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​China, Crimea and Pashtunistan

21.03.2014 07:31

At the center of the simultaneous tumult faced by both Afghanistan and Pakistan stands the ultimate taboo: Pashtunistan. How does the dream of a common Pashtun land connect to the secession of Crimea from Ukraine? And what does China think about all this?

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aimal khan 12.06.2014 20:17

Hallo Mr Pepe Escobar.Think you very much for your artical about Free pashtunistan.The world must help the pashtun people for there dream about freedom .the democratic pashtunistan is the intrest fo all the european,russian,ara bs,american.All of the world.long live free pashtunistan.


Hector 01.05.2014 00:40

Hah! Great point connecting events in Ukraine to the role nationalism plays, is playing, in world events - the dynamics of current social-political forces and foreign policies of the great powers, most notably USA's interventionist imperialist attitude changes the everything.


Think Peace 28.04.2014 06:21

Pepe, I generally found your opinion reasonable but this article really sucks! Lots of talks and conspiracies theories but very little make much sense.


usman rashid 25.04.2014 21:24

Popeye, try to write something sensible Or just give up writing... for God's sakes :P


usman rashid 25.04.2014 21:17

Writer is SO DUMB :P (When "Major" Amir become "General" Amir!!) Loool


Ridwan Khan 12.04.2014 03:51


As a Pashtun myself from Bannu, let me tell you something: Pashtunistan died in the 70's. Pakistanis Pashtuns are 100% integrated into the Pakistani state, whereas in dysfunctional Afghanistan we are marginalized by Tajiks.

Whe n the British invaded, the Afridis rose up in rebellion in what is now the tribal areas. Connections between Peshawar and Kabul were snapped. At the same time, the British buit railroads to link our lands to Punjab and India beyond. We've been oriented that way ever since. Pashtun nationalist Bacha Khan believed in a united INDIA, not a united Afghanistan after all!


Saleem Khan 29.03.2014 10:47

1. First of all the writer wrote General Amir, please amend it Major (R) Amir,
2. If ISI is notorious please give me name of single pious agency including KGB.
3. Crimea may be the right of Russia but please don't compare it with Pashtunistan.
4. Crimea has been annexed from a country called Ukraine but nobody can do it in case of Pashtoon majority in Pakistan,


South African Guy 28.03.2014 22:57

Alex P. 24.03.2014 09:19

I'm also a huge fan of his. Pepe Escobar never disappoints.


Ye t another well written piece by Mr Escobar


Najib Wardak 24.03.2014 09:11

I am agree with author of the articale. all Pashtuns ( both side of Duiranid imaginary line) to be united.


Ap H. Chand Thakuri 24.03.2014 03:19

I don't KnoW?


Humayoun Jan 23.03.2014 21:51

70% of Afghanistan's population is non Pushtuns so how can these racist Pashtuns claim half of Pakistan's land based on their Pashtun race while Pahtunes are minority in Afghanistan .

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