MUST, MUST READ !!!!! Tomgram: Pepe Escobar, Who’s Pivoting Where in Eurasia? . . . This is such exciting reading. . . I’ve been waiting for something like this to come out, and Pepe has done it for us :) ~J

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Consider this: our advanced robotic creatures, those drone aircraft grimly named Predators and Reapers, are still blowing away human beings from Yemen to Pakistan.  Meanwhile, the Pentagon is now testing out a 14,000-pound drone advanced enough to take off and land on its own on the deck of an aircraft carrier — no human pilot involved.  (As it happens, it’s only a “demonstrator” and, at a cost of $1.4 billion, can’t do much else.)  While we’re talking about the skies, who could forget that the U.S. military is committed to buying 2,400 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, already dubbed, amid cost overruns of every sort, “the most expensive weapons system in history.”  The bill for them: nearly $400 billion or twice what it cost to put a man on the moon.

In similar fashion, the U.S. Navy, with 10 aircraft carriers afloat on a planet on which no other nation has more than two, is now building a new class of “supercarriers.”  The first of them, the USS Gerald R. Ford, is due for delivery in 2016 at an estimated cost of more than $12 billion.  It, too, is experiencing the sort of cost overruns and performance problems that now seem to accompany all new U.S. weapons systems.  In the meantime, Washington has dispatched one of its littoral combat ships (a troubled $34 billion weapons system) to Singapore; is flying manned aircraft and drones over the Nigerian bush; and as for building national security state infrastructure of just about any sort, seldom has a problem getting Congress to pony up — as in the $69 million now in the 2015 defense budget for the latest prison being constructed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, meant to house just 15 “high-value” prisoners.  Similarly, when it comes to the infrastructure needed to listen in on the world, the sky’s the limit, including an almost $2 billion data center built for the National Security Agency in Bluffdale, Utah.  In such “infrastructural” realms, the U.S. is today without serious competition.

On the other hand, if we’re talking about purely civilian infrastructure, just consider that, at this very moment, Congress is dilly-dallying while the crucial Highway Trust Fund that keeps American roads and interstates in shape is “heading for a cliff” and projected to go bankrupt in August.  This from the country that once turned the car into a poetic symbol of freedom.  Meanwhile, the nation’s overall infrastructure, from levees and dams to wastewater and aviation, now regularly gets a grade of D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

As a rising power in the nineteenth century, the U.S. moved toward global status on the basis of an ambitious program of canal building and then of government-sponsored transcontinental railroads.  Jump a century and a half and the country that, until recently, was being called the planet’s “sole superpower” has yet to build a single mile of high-speed rail.  Not one.  Even a prospective line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which looked like it might be constructed, is now blocked coming and going.

If, however, you happen to be looking for a twenty-first century rising power that has put its money on the American (rail)road to success, check out China.  When Chinese state expenditures are discussed in the U.S., the American concern is always military spending (definitely on the rise), but China’s domestic spending on high-speed rail is staggering.  As of 2012, the country already had a 10,000-kilometer network, including the longest line in the world, and it’s expected to hit 15,000 kilometers by the end of 2015, not to speak of — as Pepe Escobar notes today — high-speed “silk roads” that could, in the end, reach across Eurasia.  Someday, if Chinese engineering dreamers are to be believed, there might even be a two-day 8,000-mile line from Beijing via the longest underwater tunnel ever built through Canada to the United States.

If you want a measure of rise and decline, look no further than this comparison between U.S. and Chinese infrastructural build-ups, between, that is, Washington’s global military-first strategy and Beijing’s civilian-first one meant to create a transport and communications system that could economically tie significant parts of the world to that country for decades to come.  Rising… falling… Perhaps as TomDispatch regular Escobar, that peripatetic traveler across the realms he likes to call Pipelineistan, suggests, we really are heading for a new Eurasian Century. Tom

The Birth of a Eurasian Century 
Russia and China Do Pipelineistan 
By Pepe Escobar

HONG KONG — A specter is haunting Washington, an unnerving vision of a Sino-Russian alliance wedded to an expansive symbiosis of trade and commerce across much of the Eurasian land mass — at the expense of the United States.

