Author: Pepe Escobar

US President Donald Trump receives a figurine of a sheriff during a meeting with county sheriffs at the White House on February 7. Photo: Reuters / Kevin Lamarque

Lots of shouting, tiny stick

Donald Trump won’t be winning any wars against Islamist terror if he imagines dismantling the Russia-China-Iran alliance is possible. His saber-rattling against Iran is pointless

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Teflon Sultan

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Teflon Sultan

When Turkish President/aspiring Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan landed at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport early Saturday morning, he declared the attempted coup against his government a failure, and a “gift from God.” © AFP 2016/ STR / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE Erdogan Blames Gulenist Network, Calls on Public to Fight Against Coup in Public Squares God apparently uses Face Time. It was […]

O ministro, Moreira Franco, o Vice Presidente Michel Temer, o presidente da Câmara, Eduardo Cunha, durante apresentação das Mídias Digitais do PMDB na Fundação Ulisses Guimarães (Antônio Cruz/Agência Brasil)

The Empire of Chaos Strikes Back

When you have a self-righteous provincial judge threatening to imprison former President Lula for a modest apartment and a ranch that he does not own, but at the same time is incapable of laying a finger on Brutus Two, alongside largely pompous Supreme Court judges, you have a banana republic.

Migrants wait to board buses to take them onwards to the train station, from the border crossing in Nickelsdorf, Austria. © Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters

Welcome to ‘Walking Dead Europe’

What lies ahead is not pretty. There is an element of The Sleepwalkers – Christopher Clark’s masterful account of how Europe marched to war in 1914. But mostly, a low-budget American show gave away the game. This is Walking Dead Europe.

Dance to the Panama Papers ‘Limited Hangout’ Leak

Dance to the Panama Papers ‘Limited Hangout’ Leak

Even without a smoking gun, a case can be made this alleged most massive leak ever was obtained by — what else — U.S. intel. This is the kind of stuff the NSA excels at. The NSA is able to break into virtually any database and/or archives anywhere; they steal “secrets”; and then selectively destroy/blackmail/protect assets and “enemies,” according to USG interests.

The real coalition against Daesh is the “4+1”: Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq plus Hezbollah

The real coalition against Daesh is the “4+1”: Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq plus Hezbollah

The real coalition against Daesh is the “4+1”: Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq plus Hezbollah. Their advances on the ground, and on the record, speak for themselves. The US-led-from-behind coalition is mostly for show.  Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst. He writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch, and is a frequent contributor to websites and radio and TV shows ranging […]

Residents inspect damage after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in Anadan city, about 10 kilometers away from the towns of Nubul and Zahraa, Northern Aleppo countryside, Syria February 3, 2016. © Abdalrhman Ismail / Reuters

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region – cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway. Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria. […]

A Saudi Arabian oil refinery

Fear And Loathing in the House of Saud

Riyadh, which is clueless on how to play geopolitical chess — or backgammon — will keep insisting on the oil war, as it cannot even contemplate a military confrontation with Tehran. And everything will be on hold, waiting for the next tenant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; will he/she be tempted to pivot back to Southwest Asia, and cling to the old order (not likely, as Washington relies on becoming independent from Saudi oil)? Or will the House of Saud be left to its own — puny — devices among the shark-infested waters of hardcore geopolitics?

Syria Shatters Pentagon Dream

Syria Shatters Pentagon Dream

They look at the Syrian chessboard and as power projection goes, they see Russia comfortably settling down, with a serious land and air base, to conduct all sorts of operations across MENA (Middle East-Northern Africa) in the near future. The Pentagon obviously never saw it coming.

Sultan Erdogan’s War on…Russia

Sultan Erdogan’s War on…Russia

Here’s Erdogan’s warped reasoning in a nutshell. The Paris tragedy was a huge setback. France started discussing close military collaboration not within NATO, but with Russia. Washington’s unstated aim was always to get NATO inside Syria. By having Turkey/NATO — clumsily, inside Syrian territory — attacking Russia, and provoking a harsh Russian response, Erdogan thought he could seduce NATO into Syria, under the pretext (Article 5) of defending Turkey.

What’s the Big Deal Between Russia and the Saudis?

What’s the Big Deal Between Russia and the Saudis?

The Saudis can’t intellectually understand the see-saw of incoherent Beltway policies due to the power struggle between Zionist neocons and the old establishment. No wonder they might be tempted to move to the Russian side of the fence. But for that to happen there will be many a price to pay.