Is the Oregon Occupation Being Stage-Managed?

January 7, 2016 at 2:27 PM

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US and international media have been abuzz in recent days with the ongoing armed occupation at the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.  The social media space has been, quite predictably, polarized with many on the far right lionizing the armed occupiers as “patriots” and “heroes” defending a just cause in the name of “liberty.”  Naturally many liberals and assorted leftists have condemned the occupation, pointing out both the relevant legal and historical issues at play here, including the vicious tradition of white militias in the US, the blatant disregard of environmental regulations, and much more that is well beyond the scope of this article.

But what has been missed by seemingly every pundit, left and right, who has chimed in on the Oregon occupation is the unmistakable stench of provocation.  Simply put, something is off about this whole story, and it struck me from the first moment I read about what was happening, who was involved, and who wasn’t involved.  Specifically, there are indications that this entire fiasco has been manufactured by either government agencies themselves or some other private forces for any number of reasons.

If this sounds like “conspiracy theory” to you, it should; I am here theorizing about a potential conspiracy [studio audience gasps].  While the media, academia, and other assorted handmaidens of the ruling class have conditioned many on the Left to recoil in horror at the mere mention of the word, the fact remains that conspiracies are everywhere, that the government and corporations are involved in them, and that refusing to question received narratives and facts for fear of being tarred and feathered as a “conspiracy nut” is precisely the sort of mindless twaddle that has become all too pervasive on the Left.

And so, armed with my bullshit detector, and with full knowledge that many potential angry emailers have already stopped reading, I now dive into the morass that is the #OregonOccupation.

Questions about the Key Players

While much can be said about Ammon Bundy, the son of Nevada rancher (and well known racist) Cliven Bundy, the real suspicion lies with three of the “activists” widely regarded as instrumental in organizing the occupation.  By examining what is known and unknown about these three shady characters, a much different picture begins to emerge, one in which a publicity stunt-cum-armed occupation is less an act of protest, and more an act of provocation.

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Venezuela: Right Wing Takes Over National Assembly, Major Conflict Ahead

January 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (Jan. 6, 2016) on the latest developments in Venezuela as the new National Assembly is sworn in. Draitser explains the nature of the ongoing political conflicts, providing insights from his fact-finding trip to Venezuela during the elections. Listen or download mp3 below.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran: Diplomatic Breakdown Amid a Proxy War

January 7, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (Jan. 6, 2016) on the growing diplomatic conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Draitser explains that the breakdown in relations is part of a broader international proxy war that includes the massacre of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria as well as the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, both of which are retribution for the pivotal role that Iran has played in Syria, as well as its alleged backing of Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Nigeria & Saudi-Iran Proxy War?; Burundi & the Empire in Africa; Argentina & Venezuela Update

January 4, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on CPR Sunday (Jan. 3, 2016) with journalist and broadcaster Don DeBar to discuss the latest developments in Africa and Latin America. Eric and Don discuss the killing of Nigerian shiites and followers of Sheikh Zakzaky by the Nigerian military. Draitser argues that this is part of a broader proxy conflict between Saudi Arabia/Qatar and Iran for influence in geopolitically significant countries. Eric provides an overview of the unrest in Burundi and explains why this African country has been targeted by the forces of neocolonialism and Empire. Toward the end of the program Eric and Don discuss the situation in Latin America as US-backed right wing political forces take center stage in Argentina and Venezuela.

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Syria Rebel/Terrorist Leader Killed, Turks & Saudis Worried; Geopolitical Update on Latin America

December 29, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on CPR Sunday (December 27, 2015) with journalist/broadcaster Don DeBar. Eric and Don discuss the assassination of one of the most powerful rebel leaders in Syria and what this means for the future of the conflict. They also examine the roles of Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and how these two countries are proceeding with their agendas in the Syria war. Finally, the conversations shift to Latin America where Eric and Don discuss the latest developments in Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil with specific attention to the larger geopolitics of the region.

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