PEPE ESCOBAR: The Unipolar Moment is Over

The Russia-China strategic partnership, consolidated last week in Russia, has thrown U.S. elites into Supreme Paranoia mode, which is holding the whole world hostage.

By Pepe Escobar
Special to Consortium News

Something extraordinary began with a short walk in St. Petersburg last Friday.

After a stroll, they took a boat on the Neva River, visited the legendary Aurora cruiser, and dropped in to examine the Renaissance masterpieces at the Hermitage. Cool, calm, collected, all the while it felt like they were mapping the ins and outs of a new, emerging, multipolar world.

Chinese President Xi Jinping was the guest of honor of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was Xi’s eighth trip to Russia since 2013, when he announced the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

First they met in Moscow, signing multiple deals. The most important is a bombshell: a commitment to develop bilateral trade and cross-border payments using the ruble and the yuan, bypassing the U.S. dollar.

Then Xi visited the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia’s premier business gathering, absolutely essential for anyone to understand the hyper-complex mechanisms inherent in the construction of Eurasian integration. I addressed some of SPIEF’s foremost discussions and round tables here.

In Moscow, Putin and Xi signed two joint statements – whose key concepts, crucially, are “comprehensive partnership”, “strategic interaction” and “global strategic stability.”

Xi and Putin cruising into a multipolar world: Aurora Cruiser Museum (Wikipedia)

In his St. Petersburg speech, Xi outlined the “comprehensive strategic partnership”. He stressed that China and Russia were both committed to green, low carbon sustainable development. He linked the expansion of BRI as “consistent with the UN agenda of sustainable development” and praised the interconnection of BRI projects with the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU). He emphasized how all that was consistent with Putin’s idea of a Great Eurasian Partnership. He praised the “synergetic effect” of BRI linked to South-South cooperation.

And crucially, Xi stressed that China “won’t seek development to the expense of environment”; China “will implement the Paris climate agreement”; and China is “ready to share 5G technology with all partners” on the way towards a pivotal change in the model of economic growth.

So what about Cold War 2.0?

It was obvious this was slowly brewing for the past five to six years. Now the deal is in the open. The Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership is thriving; not as an allied treaty, but as a consistent road map towards Eurasia integration and the consolidation of the multipolar world.

Unipolarism – via its demonization matrix – had first accelerated Russia’s pivot to Asia. Now, the U.S.-driven trade war has facilitated the consolidation of Russia as China’s top strategic partner.

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs better get ready to dismiss virtually everyday statementscoming, for instance, from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, when he alleges that Moscow aims to use non-strategic nuclear weapons in the European theater. It’s part of a non-stop process – now in high gear – of manufacturing hysteria by frightening NATO allies with the Russian “threat.”

Moscow better get ready to dodge and counteract reams of reports such as the latest from the RAND corporation, which outlines – what else? – Cold War 2.0 against Russia.

In 2014, Russia did not react to sanctions imposed by Washington. Then, it would have sufficed to merely brandish the threat of default on $700 billion in external debt. That would have killed the sanctions.

Now, there’s ample debate inside Russian intelligence circles on what to do in case Moscow faces the prospect of being cut off the CHIPS-SWIFT financial clearing system. 

A 1936 map of Eurasia. (Flickr)

With few illusions about what may pass at the G20 in Osaka later this month, in terms of a breakthrough in U.S.-Russia relations, intel sources told me Rosneft’s CEO Igor Sechin is prepared to send a more “realistic” message— if push eventually comes to shove.

His message to the EU, in this case, would be to cut them off, and link with China for good. That way, Russian oil would be completely redirected from the EU to China, making the EU completely dependent on the Strait of Hormuz.

Beijing for its part seems to have finally absorbed that the current Trump administration offensive is not a mere trade war, but a full fledged attack on its economic miracle, including a concerted drive to cut China off from large swathes of the world economy.

