Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his comments on the refugee crisis and the European response. Draitser notes that EU rhetoric on both Libya and Syria is duplicitous, exploiting the general ignorance of the situations in both countries. He also adds that a true solution would require an end to support for terrorists and NATO proxies in both countries.
Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on RT (Aug 27, 2015) to provide his analysis of the bogus claims publushed by Forbes regarding Russian troop deaths in Ukraine. Draitser indicts the supposedly trustworthy western media for its repeated pattern of lies and distortions about the conflict in Ukraine, explaining that their goal is to fit facts into a pre-packaged narrative. He also notes that this story is not going to drive political developments, but rather it will be the failing economy and the continuing ascendance of Nazis and other fascist groups in the political and military structures of the “New Ukraine.”
Eric Draitser appears on CCTV (August 21, 2015) to discuss the political and diplomatic developments in Syria. He explains the centrality of foreign influences in both the fighting on the ground, as well as the political context of the conflict. Draitser explains the true nature of this ongoing terror war, the agenda behind it, and the likely outcomes. This and much more in this lively discussion.
The August 16, 2015 attack on a market in the Syrian town of Douma, just outside the capital Damascus, has caused international outrage. Condemnations of the Syrian government have poured in from seemingly all corners of the globe as President Assad and the Syrian military have been declared responsible for the attack, convicted in the court of media opinion. Interestingly, such declarations have come well before any investigation has been conducted, and without any tangible evidence other than the assertions of the rebel spokespersons and anti-government sources. Indeed, there has been an embarrassing dearth of investigative questions asked as corporate media, who have been far from objective these last four and half years, have rushed to fit the facts to their long-standing narrative of “Assad the Butcher.”
This author fully understands that, in asking difficult questions, he will be called an “apologist,” an “Assad propagandist,” or some other such nonsense. Frankly, such name-calling means very little when compared to the suffering of Syrian people, and the untold brutality that will be visited upon them if the western corporate media and warmongers get their way and yet another imperialist so-called intervention is carried out in the name of “humanitarianism.” The goal is to ask the right questions, to cast doubt on the already solidifying propaganda narrative that will undoubtedly be used to justify still more war.
Those who work for peace must be prepared to interrogate the received truths of the media machine, to confront head on that which is uncomfortable, and to do so knowing that their motives are just. The victims of this war, both past and future, deserve nothing less.
Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on WBAI 99.5 FM (NYC) to discuss US military engagement on the African continent. Draitser provides an introduction to the recent history of the issue, inlcuding the establishment of AFRICOM and the 2011 US-NATO war on Libya. He outlines some of the nations in which the US is involved militarily in Africa, explaining that each conflict provides Washington with a pretext for further penetration. Draitser argues that the geopolitical imperative for the US is to use its military to block China’s economic engagement with the continent, thereby attempting to maintain US and Western hegemony. He notes that independent economic and political development is what Africans want, and more and more of the continent’s government’s are turning to China to help provide that. All this and more in this wide ranging half hour interview.