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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.
(30 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 16, 2015 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, March 9, 2012 Why Putin is driving Washington nuts
Putin will be an ultra-tough negotiator on all fronts. They know Moscow will apply increasingly closer coordination with China; on thwarting permanent NATO bases in Afghanistan; on facilitating Pakistan's strategic autonomy; on opposing missile defense; on ensuring Iran is not attacked.
SHARE Sunday, September 16, 2012 All aboard the New Silk Road(s)
Washington, of course, has its own New Silk Road ideas, linking Central to South Asia. But that's a mirage in the desert without incorporating Iran -- linked to both Pakistan and India (which imports 12 percent of its oil -- and rising -- from Iran, increasingly paid for in Indian rupees).
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 27, 2012 Why Qatar wants to invade Syria
In the words of the Emir, "It is better for the Arab countries themselves to interfere out of their national, humanitarian, political and military duties, and to do what is necessary to stop the bloodshed in Syria." He stressed Arab countries had a "military duty" to invade.
(32 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 19, 2014 It was Putin's missile?
Washington, of course, does profit. What the Empire of Chaos gets in this case is a ceasefire (so the disorganized, battered Kiev militias may be resupplied); the branding of eastern Ukrainians as de facto "terrorists" (as Kiev, Dick Cheney-style, always wanted); and unlimited mud thrown over Russia, and Putin in particular, until Kingdom Come. Not bad for a few minutes' work. As for NATO, that's Christmas in July.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Where is Prince Bandar?
Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud may have pulled off operation "Damascus Volcano" on July 18. He was definitely promoted to head of Saudi intelligence on July 19. And he might have been killed in a bomb attack on the Saudi General Intelligence HQ in Riyadh on July 22.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, July 23, 2018 Here's the real reason the US must talk to Russia
The United States' industrial-military-intel-security complex profits from a compounded annual budget of roughly US$1 trillion. The only justification for such whopping expenditure is to manufacture a lethal external threat: Russia. That's the key reason the complex will not allow US President Donald Trump even to try to normalize relations with Russia.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 7, 2014 The IMF goes to war in Ukraine
We're back to the Ukrainian tragedy. Moscow won't "invade." What for? The IMF's structural adjustment will devastate Ukraine more than a war; most Ukrainians may even end up begging Russia for help. Berlin won't antagonize Moscow. So Washington's rhetoric of "isolating" Russia is just revealed for what it is: juvenile delinquency.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, December 7, 2015 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).
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 3, 2015 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.
(27 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 27, 2017 Afghanistan and the CIA Heroin Ratline
The Russian Foreign Ministry is tracking how tons of chemicals are being illegally imported into Afghanistan from, among others, "Italy, France and the Netherlands," and how the US and NATO are doing absolutely nothing to contain the heroin ratline.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 9, 2015 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.
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.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, January 20, 2017 Here's How the Trump Presidency Will Play Out
Russia has always wanted peace. But they are not going to play a game with the Masters of the Universe that has Trump as the good guy and the Congress, CIA, etc., as the bad guy as a negotiating ploy. That is how they see it. They do not regard this circus as real.
(13 comments) SHARE Friday, January 15, 2021 9/11 Was the Prelude. 1/6 Is the Holy Grail
9/11 opened the gates to the Patriot Act, whose core had already been written way back in 1994. 1/6 opens the gate to the War on Domestic Terror and the Patriot Act from Hell, 2.0, on steroids.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 8, 2016 It's All a Russia/Al-Qaeda/WikiLeaks/"Rogue" FBI Plot
A case could be made that the first Comey letter to Congress was a response to an FBI internal revolt. Agents that were part of the insurgency are not likely to quit the long game -- even after the election. They have made sure that the real deal is with the Clinton Foundation, not Hillary's emails.
(23 comments) SHARE Friday, November 27, 2015 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.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 16, 2017 The Swamp Strikes Back
the fratricide war between the Trump administration and the most powerful Deep State factions will be beyond vicious. Team Trump only stands a chance if they are able to weaponize allies from within the Deep State. Iran is momentarily relieved; Russia harbors no illusions; and China knows for sure that the China-Russia strategic partnership will become even stronger. Advantage swamp.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 24, 2015 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 17, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 21, 2017 China plans to break petrodollar stranglehold
China is making a move to break the United States petrodollar stranglehold. The plan is to set up oil-futures trading in the yuan, which will be fully convertible into gold on the Shanghai and Hong Kong foreign exchange markets.
(37 comments) SHARE Friday, November 4, 2016 What Does it Take to Bring Hillary Clinton to Justice?
Virtually the whole planet holds its collective breath at the prospect of Hillary Clinton possibly becoming the next President of the United States. The FBI has been on the Clinton Foundation for over a year. Now, arguably, they are loaded with evidence -- and they won't quit. Winning the presidency now seems to be the least of Hillary Clinton's Bonfire of Scandals' problems.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 26, 2015 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.
SHARE Sunday, May 20, 2018 Letter from Iran: Mr. Trump, you have been served
The letter signatories make a direct connection about Israeli actions that may trigger "and escalate American military actions against Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Russia since these nations are opposed to the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem; and rising tensions already exacerbated by the US withdrawal from the JCPOA."
(43 comments) SHARE Friday, October 28, 2016 Russia Calls the War Party's Bluff
Well-informed Western analysts know that Moscow never brags about military buildups -- and has mastered to a fault the element of surprise. Much more than calling a bluff, it's Moscow's Sun Tzu tactics that are really rattling loudmouth Washington.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, March 24, 2017 North Korea: The really serious options on the table
Team Trump -- just like the previous US administration of Barack Obama -- assumes that Pyongyang, under pressure, must relinquish its nuclear-weapons program before the negotiations start. Wishful thinking, as anyone who has been to North Korea knows. North Korea is for all practical purposes a nuclear power.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 11, 2017 Oh, that traitorous WikiTrump
Vast corporate media sectors embedded with the neocon/neoliberal galaxy are spinning that Vault 7 benefits Trump by changing the subject from alleged Russian hacking interference in the US elections and possible Obama administration-ordered hacks of Team Trump's communications. So, if anyone hasn't got the message, the song remains the same. WikiLeaks + Snowden + Russia + Trump = the bad guys.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 28, 2012 Welcome to the Kurdish Spring
When a formerly "zero problem" foreign policy evolves into housing the weaponized opposition to a neighboring government, you're bound to be in trouble. An increasingly erratic Erdogan has invoked a "natural right" to fight "terrorists." But first they must produce an ID; if they are Sunni Arab, they get away with it. If they are Kurdish, they eat lead.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 27, 2017 Daesh, Creature of the West
It's easy to dismiss Daesh as the apex of barbarian cultural idiosyncrasies. Even wallowing in gruesomeness, Daesh has been able to project a universalist dimension beyond its Sunni Arab Middle Eastern base. It's like the clash of civilizations playing in a wilderness of mirrors.
(75 comments) SHARE Friday, July 28, 2017 When in doubt, nuke China
What Admiral Swift actually said, in code, is, if a civilian order comes, the US military will start WWIII (or WWIV, if one counts the Cold War), duly applying the Pentagon's first-strike doctrine. What Swift did not say is that President Trump also has the power to pull a Truman and fire any run-amok, aspiring MacArthur clone.
(12 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Hillary Clinton, The FBI and November Surprise
It's possible Comey had to do it because the rot goes way beyond the Clinton "pay to play" racket and involves virtually the whole system, from the deep recesses of the Obama administration to the War Party scam, the Department of Justice, the CIA and the FBI itself. What next? Brace for impact; it may well be the ultimate November Surprise.
(13 comments) SHARE Friday, November 16, 2012 Bomb Iran? No. Bomb Gaza? Yes!
Launching a war, for the IDF, is child's play. Tel Aviv just had to kill a few Palestinian civilians like the dangerous soccer terrorist -- and send in some extra tanks. Gaza factions had to respond -- and they targeted Israeli soldiers (not civilians). That was the perfect excuse for Tel Aviv to go on a rampage.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 12, 2015 American dreaming, from G1 to Bilderberg
Neocons -- with Obama in tow - knock themselves out dreaming that Russia has become "isolated" from the rest of the world because of their sanctions. Since then Moscow has signed major economic/strategic contracts with at least 20 nations. Next month, Russia will host the BRICS summit -- 45 percent of the world's population.
(17 comments) SHARE Friday, September 18, 2015 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 9, 2017 "The time to invest in Iran is now"
The real secret in reference to incipient trade is that Russia and Iran do not have much to exchange at globally competitive rates. Russia exports mainly metals, wood, electrical machines, paper, grain, floating structures, mechanically engineered products and weapons. Iran exports agricultural and seafood products.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, April 29, 2016 The Calm Before the Coming Global Storm
Beijing is advancing on all fronts; spreading influence/commercial deals all across Eurasia, which the New Silk Roads will shape into a mass emporium; modernizing its military; buying strategic foreign assets; building up global trust in the yuan as a stable reserve currency; allowing Chinese elites to diversify their enormous wealth by buying foreign assets. There's serious blood on the tracks ahead.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 2, 2017 Letter from Tehran: Trump "the bazaari"
As with most conferences, what matters are the sidelines. Leonid Savin, a Russian geopolitical analyst, claimed that Russian airspace is now all but sealed with multiple deployments of the S-500 missile defense system against anything the US might unleash.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, August 5, 2016 Hillary, Queen of War: The Road Map Ahead
Tehran has myriad reasons to be on red alert if the Full Spectrum Dominatrix gets her hands on the nuclear codes (how's that not scarier than Trump?) She will act as a surefire faithful servant of the Saudi/Israeli alliance. The road map is ready. And neocons and neoliberalcons alike can hardly contain their excitement at seeing in action "a force that can flex across several different mission sets and prevail."
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 19, 2017 The "Birth Pangs" of a New Middle East, Remixed
Team Trump members might entertain the wishful thinking notion that Moscow will ditch Tehran -- not only in Syria but in terms of Eurasia integration. Not a chance. Yet tell that to the House of Saud. Moscow might be able, with time, to instill some geopolitical sense into Riyadh. Once again, not a chance. Because the House of Saud is now convinced their best ally is President Trump.
(13 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 2, 2014 Western plutocracy goes bear hunting
In the US, and a great deal of the EU, a monstrous grotesquerie has developed, packaging Putin as the new Stalinist Osama bin Laden. So far, his strategy on Ukraine was to be patient -- what I called Vlad Lao Tzu -- watching the Kiev gang hang themselves while trying to sit down with the EU in a civilized manner working for a political solution.
(21 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 29, 2014 How Russia and Germany may save Europe from war
Still assuming those NATO clowns would insist on playing war, Moscow has already made it very clear Russia would use their awesome arsenal of 5,000-plus tactical nuclear weapons -- and whatever else it takes -- to defend the nation against a NATO conventional attack. Moreover, a few thousand S-400 and S-500 systems are enough to block a US nuclear attack.
(27 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 1, 2017 Putin, Trump and 'my guy' Macron
The three-hour face-off between Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron in Versailles offered some fascinating geopolitical shadow play.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 11, 2016 Kill List: Smashing the "B" in BRICS
Exceptionalistan's project for Brazil is no less than the imposition of a remixed Monroe doctrine. The main target of a planned neoliberal restoration is to cut off South America from the BRICS -- as in, essentially, the Russia-China strategic partnership. Getting rid of Dilma, Lula, the Workers' Party, by all means available, is only the start.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Dance to the Panama Papers "Limited Hangout" Leak
And that leads us to the cherry in the corruption cake; how come there are no Americans in this limited hangout leak? Of course there are none. Panama is for suckers. Too obvious. Too rakish. Too crude. Ergo, forget about The Cayman Papers. Make America great again? It already is -- as the top tax shelter for hardcore dodgy money had to be...a monster Panama.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 4, 2015 The Real Story on Iran, US, Russia and China
What's at stake at the highest level has been known to all major players for ages. Tehran won't settle for anything less than a swift end to the current nasty, illegal package of sanctions. Yet Washington, under the cloud of the self-described "Don't Do Stupid Stuff" Obama administration, keeps changing the goal posts as negotiations advance.
(13 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 28, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 28, 2013 Qatar's love affair with Syria
It's unclear whether Qatar's influence in Syria will continue to be prominent. The proxy war is bound to become even more horrific. And there's no guarantee Assad will go. The "young and modern" emir of the Muslim Brotherhood Spring may soon reach the conclusion he is caught in a trap of his, and his father's making.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, January 2, 2015 2015 Will Be All About Iran, China and Russia
The upcoming 2015 year will be all about further moves towards the integration of Eurasia as the US is progressively squeezed out of Eurasia. We will see a complex geostrategic interplay progressively undermining the hegemony of the US dollar as a reserve currency and, most of all, the petrodollar.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 1, 2015 Why NATO is terrified of Russia
While the Pentagon was mired in the Afghanistan and Iraq quagmires, they completely missed Russia's technological jump ahead. The same applies to China's ability to hit US satellites and thus pulverize American ICBM satellite guidance systems.
The current privileged scenario is Russia playing for time until it has totally sealed Russia's air space to American ICBMs, stealth aircraft and cruise missiles via the S-500 system.
(38 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 16, 2014 Vanishing point ...
So as MH370 totally vanished, the MH17 story must also totally vanish. The Dutch and the British might eventually come out and hold a high-profile press conference telling the world what His Master's Voice finally redacted. Still, one may count on certified, residual outrage, if not puzzlement, by a large number of grieving Dutch families.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 16, 2017 Could Great Wall of Iron become New Silk Roadblock?
All bets are off on how Xi's Great Wall of Iron will smash separatism and/or jihadism combined with the "grid" implemented on the ground by Chen Quanguo. Beijing does not have much time to strike a fine, right balance; too much iron applied against the Uyghurs might just as well mortally wound the biggest infrastructure project of the 21st century.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Eurasian integration meets America First
Crucial developments in Washington, Brussels, Virginia and St. Petersburg these last few days may offer us serious clues on where we are now heading -- geopolitically and geoeconomically.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, May 27, 2016 Hillary Clinton: A Major Gold-Digging Liability
Following the money reveals an endless run of profitable deals. Since 1997, when the original William J. Clinton Foundation came to light, the family business raised a whopping $2 billion, with an annual budget of $223 million and some 2,000 global staffers receiving significant salaries and benefits. A President Hillary would convert the whole U.S.A. into a giant Wal-Mart.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Russia, China mock divide and rule
There's no real "government" in Kiev; the US ambassador is in charge. An anti-Russia doctrine has been hatched in Washington to foment war in Europe -- and European politicians are its collaborators. Washington wants a war in Europe because it is losing the competition with China.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 11, 2016 The Real Target of the Panama Papers
The heart of the matter is that the Panama Papers disclosure didn't disturb the global financial casino one bit, because the (transnational) system badly needs fiscal paradises to evade national laws. What the Panama Papers may succeed in is to eliminate competition. From now on, your fiscal paradise of choice must be in U.S., U.K. and Dutch jurisdictions. We control every global financial flow--legal or otherwise.
SHARE Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century
As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era -- an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark -- what's certain is that the War Party US deep state won't admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Hillary's "I'm Not a Crook" Moment
There will be, essentially, two answers to the key question. Either Hillary Clinton ignored the rules of the secrecy game. Or she willfully breached the rules. The undisputed top reason for the existence of the subterranean private server was for Hillary Clinton to keep her emails, well, secret, and thus not subjected to freedom of information laws.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 1, 2015 What the BRICS plus Germany are really up to?
The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) -- a key alternative to the IMF enabling developing nations to get rid of the US dollar as a reserve currency -- will be operative by the end of this year. The NDB will finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects not only in the BRICS nations but other developing nations.
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 8, 2015 Who profits from killing Charlie?
French intel at least has concluded that this is no underwear bomber stunt. This is a pro job. That happens to take place just a few days after France recognizes Palestinian statehood. And just a few days after General Hollande demanded the lifting of sanctions against the Russian "threat."
SHARE Friday, December 1, 2017 From the Caucasus to the Balkans, China's Silk Roads are rising
Chen Gang's analysis touches on what, by now, is obvious: "The international game around BRI has just begun." And it goes almost without saying that Beijing's BRI-driven foreign policy strategy, by turbo-charging China's cooperation with the "Global South," is leaving the US, at best, marginalized.
(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.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 20, 2018 Rome: A Eulogy
Italy's debt is at 130 percent of GDP -- the second highest in the eurozone after Greece. Non-performing bank loans are the stuff of legend. The economy will grow by only 1.3 percent in 2018 -- nearly half of the EU average (2.1 percent). Polls show voters are so angry there's a strong possibility of an anti-euro coalition taking power.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 26, 2016 The Real Secret of the South China Sea
The US, for its part, is all about Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny. As it stands, more than Russia's western borderlands, the Baltics or "Syraq," this is where the hegemon "rules" are really being contested. And the stakes couldn't be higher. That'll be the day when the US Navy is "denied" from the South China Sea; and that'll be the end of its imperial hegemony.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Go post-West, young man
The best Western political elites could come up with at their huddle that ended February 19 is this pearl of self-pity: "Donald Trump's comments about NATO being 'obsolete' have caused great uncertainty among America's allies, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, November 18, 2016 Welcome to the Brave New (Trumpolitical/Trumponomic) World
We will be living among the myriad debris originated by the Trumpolitics IED. America invented the politically correct. Trump bombed politically correct. America is proud of corporate media. Trump bombed corporate media. These are already two important victories.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 26, 2017 Eurasia Integration: A Three-Speed Affair
The US angle in Kazakhstan may turn out to be key during the Trump administration. Exxon has been doing business in Kazakhstan for over 20 years now. US Secretary of State T. Rex Tillerson has a previous history of trying to stall selling Exxon's stake in state oil company KazMunayGas below the price he wanted. In the end he gave in. But should oil prices rise, Exxon will inevitably be back in Kashagan in a flash.
(15 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Why the US is Finally Talking to Russia
The US still retains PGS (Prompt Global Strike) capability. Ukraine is just a detail. The real game-changer will happen when Russia is able to seal its whole territory, via the S-500s, against PGS. That will happen sooner than anyone thinks. And that's why the real Masters of the Universe -- via their emissaries -- feel compelled to talk.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 2, 2016 Afghanistan; It's the Heroin, Stupid
Deep in the shades, contractors keep moving the CIA heroin to the West. The US-NATO combo has just pledged to help fund Afghan security forces to the tune of around $1 billion annually over the next three years. Few will be aware that offers splendorous extra incentive to CIA-run heroin traders plying their wares across the EU.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 28, 2020 Why France is hiding a cheap and tested virus cure
What's going on in the fifth largest economy in the world arguably points to a major collusion scandal in which the French government is helping Big Pharma to profit from the expansion of Covid-19. Informed French citizens are absolutely furious about it.
(13 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 29, 2016 Why Hillary won't unleash WWIII
Russia has all the natural resources it needs; unlike the US government, which believes it needs an empire of bases overseas and 10 aircraft carrier task forces to secure the resources it lacks. Hot war? Hillary Clinton may have pulled a Julius Caesar over Gaddafi. But she's realist enough to not pull a (nuclear) Hitler over Moscow. Or is she?
SHARE Sunday, June 17, 2012 Drone Me Down On The Killing Floor
Any self-respecting jurist would have to draw the inevitable conclusion; the United States of America is now outside international law -- as rogue a state as they come, with The Drone Empire enshrined as the ultimate expression of shadow war.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 22, 2016 Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war
The basic thrust behind the Pentagon's moves under neocon Ash Carter continues to be to draw Russia ever further into Syria and Ukraine (as if Moscow actually was involved in, or wanted, a Ukrainian quagmire); trap Russia in proxy wars; and economically bleed Russia to death while crippling the bulk of oil and natural gas income to the Russian state.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Age of Anger
It's impossible to summarize all the intellectual crossfire deployed by Age of Anger. What's clear is that to understand the current global civil war, archeological reinterpretation of the West's hegemonic narrative of the past 250 years is essential. Otherwise we will be condemned, like puny Sisyphean specks, to endure not only the recurrent nightmare of history but also its recurrent blowback.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 18, 2014 What Putin is not telling us
This is a chess game. The raid on the ruble was supposed to be a checkmate. It's not. Not when deployed by amateur scrabble players. And don't forget the Russia-China strategic partnership. The storm may be abating, but the match continues.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Donbass: "The war has not started yet"
Neither side -- Kiev or the Donbass armies -- is about to launch a full offensive anytime soon. Meanwhile, the People's Republic of Donetsk is turbo-charging the political front. Foreign Minister Alexander Kofman -- who confirms he's having political discussions with members of some EU countries -- says there are plans for a wide-ranging meeting in May.
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, August 2, 2013 Our Man In Moscow
So what is the "extremely disappointed" Obama administration, the Orwellian/Panopticon complex and the discredited US Congress to do? Send a Navy Seal Team 6 to snatch him or to target assassinate him -- turning Moscow into Abbottabad 2.0? Drone him? Poison his borscht? Shower his new house with depleted uranium? Install a no-fly zone over Russia?
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 9, 2016 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?
(29 comments) SHARE Friday, November 20, 2015 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 26, 2017 In an age of Hollow Men and existential angst, re-read Sartre
Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the last towering giants of a Renaissance pantheon concerned with the whole spectrum of human existence. Sharp, independent minds have always enjoyed the Sartrean glow that permeates Western culture (or at least those particles of it not fossilized by academia).
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, February 12, 2018 China will not fall into the "Thucydides Trap" with India
Geopolitically, in Beijing, China-India relations are regarded very seriously, second only in importance to China's relations with the US. Lately, China-Russia relations have been in the ascendant -- mutually exhorted as a "strategic partnership." But, don't count on India and the Quad to play along.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Lots of shouting, tiny stick
Everyone who's been to Iran -- neocons haven't -- knows Tehran won't be subdued with angry threats. Iran has been under US sanctions for no fewer than 38 years. Absolutely nothing across Southwest Asia can be accomplished, geopolitically, without Iranian participation.
