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The War of Economic Corridors is now proceeding full speed ahead, with the game-changing first cargo flow of goods from Russia to India via the International North South Transportation Corridor (INSTC) already in effect.

Very few, both in the east and west, are aware of how this actually has long been in the making: the Russia-Iran-India agreement for implementing a shorter and cheaper Eurasian trade route via the Caspian Sea (compared to the Suez Canal), was first signed in 2000, in the pre-9/11 era.

The INSTC in full operational mode signals a powerful hallmark of Eurasian integration – alongside the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), and last but not least, what I described as “Pipelineistan” two decades ago.

Caspian is key

Let’s have a first look on how these vectors are interacting.

The genesis of the current acceleration lies in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s capital, for the 6th Caspian Summit. This event not only brought the evolving Russia-Iran strategic partnership to a deeper level, but crucially, all five Caspian Sea littoral states agreed that no NATO warships or bases will be allowed on site.

That essentially configures the Caspian as a virtual Russian lake, and in a minor sense, Iranian – without compromising the interests of the three “stans,” Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. For all practical purposes, Moscow has tightened its grip on Central Asia a notch.

As the Caspian Sea is connected to the Black Sea by canals off the Volga built by the former USSR, Moscow can always count on a reserve navy of small vessels – invariably equipped with powerful missiles – that may be transferred to the Black Sea in no time if necessary.

Stronger trade and financial links with Iran now proceed in tandem with binding the three “stans” to the Russian matrix. Gas-rich republic Turkmenistan for its part has been historically idiosyncratic – apart from committing most of its exports to China.

Under an arguably more pragmatic young new leader, President Serdar Berdimuhamedow, Ashgabat may eventually opt to become a member of the SCO and/or the EAEU.

Caspian littoral state Azerbaijan on the other hand presents a complex case: an oil and gas producer eyed by the European Union (EU) to become an alternative energy supplier to Russia – although this is not happening anytime soon.

The West Asia connection

Iran’s foreign policy under President Ebrahim Raisi is clearly on a Eurasian and Global South trajectory. Tehran will be formally incorporated into the SCO as a full member in the upcoming summit in Samarkand in September, while its formal application to join the BRICS has been filed.

Purnima Anand, head of the BRICS International Forum, has stated that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are also very much keen on joining BRICS. Should that happen, by 2024 we could be on our way to a powerful West Asia, North Africa hub firmly installed inside one of the key institutions of the multipolar world.

As Putin heads to Tehran next week for trilateral Russia, Iran, Turkey talks, ostensibly about Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is bound to bring up the subject of BRICS.

Tehran is operating on two parallel vectors. In the event the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is revived – a quite dim possibility as it stands, considering the latest shenanigans in Vienna and Doha – that would represent a tactical victory. Yet moving towards Eurasia is on a whole new strategic level.

In the INSTC framework, Iran will make maximum good use of the geostrategically crucial port of Bandar Abbas – straddling the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

Yet as much as it may be portrayed as a major diplomatic victory, it’s clear that Tehran will not be able to make full use of BRICS membership if western – especially US – sanctions are not totally lifted.

Pipelines and the “stans”

A compelling argument can be made that Russia and China might eventually fill the western technology void in the Iranian development process. But there’s a lot more that platforms such as the INSTC, the EAEU and even BRICS can accomplish.

Across “Pipelineistan,” the War of Economic Corridors gets even more complex. Western propaganda simply cannot admit that Azerbaijan, Algeria, Libya, Russia’s allies at OPEC, and even Kazakhstan are not exactly keen on increasing their oil production to help Europe.

Kazakhstan is a tricky case: it is the largest oil producer in Central Asia and set to be a major natural gas supplier, right after Russia and Turkmenistan. More than 250 oil and gas fields are operated in Kazakhstan by 104 companies, including western energy giants such as Chevron, Total, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell.

While exports of oil, natural gas and petroleum products comprise 57 percent of Kazakhstan’s exports, natural gas is responsible for 85 percent of Turkmenistan’s budget (with 80 percent of exports committed to China). Interestingly, Galkynysh is the second largest gas field on the planet.

Compared to the other “stans,” Azerbaijan is a relatively minor producer (despite oil accounting for 86 percent of its total exports) and basically a transit nation. Baku’s super-wealth aspirations center on the Southern Gas Corridor, which includes no less than three pipelines: Baku-Tblisi-Erzurum (BTE); the Turkish-driven Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP); and the Trans-Adriatic (TAP).

The problem with this acronym festival – BTE, TANAP, TAP – is that they all need massive foreign investment to increase capacity, which the EU sorely lacks because every single euro is committed by unelected Brussels Eurocrats to “support” the black hole that is Ukraine. The same financial woes apply to a possible Trans-Caspian Pipeline which would further link to both TANAP and TAP.

ORDER IT NOW

In the War of Economic Corridors – the “Pipelineistan” chapter – a crucial aspect is that most Kazakh oil exports to the EU go through Russia, via the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC). As an alternative, the Europeans are mulling on a still fuzzy Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, also known as the Middle Corridor (Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey). They actively discussed it in Brussels last month.

The bottom line is that Russia remains in full control of the Eurasia pipeline chessboard (and we’re not even talking about the Gazprom-operated pipelines Power of Siberia 1 and 2 leading to China).

Gazprom executives know all too well that a fast increase of energy exports to the EU is out of the question. They also factor the Tehran Convention – that helps prevent and control pollution and maintain the environmental integrity of the Caspian Sea, signed by all five littoral members.

Breaking BRI in Russia

China, for its part, is confident that one of its prime strategic nightmares may eventually disappear. The notorious “escape from Malacca” is bound to materialize, in cooperation with Russia, via the Northern Sea Route, which will shorten the trade and connectivity corridor from East Asia to Northern Europe from 11,200 nautical miles to only 6,500 nautical miles. Call it the polar twin of the INSTC.

