeuvres to be offered by increasingly rampaging frenemies of the US.

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Why Qatar Wants to Invade Syria
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 1 Oct 2012

He stressed Arab countries had a “military duty” to invade. So let’s assume the Emir is not exactly interested in turning Syria into Scandinavia. That opens the way to an inevitable motive – connected to, what else, Pipelineistan. It’s clear what Qatar is aiming at; to kill the US$10 billion Iran-Iraq-Syria gas pipeline, a deal that was clinched even as the Syria uprising was already underway.

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War Fever as Seen from Iran
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 27 Aug 2012

So it’s time for something completely different – and totally absent from Western corporate media; sound Iranian minds rationally analyzing what’s really going on behind the drums of war – regarding Iran, Turkey, the Arab world and across Eurasia.

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Syria’s Pipelineistan War
Pepe Escobar – Al Jazeera, 13 Aug 2012

This is a war of deals, not bullets. Deep beneath “Damascus volcano” and “the battle of Aleppo”, the tectonic plates of the global energy chessboard keep on rumbling. More than a year ago, a $10 billion Pipelineistan deal was clinched between Iran, Iraq and Syria for a natural gas pipeline to be built by 2016 from Iran’s giant South Pars field, traversing Iraq and Syria, with a possible extension to Lebanon. Key export target market: Europe.

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Syrian Blood Etches a New Line in the Sand
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 30 Jul 2012

No matter what militarized Western corporate media spins, there’s no endgame in Syria – yet. On the contrary; the sectarian game is just beginning. There’s no way to understand the Syrian dynamics without learning that most Free Syrian Army-FSA commanders are not Syrians, but Iraqi Sunnis. The over 100 heavily armed gangs engaged in civil war in Syria are overflowing with Gulf Cooperation Council funds. As it stands, the romanticized Syrian “rebels” plus the insurgents formerly known as terrorists cannot win against the Syria military – not even with the Saudis and Qataris showering them with loads of cash and weapons.

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There Will Be Hell to Pay for NATO’s Holy War
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 16 Jul 2012

Hillary has just called on “Western powers” and their Arab stooges – the NATOGCC compound that passes for the “international community” – to “make it clear that Russia and China will pay a price because they are holding up progress” regarding weaponized regime change in Syria. In non-newspeak, this means, “If you block our new war, there will be payback”.

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Drone Me Down On the Killing Floor
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 19 Jun 2012

And the winner of the Humanitarian Oscar for Best Targeted Assassination with No Collateral Damage goes to… the Barack Obama White House death squad.

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Long Live ‘Our’ Gulf Bastards
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 21 May 2012

Life is a golden gift from Allah if you’re a certified member of the Gulf Counter-Revolution Club (GCC), also known as the Gulf Cooperation Council; Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates can torture, kill, repress and demonize their own subjects – in full confidence the “master” will let you get away with it.

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A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC
Pepe Escobar - TomDispatch, 30 Apr 2012

Neoliberal Dragons, Eurasian Wet Dreams, and Robocop Fantasies – The multitrillion-dollar global question remains: Is the emergence of BRICS a signal that we have truly entered a new multipolar world?

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All the Pain in Spain
Pepe Escobar – Al Jazeera, 16 Apr 2012

Make no mistake; the future of the euro is being played in Spain. The euro may win – but at a price; millions of Spaniards as “collateral damage”. The future may be grim, but a global ola of rebellion may still be at hand. As I left Barcelona’s airport back to Asia I couldn’t help erase the verse of a classic Echo and the Bunnymen song ringing in my head: “See you in the barricades, babe.”

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War Porn: The New Safe Sex
Pepe Escobar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2012

The early 21st century is addicted to war porn, a prime spectator sport consumed by global couch and digital potatoes. Like porn, war porn cannot exist without being based on a lie – a crude representation. But unlike porn, war porn is the real thing; unlike crude, cheap snuff movies, people in war porn actually die – in droves. Iran is the new Iraq; and whatever the highway, to evoke the neo-con motto, real men go to Tehran via Damascus, or real men go to Tehran non-stop.

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Why Putin Is Driving Washington Nuts
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 12 Mar 2012

So Washington and its minions have been warned. Before last Sunday’s [4 Mar 2012] election, Putin advertised his road map: no war on Syria; no war on Iran; no “humanitarian bombing” or fomenting “color revolutions” – all “illegal instruments of soft power”. For Putin, a Washington-engineered New World Order is a no-go. What rules is “the time-honored principle of state sovereignty”.

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(Portuguese) Síria, e os “Nojentos” BRICS
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times - Pravda, 13 Feb 2012

Um coro grego de «incomodados», «repugnados» e «ultrajados» saudou, como bem se poderia prever, o duplo veto dos BRICS China e Rússia ao projeto de resolução do Conselho de Segurança da ONU para impor mudança de regime na Síria. Logo em seguida, em fila, Burhan Ghalyun, fantoche de Paris, chefe do Conselho Nacional Sírio (CNS) – grupo da oposição guarda-chuva – convocou os países «amigos do povo sírio». Todos sabem quem são: EUA, Grã-Bretanha, França, Israel e dois membros do Conselho de Cooperação do Golfo (CCG): o Qatar e a Arábia Saudita. Com amigos como esses, o «povo sírio» não precisa de inimigos.