(13 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 16, 2014 The Saudi oil war against Russia, Iran and the US
Central to the House of Saud strategy is to stick it to Washington for not fulfilling its "Assad must go" promise, as well as the neo-con obsession in bombing Iran. The House of Saud believes it can dump a tsunami of oil in the market and back it up with a tsunami of spin -- creating the illusion the Saudis control oil prices. They don't.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 24, 2017 Syria war, Sochi peace
Russian, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministries and defense departments are tasked to "gather delegates from various political parties, internal and external opposition, ethnic and confessional groups at the negotiating table."
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, November 6, 2017 The inside story of the Saudi night of long knives
The House of Saud's King Salman devises an high-powered "anti-corruption" commission and appoints his son, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, as chairman. Rumors have been swirling for months about a coup against MBS in the making. Instead, what just happened is yet another MBS pre-emptive coup.
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, March 18, 2016 The Russian ultimate lethal weapon
Russia is further moving east while simultaneously moving to extricate itself from most of the West's institutional architecture. The merger of the China-driven New Silk Roads, a.k.a. One Belt, One Road and the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union, although slow and full of pitfalls, is irreversible. It's in their mutual interest to invest and develop a pan-Eurasian emporium.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 30, 2016 American Dream, Revisited
We keep slouching towards a single future language -- the language of algorithms, as designed across the Wall Street/Silicon Valley axis -- that would represent a real anthropological catastrophe, just like the globalist/New World Order dream of One Thought and One Culture. That's where the American dream seems to be heading. It's time to take the next exit ramp.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, August 4, 2017 Against all odds, BRICS nations get their act together
What the proverbial Cassandras don't understand is that the BRICS group aims to work with a different template, as an "aggregating platform," something that is being discussed at the highest levels, especially in the framework of the Russia-China strategic partnership.
SHARE Thursday, July 20, 2017 A coup in the House of Saud?
What has been an open secret across the Arab world is not a secret anymore even in the US: What happened last month in the deep recesses of the House of Saud with the ascension of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, aka MBS, was in fact a white coup.
SHARE Wednesday, July 26, 2017 China and India torn between silk roads and cocked guns
The current stand-off at Doklam, or Donglang, is little more than a sideshow in the bigger picture as South Asia's tectonic plates shift in a direction that makes New Delhi's resistance to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) look increasingly futile.
(30 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Hillary Clinton's Axis of Evil
The deafening talk about Washington now advancing a Plan C in Syria is nonsense. There has never been a Plan C; only Plan A, which was to draw Russia into another Afghanistan. It did not work with the controlled demolition of Ukraine. And it will not work in Syria, as Moscow is willing to supply plenty of air and missile power but no boots on the ground of any consequence.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 7, 2015 And the winner of the Jihad World Cup is...
The fiction remains that the coalition is supporting remaining "moderate rebels" of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). There are no "moderate" rebels left; they all migrated to al-Nusra or ISIS/ISIL/Daesh because that's where the action is -- from tons of weapons to actual military prowess on the ground.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 7, 2017 The real BRICS bombshell
"To overcome the excessive domination of the limited number of reserve currencies" is the politest way of stating what the BRICS have been discussing for years now; how to bypass the US dollar, as well as the petrodollar. Russia -- as well as Iran, the other key node of Eurasia integration -- may bypass US sanctions by trading energy in their own currencies, or in yuan.
(24 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Assad talks, Russia walks And NATO Partners with Al Qaeda
Syria Comment blogger Joshua Landis drew the necessary conclusions; "Whoever gets their hands on the oil, water and agriculture, holds Sunni Syria by the throat. At the moment, that's al-Nusra. Europe opening up the market for oil forced this issue. So the logical conclusion from this craziness is that Europe will be funding al-Qaeda."
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 11, 2017 The pivot to China
Trump may have already understood that a trade war is a lose-lose proposition. In the absence of an Asian economic version of NATO (the dead-in-the water Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal), the emphasis will be on "vigilant" allies/semi-disguised vassals such as Japan, South Korea and Australia.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 6, 2012 Syria's Pipelineistan war
Assuming the Assad regime is toppled but beats a strategic retreat towards the mountains, the possibilities for guerrilla sabotage of pipelines multiply. As it stands, no one knows how a post-Assad Damascus will reconfigure its relations with Ankara, Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan -- not to mention Tehran. Syria, though, will keep playing the Pipelineistan game.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, August 8, 2014 NATO is desperate for war
For the US government, "there might be a humanitarian catastrophe" in Mount Sinjar in Iraq, involving 40,000 people. As for at least 730,000 eastern Ukrainians, they have the solemn right to be shelled, bombed, air-stricken and turned into refugees.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 19, 2015 EU Reeling Between US and Russia
The Empire of Chaos does not want a lasting agreement on Ukraine -- and will do everything to torpedo Minsk 2.0. NATO's strategic imperative remains clear; force Moscow into a war in Ukraine to exhaust it economically, prevent a EU-Russia economic/trade partnership, and eliminate Russia as a global competitor to the US.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 26, 2016 "America Has Lost" in the Philippines
The neocon/neoliberalcon industrial-military complex fury against unhinged Duterte's game-changer is that containing China and ruling over the First Island Chain has been at the core of US naval strategy since the beginning of the Cold War.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 23, 2017 Empire of Whiners
It gets curiouser and curiouser when it comes to Iran and North Korea -- both also demonized non-stop by media and US Think Tankland. The problem is not that they pose a nuclear threat; the problem is they are obstacles to the smooth expansion of the "US-led order."
(19 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Will Trump hop on an American Silk Road?
Absent a trade war, the new US trade strategy will be perfect for Beijing, as China will accelerate the expansion of its New Silk Roads/One Belt, One Road project, especially across the Southeast Asian mainland, as in high-speed rail lines linking Yunnan province to Singapore via Laos, Thailand and Malaysia.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 23, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 19, 2017 Why Trump Has Gone Nuclear on Iran
Iran will continue to do solid business with the rest of Asia -- especially Japan and South Korea. Iran and Qatar may eventually become natural gas providers to Europe in the next decade. And Iran will continue to be -- alongside Russia and China -- at the forefront of bypassing the US dollar in energy trade.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Blood on the tracks of the New Silk Roads
China and Iran have been doing serious business. For over a year now, direct China-Iran cargo trains have been crossing Central Asia in only 12 days. That's just the appetizer for high-speed rail connectivity spanning the arc from China to Turkey via Iran in the early 2020s.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 5, 2015 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Why there won't be a revolution in Iran
What is happening now in Iran is that legitimate protests related to economic hardships have been hijacked by the usual suspects in a move to influence the minority. After all, Rouhani's administration is comparatively liberal compared to the populist Ahmadinejad government.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 6, 2016 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.
(21 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 7, 2015 That Didn't Take Long: The First Lie about Moscow Meeting
Predictably, Western corporate media is spinning this whole debacle is now due to FEAR OF THE DEVIL -- as in Vlad. The fears apparently rampant in Brussels and assorted European capitals (among pol clowns, for sure; NOT in the streets). The rhetoric is beyond ominous.
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Who profits from Turkey's "Sarajevo moment"?
Timing is crucial. The hit happened only one day before the Foreign Ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran were scheduled to meet in Moscow for a key Syria strategic discussion. They were already closely in touch for the past few weeks on how to strike a comprehensive deal on Aleppo -- and beyond.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 23, 2015 BRICS trample US in South America
The long-term Big Picture remains inexorable; BRICS and South American nations -- which converge in the Unasur (The Union of South American Nations) -- are betting on a multipolar world order, and a continental process of independence. It's easy to see how that is oceans away from a Monroe doctrine.
(13 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 8, 2015 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 10, 2014 Putin displays Ukraine chess mastery
Putin does not need to "invade" anything. He knows this is not the way to "rescue" eastern and southern Ukraine. Nobody will want to rescue a failed state. And Kiev will have to beg, once again, for Moscow's help, the lender of first and last resort.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 25, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 13, 2017 China and India sail into choppy waters in New Great Game
This is a heady vortex churning with power projections, spheres of influence, security and commerce. In the end, the only certainty is this shadow play involving China, India, Iran and Pakistan, with the US as an active third party, is at the heart of the New Great Game in Eurasia.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 19, 2016 China "Marco Polo" Xi Jinping starts jockeying in post-Obama world
An eventual US-Russia deal in Syria would ultimately benefit -- who else -- China. Mirroring the original Silk Road, China sees Syria as a crucial node of the New Silk Roads, currently cut off. Picture the day in a not too distant future when Xi will be stopping in Damascus to do trade deals. And to call for a stimulus package of Chinese tourists to visit a restored Palmyra.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 10, 2017 North Korea: fire, fury and fear
Western corporate media would hardly refrain from metastasizing pure speculation into a "North Korea has miniaturized nuclear weapons" frenzy consuming the cable news cycle/ newspaper headlines. Talk about hearts and minds comfortably numbed by the fear factor.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, May 15, 2015 U.S. wakes up to New (Silk) World Order
Once again, the real Masters of the Universe seem to have done the math. Can't reduce Russia to ashes. Can't win in the New (Silk) World Order. Might as well sit down and talk. But hold your (geopolitical) horses; they might still change their mind.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 24, 2015 The Imperial Designs on Iran
Washington will do whatever it takes to sabotage Turk Stream and prevent austerity-devastated Greece from linking to the pipeline. Astonishing as it may seem, Iran is now back in Washington's favor as the only possible, future Pipelineistan star.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 5, 2016 The Rules of the (Trump) Game
Mad Dog James Mattis may indeed be seen by the real world as, well, a mad dog; he was on the front line of the 2001 assault on Afghanistan; led the Marine assault on Baghdad during Shock and Awe in 2003; and masterminded the horrendous American destruction of Fallujah in late 2004. Widely hailed as a fine strategist, he retired as chief of CENTCOM in 2013.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 8, 2016 Why the New Silk Roads terrify Washington
Beijing is betting that the overwhelming majority of nations across Eurasia would rather invest in, and profit from, a "win-win" economic development project than be bogged down in a lose-lose strategic game between the US and China. And that, for the Empire of Chaos, is absolute anathema. How to possibly accept that China is winning the 21st century/New Great Game in Eurasia by building the New Silk Roads?
(33 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Power Play Behind Regime Change in Russia
The Empire of Chaos dream of regime change in Russia has always hinged on controlling large swathes of Eurasia. A puppet in Moscow -- a carbon copy of the drunken stooge Yeltsin -- would free up Russia's immense natural resources for the West, with those from the contiguous Central Asian "stans" as a bonus.
SHARE Friday, September 29, 2017 Wheels and deals: trouble brewing in the House of Saud
The Islamic State project was conceived as the ideal tool to force Iraq to implode. It's now public domain that the organization's funding came mostly from Saudi Arabia. Even the former imam of Mecca has publicly admitted ISIS' leadership "draw their ideas from what is written in our own books, our own principles."
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 29, 2012 War porn: The new safe sex
Like porn, war porn cannot exist without being based on a lie -- a crude representation. But unlike porn, war porn is the real thing; unlike crude, cheap snuff movies, people in war porn actually die -- in droves.
(16 comments) SHARE Friday, November 21, 2014 Washington plays Russian roulette
The logic of escalation is on. The economically devastated EU is a joke; the only thing that counts for the US is NATO -- and the overwhelming majority of its members are in the bag, sharing the prevailing mood in Washington of treating Putin as if he were Milosevic, Saddam Hussein or Gaddafi. There are no signs whatsoever Team Obama is willing to de-escalate.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 18, 2015 Eurasia as we (and the U.S.) knew it is dead
It will be fascinating to watch. How will Moscow and Beijing stare down the West -- politically, commercially and ideologically -- without risking a war? How will they cope with so much pressure? How will they sell their strategy to great swathes of the Global South, across multiple Asian latitudes?
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 27, 2018 Turkey plays its latest card in the New Great Game
President Tayyip Erdogan's "Olive Branch" operation appears to have support at home and in Moscow, but failure would spell problems. Internally, Operation Olive Branch is a shrewd move for Erdogan. Turkish nationalism is at fever pitch, so public opinion is largely behind the operation. For the Turkish president, this is an electoral bonanza.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, December 12, 2016 Obama Out Not With a Bang, But a Whimper
The whimpering Obama administration is not over yet. Expect more sensational CIA exploits; more demonization of Russia; more weaponizing of "moderate" Syrian "rebels"; and even the odd false flag.
SHARE Friday, July 1, 2016 Dead Brexit Walking
as UK banks and financial services contemplate moving to the EU post-Brexit (HSBC, for instance, already announced that 1,000 jobs are moving to Paris), the real story is that China can start contemplating further "win-win" scenarios also with Paris, Frankfurt and Milan. As a backup, there'll always be that Dead Brexit Walking.
SHARE Friday, March 30, 2018 MBS feted in the US despite war atrocities in Yemen
MBS is racing against the clock. For the moment, he wins his PR war in the US even as he miserably loses his war on Yemen. But all bets are off on how he handles Wahhabi intolerance, Riyadh's dependence on oil and, most of all, Moscow and Beijing.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 16, 2017 Mr Trump, tear down this (Korean) wall
In the larger geopolitical chessboard, those US "nuclear capabilities" threats voiced by Trump and his generals are not just aimed at Pyongyang. The real, long-term, ultimate target is "RC" (Russia-/China). THAAD missile radars are able -- at least in theory -- to "see" up to 3,000km into "RC" territory. For "RC," this is an absolute no-no.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 17, 2017 The Sun King and The American Friend
It's unclear whether Macron has imprinted on the mind of The American Friend that having Syria jihadi-free, together, makes total business sense -- and opens the way to further business deals, on all fronts. Of course, assuming the current and future ceasefires hold, and rogue deep-state elements do not disrupt the scenario.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 23, 2015 Westward ho on China's Eurasia BRIC road
China's new drive may be interpreted as the stirrings of a new tributary system, ordered and centered in Beijing. At the same time, many in the U.S. are uncomfortable that the New Silk Road may be a geopolitical, "peaceful development," "win-win" answer to the Obama administration's Pentagon-driven pivoting to Asia.
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 30, 2015 The Pentagon's "Long War" Pits NATO Against China, Russia and Iran
Washington's Maidan adventure has yielded not only a crystallization of a new Iron Curtain deployed from the Baltics to the Black Sea. This is NATO's visible game. What's not so visible is that the target is not only Russia, but also Iran and China. The battlefield is now clearly drawn between NATO and Russia/China/Iran. So no wonder they are getting closer.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 20, 2017 China shows its green roots on road to contradictions
Beijing is targeting an upgrade of the real estate market and the environment. Then there are projections that by 2027, China could be the global leader on research and development when it comes to eco-friendly vehicles. This will boost the manufacture of de-carbonized vehicles, which is part of the Made in China 2025 initiative. For five years now, state subsidies have helped fund extensive battery charging networks.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 13, 2013 China stitches up (SCO) Silk Road
The SCO may go a long way before becoming a sort of Eastern NATO. But it's increasingly carving its territory as a direct counterpunch to NATO -- not to mention Washington's Central/South Asian chapter of the Global War on Terror (GWOT) and the push for "color revolutions."
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 2, 2017 Game-changers ahead on the (long) Maritime Silk Road
the proverbial "concern" with this Chinese win-win was registered in both Delhi and Washington. The possibility that China will eventually acquire a permanent naval military base in the Indian Ocean is a full-time obsession of US Think Tankland. Colombo, though, has always been adamant: Chinese-financed infrastructure does not imply basing rights for the Chinese Navy.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, January 1, 2016 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.
(14 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 12, 2015 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?
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 21, 2016 Fear and Loathing in the Arabian Nights
the 28 pages were being paraded around in Western corporate media before the OPEC meeting to keep the Saudis in line on the oil war against Russia. That may have been yet another Mafia-style "offer you can't refuse"; if the House of Saud cuts oil production, then it will be destroyed by the release of the 28 pages.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 22, 2016 So Russia Won't Elect the Next POTUS
What about the (silent) Big Red Dragon in the midst of this appalling circus? The final cage match in Vegas yielded no further demonization of China. Beijing anyway is ready -- confident that no Pivoting Darth Vader in a White Pantsuit will be able to derail the Eurasian Century.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 20, 2016 Will Trumpolitics Erase Clintonism?
As much as 47% of Americans eligible to vote did not bother to on November 8. Trump had roughly 25.5% of the eligible electorate vote, in fact less than Hillary Clinton's 25.6%. That translates into a de facto mandate of roughly one-fourth of Americans. Overwhelmingly popular it is not. The key question is whether Trumponomics will be able to stare down and at least subdue the most savage aspects of unbridled neoliberalism.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 13, 2017 The New Silk Road will go through Syria
The key question from now on seems to be whether Washington will follow the deep state "Syraq" policy -- as in "Assad must go" mixed with support or weaponizing of non-existent "moderate rebels"; or whether Trump's priority -- to eliminate Daesh/ISIS for good -- will prevail.
(31 comments) SHARE Friday, May 2, 2014 NATO's soft war on Russia
The bottom line: global Robocop NATO can only survive if it faces a mortal threat. US Think Tankland is frantically downgrading NATO hysteria about "aggressive Russia" as a "measured response." That fools only the hopelessly misinformed. After creating a failed state in Libya and the Afghanistan fiasco, global Robocop NATO, in its quest for "purpose" and meaning, cannot stop from fabricating an enemy.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 7, 2020 Putin saves Erdogan from himself
A predictable feature of the new ceasefire is that both Moscow and Ankara part of the Astana peace process, alongside Tehran remain committed to maintaining the "territorial integrity and sovereignty" of Syria. Once again, there's no guarantee that Erdogan will abide.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 5, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 22, 2012 War fever as seen from Iran
For Moscow, "a new wave of the world order has been initiated by the United States in order to create a new version of the past unipolar world system. The main targets of this wave, Moscow maintains, include North Africa, the Middle East, Iran, Eurasia, and finally China and Russia." Forget about the famous "reset" between Washington and Moscow.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Fear and loathing on the Afghan Silk Road
ISIS is already shipping out jihadis in retreat in both Iraq and Syria to the Hindu Kush. At the same time, it is actively enrolling scores of Pashtuns with lots of cash and weapons -- a workforce including tens of thousands of potential suicide bombers.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 7, 2016 The New Normal: Cold War 2.0
Relentless rhetorical hysteria masks the real high-stakes game in play. And that's where US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fits in. Throughout her campaign, Clinton has extolled "a major strategic objective of our transatlantic alliance." The major "strategic objective" is none other than the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 15, 2017 Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a crowded chessboard
Trump will do business and clinch deals with China, while his deep state-tinged cabinet barks the usually explosive national security rhetoric, dalang Kissinger plots a Russia-China split, and Moscow-Beijing secretly concoct concerted moves. Place your bets on who will be the major partner in the Trump, Kissinger and Ma law firm.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 24, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 14, 2017 Silk Road fever grips the Russian Far East and boosts economy
This is just the latest example of Russian and Chinese cooperation geared around the New Silk Roads or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Beijing is the world's largest importer of copper and iron ore, and virtually the entire output from Bystrinsky will go to the world's second largest economy.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 28, 2017 Who's top rooster in the South China Sea?
The recent diplomatic charm offensive by China spells out the absurdity of any military offensive against an ASEAN member: it's bad for business. The environment after The Hague's ruling -- as the Laos summit proved -- points toward long-term diplomatic solutions for all South China Sea disputes.
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 24, 2017 Korea, Afghanistan and the Never Ending War trap
That "plan for an enveloping fire" around Guam remains on Kim Jong-un's table. It is essential to remember the plan was North Korea's response to Trump's "fire and fury" volley. Kim has stated that for diplomacy to work again, "it is necessary for the US to make a proper option first."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 14, 2015 What the Latest Currency "War" is All About
When the US embarks on perennial quantitative easing, that's OK. When the EU does QE as well, that's OK. But when the Bank of China decides it's in the best interest of the nation to let the yuan go down a bit instead of infinitely up, that's Armageddon.
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Putin and the Saudi Caravan
Putin and King Salman -- very discreetly -- had been in touch over the phone for weeks. The King's son invited Putin to Riyadh. Accepted. Putin invited the King to Moscow. Accepted. No question, the suspense is already killing everybody. But is this real life? Or smoke and mirrors?
