Scott Horton Interviews Pepe Escobar

Scott Horton, July 28, 2009

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Pepe Escobar, writer for the Asia Times, discusses the Pentagon’s “arc of instability” that follows the same path as a potential Western-dominated oil pipeline, how U.S. aggression abroad has united Russia, China and Iran, the internal economic-fueled strife in China and Joe Biden’s wacky rant against Russia.

MP3 here. (21:59)

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving Into Liquid War and Obama Does Globalistan.

14 Responses to “Pepe Escobar”

  1. I always appreciate Pepe Escobar's capacity for connecting the dots, in this case for following the pipelines,. Clinton and Biden seem like such amateurs in the gobal scheme of things, almost like Condi and Dan Quayle. One cannot but wonder what must be said behind closed doors by the Russian and Chinese when the children go to bed..
    A very interesting interview!

  2. best I've herd, the realpolitik behind the "war on teror" demogogy, the "pipelinestan" thesis, …the great game again, …a multi-player chess match now, …and many residual side-variables, …US foolishly trying to physically dominate a game where finesse and foresight are the premier skills.

  3. Assume that Russian and Chinese leaders are not really smarter.

  4. A very interesting interview. May I point out that a large share of the "Han" Chinese in, eg, Gansu, are themselves Muslim? They are called Hui in Chinese, but they differ from the other Chinese mqinly in not eating pork. Gansu Muslims were called "Tungans" in the 19th century, but I don't know if the term is current now. I'm told orally that much of the rioting in Lhasa last year was Tibetans attacking "Tungans". The two groups have been hostile for centuries. At the same time, Tibetan Buddhists need Muslims to slaughter their yaks and sheep, for them, make leather for their boots, etc.

    Uighurs and Hui don't necessarily like each other, either. Nominal religion doesn't make up for economic and cultural rivalry.

    Lester Ness
    Changchun
    China

  5. Read Zbignew Brezinski's Grand Chessboard to know what US policy towards Russia and Central Asia is about and his organisations/government positions he and his family clan operate and this whole war on terror hoax its clear they are training Islamic militants as mercenaries to fight Russia and Russian influence in Central Asia.

  6. I would speculate that US sponsorship of Uighur terrorism is to cut of oil and gas route from Kazakhstan forcing China to find resource in Siberia with Chinese immigration there forcing a confrontation with Russia.
    A classic Brezinski divide and conquer strategy.

    He states that his goal in the book is to divide Russia into three separate states like Yugoslavia. The former Yugoslavia was the test ground and model for what they have prepared against Russia

  7. Iraq was a distraction with 9/11 being pulled of by a foreign intelligence in the Middle East and there kinsman in the US for policy long advocated before 9/11 to secure there realm.

    Network to fight Russia established by the CIA/MI6/BND/Turkey was created in the Balkans as a training and transfer route of organised crime and militants trafficking route to fight in Chechnya.

    The 9/11 hijackers themselves were recruited to fight in Chechnya.

  8. No shit. Where in the book does it say that?

    I am pretty sure that like Escobar this fellow hasn't read Brzezinski's book. Escobar hasn't offered a single original insight in 10 years. He visits Juan Cole's blog and passes everything he reads with approrpiately embellished conspiratorial overtones to a generally passive audience who want some kind of a grand conspiracy in order to absolve themsleves from the responsibility of changing things. The Iraq war had nothing to do with oil, just as Afghanistan had nothing to do with it.

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  10. Doh! He was just explaining about why China does not want Iran in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. And Scott interrupted him with the chinese turk-thing.

    Very very unfortunate, I really wanted to hear why china does not want Iran in the SCO

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