I have mentioned a strange entity called The Cartel quite a few times in my posts. This has generated some curiosity among some readers of this forum. They wanted to know more about this entity. Some thought it was synonymous with USA. Well, The Cartel is not the same as USA. It is a faceless global cartel that controls a number of countries. I personally don't think The Cartel has been able to completely control USA because of democratic nature of USA; democracies are harder to subvert. However, democracies are not immune to authoritarian designs. As a matter of fact, under certain circumstances, a democracy can be a perfect authoritarian machine because it has consent of the ruled. I would like to emphasize that The Cartel is not the same as USA and it has vastly different interests and objectives. One of the favorite tactics of The Cartel is to pit a nation or individual it wants to settle scores with against USA. This is why it is very important for us Indians to understand the beast called The Cartel. It is difficult to study an organization which keeps itself in the shadows and is powerful. This is particularly true of The Cartel. It owns large chunk of global media as a means to brainwash people. Despite all the secrecy surrounding The Cartel, if one is willing to pay close attention to geopolitical events, one can spot the fingerprints of The Cartel all over the world. It is also possible to identify attributes of The Cartel. I am going to list a few of those attributes below: 1. The Cartel is head quartered in UK. It directly and indirectly controls quite a few countries 2. It has significant control on US polity but it does not entirely control US 3. It controls news and movie production outlets in US, Europe and Latin American countries 4. It controls major global banks and currencies 5. It is actively involved in war making business, particularly in Middle East 6. It has working relationship with China which resulted in flow of large FDI into China 7. It has lobbied for Pakistan in US which allowed Pakistan to acquire US weapons 8. It has nefarious designs against India; it aids and abets anti-India elements 9. It maintains the largest network of organized crime 10. It directly and indirectly controls the largest network of terror outfits 11. At the moment, it is locked in a conflict with Russia 12. Iran is its most vocal opponent 13. It controls Australia through corrupt Australian politicians 14. It has significant control over Canada but the control is not absolute In subsequent posts, once the discussion starts to flow, we can analyze past and present geopolitical events that give us insights that can be used to justify the attributes we have assigned to The Cartel.