ASEAN Summit: The Geopolitics of US Power in Asia

February 19, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary on the conclusion of the ASEAN Summit 2016 in California. Draitser explains some of the ways in which ASEAN acts as a political arm of US power projection against China in Southeast Asia. He explains the connection between US policy and the South China Sea disputes among other issues. He also notes how independent countries in the region are forced into complex power relations with the US and China, and how Washington manipulates these to its advantage. These and other issues discussed in this conversation.

Syria: Turkish-Saudi Plans, War Update; Lebanon’s Muslim Brotherhood; Target Ecuador?; ASEAN Summit

February 18, 2016 at 4:03 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on CPR Sunday with security analyst Mark Sleboda, and broadcaster Don DeBar to discuss the latest global developments. This extra long episode opens with discussion of the latest developments in Syria, including the bluff and bluster from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and the broader agenda. Other topics include: the resurgence of Lebanon’s Muslim Brotherhood, the politics of the Catholic and Orthodox Church reconciliation in Cuba, the ongoing destabilization of the Correa Government in Ecuador, and the geopolitics of the ASEAN Summit. Enjoy this wide-ranging two-part episode.

CounterPunch Radio – Andre Vltchek (Ep. 31)

February 17, 2016 at 7:55 PM

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This week Eric sits down with philosopher, filmmaker, and author of the new book “Exposing Lies of the Empire,” Andre Vltchek, for a colorful discussion on culture and politics, imperialism, and the reality of the Global South. The conversation opens with an exploration of the role of art and literature in shaping politics and ideology, and how that has increasingly become lost in an ever more commodified and compartmentalized political culture. Eric and Andre then discuss the nature of contemporary imperialism and how it manifests itself in today’s world. They go into many examples of Global South resistance to the Empire, why it’s important to support independent peoples and nations, and the necessity of maintaining an international perspective without falling into the trap of neocolonial arrogance so often exhibited by the “first world left.” These and many other topics in this week’s CounterPunch Radio.

Intro and Outtro: David Vest – “Freight Train Rollin'”
Interlude: Wire – “I Am the Fly”

CrossTalk: Turkey’s Gamble

February 17, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Eric Draitser appears on RT’s “CrossTalk” (Feb. 17, 2016) to debate the role of Turkey in the ongoing Syrian conflict, and the danger of Turkish policies which could lead to war. Draitser explains the historical role Turkey has played in fomenting the war, while also dissecting the dangerous thinking of the Turkish political establishment. He also notes the cynical manipulation of the Aleppo refugees by Turkey, the danger of western propaganda, and Ankara’s provocations against Russia. All this and much more in this lively debate.

The US, China, and the Geopolitics of the ASEAN Summit

February 14, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary on the upcoming US-sponsored ASEAN Summit taking place in California. Draitser explains that the meeting being held in the US at Washington’s initiative provides further evidence that the US is the dominant force behind ASEAN, and that the regional grouping is used to undermine China’s role in the region. He explains some of the political and geopolitical issues at play including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, South China Sea territorial disputes, and more. He also provides his long-term historical analysis and the dangers for the entire world of continued US imperialism. All this and much more in this wide-ranging interview.