Articles by Pepe Escobar

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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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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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