This also explains why Russia has been busy building a vast array of state-of-the-art icebreakers.

So here we have an interconnection of New Silk Roads (the INSTC proceeds in parallel with BRI and the EAEU), Pipelineistan, and the Northern Sea Route on the way to turn western trade domination completely upside down.

Of course, the Chinese have had it planned for quite a while. The first White Paper on China’s Arctic policy, in January 2018, already showed how Beijing is aiming, “jointly with other states” (that means Russia), to implement sea trade routes in the Arctic within the framework of the Polar Silk Road.

And like clockwork, Putin subsequently confirmed that the Northern Sea Route should interact and complement the Chinese Maritime Silk Road.

Russia-China Economic cooperation is evolving on so many complex, convergent levels that just to keep track of it all is a dizzying experience.

A more detailed analysis will reveal some of the finer points, for instance how BRI and SCO interact, and how BRI projects will have to adapt to the heady consequences of Moscow’s Operation Z in Ukraine, with more emphasis being placed on developing Central and West Asian corridors.

It’s always crucial to consider that one of Washington’s key strategic objectives in the relentless hybrid war against Russia was always to break BRI corridors that crisscross Russian territory.

As it stands, it’s important to realize that dozens of BRI projects in industry and investment and cross-border inter-regional cooperation will end up consolidating the Russian concept of the Greater Eurasia Partnership – which essentially revolves around establishing multilateral cooperation with a vast range of nations belonging to organizations such as the EAEU, the SCO, BRICS and ASEAN.

Welcome to the new Eurasian mantra: Make Economic Corridors, Not War.

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  1. Cookie says:

    We here a lot about “rules based order” here is an article that tries to explain what it is.

    And from a source that doesn’t usually post such tboughts.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-17/joe-biden-upholding-rules-based-order-shaking-hands-with-killers/101242386

    • Replies: @Doug Ryler
  2. Notsofast says:

    the way putin and xi have played the west is quite astounding. through their idiotic, illegal sanctions against china and russia the western powers are like some poor schulb that got hold of a 440v power line and can’t let go. once the transformer blows the poor schlub collaspes into a pile of smoldering spam.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @showmethereal
  3. @Notsofast

    Also not noted is the new train corridor being built between China and the Krgyz and the Kazahks… That is a further link of the BRI to the EAEU and further integration of the SCO. That’s why we see attempts at color revolutions now in the “stans”…. But between the SCO and CSTO – they aren’t working too well.

    • Replies: @JR Foley
  4. Excellent article as usual by Pepe , thank you so much!

    • Agree: JR Foley
  5. Some maps would be helpful here.

    • Agree: Levtraro
  6. Meanwhile, Joe Biden is shuffling around in Israel, committing America to “defend” Israel against all the enemies it has created for itself and America…

    ignoring the Iranian oil supply, challenging it, boxing it in, sanctioning it, all for the satisfaction of Israel.

    And, meanwhile, Israel is setting itself up with the stolen oil and gas of the Golan Heights, now fixated on the oil offshore, and of course, muscling Palestine and others out, mercilessly.

    To appease that racist, genocidal, terrorist acting state has cost America more than will ever be regained.

    The blinded, Christian fundamentalists, and not fundamentalists, have committed themselves to a jewish ideology which regards them as stupid at best, servants to be used as is so obvious as to be blinded by it all.

    What does America get from Israel? Servitude. That’s all.

  7. Looks as if BRICs have come up a win win plan by building land and sea routes for a brighter future for themselves and their neighbors, only to be intimidated and threatened with endless wars and trade embargo’s by a jealous US/EU/UK (USUK) who thought they had the whole global trade corridor locked up by having NATO armies waving rainbow flags at BRICs, and using Ukraine as an example of what will happen should they start misbehaving. (Anal slap in the ass here).
    This whole Ukraine charade is becoming more embarrassing to global western powers than can ever be imagined. Who the heck would start global wars when roads towards peace and prosperity for all are written in the stars.

    • Agree: GMC
    • Replies: @Decoy
    , @Showmethereal
  8. GMC says:

    Too Funny, as China, Russia, Iran, the Stans and others are busy planning trade routes, agreements, and future business ventures , the US and it’s allies are planning to send more weapons to thier proxy terrorist organizations, corral all the populations, and totally look like they have no clue what to do in order to keep their part of the world – Afloat. I think if the Mid East, Latin Americans, Africans, and others, can’t see which train to hop on – they deserve to go down with the western fools.

  9. Yet as much as it may be portrayed as a major diplomatic victory, it’s clear that Tehran will not be able to make full use of BRICS membership if western – especially US – sanctions are not totally lifted.

    I’m not sure what BRICS would accomplish, even with expanded membership, if not move toward establishing alternatives to the dollar hegemony, neutralizing or evading sanctions imposed by America and her lapdogs by creating viable trading blocs among member states.

    Another excellent and informative piece by Escobar. Keep them coming Pepe!

  10. Jon Chance says: • Website

    Fascinating developments of international trade routes and “free-trade” zones — but ultimately it’s almost irrelevent to the solutions required for genuine liberty and prosperity.

    Who benefits by coercing the nations of the world into accepting globalism, socialism, excessive specialization, “free-trade” policies, and addiction to imported goods and resources?

    Who pays the costs of “free trade”?

    All nations should be striving for self-reliance.

    The Swiss Confederation was the world’s most successful democratic republic for 700 years — until Swiss men made the terrible mistake in the 1970s of granting Swiss women full voting rights without militia responsibilities.

    Abolish the UN.

    Exterminate the CCP.

    Expel the EU-ECB.

    Arrest the WZO.