The war on Huawei – the Rosebud of China’s 5G supremacy – has been identified as an attack on the dragon’s head. The attack on Huawei means an attack not only on tech, mega-hub Shenzhen, but the whole Pearl River Delta: a $3 trillion yuan ecosystem, which supplies the nuts and bolts of the Chinese supply chain for high-tech manufacturers.

Enter the Golden Ring

Neither China’s technological rise, nor Russia’s unmatched hypersonic know-how have caused America’s structural malaise. If there are answers they should come from the Exceptionalist elites.

The problem for the U.S. is the emergence of a formidable peer competitor in Eurasia – and worse still, a strategic partnership. It has thrown these elites into Supreme Paranoia mode, which is holding the whole world hostage.

By contrast, the concept of the Golden Ring of Multipolar Great Powers has been floated, by which Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and China might provide a “stability belt” along the South Asia Rimland.

I have discussed variations of this idea with Russian, Iranian, Pakistani and Turkish analysts – but it sounds like wishful thinking. Admittedly all these nations would welcome establishing the Golden Ring; but no one knows which way Modi’s India would lean – intoxicated as it is with dreams of Big Power status as the crux of America’s “Indo-Pacific” concoction.

It might be more realistic to assume that if Washington does not go to war with Iran – because Pentagon gaming has established this would be a nightmare – all options are on the table ranging from the South China Sea to the larger Indo-Pacific.

The Deep State will not flinch to unleash concentric havoc on the periphery of both Russia and China and then try to advance to destabilize the heartland from the inside. The Russia-China strategic partnership has generated a sore wound: it hurts – so bad – to be a Eurasia outsider.

Pepe Escobar, a veteran Brazilian journalist, is the correspondent-at-large for Hong Kong-based Asia Times. His latest book is 2030.” Follow him on Facebook.


58 comments for “PEPE ESCOBAR: The Unipolar Moment is Over

  1. Raphaelle Islip
    June 15, 2019 at 00:32

    And Halford Mackinder is nodding vigorously from the grave – not 115 years too soon! Finally a round to the Heartland?

  2. June 14, 2019 at 14:16

    One ring to rule them all……….@

  3. Geoff Hanham
    June 12, 2019 at 15:12


    Is the word ‘God’ now verboten on this site ?

    Does it depend on whether it is a Christian, Islamic or Judaic deity ?

    And . . . How about the Hindu pantheon ?

    Is this word ‘offensive’ – non PC ?

    And to whom ?

    Please delineate your rules . . .

    Do please say !

    (And by what writ do you assume that I am either an ‘atheist’ an ‘agnostic’ a ‘believer’ or . . . )

    • LJ
      June 13, 2019 at 14:52

      Oh my God…. ( Magnum)?

  4. Geoff Hanham
    June 12, 2019 at 14:56

    Why CENSORSHIP for quite reasoned, supportive (to the expressed viewpoint) and moderate comments ?

    You show thus your true face ?

    ‘Serton Delmer’ c2001?

  5. Robert Mayer
    June 12, 2019 at 01:46

    Tnx CN & Pepe Escobar… Own several World Atlases so seeing a ’36 is cool.
    IMO… any mention of Rand Corp Should be “AynRand” Corp deliniating philosophy… Not means of xchange4 apartheid ville (X)… Tho also imo above think tank NotOpposed2 such as long as their rugged undividualist heads are runnin it!
    B4 Goog cut me off from utub noted (& puzzled over) Vladimir’s grin when emerging from secret consult w/ Drumpf… Did he know Donny’s. emerging tradepol would piss off Xi enough 4 Ruski/Chin green new deal?

  6. Carl
    June 12, 2019 at 01:30

    “has thrown U.S. elites into Supreme Paranoia mode, which is holding the whole world hostage.”
    This implies that the US elites didn’t knowingly fund the Belt and Road initiative as a way of sucking the life out of the US and making money for the Israel, Russia, China post Boleshevik socialist block.

    The American “elites” are internationals who seek world Communi-tarian power.

    • hodgicus
      June 17, 2019 at 09:05

      That’s hysterical, in both senses.
      No, no. It’s 2019, Carl.
      Castro’s kid brother is the last communist standing.

