Pepe Escobar has an amazing knack for drawing the big picture while keeping an eye on the ground. His Roving Eye has traveled the plains that he speaks about and his analysis is on a different playing field altogether.
We have had the pleasure of reading Pepe’s latest book Empire of Chaos, and can certainly recommend it. In it you see the blue prints of the great chessboard like no where else. Chapter after Chapter, Pepe’s lays it all out for you in his calm,engaging and hilarious style.
His first piece of 2015 is a continuation of our journey with Pepe as he starts with a fresh canvas for 2015, a year he says will be all about China,Iran and Russia.
BEIJING, December 31 (Sputnik) — Fasten your seatbelts; 2015 will be a whirlwind pitting China, Russia and Iran against what I have described as the Empire of Chaos.
So yes – it will be all about further moves towards the integration of Eurasia as the US is progressively squeezed out of Eurasia. We will see a complex geostrategic interplay progressively undermining the hegemony of the US dollar as a reserve currency and, most of all, the petrodollar.
For all the immense challenges the Chinese face, all over Beijing it’s easy to detect unmistakable signs of a self-assured, self-confident, fully emerged commercial superpower. President Xi Jinping and the current leadership will keep investing heavily in the urbanization drive and the fight against corruption, including at the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Internationally, the Chinese will accelerate their overwhelming push for new ‘Silk Roads’ – both overland and maritime – which will underpin the long-term Chinese master strategy of unifying Eurasia with trade and commerce.
Global oil prices are bound to remain low. All bets are off on whether a nuclear deal will be reached by this summer between Iran and the P5+1. If sanctions (actually economic war) against Iran remain and continue to seriously hurt its economy, Tehran’s reaction will be firm, and will include even more integration with Asia, not the West.
No matter how it was engineered, the fact that stands is that the current financial/strategic oil price collapse is a direct attack against (who else?) Iran and Russia.
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