    • Replies: @Sam Smith
  11. Shouldn’t PR China be thinking about cutting itself off from Northern Europe via any Polar route or whatever other BRI? There’s a whole world out there willing to trade and which needs finished consumer products and has natural resources to offer in return, and most importantly, makes no conditions on its trading partners let alone sanctions them. It’s time for the West to get sanctioned to the max by everyone else, enough of them sanctioning others, let them feel the full force of sanctions: economic, cultural, sports, scientific, etc. directed by all the rest of the world, their long-term victims.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  12. Tristate City – the tri-state city https://www.facebook.com/tristatecity/

    Why are the Dutch farmers protesting? Because green policies are making life difficult for them?

    Yes, that too, but there is more behind it than just environmental or climate protection. It’s about a gigantic business project and the green mask is put on, as almost always, just for camouflage purposes.

    The farmers are in the way, because areas are needed for a mega project that is called TRISTATE CITY. A mega-metropolis – a city-state – is planned, which will unite the Ruhr area, the Netherlands and Belgium. https://www.vno-ncw.nl/forum/%E2%80%98nederland-waar-ligt-dat%E2%80%99

    A group of institutional investors in the Netherlands has joined forces to present the Netherlands, along with parts of Belgium and Germany, as a single city network called Tristate City.

    The project, backed by the Dutch employers’ association VNO-NCW, envisions the region of 30 million people as a “sustainable urban powerhouse.” Supporters of the project include real estate developers and pension funds, as well as the Utrecht Economic Authority.

    The organization believes Dutch cities are too small to compete in the so-called “battle of the cities,” in which megacities compete for investment and talent.

    Proponents of the project believe that treating the Netherlands as an urbanized delta with 17 million inhabitants creates a very strong player in this “battle of the giants.” https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2017/10/dutch-investors-launch-new-marketing-programme-for-nl-tristate-city/

    Once again, it’s a matter of billion-dollar deals, and anything that disturbs them has to go. And agriculture is a land economy and land is needed for the new project gigantomy. So one drives the farmers into the bankruptcy, but one may not say so loudly. So one switches the hypocritical nature love before it, the Maskerade which can be consulted meanwhile for each mess.

    In an interview with the organizer and chairman Bart-Jan Oplaat of NVP, he expressed his concern about the future of farmers. In it, he also mentions Tristate City, a plan for a new type of supercity in which the Netherlands, Brussels, Antwerp and the Ruhr region will join forces to become the new capital of Europe.

    Together, some 40 million people will have to live there, and there will be no room for farmers. This is only possible by the peasants giving up their land for the fortress of these millions of additional inhabitants. https://indepen.nl/is-tristate-city-de-reden-van-onteigening-van-de-boeren/

    The project is already critically commented on various websites.

    A city-state where the land is the energy plantation of the city, and building land for “sustainable”, densely insulated housing (“Paris-proof”) for the tax cattle, the human resources of the company Netherlands, the Royal Oligarchy BV. Without free-range housing.

    In endless densely insulated housing barracks, ‘sustainable’ Parisian houses, unhealthy headache houses without ventilation possibilities, newly built in the polders, the taxpayers/aka the human resources of the Royal Oligarchy of the Netherlands BV and the gossiping cattle of the Postcode Lottery are then milked and sucked dry in the name of mammon.

    The only goal: maximum profit per square meter in the shortest possible time for the money-grubbing UBOs, the bosses of the Royal Oligarchy Nederland BV, the company Netherlands.

    The more they mouth the word “green”, the more you see real green decaying, being cut down and built over every year. This is because there is money to be made from both the destruction of nature (e.g. trees for biomass) and the construction of “green” projects. Money is the central denominator of Royal Oligarchy Nederland BV.

    Strangely enough, the reports about the farmers’ protests always refer to the new nitrogen limits, which force the farmers to shut down their business. But this is surely again just pure coincidence.

  13. Levtraro says:
    @GMC

    China, Russia, the Stans and others are having realistic, pragmatic, business-oriented state-people while we here in the West are having fanatic ideologues and ambitious mediocrities, willing to sink economies, jail and silence real journalists, import low quality immigrants and expose children to sexual degeneracy to spread maldaptive traits. So there is that, some differences in leadership.

    • Replies: @GMC
    , @Brian Damage
  14. anonymous[377] • Disclaimer says:

    Something seems a little off about Pepe Escobar’s almost laughably predictable rah-rah cheerleading for the wonderful great projects of China-Russia-Iran etc Eurasiastan world … tho the West is massively deserving of scathing critique of course

    It’s still not all that great for many living in much of Eurasiastan, and it’s not clear that these projects will indeed work out all that well … it was only a few years back that now-collapsing Sri Lanka thought they would be rich soon, with their new ‘initiatives’ in which China was also a player

    An inverse Pepe Escobar could browse EU websites and come up with a similar list of all sorts of wonderful-sounding synergy-creating international Western projects underway, allegedly soon to bring great additional prosperity and growth to Europe … but it would be a mistake to give too much credit to all the puffery

    There’s always a new ‘Five Year Plan’ that promises to be glorious

  15. Wokechoke says:

    The use of the Caspian Sea for such purposes could be a masterstroke.

  16. Anonymous[178] • Disclaimer says:

    As I posted back when the Ukraine/Russia conflict started with a Russian invasion, Europe needs Russian resources. Germany will lead a successful effort to eject the US from Europe, and will form some kind of fusion with Russia, forming the core of Eurasia.
    The US will retreat back to AUKUS, and become the leader of an Oceanic coalition; it will take South America back from China.
    China will dominate its general area, as it has for millennia, but won’t be able to get past the first island chain.
    Eurasia will include Iraq, Iran, but not India, which will remain independent.
    Africa (sub-Saharan) is, at present, too unrewarding to invest in or even invade, and will be left to its own devices. Africa will consequently undergo a demographic collapse.

    The new boundaries make more economic sense than the present boundaries, and offer some chance for the various regions (except sub-Saharan Africa) to reverse their demographic slides.

