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Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst. He writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch, and is a frequent contributor to websites and radio and TV shows ranging from the US to East Asia. He is the former roving correspondent for Asia Times Online. Born in Brazil, he's been a foreign correspondent since 1985, and has lived in London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Washington, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Even before 9/11 he specialized in covering the arc from the Middle East to Central and East Asia, with an emphasis on Big Power geopolitics and energy wars. He is the author of "Globalistan" (2007), "Red Zone Blues" (2007), "Obama does Globalistan" (2009) and "Empire of Chaos" (2014), all published by Nimble Books. His latest book is "2030", also by Nimble Books, out in December 2015.

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Image created from image crediting Saturday, February 13, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It takes a Greek to save Europa Varoufakis could not but be attracted to a remix of the Minotaur metaphor; a periodic one-sided tribute -- in US dollars -- from the whole planet enabling the hegemonic "Exceptionalists" to project power across the seas. This Minotaur is now dying, the world is still encumbered with its rotting carcass, and no one knows what beast is to rise next.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Friday, February 12, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Syrian Sea of Hostility The Syrian charade now proceeds under a vague "cessation of hostilities" -- which is not a ceasefire -- to be implemented within a week. Further on down the road, as this is the real world, "hostilities" will inevitably resume. So keep an eye on this "cessation of hostilities." Because the real hostilities may be just about to begin.

Syrian destruction Saturday, February 6, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why the "Sultan of Chaos" is freaking out The bulk of the Syrian "opposition" used to be armchair warriors co-opted by the CIA for years, as well as CIA Muslim Brotherhood patsies/vassals. Now the "opposition" is basically warlords answering to the House of Saud even for bottles of water -- regardless of the suit-and-tie former Ba'ath Party ministers handpicked to be the face of the opposition for the gullible Western corporate media.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani Sunday, January 31, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Iran: The New China? The most probable scenario spells out an Islamic Republic of Iran engaged in a Chinese-style economic development program. Sort of a Persian "get rich is glorious" remix, under strict political control. This begs the question: are we ready for the new Supreme Leader role as the Iranian Deng Xiaoping?

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. Saturday, January 30, 2016 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
You have now landed in Geneva, Syria A desperate Erdogan may be foolish enough to confront the Russian Air Force during his purported "invasion." Putin is on the record saying response to any provocation will be immediate, and lethal. To top it off, the Russians and Americans are actually coordinating airspace action in northern Syria. Geneva? That's for tourists; the capital of the Syrian horror show is now Jarabulus.

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Silk Dragon Takes Persian Road There is no fulfillment of the New Silk Road vision without a comprehensive Iran-China strategic partnership. Xi and the Beijing leadership not only solidified it; in a sweeping move, they sort of upgraded what some Iranian analysts define as Khamenei's defensive realism theory of international relations to a de facto protection ring of China's geostrategic interests.

Russian ruble in a nosedive under pressure of Western sanctions and slumping oil p Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (13 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Rumble in the ruble, fire in the markets The Russian Central Bank did not intervene to prop up the ruble. And they should not. The best course of action would be to let the ruble go, ending almost all imports, thus forcing self-sufficiency. Or introduce capital controls, with only approved transactions involving foreign currencies. It did work for Malaysia, for instance, after the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

World Economic Crash Saturday, January 23, 2016 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Secret Behind the Next Global Crash In the current, extremely volatile situation oil is down, stocks are down and oil stocks are down. Still the House of Saud has not understood that the Masters of the Universe are getting them to destroy themselves many times over, including flooding the oil market with their shut-in capacity. And all that to fatally wound Russia, Iran and... Saudi Arabia itself.

Arab States of the Persian Gulf Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Planet of Fear All across the spectrum, driven by fear, the toxic mix of political and economic instability continues to spread, leading quite a few insiders to wonder whether both the Fed and the Politburo Standing Committee in Beijing don't really know what's happening.

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Does China hold key to the Afghan puzzle? The Taliban wants the UN -- not to mention the US -- to remove the Taliban from its "most wanted" list. They want all Taliban prisoners released from Afghan jails. Will that happen? Of course not. So now it's up to Beijing to come up with a win-win scenario.

Image created from image crediting Saturday, January 9, 2016 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Fear And Loathing in the House of Saud Team Rouhani perfectly understands the developing Southwest Asia chapter of the New Great Game, featuring the re-emergence of Iran as a regional superpower; all of the House of Saud's moves, from hopelessly inept to major strategic blunder, betray utter desperation with the end of the old order. Will the House of Saud be left to its own -- puny -- devices among the shark-infested waters of hardcore geopolitics?