  7. Zhu
    June 11, 2019 at 23:47

    It’s amazing how few xommentators know anything about Chinese history, Chinese society – just a few stereotypes.

    • Geoff Hanham
      June 12, 2019 at 14:45

      Agreed! The ignorance of the 21st century ‘West’ is appalling . . . Our fathers (and grandfathers) shame us in this respect. Our education system now produces ignorance on an unprecedented and appalling scale. Who now in the U.K. has any knowledge of the ancient Middle-Eastern and Eastern cultures of the ‘Ancient Times’ ? The consequence of this ignorance is no small thing – and – God help us – we are even ‘educated’ out of knowledge of our own cultures, let alone the depth of those who preceded us . . . We all now face something very dark indeed from the architects of ‘The Deal’ . . .

  8. Josep
    June 11, 2019 at 19:21

    Around 70% of Russians are (or at least claim to be) Orthodox Christian. You wouldn’t want to mess with that, would you?

  9. delia ruhe
    June 11, 2019 at 18:02

    Pepe, you are probably right about unipolarism being over, but there are a lot of difficult ends to tie up.

    In no way is the US ready to back off and give everyone else a chance at multpolarity. Indeed, the US being the US, it ain’t goin’ nowhere without a fight—a war, that is. Whether it’s a catastrophic war against Iran, or a colossal, multi-nation punch-up in the South China Sea that ends like Vietnam, the US will want to use its most powerful weapons. It will demand blood—rivers of it—before it’s ready to face facts.
    By the look of things, that will be a long time coming. It would be quicker if China and its partners could establish an international payment agency so that the yankee dollar is undermined, forcing the US into bankruptcy. Actually, the EU could achieve that right now, given the strength of the Euro. But the EU is still dithering; it’s not used to having the power to choose its own destiny, and besides, it’s been all too comfortable as a body of vassal states. It needs to wake up and smell the freedom—and the economic possibilities, i.e., no more austerity.

    I’m an old woman, and I won’t be around to see how this all shakes out. I would be happy to witness that, but I don’t mind pegging out before my home, Canada, joined at the hip to a dying empire, endures its bleak future. Geography is, after all, destiny.

    • jeff montanye
      June 11, 2019 at 23:53

      one wonders why russia and china don’t buy a few billion dollars of silver and gold futures contracts and stand for delivery. guess it’s the kind of thing you like in your pocket so much you hate to spend it.

      • Zhu
        June 15, 2019 at 06:53

        Russian goldmines produce vast amounts of Gold every year. China, too, is buying gold, and probably doesn’t store it New York City.

    • Jf
      June 12, 2019 at 05:21

      I believe any major confrontation will shortly go full nuclear. Then the americans will join basically everyone else in a global graveyard. See you in hell.

      • Geoff Hanham
        June 12, 2019 at 16:16

        The tragedy is that the USA have been seeking a ‘pre-emptive’ opportunity since the 1960s (if not before). I wonder if the ordinary folk of the States have even for one moment considered the monster that has spawned in that continent. I have relations there that are scared witless by both parties and have witnessed their children reduced to debt servitude.

        Yet, if you found a ‘country’ based upon genocide and the reduction (in the military sense) of the paltry survivors to abasement, there will, I believe, be a payback.

        What sort of ‘human’ conceives of the atom bomb – knowing full well the consequences ? And then, staring absolute sin full in the face realises the thermo-nuclear cobalt-jacketed hydrogen bomb ?

        North America was once a land full of beauty – but now ? Nuclear exchange is in the ‘capable’ hands of a ‘Deal Maker’, some ‘red-necked’ generals and – the insanity of it – A.I. ‘dead mans hands’ . . .

        Do these ‘things’ passing as human beings ever sleep at night . . . ?

    • Geoff Hanham
      June 12, 2019 at 15:54

      Delia, thank you for such a reasoned comment. I do think however that there is little time left. Being of a particular generation (born 1948) I have lived through and experienced much. Just one single miscalculation – an error of judgement (arrogance?) and that is it.