    • Replies: @Brian Damage
    , @Micky914
  17. JR Foley says:
    @anonymous

    Things will heat up in Germany this winter when the Canadian Gas arrives in USA vessels.

  18. Well blame Lyndon LaRouche, for it was he and his wife Helga Zepp-LaRouche, through the Schiller Institute, who posited the idea of the ‘New Silk Road’ and the ‘Belt and Road’ Land Bridge, along with the BRICS that was conceived of as the ‘Survivors Club’ back in the 1990’s.

    Note that Putin’s long time economic advisor Sergei Glazyev, is now implementing new currency based upon a basket of commodities, which America did from 1942-52, under Parity 7 USC Sec 602, spoke at many Schiller Institute Conferences.

  19. Wokechoke says:
    @anonymous

    The idea of a canal cutting through Iran is both fascinating and pie in the sky. How to keep it wet is the great question.

  20. Realist says:
    @michael severson

    And, meanwhile, Israel is setting itself up with the stolen oil and gas of the Golan Heights, now fixated on the oil offshore, and of course, muscling Palestine and others out, mercilessly.

    As has been said by many on this blog Russia should give Syria the weapons and advisors necessary to take back the Golan Heights and the parts of Syria currently under the control of the US.

    The blinded, Christian fundamentalists, and not fundamentalists, have committed themselves to a jewish ideology which regards them as stupid at best, servants to be used as is so obvious as to be blinded by it all.

    Yes, they are indeed stupid.

  21. @anonymous

    The Sri Lankans confiscated a Russian airplane to comply with sanctions. Their court quickly ordered that it be returned … but …

  22. Realist says:
    @anonymous

    There’s always a new ‘Five Year Plan’ that promises to be glorious

    And in contrast to the West…the promises are kept.

  23. @A European Visitor

    The future of humanity is for everyone but elites to live in bee hive metropolis’s where we own nothing and are happy making honey (((money))) for our overlord drag queens.

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  24. GMC says:
    @Levtraro

    I agree, these countries you mention, make sure their leaders, whether at the Federal level or Governorship type levels are all schooled in running a successful country and politics comes later. The US and EU have all failed in the Leadership class, as we can see with Sweden and Finland joining Nato. I suppose, women leaders are just as easy to corrupt as men leaders are. Nato , we see, is making a move to stop the Arctic trade route that Russia and China is going to use more in the near future, or at least they think they are , with the Sweden/Finland joining. That conflict should be interesting too, if Nato isn’t neutered by then.

    All those hundreds, if not thousands of so called educated people in the Western Think Tanks , but not one could come up with a better plan than Aggression, Extortion, Bullying, Sabotage, Sanctions, Assassinations, Invasions etc. etc. etc. Imagine how many billions of dollars spent on education – for Nothing.

  25. @Levtraro

    fanatic ideologues and ambitious mediocrities

    Exactly. Fanatic ideologues and ambitious mediocrities perfecting the victimhood strategies of gay activism, which in turn, was co-opted from the US black civil rights struggle, to push forward, to shove down the throat of the international community, an agenda that is full of self-serving short term short sighted goals that have no benefits to itself and the rest of the world.

  26. Obviously Ukraine is a Jew controlled puppet that doesn’t need debating or questioned anyone can see it clearly, they even have one of their own in Zelensky leading the country but what about Russia? Russia seems to muddy the waters pretending to be Nationalist and pro-white while at the same time banning any sort of right wing opposition parties to United Russia. Also the Svengali of Putin, Dugin seems to be a sinister anti-white character who has claimed he prefers blacks to whites, said ‘blacks are Eurasian’ while attacking ‘racism’ and nationalism in Europe and comparing the Azov in Ukraine to Western Europeans ‘who oppose immigration, Islam and LGBT’ not exactly the sort of words a supposed Conservative would utter. Dugin’s Eurasianism also calls for one mixed Eurasian race which as Dugin claims Africans are Eurasian will also include blacks. How is this any different from Coudenhove-Kalergi? Are the Russians actually globalists dressed up as nationalists and anti-globalists?

  27. Decoy says:
    @CelestiaQuesta

    #7: “the whole Ukraine charade is becoming an embarrassment to global western powers”. It certainly should be but I don’t think they are at that stage. It seems to me that one of two things will end the war.
    1. Ukraine runs out of men willing to be cannon fodder for USA and NATO.
    2. The deteriorating financial condition in Europe will result in enough governments being overthrown that the money stops flowing to Ukraine. On their own both NATO and the United States would rather keep it going for a decade. Their hatred for Russia is that great.
    Meanwhile China keeps building roads, ports, and railroads around the world. Don’t see this ending well for the West.

  28. Sam Smith says:
    @Jon Chance

    You are an idiot! It’s CPC not CCP!

    Only a nation whose government is responsible to its citizens can this happen:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPGwHozFYJs (where are your amazing buildings?!?)

    As Deng Xiaoping once famously said, “It doesn’t matter if the cat is white or black, just as long as it catches mouse!”

    Socialism, capitalism, communism, democracy . . . show me the beef!

    “genuine liberty and prosperity”, my foot!

  29. Notsofast says:
    @CelestiaQuesta

    just yesterday i was thinking that it’s a good thing that the majority of of humans want to live in concrete termite mounds. it just might be what saves the poor planet, if we could only develop a giant pangolin the size of godzilla to help with population control.

