Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on Radio Sputnik (September 26, 2015) to provide his analysis of Russia’s increased involvement in the war in Syria, and the effect that it will have on the political and diplomatic fronts. Draitser argues that Russian participation will have a stabilizing effect on the ground, and force interested parties to accept that political dialogue and compromise, rather than terrorism and war, will end the conflict. He also notes some of the changes in rhetoric in recent days that point to precisely this change already happening. All this and more in this detailed interview.
Seventy years after the defeat of Nazi Germany, fascism has reemerged with a vengeance. This resurgence can be seen all over Europe and the former Soviet bloc, perhaps most notably in Ukraine where Nazism masquerading as nationalist patriotism has effectively embedded itself in the political and military institutions of the country, all with the backing of the United States and European Union. From racist rhetoric and xenophobia in Western Europe, to torch-lit parades with fascist iconography in Greece and Ukraine, this virulent disease is once again infecting the body politic of the European continent.
However, just to the East, and with very little fanfare from sociologists, political scientists, and the international Left, Turkey has quietly been transformed into an aggressive, and deeply reactionary, country where civil and human rights are trampled under the weight of so-called “nationalism.” Under the leadership of first Prime Minister, and now President, Erdogan, Turkey has eschewed its once deeply held desire to be accepted as a liberal democracy in the community of European nations, and instead chosen the trajectory of regional hegemony abroad and fascist thuggery at home.
Now, it should be said at the outset, that the term fascism can take on many meanings, particularly in light of its historical development and context. One must also be careful not to use the term haphazardly at the risk of robbing it of its true meaning. Indeed, it would not be fair to say that Turkey in 2015 is as fascist as Ukraine or Germany under Hitler; such a description would be grossly irresponsible and not at all accurate.
However, a close analysis of Turkey in the ‘Age of Erdogan’ does reveal a country that has given over to violence as a political tool, repression and censorship as standard government practice, and sponsorship of terrorism as foreign policy. If it hasn’t already earned its fascist moniker, it may well be on its way.
Eric Draitser appears on WBAI 99.5 FM (NYC) for part 2 of his interview on imperialism in the world today. He describes in detail what the US and its neocolonial NATO allies are doing in Africa, with close attention to the grand strategy of militarily checking the economic influence of China. Draitser examines some of the volatile conflicts on the continent, attempting to trace how they relate to the US-NATO regional and global hegemonic agenda. From there, he provides his analysis of Syria and the US role in the rise of ISIS/ISIL, as well as Washington’s militarization of Latin America in order to stifle its independence and growing alliances with the non-western world. Finally, Draitser touches on the current situation in Haiti and the grand strategy of containing China through the Asia Pivot and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. All this and much much more in this wide-ranging interview.
Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org interviews Dady Chery, Co-Editor-in-Chief of News Junkie Post and author of the new book We Have Dared to Be Free: Haiti’s Struggle Against Occupation. In this wide-ranging interview, Eric and Dady discuss the historical and political importance of Haiti, and why it has for more than two centuries been such a prize for the imperial powers. Dady explains some of the more recent developments in the country, including the removal of Aristide, the imposition of the UN Mission to Haiti (MINUSTAH), and the transformation of Haiti from independent island nation to dependent colony and victim of brutal disaster capitalism. Eric and Dady also examine the role of Bill Clinton and finance capital, the puppet government of Martelly, the cholera outbreak, and much much more. Dady Chery shares her wealth of knowledge of these and other issues in this must listen interview.
(Apologies for the audio quality. Transcript soon forthcoming.)
Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on Radio Sputnik (Sep. 15, 2015) to provide his comments on the real reasons for the refugee crisis. He discusses who’s to blame, why this is happening now, and the larger geopolitics at play. Draitser notes that Turkey has played a key role in both fomenting the war in Syria and stimulating and facilitating the flow of refugees. He notes that the US is tacitly, if not overtly, involved in this ongoing phenomenon. Draitser also explains that Russia is playing a key role in protecting Syria from a full-scale war to be lead by the US.