Image created from image crediting Wednesday, January 6, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Saudi-Iranian spat: Another skirmish in the oil war The US government strategy has metastasized into trying to destroy the Russian economy before the oil price inevitably recovers. How this could have been pulled off so far is a testament, once again, to the irresistible force of Wall Street manipulators using cash settlement; they are able to create a crash where there is hardly any surplus oil at all.

Obama and Putin Friday, January 1, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Vladimir Putin Fights the War Party on All Fronts The bottom line is that in 2016 the option will continue to be stark; it's either the hegemony of the War Party -- with the subtext of a Washington "willfully" condoned Salafi-jihadi "offer" to young, disaffected Muslims; or the vision of a full, prosperous trade/commerce/communication network for the whole of Eurasia.

BOEING F18 SUPER HORNET Friday, December 25, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Empire of Chaos preparing for more fireworks in 2016 Imperial despair over the irreversible Chinese ascent won't abate. As the New Great Game picks up speed, and Russia supplies Eurasian powers Iran, China and India with missile defense systems beyond anything the West has, get used to the new normal; Cold War 2.0 between Washington and Beijing-Moscow.

Thursday, December 24, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Meet the Sultan of Civil War This new civil war chapter offers a window of opportunity for a really serious power player -- as Erdogan, foolishly, now fights on two fronts, internal (Kurds) and external (Moscow). Sooner or later Moscow's support for the YPG Syrian Kurds may translate into decisive support for the PKK inside Turkey. Erdogan's civil war strategy leads to a dead end.

Turkish soldiers on a self-propelled howitzer at the border between Turkey and Syria Sunday, December 20, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Syria: The break for the border The Sultan will go no holds barred to prevent it. ISIS was never an "existential threat" to Ankara. On the contrary; it was always a very useful indirect "ally." Ankara will continue to plug the myth that the road to Daesh's defeat goes through Assad regime change.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, December 17, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Syria Shatters Pentagon Dream Amidst all the current shadow play, the true test of the Obama administration's intentions is whether the US coalition will really fight Daesh, al-Nusra and Ahrar ash-Sham (which harbors a lot of jihadists from Chechnya, Dagestan and Uzbekistan), with no reservations.

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You Want War? Russia is Ready for War Russia has placed ships and submarines capable of launching nuclear missiles in case Turkey under the cover of NATO decides to strike out against the Russian position. President Putin has been clear; Russia will use nuclear weapons if necessary if conventional forces are threatened. And that's why Erdogan's erratic behavior actually terrifies quite a few real players from Washington to Brussels.

Attack in the sky over Syria Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
NATO's got a brand new (Syrian) bag The NATO master plan for northern Syria in the next few weeks and months essentially features US, UK and Turkey fighter jets, with the French still in the balance (are we de facto collaborating with the Russians, or is it just posture?) This is being sold to global public opinion as a "coalition" effort -- with Russia barely mentioned.

Turkish troop deployment to Iraq Saturday, December 12, 2015 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Crippled in Syria, Turkey goes for a "Sunnistan" in Iraq What we have here is the Pentagon fully protected by plausible deniability. And Islamic State duly weaponized as a proxy/regime change army in Syria. A perfect chaos-provoking tool aligned with the strategic objective of the "Empire of Chaos" in Syria. Oh, but the Pentagon would never engage in such practices, would they?

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Syria: Ultimate Pipelineistan War Washington's strategy so far is injecting the proverbial Empire of Chaos logic into Syria; feeding the flames of internal chaos, a pre-planned op by the CIA, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with the endgame being regime change in Damascus. An Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline is unacceptable in the Beltway not only because US vassals lose, but most of all because in currency war terms it would bypass the petrodollar.

Monday, December 7, 2015 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What is Erdogan's Game in Syria and Iraq? With his back against the wall in Syria, Erdogan -- what else -- changed the subject and made a play in Iraq, via the now famous "incursion" of alleged 150 Turkish troops along with 20-25 tanks. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu swears Ankara had been "invited" in by the Nineveh provincial government, with Baghdad's approval (a bald-faced lie).

Vladimir Putin Thursday, December 3, 2015 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How Russia is Smashing the Turkish Game in Syria Make no mistake that Moscow will inflict as much pain on Sultan Erdogan as possible. No matter which way we look, Turkey and Russia are on a serious collision course in Syria. Moscow will support Syrian Kurds no holds barred as they push to link the three major Kurdish cantons in northern Syria into a unified Rojava.

Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin Saturday, November 28, 2015 (13 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Putin and Hollande go after Erdogan's racket The main priority -- as reiterated by the declaration of war inbuilt in UNSC resolution 2249 -- is to smash ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. And then the clincher, as Putin and Hollande reached a consensus: there will be a barrage of air strikes against the fuel tanker truck convoys transporting stolen Syrian oil across Daesh-controlled territory on the way to Turkey.

President Obama and Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday, November 27, 2015 (23 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why Turkey Stabbed Russia in the Back The stakes for Russia couldn't be heavier because by using Turkmen tribals, Turkey is already planted deep inside northern Syria. Expect Russia to substantially increase bombing of Turkmen areas -- way beyond just a reprisal for the killing of the Russian pilot. The bottom line is Turkey and Russia simply cannot be part of the same coalition fighting the Islamic State group because their objectives are diametrically opposed.

Thursday, November 26, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sultan Erdogan's War on...Russia Erdogan's desperate gambit reveals that the last thing Ankara wants is a Vienna-conducted peace process in Syria. "Assad must go" is non-negotiable -- for an array of geopolitical reasons. Erdogan is on a mission from Allah -- at least his version of Allah. The downing of the Su-24 is just the preamble. Get ready, because 2016 promises an even bigger bang.

Monday, November 23, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Chess, Not "Battleship," Be the Game of the Future in Eurasia? A case can be made -- and Xi's ready to make it -- that Washington, which, from Afghanistan to Iraq, Libya to Syria, has gained something of a reputation for "strategic miscalculation" in the twenty-first century, might be doing it again. After all, U.S. military strategy documents and top Pentagon figures have quite publicly started to label China (like Russia) as an official "threat."

Multi-purpose four-engine strategic airlifter, Tupolev Tu-95 Friday, November 20, 2015 (29 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
In the fight against ISIS, Russia ain't taking no prisoners The so-called Islamic State should have learned by now: they've picked a fight against the wrong guys. We have entered "take no prisoners" territory. For Russia, now all the gloves are off. Paris 2015 -- as well as Sinai 2015 -- essentially is a side effect of Baghdad 2003. Putin knows it. For now, the task is to smash those mongrel imperial offspring once and for all.

Paris tragedy Friday, November 20, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
La Guerre en Rose The Paris carnage did change everything. At the G-20 in Antalya, during a by now iconic 35 minutes face-to-face with President Putin, President Obama finally seemed to have gotten the message; yes, there will be war. But the enemy is not "Russian aggression"; it's Daesh.

Rescuers evacuate an injured person near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, early on Nov. 14 Tuesday, November 17, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Paris terror attacks -- who profits? The fake "Caliphate" goons warned this is just the "beginning of a storm." To be the riders on the storm against this very small, extremely mobile and "invisible" army, one would need another concept of federal Europe, with a radically different common defense and foreign policy. Not gonna happen, anytime soon. Let's see how long it takes for NATO boots on the ground. THIS is what Daesh is aiming at.

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And here's the top 10 terrorist list Selected sound minds in the Pentagon -- they do exist -- must have been forced to admit that facing the recent advances of "4+1," Erdogan's dream is now a no-go. Or not. Take this hallucinatory, straight from the Cheney regime-era spin that the US needs boots on the ground to "occupy" and even "govern" parts of Syria.

China President Xi Jinping and Taiwan President Ma Ying jeou Friday, November 13, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Asia fast forward, Pentagon back to the future The relentless droning in US corporate media which for the moment totally ignores every "4+1" success on the ground; dismisses them as irrelevant; or bets on their absolute failure. So the outcome of the extremely high-stakes game in Syria is of unprecedented strategic importance for the Global South.

Ash Carter Monday, November 9, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Pentagon's Empire of Whining After eight days traveling in Asia, Ash hit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California sounding like a stray ballistic whining missile. And he hit where it hurts: the Russia-China strategic partnership. How dare they? Don't you step on my blue Pentagon shoes. Gotta keep the global war on terror (GWOT) as much an endless war (remember Rumsfeld?) as possible.

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NATO Invades Spain Adding to Pentagon freak out, Russia has sent missile systems to Syria, on top of fighter jets, bombers and helicopters. The Pentagon assumes they are the deadly accurate S-300 surface-to-air missile systems. Better scrap that Pentagon no-fly zone. It's easy to see why the Pentagon and NATO are so dejected. It's safer to keep looking for those elusive tapas of mass destruction (TMDs). And then go for a deterrence siesta.

King_salman.jpg: King salman Thursday, November 5, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What's the big deal between Russia and the Saudis? The Saudis can't intellectually understand the see-saw of incoherent Beltway policies due to the power struggle between Zionist neocons and the old establishment. No wonder they might be tempted to move to the Russian side of the fence. But for that to happen there will be many a price to pay. There's much more pointing to a possible Russia-Saudi deal than meets the eye.