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 26, 2016 The Empire of Chaos Strikes Back
The CIA is also keen on Saudi Arabia destroying the Russian economy through an oil price war -- and they do not want that to stop; thus holding over the Saudis those famous 28 pages on 9/11 to keep the oil price war going. The CIA has also been trying like mad to lure Moscow into a Syrian trap as in 1980s Afghanistan. The problem is that the Kremlin did not bite the poisoned apple.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 17, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Hillary: Wall Street's Golden Girl
In the spring of 2014, top Clinton Foundation donors discussed a bright future together inside Goldman Sachs' corporate HQ. Gary Gensler, formerly from Goldman Sachs and also former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, is the Hillary Clinton campaign's chief financial officer. The record shows that for the Clinton system, Goldman Sachs is a sacred cow.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 31, 2016 Full Spectrum Dominatrix vs. Off Spectrum Narcissus
The CIA did not take down WikiLeaks. Hillary Clinton will make sure someone does. She will make sure "Russian aggression" is enshrined as some sort of national motto. When Hillary Clinton went for a "reset" in US-Russia relations, in both English and Russian, it was translated as "overload" -- a Freudian slip that elicited a smile from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov but a thousand jokes all across Russia.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 17, 2017 Vladimir Putin takes spotlight as Eurasia connector
At his trademark annual year-end press conference in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin once again let drop selected foreign-policy nuggets essential to understanding what lies ahead on the turbulent Eurasian geopolitical chessboard.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 15, 2016 Why the Coup in Brazil Should Fail
The nation remains deeply polarized -- even with Rousseff not charged with any wrongdoing, unlike the lot in Congress who wants to bring down her government. Of the 65 members of the sham congressional committee who voted on impeachment, 35 of the 38 who voted in favor are being investigated for corruption.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 3, 2015 The South China Sea word war
There's no mistake Washington is allowing the remilitarization of Japan. So it's time to launch a South China/East China Sea Watch. As in monitoring them for any dangerous pretext for a casus belli between the declining hegemon and the no longer "keep a low profile" re-emerging power.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 10, 2017 Saudi Crown Prince poised to take over as King: sources
The Saudi "anti-corruption" crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, initially netted 11 princes and a few dozen ministers and former ministers, has caught up with hundreds of businessmen, who are being detained in the luxurious Ritz Carlton and other hotels in Riyadh. The Wall Street Journal reports the Crown Prince is targeting an astonishing $800 BILLION in assets believed to be held in 1,700 frozen bank accounts.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 8, 2017 Putin and Trump stage-manage a win-win meeting
Trump did not make any substantial concessions in Hamburg, at least according to what both Tillerson and Lavrov volunteered to disclose. The Beltway is barking that Trump gave Putin a win. As usual, they're wrong; Putin and Trump stage-managed a win-win.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 8, 2014 Pure War in Tehran
Weaponizing the "new" Free Syrian Army in Saudi Arabia, of all places, amounts "to train another group of terrorists and send them to Syria to fight." And Washington's "strategy" is further enabling hardcore Sunni dictators who've made their careers demonizing Shi'ites.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 20, 2017 Bannon The Barbarian Goes "Thermonuclear"
The narrative that the US deep state -- which now de facto controls the Trump presidency -- banished Bannon forever to the "deplorables" badlands tells only part of the story. The Swamp may decide on policy -- but the Breitbart guerrilla surge will take no prisoners.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 29, 2016 The Whole Game is About Containing Russia-China
Compared to Russia's superior high-tech weaponry, NATO is a kindergarten mess; not to mention that soon Russian territory will be inviolable to any Star Wars-derived scheme. China will soon have all the submarines and "carrier-killer" missiles necessary to make life for the US Navy hell in case the Pentagon harbors funny ideas.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 13, 2016 Is Trump ready to go nuclear?
for all the 24/7 scandal time of non-stop groping and kissing and lewd locker room misbehaving, Trump seems to be ready to limp toward the finish line just as he began; an all-out populist/nativist/nationalist fighting open borders (a Clinton mantra, as revealed by the latest WikiLeaks Podesta email dump); "free" trade; neoliberal globalization; and regime change/bomb them into democracy/"humanitarian" imperialism.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 14, 2017 The Russia-China plan for North Korea: stability, connectivity
The crucial point is that both Seoul and Pyongyang went to Vladivostok, and talked to Moscow. Arguably the key question -- the armistice that did not end the Korean War -- has to be broached by Putin and the Koreans, without the Americans. The larger strategy of "RC" is clear -- a drive aimed at Eurasian connectivity. The question is how to convince the DPRK to play along.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 13, 2019 All under Heaven, China's challenge to the Westphalian system
The Chinese challenge is unprecedented and no wonder Washington, in tandem with other Western elites, is stunned. In the end, it's a matter of positioning Tianxia as a superior promoter of "dynamic equilibrium" in international relations in comparison with the Westphalian system.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 22, 2017 Xi's road map to the Chinese Dream
Xi has clearly understood that global leadership implies being a top provider, mostly to the global South, of connectivity, infrastructure financing, comprehensive technical assistance, construction hardware and myriad other trappings of "modernization." It does not hurt that this trade/commerce/investment onslaught helps to internationalize the yuan.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 22, 2020 No Weapon Left Behind: The American Hybrid War on China
Inexorably, year after year since the start of the millennium, the U.S. share of the global economy shrinks while China's increases. China is already the key hub of the global economy and the leading trade partner of nearly 130 nations.
(16 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 31, 2018 The long profitable march of digital China
A concerted Washington attack on Chinese trade policies may be all but inevitable. Complex global supply chains will suffer, while prices inflate. Naturally, Beijing will move key pieces in its global asset chessboard, which could affect US bonds and equities.
(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, November 30, 2012 Say hello to a yuan world
The decline of the US dollar happens in parallel to the rise of the yuan. The yuan will become fully convertible even before the usually brandished deadline of 2020. This means that within the next five years, most if not all of East Asia will be part of the yuan bloc. Inevitably, China will be the top trading partner of every nation in East Asia.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 20, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 23, 2013 War against Iran, Iraq AND Syria?
Attesting to the appalling average IQ involved in foreign policy debate in the Beltway, information had to be spun to justify yet another military adventure on the horizon -- especially after President Barack "Assad must go" Obama declared he would authorize the "light" weaponizing of "good" rebels only. As if the harsh rules of war obeyed some Weapon Fairy Godmother high up in the sky.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 23, 2014 A chessboard drenched in blood
Moscow, in building its case on the MH17 tragedy, will bide its time to debunk Kiev's claims and maximize its own credibility. The game now moves to the black boxes and the cockpit voice recorder. Still Ukraine will remain the do-or-die battlefield -- a chessboard drenched in blood.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, October 19, 2018 What sanctions on Russia and China really mean
A crucial Pentagon report on the US defense industrial base and "supply chain resiliency" bluntly accuses China of "military expansion" and "a strategy of economic aggression," mostly because Beijing is the only source for "a number of chemical products used in munitions and missiles."
(14 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Pepe Escobar in eastern Ukraine: Howling in Donetsk
I've just been to the struggling Donetsk People's Republic. Now I'm back in the splendid arrogance and insolence of NATOstan. After all, they are Western "civilization"-enabled cowards who would never dare to show their manicured faces to the people of Donbass. So this is my gift to them. Just a howl of anger and unbounded contempt.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 22, 2016 The US road map to balkanize Syria
This continues to be about the Qatar to Turkey -- via Syria -- natural gas pipeline versus the proposed $10 billion Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline, for which there is already a memorandum of understanding. Lavrov is too much of a stellar diplomat to leak it -- but after Deir Ezzor, Moscow has definitive proof any possible ceasefire bargained with Washington will be smashed.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, February 21, 2014 Warning: Saudi Mayhem Ahead
Expect major House of Saud-provoked mayhem ahead. Even in Tehran, they are worried about Saudi sanity -- as the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei knows all there is to know about the cosmic paranoia, aging King Abdullah (89) riding into the sunset, the fierce succession war to follow, and, meanwhile, Bandar Bush's warmongering offensive.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 19, 2016 Is There a US-Russia Grand Bargain in Syria?
In Syria, Moscow accomplished the outstanding feat of making Team Obama see the light beyond the fog of neo-con-instilled war, leading to a solution involving Syria's chemical arsenal after Obama ensnared himself in his own red line. Obama owes it to Putin and Lavrov, who literally saved him not only from tremendous embarrassment but from yet another massive Middle East quagmire.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, October 8, 2012 Why Hugo Rules
Venezuela will grow 5 percent in 2012 -- way beyond Argentina (2 percent) and Brazil (1.5 percent). This is a partially socialized economy that is producing more jobs, more credit, more state investment -- and the result is steady economic growth.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 24, 2016 Why the UK Said Bye Bye to the EU
What started as a gamble by David Cameron on an outlet for domestic British discontent, to be used as a lever to bargain with Brussels for a few more favors, has metastasized into an astonishing political earthquake about the dis-integration of the European Union. Brexit proved that it's immigration, stupid. And once again, it's the economy, stupid.
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, July 18, 2016 How Donald Trump will follow the money
Here's how the playing field is shaping up: the neocon/neoliberal/Wall Street candidate, Hillary Clinton, featuring The Three Harpies itching for a war, against the wall-to-wall multibillionaire Four Amigos -- Trump, Charles and David Koch, and Adelson. This, in the US, is what passes for "democracy." Those who are about to die of despair -- we salute you.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Washington and Berlin on a Collision Course
Trump and Chancellor Angela Merkel will definitely be on a collision course at the G-20, with Merkel emphasizing discussions on climate change, refugees and no trade protectionism, much to Trump's disgust. The Russia sanctions bill just adds to the unholy mess. Expect a lot of fireworks "celebrating" those bilaterals in Hamburg.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 28, 2016 Is war inevitable in the South China Sea?
The environment after The Hague's ruling -- as the Laos summit proved -- points toward long-term diplomatic solutions. But make no mistake; at some point in the future, there will be a serious confrontation between the US and China over "access" to the South China Sea.
SHARE Saturday, June 2, 2018 Oil and gas geopolitics: no shelter from the storm
What the potential loss of over 20% of the world's oil supply would mean is terrifying; the implosion, with unforeseen consequences, of the quadrillion derivatives pyramid, and consequentially of the entire Western financial casino superstructure. Compared to that, the 2008 financial crisis would be little more than a walk in an ecologically friendly park.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, October 2, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Sit back, relax, and enjoy the oil thriller
In the end, our oil thriller will be all about China; Beijing will need to buy all the energy it needs to pursue the completion of the New Silk Roads. Meanwhile, the House of Saud faces a stark choice. Its "post-oil economy" plan will fail, as others before failed. The Warrior Prince must decide which of the superpowers to ally with.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 29, 2018 How BRICS Plus clashes with the US economic war on Iran
In a not too veiled allusion to the Trump administration's unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), Xi called all parties to "abide by international law and basic norms governing international relations and to settle disputes through dialogue and differences through consultation," adding that the BRICS are inevitably working for "a new type of international relations."
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, February 9, 2018 China's latest move in the graveyard of empires
Beijing's strategic priority is to prevent Uyghur fighters of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), who have been exiled in Afghanistan, crossing the Wakhan Corridor to carry out operations across Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in northwest China. There is also the fear that ISIS or Daesh jihadis from Syria and Iraq may also use Afghanistan as a springboard to reach the country.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 7, 2017 How the DPRK Riddle is Freaking out the US Establishment
Asia-Pacific is where the real action is -- geopolitically and geo-economically. And once again, the number one issue in the intractability stakes will be the DPRK. At a recent meeting with top US military and intelligence chiefs Trump, referring to the DPRK, asked to be provided "with a broad range of military options, when needed, at a much faster pace."
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, April 10, 2015 Civil war up, humanism down
In our current pitiful condition the least we could do is to heed the lessons of Spinoza -- for whom reason was sovereign; not "a cold, glacial reason, but a profoundly compassionate reason." Spinoza was a spirit as independent as Montaigne -- another one of our inspiring models.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 28, 2012 The Iranian oil embargo blowback
All across Eurasia trade is fast moving away from the US dollar. The Asian Dollar Exclusion Zone, crucially, also means that Asia is slowly disengaging itself from Western banks. The movement may be led by China -- but it's irreversibly transnational. Once again, follow the money.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 13, 2018 Don't expect Trump to send in the cavalry if MBS has to circle wagons
MBS will simply be unable to deliver on the promise of an Israel-Palestine-Arab world Grand Deal, which looks certain to have been discussed in Washington and Riyadh. That is virtually impossible after the president's formal recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 15, 2018 China's "New Silk Roads" reach Latin America
Washington will need to invest in a much more sophisticated game if it is to compete economically against China. That would turn out to be the ideal trade and investment scenario which would profit Latin America the most. Public opinion seems to have made up its mind. Across Latin America, approval of US foreign policy has dropped from 49% in 2016 to 24% last year. Approval of President Trump stands at a dismal 16%.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 4, 2016 NATO on trade, in Europe and Asia, is doomed
This is a sophisticated, toxic US-led corporate racket, a concerted assault across the spectrum, from the environment and animal welfare to labor rights and internet privacy. In a nutshell; it's all about the US corporate galaxy pushing the EU to lower -- or abase -- a range of consumer protections.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 11, 2015 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 27, 2015 American Sniper vs. Baghdad Sniper
The Baghdad sniper may survive only as the ghost of a faded urban legend. Baghdad itself changed its status from mostly Sunni to mostly Shi'ite -- and its new fears center on the fake ISIS/ISIL/Daesh Caliphate. American Sniper, on the other hand, is touring the planet as a digital celebrity hero, even as US right-wingers loudly complained neither Clint Eastwood's movie nor Bradley Cooper got any Oscars.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 14, 2015 New Silk Road Meets Eurasian Union
The always-evolving Russia-China strategic partnership is not only about energy -- including the possibility of Chinese-controlled stakes in crucial Russian oil and gas projects -- as well as the defense industry; it's increasingly about investment, banking, finance and high technology.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Obama's "strategy" against "pariah" Russia
For all of US Think Tankland talking and theorizing, breathlessly, about "containment" of a "rogue state" -- which in itself is laughable, as if Russia was Somalia -- the Obama administration's overarching "strategy" is really in a class by itself. This masterpiece of juvenile delinquent diplomacy boils down to "ignore Putin."
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 5, 2014 Obama's Europe doctrine: Too much stupid, not enough serious
With American imperial hubris so perversely warped, newspeak becomes a Hall of Mirrors just reflecting itself. Even in the face of daily Kiev bombing of civilians in Eastern Ukraine, Obama insists that Russia is trying to destabilize Ukraine; thus inevitably there will be more "punishment," as in sanctions.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 30, 2016 The Three Harpies are Back!
On Orlando, Hillary Clinton was keen to note, "this is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets." Of course there's no problem if those "weapons of war," manned or "advised" by US personnel, kill innocent civilians across what the Pentagon calls MENA (Middle East, Northern Africa).
SHARE Tuesday, June 21, 2016 US Think Tanks Dream Up Russian Collapse, Aggression Despite the Facts
A solid case can be made that Moscow does not need mountains of Western investment; credit can be created in Russia. Most of all, there is rather less productive investment money in the West than wild speculative funds; it's largely a matter of fiat money and credit, and Moscow does not need to go to the West for that.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 22, 2018 Erdogan, MBS, Islamic leadership and the price of silence
The House of Saud's ties to the Khashoggi slaying are being milked by the Turkish President for maximum benefit amid debate on leadership of the Islamic world and how the crisis may affect US and Saudi strategy in the Middle East
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, April 22, 2013 The FBI Boston-Chechnya charade
There are absolutely no witnesses saying the brothers dropped the bombs. They did it because the FBI says so. Washington is about to join the glittering ranks of Mubarak-era Egypt, Bahrain and Uganda. As that nasty little piece of work, Senator Lindsay Graham, put it, now ''the homeland is the battlefield.'' And you're an enemy combatant if we say so.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 14, 2016 China Ups the Game in the South China Sea
Washington must factor the delicate political equation before the extremely complex royal succession, with the power of the Thai army solidified by a new constitution as it expands trade and political relations with both Russia and China. The only discourse emanating from Washington boils down to Pentagon obsession with confrontation in the South China Sea and White House obsession with TPP, the trade arm of the pivot.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 6, 2015 A Trojan Horse in the Home of Austerity
Grexit will be just the start of a whole new Sophocles-inspired tragedy. Once one nation breaks with the single currency, the monetary union itself is totally exposed. The (Neoliberal) Goddess of the Market will be eagerly looking for the next victim -- Spain, Italy, Ireland. The democracy Trojan horse now lies, in silence, in the home of austerity. The battle is about to begin.
SHARE Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Tikrit and Najaf: Agony and Ecstasy in Iraq
Millions of souls -- Iraqis, Iranians, Afghans, Pakistanis, northern Africans, Central Asians, Persian Gulf nationals -- are being soothed via the massive, cathartic walk from Najaf to Karbala. A pilgrim captured the spell -- spiritual redemption merging with political statement -- as he told me, with the flicker of a smile, the walk is also "a protest against terrorism."
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, March 2, 2018 The Xi Silk Road is here to stay
Xi has all but announced his major moves. The Chinese Dream -- or China as a stable, middle-income nation. BRI as a connectivity vector integrating not only Eurasia but also Africa and Latin America. Securing the South China Sea as well as increasing a presence not only across the Indian Ocean but all the way to the Third Island -- a matter of protecting China's connectivity/supply lines.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Lenin Comes to the White House?
"America First" -- but for whom? The key question is who will end up defining America's real national interest; true nationalists embedded in Team Trump, plus the proletariat "elite," or the usual -- globalist -- suspects able to infect and corrupt any notion of nationalism? Politics is war -- what else? And "revolution" is still the biggest show in town.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 9, 2016 Hybrid War, From Palmyra to Panama
Forget about British "responsible journalism" gatekeepers getting into the heart of it. It's much more popular to blame Putin as guilty by association than to examine how David Cameron's father, Ian, chose to keep the family money (and the future Prime Minister's inheritance) away from the tax man.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 23, 2015 How NATO Kills Africans in the Club Med
Humanitarian imperialism as applied to what the Pentagon loves to define as MENA (Middle East-Northern Africa) has led, according to Amnesty International, "to the largest refugee disaster since the Second World War." Amnesty estimates that no less than 57 million people have been turned into refugees by 2014.
SHARE Monday, November 21, 2011 Exposed: US Press "Freedom"
This is how the much-lauded "freedom of the press" myth in the US actually works. If you perform the job of an actual journalist, telling truth to power, forget about attending press conferences at the White House, Pentagon or State Department. You won't even be admitted in the building.
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.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Asia Will Not "Isolate" Russia
Asia will not "isolate" Russia -- and Asians and Russians know it, as much as The White House is in denial. Oh, to have been an EU-regulated fly on the wall in that Hague room where Obama and Xi were talking; cool Xi meets Obama pivoting around himself.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 26, 2016 Hot off Brexit, Vladimir Putin goes to China
Beijing has as much as a $4 trillion pile of cash to be used at the discretion of Xi and the collective leadership. This is the reality--not the usual US "Think Tankland" blabbering about China's imminent implosion. Compare it with the Fed printing many new US dollars, about $60 billion a month, as the US would have a really hard time committing to any possible financial investment (apart from war) in the $100 billion range.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Historic Iran nuke deal resets Eurasia's "Great Game"
What's certain is that Iran will become a magnet for foreign investment. Major western and Asian multinationals are already positioned to start cracking this practically virgin market with over 70 million people, including a very well educated middle class. There will be a boom in sectors such as consumer electronics, the auto industry and hospitality and leisure.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 25, 2018 Davos: Inequality Rocks the Magic Mountain
As inequality reigns supreme, Davos 2018 preaches the necessity of striving towards a common future in a fractured world; a poor euphemism for the stark fact of a wealthy happy few getting much wealthier while untold masses of poor veer toward dirt poor.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 5, 2018 Popular Putin Prepares for Cold War 2.0
Back in February 1945, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Josef Stalin met in Yalta to design the post-World War II world -- which ended up being framed by the Cold War. Now, in a Cold War 2.0 environment, Russia is repositioning Crimea as a debate hub on global cooperation -- complete with a brand-new, billion-dollar international airport and the Crimean Bridge.
SHARE Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Is China a House of Cards?
The word in Beijing is that an assembly line of editors is now compiling a book of Xi thought (sixiang) that would make him as crucial as Mao as a contributor to Sino-Marxist theory. So what? Xi is a man in a rush, on a roll and with a mission -- and 2021 is just around the corner. House of Cards? No; this looks more like a case of Xi landing a Full House on the table.
SHARE Friday, September 16, 2016 What is BRICS member India really up to?
Modi's priority is to solidify India as the top South Asian power. So he cannot afford to antagonize Washington. Naturally, US corporations -- heavy supporters of TPP -- are salivating at the lucrative prospects. The drive is similar to what China did decades ago, but now with emphasis on "protection of intellectual property" to attract the TPP-obsessed crowd.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 20, 2015 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 29, 2015 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.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Unmasked: Trump Doctrine vows carnage for new axis of evil
This script runs as follows: Iran must be isolated (by the West, only now that won't fly with the Europeans); Iran is "destabilizing" the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, the ideological foundry of all strands of Salafi-jihadism, gets a free pass); and Iran, because it's developing ballistic that could -- allegedly -- carry nuclear warheads, is the new North Korea.
(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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 4, 2018 Why India is ignoring US sanctions and sticking with Iran
The Holy Grail for India is Iran-related: the so far $500 million investment in Chabahar port in the Indian Ocean, as well as completing the Chabahar-Zahedan railway. Chabahar is the starting point of the Indian version of the New Silk Roads, linking India to Afghanistan and Central Asia, bypassing Pakistan.
SHARE Monday, May 28, 2018 Iran diary: bracing for all-out economic war
A group of us -- including American friends, whose visas were approved at the highest levels of the Iranian government -- have gathered in Mashhad for the New Horizon Conference of independent thinkers.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 4, 2014 NATO attacks!
Ukraine is all about Germany now. Berlin wants a political solution. Fast. Berlin wants Russian gas flowing via Ukraine again. Fast. Berlin does not want US missile defense in Eastern Europe -- no matter what the Baltic states scream. That's why Poroshenko's latest "Invasion! Invasion! Invasion!" craze is nothing but pure desperation by a lowly, bankrupt vassal of the Empire of Chaos.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 21, 2015 SPIEF -- St. Petersburg in the heart of the action
No caravanserai could possibly compete with the 19th edition of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). Thousands of global business leaders -- including Europeans, but not Americans; after all, President Putin is "the new Hitler" -- representing over 1,000 international companies/corporations, including the CEOs of BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total, hit town in style.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 12, 2016 Hillary Clinton, the Conveniently Negligent Queen
So here we're right into gross negligence territory -- which is a minefield compare to mere convenience. The vast, powerful Clintonista army has gone full convenience mode. So it will be up to the FBI -- and the Department of Justice -- to prove intent and motive, as in establishing, without a shadow of a doubt, that the subterranean server enabled substantial political dividends/profiteering.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 7, 2015 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.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 24, 2016 Les Deplorables
Trump will push to organize an immediate rapprochement with Russia in case he's elected, so the US industrial-military-surveillance complex can catch up and at least try to remedy the danger of losing the next war Hillary and her own neocon bag of deplorables are so bullish on.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 4, 2014 Exit South Stream, enter Turk Stream
Russia still gets to build a pipeline under the Black Sea -- but now redirected to Turkey and, crucially, pumping the same amount of gas South Stream would. Not to mention Russia gets to build a new LNG (liquefied natural gas) central hub in the Mediterranean. The redirection makes total business sense. Turkey is Gazprom's second biggest customer after Germany.
(44 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Hybrid war hyenas tearing Brazil apart
So Wall Street, US Big Oil and the proverbial "American interests" win this round at the circus -- thanks to the, once again proverbial, vassal/comprador elites. Chevron execs are already salivating with the prospect of laying their hands on the pre-salt oil deposits; that was already promised by a trusted vassal in the Brazilian opposition.
