Syria Talks: US Still After ‘Regime Change’? Russia Making Moves; Post-Election Update in Venezuela

December 23, 2015 at 11:34 AM

Eric Draitser of appears on CPR Sunday (December 20, 2015) with security analyst Mark Sleboda and journalist/broadcaster Don DeBar. Eric, Mark and Don discuss the ongoing negotiations between the US and Russia regarding Syria, and what this means for the future of the conflict. They examine the true agenda of the US versus its public posture, the importance of what’s happening on the ground, and the divisions within the US camp. The conversation also touches on the competing counter-terror coalitions, the role of Turkey, and the potential for a possible resolution framework. All this, plus an important update on the situation in Venezuela.

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Saudi Arabia’s ‘Counter-Terrorism’ Initiative in Syria

December 18, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Eric Draitser provides his commentary (Dec. 16, 2015) regarding the announcement by Saudi Arabia of a new counter-terrorism coalition of Sunni Muslim countries. Draitser notes the hypocrisy of the foremost sponsor of global terrorism claiming to fight terrorism. He explains the domestic and international political motivations behind Riyadh’s move, and why it matters to the future of the war in Syria.

Venezuela: A Revolution That Will Not Die

December 18, 2015 at 4:08 PM

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This is not a revolution that can be undone with one election, nor can it be simply legislated out of existence.

Much has been written about the outcome of Venezuela’s Dec. 6 legislative elections, with many of the analyses justifiably focusing on the shortcomings of the Socialist Party (PSUV) and the difficulty of the current state of affairs in the country. Indeed, even before the political body was cold, post-mortem examinations abounded in the corporate and alternative media, with dissections of seemingly every aspect of the Bolivarian Republic’s political, economic, and social life.

But what these journalists and political analysts often overlook is the determination of the core of the Bolivarian Revolution, the radical base that is committed to preserving what Hugo Chavez began building more than 17 years ago. This is not a revolution that can be undone with one election, nor can it be simply legislated out of existence. This Revolution will not, as some cynics have argued, be brought down by the weight of its own contradictions, or by internal rot and corruption, or by external forces such as assassinations and economic destabilization.

Instead, the Revolution will survive. It will be resurgent. It will be reborn thanks to the commitment of millions of dedicated Chavistas.

While one may take this as an article of faith, it is instead a conclusion born of experience in Venezuela, one that is informed by dozens of conversations with activists and organizers whose words of love and dedication to the revolution are matched only by their actions to build it.

In building the Revolution, these men, women, and children are pledged to defend it.

The Revolution’s Flesh Wounds

The election results, and the social problems from which they sprang, are undeniably a comment on the level of discontent that many Venezuelans feel, both toward their government and the general state of affairs in the country. To read the corporate media, one would think this is the end for the Bolivarian Revolution, that the defeat at the polls is a repudiation of the entire program of the PSUV and its allied political parties. But such a reading belies the reality and resilience of the revolutionary process, one that has seen and overcome great challenges before.

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US and Russia: Different Objectives, Different Strategies in Syria

December 16, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (Dec. 15, 2015) on the talks between the US and Russia over Syria and other issues. He notes that the US objective of regime change has failed, and now the Obama administration is looking for a way out, while Russia is looking to jump-start a political process that will allow it to achieve its counter-terrorism objectives and end its military involvement in Syria. These and related issues in this short commentary.

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US-Russia Talks on Syria; Shanghai Cooperation Organization Meets in Zhengzhou

December 15, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on CPR News (Dec. 15, 2015) to discuss the latest talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and President Putin. Draitser explains that there is some overlap in terms of interests, but that sharp divides persist, especially on the issue of Assad’s status and the nature of the opposition to be included in the political process. He also discusses the latest SCO summit and what the development of the SCO means for the development of China and the Eurasian landmass generally.

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