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Exposed: The Arab Agenda in Syria
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 6 Feb 2012

Here’s a crash course on the “democratic” machinations of the Arab League – rather the GCC League, as real power in this pan-Arab organization is wielded by two of the six Persian Gulf monarchies composing the Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as Gulf Counter-revolution Club; Qatar and the House of Saud.

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The Myth of “Isolated” Iran: Following the Money in the Iran Crisis
Pepe Escobar - TomDispatch, 23 Jan 2012

So Iran may be “isolated” from the United States and Western Europe, but from the BRICS to NAM (the 120 member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement), it has the majority of the global South on its side. And then, of course, there are those staunch Washington allies, Japan and South Korea, now pleading for exemptions from the coming boycott/embargo of Iran’s Central Bank. No wonder, because these unilateral U.S. sanctions are also aimed at Asia. After all, China, India, Japan, and South Korea, together, buy no less than 62% of Iran’s oil exports.

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The Eagle, the Bear and the Dragon
Pepe Escobar – Al Jazeera, 26 Dec 2011

Here’s a new Cold War fable for an emerging multipolar world. Once upon a time in the young 21st century, the eagle, the bear and the dragon took their (furry) gloves off and engaged in a New Cold War.

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Latin America’s Message to the Arab World
Pepe Escobar – Al Jazeera, 12 Dec 2011

Take a good look at this 1970 photo. The 22-year-old woman in the photo is about to be examined by a bunch of subtropical inquisitors. She has just been tortured, electrocuted and waterboarded – what Dick Cheney dismisses as “enhanced interrogation” – for 22 days. Yet she didn’t break down. Today this woman, Dilma Rousseff, is the President of Brazil.

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Obama Projects Pacific Power
Pepe Escobar – Al Jazeera, 28 Nov 2011

What’s the real story behind Washington sending a bunch of marines to Australia? US Air Force fighter jets will also be in the house, with the Marines on six-month tours starting in the summer of 2012 up to an eventual rotation of 2,500 troops. Then comes the whopper. The marines will be conducting war games on Australian soil “out of the reach of Chinese ballistic missiles”. Now imagine if Beijing decided to set up a base, say, in Catalina Island off the coast of California, or even in Hawaii, to patrol the Eastern Pacific.

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The West’s Tragedy of Capital
Pepe Escobar – Al Jazeera, 14 Nov 2011

The name of the game – Marx revisited by Occupy the World – is class struggle. It’s casino capitalism, aka finance turbo-neoliberalism, as practiced by a liquid modernity elite of one per cent, versus the have-a-little-something, have-nots and have-nothing, aka the 99 per cent. So the crucial fight is against these “private proprietors of politics” – and their one per cent masters, be it in Cairo or Manhattan, Madrid or Lahore. G20? Forget it; it’s more like G7 billion. If we are truly indignados towards a system that must be toppled, we are all responsible.

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China and the US: The Roadmaps
Pepe Escobar – Al Jazeera, 7 Nov 2011

While Beijing tries to address the West’s concerns, Hillary Clinton has a conflicting vision for the 21st century. Inquiring minds scattered across the world have been pondering whether Washington elites are sneakily slouching towards Beijing – as in eventually focusing on China as the ultimate bogeyman and catalyst of the Pentagon-denominated Long War.

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Real Wimps Go To Tehran Via Baghdad
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 31 Oct 2011

The new Holy Trinity mythology peddled by Washington to an unsuspecting world is that the Libya war is over, the Iraq war will be over by New Year’s Eve, and the Afghan war will be over by 2014. Oh yes; and Lindsay Lohan is a reincarnation of the Virgin Mary.

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How the West Won Libya
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 24 Oct 2011

They are fighting over the carcass as vultures. The French Ministry of Defense said they got him with a Rafale fighter jet firing over his convoy. The Pentagon said they got him with a Predator firing a Hellfire missile. After a wounded Colonel Muammar Gaddafi sought refuge in a filthy drain underneath a highway – an eerie echo of Saddam Hussein’s “hole” – he was found by Transitional National Council (TNC) “rebels”. And then duly executed.

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The West and the Rest in a One-Model-Fits-All World
Pepe Escobar - TomDispatch, 3 Oct 2011

More than 10 years ago, before 9/11, Goldman Sachs was predicting that the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) would make the world economy’s top ten — but not until 2040. Skip a decade and the Chinese economy already has the number two spot all to itself, Brazil is number seven, India 10, and even Russia is creeping closer. In purchasing power parity, or PPP, things look even better. There, China is in second place, India is now fourth, Russia sixth, and Brazil seventh.

