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Those were the days, in 1955, at the legendary Bandung conference in Indonesia, when the newly emancipated Global South started dreaming of building a new world, via what became configured later in 1961 in Belgrade as the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

The Empire of Chaos – and Lies – would never allow a starring role for NAM. So it played dirty: everything from hardcore subversion and bribing to military coups and proto-color revolutions.

Yet now, the Spirit of Bandung lives again, via a sort of NAM 2.0 on steroids: a Newly Aligned Movement, with the leaders of Eurasian integration at the vanguard.

We just had a taste of which way the geopolitical wind is blowing at the gathering of a new power troika in Tehran. Unlike Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill in 1943, Putin, Raisi and Erdogan did not meet to carve up the world. They met essentially to discuss how another world is possible – through bilaterals, trilaterals, multilaterals and an enhanced role for an array of relatively new geopolitical and geoeconomic institutions.

Russia – and China – have been on the forefront of all recent key decisions. Their diplomacy has brought Iran to join the SCO as a full member. Their pull is attracting key Global South players to join BRICS+. Russia has all but convinced Turkey to join BRICS+, the SCO and the EAEU, and facilitated the re-approximation of Tehran and Ankara as well as Tehran and Riyadh. Russia has largely influenced the remake/remodel process across West Asia.

This NAM 2.0 drive – of which China is a key player – stands in stark opposition to how the Empire of Chaos – and Lies – wove its toxic net, via the war on terror, since the start of the millennium. The Empire tried to subdue what it described as MENA (Middle East-Northern Africa) on the basis of two invasions/occupations (Afghanistan-Iraq); a total devastation (Libya); and a protracted proxy war (Syria). All eventually failed.

And that brings us to the stunning contrast between these two foreign policy approaches, graphically illustrated by the spectacular failure of the teleprompter-reading “leader of the free world” in his visit to Jeddah – he was not even allowed to go to Riyadh – compared to Putin’s performance in Tehran.

Not only we are witnessing the lineaments of a Russia/Iran/Turkey informal alliance; we are witnessing the alliance reading a soft riot act to the Empire: leave Syria, before you suffer yet another humiliation. And with a Kurd-directed corollary: keep away from the Americans and recognize the authority of Damascus before it’s too late.

Ankara could never admit it in public, but the fact is Sultan Erdogan – as much against US troops in Syria as Putin and Raisi – even seems to have swiftly calibrated his previous designs on Syrian sovereign territory.

The much-debated Turkish military operation in northern Syria in the end may be restricted to taming the YPG Kurds. The heart of the action will in fact revolve around how the Russia/Iran/Turkey/Syria alliance will make like impossible for Americans stealing Syrian oil.

As Russia is now on “take no prisoners” mode when facing the collective West – the mantra in every intervention by Putin, Lavrov, Medvedev, Patrushev – and on top of it firmly aligned with China and Iran, it’s inevitable that every other player across West Asia and beyond is giving undivided attention to the new game in town.

Go Caspian, Young Man

Interconnecting West Asia and Central Asia, the Caspian Sea has finally reached the geopolitical and geoeconomic limelight – complete with the groundbreaking consensus reached by the five littoral states at the Caspian Summit in late June to officially ban NATO from these waters.

Moreover, the leadership in Tehran in no time realized how the Caspian is the perfect, cost-conscious corridor from Iran to the heart of Russia along the Volga.

So it’s no wonder that Putin himself, in Tehran, proposed the construction of a key stretch of highway on the St Petersburg-Persian Gulf route, much to the delight of the Iranians. Cue to the nostalgic Great Game crowd in that former “rule the waves” island getting serial heart attacks: they could never imagine the Russian “empire” finally having full access to the warm waters of the Persian Gulf.

So we’re back to the absolutely crucial re-engineering of the International North South Transportation Corridor (INTSC) – which will play for Russia and Iran a parallel role the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) plays for China. In both cases, it’s all about multimodal Eurasia-wide trade and development corridors immune from interference by the imperial Navy.