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China's 2020 vision A five-year plan may be seen as a relic from China's Soviet-style economy. The first five-year plan was indeed penned in 1953, a straight copy from the USSR. Yet CCP conservatives insist strong state control is a must, given notorious Western market disasters such as the 2008 sub-prime mortgage-induced financial crisis. The CCP is terrified of unemployment and social instability.

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The Caliph at the gates of Vienna The Obama administration is essentially fighting -- sort of -- ISIS/ISIL/Daesh in Iraq, where Washington lost a multi-trillion dollar war. Team Obama never bothered to fight the fake "Caliphate" in Syria--because they were contributing to the "Assad must go" agenda. This is what passes for Obama's policy in Syria, as the Caliph's roaring laughter can be heard all the way to Vienna.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussing Syria Monday, October 26, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Battle of Aleppo is a must-win for Russia What is shaping up is a kind of southern offensive. These forces will all be converging not only towards Aleppo but, in a second stage, will have to clear the terrain all the way to the Turkish-Syrian border, which is now a de facto Russian-controlled no-fly zone. For all practical purposes the whole Syria campaign is now under Russian operational, tactical and strategic management--of course with key Iranian strategic input.

Vladimir Putin Sunday, October 25, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
War and Peace -- revisited Even John Kerry has been uncharacteristically reasonable, stressing all countries with an interest in Syria, including Russia and Iran, agree on the need for a unified, secular and pluralistic Syria governed with the consent of its people. This is where war and peace stand at the moment. But this is a mad, mad world where peace is war.

THEY WILL BE HEARD -- Syrians support Assad Friday, October 23, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam the USS Think Tankland is advising the creation of a NATO-enforced no-fly zone along the Turkish-Syria border, supported by American, Turkish, British and French troops. Beltway, now we do have a problem. This no-fly zone is already in effect. And it's run by Russia. And you won't be able to jam it.

Gen. Philip Breedlove Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dr. Strangelove is naked Next week comes the crucial announcement of the next Chinese five-year plan. No, China is not crashing, as much as the China-Russia strategic partnership keeps expanding. Expect many a naked lunch between Dr. Strangelove and his masters in the Beltway.

Russian Warships Fire Cruise Missiles Into Syria Tuesday, October 13, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Say hello to my cruise missiles Pentagon supremo Ash Carter swore Washington would not cooperate with Moscow in Syria because the Kremlin's strategy is "tragically flawed." We should read "flawed" as Russia in a few days killing more assorted Salafi-jihadi goons than the US-led Coalition of the Dodgy Opportunists (CDO) in over a year.

Russian attack helicopters sighted at Syrian airbase Wednesday, October 7, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The NATO-Russia face off in Syria So, the hysterical/apoplectic/paroxystic rage enveloping the "Empire of Chaos" betrays the utter failure, once again, of the same old "policy" (remember Afghanistan) of using jihadis as geopolitical tools. Fake "Caliphate" or "rebels," they are all NATO-GCC's bitches.

Russian jets in Syria Friday, October 2, 2015 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Syria/Berliner ensemble Imagine the EU eventually supporting Russia in Syria -- if there is clear, substantial progress on the ground -- and on top of it relaxing or ending those painfully counter-productive Ukraine-related sanctions; cue to inter-galactic fear and loathing trespassing the neocon, neoliberal, "humanitarian" imperialist combo.

High voltage: Putin & Obama address UN Thursday, October 1, 2015 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Are you ready for the two-headed coalition? Even while getting no satisfaction on stage Obama was forced to practice realpolitik; Washington is "prepared to work with any nation -- including Russia and Iran" -- on Syria. One wonders how prepared it is to work with the House of Saud/"Sultan Erdogan" regime change freaks.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Checkmate Washington never joins a coalition that it cannot control at will. Thus a possible road map of what may lie ahead -- as debated by Obama and Putin, face to face, for 90 minutes in New York; a two-headed coalition, one led by the US, the other led by Russia, but "coordinating" on the ground.

Xi and Putin Saturday, September 26, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Putin and Xi rock da house Putin's speech on Monday at the UN General Assembly will be about "the joint struggle against terrorism" (as branded by TASS). One should expect abundant apoplexy, much more than perplexity, all across the Washington/New York axis.

Vladimir Putin Thursday, September 24, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Live from New York, it's "Putin the Great" Putin is bound to deliver a showstopper at the UN. Spare a thought for the Obama administration's foreign policy "muppets," including the neocon cell at the State Department. Putin, under the glare of global public opinion, will frame the absolute defeat of ISIS/ISIL/Daesh as the key geopolitical issue of these times; he will commit Russia to it; and he will propose for the "West" to join in.