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BRICS Plan To Revive the Global Economy
Pepe Escobar – Al Jazeera, 26 Sep 2011

We interrupt this programme to announce the end of two centuries of Western domination. Well, not yet. At least not this Thursday, in Washington, when finance ministers and central bank governors of the BRICS group of emerging powers – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – get together on the margins of a G-20 meeting.

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NATO, the Ultimate Transformer
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 27 Jun 2011

NATO has just admitted it was “probably” responsible for the humanitarian liberation of nine Libyan civilians, plus 18 injured, via an early morning strike against an apartment building in a densely populated Tripoli neighborhood. Liberating Northern Africans in their sleep under tons of debris now adds to NATO’s – and the Pentagon’s – routine liberation of Pashtun wedding parties.

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(Castellano) La OTAN, el Transformer Sin Igual
Pepe Escobar – TeleSur, 27 Jun 2011

Después de todo, las guerras de la OTAN -que ahora cubren el “arco de inestabilidad” acuñado por el Pentágono desde el norte de África, pasando por Medio Oriente hacia Asia Central- son tanto contra regímenes “repugnantes” (como decir “no son nuestros hijueputas”) como contra civiles.

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Bin Laden Out, Gaddafi Next
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 16 May 2011

In the whirlwind of lies and hypocrisy engulfing the Osama bin Laden hit job, the key justice-related fact is how an unarmed man, codename “Geronimo”, was captured live then summarily executed in front of one of his daughters – after an invasion of a theoretically “sovereign” country. As for the war waged by NATO against Libya, the fact is that Western public opinion was fed a military attack against a sovereign country that has committed no violation of the United Nations charter. Talk about a wolf – neo-colonialism – in sheep’s clothing – “humanitarian war”.

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(Castellano) Déjame Bombardearte en Paz
Pepe Escobar - TeleSur, 11 Apr 2011

Si el anterior supremo del Pentágono, el “conocido desconocido” Donald Rumsfeld, estuviera aún en el negocio, no pararía de quejarse de que Libia no ofrezca objetivos bombardeables, al igual que Afganistán en 2001. Por muy lejos que se apreste a llegar el atolladero estadounidense, Libia es mucho más grande que Vietnam, Iraq y Afganistán juntos. Aunque los posibles “objetivos” se concentran en unas cuantas ciudades a lo largo de la costa mediterránea.

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Let Me Bomb You in Peace
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 11 Apr 2011

If former Pentagon supremo Donald “known unknown” Rumsfeld were still in business, he’d be grumbling that Libya presents no bombable targets – as in Afghanistan in 2001. As far as United States quagmires go, Libya is bigger than Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan combined. But any possible “targets” concentrate in a few cities along the Mediterranean coast.

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Exposed: The US-Saudi Libya deal
Pepe Escobar – Asia Times, 4 Apr 2011

Two diplomatic sources at the United Nations independently confirmed that Washington, via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave the go-ahead for Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain and crush the pro-democracy movement in their neighbor in exchange for a “yes” vote by the Arab League for a no-fly zone over Libya – the main rationale that led to United Nations Security Council resolution 1973.

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(Castellano) ¿Quién le Corta la Cabeza a la Serpiente?
Pepe Escobar – TeleSur, 14 Feb 2011

El “mensajero” de Obama para la última pantomima de Mubarak fue Frank Wisner, un ex diplomático y ex ejecutivo del American International Group (AIG), muy próximo al sistema oligárquico de Mubarak, y cuyo hermano, Graham, se ha dedicado a representar sus amplios intereses comerciales. Ha sido Wisner quien, en última instancia, ha venido haciendo lobby para el régimen de Mubarak entre los expertos en Oriente Medio de Washington, a diferencia, por ejemplo, del bipartidista Grupo de Trabajo de Egipto que dirigen el antiguo miembro del Consejo para la Seguridad Nacional, Elliott Abrams, y Michele Dunne, del Carnegie Endowment.

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LULADINEJAD
Pepe Escobar – The Real News Network, 25 Nov 2009

How the West could learn from Lula’s way of playing politics. Pepe Escobar, born in Brazil is the roving correspondent for Asia Times and an analyst for The Real News Network. He’s been a foreign correspondent since 1985, based in London, Milan, Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore, and Bangkok. Since the late 1990s, he has specialized […]

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BLUE GOLD, TURKMEN BASHES, AND ASIAN GRIDS
Pepe Escobar, 13 May 2009

Pipeline-istan in Conflict Nothing of significance takes place in Eurasia without an energy angle. As Barack Obama heads into his second hundred days in office, let’s head for the big picture ourselves, the ultimate global plot line, the tumultuous rush towards a new, polycentric world order. In its first hundred days, the Obama presidency introduced […]

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A Bailout and a New World
Pepe Escobar, 30 Sep 2008

The George W Bush administration’s US$700 billion no-accountability scheme, globally, informally dubbed "cash for trash", is making all the headlines. Simultaneously, there’s the small matter of the United Nations General Assembly sanctioning the troubled birth of a new, multipolar world. As a 21st-century counterpart to the Dadaist Manifesto, this chain of events is priceless. One […]

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