And no wonder Washington is anxious.  That alliance is already a done deal in a variety of ways: through the BRICS group of emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa); at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Asian counterweight to NATO; inside the G20; and via the 120-member-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Trade and commerce are just part of the future bargain.  Synergies in the development of new military technologies beckon as well. After Russia’s Star Wars-style, ultra-sophisticated S-500 air defense anti-missile system comes online in 2018, Beijing is sure to want a version of it. Meanwhile, Russia is about to selldozens of state-of-the-art Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighters to the Chinese as Beijing and Moscow move to seal an aviation-industrial partnership.

This week should provide the first real fireworks in the celebration of a new Eurasian century-in-the-making when Russian President Vladimir Putin drops in on Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.  You remember “Pipelineistan,” all those crucial oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing Eurasia that make up the true circulatory system for the life of the region.  Now, it looks like the ultimate Pipelineistan deal, worth $1 trillion and 10 years in the making, will be inked as well.  In it, the giant, state-controlled Russian energy giant Gazprom will agree to supply the giant state-controlled China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) with 3.75 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas a day for no less than 30 years, starting in 2018. That’s the equivalent of a quarter of Russia’s massive gas exports to all of Europe. China’s current daily gas demand is around 16 billion cubic feet a day, and imports account for 31.6% of total consumption.

Gazprom may still collect the bulk of its profits from Europe, but Asia could turn out to be its Everest. The company will use this mega-deal to boost investment in Eastern Siberia and the whole region will be reconfigured as a privileged gas hub for Japan and South Korea as well. If you want to know why no key country in Asia has been willing to “isolate” Russia in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis — and in defiance of the Obama administration — look no further than Pipelineistan.

Exit the Petrodollar, Enter the Gas-o-Yuan

And then, talking about anxiety in Washington, there’s the fate of the petrodollar to consider, or rather the “thermonuclear” possibility that Moscow and Beijing will agree on payment for the Gazprom-CNPC deal not in petrodollars but in Chinese yuan. One can hardly imagine a more tectonic shift, with Pipelineistan intersecting with a growing Sino-Russian political-economic-energy partnership. Along with it goes the future possibility of a push, led again by China and Russia, toward a new international reserve currency — actually a basket of currencies — that would supersede the dollar (at least in the optimistic dreams of BRICS members).

Right after the potentially game-changing Sino-Russian summit comes a BRICS summit in Brazil in July. That’s when a $100 billion BRICS development bank, announced in 2012, will officially be born as a potential alternative to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank as a source of project financing for the developing world.

More BRICS cooperation meant to bypass the dollar is reflected in the “Gas-o-yuan,” as in natural gas bought and paid for in Chinese currency. Gazprom is even considering marketing bonds in yuan as part of the financial planning for its expansion. Yuan-backed bonds are already trading in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, and most recently Frankfurt.

Nothing could be more sensible for the new Pipelineistan deal than to have it settled in yuan. Beijing would pay Gazprom in that currency (convertible into rubles); Gazprom would accumulate the yuan; and Russia would then buy myriad made-in-China goods and services in yuan convertible into rubles.

It’s common knowledge that banks in Hong Kong, from Standard Chartered to HSBC — as well as others closely linked to China via trade deals — have been diversifying into the yuan, which implies that it could become one of the de facto global reserve currencies even before it’s fully convertible. (Beijing is unofficially working for a fully convertible yuan by 2018.)

The Russia-China gas deal is inextricably tied up with the energy relationship between the European Union (EU) and Russia. After all, the bulk of Russia’s gross domestic product comes from oil and gas sales, as does much of its leverage in the Ukraine crisis. In turn, Germany depends on Russia for a hefty 30% of its natural gas supplies. Yet Washington’s geopolitical imperatives — spiced up with Polish hysteria — have meant pushing Brussels to find ways to “punish” Moscow in the future energy sphere (while not imperiling present day energy relationships).

There’s a consistent rumble in Brussels these days about the possible cancellation of the projected 16 billion euro South Stream pipeline, whose construction is to start in June.  On completion, it would pump yet more Russian natural gas to Europe — in this case, underneath the Black Sea (bypassing Ukraine) to Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Italy, and Austria.

Bulgaria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic have already made it clear that they are firmly opposed to any cancellation.  And cancellation is probably not in the cards.  After all, the only obvious alternative is Caspian Sea gas from Azerbaijan, and that isn’t likely to happen unless the EU can suddenly muster the will and funds for a crash schedule to construct the fabled Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, conceived during the Clinton years expressly to bypass Russia and Iran.