And here we see the renewed importance of the hyper-strategic liberation of Mariupol and Kherson by the Russian and DPR forces. The Sea of Azov is now configured as a de facto Russian lake – and the same will eventually happen to what is bound to remain of the (currently Ukrainian) Black Sea coast, Odessa included.

So we have the ultra-strategic Caspian-Black Sea maritime corridor – via the Volga-Don canal – seamlessly connected to the Black Sea-Mediterranean, and up north, all the way to the Baltic and the fast developing Atlantic-Pacific connector, the Northern Sea Route. Call it the Russian Heartland Water Roads.

The NATO/Five Eyes/Intermarium combo has absolutely nothing to counteract these (overland) facts on the (Heartland) ground except to throw a pile of HIMARS into the Ukrainian black hole. And of course, keep de-industrializing Europe. In contrast, those across the Global South with a keen sense of history – as in the grand debate of ideas in a Hegelian sense – and also versed in geography and trade relations are busy getting ready to hit (and profit from) the new groove.

Have strategic ambiguity, will travel

As much as it’s a blast to survey all the instances of Russia playing strategic ambiguity to levels capable of baffling the entire, bloated “Western intel” apparatus, what is coming to the forefront is how Putin – and Patrushev – are now willfully turning up the pain dial to tactically exhaust not only the Ukrainian black hole but the whole of NATOstan.


Western governments are collapsing. Sanctions are being ditched – practically in secret. A Deep Freeze winter is a given. And then there’s the incoming economic/financial crisis, the Definitive Monster from Hell, as Martin Armstrong has made it quite clear: “There is no way they can get out of this other than default. If they default, they are worried about millions of people storming the parliaments of Europe…This is really a tremendous financial crisis that we are facing. They have been borrowing year after year since WWII with zero intention of paying anything back.”

Meanwhile, Moscow may be revving up the turbines to launch – this coming Fall? In the middle of Winter? Next Spring? – a multi-spectrum Mother of All Offensives, capitalizing on a rolling series of interconnected strategies that have already rendered dazed and confused every NATOstan “analyst” in sight.

That would explain Putin looking like he’s cheerfully whistling JJ Cale’s Call Me the Breeze in most of his public appearances. In his crucial intervention at the Strong Ideas for a New Time forum, he enthusiastically promoted the advent of “truly revolutionary” and “enormous” changes that would lead to the creation of a new, “harmonious, fairer and more community-focused and safe” world order.

Yet that’s not for everyone: “only truly sovereign states can ensure high growth dynamics.” What that implies is that the unipolar world order, followed by states in the collective West which are hardly sovereign, is condemned to fail, as it’s “becoming a brake on the development of our civilization.

Only a self-confident sovereign who does not expect anything constructive from the collective West can get away with describing it as “racist and neo-colonial”, bearing an ideology that “is becoming increasingly more like totalitarianism.” In the old NAM days these words would be met with an assassination.

So will the “rules-based international order” be preserved? Not a chance, argues Putin: the changes are “irreversible.” For those about to rock, NAM 2.0 salutes you.

(Republished from Strategic Culture Foundation by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: China, Iran, Russia, Turkey 
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  1. Biff says:

    It’s like a Fourth of July parade, and all the balloons go flat, and I’m noticing a lot less flag wavers these days. The illusions turn into delusions, and everyone wanders off in their own direction – without unity, these “leaders” are fresh out of friends.

  2. Notsofast says:

    how ironic the u.s wanted to give the russians vietnam 2.0 but ended up giving them nam 2.0 instead.

    • Agree: Bro43rd
  3. Kali says:

    I do hope your faith in Mr Putin, et al, is justified, Pepe. Certainly, with each article, you convince me more and more that the geopolitical world planned/imagined by Putin and the others (as you report it) is worth the birth pains.

    But I remain sceptical.

    I agree with you that the Empire of Lies/Chaos/Evil (EoL/C/E) has to go. But I do not trust that its replacement will have the best interests of “We the Peasants” at heart, and I fear that a false sence of security may be being created here.

