(RussiaToday) – Syria has reportedly opened the New Year with a horrifying discovery of dozens of corpses in the capital Damascus. Some of the bodies were decapitated and bore traces of torture. They have not yet been identified. This comes amid widespread doubt there will be any major breakthrough in Syria’s bloody civil stand-off any time soon. Asia Times Correspondent Pepe Escobar predicts that the conflict could follow the Lebanese Civil War scenario and continue for another fifteen years. Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – NATO foreign ministers have approved the deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey. Ankara had asked its Alliance partners for the weapons, after several deadly cross-border fire incidents with Syria. Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar says the deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey is designed to further intimidate Damascus… Read the rest of this entry »
(AsiaTimes) – There is a video that could be loosely translated as “Terrorist Turkish border opening fire on the Syrian side” that pretty accurately sums up what’s going on at the ultra-volatile geopolitical hotspot of the moment. Read the rest of this entry »
See Also: (AsiaTimes) – Is Bibi the Bully wagging the American dog? – Pepe Escobar – Read More Here
(RussiaToday) – It’s official – Vladimir Putin has won the presidential race to become Russia’s leader for a third term. Official results have given him almost 64 per cent of the vote. Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar in Thailand says that despite the Russian people making their choice clear, the U.S. is still on a mission to vilify the country… Read the rest of this entry »
(AsiaTimes) – Imagine the classic United States neo-conservative wet dream; staring at Iran on a map and salivating about the crossroads between Europe and Asia, between the Arab world and the Indian subcontinent, between the Arabian Sea and Central Asia, with 10% of the world’s proven oil reserves (over 150 billion barrels) and 15% of proven gas reserves – an energy complex bigger than Saudi Arabia and arbiter of the energy routes from the Persian Gulf to the West and Asia via the Strait of Hormuz. Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – The EU states are calling for creating humanitarian corridors in Syria, which some fear could open the door to foreign intervention. But Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar says it’s already underway. Read the rest of this entry »
(AsiaTimes) – A Greek choir of the “disgusted” and the “outraged” predictably greeted BRICS members Russia and China double veto to the United Nations Security Council resolution imposing regime change in Syria. The resolution was backed by that haven of democracy, the GCC League, the organization controlled by the six monarchies/emirates of the Gulf Cooperation Council formerly known as the Arab League. Read the rest of this entry »
(AsiaTimes) – Here’s a crash course on the “democratic” machinations of the Arab League – rather the GCC League, as real power in this pan-Arab organization is wielded by two of the six Persian Gulf monarchies composing the Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as Gulf Counter-revolution Club; Qatar and the House of Saud.
Essentially, the GCC created an Arab League group to monitor what’s going on in Syria. The Syrian National Council – based in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries Turkey and France – enthusiastically supported it. It’s telling that Syria’s neighbor Lebanon did not. Read the rest of this entry »
(Disinfo) – America’s Bad Girlfriend: Mossad Agents Impersonate CIA To Foment Trouble In Iran – Read More Here
(Wired) – Humans Lose, Robots Win in New Defense Budget
About 80,000 Army soldiers and 20,000 Marines are getting downsized. Half of the Army’s conventional combat presence in Europe is packing up and ending its post-Cold War staycation. Replacing them, according to the $613 billion budget previewed by the Pentagon on Thursday: unconventional special-operations forces; new bombers; new spy tools; new missiles for subs; and a veritable Cylon army of drones. Read More Here
(Haaretz) – Israeli officials think Iran retaliation threat is a bluff, NYT reports – Read More Here
(Haaretz) – Romney: Palestinians don’t want two-state solution, they want to eliminate Israel – Read More Here
(AsiaTimes) – The Iranian oil embargo blowback – Pepe Escobar
If the sorry parade of European poodles – or what analyst Chris Floyd delightfully dubbed Europuppies – had any understanding of Persian culture, they would have known that blowback for their declaration of economic war in the form of an Iranian oil embargo would be nothing short of heavy metal.
See Also: (AsiaTimes) – Europe at war with Iran – Pepe Escobar – Read More Here
(RussiaToday) – Reports from Iran suggest a fierce reaction to the EU’s move to impose an embargo on Iran’s crude exports. To discuss the implications of fresh sanctions against Iran, RT talks to Pepe Escobar – columnist and ‘Asia Times’ correspondent, from Bangkok. Read the rest of this entry »
See Also: (AFP) – Euro sinks to 16-month low – Read More HereRead More Here
(AsiaTimes) – Here’s a crash course on how to further wreck the global economy.