In any case, Azerbaijan doesn’t have enough capacity to supply the levels of natural gas needed, and other actors like Kazakhstan, plagued with infrastructure problems, or unreliable Turkmenistan, which prefers to sell its gas to China, are already largely out of the picture. And don’t forget that South Stream, coupled with subsidiary energy projects, will create a lot of jobs and investment in many of the most economically devastated EU nations.

Nonetheless, such EU threats, however unrealistic, only serve to accelerate Russia’s increasing symbiosis with Asian markets. For Beijing especially, it’s a win-win situation. After all, between energy supplied across seas policed and controlled by the U.S. Navy and steady, stable land routes out of Siberia, it’s no contest.

Pick Your Own Silk Road

Of course, the U.S. dollar remains the top global reserve currency, involving 33% of global foreign exchange holdings at the end of 2013, according to the IMF. It was, however, at 55% in 2000. Nobody knows the percentage in yuan (and Beijing isn’t talking), but the IMF notes that reserves in “other currencies” in emerging markets have been up 400% since 2003.

The Fed is arguably monetizing 70% of the U.S. government debt in an attempt to keep interest rates from heading skywards. Pentagon adviser Jim Rickards, as well as every Hong Kong-based banker, tends to believe that the Fed is bust (though they won’t say it on the record). No one can even imagine the extent of the possible future deluge the U.S. dollar might experience amid a $1.4 trillion Mount Ararat of financial derivatives.  Don’t think that this is the death knell of Western capitalism, however, just the faltering of that reigning economic faith, neoliberalism, still the official ideology of the United States, the overwhelming majority of the European Union, and parts of Asia and South America.

As far as what might be called the “authoritarian neoliberalism” of the Middle Kingdom, what’s not to like at the moment? China has proven that there is a result-oriented alternative to the Western “democratic” capitalist model for nations aiming to be successful. It’s building not one, but myriad new Silk Roads, massive webs of high-speed railways, highways, pipelines, ports, and fiber optic networks across huge parts of Eurasia. These include a Southeast Asian road, a Central Asian road, an Indian Ocean “maritime highway” and even a high-speed rail line through Iran and Turkey reaching all the way to Germany.

In April, when President Xi Jinping visited the city of Duisburg on the Rhine River, with the largest inland harbor in the world and right in the heartland of Germany’s Ruhr steel industry, he made an audacious proposal: a new “economic Silk Road” should be built between China and Europe, on the basis of the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway, which already runs from China to Kazakhstan, then through Russia, Belarus, Poland, and finally Germany. That’s 15 days by train, 20 less than for cargo ships sailing from China’s eastern seaboard. Now that would represent the ultimate geopolitical earthquake in terms of integrating economic growth across Eurasia.

Keep in mind that, if no bubbles burst, China is about to become — and remain — the number one global economic power, a position it enjoyed for 18 of the past 20 centuries. But don’t tell London hagiographers; they still believe that U.S. hegemony will last, well, forever.

Take Me to Cold War 2.0

Despite recent serious financial struggles, the BRICS countries have been consciously working to become a counterforce to the original and — having tossed Russia out in March — once again Group of 7, or G7. They are eager to create a new global architecture to replace the one first imposed in the wake of World War II, and they see themselves as a potential challenge to the exceptionalist and unipolar world that Washington imagines for our future (with itself as the global robocop and NATO as its robo-police force). Historian and imperialist cheerleader Ian Morris, in his book War! What is it Good For?, defines the U.S. as the ultimate “globocop” and “the last best hope of Earth.” If that globocop “wearies of its role,” he writes, “there is no plan B.”

Well, there is a plan BRICS — or so the BRICS nations would like to think, at least. And when the BRICS do act in this spirit on the global stage, they quickly conjure up a curious mix of fear, hysteria, and pugnaciousness in the Washington establishment. Take Christopher Hill as an example. The former assistant secretary of state for East Asia and U.S. ambassador to Iraq is now an advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group, a consulting firm deeply connected to the White House and the State Department. When Russia was down and out, Hill used to dream of a hegemonic American “new world order.”  Now that the ungrateful Russians have spurned what “the West has been offering” — that is, “special status with NATO, a privileged relationship with the European Union, and partnership in international diplomatic endeavors” — they are, in his view, busy trying to revive the Soviet empire. Translation: if you’re not our vassals, you’re against us.  Welcome to Cold War 2.0.