    Both Putin and Xi are, if their words are to be believed, fully on-board with the UN agenda 21/30, Green New Deal, etc, which envisions a world in which the populations of nations will be removed from all rural locations into densly packed “Smart Cities”, there to be ordered and utterly controled by a new totalitarian, technocratic distopia in the name of “rewilding” for the sake of reducing the amount of atmospheric plant food we, as carbon-based life-forms, unavoidably produce.

    The entire Global Commons is set come under the control (actually “ownership” for all practical intents and purposes) of a global corporatocracy. So “rewilding” actually means “resource raping” and actual environmental devestation.

    In all of your articles celebrating the coming demise of the EoL/C/E you frequently discuss the sanctity of sovereignty – of nations and of states, but never of people (or even peoples).

    Recall that Mr Putin waited 8 years before rushing to the rescue of Dombas Russians – 8 years in which they were being ruthlessly slaughtered. – Of course, he had his reasons for waiting so long, but such a long delay does not inspire faith in his devotion to his people.

    We shall see (I hope) how all of this plays out eventually. In the meantime, my own personal mantra denying authority or jurisdiction to ANY who would attempt to claim it over me will remain at the front of my mind:

    “I am the living woman called by the utterance ‘kali prajita’. I do not recognise you. I do not recognise or accept your jurisdiction. And I grant you no authority over me.”

    Of course self defence in the face of violent beligerance, should it ever come to that, remains my perogative.

    Should it be shown, in time, that my missgivings are wrong, and the world to come is one in which all sovereignty and freedom, under God and Natural Law, is respected, then I will happily enjoy the inevitable peace that such a world would inherrit.

    Very best wishes,

    • Thanks: Bro43rd
    • Replies: @Kali
    , @Notsofast
    , @RobinG
    , @Anon001
  4. Kali says:

    I will happily enjoy the inevitable peace that such a world would inherrit.

    correction! ALMOST inevitable peace. Plus MAY inherrit. 🙂

  5. Anon[232] • Disclaimer says:

    I believe Chinese led order (in economic and population sense) will be better than the last 500 years or so of Western colonial and neocolonial Totalitarianism (to paraphrase Putin’s recent utterance).
    Still I have some misgivings about Chinese ultimate goal of freedom to themselves and others, being still a Centralized power with Communist politburo control at the top and not having the Religion and Freedom of Prayer as central to freedom of expression and practice. In this sense I am more confident in evolving freedom and sovereignty in Russia, which is now the the leading Orthodox Christian country in the world, without the compulsion of converting others into its Religion (though I’m not a Christian, I believe Orthodox Christianity is lot more tolerant than other sects). I hope that Russia, Iran and India as dominant Religious countries now will act as balancing powers to Chinese domination instincts (watching unfoldment of BRI is the barometer for me)

  6. How many US military bases are there in NAM2 countries? When will Iraq join? Syria? Golan Heights?

    • Replies: @Ann Nonny Mouse
  7. Notsofast says:

    dearest ma kali,
    your hesitancy to trust xi and putin is completely understandable. they are unknown commodities in the western world and we can only judge them by their actions. it appears to me that both putin and xi have the best interest of their people in mind. zioneocons on the other hand are very well known commodity, who definitely have no one’s interest in mind except their own demon clan. compare their actions over the last +40 years with putins actions over the last 22 years and the contrast could not be more clear.

    ukraine is just the tip of the iceberg in a much larger struggle that has been on going for for thousands of years, a spiritual battle, if you will or perhaps of the will would be more apropos. the geopolitical upheaval we are experiencing are the labor pains of a new world being born. pepe reminded us in an earlier article, that we have actually entered a new day and age, call it aquarius, call it the end of kali yuga either way the suns gonna shine.

    • Thanks: Kali
  8. @Ann Nonny Mouse

    And Lebanon needs to join up. Any prospect?

  9. RobinG says:

    Muh, FREEDOM!

