By Pepe Escobar
This essay is a better half to my very own Globalistan, released in early 2007, which I outlined as a warped geopolitical go back and forth ebook. I argued then that during a context of re-medievalization - the area fragmented into "stans" - we're now residing an intestinal battle, an undeclared international civil battle. Borrowing from Zygmunt Bauman's proposal of liquid modernity, I referred to as it Liquid battle - and never simply end result of the worldwide scramble for "black gold" oil and "blue gold" gasoline. Globalistan used to be primarily an extended reportage crisscrossing the realm. this article displays the truth that I spent so much of 2008 within the U.S. following the presidential crusade. so far as New Rome is anxious i am often open air having a look in - the viewpoint of my death career, the overseas correspondent. during this textual content i am as a rule within searching. Globalistan should be learn as an at the flooring - and underground - record at the Bush management wilderness. this article will be whatever of a final bankruptcy - out of the abdominal of the beast. 2009 is the mum of all celebratory years. The twenty years of the autumn of the Berlin Wall. The 30 years of the Iranian Islamic revolution. The 50 years of the Cuban revolution. The 60 years of NATO. The 70 years of worldwide warfare II. The eighty years of the good melancholy. The ninety years of the Versailles Treaty. it really is as though the area used to be turning on its gyre as in a psychedelic kaleidoscope reviving smooth heritage in high-speed. And which determine comes out of the kaleidoscope, grinning his cool, calm and picked up top to accommodate a 1929-style situation, the hot chilly struggle or even to behavior Versailles-style international relations? Barack Hussein Obama.
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Itself: "They don’t want it, and it’s not feasible. ” The only absent heads of state happened to be two close Bush administration pals, Peru’s Alan Garcia and Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe. As for Raúl Castro, he was the true star of the show. S. ” Castro is nonetheless hopeful: “If Mr. Obama wants to have a discussion, we will. It’s increasingly difficult to isolate Cuba. ” He denied that Brazilian President Lula offered to be a mediator between himself and Obama. S. S. ” Lula definitely has his eyes set on the big picture.
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