The Eurasian Economic Forum has shown once again that this high-speed – economic integration – train has already left the station.
By Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted.
The first Eurasian Economic Forum, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, took place this week at a very sensitive geopolitical juncture, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov keeps stressing that, “the West has declared total war against us, against the entire Russian world. Nobody even hides this now.”
It’s always important to remember that before Maidan in 2014, Ukraine had the option to become a full member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), and even balance it with a loose association with the EU.
The EAEU comprises five full members – Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Armenia – yet 14 nations sent delegations to the forum, including China, Vietnam and Latin American nations.
There was much rumbling that the proceedings would be jeopardized by the serial sanctions packages imposed on Russia by the collective West. There’s no question that some EAEU members – such as Kazakhstan – seem to be more worried about the effects of the sanctions than about fine-tuning business with Russia. Yet that’s not the point.
The crucial point is that by 2025 they have to harmonize their legislation concerning financial markets. And that’s directly connected to what the executive body of the EAEU, led by Sergey Glazyev, is working on, extensively: designing the lineaments of an alternative financial/economic system to what the West would rather coin as Bretton Woods 3.
The Eurasian Economic Forum was established by the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council explicitly to further deepen economic cooperation between EAEU members. No wonder the official theme of the forum was Eurasian Economic Integration in the Era of Global Shifts: New Investment Opportunities, focusing on strategic development in the industrial, energy, transport, financial, and digital areas.
So Many Converging Strategies
President Putin’s speech to the plenary session was quite revealing. To really appreciate the scope of what’s implied, it’s important to remember that the Greater Eurasian Partnership concept was presented by Putin in 2016 at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, focused on a “more extensive Eurasian partnership involving the Eurasian Economic Union” and including China, Pakistan, Iran and India.
Putin stressed how the drive for developing ties “within the framework of the Greater Eurasian Partnership” (…) “was not the political situation but global economic trends, because the centre of economic development is gradually – we are aware of this, and our businesspeople are aware of this – is gradually moving, continues to move into the Asia-Pacific Region.”
He added, “in the current international conditions when, unfortunately, traditional trade and economic links and supply chains are being disrupted”, the Greater Eurasian Partnership “is gaining a special meaning.”
Putin established a direct connection not only between the Greater Eurasian Partnership and EAEU members but also “BRICS members such as China and India”, “the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, ASEAN and other organizations.”
And that’s the core of the whole, ongoing, multi-layered process of Eurasia integration, with the China-led New Silk Roads intersecting with the Eurasia Economic Union, the SCO, BRICS+, and other converging strategies.
Lavrov this week said that Argentina and Saudi Arabia want to join BRICS, whose next summer in China is being meticulously prepared. Not only that: Lavrov mentioned how quite a few Arab nations want to join the SCO. He was careful to describe this process of converging alliances as “not antagonistic”.
Putin for his part was careful to define the Greater Eurasian Partnership as “a big civilizational project. The main idea is to create a common space for equitable cooperation for regional organizations”, changing “the political and economic architecture on the entire continent.”
Thus, the necessity to “draft a comprehensive strategy for developing large-scale Eurasian partnership”, including “a roadmap for industrialization”. That translates in practice as developing “engineering centers and research centers. This is inevitable for any country that wants to increase its economic, financial, and ultimately political sovereignty. It is inevitable.”
Yaroslav Lissovolik at the Valdai Club is one of the top analysts tracking how this convergence may profit the whole Global South. He stresses that among the “variability and diversity in the platforms that may be launched by Global South economies, the most sizeable and comprehensive of which could include the aggregation of CELAC (Latin America), African Union (Africa)”, and the SCO in Eurasia.
And an even more diverse set of “regional blocs that targets deeper integration could feature a BRICS+ platform that comprises the South African Development Community (SADC), MERCOSUR, BIMSTEC”, the China-ASEAN free trade agreement, and the EAEU.
The Eurasian Economic Forum has shown once again that this high-speed – economic integration – train has already left the station. It’s quite enlightening to notice the sharp contrast with the endless doom and gloom afflicting a collective West prone to inflation, energy shortages, food shortages, fictional “narratives” and the defense of neo-Nazis under the banner of liberal “democracy”.
“There’s no question that some EAEU members – such as Kazakhstan – seem to be more worried about the effects of the sanctions than about fine-tuning business with Russia.”
