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 http://StopImperialism.org 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 http://StopImperialism.org 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 http://StopImperialism.org 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!

BRICS Under Attack: The Empire’s Destabilizing Hand Reaches Into South Africa

April 1, 2016 at 3:14 PM

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This article is part of a series on Western meddling to foment unrest and destabilize BRICS nations in an effort to ensure the continuation of Western economic and political control over the Global South. The first part, focusing on Brazil, can be found here. Still to come: BRICS under attack in Russia, India, and China.

NEW YORK — (Analysis) Major protests have gripped South Africa in recent months as political forces have emerged to give voice to a growing discontent with the government and ruling party. Beneath the surface of these demonstrations organized around legitimate grievances, however, there’s an undercurrent of political manipulation.

South Africa and its ruling African National Congress (ANC) party have been targeted for destabilization due to the country’s burgeoning relationship with China and other non-Western nations, most obviously typified by South Africa’s inclusion in BRICS, the association of the five major emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Last year, for example, China surpassed the United States and European Union as South Africa’s largest trade partner, and the ANC has been hard at work promoting further trade cooperation. Answering questions in the National Assembly, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa explained: “We trade more effectively with China because the relationship is based on win-win; mutual benefit that they can get out of the relationship and that we can get out the relationship.”

But recent protests against the ANC government have threatened the ruling tripartite coalition of the ANC, along with the South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Unions.

A number of groups on the left such as the Economic Freedom Fighters, led by former ANC youth leader Julius Malema, and the National Union of Metalworkers, have taken part in the protests touched off bystudent demonstrations against university fees.

At the same time, however, Western-backed opposition forces led by the Democratic Alliance have positioned themselves as leaders and beneficiaries of the anti-government movement.

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