CounterPunch Radio – Andre Vltchek (Ep. 31)

February 17, 2016 at 7:55 PM

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This week Eric sits down with philosopher, filmmaker, and author of the new book “Exposing Lies of the Empire,” Andre Vltchek, for a colorful discussion on culture and politics, imperialism, and the reality of the Global South. The conversation opens with an exploration of the role of art and literature in shaping politics and ideology, and how that has increasingly become lost in an ever more commodified and compartmentalized political culture. Eric and Andre then discuss the nature of contemporary imperialism and how it manifests itself in today’s world. They go into many examples of Global South resistance to the Empire, why it’s important to support independent peoples and nations, and the necessity of maintaining an international perspective without falling into the trap of neocolonial arrogance so often exhibited by the “first world left.” These and many other topics in this week’s CounterPunch Radio.

Intro and Outtro: David Vest – “Freight Train Rollin'”
Interlude: Wire – “I Am the Fly”

CrossTalk: Turkey’s Gamble

February 17, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Eric Draitser appears on RT’s “CrossTalk” (Feb. 17, 2016) to debate the role of Turkey in the ongoing Syrian conflict, and the danger of Turkish policies which could lead to war. Draitser explains the historical role Turkey has played in fomenting the war, while also dissecting the dangerous thinking of the Turkish political establishment. He also notes the cynical manipulation of the Aleppo refugees by Turkey, the danger of western propaganda, and Ankara’s provocations against Russia. All this and much more in this lively debate.

The US, China, and the Geopolitics of the ASEAN Summit

February 14, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his commentary on the upcoming US-sponsored ASEAN Summit taking place in California. Draitser explains that the meeting being held in the US at Washington’s initiative provides further evidence that the US is the dominant force behind ASEAN, and that the regional grouping is used to undermine China’s role in the region. He explains some of the political and geopolitical issues at play including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, South China Sea territorial disputes, and more. He also provides his long-term historical analysis and the dangers for the entire world of continued US imperialism. All this and much more in this wide-ranging interview.

Saudi Arabia Prostrates Itself Before Washington as Its Yemen Disaster Unravels

February 14, 2016 at 12:22 AM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his commentary (Feb. 9, 2016) on Saudi Arabia’s recent pandering to Washington neocons to continue supporting its criminal war on Yemen. Draitser explains that the Saudi war has been an utter failure, and that the divisions within the House of Saud are becoming increasingly apparent. He also notes the US role in Yemen, and Washington’s geopolitical agenda for the country, and strategy for the region.

Syria: Battle for Aleppo, Erodgan’s War on Kurds, Syria Endgame; Bernie, Hillary, and Public Opinion

February 14, 2016 at 12:21 AM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on CPR Sunday with security analyst Mark Sleboda, and broadcaster Don DeBar to discuss the latest global developments. The conversation opens with discussion of the ongoing battlefield developments in Syria, including the assault on Aleppo and the cutting of terrorist supply lines. They touch on Turkey’s brutal campaign against the Kurds and the potential of a Turkish invasion of Syria. Eric, Mark, and Don round out the discussion with some analysis of the US presidential election and public opinion in the US.