Reading the Astana Times I get practically no information about the problems in Ukraine but very friendly articles relating Turkey.
Is it possible to get more information about the triangle Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey?
…just a quick thank you for allowing comments/questions, which CFP has blocked now too (shoulda known it wouldn’t last).
What is CFP ?
Right at the EAEU meeting both Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, disconnected Russian language broadcasts (internet not sure), citing sanctions.
Not sure but this looks like another western prank.
This was a satellite issue from what I understand. Switching to Russian and EAEU block satellites is in progress.
Television multi-vector: why Russian media are turned off in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
Countries friendly to the Russian Federation – Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan – decided to move away from the Russian zone of influence and banned the broadcast of major federal TV channels from the VGTRK holding.
Britain has introduced restrictive measures against VGTRK
Sure seems someone is more worried about sanctions than Russian language. Not a mere tech breakdown….
Later version, reported that foreign satellites are not carrying Russian signals
Not sure what what information will come out later.
Quote from the Aknet Company, who’s the provider in Kyrgyzstan, claims the channels will available for viewing once backup sources are available:
Sounds like a big nothing burger other than western countries have a temper tantrum against Russia media.
Right in the middle of the EAEU meeting – timing is everything….
Of course any opportunity for the western bloc to pee in the collective Russian punch bowl is always taken. They’re such petulant children.
All former Soviet republics in Central Asia are staunch supporters of Russia. No doubts about that. The only problem right now is that they have most of their national assets in US dollar deposited in western banks. They’re afraid the US might freeze their assets, like they did to Russia, Venezuela or Iran. Once the new Eurasian monetary system is up and running, then it will be easier for them to show their true support.
The The Supreme Eurasian Economic Council (SEEC) met the day after the EUEA.
Global changes open up new opportunities for cooperation in Greater Eurasia
There Glazyev is cited.
This is going so fast, it is hard to track….
Boris Johnson to the rescue to counter the EAEU, SEEC, SCO all with one stone!
UK’s Johnson floats idea of alliance as alternative to EU, newspaper reports
Citing Corriere della Sera with sources.
The new alliance would have Great Britain as its leader and would include Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as potentially Turkey at a later date,
This looks like the Intermarium on steroids, or a shriveled British Commonwealth! What could possibly go wrong! After Brexit, replace the EU – wow!
Il piano segreto di Boris Johnson per dividere l’Ucraina da Russia e Ue: il Commonwealth europeo
Strangely Italy had tried a new treaty idea, which looked like Minsk III.
Westminster is going to lose NI, Scotland, Gibraltar and the Malvinas in the not too distant future and this tinpot buffoon is yapping about forming some sort of sh*t version of the Iron Curtain?
He’s not known as BoJo the Clown for nothing (amongst other things).
Just watch – would they turn the United Kingdom and this new European Intermarium into a Commonwealth? Give Scotland, Gibralter, NI that status? Looks like they think that way, they have the political machinery already.
This predates BoJo, May, even Brown. This is leaked policy. Wonder if Davos will mention it – is Blair there?
As Hillary said ‘ What difference at this point does it make?’
Anyhow, did anyone expect a different result from the SMO? Maybe some thought the Ukies would last 6-8 weeks only.
Think about it, while Putin’s playing with 1, 2, 3, 4 chessboards, BoJo’s playing with a cheeseboard. It’s not any ordinary cheeseboard though, it’s a luxury one from Fortnum & Mason.
A collectors item at Christie’s – gathering dust since the Hapsburg Austrian-Hungarian Empire.
I know, the empire defeated in WWI.
This British plan dates at least to Cameron, who proposed Brexit.
Primes-Inter-pares from Elizabethan times when not a single industrial machine even existed.
Kinda quaint, all the same?
UK needs to to talk it thru carefully with NI Scotland Gibraltar and Falklands.
There’s not reason for Gibraltar and Falklands to exit but Falklands resources (oil gas minerals) need to be shared with Argentina and Chile.
Gibraltar can be shared with Spain but military issues may make that difficult if there was a conflict between UK & EU.
Northern Ireland is a difficult situation due to religious things and ties to Western England.