      Meanwhile, in England, we watch the bees and birds die, our ancient trees succumb, unheard of (over centuries) weather patterns, our beloved landscape changed beyond recognition in a few fleeting years – and witness a ‘government’ that is utterly outwith the ken of the ‘common folk’ who have alien agendas that are nothing more than a desecration of a thousand years (at least) of struggle and survival to find a decent society and way of life.

      We now live in the world of ‘The Deal’ – and our homeland is for sale to the highest bidder . . .

      I grew up in the (original) Cold War. It is now in the public domain that a thermo-nuclear exchange was only avoided (at lest four times) by the instinct and humanity of a handful of Soviet Russians.

      Not ‘Politically Correct’ is it ? But it is the truth.

      We live in a wretched planet with finite resource. ‘The Deal’ wants it all . . .

      The second law of thermodynamics is inexorable . . .

      I do truly pity the innocents of this world – it is no small thing to commit ecocide . . .

      When I was a child the gardens were alive to the summer hum of bees – and no – my kindred were never scared of them and would often pluck a flower and hold for them to feed on . . .

      I have not seen a honey bee for five years. This year only four wood bees . . .

      Four . . .

      Welcome to the world of ‘The Art of the Deal . . .

      I have no wish to live in a world without the bee, the robin and the swallow . . .

      We (‘English’) Western Celts had a word for the tern – it was morwenna ‘ sea-swallow’ – literally ‘sea-white’ (mor=sea, gwen = white). I have not seen the lovely sun shine through the beauty of their white feathers for two years now – they are lost – gone . . .

      And for how many millennia did the sun glance in beauty through their wings ? And the joy-cry of the swallow resound through our land before the stone circles came . . .

      But now . . . $$$

  10. LJ
    June 11, 2019 at 16:46

    First off, maybe 5G isn’t such a great thing . It isn’t necessary in any way. It is a dangerous thing with little pay off for humans at the individual level. There is potentially a very serious health concern for all of us Human Beings. It may have to be shelved after causing only a few million cancers. Let those cancers be in Asia. OBOR, One Belt One Road and the SCO and the Eurasian Integration Project have been around a while now. The US can’t really do much about these things short of nuclear war. . That is probably why we have drawn our European, EU and British lackeys even closer to the fold. This is why they will probably back a War against Iran if Trump is re-elected and Bibi is still a free man . The Euros have no balls . They are weak and will follow the USA to hell if they are told to march as long as they don’t actually have to fight Russians or even Chinese that they won’t do. as for the Turks, they are looking long with Russian Gas and the S400. Pepe talks a line but if you want to crunch numbers, the basic stuff of economics and trade, China is dominating already. The USA has an advantage in Weaponry and we run a world wide extortion racket. That is what we call Free Trade. The Russians should have already abandoned SWIFT and the Chinese, Iranians, even India should have access to an alternate payment system. If they can outdo us in 5 G and make better phones than I Phones they can easily manufacture their own system based on their own technology. Furthermore they have more consumers in China, Russia, Central Asia and in Asia than we do even including the EU. That is the Nuclear Option . Not rare earths. That they aren’t talking about getting free of SWIFT and we aren’t talking about real costs to our economy in such a case means nobody really wants to go that far. I’m warning you, I will warn you …IF…. There is such a thing as the Goose that laid the Golden Egg. The West , READ USA, did not create this New World Order based on Global liquidity,ie Globalization just to blow it up. We just want the Chinese to be good coolies and behave. That our fearless leaders/planners misread history and the tea leaves and do not really understand the Mandarin Chinese ruling class shouldn’t be surprising (They aren’t as smart as they use to be).. Trump is doing a job here that has to be done. This does not benefit him personally. He was on line to build hundreds of hotels in China. Trump is doing what he’s told. He didn’t think this up himself. It could very well destroy his daughter’s product line and his son-in -law’s future real estate interests in China. It is a losing hand long run but Hillary would have had to play the same hand. Remember how China treated Bill Clinton, GW Bush and Obama on their way out of office.. Clinton was re-payed for favored nation trading status with a forced down and gutted AWAC, Bush looking for an exit surrounded by curtains , while being laughed at and Obama left to dis board on a runway from Air Force 1 on his own and official US representatives berated by a baggage clerk and told,’ this is not your country’. Trump can expect the same treatment with maybe a slice of beautiful chocolate cake on the side.