(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 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 The Korean Matrix
A minimally competent US "attack" would requires a lot of infiltrated US Special Forces, as in boots on the ground, with no guarantee of success. In a nutshell; Washington, realistically, is incapable of eliminating North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
SHARE Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Obama's Weapons-For-Peace Program
Putin knows Obama would even give up playing basketball if he could find a way to sneak out of getting bogged in Syria's civil war. Putin knows Obama simply cannot order a no-fly zone over Syria by decree -- as much as he may be under pressure by the usual warmonger senators, armchair warrior think tankers, corporate media and weapons manufacturers.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Bomb Iran? Not now: bomb Yemen
Royally paid Saudi lobby hagiographers are once again frantically spinning the Sunni versus Shi'ite sectarian narrative -- which totally ignores the mind-boggling tribal/class complexity of Yemeni society. In a nutshell, this laughable Saudi defense of democracy is paving the way for a ground war; a long, bloody and horribly expensive ground war.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, July 28, 2014 Ready, Reset, Go! ...to Cold War 2.0
The real, no-holds-barred reason for the Empire of Chaos's obsessive economic war on Russia is that Moscow, as a BRICS member, alongside especially China and Brazil, is at the leading edge of emerging powers challenging the global financial/political (dis)order -- wallowing in the mire of casino capitalism -- dictated by the Empire of Chaos.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 27, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 16, 2018 It's all Putin's fault... but still he wins
Putin detailed how MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) is now back with a vengeance -- implying that the whole US missile defense apparatus may be, by now, useless. And this had absolutely nothing to do with "Russian aggression," as the usual suspects spin it. This was Moscow's response to over two decades of NATO encroaching on Russia's borders.
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 28, 2014 From Minsk to Wales, Germany is the key
Taxes -- and budget cuts -- are up. The currency, the hryvnya, has plunged 40 percent since early 2014. The banking system is a joke. The notion that the EU will pay Ukraine's humongous bills is a myth. Germany (which runs the EU) wants a deal. Fast.
SHARE Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia
The "urbane," "cerebral," "legendary" Kissinger is now advising Trump. The long-term strategy might be characterized as classic Divide and Rule, but slightly remixed: in this case an attempt to break the Russia-China strategic partnership by allying with the -- theoretically -- weaker node, Russia, to better contain the stronger node, China.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Unravelling the riddle of the Kurds' Iraqi pipedream
Baghdad is actually getting stronger -- as part of the "4+1" (Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq plus Hezbollah) that for all practical purposes has won the war in Syria. None of these actors -- or Turkey, which is involved in the Astana negotiations -- wants partition of either Syria or Iraq. Moreover, Russia is also back as Iraq's partner on the military front, selling it a "large batch" of T-90 tanks for US$1 billion.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 8, 2015 The Dirtiest Secret of the War on Terror
There is no evidence the "Don't Do Stupid Stuff" (Obama's own words) administration has the capability to seriously review US-Saudi relations. What is certain is that the dirtiest secret of the war on terror will remain off-limits. All the "terror" we face, real or manufactured, springs out from just one source; not "Islam," but intolerant, demented Wahhabism.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Kirkuk redux was a bloodless offensive. Here's why
What we have just witnessed is the near breakout of warfare between two alleged US "clients" in Southwest Asia. And yet civil war -- along with the balkanization of Iraq -- was prevented. The facts on the ground speak for themselves.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 7, 2013 A bunch of sexy, badass patriots
Prince had me howling with laughter when he stresses that Blackwater maintained "the highest ethics while dealing with these contacts"; I pictured a Bunuel-esque Discreet Charm of the Afghan Bourgeoisie shot by Scorsese. Or Tarantino. Still one favor led to another, and by 2002 an incorporated offshoot, Blackwater Security Consulting, was tasked to provide security for the CIA headquarters in Kabul.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, August 19, 2016 While Beijing and Manila talk, Washington spoiling for a fight
The RAND report is just one more piece of evidence adding to what the Beijing leadership already takes for granted -- even before the Clinton-announced pivoting to Asia; the Empire of Chaos, in despair, will revert to war no matter what.
(29 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 6, 2016 The Brazilian Earthquake
A top priority of the Empire of Chaos is to prevent the emergence of regional powers fueled by abundant natural resources, from oil to strategic minerals. Brazil amply fits the bill. Washington of course feels entitled to "defend" these resources. Thus the need to quash not only regional integration associations such as Mercosur and Unasur but most of all the global reach of the BRICS.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 24, 2020 What Did U.S. Intel Really Know About the 'Chinese' Virus? - Strategic Culture
The burning question is inevitable: how could the NCMI possibly know all about a viral pandemic, still in November, when Chinese doctors positively identified the first cases of a new type of pneumonia only on December 26? U.S. Senators dumping stocks after a CDC briefing; more than 1,300 CEOs abandoning their cushy perches in 2019, "forecasting" total market collapse; the Fed pouring helicopter money already in Sept.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 11, 2013 Fear and loathing in House of Saud
The House of Saud's nightmare is amplified by paranoia. After all those warnings by King Abdullah for Washington to cut "the head of the snake" (Iran), after all those supplications for the US to bomb Syria, install a no-fly zone and/or weaponize the "rebels" to kingdom come, this is what the House of Saud gets: Washington and Tehran on their way to reaching a deal at the expense of Riyadh.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Why Obama is bombing the Caliph
This is an electoral year. Obama is absolutely terrified of another Benghazi -- which Republicans have been trying non-stop to blame on his administration's incompetence. The last thing Obama needs is the Caliph's goons killing "diplomats" in Erbil.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 1, 2014 A Tectonic Shift in Eurasion -- How the New Great Game Will be Played
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin see it in their interest to "protect" peacemaker Obama. Yet everyone remains on slippery territory; Obama as peacemaker -- this time really honoring his Nobel Prize -- may be just a mirror image. And Washington could always march towards regime change in Tehran led by the next White House tenant after 2016. For 2014 though, plenty of signs point to a tectonic shift in the geopolitical map.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Lula and the BRICS in a fight to the death
"BRICS" is the dirtiest of acronyms in the Beltway/Wall Street axis, and for a solid reason: the consolidation of the BRICS is the only organic, global-reach project with the potential to derail Exceptionalistan's grip over the so-called "international community." Hell hath no fury like Exceptionalistan scorned. Like the Mob, it never forgives; Lula one day would have to pay.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 30, 2016 Target Russia. Target China. Target Iran
It's all hands on deck all over Exceptionalistan to counter Russia, China and prevent any real normalization with Iran. These localized offensives -- practical and rhetorical -- on all fronts always mean one thing, and one thing only; splitting and fracturing, by all means necessary, the OBOR Eurasian integration. Bets can be made that Moscow, Beijing and Tehran simply won't be fooled.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 24, 2014 US "pivots," China reaps dividends
How's China reacting to the hysteria? Simple -- by reaping dividends. Beijing wins with the US offensive trying to alienate Moscow from Western markets by getting a better pricing deal on the supply of Eastern Siberian gas. Beijing wins from the European Union's fear of losing trade with Russia by negotiating a free-trade agreement with its largest trading partner, which happens to the be the EU.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, July 13, 2015 Germany "Saves" the Euro by Humiliating Greece
In the end it was up to France (President Hollande) vs. Germany (Chancellor Merkel) -- two minions history placed at this fateful juncture -- to decide the future of the EU deep into the night. Germany won -- with France hardly sweetening the bitter pill for Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 4, 2014 Obama's Defense Nominee: Here Comes Trouble
Ashton Carter is the typical Beltway apparatchik -- profiting from the revolving door between the military, heavy industry and academia. He was and remains a key actor in the ever evolving "policy" of demonization of Russia. And here's the icing on the weaponized cake: he advised Obama on the "pivoting to Asia." Run for cover, everybody.
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 18, 2018 "Make Trade, Not War" is China's daring plan in the Middle East
Beijing's strategy is to avoid a geopolitical collision in the Middle East. Its aim is to: Make Trade, Not War. From the United States' point of view, the National Security Strategy document highlighted how China and Russia are trying to shape a new geopolitical environment in the region, which contrasts sharply from Washington's aims and interests.
(15 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 29, 2013 "War On Chemical Weapons": Obama Traps Himself Into Syrian Combat
If we take the Obama administration at their word -- at our own peril -- they couldn't care less about who deployed chemical weapons. Yet at the same time they don't want regime change. They want a bombing to fulfill a "moral obligation," and to boost Washington's horrendously shattered "credibility."
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, April 6, 2015 Eurasian emporium or nuclear war?
We're back to the EU, Russia and China, and everyone in between, all joining the greatest trade emporium in history across the whole of Eurasia. That's what Putin proposed in Germany a few years ago, and that's what the Chinese are already doing. And what do the neo-cons propose? A nuclear war on European soil.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 9, 2015 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.
SHARE Monday, March 12, 2018 Marco Polo in reverse: how Italy fits in the New Silk Roads
The fact is 85% of trade between Europe and Asia is maritime trade. And as far as Beijing is concerned, the Maritime Silk Road, via the Suez Canal, keeps a special focus on the ports of Piraeus and Venice. No wonder the smart money on the peninsula has already mapped how BRI offers Italy a unique position in the complex web of Chinese global supply routes.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 29, 2014 The future visible in St Petersburg
The facts on the ground speak for themselves. China is buying at least half of Iraq's oil production -- and is investing heavily in its energy infrastructure. China has invested heavily in Afghanistan's mining industry - especially lithium and cobalt. And obviously both China and Russia keep doing business in Iran.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 18, 2016 Trump does Taiwan
China accounts for only 16 percent of the US deficit, slightly ahead of Japan and Germany. So a Trump trade war on China "would be a war against all participants in the global supply chain, including US companies." Trump may throw Taiwan at the table, but Beijing is already playing another game entirely.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 3, 2017 The future of the EU at stake in Catalonia
Crimea was part of a legitimate reunification drive to rectify Nikita Khrushchev's idiocy of separating it from Russia. London did not send goons to prevent the referendum in Scotland; an amicable negotiation is in effect. No set rules apply. Neocons screamed in vain when Crimea was reunited with Russia after shedding tears of joy when Kosovo was carved out of Serbia.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 6, 2016 No, Italy is not about to leave the euro
Italy is now firmly concentrated on trying to get a new -- functional -- government, not abandon the euro. But that still entails a fascinating sub-plot; none other than Angela Merkel will have to step up and lend a hand to "save" the EU by saving the future of Renzi's Democratic Party. Now that's what an opera buffa is all about.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 18, 2013 China vs US "Sea-to-Shining-Sea"
Let's say China is now in the stage of creating facts on the sea. For the moment, a kind of uneasy accommodation seems to prevail involving the Americans and also the Japanese. Beijing knows that the US Navy and the Japanese navy have better training -- and more experience -- than the Chinese navy. Once again, for now.
(19 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 18, 2015 What game is the House of Saud playing?
What is troubling is that the current bunch in Washington does not seem to be defending US national and industrial interests. If humongous trade deficits based on currency rigging were not enough, now virtually the entire US oil industry runs the risk of being destroyed by an oil price racket. Any sane analyst would interpret it as contrary to US national interests.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 17, 2015 The Myth of Global "Free" Trade
TTIP, TTP and TiSA are in fact a Hydra-like head; they follow the same geostrategic logic of NATO on trade -- transatlantic and trans-Pacific; the "West against the Rest." Not accidentally, the BRICS are excluded. And no wonder the negotiations are secret; global corporate "governance" is not exactly a pop hit in any latitude.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 27, 2015 "Empire of Chaos" in the House
Russia is not Iran -- with all due respect to Iran. If the House of Saud really believes they are talking to the head of a superpower rather than a ventriloquist's puppet -- which is Obama's role -- they are effectively doomed. Nothing Obama says means a thing. The Saudi-launched oil price war is bound to destroy the US oil industry -- against US national interests.
SHARE Monday, July 3, 2017 HK's role for next 20 years? Silk Road "super-connector"
At the 12th G-20, Xi will once again stress globalization 2.0, the ongoing revolution in intelligent industries and sustainable development. This is all music to the ears of German industrialists, who want solid, expanding trade relations all across Eurasia.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 25, 2018 Will the Putin-Xi era supersede the Western liberal (dis)order?
The Chinese constitutional amendment allowing Xi Jinping the possibility of further presidential terms -- staying in power long enough to bring "national rejuvenation" combined with the Russian election re-confirming Vladimir Putin in the presidency have assured consistency and continuity for the Russia-China strategic partnership way into the next decade.
SHARE Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Global helmsman Xi Jinping steps up with charm offensive
In a wide-ranging speech that went from global angst to China's new normal, Chinese President Xi Jinping sounded all the right notes that global capital needed to hear; protectionism is like "locking oneself in a dark room," and "no one is a winner in a trade war." He delved into the necessity of peace in Syria, and the perverse effects of the absence of financial regulation.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 20, 2016 BRICS continues its advance, one step at a time
The annual BRICS meeting held this past weekend in India. Apparently there's not much that meets the eye. Yet President Putin once again stressed the context; this is a long-term project, a "key element" in the embryonic multipolar world, driven by nations that don't accept "power pressure" and attempted "targeting of sovereignty" by the usual suspects.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 25, 2018 "Quad" version of Belt and Road feels like a South China Sea Watch
What we have here is essentially Tokyo -- and the ADB -- competing head-on against Beijing and the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), to extend loans around the world, including to an array of African nations (already Beijing's clients) and even to Russia.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 1, 2016 All Quiet in the Eurasian Front
What's left for the Empire of Chaos in the Eurasian front is the wishful thinking of attempting to encircle both Russia and China, while both keep actually expanding all across the Eurasian Heartland, shedding US dollars and buying gold, signing a flurry of contracts in yuan and selling oil and gas to all and sundry.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 8, 2015 Rejoice with the "new" House of Saud
Whatever the scope of the shake-up, the "new" House of Saud -- with the Obama administration "leading from behind" -- will keep selling the fiction that it's freeing Yemen from a bunch of terrorists, when it's actually empowering al-Qaeda in the Arabic Peninsula (AQAP). It's AQAP's fierce enemies -- the Houthis -- which have been bombed under the orders of the Royal Youthful.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, September 5, 2016 Made in China G20 and its geoeconomic significance
The G20 in Hangzhou showed China is ready to show off its economic clout and to exercise a much more active role in geoeconomics. It's clear that Beijing prefers to play the game in a multilateral trade system based around the WTO. Washington, instead, has been trying to rig the game with new "rules"; TPP and TTIP.
(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.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Hypocrites Shine on Paris Catwalk
In the counter-terrorism front, the post-Charlie circus will be a gift that will keep on giving -- in full "war on terra" mode. All the alleged perpetrators are conveniently dead -- so there are zero chances of piecing together the real story. Up next: a Guantanamo made in France sponsored by Dior. Thank the Lord we have so many bright politicians to protect us.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 27, 2016 The European Jihadi Union
The fact that ISIS/ISIL/Daesh is blowing up citizens from the EU and many other nationalities right under NATO's noses cannot but raise eyebrows. Especially when we know that for NATO and its sorry gallery of Strangeloves, Breedloves and Breedhates, the "enemy" is not Salafi-jihadism, but "evil" Russia.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 15, 2018 The myth of a neo-imperial China
During the Tang Dynasty in the 8th and 9th centuries, China also had projected influence across Central Asia all the way to northeastern Iran. And that explains why Iran, now, is such a key node of the BRI and why the leadership in Tehran wants the New Silk Roads solidified. A China-Russia-Iran alliance of -- Eurasia integration -- interests that cannot but rattle Washington.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Syria, Iran and "chaos in international relations"
Moscow, Damascus, Tehran and Baghdad are showing a united front even as the alleged chemical attack in Douma -- the reason for the strikes -- is being forcefully debunked. Additionally, pesky questions remain unanswered on why more than 100 missiles were necessary to destroy only three largely empty state-run scientific centers in Damascus and Homs.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 29, 2016 Wall Street: The Trump-China missing link
To recover US manufacturing jobs -- as Trump has been forcefully promising -- he will have to stare down the whole Wall Street finance oligarchy. So no wonder these oligarchs -- responsible for shipping all those US manufacturing jobs to Asia and lavishly profiting from bailouts to the "Too Big To Fail" racket -- hate him with all their golden-plated guts.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 19, 2014 On Nazis, Jews and Ukraine "De-escalation"
The Kremlin does have a vision, the will and the means to pursue it, perseverance, and a carefully calibrated method. Don't provoke; wait. Be patient, but not inactive. Accrue your potential. Then retake the initiative. the "tactician" on the other side, already blinded because he does not respect you, will be left clueless, wondering what hit him.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Bandar Bush, "Liberator" Of Syria
Bandar Bush's visit to Moscow simply could not have happened without a green light from Washington. So what's the (muddled) master plan? They're letting the Saudis do the heavy lifting. The first step was to eliminate Qatar from the picture. It's astonishing how fast the emirate, up to two months ago a prospective mini-superpower, now has been reduced to less than an afterthought.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, August 21, 2015 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, February 13, 2015 From Minsk to Brussels, it's all about Germany
It's up to Germany to clean up its act on Greece. The choice is stark. The EU may embark on a quadruple-dip recession as the ECB further destroys what is left of the European middle class. Or Germany, reflecting the thinking among its captains of industry, may tell the EU -- Troika included -- that the way to go is to shift the strategic, trade and political focus from West to the East.
(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.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, August 22, 2014 The killer on the (Saudi) king's highway
Why did Islamic State, formerly ISIS, become winners? Because the "West" regimented, schooled, trained, logistically helped and weaponized most of IS's Takfiri goons with a mission at hand: to destroy Syria. The "West" lauded them as "Syrian rebels." Freedom fighters.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 25, 2015 Pakistan enters the New Silk Road
It will be absolutely fascinating to watch how China and Pakistan, simultaneously, may be able to keep the peace in both Xinjiang and Balochistan to assure booming trade along the corridor. Shanghai is twice more distant from Urumqi than Karachi. So no wonder Beijing thinks of Pakistan as a sort of Hong Kong West.
(12 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 31, 2015 Europe slouching towards anxiety and war
We all know, this current non-elected Eurocrat-ravaged EU -- which despises Greece, antagonizes Russia, wallows in the mire of Empire of Chaos vassalage, and treats most of its citizens as heavily-taxed garbage -- could hardly be described as "superb."
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Welcome to the Fillon-Le Pen cage match
As it stands, everything points to a Fillon-Marine cage match next spring. President Francois Hollande would be barely able to beat a frog (literally) if he runs for a second term. Even lackluster current Prime Minister Manuel Valls would be more popular.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 22, 2014 Russian sanctions as war and farce
Moscow is playing it cool because it may choose among a staggering array of counterpunches. It enjoys the support of the BRICS group of emerging powers, the non-aligned movement (NAM) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Composing with the US, Moscow agreed to impose sanctions on Iran, and is a key player in the P5+1 nuclear negotiations.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 15, 2014 BRICS against Washington consensus
One might view the BRICS's strategy as a sort of running, constructive critique of capitalism; how to purge the system from perennially financing the US fiscal deficit as well as a global militarization syndrome--related to the Orwellian/Panopticon complex--subordinated to Washington.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 3, 2015 Iran nuke deal -- What's cookin' at the Vienna table
On the key access issue, even though the 24-day period for resolving an access to a particular site inside Iran was already agreed at by the Lausanne framework, French Foreign Minister Fabius has spun it as "Iran wants 24 days" -- making it look like this was a new demand by Iran to change the framework agreement.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Who profits from the Bangkok bombing?
We don't know who employed The Guy in the Yellow T-shirt. Is he a red shirt? Is he a jihadi-to-be indoctrinated and trained by the usual suspects? Is he -- oh, the sweet smell of conspiracy! -- a CIA black ops in cahoots with the new US ambassador in Thailand, Glyn Davies, a specialist in "non-military force" to advance regime change options.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 3, 2012 Could a state for Greater Kurdistan be on the horizon?
Washington and Tel Aviv are on board; this implies that Brussels sooner or later will follow. BRICS members Russia and China are not exactly against it. There are two possibilities here. A Greater Kurdistan forged as a model for the Middle East -- in terms of a secular, dynamic, progressive entity respectful of religious minorities. Or yet another Western stooge.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 11, 2013 Vlad the Hammer vs Obama the Wimp
In this larger scheme of things, drifting towards a post-Post Cold War environment, the Snowden affair is just a piece of the puzzle. And here's where the personal perfectly mirrors the political. Vlad the Hammer knows exactly what he's doing -- while Obama the wimp looks like a deer caught in a Trans-Siberian locomotive's headlights.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, November 15, 2013 Pivotal moment: Why US wants deal with Iran
Imagine Washington-Tehran fighting jihadism together. The US corporate world is already deep into wet dreams of investing in Iran's energy industry and market. As Tehran's number one priority is to get rid of the sanctions, it will be fascinating to watch how Washington will deploy its carrots.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 18, 2020 China locked in hybrid war with US
For the first time since the start of Deng Xiaoping's reforms in 1978, Beijing openly regards the US as a threat, as stated a month ago by Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Munich Security Conference during the peak of the fight against coronavirus.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 13, 2014 The new European "arc of instability"
Why is Russia buying so much gold? With the US dollar forced upward and gold downward, it makes total business sense to sell gas for inflated dollars and then buy cheap depressed gold; that's what the Chinese call a "win-win." And of course on both counts, the West loses.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 29, 2016 The Pearl River Delta showcases the Chinese Dream
the Pearl River Delta -- China's number one hub of labor-intensive manufacturing -- is in the process of replacing workers with robots on a large scale, a further sign that China is about to take off technologically, big time. And that's all part of a "Made in China 2025" strategy announced only two months ago by Beijing, centered on relentless innovation -- and commercialization.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, March 28, 2014 Why The EU Can't "Isolate" Russia
Obama couldn't behave otherwise. The constitutional law expert knows nothing about Russia, in his (meager) political career never had to understand how Russia works, and may even fear Russia -- surrounded as he is by a coterie of spectacularly mediocre aides. If Putin persists in his "aggression" Obama will have no choice but to unroll a much stiffer sanction package.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 4, 2016 Say hello to Southeast Asia's New Silk Roads
China will not desist from building a first-class blue water navy with global reach. That's the rationale for the sophisticated submarine base in Hainan Island and those ultra-controversial land reclamations in the Spratly Islands. Beijing's overall strategy is to fully control security in the South China Sea -- considering whatever the hegemon may come up with.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, May 22, 2015 Wahhabis go nuclear -- literally
The proverbial "former Pentagon official" has leaked to a Rupert Murdoch paper that the House of Saud is bound to buy a ready-made nuclear bomb from Pakistan. The choice of media already offers a clue; Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is one of News Corporation's leading shareholders.
