Syria Rebel/Terrorist Leader Killed, Turks & Saudis Worried; Geopolitical Update on Latin America

December 29, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on CPR Sunday (December 27, 2015) with journalist/broadcaster Don DeBar. Eric and Don discuss the assassination of one of the most powerful rebel leaders in Syria and what this means for the future of the conflict. They also examine the roles of Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and how these two countries are proceeding with their agendas in the Syria war. Finally, the conversations shift to Latin America where Eric and Don discuss the latest developments in Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil with specific attention to the larger geopolitics of the region.

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Turkey: A Criminal State, a NATO State

December 28, 2015 at 4:45 PM


It is now openly discussed even in mainstream media the fact that Turkey has been intimately involved in fomenting and supporting the war on Syria, with its ultimate goal of the overthrow of the Syrian government and its replacement by a compliant proxy aligned with Turkish President Erdogan and the Muslim Brotherhood. That this is no longer a ‘conspiracy theory’ but a conspiracy fact not only vindicates my analysis over the last four years, but it also brings to the fore the nefarious role of a NATO member in stoking a brutal and bloody war for its own ends.

Beyond just the war itself, Turkey has been implicated in a wide variety of crimes (some constituting war crimes) which cast Ankara in a very bad light: a supporter of terrorism, a criminal government engaging in acts of aggression against its neighbors and other world powers, the repression of journalists and others who have brought the truth to the light of day, among many others. Taken in total, it becomes clear that under President Erdogan Turkey has become a belligerent actor with delusions of hegemony and a complete disregard for human rights and sovereignty.But how exactly has this transformation happened? What has been proven regarding Turkish government actions that make it so clear that the regime in Ankara is criminal in nature?

Cataloguing Turkish Crimes

The criminality of the Erdogan government can be roughly broken down into the following categories: aggression against sovereign states, material support for international terrorism, and systematic violation of human rights. Naturally, there are many other crimes that would also be included in a full and completing accounting of Ankara’s illegal actions including, but not limited to, corruption, promoting and tacitly supporting fascist gangs, and many others. But it is the support for international terrorism that rises above all others to thrust Turkey into the spotlight as one of the single most important supporters of the global scourge of terrorism.

Turkey’s central role in each and every aspect of terrorism in Syria must be the starting point of any analysis of Turkey’s grave crimes. President Erdogan has not been shy about calling for regime changein Syria, but his position has been far more than merely rhetorical; Erdogan’s government has played a very direct role in the sponsorship, arming, facilitation and military backing of everyone from the Free Syrian Army to Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Qaeda in Syria) and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh).

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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