  11. Jacq
    June 11, 2019 at 16:35

    Turkey? Well, maybe but not as it is now – crawling with human debris.

  12. Peter Loebg
    June 11, 2019 at 14:42


    At this agreement international transactions were “pegged to the dollar”.
    After 2009 (which is to say after the western recession with its world wide
    effects) China began to restructure its economy. After decades of work,
    the Chinese currency became a basic one through the use of the IMF’s
    Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). This is carefully analyzed in
    Nomi Prins’ recent book COLLUSION….(Nation Books, 2018). This b ook
    eloquently written and especially in its chapter on China describes in
    detail these developments. Rather than repeat the discussion of
    her book , I recommend all readers to its study.

    The reader need not consider whether he/she approves of the government
    of China. That is for these purposes irrelevant.

    The object is to discover the economic world as it is.

    These developments have never been a secret either in kChinqa or in the west.

    Naturally the United States has often disapproved of any impact on the dominance
    it once had.

    Much in Chinese economics is a work in progress.It too has problems with “shadow
    banks” and it is dealing with them.

    No longer can the US dictate to Cbhina or Russia and other emerging economies
    what their currency should be worth.

    I am certain that plays a significant role in the US-China trade war. The US does’like
    to be told what to do any more than any other nation.

    It’s a brand new world.

    Peter Loeb, Boston, MA

  13. Pablo Diablo
    June 11, 2019 at 12:20

    USA = an Empire in decline. Ten years (or less) from now, China will rule the World.

    • Mark Thomason
      June 11, 2019 at 16:20

      A world run by China would not be a pretty place.

      It is all the more reason for the US to get off its ego-driven effort to remain hegemon, and instead build a lasting counter to China as hegemon.

      That does not mean the TPP, which was a rigged instrument meant to reward insider interests. It does mean some larger alignment with many of those states, just not the enrichment of the Friends-of-Hillary that was the TPP.

      • rosemerry
        June 11, 2019 at 17:01

        China,unlike the USA, is NOT trying to rule the world; Cooperation is a dirty word for the USA, but to others with more forethought and wisdom, it is essential.

        • Tom Kath
          June 11, 2019 at 22:01

          Quite right rosemerry. The differing east/west perspectives of competitor/opposition enemy. Compete/obstruct. Cooperate/dominate.

    • Zhu
      June 15, 2019 at 07:00

      More likely, welcoming foreign buyers to Chinese ports.

    • OlyaPola
      June 17, 2019 at 07:00

      “China will rule the World.”

      A useful guide in “intelligence” is the question – Do you think your opponent is as stupid as you are?

      The default answer to those immersed in projections tends to be yes, I think my opponents are as stupid as I am.

      History has shown that “rule” is an illusion requiring increased dosages of coercion in attempts to maintain, a practice of self-denial precluding “rule” and avowed related hopes.

      Self-delusion is popular in the self-designated temporary social relations presently known by the misrepresentation “The United States of America”.

      Thank you for your confirmation of your immersion in and complicity with the illusions of the opponents since useful fools are useful to those who can render them so.

  14. Eddie
    June 11, 2019 at 12:10

    As the US continues with its failed bull-boy antics that have not worked since 1945, the rest of the planet will simply fall behind the lead of the new multi-polar superpower paradigm of Russia and China. The Russians and the Chinese see the wisdom of forming equitable arrangements with nations around the globe that not only improve their economies, but also save what is left of the environment.

