Pepe Escobar

  • While the big story of 2012 in south-west Asia is the increasingly lethal US-Iran psychodrama, there’s no bigger story in south-east Asia in the Year of the Dragon than the controlled opening of Myanmar.Everyone and his neighbour, East and West, have been trekking to Myanmar since US ...

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  • The current Syrian drama is far from the usual, clear-cut “good guys vs bad guys” Hollywood shtick. The suspension of the Arab League observers mission; the double veto by Russia and China at the UN Security Council; the increasing violence especially in Homs and some Damascus suburbs: ...

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  • Here’s a crash course on the “democratic” machinations of the Arab League - rather the GCC League, as real power in this pan-Arab organisation is wielded by two of the six Persian Gulf monarchies composing the Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as Gulf Counter-revolution ...

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  • In his State of the Union address, United States President Barack Obama said, "Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal."In the real world, this means Washington is willing to go to war ...

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  • Once upon a time they favoured Dubai - their smuggling Mecca. N ow the Taliban go-to destination of choice will be Doha.So the Taliban will open a political office in Qatar to be engaged in negotiations “with the international community”, according to Taliban spokesman Zabiullah ...

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  • Here's a crash course on how to further wreck the global economy. A key amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act signed by United States President Barack Obama on the last day of 2011 - when no one was paying attention - imposes sanctions on any countries or companies that buy Iranian ...

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  • Nobody knows what’s really going on in North Korea right now, apart from steady cataracts of tears - whether they are regime-imposed or not. The only certainty is that Dear Leader Kim Jong-il’s third son - the young, Switzerland-educated Kim Jong-un - will perpetuate North ...

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  • The Pentagon officially pronounced its $3 trillion-and-counting, war on terror-related invasion, occupation and decimation of the Iraqi nation dead on Thursday even as the country prepared for a low-intensity civil war and the Muslim world wondered whatever happened to the George W Bush ...

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  • The United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay. That was US President Barack Obama, in his current Asia-Pacific swing, addressing the Australian Parliament. One would expect a Pacific/peaceful power to promote, well, diplomacy and peace. Not really. Not when the key scriptwriters of ...

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  • As the climax to a leaking frenzy in Western corporate media that bordered on - literally - nuclear hysteria, United Nations inspectors at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) finally released a report essentially charging that Tehran had tried to design a nuclear weapon to fit in a ...

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  • ... if the enemy wins, even the dead wont be safe. And this enemy has not stopped winning. - Walter Benjamin, On the concept of History The Indignados International rules. The torch has been passed from Cairos Tahrir Square (the Arab Spring) to Madrids Puerta del Sol (the Spanish Spring), on to New ...

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  • No one ever lost money betting on the dull predictability of the US government. Just as Occupy Wall Street is firing imaginations all across the spectrum - piercing the noxious revolving door between government and casino capitalism - Washington brought us all down to earth, sensationally ...

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  • Imagine if Anders Behring Breivik, the 32-year-old pale, blond, blue-eyed, 100% Norwegian, gun-crazy ultra right-wing Christian fundamentalist responsible for the car bombing in Oslo and the meticulous targeted assassinations at the island of Utoya that killed 98 people, was a Muslim immigrant. ...

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