A master analyst and an intrepid traveller

Pepe Escobar--A master analyst

Pepe Escobar- a master analyst

Pepe Escobar has a grizzly look but that’s on account of his unkempt hair—otherwise he is a rather young-looking senior in his early 60s. Born in Brazil, he has lived in several countries, including the United States, France, Italy, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong; and reports on happenings in Middle East and Central Asia primarily.  He has kept an intense trained eye on US foreign policy, energy wars. Presently the BRICS Group and China’s new Silk Road excites him enormously.

Here is a man who has four books under his belt: Globalistan: How the Globlized World is Dissolving into Liquid War; Red Zone Blues: A snapshot of Bagdhad during the Surge; Obama Does Globalistan and his latest offering, The Empire of Chaos, a collection of his best articles publishing in Asia Times (www.atimes.com). He writes a regular column, “Roving Eye” in Asia Times.

Escobar often puts his physical security at risk in pursuit of truth. He is a traveller extreme and once in Afghanistan, in August 2000, before 9/11, Escobar and his two other journalist friends were arrested by the Taliban and accused of photographing a soccer match. Next year he interviewed Ahmad Shah Msoud, the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, shortly before Masoud was assassinated.  From Syria and Iraq to Ukraine, from AfPak to Libya, from Iran to Russia, and from the Persian Gulf to China, Escboar hasn’t stopped traversing what the Pentagon calls the “arc of instability.”

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 scribes to reach Kabul after the Taliban’s retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China.

A few of Escobar’s viewpoints could make you reach out for his work, that is, if you don’t already follow him.

“I have been arguing that Washington’s number one objective now is to prevent a full economic integration of Eurasia that would leave the US, as a non-hegemon, or worse still, an outsider. Thus the three-pronged strategy of “Pivoting to Asia” (Containment of China); Ukraine (containment of Russia); and beefing up NATO (subjugation of Europe, and NATO as Global Robocop).

Escobar argues that the world has been fragmented into “stans.” He believes that we are now living an intestinal war, an undeclared global civil war.

Escobar has a nice expression: NATO wants to turn Mediterranean into its own private lake. All but three of 20 states in and around Mediterranean are its dummy. These three dissenting nations, Libya, Lebanon and Syria are paying the price for their intransigence. Afghanistan-Pakistan no longer has NATO’s attention. Middle East and Africa is what they have on their dinner table.

An admirer of Escobar, an American, has written thus in appreciation of one of his books: “If any of our politicians ever listened to Pepe, they might finally actually learn something about foreign policy instead of simply going along with the CIA-Mossad self-destructive delusion/trap that just drives us deeper and deeper into war/debt.”

Escobar’s articles have also appeared on diverse magazines and websites such as Huffington Post, Tom Dispatch, The Nation, Voltaire Net, Salon, Antiwar.org among others. He has been interviewed by Russia Today, Press TV, Al-Jazeera and The Real News Network.

Here we leave you with one of his articles to savour: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-02-030315.html.

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