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Pepe Escobar

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Will Chess, Not Battleship, Be the Game of the Future in Eurasia?

(6) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 8:59 AM

Silk Roads, Night Trains, and the Third Industrial Revolution in China

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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...

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The Eurasian Big Bang

(74) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 10:47 AM

How China and Russia Are Running Rings Around Washington

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Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: from now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the...

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Year of the Sheep, Century of the Dragon?

(8) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 9:50 AM

New Silk Roads and the Chinese Vision of a Brave New (Trade) World

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BEIJING -- 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...

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Go West, Young Han

(5) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 9:48 AM

As Washington “Pivots” to Asia, China Does the Eurasian Pirouette

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November 18, 2014: It’s a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai, the first train...

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Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington Out of Eurasia?

(8) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 9:40 AM

The Future of a Beijing-Moscow-Berlin Alliance

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A specter haunts the fast-aging “New American Century”: the possibility of a future Beijing-Moscow-Berlin strategic trade and commercial alliance. Let’s call it the BMB.

Its likelihood is being seriously discussed at the highest levels in Beijing and...

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The Birth of a Eurasian Century

(65) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 10:01 AM

Russia and China Do Pipelineistan

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HONG KONG -- A specter is haunting Washington, an unnerving vision of a Sino-Russian alliance wedded to an expansive symbiosis of trade and commerce across much of the Eurasian land mass -- at the expense of the United...

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The Chimerica Dream

(16) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Two Nations, Two Dreams, One Pacific

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Sun Tzu, the ancient author of The Art of War, must be throwing a rice wine party in his heavenly tomb in the wake of the shirtsleeves California love-in between President Obama and President Xi Jinping. "Know...

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Mr. President, Tear Down This Wall

(26) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 10:21 AM

Washington's Iranian Future

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Let’s start with the obvious but important: on entering the Oval Office in January 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...

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A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC

(4) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 1:34 PM

Neoliberal Dragons, Eurasian Wet Dreams, and Robocop Fantasies

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Goldman Sachs -- via economist Jim O’Neill -- invented the concept of a rising new bloc on the planet: BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). Some cynics couldn’t...

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The Myth of “Isolated” Iran

(61) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 3:59 PM

Following the Money in the Iran Crisis

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Let's start with red lines. Here it is, Washington’s ultimate red line, straight from the lion’s mouth.  Only last week Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said of the Iranians, “Are they trying to develop...

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The West and the Rest in a One-Model-Fits-All World

(52) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 11:58 AM

The Decline and Fall of Just About Everyone

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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...

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So Many Ways to Strut Your Democratic Stuff in a New World

(8) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 5:22 PM

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Three mummies were recently found in an underground temple in Luxor, Egypt. Translated hieroglyphs identified them as the Clash of Civilizations, the End of History, and Islamophobia. They ruled in Western domains into the second decade of the twenty-first century before dying and being embalmed.

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The Naked Emperor

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 9:43 AM

President Bush: Frank, please consider filling a post I'm creating. It may mean long hours and dangerous nights, surrounded by some of the scummiest elements in our society.

Frank: You want me to be in your cabinet?
- The Naked Gun 2 1/2, starring Leslie Nielsen

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See You at the Barricades, Babe

(6) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 3:26 PM

It was not May '68 remixed. But in the end, micro-Napoleonic former casual populist French President Nicolas Sarkozy got his May '68 -- he of all people who always derided the "poisonous" heritage" of that time.

He may be destined for the dustbin of history as a one-term fiasco,...

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Letter from Islamophobistan

(157) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 10:53 AM

Last Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stunned the world by declaring, in front of young members of her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), that multiculturalism - or multikulti, as it is known in Germany - was dead.

The day before, I was in the Lufthansa lounge at Frankfurt airport...

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China's Pipelineistan "War": Anteing Up, Betting, and Bluffing in the New Great Game

(122) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 11:02 AM

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Future historians may well agree that the twenty-first century Silk Road first opened for business on December 14, 2009.  That was the day a crucial stretch of pipeline officially went into operation linking the fabulously energy-rich state of Turkmenistan (via Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) to Xinjiang...

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Is Brazil the New United States?

(49) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 11:57 AM

SAO PAULO -- Brazil is the country the whole world loves to love. Brazil is a (joyful) riddle wrapped in an (chaotic) enigma, with the added complexity that the riddle and the enigma are ritualistically juggling with a football, dancing a samba, ogling a sensual mulata, watching a telenovela and...

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It's Obama vs. Infinite War

(8) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 1:12 PM

One may be tempted to evaluate American foreign policy as concocted by some deviant disciple of cinema exploitation genius Russ Meyer -- of Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill! fame -- minus the profusion of breasts, of course.

And so as that self-appointed court stenographer Bob Woodward reveals in his latest court...

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Barack and Mahmoud Back in the Groove

(7) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 10:36 AM

Former United States president Bill Clinton now says President Barack Obama is "getting his groove back". The same would apply to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. No stranger to New York's charms, the pious Mahdist -- who believes the occult 12th imam will be back soon to deliver us all from...

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Don't Mess With My Burqa, Monsieur

(243) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 2:10 PM

I'm already making plans to arrive at terminal 2 of Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris in the spring of 2011 sporting my burqa. The cruel doubt is, which one? Shall I deplane swathed in the classic light blue I used to cross to Talibanistan? Or the slick black number...

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