SHARE Wednesday, February 26, 2020 The Afghanistan "peace deal" riddle
As far as Afghanistan is concerned, with or without a deal, the US military have no intention to go anywhere. They want to stay whatever it takes. Afghanistan is a priceless Greater Middle East base to deploy hybrid war techniques.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 17, 2013 Hi, I'm Your New Axis Of Evil
As for Sisi, he was clever enough to seize the "terror" theme and pre-emptively equate MB with al-Qaeda in Egypt, thus setting the scene for the bloodbath that is not a bloodbath. The bottom line is that a case can be made that the Obama administration has in fact subcontracted most of its Middle East policy to the House of Saud.
SHARE Thursday, March 12, 2015 How Iran and the US intersect in "Syraq"
"Assad must go" will never completely vanish from the road map. A real detente with Iran depends on whether a nuclear deal is arrived at this summer -- and Obama has been ratcheting up the pressure with demand after demand. The demonization of Russia is bound only to get more vociferous.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Finding the answer to a riddle shrouded in a mystery
Beijing's position is in favor of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. This would start with a "double freeze" mechanism, allowing for dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang. Beijing is acutely aware that containing the North's nuclear program will have a direct effect on the military upgrading of Japan and South Korea. China is also keen to improve relations with Seoul.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 26, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 8, 2015 Trump trumps them all in Republican debates
this was a reality TV spectacular generating huge ratings -- and not a real "debate" -- it was micromanaged to the millimeter by Fox News. Some of the questions unveiled Fox's real agenda; dress down Trump a notch and give a chance to the other Muppets to say something, anything, mildly respectable.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, October 23, 2015 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 4, 2014 The US-Russia Ukrainian deal
The Obama administration has no clue what it wants in Ukraine. A "constitutional democracy"? Moscow might even agree with that, while knowing, based on rows and rows of historical/cultural reasons, it's bound to be a failure. The red line though has been spelled out over and over again: no NATO bases in Ukraine.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 22, 2017 Brute isolation: Trump and the art of unraveling the Iran deal
Trump's fateful decision in fact conditions and frames how he will deal with North Korea. Pulling out of the JCPOA will send an unmistakable message to Pyongyang and also complicate the efforts of "RC" to defuse the situation. The DPRK will never bother to even consider negotiating with a "compassionate nation" that refuses to live up to multilateral commitments.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Energy ballet-2: Syria, Ukraine and "Pipelineistan"
Dual Israeli-Ukraine citizen and appointed governor of Dnepropetrovsk, shady billionaire Igor Kolomoisky -- who also deploys his own private militia -- is in bed with no less than VP Biden. Joe Biden's son was appointed a director of oil and gas concern Burisma Holdings, the largest fracking company in Ukraine.
SHARE Saturday, November 17, 2018 Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game
Lavrov is quite concerned by the expansion of Daesh, known regionally as ISIS-Khorasan. He warned, correctly, that "foreign sponsors" are allowing ISIS-K to "turn Afghanistan into a springboard for its expansion in Central Asia." Beijing agrees.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 22, 2015 The EU-Gazprom war
The argument that Gazprom is "dominant" and prevents competition is bogus; there's no competition because there are no other viable energy sources for the European market. The Europeans should blame the US instead, for keeping a nasty package of sanctions on Iran for so long. But of course EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager would never do that.
SHARE Sunday, March 15, 2020 How black swans are shaping planet panic
China has gone full Nietzsche about to prove that whatever does not kill you makes you stronger when it comes to a "people's war" against Covid-19. On the US front, there's scant hope that the gleaming Black "helicopter money" Hawk will crash down for good.
(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.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 17, 2014 Ukraine and the grand chessboard
The Obama administration keeps applying instances of "divide and rule" to scare minor players, as in spinning to the max the specter of an evil, militaristic China to reinforce the still crawling "pivoting to Asia." The whole game harks back to what Dr Zbig Brzezinski conceptualized way back in his 1997 opus -- The Grand Chessboard -- and fine-tuned for his disciple Obama: the US ruling over Eurasia.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 17, 2014 We are all living Pasolini's Theorem
Pasolini could only reach for the stars after graduating in literature from Bologna University -- the oldest in the world - in 1943. Today, a Pasolini is utterly unthinkable. He would be something like an UFIO (unidentified flying intellectual object); the total intellectual -- poet, dramatist, painter, musician, fiction writer, literary theorist, filmmaker and political analyst.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 15, 2015 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, October 30, 2015 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 25, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 22, 2016 Umberto Eco: the Professor Who Knew Everything
Eco caused a media storm by deriding social networks, saying they "give the right of expression to legions of imbeciles which beforehand only talked in the bar after a glass of wine, without disturbing their social environment. Now they have the same right of expression of a Nobel Prize. It's the invasion of the imbeciles."
SHARE Saturday, August 27, 2016 Brazil's Banana Scoundrels Will Now Win Their Olympics
The multi-layered coup, with modified Hybrid War elements, comes with a prearranged finale. It does not matter that even Brazilian Public Ministry experts have repeatedly admitted there's no juridical basis for Rousseff's impeachment. Even the federal prosecutor on the case concluded a few weeks ago that she did not commit a crime -- responsibility or otherwise.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 1, 2018 How the Iran sanctions drama intersects with OPEC-plus
Iran -- and Russia -- may sit on an astonishing $45 trillion worth in oil and gas reserves. US fracking is largely a myth. Saudi Arabia may have at best 20 years of oil supply left. It's all about energy -- all the time. Only one thing is certain; the future spells out brutal, covert resource wars.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 25, 2018 Who profits from the end of the mid-range nuclear treaty?
US president Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, secretary-general of the USSR, signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 1987. Three decades later, the Trump administration wants to unilaterally pull out of the INF Treaty. Earlier this week President Trump sent his national security adviser John Bolton to officially break the news to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, December 23, 2013 All in play in the New Great Game
From now on, if the House of Saud sees Iran as a threat, it will have to come up with its own strategy. And if Israel insists on seeing Iran as an "existential threat" -- which is a joke -- it will have to deal with it as a strategic problem. If a real consequence of the current shift is that Washington will not fight wars for Saudi's or Israeli's sake anymore, that's already a monumental game changer.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 12, 2016 NATO Paranoia Versus Eurasia Integration
In the end it all comes down -- predictably -- to a Dr. Strangelove scenario. NATO's new "projecting stability" normal, as stated in Warsaw, is just one more pointless P.R. exercise masking the real agenda; the Pentagon bent on planning for the dire possibility of a hot war with Russia.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 3, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, June 15, 2018 From Russia with love, as Putin kicks off soft power Games
Much to the distress of the usual suspects, the fact is "Russian elites" are already winning the soft power war embedded in the World Cup. And Russia may even win the love war as well. So feel the love, and let the Putin Games roll. But, just in case, keep an eye out for another "chemical attack" in Syria, Ukraine trying to invade Donetsk and Lugansk, the odd false flag; and -- last but not least -- more sanctions.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, June 10, 2016 All Hail the Queen of Exceptionalistan
Hillary Clinton's record shows that she fully supported Bubba's military adventures in the Balkans, Dubya's disastrous wars on Afghanistan and Iraq and Obama's Afghan surge. But her masterpiece as Secretary of State was of course the destruction of Libya -- followed by her enthusiastic support for weaponizing "moderate rebels," a.k.a hardcore jihadis, in Syria.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 17, 2015 Obama & Gulf States summit: Party time with Wahhabi Atlanticists
Absurdity is added by Qatar and Saudi Arabia supporting their own, not necessarily conflicting, networks of Salafi-jihadis in Syria. The House of Saud also unleashed the Pentagon-style "Decisive Storm," an illegal war/bombing/ "kinetic operation" on Yemen -- which Beltway myth, in pure Orwellian fashion, rules is an "effort" Washington merely "assists."
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Barbarism Begins at Home
Greeks thought it was morally uplifting to help friends and repel enemies, and in the latter case Greeks had to enslave them. So Greeks should by definition rule barbarians.
SHARE Saturday, October 7, 2017 Iraqi Kurdistan the fly to regional spiders Turkey, Iraq, Iran
It's easy to forget that even when Ankara was denouncing Tehran as a "state sponsor of terrorism," at the height of the war in Syria, the two countries kept diplomatic relations. Moreover, the liberation of Aleppo by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) only happened with the relative speed that it did because Ankara ordered its proxies to back off.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, June 17, 2016 Beijing goes mobile in the South China Sea
The Pentagon has never been accused of being geopolitically savvy. Their planners after all fail -- or prefer to fail -- to see that China's island building, in the long run, is all about finding enough oil and gas to perform an "escape from Malacca," a central plank of Beijing's energy strategy. Count on the Pentagon to continue its meddling.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 5, 2020 The deeper roots of Chinese demonization
The US hybrid war against China is bound to go on frenetic overdrive, as economic reports are already identifying Covid-19 as the tipping point when the Asian -- actually Eurasian -- century truly began.
SHARE Thursday, July 5, 2018 Eagle-meets-Bear and the Syria tug-of-war
The US does not "have" southern Syria. What the US does have is roughly 2,000 Special Forces embedded with the Kurdish YPG in the landlocked northeast and eastern Syria near the Turkish and Iraqi borders. Absolutely no one wants them there, except the YPG.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 17, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 31, 2016 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?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 3, 2012 Visions make it all seem so cruel
I started at the Four Corners -- where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet. Utah and Arizona will vote Romney; New Mexico will vote Obama. Colorado is a swing state, but Obama's chances of winning stand at 63% and rising, according to Nate Silver's projections.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, September 2, 2016 The Ultimate 21st Century Choice; OBOR or War
At the G20 China once again is announcing it is taking the lead. And not only taking the lead -- but also planning to overstretch its abilities to make the hyper-ambitious OBOR Eurasia integration masterplan work. Call it a monster PR exercise or a soft power win-win; the fact that humanitarian imperialism as embodied by the Pentagon considers China a major "threat" is all the Global South--and the G20--need to know.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 3, 2016 Europe's Slow Motion Debacle
The refugee flood was not a spontaneous creation, as Syrians, Iraqis and/or Afghans suddenly decided to flee to the EU; it was directly instigated by Ankara. And Erdogan from the start was already contemplating the Big Prize; to bribe the EU, especially Merkel, to pay -- at least 3 billion euros -- so most refuges remain not on Turkish soil, but on one of his own neo-Ottoman sub-plots.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 29, 2018 The Syria connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China
The 18th SCO summit will be held in Qingdao on June 9. Russian President Vladimir Putin will be there. India and Pakistan will be there. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani will be there, representing Iran as an observer, and will meet face to face with Putin and Xi. That's where all Syria-Afghanistan connections will converge.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 19, 2016 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.
(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.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 17, 2014 The US-EU-Russia sanctions puzzle
No one ever lost money betting on the stupidity of the usual, unknown "senior US officials" -- who are now spinning the latest sanction package is to force Moscow to "respect international law and state sovereignty." A cursory examination of the historical record allows this paragraph to be accompanied by roaring laughter.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 15, 2013 "Bloodbath That Is Not A Bloodbath": Why Egypt Is Doomed
Stop. Look at the photos. Linger on dozens of bodies lined up in a makeshift morgue. How can the appalling bloodbath in Egypt be justified? Take your pick. Either it's Egypt's remix of Tiananmen Square, or it's the bloodbath that is not a bloodbath, conducted by the leaders of the coup that is not a coup, with the aim of fighting "terror."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 6, 2018 The Italian Job: "unlikely" alliance could become reality
Italy's latest elections were a roller coaster featuring plenty of thrills. Yet the top political nugget is unmistakable: Only one coalition may aspire to an absolute majority, an -- unlikely -- alliance between the populist Five Star Movement and the extreme-right League, led by Matteo Salvini.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 23, 2015 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?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 3, 2020 China rolls out the Health Silk Road
In the Belt and Road framework, China is supplying much of the world -- including virus-hit Europe --with medicine and healthcare items
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 24, 2016 The Sultan of (Emergency) Swing
As much as Erdogan is an absolutely unreliable player and a loose geopolitical cannon, an invitation from Moscow-Beijing in a not too distant future may be forthcoming. Putin and Erdogan will have an absolutely crucial meeting in early August. Erdogan has been on the phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 21, 2019 China's road to a win-win ahead of BRI forum
Beijing clinched a proverbial showering of BRI deals with 17 Arab nations, including Egypt, Lebanon and Oman. Not by accident, the forum this year was called Build the Belt and Road, Share Development and Prosperity. Up to 2018, 21 Arab nations had signed BRI memoranda of understanding. The US is the cracked outer shell.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 7, 2016 The Pentagon's Great Wall of Impotence
The Chinese could not give a damn to the New World Order (NWO) dreamed up by selected "Masters of the Universe." Beijing is engaged in building a new, multipolar order. No wonder -- alongside with strategic partner Russia -- they are and will continue to be the Pentagon's top twin threat.
SHARE Saturday, April 21, 2018 Caspian games: Central Asian "stans" vie for connectivity market
Much has to do with the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, facilitated by the late Zbigniew "Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski during the first Bill Clinton administration to bypass Iran. Baku is harboring great hopes for its new port at the desert wasteland of Alat ("Your hub in Eurasia!"), simultaneously connected to the West (Turkey and the European Union), the South (Iran and India) and the North (Russia).
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 30, 2015 "Bomb Iran" plan simply won't go away
The US/Iran Wall of Mistrust seems destined to remain in place -- far beyond the nuclear agreement. Multiple Washington factions, not to mention the Pentagon, continue to regard Iran as a "threat," a rogue nation, or evil incarnate, while Tehran sees Washington as "the heart of global arrogance."
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 18, 2015 The Middle East oil/nuclear puzzle
The oil price war essentially unleashed by Saudi Arabia has hit Iran with a bang. The country may be down, but not out. The bottom line: the House of Saud does not trust the American nuclear umbrella anymore. They are making their own nuclear power play with the help of nuclear power Pakistan. The connection does exist, but remains extremely mysterious.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 1, 2014 Carnival in Crimea
For the foreseeable future, we will be drowning in a white sea of platitudes. As in Pentagon supremo Chuck Hagel "warning" Russia to stay out of the turmoil, while NATO's defense ministers issue the requisite pile of statements that no one reads "showing support" for the new leadership, and corporate shills reassure the populace this is not a new Cold War.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, June 24, 2013 Our Man In Quito
the final third of "The Snowden Adventure" is being played out--after he leaves his small capsule hotel room in Sheremetyevo airport's terminal E and embarks towards political asylum in Ecuador via Havana. WikiLeaks gleefully tweeting the key moments of the saga: "He is bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisers from WikiLeaks."
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 22, 2012 Obama the Pivot
You could almost hear the rush of faraway drones during President Barack Obama's defense of Israel on his whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia. Wise heads won't get fooled by the inherent hypocrisy, while it's clear that no amount of presidential spin on the Asian "pivot" can hide the sacrificial offshoring of American jobs to contain China's rise.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 24, 2018 "Tweet of Mass Destruction" ratchets up tension on Iran
The Trump administration ditched a UN-sponsored multilateral treaty and has now launched serious covert ops with the ultimate goal of regime change in Iran. Trump's explosion of rage, coupled with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's touting of the interests of "the long-ignored voice of the Iranian people" has been met with derision and scorn all across Iran.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 26, 2014 "Mr. Kerry, let's talk about Fox News, BBC and Al-Jazeera bullhorns"
Secretary of State John Kerry criticized RT for its coverage of the Ukraine crisis on Thursday, calling it a "propaganda bullhorn," adding that Russia was behind the unrest in Ukraine without providing any evidence. This is information war, Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar told RT, commenting on John Kerry's attack against RT. If you have an alternative script like RT you are banned, because they are afraid, he added.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 13, 2015 China? Have Grandmaster, will travel
China has a culture 4,000 years old with 1.3 billion people, many of great talent -- a huge and very talented pool to draw from. How could they not aspire to be number 1 in Asia, and in time the world? The reawakened sense of destiny is an overpowering force.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 31, 2013 Pipelineistan and the New Silk Road(s)
Faced with a Eurasian integration frenzy stirred by China's relentless westward-ho strategic and trade expansion, the US response is essentially a military bid to control all routes for Chinese energy imports. Yet Washington cannot escape the great escape from Atlanticist-dominated trade, commerce and finance. The New Silk Road(s) will be built by emerging Asia -- not by a fearful, declining West.
SHARE Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Brazil: The Provisional Banana Scoundrel Republic
As much as the Car Wash investigation was revealed to be a totally politicized drive -- where fighting corruption was just a convenient cover -- the PBSR gang and their allies will do everything to get rid of the 2018 direct presidential elections. So here's the sorry Brazilian road map up to 2018; total political, economic, social and juridical chaos.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Al-Qaeda's Air Force Still On Stand-By
Any serious, comprehensive UN resolution on chemical weapons across the Middle East would have to include Israel's chemical weapons. Note that nobody, absolutely nobody, is talking about Israel's vast arsenal of chemical, not to mention nuclear weapons. The sound path, though, will not be followed -- because Washington and its barking poodles afflicted with Sykes-Picot wet dreams, London and Paris, are already blocking it.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 27, 2016 Midnight in Damascus
The vague terms of the "cessation of hostilities" do not explicitly specify that Washington, London and other members of the US-led-from-behind "coalition" should stop bombing Syrian territory. And there's nothing about suicide bombs and chemical weapons routinely used by any outfit, from ISIS/ISIL/Daesh to "moderate rebels," against the civilian Syrian population.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Intel Sources Predict Trump will De-Escalate Iran Confrontation
Iran responded to Trump's assassination of their general with a precision bombing of an American base in Iraq. The response at once demonstrates Iran's technical capability and resolve to retaliate, but also demonstrates restraint. No one was killed. A "top US intel source" says that Trump is looking for ways to de-escalate the confrontation.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Re-elected Dilma wins in a Brazil broken in two
Brazil is slowly but surely moving from the semi-periphery to being closer to the center of the action in international relations; because of its own regional geopolitical relevance and mostly because of its leading role among the BRICS. This is happening even as Washington could not give a damn about Brazil -- or Latin America for that matter.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Can you smell what The Caliph is cooking?
The Caliph is making roughly $2 million a day, and everything paid for in cash or bartered goods. No one knows who's buying from the Islamic State's complex distribution network of middlemen, but the fact is the oil flows from Caliph-controlled "Syraq" to Turkey and Jordan.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 26, 2015 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 30, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 14, 2013 It's Putin vs Bandar Bush on the Syrian chessboard
No matter who will remain in control of those weapons -- Bandar Bush's brigades, the al-Qaeda-style International Jihad, or both -- what's certain is that these lethal facts on the ground will make a mockery of anything transpiring out of Geneva-2 next month. Washington knows it, Bandar Bush knows it, and Putin knows it. Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Munich did nothing to appease Cold War 2.0 fears
Munich did absolutely nothing to center the discussion on the frightening prospect of the latest Israel versus Iran crescendo degenerating almost by inertia into a Hot War. Voltaire, the 18th-century French philosopher and writer, liked to quip that those who make you believe absurdities make you commit atrocities.
SHARE Sunday, December 25, 2011 Playing Chess in Eurasia
There's a never-ending thriller floating downstream: Pipelineistan. That's the chessboard where the half-hidden twin of the Pentagon's "long war" is played out. Virtually all current geopolitical developments are energy-related. So fasten your seat belts, it's time to revisit Dr Zbigniew Brzezinski's "grand chessboard" in Eurasia to find out who's winning the Pipelineistan wars.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 15, 2015 Pipelineistan -- the Iran-Pak-China connection
Even after sanctions are lifted, Iran will need to find an ocean of investment--at least $180 billion--to upgrade its energy infrastructure and be able to start exporting natural gas to Europe, in competition with Gazprom. So Iran's privileged Pipelineistan play for the near future will be Asia--with China ready to instantly capitalize on every surge of Iran's natural gas production.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 13, 2015 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 14, 2015 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 20, 2018 The new Great Game on the Roof of the World
We are at the heart of Gilgit-Baltistan, in Pakistan's Northern Areas, or -- as legend rules, the Roof of the World. This is an area about 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles) crammed with spectacular mountain ranges and amidst them, secluded pristine valleys and the largest glaciers outside of the Polar region.
(14 comments) SHARE Monday, March 17, 2014 Russia 1, Regime Changers 0
The Obama administration's "strategic" gambit to subcontract the State Department's "Khaganate of Nulands" to extricate Ukraine from the Russian sphere of influence -- and ultimately annex it to NATO -- by instrumentalizing a coalition of willing neo-nazis and fascists with a central bank veneer (prime minister "Yats"), is in utter shambles.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 15, 2018 Draining the data swamp: who owns the "virtual you"?
Zuckerberg dodged extremely serious questions. Who owns "the virtual you?" Zuckerberg's response was that you own all the "content" you upload, and can delete that content any time you want. Yet the heart of the matter is the advertising profile Facebook builds on each user. That simply cannot be deleted. And the user cannot alter it in any way.
(13 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 26, 2016 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 13, 2014 New Axis in the House?
There's a real strategic geopolitical axis in the house -- Moscow-Beijing-Tehran -- and the whole developing world has already noticed that's where the real action is. But as far as Ukraine is concerned, the stark fact is this is all about the US and Russia.
