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Pepe Escobar, born in Brazil, is the roving correspondent for Hong Kong/Thailand-based Asia Times and analyst for Toronto/Washington-based The Real News.

Since the mid-1980s he has lived and worked as a foreign correspondent in London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles and Singapore/Bangkok. Since 9/11 he has extensively covered Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central Asia, China, Iran, Iraq and the wider Middle East. He 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). He was contributing editor to The Empire and the Crescent (Amal Books, Bristol); Tutto in Vendita (Nuovi Mondi Media, Italy); and Shia Power: Next Target Iran? (Vallentine Mitchell, London) and is associated with the Paris-based European Academy of Geopolitics. When not on the road, he lives between Sao Paulo, Paris and Bangkok.

Entries by Pepe Escobar

The Chimerica Dream

(16) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 10:18 AM

Two Nations, Two Dreams, One Pacific

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

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 | 9:21 AM

Washington's Iranian Future

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

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 | 12:34 PM

Neoliberal Dragons, Eurasian Wet Dreams, and Robocop Fantasies

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

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 | 2:59 PM

Following the Money in the Iran Crisis

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

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 | 10:58 AM

The Decline and Fall of Just About Everyone

Cross-posted from TomDispatch.com

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 | 4:22 PM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com.

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 | 8:43 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 | 2:26 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 | 9:53 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 | 10:02 AM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com.

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 | 10:57 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 | 12:12 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 | 9:36 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 | 1:10 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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Life in Talibanistan -- Married to the mob

(6) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 1:52 PM

This is the conclusion of a three-part report.
PART 1: 'Throw these infidels in jail'
PART 2: The degree zero of culture

Ten years ago, Taliban Afghanistan -- Talibanistan -- was under a social, cultural, political and economic nightmare. Ten years ago, New York-based...

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Patagonia: The End of the World Is on Sale

(5) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 6:49 PM

This is the conclusion of a two-part report.

PART 1: In Tierra del Fuego, Darwin still rocks

Perito Moreno Glacier -- "Desert and sterile" Patagonia (in Charles Darwin's initial assessment) boasts no less than 230,000 square kilometers of river basins flowing into the Atlantic. It holds 4,000...

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'Surge'' Smoke Follows Petraeus to Afpak

(59) Comments | Posted July 2, 2010 | 1:31 PM

Confirmed and reconfirmed by United States President Barack Obama, the US Senate and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and duly hailed as the new armored Messiah by US mainstream media, "tightly disciplined" political fox and former US Central Command chief General David Petraeus is about to land in Kabul....

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Mistah McChrystal - He Dead

(18) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 11:34 AM

Mistah Kurtz - he dead. ~ Joseph Conrad

When it comes to American wars, history has a kinky habit of repeating itself as farce over and over again. So now the Pentagon has been plunged into turmoil because General Stanley McChrystal, former United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization commander...

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The Method in Israel's Madness

(107) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 2:03 PM

Why would Israel, in a deliberate and methodical operation planned over a week in advance -- according to statements by senior Israeli military commanders made in Hebrew-language media days before the attack -- target an unarmed ship on a humanitarian mission flying the flag of Comoros? (Unlike Turkey, Comoros is...

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Iran: Obama's Other Spill

(32) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 12:38 PM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was scheduled to meet Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva this Thursday in Brasilia. As much as the Barack Obama administration has been moving mountains to undermine the Iranian nuclear fuel swap deal mediated by Brazil and Turkey, both leaders (and US allies)...

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