US Role in Syria: Counter-Terrorism or Regime Change?

November 23, 2015 at 5:01 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on Sputnik Radio (Nov. 22, 2015) to provide his analysis of the US role in Syria after the Paris attacks and the UN Security Council draft resolution against terrorism and ISIS/ISIL. Draitser argues that the US would need to stop arming and supporting a variety of terrorist groups in pursuit of regime change in Syria, but that the likelihood of such a dramatic shift in US policy is low. He also notes that there may be disagreements in Washington as to the best course of action, but the consensus is still for regime change and the destruction of the Syrian state.

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US vs China in South China Sea; Geopolitical History Lessons; Mali, Libya, and the US Agenda in Africa

November 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on CPR Sunday (November 22, 2015) with security analyst Mark Sleboda and journalist/broadcaster Don DeBar. Eric, Mark and Don discuss the ongoing tensions between the US and China in the South China Sea, and what this growing conflict means for the Asia-Pacific region and the world. They explore some of the history of geopolitical theory and analysis and debate the extent to which it is relevant to today. Also, Eric, Mark, and Don explore the issue of terrorism in Africa in light of the attack on the hotel in Mali, and the extent to which the US-NATO war on Libya is an important starting point for analysis. All this and much more in this week’s show.

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Refugees as Weapons in a Propaganda War

November 22, 2015 at 12:41 PM

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In the wake of the horrific terror attacks in Paris, world attention will once again be focused on the issue of refugees entering Europe. While much of the spotlight has been rightly pointed at Syrian refugees fleeing the western-sponsored war against the Syrian government, it must be remembered that the refugees come from a variety of countries, each of which has its own particular circumstances, with many of them having been victims of US-NATO aggression in one form or another. Syria, Afghanistan and Libya have of course been targeted by so-called ‘humanitarian wars’ and fake ‘revolutions’ which have left the countries fractured, divided, and unable to function; these countries have been transformed into failed states thanks to US-NATO policy.

What often gets lost in the discussion of refugees however is the fact that a significant proportion of those seeking sanctuary in Europe and the US are from the Horn of Africa: Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea primarily. While there is some discussion of this issue in western media, it is mostly ignored when it comes to the first three countries as news of fleeing Sudanese, Somalis, and Ethiopians does not bode well for Washington’s narrative as the US has, in one way or another, been directly involved in each of those countries.

However, in the case of Eritrea, a fiercely independent nation that refuses to bow to the diktats of the US, the country is presented as a seemingly bottomless wellspring of refugees fleeing the country. Were one to read solely the UN reports and news stories, one could be forgiven for thinking that Eritrea has been mostly depopulated as hordes of Eritrean youth flee the country in droves. But that narrative, one which is periodically reinforced by distorted coverage in the media, is quickly being eroded as increasingly the truth is coming out.

Countering the Eritrean Refugee Propaganda

The popular understanding of Eritrea in the West (to the extent that people know of the country at all) is of a nation, formerly ruled by Ethiopia, which has become the “North Korea of Africa,” a systematic violator of human rights ruled by a brutal dictatorship that uses slave labor and tortures its citizens. As such, Eritrea is immediately convicted in the court of public opinion and, therefore, becomes a convenient scapegoat when it comes to migration. In fact, it seems that the propaganda against Eritrea has been so effective, with the US and Europe so keen to take in anyone fleeing the country, that it has become the stated country of origin for thousands upon thousands of refugees from a number of countries. It seems that African refugees, regardless of their true country of origin, are all Eritreans now.

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The UN Security Council, Counter-Terrorism, and the US Position

November 22, 2015 at 12:31 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on RT (Nov. 20, 2015) to provide his analysis of the UN Security Council vote to combat the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). He points out that any fight against terrorism is going to pose uncomfortable questions to US-NATO and their allies in the Middle East who have been fomenting terrorism in Syria.

A Shift in US Policy on Syria? Yes and No.

November 22, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his commentary (November 21, 2015) on potential shifts in thinking in US foreign policy circles in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. Draitser explains that the Obama administration may be somewhat more inclined to focus on counter-terrorism rather than regime change, but that the neocon establishment, among others, are still hellbent on the destruction of the legitimate Syrian government and state.