    • Troll: Kali
  10. The MonkeyPox Anal Sex Bioweapon has reached a new phase in its contamination. Kids are being sexually molested by infected MonkeyPox GlobalHomo pedophiles. Yet unlike the HIV/AIDS GlobalHomo virus, they turn on the scare factor and raise the lockdown mandates again.

    It’s ironic that Washington DC has a high count MonkeyPox infection rate. Are there that many homosexuals living there, or is it just a meeting ground for government sponsored anal sex orgies on the public dime?

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  11. SteveK9 says:

    Peepee always thinks that trade is the be all and end all of human existence. It is not. It is important but internal development is much more important, particularly for continental superpowers like Russia, China, India, and to a lesser extent Iran. There are advantages to trade, but disadvantages to dependence as well. America in the 1970’s was at the zenith of its power, and foreign trade accounted for 6% of GDP.

  12. SafeNow says:

    The U.S. leaders will not allow a “German deep freeze” because they and their wives love their Mercedes cars. This is the principal factor in determining U.S. policy towards Germany. I am not trying to be funny or cynical.

  13. Notsofast says:

    now that the w.h.o. has declared monkey pox a”public health emergency of international concern” , i purpose a social experiment, print a thousand bumper stickers with the w.h.o. logo that read : “get ass jabbed for monkey pox, it’s your civic duty”. next place the stickers on random cars in big box store parking lots all over your city. who knows, it could go viral!

  14. The best thing about China being the dominant global superpower is that unlike muttmerica and jewish-anglo subhumans, they would neither try to dictate other country’s internal policies nor bombing anyone who doesn’t follow their values. Whatever China does, whether good or not, they don’t force it upon others. It can happen in theory, but they has never done that for their entire history, so it’s (very) unlikely. I think that is the best thing about China and the upcoming ‘Chinese world order’, so to speak.

  15. anonymous[979] • Disclaimer says:

    Pepe Escobar bashes and abandons the long-suffering oppressed Kurds, approving the Yalta-style ‘carving up’ of *their* nation by Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria with brutal continuing violence –

    Just like Escobar abandons the thousands of victims of Iran’s floggings, burying women alive up to their necks and hitting their heads with stones till they die, and slow-torture hangings with no neck-breaking drop, in which petite women can take nearly an hour of strangulation to expire

    As correct as Escobar is about the corrupt West, Nato etc … he is just someone serving a new set of masters who are replacing the old ones … new masters who may have different horrors in store for us

    Escobar plays into the need people have, to hope some major geopolitical actors are the white-hat good-guy heroes (Putin? Xi? HA) … this leads to fatal mistakes of trust

    What is needed, and rare, is the respect for self-determination of all peoples, their secession and independence rights … the Russians of Donbass … the Kurds of the near-East … the Taiwanese … the Tibetans … the Uighurs … the Chechens … the Catalans … and so on

    Pepe Escobar tho, will abandon many of these to violent oppression, to keep his Russia-China ‘new-new world order’ sponsors pleased with him

    • Troll: Ann Nonny Mouse
    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  16. WATTBA says:

    As a ‘European citizen’ (whatever that’s supposed to mean) I can say that I’m living the Z-op & the multipolar Zeitgeist as a liberating operation from a peoples perspective… and it rocks !
    My one and only concern is that Russia (and China) could reach an agreement with this whole band of €UrocrataZ & evil ImperialiZts without having completed the de-€UronatoZification & de-ImperialiZation in full.

    Russia (& China) Don’t let us down, please.

  17. @Notsofast

    Target the real spreaders and distribute WHO MonkeyPox stickers at local Gay Pride Parades.

    What’s sick is how these GlobalHomo sex freaks are obsessed with phucing monkeys in the azz. No other species does this in nature.

    • Replies: @Kali
  18. Kali says:

    Not to detract from your comment at all, CQ, but I saw on telegram earlier that Exposé News is associating the Monkey Pox with “vaxx induced shingles”.