    • Replies: @Herald
    , @SafeNow
  30. I wonder how it is that the Dutch want to give back the identity of an anonymous “Nazi aggressor”? Have they, surrounded by their “multiracial fellow citizens”, meanwhile changed their minds and freed themselves from their illusional fiction of “tolerance”? That would be an amazing step in the direction of Aryan fraternization! https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/07/german-fighter-pilot-identified-after-79-years-from-dna-on-envelope/

    • Replies: @Some good news
  31. @Anonymous

    As I posted back when the Ukraine/Russia conflict started with a Russian invasion, Europe needs Russian resources. Germany will lead a successful effort to eject the US from Europe, and will form some kind of fusion with Russia, forming the core of Eurasia.
    The US will retreat back to AUKUS, and become the leader of an Oceanic coalition; it will take South America back from China.
    China will dominate its general area, as it has for millennia, but won’t be able to get past the first island chain.

    AUKUS may be UKUS in a few short years. Australia can’t continue by aligning militarily with the US without any impact on its own economy. Geographically, it is not in the Atlantic and it needs to work with its Asian neighbours to survive. China in 10 years will have the ability project beyond the first island chain but will not do so but at the same time will continue to keep the US in check in the region. Australia can’t afford to not engage with China for its own survival.

    Eurasia will include Iraq, Iran, but not India, which will remain independent.
    Africa (sub-Saharan) is, at present, too unrewarding to invest in or even invade, and will be left to its own devices. Africa will consequently undergo a demographic collapse.

    India may break apart into its pre-British states. Africa will continue to see high birth rates and will continue to migrate into Europe.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  32. @Some good news

    “Liberator” was the name of one of the American carpet bombers designed to murder Germany’s civilian population. The question is who was to be “liberated” here? (Presumably Germany from its population. And the omnipotent freedom of action of the Jews.) Only one is certain: the white race with certainty not! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_B-24_Liberator

  33. Herald says:
    @Notsofast

    …if we could only develop a giant pangolin the size of godzilla to help with population control

    Of course it’s already been developed, and most humans were all too eager to have multiple doses of giant pangolin juice.

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  34. @michael severson

    The American military are Israel’s Foreign Legion.

  35. Launder Wars

  36. Whoopie, we’ll all gonna die…

    THE TOTAL GLOBAL COLLAPSE HAS ARRIVED, SRI LANKA WAS JUST THE FIRST TO FALL. PREPARE ACCORDINGLY.



    Video Link

  37. fran says:
    @anonymous

    Sri Lanka collapsed because of state-imposed ‘green’ initiatives that crushed their agricultural output. The WEF cultists and their nonsensical policies destroyed that country.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  38. Odyssey says:

    On the margin, good to know…

    It was recently a discussion in The Guardian about the meaning of STAN but without much success. One version was that it came from Town >…>…> Stan. We have Afghanistan, Pakistan, Hindustan, Rajasthan, Kazakhstan, Kurdistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, etc.

    It is almost obvious that it has a Sanskrit origin what means that it came from old Serbian language. Also, STAN is a frequently used word in modern Serbian language, too. The meaning is – ‘the place of living’. For example, ‘gde STANujes?’ means, ‘where do you live?’ It is now used in the meaning of apartment/flat/unit. For example, commonly is used as: I live in 2-bedroom STAN, I am renting a STAN in Ashgabat, I bought a STAN facing the nice park, government builds 1000 STAN-s for public servants, etc. Sometimes it has the same meaning as ‘House’ or ‘Home’ but not always. Not every Stan is a home, you may have several STAN-s and you may or may not feel that it is your Home.

    There are hundreds of words derived from the STAN. For example, STAN-iste, means Habitat, i.e. can be applicable not only for humans then for plants and animals, too.

    Ergo, the meaning of Afghanistan is – the place where Afghans (Hindu, Kurds, Kazakhs, etc.) live.

    The meaning of the Serbian ‘stan’ is – ‘stop’. It probably came during the ancient times when nomads on the move at some moment in time stopped and settled somewhere, making there their ‘stan’. There are also many personal names/surnames containing ‘stan’ (Stanislav, Stanko, Stankovic, etc).

  39. Living 120 miles from Mexico, it always fascinates me that the tenth largest economy in the world with a larger land area than the USA not counting Alaska and a sizeable population just sits there. They’re not involved with this strategizing about Old Europe or elsewhere. Yet, we are….Vietnam, Iraq, Israel, Iran, Ukraine, and other places. Does Washington ever stop?

    • Replies: @Anon
  40. Anon[716] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reverend Goody

    Mexico is larger than US ?

    Alaska =1717856 km^2
    US- 9,833,517
    Mexico —- 1,964,375

    US goes crying for R2P but allows killings of kids at school with it’s 400 police waiting for divine signal to go after shooter – 1 shooter .

  41. JR Foley says:
    @showmethereal

    Amtrak train 7 now arriving on Time —but 3 days late–rivaling Canada’s Via Rail ( I took trip from Tranna to Elkton —some time back) and got there 1-day late —the last part was sitting just outside Elks City for 5 hours and no one could find the staff for an explanation !!

  42. SafeNow says:
    @Notsofast

    just yesterday i was thinking that it’s a good thing that the majority of of humans want to live in concrete termite mounds.

    I remember about six months ago Putin and his defense minister Shoigu (9 languages including Mandarin and Japanese) vacationed in Siberia and promulgated the plan to build five new cities of one million population each. Some people said who the heck would live in Siberia but I think there are plenty of people living in Russian (or Chinese) apartment blocks who would be happy to leave their termite mounds, buy some long underwear, and move. I think they are really smart to say one million
    because that way you get hospitals, schools, malls, and so on.

    • Agree: Notsofast
  43. @CelestiaQuesta

    And now they are trying to use Japan and the DPP to be their “Ukraine” in Asia. NATO now is poking its nose on the other side of the globe. Australia is simply an extension of US/UK as a part of 5 Eyes.