If it ever were to be united with Ireland there would need to passed separate laws for Protestants etc… and have some right of veto by the people by a vote. Or setup an Irish Federation – of Free State Ireland and NI each with its own State Parliament but under Ireland and where they perhaps have the President from Ireland and the Vice-President from NI as the fixed arrangement.
Scotland could be addressed by UK simply granting it autonomous status for it to be in EU in some way and be the hub for English/Welsh/NI companies to operate thru as an EU entity there. It would then not need to exit from UK to be part of EU. EU rules would only apply to Scotland.
I dono think England & Wales nor NI want to be part of EU because they dono want Brussels controlling them.
However knowing the Scots they too might not want to be controlled from Brussels either.
They may come into conflict with their own eg fishing fleets and those from EU.
But BoJo the Clown probably will be gone soon – either in jail or removed by the backbenchers.
“shared with Chile”. Sure..keep dreaming……what region of Chile are you from?
I am no from Chile, and there are secret agreements between UK & Chile on this..
But oil /gas resources there in Falklands area are not proven and even if so there are difficult to harvest due to the cold and rough seas.
It is becoming abundantly clear what London’s strategy is since at least 2014, even before Brexit.
There is no way this leak just popped out of a magicians hat.
1 it explains Truss’ apparent gaffe telling Lavrov the UK does not recognize sovereignty – the Commonwealth States, already Dominions, under the Crown, are not sovereign. And mixing up Baltic for Black Sea was a dead give-away. I’ll bet that the gleeful troublemakers will have no problem whatsoever with the British Crown.
2 Why Kiev is opening the border to Poland – even Yukoshenko notices but misses as usual the perfidy of Albion. This is Commonwealth in action.
3 The WWI, WWII attempt to cut Germany off completely from its natural partner – the new EAEU with a British wedge from the Black Sea to the Baltics – the old imperial Intermarium. Germany is in mighty peril!
4 The US/NATO supplying Yank muscle for British brains is in full display, yet again.
5 And my-oh-my, did Russia put a huge dent in the imperial bandwagon cutting Ukraine off from Azov and Black Seas. Odessa is obviously key to London’s feverish episode – hence BoJo’s Coalition of the Willing to escort ships.
6 France, Germany, and Italy (who leaked this) obviously see they are to be the losers.
Someone here a few threats earlier mentioned Intermarium. And presto here it is :
Intermarium in the 21st Century
Odessa is everything. It is the key to the future. Russia MUST take it. No rush but they absolutely must make it part of Russia.
So the Heart City of the Heartland has now shifted from Manbij, Syria to Odessa, Ukraine. That was exactly what I thought. The next 3-6 month we will hear MSM howling and whining, statements and declarations will be issued.
After they clean up the Donbas they will cut off Odessa from west Ukraine. The roads & bridges to Romania & Moldova are easily controlled by air. I still think they will take everything east of the Dnepier at a later date unless they introduce fresh troops.
Interesting. So we have two parallel trends presenting itself as the leading world wide trend ignoring each others progress.
Brazilians try to convince me their President Bolsonaro is way out, but he showed one more time he have the guts like Hungary’s President Orban to defend his country as sovereign. https://www.blacklistednews.com/article/82649/did-klaus-schwab-just-threaten-brazil-president-bolosonaro-for-not-signing-the-pandemic-treaty-we.html .
So Pepe’s global trend and Klaus Swabs global trend both continue to run as if the other trend didnt exist!!??
Brilliant move Boris!!
This will cement the ‘West’ as the ‘Five Eyes’ plus Poland and the Baltics. (i.e. about 7% of the World’s population) and free the rest of the EU to migrate towards Eurasia.
Brexit was an opportunity for Britain to have forged a greater trading cooperation with Eastern Europe and Asia. That was my hope and certainly Nigel Farage talked about it. Farage was pretty pro Russia at one time, now keeping his head down, like I have to in public. In the end the British establishment (Conservative, Labour and media) with its entrenched links to the US won the day. A total disaster for Britain in my opinion and something which will be almost impossible to reverse.
If Boris could take Poland and the Baltic countries off the EU, that might actually save the EU.
Well you cant be part of our exclusive club of lords and ladies but we can setup a club for scullery maids, footmen and gardners with the lord master as chief patron. You can use the chicken coop as your club house as long as you dont disturb the chickens!!!
As always, some have big plans, while others accustomed to living with racial and religious privileges defend the world that Pope Alexander VI traced in the fifteenth century. Let’s hope to see how far nuclear weapons keep the peace.
