Pepe Escobar


Globetrotting journalist Pepe Escobar discusses “A Separation,” the first Iranian movie to win an Academy Award; the suspiciously-timed announcement of a plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin, just days before Russia’s presidential election; Pepe’s article “What is Iran’s Supreme Leader’s Game;” the Green movement’s exclusion from Iran’s parliamentary elections; why a US/Israeli war with Iran could bring Russia and China into the fray; and how GCC’s support for Syria’s opposition is fomenting a prolonged civil war.

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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.

27 thoughts on “Pepe Escobar”

  1. Thanks Brazil for Pepe! Good to hear a real journalist/expert!
    Keep on writing the good stuff Pepe, NO, dubble your efforts cause there are not many like you left in the world.
    ‘A separation’ is on the thepiratebay and go get it.

  2. Robin Wright writes about people of Iran. Recently read her book on 20 years after revolution. Iran, btw, has what is prolly the best family planning program of any country in the world.

  3. The Russian Protests: Nobody killed or beaten, no police brutality or protestors forced into “Free Speech Zones" like the US. A peaceful demonstration. I wonder If the Republican Convention in the August heat of Tampa will be as peacefu? We keep hearing that Russia is being "tyranninzed by thier government" (to quote Scott here), but the Kremlin appears to be a lot more flexible and tolerant when it comes to protests than the White House. What does this say about "tyranny" in America?

  4. Russia is man’s morality — Iran is God’s morality

    In Russia we see man’s morality and man’s government carried to its ultimate conclusion, the idea that good morality is give everyone the freedom to be all you can be, to own all you can own and this gives Putin the right to not only be the richest man in Russia, but also king-god over Russia.

    Whereas quite the reverse is it in Iran, for the Green Party tried to bring Western democracy to Iran, which is a dictatorship by and for the voting majority, the 51% most educated and wealthy, which would have taken all political power and control away from the religions clerics including the Supreme Leader. Which would have caused 49% lower half of Iran society to suffer the same fate as in Empire USA, namely economical slavery and a starvation wage. Now you know why the Green Party is no more.

    1. John, I would like some evidence that Putin is "the richest man in Russia." This has been repeated endlessly, but there has never been any proof presented that he's this wealthy. There was a report a few months ago detailing Putin's "fortune," and it turns out that he owned a home, an apartment & two cars and a truck. It was a Reuters article at that – one I wish I had saved. I remember they did not find any hidden or offshore accounts where Putin had hidden wealth – which would have to literally be BILLIONS if he were the richest man in Russia. Unless he has this wealth buried in his backyard, I'll file this in the myth category until I've seen evidence to the contrary.

      1. Actually Putins mansion turned out to be a foreign guest house but corruption was so high that it went WAY over the budget although it could have been a scam to fleece money from the state.

    2. Are you implying that the “Green Party” in Iran has the majority vote but was stop by the government?_You are wrong about the elections in Iran. The so called green Party never had the majority nor did they win the election._If you understood the voting system in Iran you would never have said that. In Iran the election are not based on preceding and anyone can vote at any location and more importantly the votes are counted at each voting place which by law the representative of each candidate has to be present at the counting of the votes._Prez. Ahmadinejad won by over 6 million votes (over the green fart candidate – Mousavi) and because the votes were counted at the each individual voting locations it was impossible to rig 6 million votes and note that not even Mousavi (the traitor) didn’t complain about not having his representatives present during the vote counting._Doesn’t it strike you as odd that the morning after the election these groups had a well-organized signs and posters in English out demanding the nullification of the election. What, did they happen to make all those signs in English at the night of the election?_You have to realize that majority of the population is pro IRI

    3. I do not know what takes place in Russia with the protesters; if what you say is correct then that is good thing for Russian citizens. But "Western demcracy," I do not understand. The US is not a democracy. It is a republic ruled by law. Iran is also a republic. If some freedoms are being lost in Iran it is because it is in a state of war. If anyone is to blame for the loss of freedoms in Iran it is the fault of the so called Western democracies.

  5. R.C.
    “John, I would like some evidence that
    Putin is "the richest man in Russia."

    Its common horse sense, Russia like Empire USA is ruled by the richest of the rich. If its not light to you, if its darkness unless more light is given you, then no amount of physical facts would change such a preception and go on with life you should.

  6. Self-evident fact

    Whether Putin be among the rich or like Obama hand picked by the rich, what difference does it make? For planet earth is ruled by deadly force, wealth is what purchases and control deadly force, its common horse sense.

    1. This isn't a "self-evident fact."

      Either he's as wealthy as you claim or he isn't. You simply have no proof for your assertion, so please just ADMIT it and stop attempting to weasel out of it with sophistry.

      I do believe that Putin IS an autocratic leader, but at the end of the day, he may be the only thing standing between us and a war with Iran and Syria. Yes, Putin was initially picked by "the rich" to continue the neo-liberal policies which had wrecked the country under Yeltsin, but he then slyly turned the tables on them (throwing the west completely off guard) and many of them fled to London & Tel-Aviv. It was around 2003-4 when the West officially turned on him and started questioning "Democracy" in Russia, because he began to throw oligarchs in prison. If you search Justin Raimondo's archives, he has written much on Putin and why he's despised by the West. They are well worth reading.