    As the new paradigm becomes solidified throughout Asia and Europe, the new powerhouse of the Russo-Chinese unification will increase and expand its relationships in the very “backyard” of the US. Meanwhile, the former world power will continue its slide into developing world status as the dollar becomes obsolete in world trade.

  15. Wazdo
    June 11, 2019 at 11:33

    No project is perfect but Nina Lebedeva in the New Eastern Outlook (NEO) wrote an aticle two days ago suggesting that the OBOR project is in serious trouble. Can anyone clarify if this is true or not.


  16. June 11, 2019 at 10:48

    It is dangerous for the West – or anyone – to see the growing global crisis in terms of the Cold War. The RAND report linked to in the article examines ‘nonviolent’ ways to ‘overextend and unbalance Russia’. Historically, such actions have resulted in conflict. There seems to be a misplaced sense of confidence that humanity is just re-running the era 1948-1991, in what is described as ‘Cold War 2’. Unfortunately, the first Cold War was the peace, a post-world war environment: we are now in pre-world war environment. The world has experienced periods of peace (or relative peace) throughout history. The Thirty Years Peace between the two Peloponnesian Wars, Pax Romana, Europe in the 19th century after the Congress of Vienna, to name a few. The Congress System finally collapsed in 1914 with the start of World War One. That conflict was followed by the League of Nations. It did not stop World War Two. That was followed by the United Nations and other post-war institutions. But all the indications are they will not prevent a third world war.

    • LJ
      June 11, 2019 at 20:51

      Where’s Nixon when you need him?

  17. June 11, 2019 at 09:21

    That is the 5G question, shielding selves and Earth from it. Now, 5G has become one of the pivotal points in the global geopolitical war games between China and US–with China leading and Trump bellowing orders to corporations to get with it. People are talking about 5G as a positive, while in reality it will be an extreme negative for Earth’s inhabitants because of its short, spikey wavelength. It will impact negatively on humans and especially the small animals such as insects, arachnoids, birds and bats, etc.–all creatures on whom folks don’t realize a healthy Earth depends. Plans are to bathe the planet from space satellites, as well as place the closer spaced equipment in cities. We have already lost a great part of nature, how much more can we lose before this planet becomes uninhabitable? Yet 5G is touted as a positive–for some corporations that run the world. Even with cooperation between China and US on 5G, it is not a positive for life on Earth. And even Russia has signed onto it with China, even though they banned GMOs.

    • June 11, 2019 at 11:32


  18. June 11, 2019 at 09:11

    “And crucially, Xi stressed that China “won’t seek development to the expense of environment”; China “will implement the Paris climate agreement”; and China is “ready to share 5G technology with all partners” on the way towards a pivotal change in the model of economic growth.” Huh? Are progressives here okay with that statement? (“Some Revelations, But Not Armageddon” – And who wants to live in paradise, a la The Wicker Man, where only psychos are welcome? (“Sesame Credit: China’s Creepy New Social Engineering Experiment” by James Corbett – Yes, China and Russia are a target of the lawless, extremely violent and utterly hypocritical United States (the State and much or most of the population), but that doesn’t mean that those two countries’ ruling classes are virtuous or even good for their own people. The fact that progressives, in their desire to un-complicate their narratives, leave out the pushing of nuclear power and the silent victims (who must be there; ‘are’ there in the case of China) of mega projects of both countries (dams and pipelines) doesn’t make Putin and Xi Jinping angelic.

    • June 11, 2019 at 09:15

      Why is the Paris agreement a sign of progress? Cory Morningstar: “[Greta] Thunberg has stated repeatedly that her strike will continue “until Sweden is aligned with the Paris Agreement.” Therefore, by her own statements, this is the singular, overall purpose and goal of the strike. The foundation of the Paris Agreement is the expansion of nuclear, the financialization of nature, further privatization at an unprecedented scale, “large scale CO2 reduction” (carbon capture storage), a desperate attempt to revitalize economic growth, and more market “solutions” that will further perpetuate our multiple crises. Therefore, the Thunberg campaign is in part to create a demand upon governments across the globe to align with the Paris agreement. (A demand to obtain what the ruling classes have already decided to unleash on us, our planet, and all life.) As adherence to the Paris Accords is a running theme in the mainstream NGO movement, the marketing campaign is helped along by, Avaaz, WWF, Greenpeace, in tandem with the UN (“Changing Together”), the World Bank (“Stepping Up“)[2], and more recently, the World Economic Forum (WEF).”