The Pentagon has its own version of this directed not so much at Russia as at China, which, its think tank on future warfare claims, is already at war with Washington in a number of ways. So if it’s not apocalypse now, it’s Armageddon tomorrow. And it goes without saying that whatever’s going wrong, as the Obama administration very publicly “pivots” to Asia and the American media fills with talk about a revival of Cold War-era “containment policy” in the Pacific, it’s all China’s fault.

Embedded in the mad dash toward Cold War 2.0 are some ludicrous facts-on-the-ground: the U.S. government, with $17.5 trillion in national debt and counting, is contemplating a financial showdown with Russia, the largest global energy producer and a major nuclear power, just as it’s also promoting an economically unsustainable military encirclement of its largest creditor, China.

Russia runs a sizeable trade surplus. Humongous Chinese banks will have no trouble helping Russian banks out if Western funds dry up. In terms of inter-BRICS cooperation, few projects beat a $30 billion oil pipeline in the planning stages that will stretch from Russia to India via Northwest China. Chinese companies are already eagerly discussing the possibility of taking part in the creation of a transport corridor from Russia into Crimea, as well as an airport, shipyard, and liquid natural gas terminal there. And there’s another “thermonuclear” gambit in the making: the birth of a natural gas equivalent to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries that would include Russia, Iran, and reportedly disgruntled U.S. ally Qatar.

The (unstated) BRICS long-term plan involves the creation of an alternative economic system featuring a basket of gold-backed currencies that would bypass the present America-centric global financial system. (No wonder Russia and China are amassing as much gold as they can.) The euro — a sound currency backed by large liquid bond markets and huge gold reserves — would be welcomed in as well.

It’s no secret in Hong Kong that the Bank of China has been using a parallel SWIFT network to conduct every kind of trade with Tehran, which is under a heavy U.S. sanctions regime. With Washington wielding Visa and Mastercard as weapons in a growing Cold War-style economic campaign against Russia, Moscow is about to implement an alternative payment and credit card system not controlled by Western finance. An even easier route would be to adopt the Chinese Union Pay system, whose operations have already overtaken American Express in global volume.

I’m Just Pivoting With Myself

No amount of Obama administration “pivoting” to Asia to contain China (and threaten it with U.S. Navy control of the energy sea lanes to that country) is likely to push Beijing far from its Deng Xiaoping-inspired, self-described “peaceful development” strategy meant to turn it into a global powerhouse of trade.  Nor are the forward deployment of U.S. or NATO troops in Eastern Europe or other such Cold-War-ish acts likely to deter Moscow from a careful balancing act: ensuring that Russia’s sphere of influence in Ukraine remains strong without compromising trade and commercial, as well as political, ties with the European Union — above all, with strategic partner Germany. This is Moscow’s Holy Grail; a free-trade zone from Lisbon to Vladivostok, which (not by accident) is mirrored in China’s dream of a new Silk Road to Germany.

Increasingly wary of Washington, Berlin for its part abhors the notion of Europe being caught in the grips of a Cold War 2.0. German leaders have more important fish to fry, including trying to stabilize a wobbly EU while warding off an economic collapse in southern and central Europe and the advance of ever more extreme rightwing parties.

On the other side of the Atlantic, President Obama and his top officials show every sign of becoming entangled in their own pivoting — to Iran, to China, to Russia’s eastern borderlands, and (under the radar) to Africa. The irony of all these military-first maneuvers is that they are actually helping Moscow, Tehran, and Beijing build up their own strategic depth in Eurasia and elsewhere, as reflected in Syria, or crucially in ever more energy deals. They are also helping cement the growing strategic partnership between China and Iran. The unrelenting Ministry of Truth narrative out of Washington about all these developments now carefully ignores the fact that, without Moscow, the “West” would never have sat down to discuss a final nuclear deal with Iran or gotten a chemical disarmament agreement out of Damascus.