      1. R.C

        Not true the gang known as the Yeltsin family which includes the Oligarchs started to lose control in 98 when Russia had to default on loans following Soros Asia crisis whose main objective at the time was was to use Chechnya as a point to annex the North Caucasus from Russia to have full control of the Caspain basin to create pipelines that bypass Russia through Turkey and the Balkans.
        Putin was put forward as the only independent power block the intelligence service to throw a spanner in the works of this operation in exchange for immunity for prosecution for Yeltsin and his family.

  7. Ellis, you be a horse with that horse-sense(read dump)!
    He probebly is very rich BUT only horses accept that assertion without proof!
    You need not a teacher but a horse whisperer and a tamer!

  8. The share holders of Lockheed want Disarming First Strike Capability by 2020. The share holders of Lockheed want war with Iran. Evidenced by Chief Missile Engineer Bob Aldridge Der Spiegel 49/2011. This leads to Launch On Warning. I´ll recommend the coffee-village Risaralda highest up in Caldas.

  9. Brigadier Harbottle stated famously on public radio: "They are bloody fools in the Pentagon!" because they think they can get away with a first strike minimizing nuclear winter effects sufficiently to having no more than about 1 % casualties. That will never work because of Launch On Warning. For that reason Brigadier Harbottle called them "Bloody Fools" in the Pentagon. The US Missile Shield in Europe is operational by 2020. For Blackmail ? Or because of North Korea ? Please see Der Spiegel 49/2011.

  10. Look izi, no one cares about those guys, they are symbols of much bigger problems!
    Although you probebly right that Ahmadinejad won, your arugumentation sucks!
    Did they make those signs on election-night? Yeah why not! Some of them surely were backed/ordered by cia, but not all!
    And so what if the majority are pro IRI. Why not have referendum on that and beforehand let alternative ideas to be put forward??
    Even then if 51% say yes still 49% don’t agree! and that my friend is the problem! Democracy is inherently flawed. Are you suggesting those who can’t read and write are capable of deciding which candidate is lying to them. Hell, both do! Even people with education can’t. Just look at US, how many voted for those cucksucker bush, clinton, obama, ….
    Man you should grow up and smell the roses! Al-Bush stole the election, but would it have been any different if Al-fuckin-Gore had won??

  11. Claus, do you have the names of those shareholders?
    Seems to me that if those shareholders don’t exist there won’t be a first strike demand
    What do you think?

  12. The Monk hypocrite — Strikes again

    The Monk
    “All this comes down to trust. Can Iran be trusted in what they say?…
    In 1979, Iran breached… the USA Embassy and holding diplomats
    hostages for over a year.”

    If the Monk was not a hypocrite, then he would have stated something much more on-topic, such as when World War Two had just been won, when both Japan and U.S. troops had been pulled back and it was all over but the signing of a peace treaty, then it was that deceitful USA nuke-vaporized 220,000 civilians (not troops) into thin air.

    And it was not “diplomats” that the Iran students held hostage, but CIA agents who were about to execute another coup to but the Shah back in power, a good and honorable act that saved a great many lives.

    For when it comes to a good and honorable nation that always keeps its word, the moral Islamic Republic of Iran is second to none.

  13. Fascinating that Antiwar only accepts articles from pro "Green" movements, and interviews only the pro "Green" commentators. Gee, I wonder why??

  14. @Ellis
    You have contract with this Monk-e? If so please send it to us and anonymous will enforce that contract upon the monkey.
    Otherwise you’ve got nothin to complain about. As for US nukes there’s karma, don’t you worry most of fukushima fallout fell on US.
    Israilies have to go back where they came from (egypt?? and if they where slaves there, where the hell did they came from?). Arabs must go back to arabian-peni-sula where the can bury thire firstborn dauthers. Good riddance to both. Levant belong to levantians. Turans should go back to mongolia where they came from.

  15. The "great' Pepe Escobar – expert on basically any area that comes up in the news… right. Has it occurred to anyone that when you think of the few people who are actually experts in some area, it's a full-time task keeping up with the one chosen area of expertise? Yet this guy knows everything about every place – and is somehow always available to be interviewed by Scott Horton and always available to go an extra segment.

    As for Syria, everything he said about it before was false and has now been shown to be so. Does Scott not see the news about Homs? Remember when Pepe told us that none of that was happening, except for a few civilians accidentally caught up in some crossfire? And still he's asking him what's going on – calling him an expert and actually believing everything he says? He says that the only Arabs supporting the Syrian people are the House of Saud and Qatar. Really? He's clueless… and it's sad that he's taken so seriously.

  16. Pepe is infact one of few experts!
    Why he knows so much, well coz he is hardworking and not lazy and stupid like some others.
    Sure he is human and fallible, but he knows history and is up -to-date every day on muliple issues. How many other ‘Experts’ had seen the Iranian movie? How many other ‘Experts’ know Fellini?
    And perhaps he also more intelligent than the Kuwaity experts not to mention US&EU, never the less he IS more intellectual.
    Now go suck on you sour somethin somethin!

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