A key amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act signed by United States President Barack Obama on the last day of 2011 – when no one was paying attention – imposes sanctions on any countries or companies that buy Iranian oil and pay for it through Iran’s central bank. Starting this summer, anybody who does it is prevented from doing business with the US. Read the rest of this entry »
(WashPost) – North Korea promises prosperity, demands loyalty to new leader – Read More Here
(Military) – US Warns Iran Against Closing Key Oil Passage – Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – BREAKING: Horn of Africa: US Proxy War in Somalia Veers Towards Regional Conflict – Finnian Cunningham
Ethiopia’s anticipated invasion marks scramble for territory with Kenyan rival Read More Here
REPOST – (Xinhua) – South Caucasus: World’s Next Full-Blown War? – Read More Here
(SCF) – The American-Iranian Cold War in the Middle East and the Threat of A Broader War – Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya – Read More Here
(AsiaTimes) – Playing chess in Eurasia – Pepe Escobar
Bets are off on which is the great story of 2011. Is it the Arab Spring(s)? Is it the Arab counter-revolution, unleashed by the House of Saud? Is it the “birth pangs” of the Greater Middle East remixed as serial regime changes? Is it R2P (“responsibility to protect”) legitimizing “humanitarian” bombing? Read the rest of this entry »
(ConsortiumNews) – As competition for oil, water and other resources intensify, global power relationships are shifting, providing backdrops for a string of conflicts from Iraq to Libya. Brazilian-born journalist Pepe Escobar, one of the most perceptive analysts of these trends, was interviewed by German Lars Schall. Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – Thousands of people have rallied in the Syrian city of Homs, emboldened by the Arab League observers’ visit to the country. But journalist Pepe Escobar says the monitors will have to investigate both the official and the opposition armies. Read the rest of this entry »
(Spoiler alert: this is the alternate remix of a New York Times original.)
(AsiaTimes) – The Pentagon officially pronounced its US$3 trillion-and-counting, “war on terror”-related invasion, occupation and decimation of the Iraqi nation dead on Thursday even as the country prepared for a low-intensity Sunni-Shi’ite civil war and the Muslim world wondered whatever happened to the George W Bush administration’s Greater Middle East. Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – The UN Security Council is pouring over the details of a new draft resolution on Syria, put forward by Russia. It condemns all sides in the ongoing conflict, calling for violence to stop – but there’s no mention of sanctions. Moscow’s been trying to mediate a peaceful solution for months, but there’s been little let-up in the violence. Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – The Russian Foreign Ministry shot back at US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her criticism that Russia’s elections were neither free nor fair. Pointing out that the US electoral system is “far from perfect,” the foreign ministry continued that only the Russian people “can determine the future of our country Read the rest of this entry »
See Also: (NYTImes) – U.N. Says Action Needed to Prevent Civil War in Syria – Read More Here
(AsiaTimes) – Target Syria – the strategic prize that outstrips Libya. The stage is set. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Libya 2.0 equals Syria? It’s more like Libya 2.0 remix. With the same R2P (”responsibility to protect”) rationale – starring civilians bombed into ”democracy”. But with no UN Security Council resolution (Russia and China will veto it). Instead, Turkey shines, fanning the flames of civil war. Read the rest of this entry »
(AsiaTimes) – Last week, independent journalist Sam Husseini went to a news conference by Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia at Washington’s National Press Club – where Husseini is a member.
Then he did something that is alien to United States corporate media culture. He behaved as an actual journalist and asked a tough, pertinent, no-holds-barred question. Here it is, as relayed by Husseini’s blog: Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – Gaddafi at one point was a hero to the Western world, but for the last year Gaddafi was looked at as a villain. There are many reports explaining the reasons why the change of heart from the Western powers. Pepe Escobar, correspondent for the Asia Times, helps us understand what happened and what lies ahead for Libya. Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – Last week the White House announced that 100 American combat troops would be deployed to central Africa. Their mission would be training and advising forces that are in conflict with the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army. Some think the US is only asking for trouble getting involved in the ethnic war that has been going on for decades. Pepe Escobar, a correspondent for Asia Times, helps us understand why now. Read the rest of this entry »
(Bloomberg) – UN Humanitarian Chief Warns Libyans of Risk to Sirte Civilians – Read More Here
(RealNews) – Will US stay in Iraq to Protect Oil Interest?
Antonia Juhasz: Debate about Iraq exit continues as China gives US oil companies cover Video Link Here
(TIME) – Robert Baer: Iranian Plot Is a Bad Hollywood Script
Just when you think the Middle Easy couldn’t get any weirder, along comes an Iranian plot to assassinate the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Washington. The plot has was described by FBI Director Robert Muller as plucked right out of a Hollywood script — if so, it would be a truly awful Hollywood script. None of it measures up to Iran’s unsurpassed skill in conducting assassinations. As for motives, there are no convincing ones. Read More Here
(AJC) – Occupy Iran Fast & Furious (Extended) with Pepe Escobar
Mike Adams sits in for Alex. He interviews Brazil-based journalist Pepe Escobar, who writes for the Asia Times Online, about the bogus Iranian terror plot and the Obama administration’s move toward war.
