US-China Conflict: South China Sea, Propaganda War, Political Subversion?

April 12, 2016 at 10:49 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (April 6, 2016) on the latest developments in the #SouthChinaSea and the broader political, economic, and psychological war the US is waging against China. Draitser explains that as China has sought to expand its influence in the Asia-Pacific region, the US is using a variety of tactics to attempt to contain China, and that this conflict is behind a number of key developments in recent months.

Syria: US Special Forces & Rebel Proxies Designed to Outflank Putin and Assad in Fight Against ISIS

April 5, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (April 2, 2016) on the news that the US is deploying large numbers of Special Forces to Syria, along with a new program to train and equip anti-Assad rebels. Draitser explains that the US intends to fill the void created by the destruciton of much of the Isalmic State’s capabilities, both by the combined Russian-Syrian assaults, and by US airstrikes. He notes that the moves by Washington and strategic in nature, and that they’re part of the broader proxy war with Russia.

Panama Papers: Misinformation and Misdirection in the Service of the Empire

April 5, 2016 at 11:44 AM

Eric Draitser of appears on KPFA’s “Hard Knock Radio (April 4, 2016) to discuss the leaked “Panama Papers” and the political and geopolitical agenda behind it. Draitser explains that the real significance is who and what is NOT being implicated, and the interests being protected. He argues that the credibility of the source is in question as it is directly connected to Wall Street and the political establishment in the West. Draitser also explains the power of misinformation to frame narratives and promote the political agenda of the ruling class. All this and more in this in depth interview.

NATO Warmongering Against Russia in Eastern Europe…As Usual

April 5, 2016 at 11:43 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (April 1, 2016) on the latest NATO military buildup in Eastern Europe. Draitser explains that this is yet another example of the ongoing trend by NATO to attempt to provoke a Russian countermove in order to paint Moscow as the aggressor on its own doorstep. He adds that Ukraine, the Baltic States, Georgia, and other former Soviet Bloc countries are all theaters in the broader geopolitical and strategic chess match.

CounterPunch Radio – Episode 36 (Alexander Reid Ross)

April 1, 2016 at 3:18 PM

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CounterPunch Radio – Episode 36 (Alexander Reid Ross)

This week Eric welcomes to the show author and activist Alexander Reid Ross to discuss the history and contemporary landscape of fascism in Europe and the US. Eric and Alexander discuss his latest book Against the Fascist Creep, going into detail about the long and sordid history of fascism from its earliest manifestations in pre-WWI Europe, to its modern form after Mussolini, to the current trends in fascism today. And then, of course, the obligatory “Is Trump a Fascist?” portion of the conversation gets quite interesting. Does Alexander Reid Ross make a case for fedualism? Tune in to CounterPunch Radio this week to find out!