    NATO is not embarrassed… They are doubling down. You have to remember most people are sheep and will go along with what mass media tells them (their are some people who think VICE news is alternative- but they have no clue who owns it). People who can discern fake news are in the minority

  44. Notsofast says:
    @Herald

    exactly! now all we have to do is wait for the mutation to run its full course….i wonder if i could get some japanese film company interested in the rights,

    pangzilla 2023

    scene one: shinzo abe tries desperately to warn the world of the effects of vaccine……

  45. Micky914 says:
    @Anonymous

    I don’t agree that the war in Ukraine started with the Russian invasion.

  46. @Commentator Mike

    It’s time for the West to get sanctioned to the max by everyone else,

    Funny thing about the incompetents currently running the West: they are effectively sanctioning themselves, cutting themselves off from affordable energy and food.

  47. Anonymous[133] • Disclaimer says:
    @Brian Damage

    Some say China is in serious trouble. You should listen to these.

    With Europe and the US preoccupied by internal trouble, the Africans are going nowhere.

    Taking McDonald’s article [1] seriously, what I see happening is a reversion to the Warrior aristocratic egalitarianism. The “Protestant democratic egalitarianism” that ended slavery has terminated with the former slaves enslaving the former masters, but proving incompetent on keeping everybody fed, clothed, and housed. Not my idea of fun, nor many others idea of fun, either, and Calhoun’s theoretical basis (which include McDonald’s “aristocratic egalitarianism” as a component.
    How can I be that insensitive? Well, most of my family and friends have been destroyed/killed by the current system, and all it got was cheers from the crowd. After that, the temptation to dismiss the crowd as peasants is overwhelming. And I’m a lot more typical in this respect that I’d like to be.
    *****************************************************************

  48. vox4non says:
    @Anonymous

    I wouldn’t put too much stock in them. There has been a cottage industry since the 2000s, with Gordon Chang being a key cheerleader in crowing about the fall of China. China may experience a slowdown but unlikely to collapse soon.

    Too many have an outside-in look with little understanding of the workings of the society over there. In addition, I find China to be like a Rorschach projective test – it reveals more about the person making the judgement than the picture itself.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  49. @vox4non

    Western hatred of China is pure racism, even worse in mixed race specimens like Chang who clearly despise their Oriental heritage, and know that their Western paymasters just love a race and cultural renegade and traitor, just as slave-owners loved and valued their ‘House Negroes’ and overseers.

  50. @fran

    What is it with the cultic hatred of everything ‘green’? Have you actually noticed the global ecological collapse currently accelerating? Do you think that industrialised, fossil-fuel based, agriculture can go on forever? How do you think the Sri Lankans fed themselves in the past? Not with agrichemicals and fossil-fuel based ‘fertilisers’ and GM crops they didn’t. It was the collapse of tourism that delivered the coup de grace to Sri Lanka, and economic warfare by the West because they were growing close to China.

    • Replies: @Mary Marianne
  51. @A European Visitor

    The Netherlands will shortly be under water, so why bother?

  52. antibeast says:
    @Anonymous

    China has emerged as the leading infrastructure and manufacturing powerhouse of the world over the last three decades, making it an indispensable part of the global economy. The much ballyhooed attempts at ‘containing’ China which the USA tried but failed to accomplish since Obama’s Pivot to Asia proves this salient fact. Both Obama and Trump did everything they could to marginalize China’s role in the global economy. But all they’ve accomplished is to force the Chinese authorities to restructure the Chinese economy away from exports to the USA while reaching out to both the EU market in the developed world as well as emerging markets in the developing world. As the US Empire itself is dependent upon China’s continued usage of and support for the USD in the global economy, any US attempt to restrict China’s role in the USD-based global economy is bound to backfire against its USD Empire. That economic reality eviscerates any delusional fantasies of anti-China hawks such as Peter Zeihan who want to have their geopolitical cake but wish to eat it too.

    • Replies: @Brian Damage
  53. @Anonymous

    When I see Peter Zeihan, I see BS. Everything he said is so easily discounted. Gordon Chang has been predicting the demise of China for two decades. Peter Zeihan (Gordon 2.0)took over the mantle.

  54. @antibeast

    Obama’s 2nd term, seems like the neocons just took over. His first term, dealing with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, he needed China to inject a lot of cash into the American economy to save it from collapsing. China did. China bought unprecedented amount of US treasury even knowing that their value are diluted from printed money as a gesture of goodwill and future cooperation.

    Lo and behold, on Obama’s 2nd term, he started his Pivot to Asia, Shillary Clinton started going around South East Asia stirring up sh3t. The Paracel and Spratley islands were just an issue that the South East Asian nations and China were squabbling about. Hillary told Vietnam to build structures in one of the islands. That’s when China started to build extensive structures including military structures in many islands.

    “Pivot to Asia” got aggressive with China. That’s when China knew that the US and the West never changed and will always find ways to get ahead instead of working together. That’s when they knew they need a leader like Xi Jinping. Onwards, China started to strive for self sufficiency. see below from my previous post.

    After seeing how the West sanctions Russia, I am beginning to understand why China did what it did the last 10 years. Seems like the technocrats in China already planned for the eventuality of the West acting like it did in the “century of humiliation”. Pushing Russia to China, now seems irreversible, is the worst strategic mistake made by clueless ideologues in Washington.

    China is developing its own commercial airplanes but still a decade away from any significant impact on its own aviation industry. Sanctions on Boeing and Airbus parts and a blockade on petroleum, China is screwed. High-speed rail seems to solve this.

    It already developed safer nuclear reactor technology and is planning to build at least 150 nuclear plants in 10-15 years. Currently it has about 55 nuclear plants.

    2020, US prevented China from having access to 10nm fabrication machines and just last week, thinking of sanctioning 14nm machines to China. Kinda late as China is in the process of implementing its own 14nm fabbing process. IDC Data predicts by 2024, China itself will account for 45% of global chip demand. Obviously, China will spent billions in chip technology R&D to lessen its reliance on foreign suppliers.

