Terror attacks in Volgograd

January 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBdDH73hsRUEric Draitser of StopImperialism.com appears on RT to discuss the recent terror attacks in Volgograd, Russia.  Draitser explains the political and geopolitical context within which the bombings should be examined.  He notes the connections to the upcoming Sochi olympics, as well as Russia’s policy in Syria, as possible motivations.

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US making ‘last-ditch effort’ in Syria

December 19, 2013 at 8:01 PM

http://youtu.be/y9WZygg8-TE Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.com appears on Press TV to discuss US Secretary of State Kerry’s talks with the “Islamic Front” in Syria.  Draitser explains how, instead of a genuine policy shift, this is merely a public relations campaign by US-NATO designed to drum up support for a failing destabilization campaign in Syria.delimeter3

Making sure Wall Street gets Fed

November 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

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In an attempt to justify further cuts to social programs and other essential elements of the US budget, politicians and media demagogues have been fear-mongering Americans regarding the nation’s debt.

At the same time, the Federal Reserve and the major financial institutions that control it, literally laugh all the way to the bank.

While President Obama and his Democrat cheerleaders manage to portray themselves as the protectors of social programs preyed upon by right wing Republicans, the truth is that both parties have entered into an ideological partnership – one that serves the interests of Wall Street and the financial oligarchy. (Read entire article)

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The NSA, Surveillance and US Hegemony

October 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM

http://youtu.be/Jx2DAL38JkEEric Draitser appears on RT to discuss the continued political fallout from the NSA spying scandal.  He examines the role of surveillance and spying in the context of US foreign policy and power projection.  Additionally, Draitser explains his skepticism that any of these programs and policies will change in the future.

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Notions of exceptionalism almost always end in tragedy

October 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM

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“History shows that notions of exceptionalism almost always end in tragedy. But I think that is also a function of empire because how you’re going to justify the kinds of actions that the US takes around the world unless it can be couched within the rhetoric of freedom, within the rhetoric of liberty and within the context of so-called ‘promoting democracy’. This is how the US does it,” - Eric Draitser, an independent geopolitical analyst based in New York City and the founder of StopImperialism.com, told The Voice of Russia in his phone interview.

We’ve been just talking about Libya and counterterrorist operation out there. One of our guests said the US holds double standards. Should any other country do that and by that I mean perform counterterrorist operations when basically they just go in and hunt the bad guy in other countries. Washington wouldn’t approve. Do you agree or disagree with this?

Certainly because Washington operates under the presumption that a different set of rules applies to the US and US military and foreign policy than does to any other country. American exceptionalism, even the very notion of exceptionalism is deeply rooted with US history.

But who made the US the policeman of the world? Do you think other self-proclaimed exceptional features?

Nobody but US power made the US follow a different set of rules. Of course, this is a function of power and empire. The more power accrued within a particular hegemony, the more likely they are to see themselves as exceptional. Historically, almost any empire that you look at creates the pretext to justify aggression and domination.

Do you think it’s correct for Obama to call Americans exceptional? Isn’t this the main flaw of so-called “me me me generation”?

I think it’s correct for Obama to call Americans exceptional in so far as when he is speaking to the American people he is propping  this very notion of America as above and beyond all other countries, as Americans above and beyond all other peoples of the world. And it feeds into American ego and American idea of itself but in terms of the global prospective this is really outrageous. However, the US is merely one of many countries in the world and an actor that should be required to follow all the same rules and national norms as any other country. But when Obama speaks to the American people he must use the notion of exceptionalism because that’s how the US sees itself regardless of reality.

Hasn’t history taught us negative examples of nations claiming their superiority?

You’re absolutely right and history shows that notions of exceptionalism almost always end in tragedy. But I think that is also a function of empire because how you’re going to justify the kinds of actions that the US takes around the world unless it can be couched within the rhetoric of freedom, within the rhetoric of liberty and within the context of so-called deep-promoting democracy. This is how the US does it. I think what we really should focus on is not so much what Obama is saying but how Obama is playing to this idea of exceptionalism as a way countering Putin and the Russians and the attempt to check US power in Syria and drop the region. That is the real geopolitical conflict here.

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