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Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

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Xi’s wild geese chase the Silk Road gold, by Pepe Escobar

Source: Asia Times President Xi Jinping invokes Ming dynasty heroes, geopolitical development strategies and wild Asian geese analogies to portray China’s New Silk Roads initiative as the flagship of a ...
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All in play as France prepares to tear up political playbook, by Pepe Escobar

Source: Asia Times The dice have been rolled and it looks like French electors may buck the political narrative The Decline of the West; the destiny of Western civilization; the ...
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Letter from Tehran: Trump ‘the bazaari’, by Pepe Escobar

Source: Asia Times The Iranian Parliament just hosted its annual conference on Palestine and, among the dignitaries - that included Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani - ...
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Age of Anger, by Pepe Escobar

source: Asia Times Every once in a (long) while a book comes out that rips the zeitgeist, shining on like a crazy diamond. Age of Anger, by Pankaj Mishra, author ...
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Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia, by Pepe Escobar

Source: Asia Times On his return to the Asia Times fold, veteran columnist and author Pepe Escobar writes that the West's Divide and Rule approach to global rivals may no ...
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The Pearl River Delta showcases the Chinese Dream, by Pepe Escobar

Source: RT As President Putin, post-Brexit, rushed to discuss all matters pertaining to Eurasia integration with President Xi Jinping in Beijing, I embarked on a connected, parallel southern China journey ...
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The Three Harpies are Back!, by Pepe Escobar

Source: counterpunch Those were the days when Libya (“We came, we saw, he died”) offered to the world a full-blooded humanitarian imperialist spectacle starring Three American Harpies: Hillary Clinton, Samantha ...
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Conversation: 100 Years of Now, by Pepe Escobar

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker ...
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Dilma out: Brazilian plutocracy sets 54mn votes on fire, by Pepe Escobar

Source: RT 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 ...
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The Calm Before the Coming Global Storm, by Pepe Escobar

source: The Saker Major turbulence seems to be the name of the game in 2016. Yet the current turbulence may be interpreted as the calm before the next, devastating geopolitical/financial ...
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Fear and Loathing in the Arabian Nights, by Pepe Escobar

Source: Sputnik News US President Barack Obama landed in Saudi Arabia for a GCC petrodollar summit and to proverbially “reassure Gulf allies” amidst the oiliest of storms. The Doha summit ...
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Brazil, like Russia, under attack by Hybrid War, by Pepe Escobar

Source: RT Color revolutions would never be enough; Exceptionalistan is always on the lookout for major strategic upgrades capable of ensuring perpetual Empire of Chaos hegemony. The ideological matrix and ...
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A Dose of Dadaism to Call the Sultan/Saudi Bluff, by Pepe Escobar

Darkness dawns at the break of noon, sirens blare, red alerts convulse – and it feels like we’re 30 seconds from the 9th circle of hell. The best lack all ...
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Does China hold key to the Afghan puzzle?, by Pepe Escobar

Source: RT Just like Lazarus, there were reasons to believe the Afghan peace process might have stood a chance of being resurrected this past Monday in Islamabad, as four major ...
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Putin and Hollande go after Erdogan’s racket, by Pepe Escobar

Source:RT It all started with French President Francois Hollande, after the Paris attacks, having the temerity to advance the idea of France working together with Russia in the same coalition ...
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The Empire under the Cosmic Blues

"I'll get you a $7 billion loan - in rubles. But I want your hat." "Deal!" Posted by Pepe Escobar on Thursday, 12 November 2015 The statements, views and opinions ...
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The Chinese Vision for the world, by Pepe Escobar

With so much happening in our world we tend to find it difficult to focus on everything. When it gets full on, you can rely on Pepe sorting out the ...
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Moscow doubles down on Washington, by Pepe Escobar

Source: Russia Today History may eventually decide the ‘New World Order’ started on September 28, when Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama had a 90-minute face off ...
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The Perpetual Russian Invasion Train arrives at Syria!, by Pepe Escobar