    • Dan
      June 11, 2019 at 15:55

      Thank you. China’s “economic miracle” has forced hundred of thousands of self-sustaining rural farming families into crappy wage-slave factory jobs in urban centers. This is promoted as “progress” by Chinese elites and their journalist apologists, but it’s a “progress” that was never sought by the families themselves, and it will have further dire consequences for our already imperiled environment. The idea that Chinese or Russian elites are that much less malignant than Western elites is a false meme promoted by the likes of Pepe Escobar and countless others. It’s understandably a comforting illusion to those of use fed up with decades of politics as usual here in the United States and elsewhere. But that don’t make it so.

      • BraveNewWorld
        June 12, 2019 at 16:43

        Very few Chinese want to return to the days of Mao.

  19. Walter
    June 11, 2019 at 08:23

    Unipolarzeit ended with Joe 3 > (see wiki) RDS-3 was the third Soviet atomic bomb. On October 18, 1951, the 41.2 kiloton device was detonated – a boosted weapon using a composite construction of levitated plutonium core and a uranium-235 shell. Code named Joe 3 in the USA, this was the first Soviet air-dropped bomb test. Released at an altitude of 10 km, it detonated 400 meters above the ground.

    This prevented execution of the US plans to nuke hundreds of soviet cities in an unprovoked attack.

    Read Alperovitz’s “The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb” (Japan was not relevant to the decision)

    Also see> (which became) >

    However, facts do not always interfere with delusional persons’ choices…which can create terrible results.

  20. June 11, 2019 at 07:43

    “…has thrown U.S. elites into Supreme Paranoia mode….”

    Yes, but what could possibly be more dangerous?

    The United States already behaves as a true rogue state, ignoring the rule of law, trying to arm-twist its way into advantages against other countries.

    Now, add “supreme paranoia”?

    We may never make it in one piece to the approaching multi-polar world.

    Something very interesting for readers, indicative of the kind of thinking America has fear-inspired in others:

  21. Jacques Noir
    June 11, 2019 at 06:08

    Pepe, Iunderstand you are paid by the Red Chinese to shill shamelessly for them in the English speaking press since Mr. Parry’s unfortunate demise. However Perhaps you should examine more carfully what is right now occuring in HongKong and Western China as your Police State totalitarian masters tighten the noose. The Red Chimese will fall due to internal pressure generated by these US steps you laugh at. Iran has been chastised and is currently behaving. Go ahead Allatowa, make our day…

    • padre
      June 11, 2019 at 10:59

      There you go again!Spreading democracy and human rights!Just when did you get so concerned about China!No word about Israel, Saudi Arabia,Nicaragua..!Oh, there everything is OK, isn’t it, as long as they are not “Red”!

    • John Hawk
      June 11, 2019 at 11:12

      …you are really dumb, Mon. Noir!

  22. Aliyu Suleman Jatau
    June 11, 2019 at 03:01

    From the concluding paragraph, it seems we should brace up to another Isis like insurrection within the heartland of China and Russia.
    My question is what sort of a counter reaction can we expect?

  23. William H Warrick III MD
    June 11, 2019 at 02:08

    The attack Pepe imagines at the end of his article, is a conventional war. Russia’s defense policy precludes such a scenario. It would become Nuclear within a very short time and the Empire would react with maximum force and the World as we know it would end in less than an hour. I don’t think they want that. The ‘Think tankers’ just told them they would get their head handed to them in a war with either or both of them.

  24. EKM
    June 10, 2019 at 23:06

    Dearest Pepe, please take off your dunce cap.
    You grossly mistake U.S. elites Supreme Paranoia mode for neo-con Supreme exploit the American lumpenproletariat mode.

