A Crisis in Black Politics? – A Conversation with Pascal Robert

March 29, 2017 at 12:55 PM

Eric Draitser sits down with political commentator Pascal Robert to discuss what he describes as the crisis of Black politics in America. Eric and Pascal examine the legacy of Obama on Black politics, and how that legacy negatively impacts Black America in the Age of Trump. This and so much more in this in depth conversation.

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Dustin Beilke on CounterPunch Radio

March 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM

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This week Eric sits down with journalist Dustin Beilke to discuss the continued privatization of public education, and the forces behind it. The conversation begins by examining the latest push for school vouchers by President Trump and his Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and what this means for the future of public schools. Eric and Dustin touch on the inefficacy of school vouchers in improving educaitonal outcomes, as well as the backdoor assault on teachers’ unions using everything from vouchers and charter schools to Teach for America and similar programs.The second half of the show explores the continuity of policy from Obama to Trump, pointing out that the Obama Administration was viciously anti-teacher and pro-privatization: more evidence of the single corporate agenda of both parties. Eric and Dustin also talk about some of the resistance from teachers and communities throughout the country, and what that means for the movement to defend public education going forward.

Japanese Minister Visits Taiwan. A Proxy for Washington?

March 28, 2017 at 10:51 AM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his analysis (March 27, 2017) of the visit by a high-ranking Japanese minister to Taiwan, a clear violaiton of agreements with China. Draitser explains that this is part of the broader geopolitical moves by the Trump Administration in Washington to confront China and undermine the One China policy.

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March 24, 2017 at 12:52 PM

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Dr. Rebecca Gordon on CounterPunch Radio

March 22, 2017 at 12:24 PM

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This week Eric sits down with author and academic Rebecca Gordon to discuss the evolution of war in Imperial America, torture in the Age of Trump, war criminals-in-chief, and so much more. The conversation begins with a discussion of Gordon’s latest book, American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes, and how the criminality of the US regime is not dependent on a given administration. From there, Eric and Rebecca examine the changing nature of war in American life, and what that tells us about the society, culture, and collective psyche of early 21st Century America. The second half of the show features a discussion of Trump and the new horrors to be unleashed by Midtown Mussolini and his gaggle of fascists, as well as the importance of building a truly independent resistance. All this and so much more in the latest episode of CounterPunch Radio!