Source: RT The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! Well, the Russians are always coming. The Russians never stopped coming since those heady Cold War days. The Russians are ...
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Conversation: ‘China V-Day parade sending multiple messages to Asia and West’ – Pepe Escobar

Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times, an analyst for RT and Sputnik, and a Sputnik regular. His latest book is Empire of Chaos. Follow him on Facebook ...
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The myth of a Russian “Threat”, by Pepe Escobar

Source: Sputnik News Not a week goes by without the Pentagon carping about an ominous Russian "threat". Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey entered certified Donald “known ...
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Who profits from the Bangkok bombing?, by Pepe Escobar

Source: Asia Times BANGKOK – The Guy in the Yellow T-shirt — long shorts, unruly black hair, thick dark glasses — arrived at the Erawan shrine in a tuk-tuk. No ...
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Reshuffling Eurasia’s energy deck — Iran, China and Pipelineistan, by Pepe Escobar

Source: Asia Times Pipelineistan – the prime Eurasian energy chessboard — never sleeps. Recently, it’s Russia that has scored big on all fronts; two monster gas deals sealed with China ...
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Historic Iran nuke deal resets Eurasia’s ‘Great Game’, by Pepe Escobar

Source: Asia Times This is it. It is indeed historic. And diplomacy eventually wins. In terms of the New Great Game in Eurasia, and the ongoing tectonic shifts reorganizing Eurasia, ...
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Why there is still no Iran nuke deal in Vienna, by Pepe Escobar

Consider this a back to back special on the ongoing Iranian Nuclear negotiations. If you have not already read Pepe's last piece, then please do here for some background. AE ...
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Iran nuke deal — what’s behind the new Vienna deadline, by Pepe Escobar

Unparalleled insight from one of the most well known geopolitical analysts around, Pepe is absolutely a pleasure to read! This is the closest you will get to the negotiating table ...
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Nuke Deal Inches Ahead as US-Iran Play Information War, by Pepe Escobar

VIENNA – So today is not D-Day. No landing in post-Wall of Mistrust territory. A nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 won’t be clinched today – for a number ...
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Hell hath no fury like Ash: The Pentagon goes Nuclear on Russia!, by Pepe Escobar

In only fifteen years Russia has jumped two generations ahead of the US on missiles and may be on the verge of a first strike nuclear capacity, and the US ...
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The St. Petersburg’s International Forum in the Heart of the Action, by Pepe Escobar

The dogs of western fear and sanctions bark, while the Eurasian caravan passes. And no caravanserai could possibly compete with the 19th edition of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum ...
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Manifest Destiny: American dreaming, from G1 to Bilderberg, by Pepe Escobar

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 – ...
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China: Silk roads and open seas, by Pepe Escobar

Beijing’s disclosure earlier this week of its latest military white paper, outlining a new doctrine moving beyond offshore defense to “open seas” defense, predictably rattled every exceptionalist’s skull and bone ...
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BRICS trample US in South America, by Pepe Escobar

It started in April with a rash of deals between Argentina and Russia during President Cristina Kirchner’s visit to Moscow. And it continues with a $53 billion investment bang as ...
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The German question, by Pepe Escobar

Seventy years after the end of World War II, and twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany is once again under the grip of ‘sturm und drang’, ...
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THE ideal way to celebrate Victory Day

Rread the "Berlin Diaries 1940-1945" written originally in English by gorgeous Russian princess Marie Vassiltchikov. As John Le Carre memorably defined them, this is the death of Old Europe seen ...
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Eurasia as we (and the U.S.) knew it is dead, by Pepe Escobar

Move over, Cold War 2.0. The real story, now and for the foreseeable future, in its myriad declinations, and of course, ruling out too many bumps in the road, is ...
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THE HILLARATOR

The "Hillary for America" memo: Campaign will be guided by following principles: “We are a team”, “We are a diverse, talented family”, “we are disciplined”, “we are humble”, “we know ...
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THE PROOF YEMEN IS YET ANOTHER AMERICAN WAR

That fabulous fountain of unimpeachable secret sources, Le Canard Enchainé, has revealed this week in Paris that an American command cell has been fully operational in Saudi Arabia, run by ...
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Eurasian emporium or nuclear war?, by Pepe Escobar