    TotalChina Russia trade is about 10% revenues of a single US company: Walmart.
    Russia is not even in the Top Ten China trade List.

    EurAsia outsider? $539B USA trade w/ China, $75B Japan, $45B Korea.
    1/3 of one trick pony Russia exports: Crude oil
    Unipolar is by definition unbalance. The fact it is ‘over’ is a good thing.

  25. CitizenOne
    June 10, 2019 at 20:42

    Well perhaps I lost something in the translation between the Unipolar movement being dead and the “Golden Ring of Multipolar Great Powers movement” as China belts us in our car seats as we go down China Road. Man, I’m feelin stupid right now.

  26. Dunderhead
    June 10, 2019 at 19:45

    Pepe is always right on the money, prescient that last bit about Modi, him and Erdo?an almost certainly going to play the fence, they do to much business with both sides, coincidentally both also have extremely powerful lobbies in the US.

  27. Karl Brantz
    June 10, 2019 at 19:38

    No need as the US is doing an incredibly effective job of destabilizing itself.

  28. Shannon LeBlanc
    June 10, 2019 at 18:46

    Low carbon development is an oxymoron, like military intelligence. Yay if they can stabilize politics but ecosystem extinctions from development and climate disasters are going to create terrible destabilizations, starting this year.

    • LJ
      June 11, 2019 at 21:04

      Yay verily yay, the pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true. So said Danny Kaye. So be careful. No wait, they broke the chalice from the palace. The flagon with the dragon has the brew that is true.

  29. Frank
    June 10, 2019 at 18:45

    I wish that China would create a 5G shield or filter for the home. I’ve read too much about 5G toxicity.

  30. dfnslblty
    June 10, 2019 at 18:36

    No need to try … usa is a drunken sailor with the admiral locked in its asylum;
    citizens won’t revolt, so it’s only a function of time before usa enters the ranks of beggar nations.

  31. Jeff Harrison
    June 10, 2019 at 17:40

    When will someone try to destabilize the US?

    • Realist
      June 10, 2019 at 23:34

      When that happens it will be by insider coup plotters, not Russia, China or any of the other emerging economic powers. It will be done by elites that have long ago stopped using the Constitution of 1789 as this country’s formal operating system. The coup will just make that official. The new ruling council will probably be a panel of select mega-corporations, and “democracy” will no longer even be given lip service. Arlington, Langley, the MIC and the police state will retain their privileges used in the services of the elites.

      The defunct television drama “Incorporated” was a good working model of the new establishment intended for America. Maybe it was meant to be a stalking horse to see if the American public would much care or even notice a formal change to such a system. It mostly went unremarked. Interesting times lie ahead.

    • Blue
      June 11, 2019 at 00:55

      The neocons are already doing so

    • Rochelle
      June 11, 2019 at 02:49


      The infusion of partisanship into most issues such that on any given matter, the populace can be reliably divided?

      The defunding of public education?

      The relentless cornering of the peasants and creation of a financial atmosphere in which more and more people have less and less to lose everyday?

      The easy availability of firearms (including regulation-circumventing components like bump stocks), both legal and illegal, combined with the above?

      The reliance on printing money and extreme dependence on the dollar being a reserve currency, as well as a lack of safeguards against that no longer being the case?

      The drive to get rid of a proven war machine and instead sink money in black hole proportions into an alternative that can hardly operate?

      I would say the top echelons in the US are destabilizing the country enough that all it takes is one trigger — a financial meltdown, an ecological disaster, could be a myriad of other things — for all hell to break loose. None of those are the fault of foreigners (except perhaps 9/11, for those who don’t think it’s a false flag). If I were a visiting extraterrestrial taking a deep look at the US, I would think the whole world is working together to destabilize the country and weaken its people, when in reality it’s the US whose actions regularly make the world a worse place to live.

    • Mark
      June 11, 2019 at 23:54

      Jeff, democrats and Republicans are doing a pretty good job of that already

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