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Geopolitical Resources

Pearls and Irritations is an Australian platform for the exchange of ideas from a progressive, liberal perspective, with an emphasis on peace and justice.

John Menadue is the publisher, founder and Editor in Chief of Pearls and Irritations. He was formerly Secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ambassador to Japan, Secretary of Immigration and CEO of Qantas.

Pepe Escobar is a columnist at The Cradle, editor-at-large at Asia Times and an independent geopolitical analyst focused on Eurasia. Since the mid-1980s he has lived and worked as a foreign correspondent in London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Singapore and Bangkok. He is the author of countless books; his latest one is Raging Twenties.

Jerry's Take On China, over the last 18 years Jerry has lived, worked, married, studied and now retired in China. He has travelled about 30,000 kilometres on a bike around China and there are only 3 mainland provinces he haven't visited yet. Doesn't claim to be an expert but presents opinions, lived experiences and offers a unique lens to the geopolitical space.

Scott Ritter is an American author, international relations analyst, former United States Marine Corps intelligence officer, former United Nations Special Commission weapons inspector overseeing the disarmament of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq from 1991 to 1998, of which he resigned in protest. He is now a critic of the Iraq War and United States foreign policy in the Middle East. He is a regular contributor to Russian State Media outlets RT and Sputnik.

Richard Medhurst is an independent journalist and political commentator born in Damascus, Syria. British citizen, fluent in English, Arabic, French and German. Medhurst hosts regular live broadcasts discussing history, US politics, international relations and the Middle East, rooted in an anti-imperialist viewpoint.

George Galloway is a British politician, broadcaster and writer, he was a Scottish trade unionist, was a member of the Labour Party Young Socialist at the age of 13 and was a sitting member of parliament from 1987 to 2005.


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