Escobar always has this upbeat, tone in his pieces about global machinations. I find it difficult to believe that the world just waltzes into multi polarity. Do the money controllers in the west just kick back as lords over the piles of debt they created as their fortunes and power evaporate? Will they just say “oops!” after the Ukrainian disaster? Will they give up their roles as masters and commanders?
They will try to make you personally bail them out. The EAEU obviously will not bail them out.
Desperation is palpable!
“…Nobody even hides this now”. Else America and puppets wouldn’t be in the business of pursuing full spectrum dominance. No sense in hiding the obvious.
you guys should post a link to escobar’s telegram at the end of every arcticle
Id like to make it clear the ordinary people of the West havent declared war on Russia at all.
Many side with Russia and those uninformed at this time if informed properly would also do so.
It is the corrupt elites & bankers – and politicians under their control which have done so without asking the people who voted for them. It is all about greed & power. And everyone should know so.
And it is merely a resurfacing of their conduct of centuries which has been underground since 1950 but was the impetus for WW1 & WW2.
WW1 was largely really about creating a diversion in Europe so backdoor elements would remove the Russian Govt (Czar) who kept the devils (EU moneychangers) out. Trotsky was their principal operative unbeknowns to Lenin, but Stalin realized what was going on and took over.
A side agenda of WW1 was to get Palestine out of the control of the Ottoman Empire.
Turkey didnt really need to have control of that region and was compensated for it later in other ways and has come out of it in far better shape than it otherwise would be in now.
Having failed to get control of Russia by 1925, WW2 was Plan B.
And in this the German/Austrian people were used as the cannon fodder for all this in WW2 when the plan went to 2nd gear. The elites there didnt care what happened to them as long as they looted wherever they went.
The current situation is either Plan C or D.
It might be argued the Cold War 1991 fall of Russia was Plan C, and Soros UKN takeover and the biolabs / sanctions etc … is Plan D.
However Russia and Putin and his team are one step ahead of them.
But the Eurasian Bloc is a great equalizer to thwart the greed and tyranny of the wicked.
“The unfolding [global] confrontation must also be understood as a major clash in the rising strategic competition to determine the future architecture of the global financial and monetary system – a dangerous game played for the highest stakes. On this chessboard, currencies, monetary assets and financial vehicles are being weaponized as instruments of coercion, manipulation, disruption, subordination and conquest. Therefore, [monetary] arena is one the key dimensions…
there is a deep overlap between the economic sphere of money, markets, finance, trade, and wealth, and the political sphere of power, control, conflict, and states. In this regard, the monetary universe is a hierarchical, Darwinian, and competitive domain whose behaviors are heavily interwoven with political realities associated with diplomatic alignments, war, consensual agreements, the structure of polarity, hard power, institutional frameworks of multilateral governance, the evolution of global hegemony, security environments, imperial pursuits, asymmetric power dynamics, geopolitical phenomena, and reputational prestige…
The role of the dollar as the globe’s hegemonic currency gives Washington the chance to artificially increase military budgets, sustain prolonged fiscal and trade deficits, monitor international transactions, implement sanctions, block transactions, freeze foreign assets, strengthen the influence of Wall Street heavyweights in global financial markets, manipulate the prices of strategic commodities, and accumulate stratospheric levels of debt with no meaningful consequences…
Therefore, the dollar is paradoxically a formidable pillar of US national strength, but also an Achilles heel whose downfall would unravel the unipolarity coveted by the US leviathan in the post-Cold War period…
Moscow now has the market power needed to shape the euro-ruble bilateral exchange rate in accordance with its interests… Nevertheless, in an attempt to armor itself with gas and gold, the Russian counterstrike has opened Pandora’s box. Although mostly defensive, the path followed by Moscow might trigger a chain reaction that could overthrow the dollar’s hegemonic position and unravel Western control of the international financial grid. Regardless of whether the Kremlin manages to achieve a strategic victory or not, a powerful wave of “constructive destruction”… has been unleashed and the resulting snowball will likely keep growing.
With the direct offensive involvement of MONEY in conflict, a dangerous genie is out of the bottle and there is no way to put it back…. A powerful catalyst of structural change, the current period of increasing upheaval can eventually lead to… ?”
