US Elections as Political Theater; Syria Peace Talks vs Battlefield Reality; US vs China in Africa

February 1, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on CPR Sunday with security analyst Mark Sleboda, and broadcaster Don DeBar to discuss the latest global developments. The conversation opens with a short discussion of the US presidential race and the campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump. Eric, Mark, and Don spend the majority of the hour discussing the latest round of Syria peace talks and contrasting that to the situation on the ground where the Syrian Arab Army continues to make gains. They discuss the Kurds and their shifting allegiance to Moscow. Finally, Eric touches on the US attempts to undermine sovereignty in the Great Lakes region of Africa in order to re-establish its hegemony as Africa looks increasingly to China. Much much more as well in this weekly hour long conversation.

The Real Meaning of the Syria Peace Talks

February 1, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (Jan. 30, 2016) on the Syria peace talks just beginning in Geneva. Draitser explains that the negotiations cannot be taken seriously given both the demands of the Salafist ‘opposition’ as well as the reality on the battlefield where Syria’s armed forces are making gains. He notes that these talks are merely the precursor to later negotiations, and that the US will attempt to shape facts on the ground to prevent a united Syria from emerging from this war. All this and much more in this interview.

CounterPunch Radio (Ep. 29) – Pascal Robert

January 28, 2016 at 4:36 PM

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This week Eric sits down with political analyst and writer Pascal Robert to discuss author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recent attacks on Bernie Sanders and what they tell us both about Coates and the presidential election. Eric and Pascal discuss the issues of race and class, and why interrogating those issues is critical to examining Coates’ recent writings, as well his individual social position in relation to the power structure. The second half of the show is an in depth dialogue about a variety of issues related to the 2016 campaign including whether Bernie Sanders actually has a chance to win, the outcome the political and financial establishment are pushing for, Hillary’s scandal-plagued campaign, and any potential unexpected developments between now and primary season. All this and much more on CounterPunch Radio this week.

Intro and outtro: David Vest – “Freight Train Rollin'”
Interlude: Marcel Cartier – “I’m a Socialist”

Syria: A US Base, Russian Countermoves, & the Kurdish Question; Venezuela Destabilization Escalates

January 28, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on CPR Sunday with security analyst Mark Sleboda, and broadcaster Don DeBar to discuss the latest global developments. The conversation examines the recent revelation that the US is in control of a base in Syria, as well as how Russia might respond to this escalation. Eric, Mark, and Don also discuss the role of the Kurds, how Russia is trying to make them into allies, and the importance of setting the stage for political negotiations. Finally, Eric discusses the latest escalation in Venezuela after a prominent journalist and Government spokesman was assassinated. All this and much more in this week’s CPR Sunday.

Israel Exploits Lifting of Iran Sanctions to Extort Money from US

January 28, 2016 at 4:23 PM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (Jan. 22, 2016) on Israeli PM Netanyahu’s recent address in which he called for more US funding to Israel in light of the lifting of sanctions on Iran. Draitser explains that this is standard operating procedure for Netanyahu and Israel who see in Iran a regional rival. Draitser also explains Israel’s central role in the imperial system.