CounterPunch Radio (Ep. 28) – Steven Donziger

January 13, 2016 at 3:29 PM

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This week Eric sits down with Steven Donziger, the US spokesman and legal adviser for the Ecuadorian communities suing Chevron over its gross environmental pollution since the 1960s. The case has made international headlines as it is the first of its kind to see indigenous communities winning a judgment against an oil company for environmental degradation. Eric and Steven discuss the specifics of the case and the ways in which Chevron has attempted to use legal maneuvering and trickery to avoid paying a massive settlement to those affected. The conversation also touches on the parallels between this case and others, as well as the long-term effects of the damage caused by Texaco/Chevron. All this and much more in this important episode of CounterPunch Radio.

Intro and outtro by David Vest.

Terror in Turkey: New Bombing Highlights Turkish Collusion with ISIS/ISIL

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Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his commentary (Jan. 12, 2016) on the Istanbul bombing, the latest terror attack to strike Turkey. Draitser explains that this tragedy further underscores the connection between Turkey and ISIS/ISIL, demonstrating that Turkey’s policy of supporting terrorism in Syria is having severe repercussions for the country. Draitser also notes that this will likely be used as a pretext by Erdogan to further attack the Kurds both in Turkey and Syria.

The Empire and Terrorism, the Trump Phenomenon, and the Danger of Rising Fascism in America

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Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on WPFW 89.3 FM Washington DC (Jan. 8, 2016) with Marcel Cartier to discuss the refugee issue, global terrorism, and the role of the US and the Empire in fomenting them. Eric and Marcel also spend a significant amount of time discussing Donald Trump’s rise to presidential frontrunner, and what that means for the future of US politics. All this and much more, including guest phone calls in this nearly hour long discussion.

US Seeks Syria Regime Change By Any Means Necessary

January 8, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his commentary (Jan. 7, 2016) on the news that the US has a document for regime change in Syria through political transition by 2017. Draitser explains that the US has been pursuing the same agenda since 2011, but that Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah engagement in the war has forced the White House to abandon the regime change by force, so now they pursue regime change by negotiation. He also adds that the document is meaningless considering the next US President will take office and likely escalate the war in Syria.

Oregon Occupation: A Staged Provocation?

January 8, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his commentary (Jan. 6, 2016) about the occupation ongoing in Oregon. Draitser explains that there is much reason to question the intentions of some of the key figures involved in the occupation, while also noting that both major militia organizations and members of the Oregon community have distanced themselves from the occupation. All this and much more in this interview.