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Trials and Tribulations of the Collective West

by Pepe Escobar, widely distributed on the Internet and posted with the author’s permission Sit back, relax and enjoy a race to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The only question is who will get there first: the EU, NATO, or both.  One may be excused to imagine all sorts of amusement games unrolling at the HQ of the Russian General Staff as The Empire and NATO go literally bonkers.

A panicked Empire tries to make Russia an ‘offer it can’t refuse’

By Pepe Escobar, originally posted at The Cradle, reposted with the author’s permission Realizing NATO’s war with Russia will likely end unfavorably, the US is test-driving an exit offer. But why should Moscow take indirect proposals seriously, especially on the eve of its new military advance and while it is in the winning seat? Those behind the Throne are never more dangerous than when they have their backs against the

‘Doomsday clock’: 90 seconds to midnight

by Pepe Escobar for PressTV, cross posted with the author’s permission The Doomsday Clock, set by the US-based magazine Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has been moved to 90 seconds to midnight.  That’s the closest ever to total nuclear doom, the global catastrophe. The Clock had been set at 100 seconds since 2020. The Bulletin’s Science and Security Board and a group of sponsors – which includes 10 Nobel laureates

Can You Smell What the Year of the Rabbit Is Cooking?

by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted The New Silk Roads, or BRI, as well as the integration efforts of BRICS+, the SCO and the EAEU will be on the forefront of Chinese policy. Liu He studied economics at Renmin University in China and got a Master’s from Harvard. Since 2018, he’s one of China’s Vice Premiers – along with Han Zheng, Sun Chunlan, and Hu

Global South: Gold-backed currencies to replace the US dollar

by Pepe Escobar, first published at The Cradle, reposted here by the author’s permission The adoption of commodity-backed currencies by the Global South could upend the US dollar’s dominance and level the playing field in international trade. Let’s start with three interconnected multipolar-driven facts. First: One of the key take aways from the World Economic Forum annual shindig in Davos, Switzerland is when Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan, on a

‘Fragmented world’ sleepwalks into World War III

by Pepe Escobar for PressTV, cross posted with the author’s permission The self-appointed Davos “elites” are afraid. So afraid. At this week’s World Economic Forum meetings, mastermind Klaus Schwab – displaying his trademark Bond villain act – carped over and over again about a categorical imperative: we need “Cooperation in a Fragmented World”. While his diagnosis of “the most critical fragmentation” the world is now mired in is predictably somber, Herr

All Quiet (Panic) on the Western Front

Pepe Escobar for the Saker blog Shadows are falling / And I’ve been here all day / It’s too hot to sleep / And time is running away / Feel like my soul / has turned into steel /I’ve still got the scars / That the sun didn’t heal / There’s not even room enough / To be anywhere / Lord it’s not dark yet, / but it’s getting there

Why the CIA attempted a ‘Maidan uprising’ in Brazil

by Pepe Escobar, first published at The Cradle, reposted here by the author’s permission The failed coup in Brazil is the latest CIA stunt, just as the country is forging stronger ties with the east. A former US intelligence official has confirmed that the shambolic Maidan remix staged in Brasilia on 8 January was a CIA operation, and linked it to the recent attempts at color revolution in Iran. On

Bye bye 1991-2022

by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted 2023 starts with collective NATO in Absolutely Freak Out Mode as Russian Defense Minister Shoigu announces that Russian Navy frigate Admiral Gorshkov is now on tour – complete with a set of Mr. Zircon’s hypersonic business cards. The business tour will encompass the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean, and of course include the Mediterranean, the Roman Empire’s former Mare

Why BRI is back with a bang in 2023

by Pepe Escobar, first publish at The Cradle and reposted by author’s permission As Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative enters its 10th year, a strong Sino-Russian geostrategic partnership has revitalized the BRI across the Global South. The year 2022 ended with a Zoom call to end all Zoom calls: Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping discussing all aspects of the Russia-China strategic partnership in an exclusive video call. Putin told