    I took a look at their (car-crash of a) web site and found the follwing, which doesn’t mention shingles, but is very interesting no-the-less –

    All the best my friend,,

    • Replies: @CelestiaQuesta
  19. @Kali

    Thank you for the link Kali, I’ve put off getting both pneumonia and shingles vax since catching a metapneumovirus two weeks ago. Not as bad as the SARS 1 virus I caught in 2018, but still required an emergency hospital visit. Received both Pfizer shots, no boosters for me. It’s all becoming so convoluted regarding facts. Not sure how my immune system will fight off another virus attack.
    If I disappear from comments, it was enlightening reading your inspiring words.
    Blessings my friend,

    • Replies: @Kali
  20. Anon001 says:

    Dear Kali,

    Your skepticism is very reasonable, but you may not know that, with Pepe, as well as with Saker, Martyanov, and similar people that behave as Putin’s version of QAnon, arguments have no effect on their love for their perfect-in-every-way hero – Putin.

    Aside from what you have you mentioned – Putin letting 14000 ethnic Russian civilians to be murdered in Ukraine 2014-2022, there are many more red flags: Putin’s affinity towards globalism, resetting, WEF, G20, supplying energy to Russia enemies, promising to be Russia’s enemies most trusted partner, QR codes, etc. does not make NAM or anything else not West-tied possible. Check out some articles below that also show Putin’s “care” for personal freedoms in Russia. Also, watch as this comment is attacked by PutinAnons with plenty of insults and denigration, but zero counter-arguments.

    [1] Resetting Without Schwab: Russia & the Fourth Industrial Revolution
    ( Riley Waggaman aka Edward Slavsquat | Whitney Webb | Unlimited Hangout )

    [2] Panel: “Russia & the Great Reset – Resistance or Complicity?” | Rokfin:
    Whitney Webb’s panel including Riley Waggaman aka Edward Slavsquat
    Note: Just fast-forward to Riley’s segments as the only ones worth listening to – he’s the guy in the bottom-left corner of the podcast panel view.–the-Great-Reset--Resistance-or-Complicity

    [3] Kremlin: BRICS Can Not Replace G20 – 14.07.2022, Sputnik International:

    [4] Putin’s version of you-will-eat-ze-bugs and fake-meat in Russia

    [5] Russia’s pro-war pundits have no illusions about Ukraine

    [6] Russia’s “sustainable development” cult is decadent & depraved:

    [7] Genetic Russia – Genetic Passports – Edward Slavsquat:

    [8] Russia & the WHO: Friends with benefits:

    [9] Russia says it’s fighting the whole world. Has anyone told Putin?:

    • Thanks: Franz
    • Replies: @Kali
    , @Republic
  21. Kali says:

    If you haven’t already, CQ, get yourself a kilo of pure ascorbic acid (vit c) and mega dose on the stuff. Inexpensive and effective.

    Also, plenty of fermented foods (for immunity boosting gut bacteria – my favourits are fermented lemons and my own water-cured olives. Fermented garlic is hugely beneficial too), orgnic apple cider vinegar (preferably with mother) and lots of sunshine – all of which will support and boost your immune system against infections, and may even help counter the effects of the spike.

    (Happy to share recipes for ferments. Just say the word.)

    Sending love and best wishes,

    • Replies: @CelestiaQuesta
  22. Kali says:

    Thanks 001.

    I am aware of Waggaman’s contributions to the conversation, but not of Whitney Webb’s. I will take a look.

    Best wishes,

  23. @Kali

    Blessings Kali, natures remedies are amazing.

  24. @Notsofast

    I’m having decals printed up saying:

    Keep Your Underpants Up and Don’t Drop the Soap.

    Screw the mask baloney.

  25. Republic says:

    Riley Waggaman aka Edward Slavsquat is an interesting character,he seems to be stuck in Tbilisi, Georgia unable to get a visa to return to Moscow

  26. @anonymous

    Hi Moshe, Syria used S-300 against the Israeli warplanes 2 days ago.

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