When the disputes between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea and between that country and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyou islands meet the Ukraine crisis, the inevitable conclusion will be that both Russia and China consider their borderlands and sea lanes private property and aren’t going to take challenges quietly — be it via NATO expansion, U.S. military encirclement, or missile shields. Neither Beijing nor Moscow is bent on the usual form of imperialist expansion, despite the version of events now being fed to Western publics.  Their “red lines” remain essentially defensive in nature, no matter the bluster sometimes involved in securing them.

Whatever Washington may want or fear or try to prevent, the facts on the ground suggest that, in the years ahead, Beijing, Moscow, and Tehran will only grow closer, slowly but surely creating a new geopolitical axis in Eurasia. Meanwhile, a discombobulated America seems to be aiding and abetting the deconstruction of its own unipolar world order, while offering the BRICS a genuine window of opportunity to try to change the rules of the game.

Russia and China in Pivot Mode

In Washington’s think-tank land, the conviction that the Obama administration should be focused on replaying the Cold War via a new version of containment policy to “limit the development of Russia as a hegemonic power” has taken hold. The recipe: weaponize the neighbors from the Baltic states to Azerbaijan to “contain” Russia. Cold War 2.0 is on because, from the point of view of Washington’s elites, the first one never really left town.

Yet as much as the U.S. may fight the emergence of a multipolar, multi-powered world, economic facts on the ground regularly point to such developments.  The question remains: Will the decline of the hegemon be slow and reasonably dignified, or will the whole world be dragged down with it in what has been called “the Samson option”?

While we watch the spectacle unfold, with no end game in sight, keep in mind that a new force is growing in Eurasia, with the Sino-Russian strategic alliance threatening to dominate its heartland along with great stretches of its inner rim. Now, that’s a nightmare of Mackinderesque proportions from Washington’s point of view.  Think, for instance, of how Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security adviser who became a mentor on global politics to President Obama, would see it.

In his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard, Brzezinski argued that “the struggle for global primacy [would] continue to be played” on the Eurasian “chessboard,” of which “Ukraine was a geopolitical pivot.” “If Moscow regains control over Ukraine,” he wrote at the time, Russia would “automatically regain the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia.”

That remains most of the rationale behind the American imperial containment policy — from Russia’s European “near abroad” to the South China Sea. Still, with no endgame in sight, keep your eye on Russia pivoting to Asia, China pivoting across the world, and the BRICS hard at work trying to bring about the new Eurasian Century.

Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT, and a TomDispatch regular. With a chapter on Iran, he is a contributing editor to The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st CenturyFollow him on Facebook.

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24 Responses to MUST, MUST READ !!!!! Tomgram: Pepe Escobar, Who’s Pivoting Where in Eurasia? . . . This is such exciting reading. . . I’ve been waiting for something like this to come out, and Pepe has done it for us :) ~J

  1. James Hyslop says:

    Dear Rich Buckley,

    Dr Judy Wood is saying that the 911 evidence points to Free Energy Devices being used to bubble the towers into dust. I think based on my knowledge that Dr Judy Wood is very awake and very much on the ball.

    I also understand that since 911 there has been a massive cover up of increased cancers within this area in New york. (I am led to believe the figure is over 70,000 cases) and couple this fact to the horrible fact that there are more deaths from suicides by USA War Veterans returning to USA than actual US deaths in war… and the pictures start to tell a story.

    And the story so far is that Free Energy has proven to be dirty and deadly.

    This does not mean there is not a clean version. But what we have to do is make sure that it is darn clean before we start using it. Otherwise Agenda21 is being fulfilled in your backyard and you said yes to it. Which is exactly what the cabal wants to happen whilst making money from it – Its called laughing all the way to the bank… (Reptilian Laughter).

    Best wishes from Ubuntu South Africa.
    James Hyslop

  2. vla says:

    Excellent esay by Pepe , and always brings out an excellent over view of the specific issue and how
    It involes the world. There is one item I have to repectively disagree with and that is par 6
    Take me to cold war 2.0 sentence ( the euro a sound currency back by liquid bond market and
    A huge gold RESERVES, A huge Gold Reserves I done not agree with that last statement
    What be proping up the Euro is the us dollar and the manipulation of the two currencies,just two
    Years ago three trillion dollars where giving by the fed reservse to european banks, also Germany
    Can even get back their own gold from the NY fed and that’s because the gold of most countries
    Which the NY Fed holds has been leased out to centeral banks and the centeral bank have sold that gold much of it has gone to China, India, Russia and eastern countries., even Swisserland
    Which is not part of the EU ,there currency the swissfrac is hardey back by gold and was devulued
    Inorder to prope up the euro and be more competive in their export markets, so their is no Gold
    Backing of the EURO the varies Cabla families have the Gold not the countries.
    Must likly the Yen will go down first and it will be a touse up between us dollar and the euro who
    Will be next depend on the cicumstances.
    Vla

