I consider Pepe Escobar not only as an absolutely fantastic journalist, but also as a friend.
I have the utmost admiration and respect for Sibel Edmonds.
[UPDATE & Sidebar: I was not aware of Sibel Edmonds’ anti-Russian, anti-Putin and anti-RT nonsense – frankly I had not heard of her in a long time – and today I was made aware of this crap. Oh well, this is very disappointing, of course. I still respect Sibel Edmonds for what she did in the past, as for what she says now – let God be her judge. But yes, this does most definitely put a dent in my support for this project. Thank you for bringing this to my attention and please accept my apologies for being unaware of something that important. The Saker].
And, having looked at what they are proposing, I am wholeheartedly endorsing their project and encourage you all to contribute to their kickstarter campaign. The current media is a disgusting joke, a toxic mix of propaganda and bad entertainment designed to make people stupid, ignorant and passive. Real people-power (I cannot even use the disgraced word “democracy” any more) requires a free and vibrant media and NPR & Co don’t qualify. So, please, let’s help our friend fight the righteous struggle! Please contribute.
Message from Pepe Escobar to the readers of Russia Insider:
It’s a great pleasure to address all of you, RI readers, about a new, ambitious, independent multimedia project, Newsbud.
I’m involved in Newsbud after spending almost 15 years at the former Hong Kong-based Asia Times Online, whose brand I represented all across the planet.
Newsbud will depend on you, the reader – as you can see in this short video.
Here is our site, which explains more: http://newsbud.com
No ads. No bought-and-paid-for media. No special interests. No hidden agendas.
Be assured that I plan to have top RI writers on board to boost our international coverage. I’m also available to answer all your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to all – and let’s rock.