US President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting with Chinese Pres Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Who Wants a Third World War? Those days of the Cultural Revolution are long gone. China is slowly but surely shifting towards a spectacular new paradigm of integrating the whole of Eurasia into a booming industrial renaissance. Every change in China points towards this transition. Does this feel like a state/civilization that craves a Third World War?

Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad Friday, September 18, 2015 (17 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peace in Syria? It's Putin's fault Moscow's is the only diplomatic game in town because Washington's Plan A continues to be regime change, and there's no coherent "Western" road map which simultaneously guarantees smashing ISIS/ISIL/Daesh while preventing the catastrophic dismemberment of the Syrian state.

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Russia's ultimate lethal weapon Currently the only products that the West needs from Russia are oil and natural gas. A possible Russian default on its debt would have no effect on that demand in the short-term; and most probably in the long-term as well, unless it would contribute to a new financial crisis in the West, something that nearly happened in 1998.

Syrian_refugees_having_rest_at_the_floor_of_Keleti_railway_station._Refugee_crisis. Friday, September 11, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Migrants, Refugees, Clandestines and ... Jihadis The Obama administration and dodgy allies such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and in-the-shade Israel have invested heavily in a proxy war in Syria. The proxy war is against Iran and Russia -- but it's Syria that's being destroyed.

Bombed_out_vehicles_Aleppo.jpg: Bombed out Aleppo Wednesday, September 9, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Make bombs, not refugees the current US-led-from-behind bombing campaign is a worthless videogame -- with futility reaching Walhalla dimensions with Britain and France now merrily joining the bombing. The only realistic way this beheading-demented motley crew of Salafi-jihadi takfiris may be soundly defeated, on the ground, is by an alliance of Syrian, Hezbollah, Iran and Iraq forces coordinating with precision bombing.

Turkish security forces patrolled the shores of Mu─čla, finding the bodies of several refugees, including a child, who d Saturday, September 5, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Blowback on a NATO beach The Pentagon/NATO "liberation by bombing" campaign all across the "arc of instability" shows no sign of losing steam, helped by wealthy Wahhabis and dodgy players such as the government in Ankara. We've had it coming from the beginning. There will be more blowback. An immensely sad, solitary form of blowback -- washing ashore, in silence, on a NATO beach.

US NAVY FEARS China's DF 21D missile -- a two-stage, solid-propellant, single-warh Thursday, September 3, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Say hello to China's new toys China's V-Day parade specifically celebrated "the 70th anniversary of China's victory in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression." None of Japan's TV networks -- NHK included -- showed the parade live. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, officially invited, snubbed it -- in line with the White House and what the State Department ordered the European minions.

Officers and soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army hold a flag and weapons during a training session for a milita Monday, August 31, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dogs of Western resentment bark as Chinese WWII parade passes Once again, the West--displaying trademark cultural/historical insensitivity--has blown it. Beijing is carefully scrutinizing the diplomatic ramifications of shows and no-shows. Symbolically, absences speak volumes. President Vladimir Putin will be in Beijing, as well as leaders of the four Central Asian "stans" that are part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China, announces a new trade and investment initiat Sunday, August 30, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Welcome to the trade deal wars It's still a very open game. It's about connectivity. It's about global production chains. It's about harmonized rules of trade. But most of all it's a tremendously high-stakes power play; who -- the US or China -- will eventually set the global rules on trade and investment.

Pentagon Thursday, August 27, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Myth of a Russian "Threat" Not a week goes by without the Pentagon carping about an ominous Russian "threat." The connection's wet dreams -- shared, incidentally, by the neo-cons -- would be a glorious return to the looting phase of Russia in the 1990s, when the Russian industrial-military complex had collapsed and the West was plundering natural resources to Kingdom Come.

Lavrov: Nuclear deal with Iran 'reached on all key aspects' Friday, August 21, 2015 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran with lies, lies, lies AP, an American news agency whose dispatches are reproduced in full by countless newspapers and magazines all across the world, once again is being used as a crude propaganda vehicle -- just like US corporate media as a whole was used as a crude propaganda vehicle in the run-up towards the invasion, occupation and destruction of Iraq.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, August 20, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bangkok bombing -- beyond the usual suspects Thai investigators have concluded Chinese tourists were not the prime targets of the Bangkok Bomber -- even though they make up the largest demographic holidaying in Thailand. After all several other foreign tourists -- mostly Asians -- were at the Erawan shrine as the bomb went off, not to mention Thais.

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