  3. vla says:

    Bewareofserco, your tboughs on that all three powers Russia, China, and ( vatcan, london city,
    Washington dc ) is in on this NWO has been on my back burner for a few years now,and I read
    Articles in the past years that the usa was to be divided and occupied by china ,russia etc
    So I concur with yor thoughs that this could be a posiabilty, it seems to me that the ( powers to
    Be ) would be better of with a interm step in their conquest, it would go much easier for the sheep
    To go from where they are now to a lesser of two evils and then one or two generation latter
    No one would be the wiser,and history would be wriiten acording to their desire.A all war ( nuke )
    Does not make sense,since it would contaminate most of the planet,better to remove the world
    Population by slown death (agenda 21).
    I hope I am wrong,and that Putin is for REAL .
    Vla

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  5. GL-Andy says:

    People are liking this – and me too!

    But you DO REALISE, don’t you, that when the US dollar crashes, living standards in the USA are going to take a swan-dive too (?)
    This will usher in a real hardship for most Americans, and the average citizen may be crying out for help – even from a hopelessly corrupt cabal.
    How can we expect the average Man-in-the-Street to “get it”, when they still believe the lies about JFK and the lies about 9/11?

    Truly, I worry. The best thing may be for the current structure to “hold on” as long as possible, and give time for more and more to wake up.

  6. DET says:

    “The Euro — a sound currency backed by large liquid bond
    markets and huge gold reserves”.
    I really have no idea where he has got from such information.

    Look on the Euro-banknote. In fact: It is no currency !!!
    The emitter is incomplete written; there are missing signatures;
    the location of the emitter is missing.
    Altogether, at any time, you have to be aware of surprises.

    And he believes EU nations are like a stronghold and Germany is
    the economic engine;
    but he don´t know that Brüssel, the officials-juggernaut,
    has no really mandate for legislation.

  7. Rich Buckley says:

    All these super power relationships seem to be based on energy trading. Zero point energy seems to be really close. How will its emergence alter relationships, life styles, and goals? Zero point may become its own spiritual revolution. 

    Ultimately I see myself taking baby steps towards participating in collective liberation. A direct issue (debt free) US Treasury Dollar will pull me right in. If some political candidates take up this cause, they’ll win my immediate meager support. Direct issue Colony script worked well before according to Ben Franklin.

    And then there is zero point energy devices and the New Physics. I have a hunch the first manufacturer of zero point energy power source devices will commence its rapid evolution up from a cottage industry into a major manufacturer over a couple of decades. We replaced vacuum tube with microprocessor, film with digital, and copper wire with fiber optics. And so we’ll probably replace/augment the worlds energy nets in an unstoppable transition that’ll probably also take about two decades…..environmentalist fighting us all the way.

    What does a bank look like and do in an ascended world if we can read everyone’s mind? And how does one horse trade? Perhaps it will all become a ritual in memory of a by gone era and out of consideration for us troglodytes who haven’t yet ascended. They set a price, we offer less. We squabble for the sake of squabbling ritualistically and settle. Or, we adopt the Islamic banking model, and the bank collects rent, not debt. They own it, we manage it and we sell it and all participate in the rewards? ….. or something like that. I’m not ready for ascension, am I?

  8. vla says:

    Russia and China have a different ideas of how to obtain power ,trade and value humans as a
    Resorce on the other hand the us of isreal-nazi wants to reduce the world population by 95 %
    And specifical the population of America, why inprove the Infurstruture of America when the
    Population is going to be reduced also they feel they (zionest) need all there capital for weapons
    If they are going to succed . Let hope they fail !
    Vla

  9. 1EarthUnited says:

    Reblogged this on 1EarthUnited and commented:
    This is brilliant, the transition of power from west to east should be interesting to say the least. ;)

  10. Susanne R says:

    Wow wow wow!

