Discussing Syria on CCTV’s “The Heat” (08-21-2015)

August 26, 2015 at 3:23 PM


Eric Draitser appears on CCTV (August 21, 2015) to discuss the political and diplomatic developments in Syria. He explains the centrality of foreign influences in both the fighting on the ground, as well as the political context of the conflict. Draitser explains the true nature of this ongoing terror war, the agenda behind it, and the likely outcomes. This and much more in this lively discussion.

The Douma Market Attack: a Fabricated Pretext for Intervention?

August 26, 2015 at 3:17 PM

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The August 16, 2015 attack on a market in the Syrian town of Douma, just outside the capital Damascus, has caused international outrage. Condemnations of the Syrian government have poured in from seemingly all corners of the globe as President Assad and the Syrian military have been declared responsible for the attack, convicted in the court of media opinion. Interestingly, such declarations have come well before any investigation has been conducted, and without any tangible evidence other than the assertions of the rebel spokespersons and anti-government sources. Indeed, there has been an embarrassing dearth of investigative questions asked as corporate media, who have been far from objective these last four and half years, have rushed to fit the facts to their long-standing narrative of “Assad the Butcher.”

This author fully understands that, in asking difficult questions, he will be called an “apologist,” an “Assad propagandist,” or some other such nonsense. Frankly, such name-calling means very little when compared to the suffering of Syrian people, and the untold brutality that will be visited upon them if the western corporate media and warmongers get their way and yet another imperialist so-called intervention is carried out in the name of “humanitarianism.” The goal is to ask the right questions, to cast doubt on the already solidifying propaganda narrative that will undoubtedly be used to justify still more war.

Those who work for peace must be prepared to interrogate the received truths of the media machine, to confront head on that which is uncomfortable, and to do so knowing that their motives are just. The victims of this war, both past and future, deserve nothing less.

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America’s Imperial Footprint in Africa

August 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM

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Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on WBAI 99.5 FM (NYC) to discuss US military engagement on the African continent.  Draitser provides an introduction to the recent history of the issue, inlcuding the establishment of AFRICOM and the 2011 US-NATO war on Libya.  He outlines some of the nations in which the US is involved militarily in Africa, explaining that each conflict provides Washington with a pretext for further penetration.  Draitser argues that the geopolitical imperative for the US is to use its military to block China’s economic engagement with the continent, thereby attempting to maintain US and Western hegemony.  He notes that independent economic and political development is what Africans want, and more and more of the continent’s government’s are turning to China to help provide that.  All this and more in this wide ranging half hour interview.

CounterPunch Radio – Ep. 15 (Ted Rall & Robert Hunziker)

August 19, 2015 at 11:52 AM

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Click here to listen to Ep. 15 with Ted Rall & Robert Hunziker

Syria, Turkey, and the Regional War

August 11, 2015 at 12:15 PM

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Eric Draitser appears on Radio Sputnik (August 11, 2015) to provide his comments about Syria, Turkey, ISIS/ISIL and more.  He explains that ISIS serves as a convenient pretext for the continuation of the regime change agenda in Syria, and that the US, Turkey and their allies have been instrumental in nurturing the terror organization since 2012.  Draitser notes that Turkey is pursuing its own regional hegemonic agenda, and the creation of “buffer zones” in Syria is merely part of Ankara’s strategy for expanding its influence through war against both Damascus and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).  He adds that a resolution to the conflict will only come once Saudi Arabia and Turkey recognize that Syria will not be militarily defeated, and that Assad will be part of any peaceful political solution.  Until such time, Draitser argues, the war will continue.