A high-level European diplomatic source has confirmed to Asia Times that German chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has vigorously approached Beijing in an effort to disrupt its multi-front strategic partnership with ...
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Power Play Behind Regime Change in Russia, by Pepe Escobar

The Empire of Chaos dream of regime change in Russia has always hinged on controlling large swathes of Eurasia. With “friends” like European Council President Donald Tusk and top NATO ...
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How Iran and the US intersect in “Syraq”, by Pepe Escobar

A cliffhanger debate will take place this Wednesday at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Picture Secretary of State John Kerry, new Pentagon supremo Ashton Carter, and Joint Chiefs Chairman ...
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War Crimes of the “righteous”

This is how Tokyo looked like 70 years ago after “Operation Meetinghouse”. Northern and eastern Tokyo were completely devastated. 100,000 civilians were burned alive. US Gen. Curtis LeMay insisted on ...
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The Real Story on Iran, US, Russia and China, by Pepe Escobar

The real story is, and will continue to be, how Iran, the key power in Southwest Asia, is about to be positioned in the nonstop complex ballet between the US, ...
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Year of the Sheep, Century of the Dragon?, Pepe Escobar

New Silk Roads and the Chinese Vision of a Brave New (Trade) World BEIJING -- Seen from the Chinese capital as the Year of the Sheep starts, the malaise affecting ...
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CYCLOPS WINS

This is completely crazy. For EVERY devalued euro the Greek government saved - via “spending cuts”, more taxes, hurling people towards unemployment, etc. - the Greek economy CONTRACTED by €1.20 ...
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MAJOR GREECE UPDATE

The Eurogroup presser turned into a neo-Foucault debate about les mots et les choses. The RFKATT (Racket Formerly Known As The Troika) - now known as “institutions” - wants an ...
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Islam in Hong Kong

"Clash of civilizations"? Sunnis against "Shi'ite crescent"? Nonsense. Go to Hong Kong and see for yourself. The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the ...
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From Minsk to Brussels, it’s all about Germany, by Pepe Escobar

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 ...
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The Dirtiest Secret of the War on Terror, Pepe Escobar

Out of the bowels of a US maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado, al-Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaui, currently serving a life sentence, providentially has shed light on what amounts to the ...
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Russian Aggression!

RUSSIAN AGGRESSION RUSSIAN AGGRESSION RUSSIAN AGGRESSION RUSSIAN AGGRESSION RUSSIAN AGGRESSION RUSSIAN AGGRESSION RUSSIAN AGGRESSION RUSSIAN AGGRESSION RUSSIAN AGGRESSION Not much has filtered out of the Medusa Merkel/General Hollande/Vlad tense threesome ...
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The coming war

This is the kind of stuff already provoking mini-heart attacks in the new mini-Dr.Strangelove at the Pentagon. The scene in Beijing on Monday. RIC vowed to "build a more just, ...
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Je suis Kobani

Je suis Kobani. Liberated - by the YPG, not by Empire of Chaos bombing. But the price has been VERY high. The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column ...
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Crossing the Bridge From Eurasia to NATOstan, by Pepe Escobar

Seen from Asia, the ghastly crisis in Europe looks and feels like a galaxy away. So as I was back from the Middle Kingdom to the austerity-ravaged, stagnated collection of ...
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Europe slouching towards anxiety & war, Pepe Escobar

Europe, which the EU is supposed to represent, is fighting a double war that could ravage it beyond recognition – against Greece within its own borders, and against Russia in ...
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‘Empire of Chaos’ in the House, by Pepe Escobar

No one in Western corporate media will tell you why US President Barack Obama is hitting Riyadh with a high-powered delegation to “pay his respects” to the new House of ...
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Whole lotta Sheikhin’ goin’ on

"I said Sheikh your baby Sheikh Sheikh your baby Sheikh Come on over Whole lotta Sheikhin' goin' on." The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those ...
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Next stop: Grexit?

