Russian Airstrikes in Syria: The Practical and Symbolic Meaning

October 8, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his short commentary (October 7, 2015) on Russia’s motivations in Syria. He notes that while Russia has very pragmatic reasons for becoming involved in Syria, the mission is also symbolic; Russia is sending a message to the US and, most importantly, to the world, that unchallenged US hegemony in both the political and military spheres is no longer the reality.

Russia and Syria: Cooperation against ISIS/ISIL

October 8, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Eric Draitser of appears on RT (October 6, 2015) to discuss Russia’s ongoing airstrikes against ISIS/ISIL in Syria. Draitser explains that the use of human shields by terrorists demonstrates the importance of cooperation between air and ground forces, and that Russia’s strategy of partnering with the Syrian government is absolutely correct. He notes that any effective counter-terrorist operation requires a combination of air and ground forces, precisely what Russia has argued. He further adds that this demonstrates the weakness of the US strategy which seeks to both attack ISIS and the Syrian government, making real progress all but impossible.

Eric Draitser & Caleb Maupin on WBAI (Sep. 30, 2015)

October 8, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Eric Draitser of appears with journalist and political activist Caleb Maupin on WBAI’s Behind the News with Nellie Bailey. Eric, Caleb, and Nellie discuss US-NATO sponsored terrorism in the Middle East, the recent speeches by world leaders at the UN General Assembly, and the struggle between the Empire and the emerging multi-polar order. All this and more in this in depth discussion.

Russian Airstrikes in Syria Expose Cynical US Policy

October 8, 2015 at 10:37 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (October 5, 2015) on US rhetoric and policy regarding Russia’s war on ISIS in Syria. Draitser also analyzes the Russian strategy and endgame, and how that relates to the decline of US hegemony in the Middle East.

Russia, Syria, and Western Media Disinformation

October 1, 2015 at 3:42 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on RT (September 30, 2015) to discuss the media reaction to Russian airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Syria. He notes that the western media acts as a propaganda appendage of the political establishment, parroting its talking points and bolstering its narrative. Draitser cites examples from Syria and Ukraine to illustrate how the corporate media lies and/or distorts information in order justify US-NATO policies. He also adds that this latest round of propaganda is designed to both deflect attention away from US actions, and to capitalize on a deeply held Russophobia still prevalent in the western mind.