SHARE Sunday, June 10, 2018 Putin and Xi top the G6+1
President Trump was the predictable star of the show in Canada. He came late. He left early. He skipped a working breakfast. He disagreed with everybody. He issued a "free trade proclamation," as in no barriers and tariffs whatsoever, everywhere, after imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe and Canada. He signed the final communique and then he didn't.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, December 8, 2014 Russia, Turkey pivot across Eurasia
And as if it was needed, Russia gets yet another graphic proof that its real growth market in the future is Asia, especially China -- not a fearful, stagnated, austerity-devastated, politically paralyzed EU. The evolving Russia-China strategic partnership implies Russia as complementary to China, excelling in major infrastructure projects from building of dams to laying out pipelines.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, November 1, 2013 Why Vladimir rules and Obama bombs
Nobody can stand US exceptionalism anymore. Yet another example; the duly spied-upon UN General Assembly has voted -- overwhelmingly -- to condemn the US commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba for the 22nd year in a row. The vote was 188-2, with three abstentions. Only the US and Israel voted against it.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 24, 2018 Tehran eyes path ahead after US withdrawal from nuclear pact
The Trump administration's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has monopolized the highest levels of government in Tehran around the clock since the decision was announced on May 9. The JCPOA joint commission meets in Vienna this coming Friday to analyze all options ahead.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, February 12, 2016 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 15, 2013 The Birth Of The "De-Americanized" World
Beijing has listened to Dylan (with Mandarin subtitles?) and concluded yes, the times they-are-a-changing. With no foreseeable social, economic and political progress -- the shutdown is just another graphic illustration, if any was needed -- the US slide is as inexorable as China, bit by bit, spreading its wings to master 21st century post-modernity.
SHARE Friday, July 6, 2018 Tariffs "kick off 50-year trade war" with China
Implicit in the curtain-raiser is that the Chinese leadership seem to interpret this first midnight salvo as the revving up of what's described in the US National Security Strategy. The conclusion, for Beijing, is inescapable; the US is now threatening the Chinese dream. No wonder the stage is set for major, inevitable turbulence.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 3, 2020 In the Footsteps of Xuanzang in Kyrgyzstan
This journey into the past also reaches the heart of 21st century China's New Silk Roads strategy, says Pepe Escobar in this photo and text reportage from Central Asia.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Will NATO annex Ukraine?
Ukraine cannot survive without Russian gas, and the Ukrainian industry cannot survive without the Russian market. One can mix all shades of Orange, Tangerine, Campari or Tequila Sunrise revolution, and throw in the requisite IMF "structural adjustment" correction -- these facts are not going to change. And forget about the EU "buying Ukrainian."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 1, 2020 Can You Smell What the Chinese Are Cooking?
Less than a week before the game-changing U.S. presidential election, the real heart of the geopolitical and geoeconomic action is virtually invisible to the outside world. We're talking about the fifth plenum of the 19th Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Central Committee, which started this past Monday in Beijing.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 22, 2018 Gaddafi's ghost haunts walking-dead King Sarko
The evidence, in this case, does exist. Among other explosive pieces, an official Libyan document, obtained through an investigation conducted by the French website Mediapart, proves Gaddafi handed over no less than 50 million euros to Sarkozy's campaign.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 20, 2020 Nixon-Trump vs. the Strategy of Tension
What we have is a do-or-die clash of models: MAGA against an exclusivist Fed/Wall Street/Silicon Valley-controlled system. Teflon Trump should never be underestimated. The Deep State may even realize he's more useful than they think.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 18, 2018 The other art of the deal, Tehran-style
Every time I'm back in Tehran I'm impressed with the open avenues for serious intellectual discussion. Once again Tehran proved to be unrivaled all across Asia as a theater to debate all crosscurrents involving post or counter-Enlightenment, or both.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 6, 2014 Spring fails in Ukrainian plunderland
It has always been about the Empire of Bases -- just like the encirclement of Iran; just like the "pivot" to Asia translating into encirclement of China; just like encircling Russia with bases and "missile defense." Over the Kremlin's collective dead body, of course.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Brazil's Dilma Rousseff, a woman of honor, confronts Senate of scoundrels
Rousseff is on the way to be stripped from the presidency of the world's 8th largest economy by a bunch of scoundrel-cum-coward politicos. Her impeachment means in practice that democratic voting in one of the world's largest democracies will be cancelled by a parliamentary coup remote-controlled by oligarchic interests. This is not, and never was, about justice; it's about dirty, nasty politics.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 18, 2016 Could Trump Pull Off a Post-Party Coalition?
There's no evidence Trump's ambitious -- and contentious -- agenda can be sold to movers and shakers from JP Morgan to the Koch brothers. Trump creating a cross-party, trans-party or even post-party movement will only succeed if substantial players in the Power Elite are behind it, and there are no signs of this happening.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Between a Rock and a Hard (South China) Place
once again the South China Sea is all about energy -- much more than the roughly $4.5 trillion of shipping trade that traverses it every year; "freedom of navigation" has always been more than assured for all. For Beijing, the South China Sea is an all-out energy must have, as it would constitute, in the long run, another key factor in the "escape from Malacca" plan of diversifying energy sources away from a bottleneck.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 7, 2012 Bomb Iran Fever
Cutting through the fog enveloping the 33-year-long wall of mistrust between Washington and Tehran, we need regime change, we need a Persian satrapy like we had before, we need all that oil and gas in the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea for the West, and not for the East, we need to control this vital strategic node in Eurasia. For this fever, there seems to be no cure.
(14 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Crime (Israel) and Punishment (Russia)
Let's follow the facts. Washington from the get-go said it was Putin's missile that downed MH17. They swore they had evidence. Like in "We know. Trust us." The historical record for the past 60 years at least shows they cannot be trusted. There was never any evidence. Just spin.
SHARE Friday, April 6, 2018 From Ankara to Moscow, Eurasia integration is on the move
With the prospect of Syrian reconstruction finally at hand, Beijing will turbo-charge its plans to turn Syria into a key Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) node. On the Russian front, Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak has confirmed that energy giants Lukoil and Gazprom Neft are already focused on rebuilding -- and developing -- Syria's badly damaged energy infrastructure, following a cooperation roadmap signed last February.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, June 20, 2014 Burn, Men in Black, burn
ISIS will keep getting loads of cash from wealthy Saudi "donors." The US government will keep weaponizing Sunnis in Syria against Shi'ites and (perhaps) conducting soft "targeted military strikes" for Shi'ites against Sunnis in Iraq. Welcome to Divide and Rule run amok.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, June 29, 2015 Iran nuclear deadline: Showdown in Vienna
Iran will increase production from 800 million to 1.2 billion cubic meters a day up to 2020. But for that to happen, it needs at least $100 billion in investment from European energy majors. It's all there, tantalizingly, on the horizon, a Chinese-style "win-win" for both Iran and Europe. But first, the showdown in Vienna.
SHARE Thursday, April 26, 2018 Why Europe is afraid of the New Silk Roads
Macron has been very vocal in prodding the European Commission bureaucracy to toughen anti-dumping rules against Chinese steel imports and forcing EU-wide screening of takeovers in strategic sectors, especially from China. In parallel, virtually every EU nation -- not only France -- wants more access to the Chinese market.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 1, 2015 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.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 19, 2014 Do the Trans-Siberian shuffle
Both Russia and China are seen as pariahs by the unipolar, imperial elite. It's as if we were still frozen in those early1990s days. Russia and China may have changed almost beyond recognition -- but for the Empire of Chaos the priorities are to tear Russia apart, starting with Ukraine, and "pivot to Asia" via an anti-China military/economic axis in the Western Pacific.
(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 Saturday, October 31, 2015 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Afghanistan ready to play connector role in Eurasian integration
The key piece of the puzzle is public recognition that Afghanistan, slowly but surely, may now be positioning itself -- finally -- as a connector between Central Asia and South Asia. The next piece will come from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) -- with Russia, China, India, Pakistan and Iran making sure the war in Afghanistan is over for good.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Energy ballet: Iran, Russia and "Pipelineistan"
It's a tragicomedy, really. Washington plays The Great Pretender, faking it full-time that Israel is not a nuclear-armed power while trying to convince the whole planet Israel is entitled to amass as many weapons as it wants while Iran is not allowed to even have conventional means to defend itself.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Playing Algorithm'n Blues
Facebook actually determines, according to its own interests, what everyone sees -- and learns -- in the social network. No less than two-thirds of American adults have a Facebook profile. Nearly half, according to a Pew Research Center report, rely on Facebook for at least some of their news.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 18, 2014 G20 in Australia: Buffoons v the Global South
Countries representing over 85 percent of the world economy get together to (in theory) discuss some really heavy economic/financial issues, and virtually the only thing pitiful Western corporate media blabbers about is Russian President Vladimir Putin cutting an "isolated figure."
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 21, 2020 The Roots of American Demonization of Shi'a Islam
The role of the politician in democracies seems not to be to try to understand anything but simply carry out the agenda of the elites who own them." Calling all informed souls: the debate is on.
(22 comments) SHARE Friday, February 20, 2015 China pivots everywhere
There's plenty to be excited about as the Year of the Sheep (or Goat) starts. What's certain is that the Chinese caravan, much in contrast with the dogs of war -- and austerity -- pivoting across the West, has already pivoted towards "win-win" pan-Eurasia integration.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, September 6, 2013 Dogs of war versus the emerging caravan
While the Xi and Putin caravan reenacts the spirit of the Silk Road, the dogs of war keep barking; and informed public opinion everywhere starts to consider the possibility that Obama, by not assuming full responsibility for what he said, and blaming "the world," may also be a coward. So, the dogs of war bark and the emerging-powers caravan ... keeps on trucking.
SHARE Sunday, August 30, 2015 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.
SHARE Friday, March 29, 2019 The EU bows to "systemic rival" China
Political Eurocrats are starting to realize that Europe cannot afford to become a battlefield in Cold War 2.0 between the US and Russia, cannot afford to become a hostage of Washington tearing up international law see, for instance, the destruction of the Iran nuclear deal and recognizing the occupied Golan Heights as part of Israel and cannot afford to become a victim of Washington's trade whims.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 2, 2015 Crossing the Bridge From Eurasia to NATOstan
Turk Stream has graphically demonstrated how Turkey is well on its way to become the ultimate crossroads between Eurasia and NATOstan -- on its own terms. And the City of Cities is bound to remain -- what else -- the jewel in the neo-Ottoman crown.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Decoding the hyper-sonic Putin on a day of remembrance
Assuming the dialogue continues at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of November, Putin might be able to impress on Trump that just as Serbia catalyzed a chain of events that led great powers to sleepwalk into World War I, the same could happen with Iran leading to the terrifying prospect of World War III.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 11, 2014 Watch this caliph rip
Now that he's announced himself as the new Osama, The Caliph had better watch his back. Most probably he's a one-trick camel. He might realize he's got a better shot at stardom by branding himself as the second coming of Michael Jackson and start doing the Moonwalk (the jihadi remix). What he will certain realize is that Bashar al-Assad's Syrian Arab Army is the only game in town on the Syrian side.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 14, 2014 Blood for gas: Why Bibi is punishing Gaza
here's the "secret" of Operation Protect the Zionists, sorry, Protective Edge: without smashing Hamas, which controls Gaza, Israel cannot drill off the Gaza coast. For Bibi as well as the Knesset, the possibility that the Palestinians could have access to their own gas-generated wealth is an absolute red line. Israel lords over all Palestinian natural resources -- land, water and energy.
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, October 29, 2018 Welcome to the Jungle
A troubling new era has begun in Brazil with the election on Sunday of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro as president, writes Pepe Escobar.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 28, 2016 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Brazil's revolution starting to reveal its true colors
Call it white coup. Call it regime change. Call it the Brazilian color revolution. Without NATO. Without "humanitarian" imperialism. Without blood and zillions of US dollars lost, like in Iraq, Libya or Syria. So "clean." So "lawful." How come Empire of Chaos's theoreticians never thought about this before? And forget about reading any of this on Western corporate media.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 10, 2012 There will be hell to pay for NATO's Holy War
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is running out of rhetorical ammunition in the US's Holy War against Syria. Perhaps it's the strain of launching a NATO war bypassing the UN Security Council. Perhaps it's the strain of being eaten for breakfast routinely by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 15, 2014 Afghanistan: The USSR left, the US wants to stay
Throughout 2014, expect Iran, Russia, China and India to weigh heavily toward an Afghan solution without the Americans. Yet the "residual force" will remain the Pentagon's wet dream. If they can't have Full Spectrum Dominance, even partial spectrum will do. That certainly beats crossing the Amu Darya back to Uzbekistan with a Saigon taste in their mouths.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 30, 2015 Patrolling the hood from (China) sea to shining sea
As the Pentagon huffs and puffs, Beijing releases its no-nonsense military doctrine; the Russians and Chinese finesse their strategic partnership; and they get their act together for the crucial, upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Urfa this summer.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, September 23, 2016 Non-Aligned to... Nowhere?
It will be a long and winding road. NAM may not have much except a Jakarta-based Center for South-South Technical Cooperation, and a number of joint committees with the Group of 77 developing nations. But they do hold the moral high ground in the fight for a more equal, balanced and decent world.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 13, 2020 Iran and China Turbo-Charge the New Silk Roads
Two of the US's top "strategic threats" are getting closer and closer within the scope of the New Silk Roads -- the leading 21st century project of economic integration across Eurasia. The Deep State will not be amused.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 11, 2015 The Iran nuke stalemate in one tweet
Every analyst not blinded by ideology knows that Iran's nuclear program was never the problem for Washington. Only neo-con nut jobs believe in their own fantasy that Iran's nuclear enrichment at 5% for its nuclear program masks a 95+% nuclear weapons program.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 13, 2016 Dilma out: Brazilian plutocracy sets 54mn votes on fire
Rousseff may be accused of serious economic mismanagement, and of being incapable of political articulation among the shark pool that is Brazilian politics. But she is not corrupt. She made a serious mistake in fighting inflation, allowing interest rates to rise to an unsustainable level; so demand in Brazil dramatically dropped, and recession became the norm. She is the (convenient) scapegoat for Brazil's recession.
SHARE Tuesday, March 19, 2019 EU dilemma: how to deal with China
Beijing is praised for its support for the Iran nuclear deal, its role in the denuclearization of North Korea, its upcoming role in the peace process in Afghanistan and tackling the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. The real problem, predictably, is China's maritime claims in the South China Sea.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 13, 2013 See You On The Dark Side
Former NSA and DNI director Mike McConnell now happens to be vice chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton -- Snowden's employer up to this week. Talk about revolving door; from the NSA to Booz Allen to DNI and back to Booz Allen. Only this year McConnell has already raked in US$1.8 million by selling Booz Allen shares and options. Clapper, the current DNI, is a former Booz Allen executive.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 19, 2012 USS Romney goes Titanic
USS Romney's plutocratic base will always believe that he was "on message" -- no matter what happens; they despise most Americans anyway. But when one examines a smattering of US polls, the inevitable conclusion is that only 30% or so of voters believe in the interwoven right-wing myths concerning Obama's unelectability.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 6, 2013 El comandante has left the building
El Comandante may have left the building -- his body defeated by cancer -- but the post-mortem demonization will go on forever. One key reason stands out. Venezuela holds the largest oil reserves in the world.in Venezuela El Comandante came up with the subversive idea of using oil wealth to at least alleviate the problems of most of his people.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, March 8, 2021 The Shape of Things to Come in China
On foreign policy, Li could not draw a sharper contrast with the Hegemon: "China will pursue an independent foreign policy of peace" and will "promote the building of a new type of international relations."
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 15, 2012 Brother Obama, Where Art Thou?
What is Obama to do? The cosmically mediocre Mitt Romney accused him of being weak in the face of "terra-rists", but Romney is a foreign-policy pigmy, whose neocon-instilled agenda boils down to treating both Russia and China as enemies and bombing Iran. The Republican Party simply has no clue of what's going on in MENA.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 27, 2014 Fear and loathing at Hotel Babylon
"Don't Do Stupid sh*t," applied to Syria and Iraq, means that the Obama administration has gone (almost) no holds barred in its "Assad must go" policy, by the way a Ba'ath government; what's implied is that Washington is an ally of ISIS in Syria, while a (determined?) foe of ISIS in Iraq.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Turks, Kurds, Americans: the Kobani riddle
Washington for its part is manipulating Kobani to completely legitimize its crusade against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh (we should always remember how the whole thing started with a barrage of spin about the bogus, ghostly Khorasan group preparing a new 9/11).
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 17, 2014 The new US-Russia Cold War
Meet the new (cold) war, same as the old (cold) war. Same same, but different. One day, it's the myriad implications of Washington's "pivoting" to Asia -- as in the containment of China. The next day, it's the perennial attempt to box Russia in. Never a dull moment in the New Great Game in Eurasia.
SHARE Monday, November 9, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 10, 2013 So many secrets in the East China Sea
The whole drama is far from being just about a few islets and rocks that China calls Diaoyu and Japan Senkaku, or the crucial access to the precious waters that surround them, harboring untold riches in oil and natural gas; it concerns no less than the future of China as a sea power rivaling the US.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 11, 2018 China's silky charming of Arabia
The eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF), established in 2004, sailed on in Beijing, hosted by President Xi Jinping. China committed to invest right across the Arab world in transportation infrastructure, oil and gas, finance, digital economy and artificial intelligence (AI).
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Sexy metal: the missing element in the Korean puzzle
Since key discussions at the Far East Summit in Vladivostok in September 2017, the roadmap is set for South Korea, China and Russia to attach the DPRK to Eurasia integration, developing its agriculture, hydropower and -- crucially -- mineral wealth.
(18 comments) SHARE Friday, February 6, 2015 Troika Trojan horse: Will Syriza capitulate in Greece?
There is no evidence as it stands that a complex negotiation of at least a few months will ensue, as Athens tries to restructure how to deal with the troika. The ECB is now tacitly playing the game that Greece is essentially doomed. Ergo, the ECB is voting down Syriza, and actually supporting fascist Golden Dawn. That's central bank "democracy" for you.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Nuke deal inches ahead as US-Iran play information war
What if there's no deal? Zarif said, on the record, it won't be the end of the world. That's because Iran -- and Iranians -- worked steadily on building a "resistance economy." The U.S. knows that sanctions did not affect Iran. So we're back to the media centrifuges madly spinning.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 20, 2016 A dose of Dadaism to call the Sultan/Saudi bluff
In a flash, we might even glimpse the possibility of the big powers, Russia and the US, reaching an ersatz of symbiosis in Syria, which may eventually translate into that "peace process" Kerry and Lavrov are so fond of. Who wants WWIII if not the mentally disabled?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 25, 2012 What is Iran's Supreme Leader's game?
Saudi Arabia has been tethered to the United States since its foundation as a modern state in the 1930s. The "Catholic marriage", as the relationship was described in its heyday, has broken, replaced in the view of the exasperated Saudis as an "Islamic marriage" that increasing elevates China and will likely define the power dynamic in the Middle East over the next decade.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 6, 2016 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 13, 2016 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.
SHARE Monday, July 16, 2018 Trump, NATO and "Russian aggression"
The key factor remains that Trump's Brussels blitzkrieg did make his case. Russia cannot be a "threat" and a reliable energy partner at the same time. As much as NATO poodles may be terrified of "Russian aggression," the facts spell out they won't put their money where their rhetorical hysteria is.
SHARE Sunday, April 29, 2018 It's BRI against Indo-Pacific all over again
China, Russia and India have clearly identified how Iran relinquished practically 90% of its nuclear program and in the end was "rewarded" by increased US sanctions. As for Iran's ballistic missile program -- which was never part of the JCPOA -- that's much less advanced compared to Russia, India or Pakistan.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 8, 2014 Lame-duck Obama's brave new world
Since 2002, the Pentagon has been saying to anyone who has bothered to listen that Endless War is the only deal in town -- or the universe, for that matter. The lame duck might even fraternize about it with his Republican nemeses over the odd round of golf. What a wonderful (lame duck) world this would be.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 25, 2019 Empire of Chaos in Hybrid War Overdrive
The Trump administration's foreign policy may be easily deconstructed as a crossover between The Sopranos and late-night comedy, writes Pepe Escobar.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 14, 2012 The deadly Israeli and the mad Turk
Tel Aviv may be inches away from turning the already declared economic war on Iran into a hot war. Take a look at this madness: The Bibi-Barak warmongering duo (Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak) may be about to go for broke on an Iran strike -- against the advice of Israel's top defense and intelligence experts.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 27, 2014 Iran nuclear deal enters the danger zone
Seven more months leave the negotiations exposed to open fire from the usual (radicalized) suspects, which in Washington are a formidable warmongering lot (Republicans en masse, most Democrats, neo-cons, the Israel and Saudi lobbies, and key sectors of the industrial-military complex).
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Obama 2013: How low can you go?
So after so many lows and one certified high, this is the big question for 2014; will the 0.0001 percent, the Western financial Masters of the Universe, allow a sovereign, independent Iran in the same league of Russia and China, thus further solidifying Asian integration in the New Great Game in Eurasia?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 19, 2013 "Our" weaponized Wahhabi bastards
The House of Saud is livid facing the possibility of a negotiated solution for the Iran nuclear dossier -- immediately after the Russian-US deal on Syria's chemical weapons. Yet now the House of Saud has even managed to find a pulpit to voice its anger; Saudi Arabia has just won a two-year, rotating UN Security Council seat for the first time -- taking over from Pakistan as an Asia-Pacific representative.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 16, 2012 US wants SWIFT war on Iran
The vultures, jackals and hyenas of regime change/war can never be appeased in their sanction lust. The US is now forcing the EU to cut off Iran from Brussels-based SWIFT -- the independent telecom mechanism/clearinghouse used by every bank in the world to exchange financial data (its official name is Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications).
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 31, 2016 China Is Already Living in 2020
China's anti-access/area denial strategy is a go. And Xi is right behind it -- now widely regarded even at the provincial level as the nucleus (hexin) of all these reforms. Talk about a lightning-fast consolidation of power. And talk about a lot to talk about when China hosts the next G20 summit, in Hangzhou, in September. The 13th Five-Year-Plan has been approved, but China is already thinking, and mentally living, in 2020.