We’re in a World War. Most reserve reserve currency transition have involved big wars. The first shots of a very unconventional conflict had already been fired.
Mac, excellent article. Ty for the link.
Pandora’s Box was opened when the US EU tried another takeover on Russia since 1991.
And those who open such a box end up in dire consequences.
“A powerful catalyst of structural change, the current period of increasing upheaval can eventually lead to… ?”
We’re in a World War. Most reserve reserve currency transition have involved big wars. The first shots of a very unconventional conflict had already been fired.”
Russian SMO and monetary (political in nature) maneuver is the first Revolutionary act: “A (World) powerful catalyst of (to) structural change.”
“Anyone who does not understand contemporary history as a chain of decisions and events and instead always takes only the end link of a long chain into account – will not understand anything at all.”
What have been the key developments in the monetary arena over the last decade? What happened at Davos-2022? What is happening now? Let’s see your insights and they will reveal who is dope.
Thank you again, Pepe.
The ENN (Escobar News Network) and the cadre of intrepid global reporters work overtime to parry the weak thrusts of the flimsy rapier wielded by the global consortium propaganda machine.
Pepe is the living embodiment of Johnston McCulley’s character, Zorro. He’s just a guy working for the people, to save the people. Who says there are no more heroes in Journalism?
For those asking if the West will simply accept the end of multi polarity/full spectrum dominance , the answer is no. We can see that clearly in Ukraine , they are going to fight to the last Ukrainian/Pole/Taiwanese any any other peoples that are stupid enough to become cannon fodder, it’s just as simple as that.
The real problem for the West is their own militaries and the fact that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made the home populations very skeptical and cynical of any direct military action. It is the reason Biden has studiously over and over repeated that there will be no U.S military boots on the ground. There is a very real risk that that western governments would start falling at that point via public opposition/rebellion.
The problem is further compounded that the Western populations have become used to the low casualty counts of Afghanistan/Iraq and its questionable if they could stomach the high casualty/KIA counts needed to confront Russia or China directly. That’s why the western media kept harping about Russian casualty counts and the fact that the Russian military/soldiers and the Russian people would rebel and overthrow Putin, that was wishful thinking but I suspect that exact scenario would play out in Western countries, especially the US.
The US is trying to project strength at the moment but in actually in terms of the US public and US military I suspect morale and the appetite for on the ground combat is pretty low, faced with a contested airspace, US military doctrine begins to break down. It would not surprise me to see entire US military units surrender/refuse to fight under the current conditions the Ukrainians are facing in east. That would be the end of the dollar and US hegemony so the powers that be will avoid that scenario.
The Russians have won this hand and can actually strike Poland if they wished and I suspect the response would be very constrained.
Well said dog184. I largely agree. However, the true fight is not with western populations or militaries or even the façade governments.. All are disposable to the Masters of the Universe.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And unfortunately, we live in an era where “..The best lack all conviction, while the worst .. Are full of passionate intensity.”
For example, here are means of overcoming the noted hurdles:
𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙗 1. “𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘮 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘐𝘳𝘢𝘲 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘈𝘧𝘨𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘺𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.”
𝙎𝙤𝙡 1.𝙖 “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”
𝙎𝙤𝙡 1.𝙗 “Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war .. But after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or fascist dictorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace makers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
—> big internal False Flag + Fascism.
𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙗 2. “𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘉𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘜.𝘚 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥.”
𝙎𝙤𝙡 2. “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
—> Lie repeatedly and with a straight face.
𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙗 3. “𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘮 𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯 𝘱𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘧𝘨𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯/𝘐𝘳𝘢𝘲 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘺/𝘒𝘐𝘈 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵 𝘙𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘢 𝘰𝘳 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘭𝘺.”
𝙎𝙤𝙡 3. “US Armed Forces will have to pay with their blood: General Milley”
—> sacrifice american mercs once US is in boiling turmoil and under media blackout. Who will have time to notice? Perhaps they died in the next plague wave? Perhaps they will be counted as MIA/AWOL deserters and not even claimed & buried, like Ukies currently. American lives have as much value to them as Ukies now.
“American lives have as much value to them as Ukies now.”
This I absolutely agree with, to the elite American/Ukrainian/Russian/etc. lives all have little to no meaning, it’s cynical as hell but it is what it is. You will find fierce pushback to this point even from intellectuals on all sides of the debate, it’s asking people to look into the abyss of human nature and they don’t like what they see, so they deny it.
