CounterPunch Radio (Ep. 24) – Jia Lee & Mercedes Schneider

November 17, 2015 at 1:59 PM

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This week, Eric sits down with two amazing and inspiring teachers tirelessly working to defend public education from the neoliberal assault being waged against it. First, Eric welcomes to the program Jia Lee, an educator, activist and candidate for President of UFT (United Federation of Teachers) representing the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE). Eric and Jia discuss why she became a conscientious objector to standardized testing, the importance of democratizing and radicalizing the teachers union, and the ways in which public schools have been attacked, undermined, and corporatized.

In the second part of the show, Eric sits down with educator and advocate Mercedes Schneider who is the author of two important books: A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who in the Implosion of American Education and Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?. Eric and Mercedes examine the rise of charter schools, the de-professionalization of teaching, the insidious effect of Teach for America on the profession, and much more.

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Are We Careening Toward World War III?

November 17, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Eric Draitser of appears on “Behind the Headline” with Mnar Muhawesh, Editor-in-Chief of Mint Press News. Eric and Mnar discuss the global geopolitical and strategic situation as the West comes into conflict with Russia and China. Eric explains the nature of contemporary imperialism, the role of emerging powers in restoring balance in the world, and the historical pattern of global conflicts and the potential for a new world war.

Eritrea: The Danger of a Good Example in Africa

November 17, 2015 at 11:16 AM

The video is a short segment of a speech delivered by geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser of at the 2015 YPFDJ Conference held in Las Vegas, NV on August 22, 2015. Draitser explains why the Empire demonizes Eritrea, and what the country means both practically and symbolically for Africa and for the Global South.

Terror in Paris: The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), European Politics, and the International Context

November 16, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Eric Draitser of appears on CPR Sunday (November 15, 2015) with security analyst Mark Sleboda and journalist/broadcaster Don DeBar. Eric, Mark and Don discuss the tragic events in Paris on Nov. 13, and the fallout from that. They examine the narrative of the attack, the objectives of the Islamic State (which has claimed responsibility), and the importance of asking the right questions about what happened. Additionally, Eric, Mark, and Don touch on the significance of the attacks for French politics and the European continent generally, as well as how this will be used to justify an expansion of the war on Syria and the regional conflict more broadly. (mp3 below)

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After the Paris Attacks: Western Intelligence, Foreign Policy, and the Rise of European Fascism

November 14, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on RT (Nov. 13, 2015) just a few hours after the terror attacks in Paris. Draitser discusses the need to question the narrative of the attacks and shine a light on the potential connection between the attack and French and Western intelligence agencies. He also examines the likely ways in which the US-NATO powers will capitalize on the tragedy to pursue their agenda for Syria and the Middle East. Draitser also points out that European right wing extremists will be in the ascendance, both as political forces and in the streets.