SHARE Friday, October 24, 2014 The Kobani riddle
Washington for its part is manipulating Kobani to completely legitimize -- on a "humanitarian," R2P vein -- its crusade against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. It's never enough to remember this whole thing started with a barrage of Washington spin about the bogus, ghostly Khorasan group preparing a new 9-11. Khorasan, predictably, entirely vanished from the news cycle.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 30, 2016 The Whole World Is Watching Brazil's Hollow Men
The alleged case against Rousseff totally collapses when one learns that in fiscal year 2015 -- the only one that could be taken into account in an impeachment drive -- the administration actually provided for a contingency fund of almost US$19 billion; that's more like foresight than playing with public finances.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 27, 2016 France paralyzed by the "War of the Lefts"
France is semi-paralyzed -- the cataclysmically unpopular, nominally "socialist" Hollande administration has introduced a draft law that drastically modifies the French labor code and essentially adopts Anglo-Saxon neoliberal "hire and fire" in a deeply regulated, regimented nation where workers' rights and protections are taken extremely seriously.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Drama in the Kerch Strait: teasing the Russian bear
Kiev announced this past summer it would build a naval base in the Sea of Azov by the end of 2018. That's an absolute red line for Moscow. Kiev may have to trade access to Mariupol, which, incidentally, also trades closely with the People's Republic of Donetsk. But forget about military access.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 31, 2015 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).
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Welcome to 'Democraship'
Over 10 days ago a new brand of coup d'etat took place in Paraguay against elected president Fernando Lugo. It was virtually unnoticed by global corporate media. Lugo was evicted by a coup disguised as an impeachment, processed in only 24 hours. Regime change practitioners in Washington must have been ecstatic; if only we could do that in Syria ...
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 14, 2018 How May 1968 shaped our world
Across the West, changing the system could spring up not from elite universities, but from young masses of immigrant sons and daughters left to rot in dystopian peripheries. What they need is political leadership and a roadmap -- as it's always possible to let the chaos raging inside oneself bloom and generate one, two, a million dancing stars.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 19, 2018 A walk on the wild side as Trump meets Putin at Finland station
Trump treats the EU with undisguised disdain. He would love nothing better than for the EU to dissolve. His Arab "partners" can be easily controlled by fear. He has all but declared economic war on China and is on tariff overdrive -- even as the IMF warns that the global economy runs the risk of losing around $500 billion in the process.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Skyfall, starring David Petraeus
It remains to be seen whether anyone in Washington will dare asking the pertinent questions. It remains to be seen whether Petraeus's relentless, hyper-counterproductive (not to mention collateral damage-laden) drone wars will be reevaluated. It remains to be seen whether Obama 2.0 will decide to practice diplomacy -- and not shadow war -- in the intersection between Central and South Asia.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 15, 2014 China's silky road to glory
Imagine the paralyzed terror of the Washington/Wall Street elites as they stare at Beijing interlinking Xi's "Asia-Pacific Dream" way beyond East Asia towards all-out, pan-Eurasia trade -- with the center being, what else, the Middle Kingdom; a near future Eurasia as a massive Chinese Silk Belt with, in selected latitudes, a sort of development condominium with Russia.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Snowden: towards an endgame
New revelations about the extent of the NSA-centric Orwellian Panopticon keep on coming, but they have been totally downgraded by US corporate media; it's all Egypt all the time. After all, the Pentagon -- to which the NSA is attached -- owns the Egyptian military, something that even the New York Times had to acknowledge.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Mother Superior VS Ranting Schoolboy
The temptation is irresistible to conceptualize the Clinton Machine's strategy going into the first US presidential debate; let Donald Trump metastasize into a pretzel. Mission not impossible; in fact, accomplished. While Secretary Clinton controlled the debate, Donald could not even control his temper; but this being The Donald, it did not prevent him from launching an out of left field self-elegy to his "temperament."
SHARE Tuesday, December 4, 2018 On The Road to a Post-G20 World
The ascendence of China and multilateral trading blocks could eventually spell the doom of the G20 and U.S. global dominance, as Pepe Escobar explains.
SHARE Wednesday, June 1, 2016 On the Road to Raqqa
Assuming an -- unlikely -- scenario of Syrian Kurds managing somehow to conquer Raqqa, it's not hard to forecast the follow-up, whoever wins in November. Washington will make Raqqa its own satrapy and invest -- once again -- in Divide and Rule; creating a joint Kurd/Sunni Arab vassal state within Syria, along the Euphrates.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 22, 2014 China, Crimea and Pashtunistan
There's no question Pashtuns on both sides of the border are paying immense attention to Crimea. A similar secession would result in their long-life dream -- Pashtunistan. Their problem is that they would have to be fighting two central governments at the same time -- Kabul and Islamabad.
SHARE Friday, December 14, 2018 How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia
The concept of Greater Eurasia has been discussed at the highest levels of Russian academia and policy-making for some time. This week the policy was presented at the Council of Ministers and looks set to be enshrined, without fanfare, as the main guideline of Russian foreign policy for the foreseeable future.
SHARE Thursday, May 21, 2020 China updates its "Art of (Hybrid) War"
A toxic racism-meets-anti-communism matrix is responsible for the predominant anti-Chinese sentiment across the US, encompassing at least 66% of the whole population. Trump instinctively seized it - and repackaged it as his re-election campaign theme, fully approved by Steve Bannon.
SHARE Wednesday, December 14, 2011 NATO dreams of civil war in Syria
NATO in Syria is now actively diversifying into an Iraq-in-the-1990s strategy; to submit Syria to a prolonged state of siege before eventually going for the kill.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Go west, young Han
The Maritime Silk Road will start in Guangdong province en route to the Malacca Strait, the Indian Ocean, the Horn of Africa, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, ending essentially in Venice, which would be poetic justice indeed. Think of it as Marco Polo in reverse.
(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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 5, 2020 No escape from our techno-feudal world
The Digital Age was crucially associated with right-wing ideology from the very start. To break down Control, we must be able to hack into and disrupt its core programs.
SHARE Thursday, June 2, 2016 A Hellfire from Heaven won't Smash the Taliban
The new Taliban supremo will now have a handy window of opportunity to consolidate power. By early 2017 there will be a new US president, a new Pakistani army chief but the same Afghan so-called National Unity Government still disunited. It will fall eventually to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) -- as in Russia-China joint leadership -- to solve the Taliban riddle.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 22, 2013 Digging in: Why US won't leave Afghanistan
The occupation, for all practical purposes, will continue. This has nothing to do with the War on Terror or jihad. There's no Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. The few remnants are in Waziristan, in Pakistani territory. The US is--and will remain--essentially at war with Afghan Pashtuns who are members of the Taliban. The Taliban will keep staging spring and summer offensives as long as there are foreign occupiers on Afghan soil.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Manning guilty; war criminals on the loose
So who's helping the enemy? The US government destroyed Iraq and enabled al-Qaeda. The US government is enabling al-Qaeda in Syria. Manning may die behind bars. Meanwhile Dubya, Cheney, Rummy, Wolfie -- certifiable war criminals -- remain at large. If karma applies, the Angel of History may grant them a future in some realm of sub-zoology.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 7, 2014 C'mon baby, light my (Crimean) fire
The Kremlin may always decide not to annex, and use the all but certain result of the referendum as a key pawn in a complex negotiation with, not the EU, but fundamentally Germany. The EU is a mess. The "government" in Kiev is a mess. What matters is what Vladimir Putin is discussing over the phone with Angela Merkel.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Why there is still no Iran nuke deal in Vienna
Although always careful to point out they were not pressed for time, a measure of frustration regarding the real intentions of their American counterparts started to seep in among Iranian diplomats; "If they cannot translate political intention into political decisions we will have to close down these negotiations."
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 14, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 13, 2018 The key word in the Trump-Kim show
South and North Korea agreed to actively seek the support and cooperation of the international community for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." That's the commitment. "International community," as everyone knows, is code for the US as The Great Decider. If Washington does not bring back its military from South Korea, there will be no denuclearization.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 23, 2012 Realpolitik blurs US red line on Syria
This is a titanic battle between NATO-GCC and BRICS members Russia and China. At stake is nothing less than the rule of international law, which has been steadily going down the drain since at least Agent Orange being sprayed all over Vietnam, through Dubya's invasion of Iraq in 2003, and with the Libyan "humanitarian bombing" reaching an abysmal low.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 5, 2013 Thai protests turn a darker color
ome very interesting developments may lie ahead in the whole US "pivoting to Asia" drama. With Thailand polarized and the government in Bangkok paralyzed, Washington is paying more attention to the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, not to mention the spectacular strategic opening of Myanmar, just as the Yingluck administration was turbo-charging its ties with China.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 16, 2014 A Caliph in a wilderness of mirrors
Once again, it's Tehran to the rescue. The Foreign Ministry has duly announced Iran is ready to liberate Kobani from The Caliph's goons (and they can do it) if Bashar Al-Assad says the word. Now that's how you work the chessboard; NATO is left with zero excuses to mount an invasion of Syria, whatever Mob Boss Erdogan comes up with.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 26, 2013 And The Oscar Goes To...The CIA
Academy voters simply could not resist a plot loosely based in facts in which a patriotic and resourceful Hollywood saves the CIA. And with a certified Hollywood ending as a bonus. Thus, predictably, this was Hollywood awarding an Oscar to itself, to hyper-nationalism, to American heroes and of course to good (Americans) over evil (Iranians).
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 18, 2014 Obama's "stupid stuff" turned upside down
There are at least 1,600 US military already on the ground in Iraq. That's how Vietnam started. The CIA, supported by unmatched ground intel, swears there are exactly 31,785 jihadis fighting for The Caliph. Well, roughly. Two-thirds of these are supposed to be in Syria. So the new war, in fact, is all across "Syraq." Or what The Caliph calls IS, Islamic State, his own private emirate.
SHARE Saturday, May 26, 2012 Iran and Europe, "Till Death Do Us Part"
Who's suffering with the sanctions? Not the suspected "regime change" target -- the Tehran leadership. Tehran is selling energy in every currency from yuan to Indian rupees, and is engaged in wholesale barter with its customers -- especially Asian. The bottom line is clear; the EU will have to scrap its absurd Iranian oil blockade to avoid badly hurting itself and also, by extension, the US economy.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 22, 2013 The Chimerica Dream
The dream and nationalism are proving uncomfortable bedfellows abroad as well as at home. Beijing sees the US pivot as a not-so-veiled declaration of the coming of a new Cold War in the Asia-Pacific region, and a dangerous add-on to the Pentagon's Air-Sea Battle concept, a militarized approach to China's Pacific ambitions as the (presumed) next rising power on the planet.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 20, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 8, 2012 Iran won't crack
Every informed observer and participant knows this interminable geopolitical drama goes way beyond Iran's nuclear dossier. But a solution has to start somewhere -- and the "somewhere" is the recognition of Iran's right to enrich uranium, and then the progressive easing of sanctions.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 13, 2012 Mr Blowback rising in Benghazi
So what now? Who're you gonna bomb? Who're you gonna drone to death? What about bombing Benghazi a year after condemning Gaddafi to death because he might have threatened to ... bomb Benghazi? This time Mr Blowback reared its ugly head in only a few months. And that's just the beginning.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Search and Destroy: The Rape Of Iraq
what about lessons learned by the US out of one of the biggest foreign policy blunders in history? Nothing. Nada. We will have to wait for Nick Turse to come up, in a few years, with an Iraqi equivalent of his masterful book on Vietnam, Kill Anything That Moves. Iraq's catalog of horrors was the inevitable result of not only official Pentagon policy, but also official White House policy.
SHARE Friday, August 17, 2012 All (War) Roads Lead to Mecca
Tehran has invited the "Custodian" for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit later this month. Let's see whether the House of Saud, the GCC and Iran are really interested in ending fitna way beyond a photo-op. There's still no evidence the "leaders" of 1.5 billion Muslims will EVER get their act together. Not even Allah himself would make them see the light.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, March 14, 2014 Crimea and Western "Values"
This is always about NATO encroaching on Ukraine and the regime changers trying some ruse to deprive Russia from its naval base in Sevastopol. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, is already on a charm offensive plugging "treaty obligations with our NATO allies," under the (false) premise that Moscow is about to invade Ukraine (which is not even part of NATO -- yet).
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 20, 2015 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Obama's "stupid stuff" legacy
But then Obama launched a Cold War 2.0 that could easily turn hot. He destroyed the relationship with chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany and amplified the strategic embrace between the Bear and the Dragon, with the result that Beijing started paying less attention to the "pivoting to Asia" because now it enjoys even more backing from Moscow. Meanwhile, Moscow further stalls Washington's advances in Central Asia.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Why France Is Playing "Stupid" On Iran
John Kerry has famously stated the US "is not blind" or "stupid" in its push to clinch a historic deal over the Iranian nuclear program. So who is really blocking it? the axis of fear and loathing composed by the Likudniks in Israel, the House of Saud, and the Francois Hollande administration in France.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 15, 2012 How sexy is Benghazi?
The notion that the now disgraced General will come clean regarding the current CIA modus operandi is as fanciful as Paula Broadwell playing Snow White. Since Petraeus was appointed director of the CIA by Obama, the agency has morphed into a full-blown paramilitary killing machine. It's all about secret, shadowy black ops, unmonitored by the Executive, the Legislative, the Judiciary, the media--virtually out of control.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 11, 2014 What's the deal between Iran and the US?
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, has stressed that Iran "needs the stockpile." A possible solution in this case would be to ship the stockpile to Russia -- something that the Iranians are not opposed to, and the Russians had already proposed years ago.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 1, 2013 Bradley Manning lynched by the US government
Assange is confined to an embassy, Snowden to an airport and Manning to a jail cell. But make no mistake; it's the Masters of the Universe who are afraid, very much afraid. Afraid of anyone with a conscience; afraid of you; afraid of the whole wide world.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 24, 2019 The Deep State vs. WikiLeaks
If Julian Assange is ever to be extradited to the US, twothings for the moment are already crystal clear. The USG is obsessed to shut down WikiLeaks once and for all. And because of that, Julian Assange will never get a fair trial in the "so-called 'Espionage Court'" of the Eastern District of Virginia, as detailed by former CIA counter-terrorism officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 25, 2014 Rouhani and the 1914 remix
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed that Iran has the potential to become one of the world's Top Ten economies before 2040. His strategy to achieve it is extremely sound. It starts with a definitive deal with the P5+1 - the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany - until the end of 2014; the lifting of all sanctions; and then a steady flow of investment by the West.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Return of the living (neo-con) dead
The neo-con bunch -- the "conceptual" architects of the 9/11 wars, are Hobbesians gone mad -- wallowing in their psychotic sense of perennial entitlement -- will stop at nothing to prevent the emergence of a multipolar world. It's Exceptionalist Empire with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as global Robocop...or hell.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 28, 2016 Brazil, like Russia, under attack by Hybrid War
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 the modus operandi of color revolutions by now are a matter of public domain. Not so much the concept of Unconventional War (UW). UW was spelled out by the 2010 Special Forces Unconventional Warfare manual.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 5, 2013 G20 hijacked by scan/drone/bomb Obama Doctrine
The Obama Doctrine has bombed not only the current G20 but in fact any possibility of a diplomatic solution for the Syrian tragedy. Now the "slap" is morphing into an iron glove, hijacked by the war lobby in Capitol Hill via the Orwellian rhetoric of "change the momentum in the battlefield" -- code for what this has always been about from the beginning: regime change.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 29, 2013 How the US is enabling Syriastan
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is ramping up car bombing and suicide bombing in Iraq itself -- because the "apostate" Shi'ite-led al-Maliki government is as much a target as the secular Bashar al-Assad. Now it's clear how "invisible" al-Zawahiri and wily Bandar Bush have appropriated Washington's "strategy" to really get what they want.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 13, 2014 Lame duck out of the Silk Road caravan
Russia and China may not be proposing an alternative system -- yet. Still, as the dogs of war, of hate, of inequality -- bark, the China-Russia caravan passes. The caravan is selling Eurasia economic integration -- not bombs. Real Asia-Pacific integration may still be a long dream away.
SHARE Saturday, March 23, 2019 Why Nazarbayev's Legacy Will Remain Intact
At first, it sounded like a geopolitical bombshell: Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev, 78, in power since 1991, dramatically announced his resignation. The whole drama in fact walks and talks like a Central Asian remix of Giuseppe di Lampedusa's notorious motto in the film The Leopard: "If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change."
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 6, 2013 Al-Qaeda To The Rescue
Instantly, we also have US and Western corporate media falling in love with the Terra Terra Terra meme all over again. And woe to those who think this has anything to do with Islamophobia. You thought that Terra was gone? No, Terra is omnipresent, omniscient, lurking everywhere. Terra Wants You. Trains and boats and planes -- you're nowhere safe.
SHARE Thursday, May 2, 2013 The Syria-Iran Red Line Show
The current chemical weapons hysteria is a total fabrication by the CIA, MI6 and Israeli intelligence -- corroborated by zero evidence. Still, the prevailing Washington "wisdom" is that a "red line" must be enforced over Syria so a "red line" must be enforced on Iran.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 20, 2013 The Wahhabi-Likudnik war of terror
Whether carried out by a hazy al-Qaeda-linked brigade or by Saudi spy chief Bandar bin Sultan's (aka Bandar Bush's) goons, the Beirut terror attack is essentially configured as a major, Saudi-enabled provocation. The larger Saudi agenda in Syria implies getting both Hezbollah and Iran to be pinned down inside Lebanon as well. If that happens, Israel also wins.
SHARE Friday, April 27, 2012 A history of the world, BRIC by BRIC
China, for instance, continues to informally advance the yuan as a globalizing, if not global, currency. It's already trading in yuan with Russia and Australia, not to mention across Latin America and in the Middle East. Increasingly, the BRICS are betting on the yuan as their monetary alternative to a devalued US dollar.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 19, 2013 Burn, Burn -- Africa's Afghanistan
Anyone who thinks "bomb al-Qaeda" is all there is to Mali must be living in Oz. To start with, using hardcore Islamists to suffocate an indigenous independence movement comes straight from the historic CIA/Pentagon playbook. Moreover, Mali is crucial to AFRICOM and to the Pentagon's overall MENA (Middle East-Northern Africa) outlook.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Exceptional America Rules
Forget about statecraft. Forget about diplomatic nuance. The Bushobama continuum rules supreme; Iran is nothing but a bunch of criminal mullahs -- and they will go down, one way or another. This is a Modern Republic in action. Make my day, punk.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 20, 2013 Magic Carpet Ride
Whenever we fall in love with a carpet we try to imagine its own road trip. Badkhen details it. From the loom room in Oqa, Thawra's carpet would be sold to a dealer in the larger village of Dawlatabad. The dealer will call one of the Carpet Row merchants in Mazar-e-Sharif, beside the Blue Mosque.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 13, 2019 You have the right to always remain silent
Julian Assange is not a US citizen, he's an Australian. WikiLeaks is not a US-based media organization. If the US government gets Assange extradited, prosecuted and incarcerated, it will legitimize its right to go after anyone, anyhow, anywhere, anytime. Call it The Killing of Journalism.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 10, 2012 American (jihadi) Idol
Syria proves once again that the West loves defectors. Still, our Islamist defector is careful to cover all bases, adding, "the unspoken political calculation among policymakers is to get rid of Assad first -- weakening Iran's position in the region -- and then deal with al-Qaeda later."
SHARE Monday, January 9, 2012 The road map to the Afghan endgame
Afghan president Hamid Karzai wanted the office to be either in Turkey or Saudi Arabia. The Obama administration applied some screws -- Karzai had to accept Qatar. So much for the "sovereignty" of the man informally known as the mayor of Kabul.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Blood on the (Bain) tracks
Mitt Romney the unaccountable corporate cyborg couldn't be a more graphic representation of the Masters of the Universe -- the key financial engineers of the destruction of the US economy and the American middle class, while the wealthy are lavishly sheltered from every storm. Welcome to the land of the un-free, home of the bravely unaccountable.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Welcome to Saigonistan
The 11-year-old Afghan war is now virtually invisible in the US, even during a drawdown of 33,000 US troops ordered by President Obama by the end of the month (still 68,000 will remain). A majority of Americans want the war over by... yesterday -- as in proclaim victory, cut our losses, and leave.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 26, 2013 Al-Qaeda unleashed against Syria and Iraq with acceptance of the West
With Syria as the new magnet of global jihad -- once again a direct consequence of a US power play, via Barack "Assad must go" Obama -- al-Qaeda is resurgent on both fronts. Washington has already destroyed the social fabric of Iraq. Now it's helping to destroy Syria's. If Abu Ghraib was the new normal in 2004, the jailbreak cannot but be the new new normal of 2013.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 20, 2012 The US-GCC Fatal Attraction
For Russia, regime change in Iran is a no-no. Russia's deputy prime minister and former envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, has already stated, unequivocally, "Iran is our close neighbor, just south of the Caucasus. Should anything happen to Iran, should Iran get drawn into any political or military hardships, this will be a direct threat to our national security."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 18, 2012 The fast and furious Sunni revenge
The unruly waves of that noxious Arab Spring never had a chance of disturbing the placid waters of the Gulf. The arrival of the Fast White Man Formula 1 circus -- a spectacular public relations operation -- proves that the GCC is as "normal" as an Arab prince swinging through Monte Carlo with a blonde babe in a Ferrari 458.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall!
Israel and the House of Saud -- are extremely influential in Washington. And they know full well how American exceptionalism is obsessed with "credibility." So they won't stop inflating the"credibility" balloon. The question is whether, with his "credibility" in tatters after the "red line" fiasco, a zig-zagging Obama will muster the diplomatic courage to really start tearing down the Wall of Mistrust.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, May 30, 2014 Brave old (exceptionalist) world
Beijing gets a seat at privileged tables of the current unipolar, exceptionalist order. Yet it aims, self-confidently, not to simply indulge in the banquet, but to undermine it, little by little, from within. The exceptionalist crowd is clever enough to acknowledge the evolving Russia-China alliance and the push towards an alternative order are slowly dissolving its brave old world dream. No wonder they're so scared.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 17, 2013 Catfight -- and it's US vs EU
All bets are off on the winner of this monstrous catfight. EU member-states may vote against their own interests; but another thing entirely would be an overwhelming eruption of anger by already beleaguered European citizens. This new saga of Western turbo-capitalism has all the elements to be, well, quite revolutionary.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 23, 2015 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."