The people have spoken in Greece on Europe’s ghastly “elites” and how they responded to the 2008 financial crisis. Syriza are real outsiders – against both Brussels and Berlin. But ...
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Lets print more money, sounds like a great idea.

"Spotted any al-Qaeda yet?" "Worse. The ECB's quantitative easing." The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those ...
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Empire in Tatters

What Putin said in Sochi last year still applies: the US regards “Russia, because of its military might, China because of its rising economic power and Iran because of its ...
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Caliph Against the Wall

France is deploying aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to the Persian Gulf to “support” bombing ISIS/ISIL/Daesh in Iraq. French defense minister Jean Yves Le-Drain has gone totally war on terra ...
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What game is the House of Saud playing?, by Pepe Escobar

The House of Saud now finds itself in times of extreme trouble. Their risky oil price war may eventually backfire. The succession of King Abdullah may turn into a bloodbath ...
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Hypocrites Shine on Paris Catwalk, by Pepe Escobar

The Paris unity march attended by over 40 world leaders has revealed the Western "double standard" approach concerning the freedom of speech and the battle against terrorism. BEIJING, January 12 ...
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This has gone viral ALL OVER the Arab world

This has gone viral ALL OVER the Arab world. The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those ...
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Who profits from killing Charlie?, Pepe Escobar

Putin did it. Sorry, he didn't. In the end, it was not Russia "aggression" that attacked the heart of Europe. It was a pro-style jihadi commando. Cui bono? Careful planning ...
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The euro WILL continue to fall. Three reasons.

1) The Grexit rumor mill. Even Angie Merkel has admitted Greece may leave the euro. EC clowns in Brussels though still insist being in the euro is “irrevocable”. 2) Deflation ...
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Mandate of Heaven

"Rule by virtuous example or you will lose the Mandate of Heaven." "Right on, brother." ...
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Eurasia rises: The Dragon,the Lion and the bear, by Pepe Escobar

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 ...
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Russia, China mock divide and rule, by Pepe Escobar

ROME and BEIJING - The Roman Empire did it. The British Empire copied it in style. The Empire of Chaos has always done it. They all do it. Divide et ...
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What Putin is not telling us, Pepe Escobar

Source: RT Even facing what under any circumstances is a perfect storm; President Putin delivered an extremely measured performance at his annual press conference and Q&A marathon. The perfect storm ...
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Eurasian Integration vs. the Empire of Chaos, by Pepe Escobar

Source:TomDispatch As Washington “Pivots” to Asia, China Does the Eurasian Pirouette November 18, 2014: it’s a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of ...
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The new European ‘arc of instability’, by Pepe Escobar

The European Council on Foreign Relations and Berlin think-tank Friedrich Ebert Stiftung have just reached more or less the same conclusion. If the dangerous stand-off between the EU and Russia ...
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NEW ‘ARC OF INSTABILITY’ IN DA HOUSE

The European Council on Foreign Relations and the Berlin think tank Friedrich Ebert Stiftung have reached more or less the same conclusion. If the stand-off between the EU and Russia ...
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And here is the list of “extraordinary rendition” enablers:

Afghanistan, Austria, Australia, Albania,Algeria,Azerbaijan,Belgium,Bosnia-Herzegovina,Canada,Croatia,Cyprus,Czech Republic, Denmark,Djibouti,Egypt,Ethiopia,Finland,Gambia,Georgia,Germany,Greece,Hong Kong,Iceland,Indonesia,Iran,Ireland,Italy,Jordan, Kenya,Libya,Lithuania,Malawi,Malaysia,Mauritania,Morocco, Pakistan,Poland,Portugal,Romania,Saudi Arabia,Somalia,South Africa,Spain,Sri Lanka,Sweden,Syria,Thailand,Turkey,United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom,Uzbekistan,Yemen,Zimbabwe ...
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THE US CONGRESS HAS DECLARED WAR ON RUSSIA

I can’t emphasize enough how terrifying - and stupid - this is. And now it’s official. House Resolution 758 was approved yesterday by an overwhelming, bipartisan 411-10 score at the ...
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What is Freedom?

