Eric Draitser appears on WBAI 99.5 FM (NYC) for part 2 of his interview on imperialism in the world today. He describes in detail what the US and its neocolonial NATO allies are doing in Africa, with close attention to the grand strategy of militarily checking the economic influence of China. Draitser examines some of the volatile conflicts on the continent, attempting to trace how they relate to the US-NATO regional and global hegemonic agenda. From there, he provides his analysis of Syria and the US role in the rise of ISIS/ISIL, as well as Washington’s militarization of Latin America in order to stifle its independence and growing alliances with the non-western world. Finally, Draitser touches on the current situation in Haiti and the grand strategy of containing China through the Asia Pivot and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. All this and much much more in this wide-ranging interview.
Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org interviews Dady Chery, Co-Editor-in-Chief of News Junkie Post and author of the new book We Have Dared to Be Free: Haiti’s Struggle Against Occupation. In this wide-ranging interview, Eric and Dady discuss the historical and political importance of Haiti, and why it has for more than two centuries been such a prize for the imperial powers. Dady explains some of the more recent developments in the country, including the removal of Aristide, the imposition of the UN Mission to Haiti (MINUSTAH), and the transformation of Haiti from independent island nation to dependent colony and victim of brutal disaster capitalism. Eric and Dady also examine the role of Bill Clinton and finance capital, the puppet government of Martelly, the cholera outbreak, and much much more. Dady Chery shares her wealth of knowledge of these and other issues in this must listen interview.
(Apologies for the audio quality. Transcript soon forthcoming.)
Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on Radio Sputnik (Sep. 15, 2015) to provide his comments on the real reasons for the refugee crisis. He discusses who’s to blame, why this is happening now, and the larger geopolitics at play. Draitser notes that Turkey has played a key role in both fomenting the war in Syria and stimulating and facilitating the flow of refugees. He notes that the US is tacitly, if not overtly, involved in this ongoing phenomenon. Draitser also explains that Russia is playing a key role in protecting Syria from a full-scale war to be lead by the US.
Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org make a brief appearance on “Comment” with George Galloway (Sep. 10 2015) to discuss the refugee crisis, the geopolitics of the issue, and the role of Turkey in exacerbating it.
From Washington to the western media, everyone has been talking about reports of potential Russian ‘intervention’ in Syria. On the one hand, the proliferation of this meme is a case study in the western propaganda system, as one report is then repeated ad nauseam from thousands of sources, then built upon by subsequent reports, thereby manufacturing the irrefutable truth from the perspective of media pundits and western mouthpieces. On the other hand, the new reports also raise some interesting questions about the motives of both the US and Russia, as well as the other interested parties to the conflict in Syria.
In examining this new chapter of the ongoing war in Syria, two critical and interrelated points seem to rise above all others in importance: Why is the western media hyping this narrative of Russian intervention? And why is direct Russian involvement, limited though it may be, seen as such a threat by the US?
Dissecting the Propaganda
An Israeli publication reported that Russian air power would be increasing in Syria with “Russian jets in Syrian skies,” as the headline read. While all the information came from unnamed “western diplomatic sources,” and was accompanied by little more than assertions of fact without any tangible evidence, the media outcry began almost immediately, with literally hundreds of news outlets reporting the same information. Within 24 hours however, a Russian military source denied the allegations, saying, “There has been no redeployment of Russian combat aircraft to the Syrian Arab Republic…The Russian Air Force is at its permanent bases and carrying out normal troop training and combat duty.”
Almost as if on cue, the next day The Daily Beast published a story claiming that there were Russian boots on the ground in Syria, as well as large shipments of military materiel en route to Syria, including trucks and BTR infantry fighting vehicles. The article cited Turkish navy photos showing a Russian ship purportedly carrying the cargo, quite openly it must be said (more on this later).
Naturally, the conversation in Washington instantly became about Russian intervention and the danger of Russia “destabilizing” the situation in Syria, an assertion that would be laughable if it weren’t so deeply cynical and hypocritical considering four and a half years of US-NATO-GCC-Israel intervention in Syria.