With respect to Americans outright rebelling, that is indeed a long way off. However, to bring down the current system outright rebellion is not necessary, the economic/police/financial/educational/judicial/etc. systems are so complex and bureaucratic that a simple non participation is enough to cause real problems as the systems require vast self compliance. A large part of what holds the US together is the belief in American exceptionalism /specialness, this feeling has slowly eroded away and it’s causing/going to cause big domestic problems for the US government.
The current round against Russia by the Western elite was to try to permanently weaken Russia but it’s not going to happen. They are going to be very careful about escalation as any true escalation by the Russian side could shatter NATO as countries like the UK/France/Germany/US are forced to reveal the cards they are holding. The Poles will likely be that test case, I suspect their government may just now be coming to the realization that they have been played by the West.
Patriotism is dead in the West thanks to the trahison of our elites, that’s why public support for a war with a high casualty count is impossible. Population would rather hang their leaders than die for them.
sadly, our military has a lot of mercenaries now, and even for the volunteers, it will take a long time for those families to oppose what they have long supported. the duopoly people (liberals, republicans) plug their ears at the mention of context. the rest are too busy keeping families fed, housed, etc.
they want to believe the msm so badly and it shows.
any rebellion is a long ways off, imho.
A non-linear historic break in the Dollar may happen at any time. This would be at odds with the current fact that significant gaps in the primary currency are always filled – all of them, e.g. the large 2002 gap that was finally filled in 2014.
Nascent ‘multipolar’ competition may be evolving from both the Gold backed Ruble and one rarely mentioned – the Gold Dinar. These, along with commodity backing, are known possibilities. And then there’s the unknown!
“The EAEU comprises five full members – Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Armenia – yet 14 nations sent delegations to the forum, including China, Vietnam and Latin American nations.”
Does anybody know what were the 12 other countries that sent delegations? I couldn’t find much on the internet, as far as I went.
Huge, possibly game-changing news (barter is best!) out of Iran on Thursday:
Iran may barter car parts, gas turbines for Russia’s steel: Minister
Thursday, 26 May 2022 6:37 PM
Iran’s trade minister says the country will engage in major barter deals with Russia.
Iran and Russia may introduce major barter arrangements to facilitate trade between the two countries, including a plan that could allow Iran to import steel from Russia in return for exports of car parts and gas turbines to the country.
Iranian trade and industries minister Reza Fatemi Amin said on Thursday that Iran will use barter trade with Russia to ensure supplies of raw materials for use in its metals and mining sector.
Speaking on the sidelines of Iran-Russia joint economic and trade cooperation commission in Tehran, Fatemi Amin said Iran will need to import raw metals like zinc, lead and alumina from Russia to respond to a growing domestic demand.
He said, however, that Iran and Russia had agreed to introduce barter arrangements for certain goods and commodities, including for Russian steel.
The minister said Iran will be able to export car parts and gas turbines to Russia in return for Russian steel imports.
He said some Iranian companies have signed deals to supply or repair gas turbines in Russian power plants.
Iran and Russia are planning to increase bilateral trade as they seek to offset the impacts of American sanctions targeting their economies.
Iranian Oil Minister Javad Owji, a co-chair of Iran-Russia economic and trade cooperation commission, said on Wednesday that the annual value of economic ties between the two countries can increase by nearly 10 times to reach $40 billion.
Owji made the announcement following a meeting in Tehran with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak where the two officials signed major cooperation agreements on energy and banking issues.
Good on you Russia and Iran way to go! First you have to learn to walk amidst the sanctions then you can run. Here comes some key steps towards integration.
Yes good news indeed, especially if Tehran could join the ECU as suggested by Armenia. With respect to Iran, nearly after 40 years of a closed-door system of managing the country’s day to day affairs by own local standards, certain things might require a little upgrading in order to become more regulated and efficient. For instance, like other countries around the world – thanks to US-dollar mafia global dominance during recent years- many Iranian business people have gotten the habit of skipping regulations by all means possible. This trademark American maverick tendency, unfortunately, nowadays has become a norm and the smartest way of doing business. In other words, they’re looking for shortcuts to become millionaires overnight then chase a Hollywood-induced lifestyle . But as it seems Russians are quiet familiar with this trend from the Yeltsin era. At any rate, the Iranians are excellent wrestlers and those in Russia are even better, so they have a lot in common. Russian speaking people in Southern regions like in Daghestan, Tajikistan and Central Asian republics share commonalities with the Iranians and therefore have a very good grasp of how to work together in the new Eurasian world order.