Sock it to 'em, Slavoj. All we need is love ...
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Exit South Stream, enter Turk Stream

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. This “Pipelineistan” gambit will ...
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Conversation: A modest proposal to resolve the Ukrainian conflict

The Saker recently had a very interesting post on about Bezler and a "united federated Nazi-free Ukraine". While that is an excellent analysis of perhaps a viable solution, the proposal ...
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Of paper tigers and old Europe: A return to the old chessboard, by Pepe Escobar

Are the US, NATO and Russia on a mad spiral leading to war in Europe? Is it inevitable? Far from it. The US-propelled vassal Petro Poroshenko, currently starring in the ...
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Duck & Poodle

"Aw right, little puppy, scotch the Mistral deal with the Russkies. Good boy. Now, sit!" "Ooof oof oof oof!!!!!" ...
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Merkel to bite the dust

You read it here first - months ago, and in some of my articles for Asia Times and RT; way beyond Merkel, what REALLY matters is that German business/industry want ...
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The Hillarator

Behold... The Hillarator ...
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Empire of Chaos – A must read

Sputnik - former RIA Novosti - has been VERY gracious announcing the release of Empire of Chaos. Get a copy before Black Friday! Mega-bang for your buck/yuan/ruble/euro at only $3.99 ...
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Iran nuclear deal enters the danger zone, by Pepe Escobar

In the end, a nuclear deal with Iran was aborted in Vienna. Is that a hopeful sign? Or should everyone start praying – and running for cover? The players – ...
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/ Iran, Pepe Escobar, Pepe's Corner, Russia

Sunnis & Shias unite in Qom

VERY important meeting in Qom yesterday: Sunnis and Shi'ites united on fighting the Takfiris the US and Saudi Arabia SOOOOO love to instrumentalize/manipulate/weaponize all around the chessboard ...
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Onward to the Silk Road

"Guys, can you show me the way to the New Maritime Silk Road?" ...
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/ Pepe Escobar, Pepe's Corner, Silk Road

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL COUNTDOWN, by Pepe Escobar

Tasnim News Agency asked me about a possible Iran - P5+1 nuclear deal as we approach crunch time. Article is in Farsi. This is what I said, in English: "In ...
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Washington Plays Russian Roulette, by Pepe Escobar

These are bleak times. I've been in serious conversation with some deep sources and interlocutors - those who know but don't need to show off, privileging discretion. They are all ...
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The morally,ethically and financially bankrupt “isolate” Russia, by Pepe Escobar

(L-R) Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma join their hands at a group ...
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/ BRICS, G20, Germany, Pepe Escobar, Pepe's Corner

The NSA

Lars kicks major ass in this itvw with former NSA William Binney. Must read ...
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/ BND, Germany, NSA, Pepe Escobar, Pepe's Corner

Putin: The Powerful

RIA Novosti talked to me about Forbes designating Putin as Power Number One. Only AFTER I answered their questions I saw the "reasoning" behind the Forbes "award": "Russia looks more ...
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Berlin in the 70s

THE place to go in Berlin in the late 70s ...
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Love is in the air

These two are having a love-in in Beijing ...
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The Silk Road

The Silk Road Exhibition currently in Beijng, in parallel to the APEC summit. Soon to be upgraded to high-speed rail and fiber optic ...
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/ China, Pepe Escobar, Pepe's Corner, Silk Road

THIS IS WHAT CIVILIZATION IS ALL ABOUT

Moscow underground – crammed with all those magnificent stations – has launched a virtual library with over 100 titles of fabulous Russian literature, including Pushkin, Tolstoy and Chekhov, which you ...
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/ Moscow, Pepe Escobar, Pepe's Corner, Russia

Iraq all over again

And it's one two three what are we fighting for Don't ask me I don't give a damn next stop is...Iraq all over again ...
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/ Iraq, Pepe Escobar, Pepe's Corner, US Empire, USA

Lame-duck Obama’s brave new world, by Pepe Escobar

Fresh out of his latest Congressional election shellacking delivered by the minority who bothered to vote in the United States, the formerly most powerful leader in the world, US President ...
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