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Pepe Escobar

Pepe Escobar

Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia. 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' (Nimble Books, 2007), 'Red Zone Blues' (Nimble Books, 2007), 'Obama does Globalistan' (Nimble Books, 2009) and a contributing editor for a number of other books, including the upcoming 'Crossroads of Leadership: Globalization and the New American Century in the Obama Presidency' (Routledge). When not on the road, he alternates between Sao Paulo, New York, London, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

  • © Morteza Nikoubazl
    Persia's approaching gold rush
    You may have heard of the N-11. Yes, it’s another clever Goldman Sachs concoction, to the benefit of that prized specimen - the “global investor”. These are the next BRICS, the new emerging powers.

    by Pepe Escobar

  • © Stringer
    What’s the real story behind the $3.8 trillion Chinese correction?
    The recent Mother of All Corrections in Chinese stocks – which wiped out a $3.8 trillion on paper - inevitably led the usual US “experts” to forecast, once again, China's imminent collapse. Hong Kong even resuscitated the “regime change” meme.

    by Pepe Escobar

  • President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin (L) and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping (RIA Novosti / Maksim Blinov)
    BRICS/SCO sow panic in Exceptionalistan
    As austerity-ravaged Europe watches its undemocratic “institutions” grapple with the Greek tragedy, and the US backtracks on a fair nuclear deal with Iran, geopolitical tectonic plates are shifting in the Urals.

    by Pepe Escobar

  • U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L-3rd L) meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) at a hotel in Vienna, Austria June 28, 2015 (Reuters / Carlos Barria)
    What it really takes for a US-Iran deal
    Forget the mad spinning. Here it is, in a nutshell, what it really takes for Iran and the P5+1 to clinch a game-changing nuclear deal before the new July 7 deadline.

    by Pepe Escobar

  • Reuters / Hamad I Mohammed
    The Pentagon goes nuclear on Russia
    We all remember how, in early June, President Putin announced that Russia would deploy more than 40 new ICBMs “able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems.”

    by Pepe Escobar

  • Reuters / Atef Hassan
    ​The partition of 'Syraq'
    With less than two weeks before a possible nuclear deal being struck between Iran and the P5+1, the brinkmanship across the “wilderness of mirrors” of Middle Eastern intel is reaching fever pitch. Spin reigns supreme. And nothing is what it seems.

    by Pepe Escobar

  • US President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in the Bavarian town of Kruen, Germany (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)
    American dreaming, from G1 to Bilderberg
    What’s the connection between the G7 summit in Germany, President Putin’s visit to Italy, the Bilderberg club meeting in Austria, and the TTIP – the US-EU free trade deal – negotiations in Washington?

    by Pepe Escobar

  • Reuters
    ​And the winner of the Jihad World Cup is…
    The US-assembled coalition of the willing that – supposedly – is fighting ISIS/ISIL/Daesh across “Syraq” met in Paris this week. In theory, they’d examine what to do next after the loss of Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria.

    by Pepe Escobar

  • Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon
    China: Silk roads and open seas
    Beijing’s disclosure earlier this week of its latest military white paper, outlining a new doctrine moving beyond offshore defense to “open seas” defense, predictably rattled every exceptionalist’s skull and bone.

    by Pepe Escobar

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner arrive to the official photo session for the BRICS summit (Reuters / Sergio Moraes)
    BRICS trample US in South America
    It started in April with a rash of deals between Argentina and Russia during President Cristina Kirchner’s visit to Moscow.

    by Pepe Escobar