Mike runs down the latest fast moving developments on Iran and the efforts by the Obama administration, the Justice and State departments to cobble together an excuse to invade the Islamic country and touch off a conflagration that will likely set the Middle East ablaze.
(LandDestroyer) – Agitator Nominated for Next US “Ambassador” to Russia
Nominee is establishment stooge, steeped in organizations renowned for extraterritorial meddling and subversion. Read More Here
(CBSAP) – “Unusual” meeting between US, Iran over plot
President Barack Obama said Thursday that officials at the “highest levels” of the Iranian government must be held accountable for a brazen and bizarre plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States on American soil, insisting leaders of the world will believe the U.S. case without dispute once they absorb the details. Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – Fierce fighting for Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte continues in Libya, where revolutionary forces claim they’ve seized the convention centre – the main base of the Colonel’s loyalists. For over two days now, Libya’s interim rulers have been waging one of the biggest assaults yet on the most-important remaining stronghold of the ousted leader. Revolutionary forces claim they control most of the town that’s been under siege for three weeks now. Libya’s interim leaders say failure to take Sirte is the only thing keeping them from formally declaring liberation and scheduling elections. Read the rest of this entry »
(DebkaFile) – US confirms al Qaeda members’ role in rebel command – Read More Here
(Guardian) – Libya: Gaddafi sons and loyalist convoys ‘have fled strongholds’ – Read More Here
(BBC) – Russia’s Lavrov condemns EU oil sanctions on Syria – Read More Here
(SkyNews) – Anti-Gaddafi Forces Near Dictator’s Hometown – Read More Here
(CounterPunch) – One Hell of a Humanitarian Mission – 30,000 Bombs Over Libya
After some 8,000 bombing raids, with estimates of 4 bombs used per attack NATO has already dropped over 30,000 bombs on Libya. That’s almost 200 bombs per day for 6 months, some tens of thousands of tons of high explosives. Read More Here
(AsiaTimes) – It’s a TOTAL war, monsieur – Pepe Escobar
The winners of that “kinetic” thing in northern Africa (the Barack Obama administration swears it’s not a war) – collectively described as Friends of Libya (FOL) – were all in a jolly mood as they gathered in Paris on Thursday, with no air-conditioning but potent odors of runny Brie and Roquefort, to gloat about their United Nations-sanctioned, North Atlantic Treaty Organization-implemented “operation” for regime change in Libya. Read the rest of this entry »
(IND) – New fighting in Libya as Gaddafi loyalists refuse to surrender – Read More Here
(IND) – US forces suffer their deadliest month yet in Afghan campaign – Read More Here
(AsiaTimes) – Why Gaddafi Got a Red Card – Pepe Escobar
Sarko had a bag full of motives to exact revenge on The Big G.
French banks had told him that Gaddafi was about to transfer his billions of euros to Chinese banks. Thus Gaddafi could not by any means become an example to other Arab nations or sovereign funds. Read More Here
(Telegraph) – Pre-Raid Intelligence Doubted Bin Laden Was In Pakistani Compound
A last-minute double-check of intelligence before the raid that killed Osama bin Laden cast fresh doubt on whether he was really in the Pakistani compound where he was found, according to a new documentary. Read More Here
(AJC) – In an Infowars Special Report, Alex Jones speaks with Asia Times reporter Pepe Escobar on the rule of al Qaeda in Tripoli and the emerging civil war in Libya. Later, We Are Change.org founder Luke Rudkowski discusses his most recent confrontation with World Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein as the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 approaches. Alex Jones also covers the latest statements from Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz on the raid of his company by green police and more. Part 1 of 3
See Also: (AsiaTimes) – R2P is now Right 2 Plunder – Pepe Escobar – Read More Here
(AsiaTimes) – Think of the new Libya as the latest spectacular chapter in the Disaster Capitalism series. Instead of weapons of mass destruction, we had R2P, short for “responsibility to protect”. Instead of neo-conservatives, we had humanitarian imperialists.
But the target is the same: regime change. And the project is the same: to completely dismantle and privatize a nation that was not integrated into turbo-capitalism; to open another (profitable) land of opportunity for turbocharged neo-liberalism. The whole thing is especially handy because it is smack in the middle of a nearly global recession. Read the rest of this entry »