Pepe Escobar


Globetrotting journalist Pepe Escobar discusses his article “The shadow war in Syria;” how Turkey is helping NATO and GCC foment a Syrian civil war; why the Muslim Brotherhood is best situated to replace the Assad regime, not the Syrian exiles favored by the US and Europe; Jordan’s susceptibility to an Arab spring revolution (not that King Abdullah II would mind much – he’d rather be in NY City); how the US and NATO are provoking a new Cold War with Russia; and the US backup plan for world domination, should the 1000+ foreign military bases become untenable in future.

MP3 here. (40:22)

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

An extreme traveler, Pepe’s nose for news has taken him to all parts of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination. Two weeks before September 11, 2001, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, Asia Times Online published his prophetic piece, “Get Osama! Now! Or else …” Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban’s retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China.


17 thoughts on “Pepe Escobar”

  1. As far back as 2008, NED’s Larry Diamond in a speech to the Commonwealth Club of California envisaged Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) as a model for post-revolutionary political parties in the Middle East and North Africa.

    1. Well seeing how the biggest terrorist groups in the region especially Jordan are claim and are motivated by their ancestral connection to the Caucasus like the Circassians, Ingush, Chechens, etc who fight in their Caspian oil wars in Chechnya and the North Caucasus it is no surprise he would support Turkish Neo-Ottoman expansion into the Mid East.

      In 2004 Russia killed a senior militant commander in Chechnya who was a Syrian.

      1. “Russian special forces have killed an al Qaeda operative fighting with the Chechen separatist movement in southern Russia’s Ingushetia region.

        The man, a Syrian citizen who went by the name of Marwan, was killed on Nov. 26 by FSB forces in a special operation, the Russian Information Agency Novosti reported.

        Marwan, who had several aliases including Abu Habib, the White Arab, Sambiev Ahmed, and Turk Murat, served as deputy to Abu Hafs, a close collaborator of Saudi mercenaries Hattab and Abu Walid, who were both killed by Russian troops.

        Abu Hafs, according to Russian intelligence, had personally met with al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and was thought to have been the financial link behind September’s bloody hostage siege in Beslan, where 330 people were killed.

        Marwan was also a member of several Turkey-based extremist organizations, Novosti reports.”

  2. @maxi
    In politics there is no allegiance, there’s only what-suits- us-now. Psychopaths are using and misusing each other. And I think they enjoy being kcuf-ed by each other. Enemy of my enemy is my friend!! And ruling Saudis are from the same family as ruling iSSraelies. Does that make sense?

  3. Class warfare — Not race hatred

    “We will organize in support of people of color
    who are currently under the supervision of
    the criminal justice system.”

    Problem is, law enforcement is all of the Educated Middle-class and they spend 95% of their time policing laboring men, and that is why fighting age laboring men are 95% of all inmates in our jails and prisons. That is why fighting age laboring men in USA are over a forth of all prisoners on earth.

    So, the problem has absolutely nothing to do with race, it being class warfare pure and simple. For pure propaganda by corporate mainstream media is it that we all hate the guts of anyone in a different race.

  4. A fact that I knew back in 2002 which Sibel Edmonds is the only one to get it is the fact that the main thrust of US foreign policy since Afghanistan in 79 is to support Turkic linked separatist/terrorist groups in Eurasia, the Caucasus and Balkans, classic British Pan-Turanianism, to secure Caspian and Eurasian oil and gas under US control to European and Asian markets.

    Other than these groups being on the payroll of NED, US officials are pushing for Turkish interests in the US like Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman who is a member of the Cohen Group linked to Turkish lobbyists and NATO expansion towards Russia and of course the king of terror himself Zbignew Brzezinski who are also linked to Caspian energy interests.

    1. FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has recently wrote some good articles recently highlighting US-NATO-Chechen terrorist cooperation in the North Caucasus.

      FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds: US directly supported Chechen terror groups between 96-2001

      Why no US-Turkish diplomatic cables between 96-2001

      BFP Exclusive: US-NATO-Chechen Militia Joint Operations Base

      Edmonds talks to Corbett about her US-Chechen-NATO article

  5. In all the Arab and Muslim nations we see the 50% most educated and wealthy hoarding all the wealth and impoverishing the lower half. A thing that could only happen by a selfish and self-absorbed lower half totally indifferent to the wants and needs of their brothers, as you can’t have slavery without a whole lot of slave drivers.

    So, why should we feel any guilt whatsoever for such a self-inflected dilemma?

  6. 9-11 tie in,us backed syrian terrorist met with bin laden,also cia backed terrorists take over libya,al queeda flag flies over government buildings,cia tied to hijackers,besides getting their visas approved,saudii royals isi pakistan fund hijackers both cia proxies for big oil and israel,. england

  7. In Syria, half the people live in squalid slum conditions, half live in good housing and the politics that will best maintain this statuesque will provide the greatest “stability” for foreign investors. I mean, if the upper half has a dictator mentality, what can government possibly do to change it?

  8. So according to Pepe Escobar, Assad whose murdered 4500 Syrian civilians is innocent.
    Please! Assad like his father is a murdering dictator who kills or jails anyone who opposes him.

    1. Those numbers are questionable which also includes Syrian military and police killed by the Western, Arab and Turkish backed terrorists killed in clashes between Syrian forces and Islamic terrorists.

      This is a video back in June of Muslim Brotherhood forces crossing the border from Turkey into Syria causing mayhem and chaos.

      This is the same Turkey that has invaded and bombed the Kurdish region of Iraq because guerrillas have used that as a base to launch attacks against Turkish soldiers.

  9. Scott Horton, you say, why the Muslim Brotherhood is best situated to replace the Assad regime.
    So why didn't you support Mubarak last year? Everyone knew the Moslem Brotherhood would take over in Egypt if Mubarak was gone. Ofcourse Mubarak you see as Pro West and thats why you wanted him out.
    Where Assad is anti West and it doesn't matter how many Syrian civilians he kills. As long as he's anti West, you'll support him.

  10. @ Ed Frias
    Maybe you should define West first. Is that a geographic term or do you think of anglo-american imperial interest cult? Is that another Orwellian term for “International community”?
    How about 1 million + dead in the Iraq? Was that Assad too perhaps? No wait may be it was Gaddafi, which “west” took care of by “humanitarian-bombs” (another Orwellian term) right!?
    Those opposing your beloved West are trying to pick the least murderer of them. Compared to “western” governments Assad is an angel. Maybe you should listen to Scot when he says that he opposes any government acting the way they do.
    Like in AA meetings, the first step for you is to admit you are brain-washed.

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