Can China help Brazil restart its global soft power?

by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted Bolsonaro reduced Brazil to resources-exporter status; now Lula should follow Argentina’s lead into Belt and Road Ten days of full immersion in Brazil are not for the faint-hearted. Even restricted to the top two megalopolises, Sao Paulo and Rio, watching live the impact of interlocking economic, political, social and environmental crises exacerbated by the Jair Bolsonaro project leaves one

Xi of Arabia and the petroyuan drive

by Pepe Escobar, first published at The Cradle and posted with the author’s permission Xi Jinping has made an offer difficult for the Arabian Peninsula to ignore: China will be guaranteed buyers of your oil and gas, but we will pay in yuan. It would be so tempting to qualify Chinese President Xi Jinping landing in Riyadh a week ago, welcomed with royal pomp and circumstance, as Xi of Arabia

The Global South births a new game-changing payment system

by Pepe Escobar, first published at The Cradle and posted with the author’s permission Challenging the western monetary system, the Eurasia Economic Union is leading the Global South toward a new common payment system to bypass the US Dollar. The Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) is speeding up its design of a common payment system, which has been closely discussed for nearly a year with the Chinese under the stewardship of

US paralyzed by Islamic Republic of Iran’s strategic swing

By Pepe Escobar cross-posted on PressTV and the Saker blog and posted with the author’s permission Iran’s parliament has just approved the accession of the Islamic Republic to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), previously enshrined at the Samarkand summit last September, marking the culmination of a process that lasted no less than 15 years. Iran has already applied to become a member of the expanding BRICS+, which before 2025 will

Operation Claw-Sword: Erdogan’s big new game in Syria

by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted Wily Sultan is caught between his electorate, which favors a Syria invasion, and his extremely nuanced relations with Russia There’s another Special Military Operation on the market. No, it’s not Russia “denazifying” and “demilitarizing” Ukraine – and, therefore, it’s no wonder that this other operation is not ruffling feathers across the collective West. Operation Claw-Sword was launched by Turkey’s

Electric War

by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted Current Russian tactics are the absolute opposite of the military theory of concentrated force developed by Napoleon, Pepe Escobar writes. Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we did not take Towards the door we never opened Into the rose-garden. My words echo Thus, in your mind. But to what purpose Disturbing the dust on a bowl

Goodbye G20, hello BRICS+

by Pepe Escobar, first published at The Cradle and posted with the author’s permission The increasingly irrelevant G20 Summit concluded with sure signs that BRICS+ will be the way forward for Global South cooperation. The redeeming quality of a tense G20 held in Bali – otherwise managed by laudable Indonesian graciousness – was to sharply define which way the geopolitical winds are blowing. That was encapsulated in the Summit’s two

The G20’s Balinese geopolitical dance

by Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times and the Saker blog, posted by permission Balinese culture, a perpetual exercise in sophisticated subtlety, makes no distinction between the secular and the supernatural – sekala and niskala. Sekala is what our senses may discern. As in the ritualized gestures of world leaders – real and minor – at a highly polarized G20. Niskala is what cannot be sensed directly and can only

Russia, India, China, Iran: the Quad that really matters

By Pepe Escobar cross-posted on PressTV and the Saker blog and posted with the author’s permission Southeast Asia is right at the center of international relations for a whole week viz a viz three consecutive summits: Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Phnom Penh, the Group of Twenty (G20) summit in Bali, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok. Eighteen nations accounting for roughly half

Rewiring Eurasia: Mr. Patrushev goes to Tehran

by Pepe Escobar, first published at The Cradle and posted with the author’s permission The meeting this week between two Eurasian security bosses is a further step toward dusting away the west’s oversized Asian footprint. Two guys are hanging out in a cozy room in Tehran with a tantalizing new map of the world in the background. Nothing to see here? On the contrary. These two Eurasian security giants are

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