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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.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Released Lula in Greatest Fight of His Life
The predicament of the former Brazilian president shows how incendiary Brazil is at the moment, writes Pepe Escobar. And the Western mainstream media will make no effort whatsoever to explain the nasty, convoluted plot for a global audience.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Caliph Closure: "He Died Like a Dog"
Trump's victory-lap movie version buries the embarrassing story of deploying tanks to "protect" Syrian oilfields, writes Pepe Escobar.
SHARE Thursday, October 10, 2019 Tracking foreign interference in Hong Kong
Amid so much gloom, there may be a silver lining. And that concerns the Greater Bay Area project. My interlocutors tend to believe that after the storm ends and after carefully studying the situation for some months, Beijing will soon come up with a new plan to tighten Hong Kong's integration to the mainland's economy even more.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 15, 2019 How Tehran Fits into Russia-China Strategy
What the past few months have made crystal clear is how Russia-China's magnetic pull is attracting key Eurasia players Iran, Turkey and Pakistan. And make no mistake: As much as Tehran may be extremely proud of its political independence, it is reassuring to know that Iran is, and will continue to be, a definitive red line for Russia-China.
SHARE Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Attack on Iran would be an attack on Russia
The inevitable conclusion is that major SCO stakeholders Russia, China, India, Pakistan and, in the near future, Iran and Turkey will be major influencers on regional stability. The Pentagon will not be amused.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 5, 2019 The un-submersible US-Iran stalemate
Iran continues to export crude, by all means available, especially to Asia, with the National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) predictably shutting off satellite tracking on its fleet. But, ominously, the deadline set by Tehran for the EU-3 to actively support the sale of Iranian crude expires this coming Sunday. That's a major cliffhanger. After that, the stalemate won't be submersible anymore.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 29, 2019 Russia-India-China will be the big G20 hit
Putin has excelled as a go-between. He invited Modi to be the guest of honor at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in early September. The thrust of the relationship is to show to Modi the benefits for India to actively join the larger Eurasia integration process instead of playing a supporting role in a Made in USA production.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, June 21, 2019 Brazil-gate is Turning into Russia-gate 2.0
WikiLeaks had already revealed it from the start, when the NSA started spying on energy giant Petrobras and even Rousseff's smart phone. In parallel, countless nations and individuals have learned how the DOJ's self-attributed extra-territoriality allows it to go after anyone, anyhow, anywhere. It has never been about anti-corruption. This is American "justice" interfering in the full geopolitical and geo-economic spheres.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 8, 2019 Why Trump Now Wants Talks With Iran
The great Bilderberg secret of 2019 had to do with why, suddenly, the Trump administration has decided that it wants to talk to Iran "with no preconditions." In the case of the Strait of Hormuz being shut down, whatever the reason, Iran has the power to hammer the world financial system, by causing global trade in derivatives to be blown apart.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 21, 2019 "Clash of civilizations" or crisis of civilization?
What we're living now is not a clash of civilizations; it's a crisis of civilization. If the paradigm under which most of humanity barely survives is not changed -- and there's precious little evidence it will -- there won't be any civilizations left to clash.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 14, 2019 US-China: the hardcore is yet to come
The current hysteria over tariffs, the trade offensive, the demonization of BRI, Made in China 2025 and Huawei's 5G dominance, and all manner of disruptive Hybrid War tactics such as repeatedly claiming "freedom of navigation" in the South China Sea to progressive weaponizing of Taiwan.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 7, 2019 The Eagle, the Bear and the Dragon
The eagle has conveniently forgotten that the original, Ancient Silk Road linked the dragon with the Roman empire for centuries -- with no interlopers outside of Eurasia, muses Pepe Escobar.
SHARE Monday, April 29, 2019 The New Silk Roads reach the next level
The Belt and Road Forum in Beijing was a graphic demonstration of how tactical adjustments are essential to enhance the appeal of a complex overall strategy. Talk about a turbo-charged 4.0 version of the legendary Deng Xiaoping maxim "crossing the river while feeling the stones."