    China improved its agriculture technology by leaps and bounds the last 20 years and now is the largest producer of wheat and rice. It produces 23% of the world’s corn, 18% of the world’s wheat and 28% of the world’s rice. China with 18% of the world’s population may be able to achieve food self sufficiency within the next decade despite losing arable land to the the desert.

    Climate change is the main challenge in its quest for food security. It is speeding up its implementation of green technology and agro technology. After years of research, just this year, it is starting large scale planting of seawater rice. Large scale reforestation of desert seems to be working so far.

    Looks like China planned all of this 10 years ago anticipating the day when the West decouples from China.

    • Agree: vox4non
    • Thanks: dogbumbreath
    • Replies: @antibeast
  55. antibeast says:
    @Brian Damage

    Obama’s 2nd term, seems like the neocons just took over. His first term, dealing with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, he needed China to inject a lot of cash into the American economy to save it from collapsing. China did. China bought unprecedented amount of US treasury even knowing that their value are diluted from printed money as a gesture of goodwill and future cooperation.

    You’re absolutely right! In 2008, China’s GDP of \$4.6T was still behind Japan’s GDP of \$5T. But China’s purchase of US T-bills surpassed Japan’s holdings by 2009, reaching a peak of \$1.3T with a GDP of \$8.5T in 2012. China’s US T-bills holdings comprise 15% of its GDP in 2012 which is much higher than the 6% figure today after declining by \$300B since 2014. Here’s a graph of China’s T-bills holdings vs Japan’s:

    Upon its accession to the WTO in 2001, China’s entry into the USD-based global economy did in fact prop up the USD vs the Euro which was launched in 1999. Here’s a graph of the USD as a world reserve currency:

    Note that the USD started declining after the introduction of the Euro in 1999, propped up only by China’s entry to the USD-based global economy in 2001. Were it not for China agreeing to use the USD as a condition for its entry to the WTO in 2001, the USD would have declined much faster as seen during the 1970s and 1980s, a period of stagflation which is reminiscent of what’s happening in the USA today. Ironically, Japan has now taken over China as the biggest buyer of US T-bills, reversing the role held by China since 2008.

    With \$30T of public debt, the US economy would implode today if the USD were to fall below 50% of the world’s reserve currencies, as had occurred during the 1980s. The USA desperately needs somebody — anybody — to buy its public debt. But China is no longer available this time around to buy US public debt. That’s the consequence of Obama’s Pivot to Asia, further exacerbated by Trump’s trade war, both of which failed utterly to contain China’s pivotal role in the global economy. That’s like shooting your own feet twice in a row. China is now awaiting the next move by the USA to impose financial sanctions which is equivalent to slashing your own throat. As there is nothing remotely similar to China’s economic heft which underpinned the US economy since the early 2000s, the USA has now resorted to monetizing its public debt by the endless money printing from the Fed.

    • Thanks: dogbumbreath
  56. @antibeast

    the USA has now resorted to monetizing its public debt by the endless money printing from the Fed

    Which is a huge part of the reason we are seeing a very sharp uptick in long-term inflation in the United States.

    In fact, we are seeing the start of a perfect storm of a Depression combined with massive Inflation. Which is theoretically ALMOST impossible, but we already saw the Stagflation of the 1970s.

    1970s: stagnant economy, rising prices! Who wouldn’t love that?!?

    This time is so much worse.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  57. @antibeast

    The USA desperately needs somebody — anybody — to buy its public debt. But China is no longer available this time around to buy US public debt. That’s the consequence of Obama’s Pivot to Asia, further exacerbated by Trump’s trade war, both of which failed utterly to contain China’s pivotal role in the global economy. That’s like shooting your own feet twice in a row. China is now awaiting the next move by the USA to impose financial sanctions which is equivalent to slashing your own throat

    Obama started the whole sh3t. Trump stupidly pulled the rug out. Now, senile Biden and his idiots like Blinken, Sullivan, Nuland and cohorts are burning the rug along with the whole house.

    No way China will come to US’s rescue this time. Europe and Japan are too indebted to do anything. At the end of the day, the only way out is to start a war and reset everything. I don’t think it will work as Russia and China are bracing for that war. China and Russia, for decades have suffered a lot and the people were forged by hardship. The good life Europe and the US enjoyed for many decades on the backs of the rest the world made them too soft to grind through the aftermath of the war.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  58. @Brian Damage

    China holdings of US T bills just fell to its lowest level in a decade or so… Now below 1 trillion.

    • Replies: @Brian Damage
  59. antibeast says:
    @PseudoCryptic

    In fact, we are seeing the start of a perfect storm of a Depression combined with massive Inflation. Which is theoretically ALMOST impossible, but we already saw the Stagflation of the 1970s.

    The reason why the USA suffered from stagflation in the 1970s had to do with the worldwide loss of confidence in the USD after Nixon nixed the Gold Standard in 1971. That and the the 1973 OPEC oil embargo forced the USA had to negotiate the ‘oil-for-USD’ deal with the Saudis in exchange for US military ‘protection’ in order to prop up the USD based on this Petrodollar System. That’s how the USD recovered its status as the world’s reserve currency by the 1990s. But when the Europeans launched the Euro in 1999 which Saddam Hussein had planned to use for Iraqi oil, the USD’s share started declining as the Petroeuro System would have posed an existential threat to the Petrodollar System. The same thing would have happened with the final completion of the NordStream 2 pipeline and the expected ratification of the China-EU investment treaty, both of which would have led to the Euro displacing the USD as the world’s reserve currency. Just like the oil crisis induced by the 1973 OPEC oil embargo, the energy crisis this time is being caused by the US-instigated Ukraine conflict which have destroyed any EU hopes of integrating Russia into the Eurozone while contributing to higher inflation in the USA. With inflation now expected to reach double digits in the second half of this year, the Fed would need to increase its interest rates to match the higher inflation rate in the USA. Here’s a graph of the US inflation rate vs the Fed interest rates over the last 50 years:

    • Replies: @Brian Damage
  60. PJ London says:
    @GMC

    “I think if the Mid East, Latin Americans, Africans, and others, can’t see which train to hop on…”
    They hopped aboard years ago, but like Russia with Syria and China with Taiwan, they have patience. There is no need to shout and give the US the finger, they are quietly ignoring her and getting on with building proper trade and other relationships with the 85% of the world that is ignoring the US sanction crap.