Corrected: EEU – The Eurasian Economic Union.
Excellent article. Why do some complain about the optimistic tone of Pepe’s analyses? Does anyone believe that he does not know what the Collective West/NATOstan can do? Thanks for posting it!
Probably because they are Americans–or nations allied to America–and cannot bear to admit there is a viable geopolitical alternative to the America’s “Rules-Based” World Order.
The United Snakes is essentially a fundamentalist nation that believes that “American values are universal values”–and any alternative to the vaunted American Way must be defamed, discredited, demonized, and destroyed.
In other words, America is a fundamentalist religion–a very aggressive and very sick one that will tolerate no “rival gods.”
I find Pepe Escobar’s analyses and reports on Central Asia always knowledgeable and informative. I think cautious optimism is warranted, but vigilance is in order. It was perhaps no coincidence that the EAEU meetings last week coincided with a visit of a high-ranking US delegation to Kazahkstan, Kyrgistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. This was barely reported in Western media, but Tass had a several reports, including a piece in the press review of 26 May, with an article from Nezavisimaya Gazeta entitled “Eurasian Economic Union format in question amid situation in Ukraine” (https://tass.com/pressreview/1456059), which noted that some members of the EAEU, especially Kazakhastan, may be susceptible to Western pressure. An interview with Kazakhstan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko in New Europe, a self-proclaimed “leading EU affairs newspaper” headquartered in Brussels, was instructive too, suggesting Kazakhstan’s continuing multi-vector unreliability (https://www.neweurope.eu/article/kazakhstan-reaffirms-strategic-partnership-with-eu-accelerates-political-reforms/). I guess (hope) the institutional framework of the EAEU will be robust enough to see the financial reforms through, and if push comes to shove, the security frameworks, the CSTO and the SCO will prevent the region from being undermined from within. The visit of China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe to Kazakhstan last month (26 April) was significant in this regard, where he reportedly advised that “Central Asia should be vigilant about major powers disrupting and undermining regional security” (See Global Times: https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1260352.shtml; South China Morning Post: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3175561/be-wary-foreign-interference-china-warns-central-asia). The US-led empire little constructive power, but it’s capacity for destabilization should not be underestimated.
Reading the news here in Hong Kong, I can’t help but be amused by the almost hysterical reporting on Wang Yi’s current visits to various Pacific Island nations, sealing new deals, that have Australia and Western media in a panic, while what is going on in Central Asia seems to be hardly noticed.
Saudi Arabia wants to become a part of BRICS. I am sure that Washington is most impressed. But this again shows that the tide is turning in a dramatic way. The new fair world order is offering economic development & partnerships based on equity, the role of the US since the end of WW2 – what the Cold War was really about – was preventing the development of the so-called “Third World”, that is, all the newly independent countries emerging from colonial subjugation. The US via the CIA ran subversion & counter insurgency to prevent all these countries, most of the world, from becoming truly independent. At this point, the world hates the US, & the west more generally, for holding them back & slaughtering them indiscriminately – denying them not only a right to sovereignty, but a right to life. And claiming to be the great defender of human rights at the same time. The west likes to use gimmickery a lot, amongst which is talk of a “fourth industrial revolution” which is a crock of s**t, there is nothing there, no substance whatsoever. The real industrial revolution will be the one that occurs outside of the so-called “developed world”. That is what BRICS & the fair world order will be offering.
disagree with the premise of the saker 3: trump was not incompetent vis a vis the anglo zionist empire; he was its opponent as it apparently knew, meriting its continuous opposition to him. however certainly many of his appointments and his covid policies could be cited as incompetent.
his project for israel/palestine was and remains the one-state solution: voting israeli citizenship for the captive palestinians upon their renunciation of violence against israel. he was moving toward it by assuring israel of the u.s.’s protection of its ’67 conquests and disillusioning the palestinians of any prospect of a “palestine” reborn. further, he sanctioned iran so as to have some carrot to offer it upon its cooperation in his plan.