  11. Susanna Horton says:

    And the point? This chess strategy does not account for the reality of earth’s Ascension, and Humanity’s awakening. It is fascinating to read this, and see how much America, or any country, will invest to gain superiority, all played out from a “separation consciousness” viewpoint. Since Pepe’s writing, a US space craft, from the US Navy, appearing on satellite photos as a “UFO” took out the Russian rocket just recently launched, showing some one-up’sman-ship.This escalates the tension between the two countries, while billions on earth are sick, starving and/or homeless.

    As Lightworkers continue to visualize world peace and continue to live and breathe love, the planetary frequencies rise, and quicken…..gradually, slowly….until, like the frog in the pot of slowly boiling water, the cabal consciousness dies. As the morning sun rises in the sky, the light of dawn increases almost imperceptibly each second…..until the darkness has faded……In movies, as the dawn light appears, the evil vampires run for the shadows. But this is no movie, and these vampires will soon have nowhere to hide.

    • Jean says:

      Susanna, I have to disagree with you. This chess strategy certainly does account for the reality of earth’s ascension. Why in the world would you say this? Putin is trying to bring a peaceful resolution to these problems. Russia and China are choosing trade and growth as opposed to war. . . ? ? ? Hugs, ~Jena

      • bewareofserco says:

        Have to admit, I’m “on the fence” regarding Putin and the BRICS. This is just an article full of speculation, ifs and maybe’s. I can’t help feeling that a “lesser of two evils” is being engineered for us to go running to. The sheepdog (oppressive London/Washington NWO) barks and the sheep willingly run into the pen (the disguised “real” NWO). Is this just some kind of a global “good cop, bad cop” routine? I don’t know. I feel that articles of this type attempt to place fabricated conclusions based on speculation into the mind of the reader and should therefore be viewed with at least a degree of scepticism. It is important to avoid being lulled into a false sense of security just because something appeals to what you would like to “believe”.

        This particular article immediately lost credibility for me as soon as it attempted to portray the EU and euro in a positive light.

        Politically and economically, you really can’t take anything at face value these days because everything is just so complex and nothing is as it seems. There are always plots and sub-plots going on below the surface so it’s impossible for anyone to really know. The deceit of man knows no bounds!

        • Jean says:

          I agree that we must be very careful, but it seems to me we have here a group that will bring down the central banking system, and at this moment in time that is exactly what we need. After that, who says they won’t try to do exactly the same thing all over again? It will be up to us to do something we didn’t do before: remain vigilant as world citizens, assume our responsibilities as such, and see that it doesn’t happen again. . . Hugs, ~Jean

      • Susanna Horton says:

        Jean, Yes, I agree with you, on that point- They are out-manoevering the US, which needs to be done. But the other aspect is that there is STILL an element of POWER PLAY, and I’ve spent a lot of time in China and don’t see their govt about to endorse Ascension and Human Rights.To them it’s still all a power game – And there is still a major disregard for life there.Human freedom? Not about to happen, spiritually speaking.But yes, we both agree on this article’s point that the Bric’s are tipping the balance, and putting the Cabal down, yes ! That is the good news here- Cabal is losing / lost ground at last…….What I am referring to is the process of Ascension that is happening cosmically, and from within the Earth, in spite of whatever these people do- The frequencies are rising, whatever the power plays going on, whatever the economic realities, there is an energetic Rising of the Frequencies occurring- this is affecting the political minds, yes, But the political minds are not causing Ascension.Earth’s Ascension is happening from Within the Earth- Humanity’s awakening is more of an outer manifestation of this.We all agree here, just different ways of looking at it :-)

  12. Rose Day says:

    …pretty much says it all Jean and the irony of course is that US ‘intrepid leaders’ literally got on
    their hands and knees and did whatever it took to get us to this place in history. Two words…
    “election reform”.

  13. Ethyl says:

    Jean, here’s one that’s really important. It’s less than 2 minutes long, and shows THE PEOPLE standing up to the Feds re the internet. We’re really peeing on their parade by standing up for our rights. And they all think it is THEIR parade. It is NOT!!!! GO PEOPLE!!!!

    http://beforeitsnews.com/politics/2014/05/net-neutrality-protesters-removed-by-armed-guards-at-fcc-meeting-2622378.html

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