    • Agree: showmethereal
    • Thanks: GMC
  61. @antibeast

    Jimmy Carter did the right thing by raising interest rate to counter the out of control inflation. Debt was also reduced to 1950s level. It worked but his presidency became a casualty of it. Reaganomics was a beneficiary of it. Reaganomics cut taxes, deregulated regulations on businesses and increased the money supply. The US stock market doubled during Reagan’s two terms. US debt also doubled. Post Reagan, the fall of USSR and China became the workshop of cheap goods for the US in the 90s, propelled the stock market to historic highs. Same with debt.

    https://www.macrotrends.net/1319/dow-jones-100-year-historical-chart?q=us+debt

    • Replies: @antibeast
  62. @showmethereal

    China holdings of US T bills just fell to its lowest level in a decade or so… Now below 1 trillion.

    Japan is dumping its T-Bill holdings too. It is still the largest holder of T-Bills at 1.2 trillion.

  63. antibeast says:
    @Brian Damage

    Reaganomics was a beneficiary of it. Reaganomics cut taxes, deregulated regulations on businesses and increased the money supply. The US stock market doubled during Reagan’s two terms. US debt also doubled. Post Reagan, the fall of USSR and China became the workshop of cheap goods for the US in the 90s, propelled the stock market to historic highs. Same with debt.

    Reaganomics is supply-side economics based on the neoliberal doctrine of USD-based debt-fueled economic globalization. China became the recipient of the Reaganomics-driven USD outflows after Deng’s market reforms in the 1980s and 1990s, culminating in its accession to the WTO in 2001. The USA really didn’t have much choice but to allow China’s entry into the USDzone in order for Reaganomics to work, especially after the launch of the Euro in 1999, which created the Eurozone effectively decoupling Europe from the USDzone. The Ukraine Crisis is the latest reaction of the USA to prevent the Euro from displacing the USD as was the US invasion of Iraq which was intended to prevent Saddam Hussein from ditching the USD in favor of the Euro.

    As US inflation surpasses 10% in the second half of this year, the Fed has very little room to maneuver but to increase its interest rates in order to contain higher inflation in the USA which could very well see a repeat of the 1970s period of stagflation. The US stock markets did decline precipitously during that 1970s period only to reverse during the 1980s after Reaganomics unleashed a massive flood of USD-based debt-fueled economic globalization. But that option is no longer available today to the USA because China has opted to seek its economic fortunes elsewhere around the world. Nor can the USA rely on more debt to fuel its growth as its USD currency loses its reserve status in the coming decades. That implies massive USD inflows to the USA as Central Banks all over the world ditch the USD in favor of other currencies, reversing a three-decade old period of USD outflows since the 1990s.

    The world is about to witness the end of the Reaganomics Era which has created an enormous pile of USD debt. With more than \$30T in debt, the USA no longer has the financial means to extend much less maintain its overseas Empire, consisting of 900+ military bases and dozens of aircraft carriers, paid for by trillions of US defense spending, partly underwritten by the USD debt owed to China. Nobody is around to save the US economy this time around as the USD debt pyramid unravels in time.

  64. @mulga mumblebrain

    It’s basically because many actors in the west are not sincerely wanting to become green, they are using it to grift more money and turn the rest of society poorer. This ain’t China, where the state is promoting green with the explicit goal of creating more wealth for the average citizens.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  65. @A European Visitor

    We can only hope that the Dutch farmers win this battle. Bedsides, I keep saying— now that Europe is cut off from Russian gas, won’t the creation of your own gas be essential for the oncoming winter? Then, instead of complaining about cows farting out too many patties, why ain’t everyone dumping those cow patties into big bio digesters to create more biogas?

    The whole ‘green’ deal here in the west is basically a giant fraud.

  66. @Mary Marianne

    That’s true. The ecological catastrophe is demonstrably true, AND caused by capitalism operating as designed. One of the prime imperatives of capitalism is to enrich the wealthy as much as possible, while keeping a boot grinding down on the rabble’s throat.
    A green, circular, permanent economy is anathema to capitalism, which is a form of cancer that must die if not consuming new flesh or ‘resources’. So the capitalists have spent BILLIONS bribing politicians through contributions, lobbying and employment, and on propaganda and disinformation. Many morons and ignoramuses bought the propaganda lies, and, as with imbeciles everywhere, they cannot accept that they have been conned, because of egotism. So the last forty years were wasted, and the next forty will produce the coup de grace. The morons are beginning to wake up to reality, and that presages the greatest outburst of rage and vengeance in history. Pity the poor denialists.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  67. Anonymous[241] • Disclaimer says:
    @mulga mumblebrain

    One of the prime imperatives of capitalism is to enrich the wealthy as much as possible, while keeping a boot grinding down on the rabble’s throat.

    No, that’s the Left, — your guys –, you. Visit any of the “inner cities” in the US. There was nothing like that in the US before LBJ’s Grate Society, so called because it produced so many bums who spent the winter on urban grates. Consider the USSR, which reduced its own population to poverty when, under the late Tsars, that same population had been industrializing at a very high rate (which was one of the reasons that Imperial Germany half welcomed WW I — another few years, and Imperial Germany knew that it could definitely not win against Russia).

    This “friend of the poor” bit when you hurt the poor terribly is offensive.

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