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Why Israel is in love with Kurdistan
What Big Oil in the US -- and also Israel -- sees, most of all, is the mirage of a Western-friendly major oil exporter in the long run. That's why Balkanization sounds so juicy. This has nothing to do with the welfare of the historically wronged Kurdish people. It's hardcore business. And yet another Divide and Rule power play. Expect plenty of hardcore moves ahead.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 12, 2012 Surrender now or we'll bomb you later
US corporate media has already pre-empted the negotiations with the usual rhetorical missiles -- to the delight of armchair warmongers in the US Congress and vast sectors of the industrial-military complex. The "Bomb Iran" crowd will do everything in its power to merge Obama's "last chance" into the deafening drums of war.
SHARE Friday, October 31, 2014 The Caliph fit to join OPEC
As for the Empire of Chaos "solution" to intercept The Caliph's oil profits, the only decision so far has been to bomb oil pipelines that belong to the Syrian Arab Republic; that is, ultimately, the Syrian people. Never underestimate the capacity of US President Barack Obama's "Don't Do Stupid Stuff" foreign policy doctrine to soar towards unreachable stupidity heights.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 6, 2013 Hezbollah Don't Take No Mess
Even the Washington establishment admits all options are noxious. To top it off, Turkey has been plunged into the Taksim/Occupy Gezi/Down with the Dictator maelstrom -- and the last thing an embattled Erdogan will be thinking about is to further empower a bunch of "rebel" losers.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Tony Blair, Phantom of the Opera
The fact that the Phantom (Tony Blair) keeps getting away with his vast desert of convoluted lies -- instead of languishing in some rotten, extraordinary rendition hotel -- spells out all we need to know about so-called Western "elites," of which he's been a faithful, and handsomely rewarded, servant.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 3, 2013 US: The indispensable (bombing) nation
By now, any decent lawyer would be asking cui bono? What would be Assad's motive -- to cross the "red line" and launch a chemical weapons attack on the day UN inspectors arrive in Damascus, just 15 kilometers away from their hotel?
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 22, 2013 War On Terror Forever
The Oscar for Best Hypocritical Scenario certainly goes to the current French-Anglo-American concern about Mali being the new al-Qaeda playground, when the major playgrounds are actually NATO-supported northern Syria (as far as the Turkish border), north Lebanon and most parts of Libya.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 13, 2015 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.
SHARE Friday, November 15, 2013 France Clueless On Iran
Make no mistake. Kerry -- following President Barack Obama's brief -- badly wants a deal. But as this is a P5+1 affair, he simply cannot out the French as spoilers. Thus the subsequent tactic earlier this week of "blaming" Iran -- as in "they were not ready for a deal yet."
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Breaking bad in southern NATOstan
The main emotion enveloping southern NATOstan, as I witnessed since the start of 2014 successively in Italy, Spain and France, is fear. Fear of The Other - as in the poor interloper, black or brown; fear of perennial unemployment; fear for the end of middle-class privileges until recently taken for granted; and fear of economic NATO - as virtually no average European trusts those hordes of Brussels bureaucrats.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 18, 2014 Listen to the sound of the Global South
The choice presented to the Global South is very simple, really. Pick your model; one is characterized by integration, cooperation, mutual respect. The other orders you to bow to His Master's Voice; if you disobey, the model sanctions you to death, targets your energy industry, your access to financial markets, your well-being and, pushed to the limit, bombs you back to medieval times.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 9, 2014 Brazil countdown: Get me to the World Cup on time!
Brazil is like a soft Empire of Chaos -- without the Empire's heavy weapons.
Moreover, historically, memory is in short shrift in Brazil. As long as they reach the World Cup final and win (preferably against Messi & Co.), all will be forgiven. Otherwise, the world should fasten its seat belts, because all (tropical) hell will break loose.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 11, 2013 The China-US "Brotherhood"
The problem is Washington has absolutely nothing to offer the Taliban. The Taliban, on the other hand, will keep their summer offensive schedule, knowing full well they will be free to do whatever they please after President Hamid Karzai slides into oblivion.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Arab Spring, Jihad Summer
Being such a courageous bunch, the House of Saud is now tempted to accept that imposing regime change on Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq is a bad idea. That puts them in direct conflict with the Obama administration, whose plan A, B and C is regime change. If anyone thinks this whole racket is part of a new live Monty Python sketch ahead of their reunion gig this month in London, that's because it is.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 12, 2014 The geopolitics of the World Cup
This whole drama is not simply about "anti-neoliberal" or "anti-capitalist" stirrings. It goes way beyond nationalism. And it could be way more transcending than the textbook for a revolution using football as a pretext. Whatever the final result of this war revolving around a football, Brazil could yet teach a lesson to the whole Global South.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Got war if you want it
Even in the -- unlikely -- possibility that the leadership in Tehran suddenly decided to stop all uranium enrichment, and kill the whole nuclear program on the spot, Iran would still be under US sanctions. The sanctions have practically nothing to do with Iran's nuclear program. It's all about regime change.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Time is tight to produce a worthy US dream
Tax rates for the 1/10th of the 1% are lower than ever; so let's party like it's...2007. At least in California, the overwhelming majority -- following Hollywood's dictate -- votes Obama. we wait -- not for death, which is a certainty, but for Obama and Mitt to show us at least the glimpse of a worthy vision, a palpable dream. Forget it; a Hollywood lie is all we're gonna get.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 24, 2014 The coalition show, from Afghanistan to "Syraq"
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi made it clear that any strategy that undermines the Syrian government "will be a recipe for defeat." And Russia's ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin demolished US President Barack Obama's strategy to train and weaponize Washington's mythical "moderate" Syrian rebels. The Pentagon commanding the Pentagon. What could possibly go wrong?
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 27, 2013 Zero Dark Mali
In this Folies de Pigalle in the desert, Washington will be "leading from behind." Wise move; shadow wars bypass quagmires. It's the French -- with typical Gallic grandeur -- who will remain infatuated with the illusion of soon ruling the Mali desert. In fact they won't even rule algae in the Niger river, because this will be a protracted nomad war.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 28, 2013 B-52s sing the "pivot to Asia" song
When it comes to the Pentagon's Full Spectrum Dominance and its offshoot, the "pivot to Asia," there's no room for soft power and diplomacy, not to mention the alleged superpower's "responsibility." The B-52s splendid adventure is the equivalent of the NSA snooping on the mobile phones of political leaders around the world.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 24, 2013 A crash course in Somalization, from Syria to Kenya
Whenever jihadi blowback happens, that's perfect to ramp up Western hysteria -- and demonization of Muslims in general. Moreover, the Westgate mall attack will be the perfect pretext to ramp up US and UK "efforts" inside Somalia. Shady "foreign assistance teams" from the US, UK and Israel, after all, are already in place and crucially deploying from bases in Kenya.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 25, 2013 Will the House of Saud pivot to China?
Aware that Saudi Arabia cannot export more of its heavy, high sulfur oil -- because few customers can refine it -- China is building a massive new refining/export complex. So, long-term, what we have is essentially a US-China confrontation (with Russia and Iran also weighing in) over the petrodollar.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 16, 2016 "Prime Minister" Lula: The Brazilian game-changer
Judge Moro, Car Wash's Elliot Ness, allied with the Globo media empire, will go no holds barred to prevent any possibility of a political agreement in Brasilia brokered by Lula. Because this would mean Lula not only as Prime Minister, but as President -- again -- in 2018. Total war starts now.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Obama set for holy Tomahawk war
The Obama administration has ruled that Assad allowed UN chemical weapons inspectors into Syria, and to celebrate their arrival unleashed a chemical weapons attack mostly against women and children only 15 kilometers away from the inspectors' hotel. If you don't believe it, you subscribe to a conspiracy theory.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 10, 2012 The return of the Keyboard Warriors
From Republican chicken hawks to public intellectuals, right-wing America is erupting in renewed neo-conservative revolt. The year 2012 is the new 2002; Iran is the new Iraq. Whatever the highway -- real men go to Tehran via Damascus, or real men go to Tehran non-stop -- they want a war, and they want it now.
SHARE Wednesday, March 12, 2014 The new Great (Threat) Game in Eurasia
As the Kremlin refuses to deal with this bunch and the upcoming March 16 referendum in Crimea is practically a done deal, Team "Yats" is fully legitimized, with honors, by Team Obama, leader included, in Washington. To quote Lenin, what is to be done? A close reading of President Putin's moves would suggest an answer: nothing. A close reading of President Putin's moves would suggest an answer: nothing.
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."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Confessions Of An Angry Young Drone
Dr. Puant may claim a world first; he managed to put a drone on the divan. No one would ever be aware of the contents of their sensitive conversation had the Central Intelligence Agency -- which had Dr Puant under surveillance -- not intervened. But then the file was conveniently leaked to Medialand as an effort by the embattled Nicolas Sarkozy campaign to discredit the heavily politicized drone. The tactic may yet backfire.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 24, 2020 Make America Jeffersonian Again
The whole planet has every reason to be terminally puzzled at how all those lofty Enlightenment ideals Thomas Jefferson embedded in the 1776 Declaration of Independence ended up with...Trump vs. Biden.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Reliving Machiavelli in Florence
In that fateful day in May 1498, Machiavelli saw in Savonarola's burning how religious fundamentalism is incompatible with a successfully commercial and politically viable society (House of Saud princes never read The Prince). And then he displayed to us the wall of mistrust between ethics and the science of government -- as if drawing an abridged road map for the future global hegemony of Western civilization.
SHARE Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Syrian blood etches a new line in the sand
For all its production values, NATO's jihad--in conjunction with al-Qaeda affiliates and copycats--still has not delivered regime change. UN Security Council sanctions won't be forthcoming, as Beijing and Moscow have already stressed three times. So Plan B's keep surfacing all the time. The latest is straight from the Iraq playbook; Damascus will attack civilians with chemical weapons. This lasted only for a few news cycles.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 27, 2013 A post-history strip tease
For Marx the end of history was a classless society. How romantic. Instead, in the second half of the 20th century, capitalism married Western liberal democracy till death do them part. Well, death is now upon them both. The Red Dragon, as in China, has joined the party and come up with a new toy; single-party neoliberalism.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 9, 2013 The (farcical) emperor is naked
"Evil" as a political category is something worthy of the brain dead. The key question now revolves around the axis of warmongers -- Washington, Israel and the House of Saud. Will the Israel lobby, the more discreet but no less powerful Saudi lobby, and the Return of the Living Dead neo-cons convince the US Congress to fight their war?
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 11, 2012 Romney sings Da Doo War War
For Mitt, "the route to more war -- and to potential attacks here are home" is...to wage endless war. None of this nonsense of a "politically timed retreat that abandons the Afghan people to the same extremists who ravaged their country and used it to launch the attacks of 9/11."
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 6, 2012 The US-Iran economic war
The regime in Tehran will keep selling oil, will keep enriching uranium and, most of all, won't fall. Like a Hellfire missile hitting a Pashtun wedding party, these Western sanctions will miserably fail. But not without collecting a lot of collateral damage -- in the West itself.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Bamiyan, Babylon, Palmyra, Notre-Dame
Notre-Dame basically survives on donations which pay the salaries of only 70 employees who need not only to supervise the masses of tourists but also to organize eight masses a day. The French state's proposal to minimize the ordeal; organize a beneficent lottery. That is; privatize what is a state commitment and obligation.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 4, 2012 Obama does Syriana
The Obama administration's foreign policy makers must be on (lousy) crack. Just because they are engaged on an all-out war against not only Iran, but also Shi'ites all around, how could they possibly bet on a Somalization of Syria profiting Wahhabi intolerance? A grinning Grim Reaper awaits in the wings.
SHARE Sunday, March 25, 2012 Russia rules Pipelineistan
BP--of Gulf of Mexico polluting fame--happens to be the major stockholder of Shah Deniz 2. Azerbaijan--mired in corruption--can be reasonably described as BP country. Even his close ally Washington knows Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is something of a Mafia boss. The Azeris, by the way, happen to be very popular in Washington courtesy of the Israeli lobby.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 25, 2014 Operation Tomahawk The Caliph
The Pentagon calls it just the beginning of a "sustained campaign" -- code for Long War, which is one of the original denominations of the Global War on Terror (GWOT) anyway. And yes, for all practical purposes this is a coalition of one. Let's call it Operation Tomahawk The Caliph.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Why the Iranian elections were a huge success
All seems to be on track for Iran to get all the foreign investment it needs; to reemerge as the top geopolitical power in Southwest Asia; to progressively advance on Eurasian integration, alongside Russia, China and Central Asia; and to fulfill what Iranians across the spectrum want: a better quality of life, and peace with their neighbors.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 18, 2011 The War is Pronounced Dead
In the end, the Pentagon had to be dragged kicking and screaming to handing bases over to the Iraqi government. Across the country, the closing of precious outposts in the sprawling US Empire of Bases has been marked by a quiet closed-door meeting where American and Iraqi military officials signed documents that legally gave the Iraqis control of the bases, exchanged handshakes and barely disguised their mutual contempt.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Politburo uber alles
What the Gang of Eight is truly after is essentially a rich man's EU. Get ready because from now on, the euro won't unify Europe; it will spearhead its balkanization.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 30, 2012 China takes over Bryce Canyon
That other storm approaching -- the fiscal cliffhanger -- when the Bush-era tax cuts will be gone by January 1, with the predictable follow-up of more Washington gridlock, another downgrade of US debt, panic on global stock markets, etc. There was hardly any signs of a "recovery" in Salt Lake, even with house prices now (relatively) stable and a few added jobs every month.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 2, 2011 The Shadow War in Syria
When the Assad regime insists the current Syrian tragedy is to a great extent incited by well-paid and well-armed elements -- not to mention mercenaries -- at the service of foreign powers, it is essentially correct.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 6, 2012 Still in search of the American dream
The bottom line -- despite all the soaring heights reached by Michelle and Bubba; Obama won't be the new Roosevelt. There won't be any New Deal -- among other reasons because Republicans have done the impossible to sabotage it. Michelle and Bubba, at least rhetorically, have relieved the American dream. But how equipped is Obama -- the man and the leader, not the myth -- to deliver the real deal?
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 12, 2012 A Hydra in Damascus
Kofi Annan looks increasingly like Austin Powers these days, minus the purple suits; an international man of mystery shuttling between world capitals trying to prevent a vicious war. Dr Evil, of course, is played by Syria's Bashar al-Assad. Swingin', baby!
SHARE Sunday, December 23, 2012 For whom the Syrian bell tolls
With NATOGCC on one side and Iran-Russia on the other side, ordinary Syrians caught in the crossfire have nowhere to go. NATOGCC will stop at nothing to carve -- in blood -- any dubious entity ranging from a pro-US emirate to a pro-US "democracy" run by the MB. It's not hard to see for whom the bell tolls in Syria; it tolls not for thee, as in John Donne, but for doom, gloom, death and destruction.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Meet a moderate Syrian insurgent
Your President Mr Obama told the Blessed King of Saudi Arabia last Friday that he is committed to providing more support for us. Your Secretary of State Mr Kerry said on Saturday there must be more support for us "in order to have an impact on the ground." Your CIA said they will make sure only moderate insurgents get the weapons, and not the bad guys.
SHARE Thursday, March 7, 2019 Eric Hobsbawm, the Joy of History and All That Jazz
Hobsbawm's "Age of Extremes" turned him into a global superstar. But there are flaws. Essentially, the point of view is centered on Vienna, Berlin and London. There is no comprehensive analysis of the ascension of the American bourgeoisie, or the turbulence across East Asia. The book actually revolves around the history of the decline of a Western civilization that totally betrayed the 19th-century promise.
SHARE Thursday, August 30, 2012 Morsi delivers his calling card
All global South eyes are on Morsi. They way things are moving, it's not far-fetched to imagine the Muslim Brotherhood playing the Camp David card sooner or later. In that case, expect Washington to go ballistic -- and even time-travel to 1970s Latin America, as in promoting (yet another) military coup. The bottom line is the warmongering Bibi-Barak duo had better get real.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 22, 2014 Sex, lies and a bunch of lawyers
What a raw nerve Abel Ferrara, of King of New York and Bad Lieutenant fame, has now been able to strike. An "outraged" Dominique Strauss-Kahn, aka DSK, is going to sue the producers of Welcome to New York, the movie inspired by the epic 2011 scandal that effectively terminated his career as head of the International Monetary Fund and possible future president of France.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Syria and Turkey's phantom war
As predictably as England being kicked out of Euro 2012, the usual European warmongering poodles of the William Hague kind have already stepped in, blaming Syria because Turkey violated Syrian airspace. Yet there's no evidence -- so far -- that Ankara warned the Syrian government and military they would be conducting some sort of reconnaissance very close to a by now very explosive border.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Meet the "Friends of Jihad"
Who cares what the "Syrian people" might think? The Western "Friends of Syria" could not have found a more willing golden patsy to promote their usual, self-fulfilling Divide and Rule gambit -- the Sunni-Shi'ite divide. It's always handy to have dysfunctional GCC petro-monarchies posing as "liberators" so the West once again may conduct a proxy war "leading from behind."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 30, 2014 The Real State Of The Union
Whether Obama played ball -- small or otherwise -- at the SOTU is irrelevant. Apart from flagrant absurdities on Iran, Syria and Israel-Palestine, and not a word on Russia and China, no wonder the climatic Hollywood tear-jerker sequence involved an Army Ranger almost killed by an improvized explosive device in Afghanistan. He was Obama's living metaphor of "Yes We Can," the 2014 remix.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 27, 2013 China: The Bo factor
It's absolutely impossible to understand what's happening to Bo without following his complex family interactions with current Chinese President Xi Jinping, former president Hu Jintao and former premier Wen Jiabao. The specter of Bo will not go away. He did turn Chinese politics upside down, while revealing a lot about its extremely shady practices.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 20, 2013 And now, a message from our (Saudi) sponsors
The New York Times struggled hard to give the impression that Washington had any sway in influencing glorious Sisi -- and the producers -- against launching the coup that is not a coup. That is eminently laughable. The only nugget in the report is that the House of Saud, the UAE and Israel frantically incited, supported and lobbied for the coup that is not a coup.
SHARE Monday, May 21, 2012 War and cheeseburgers
A specter haunts Europe. No, it's not communism; it's US rating agencies. Greece is bankrupt; the eurozone is about to crack; JP Morgan makes billion-dollar "mistakes"; there's no (jobs) future for the new generations. And yet the weaponized arm of the Western 0.1% elites occupies Chicago -- turned into an Orwellian police city-state -- to discuss "smart defense."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 26, 2013 We Are All Qataris now
Everybody wants to go to Qatar. The population has doubled in six years -- now at 1.9 million and growing. Life expectancy is 78 years -- on a par with the US. It boasts the highest GDP per capita in the world, at over US$102,000 (2012 figure, and growing). There's no income tax. Democracy? No; the end of history 2.0. If only the whole planet was an immense Qatar.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Ukraine: The waiting game
Once again, there's concrete proof that the NATO neo-liberal neo-fascist junta does not want to negotiate anything. Farcical "acting" President Oleksandr Turchynov labeled the exercise in direct democracy a "farce, which terrorists call the referendum"; and Washington and Brussels branded it "illegal."
SHARE Saturday, January 26, 2013 It's Inequality, Stupid
Cameron, essentially, craves the social hell that engulfed Greece, Spain and Italy; social conquests and benefits sacrificed to satiate the God of the Market. There's no question this neoliberal European "union" needs to be hauled upside down to really start representing most of its citizens.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 11, 2011 Do the Bomb Iran Shuffle
The enticing possibility of a successful attack on Iran as the ultimate creative destruction move, reshuffling all the cards from the Middle East to Central Asia. The ''arc of instability'' terminally destabilized.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 24, 2013 US And Pakistan Locked In A "Drone Marriage"
In a nutshell; Mr. Sharif goes to Washington to talk about no drones, less aid and more trade -- as in an open door especially for Pakistani textiles (it's not gonna happen). Obama only wants to talk about terrorism and a vague "stability" following the 2014 US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 1, 2014 The Kerry-Lavrov Chess Match
We should never forget the Big Picture; as with the NSA Orwellian-panopticon complex, this is most of all about the application of the Pentagon's Full Spectrum Dominance doctrine, which implies encirclement of Russia (via NATO), coupled with the pivot-style encirclement of China. And the overarching logic remains the same; this is The Empire of Chaos in action.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, September 5, 2014 Will NATO liberate Jihadistan?
NATO liberating Jihadistan? The Pentagon couldn't care less. The Pentagon wants eternal GWOT. US Think Tankland is ecstatic at NATO finding a "renewed purpose" and its long-term survival now assured by a "unifying threat." Translation: Russia.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 1, 2014 Hot to trot: China and the world in the Year of the Horse
2014 may be very tricky for US President Barack Obama -- born in the Year of the Ox in 1961. This implies hell between the Obama administration and Republicans; not only in terms of Obamacare, minimum wage and a new immigration policy, but also what is the key geopolitical story of 2014; the possibility of a definitive nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 -- a possible détente between Washington and Tehran.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 27, 2012 Hawk, dove, butterfly, bee
What's that unheard-of political specimen spreading its wings over the geopolitical spectrum? It is aggressive as a hawk, compromising as a dove; it dances like a butterfly and stings like a bee. What kind of plumed composite is that? A hawdovebutterbee (HDBB)? Get used to it. The HDBB happens to be no other than the President of the United States (POTUS), Barack Obama. Yet the question is inevitable. Will it fly?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Netanyahu's UN speech: Sounds like a sociopath?
The Israel lobby in Washington and the US Congress imposed a financial blockade on Iran, which for all practical purposes is a declaration of war. In his meeting with Obama this Monday, Netanyahu not only asked for more sanctions, he said Israel will unilaterally attack Iran if Rouhani's words are not followed by "action." Bibi won't accept even Iran's right to enrich uranium for civilian purposes.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 17, 2013 Will China "De-Americanize" The World?
Beijing's game, in a nutshell, is to bypass the US dollar by all means available. That's the idea behind setting up currency swaps with over 20 of its top trading partners -- from BRICS countries to African commodity producers and strategic energy partner Iran. China is slowly but surely driving the progressive global flight from the US dollar.
SHARE Thursday, October 18, 2012 Mitt the Binder
Way beyond the meme cycle, the problem is actually Mitt's Binders Full of Baloney. How could any sentient US being believe in Mitt's "plan" for a New American Dream featuring less taxes, an even freer hand to the very wealthy and a currency and trade war against China starting on "day one"?