Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on “Between the Lines” to discuss the situation in Ukraine. He provides a general outline of the key forces involved, explaining the different factions and their political ideologies. He further examines the nature of the European “Association Agreement”, the political blackmail inherent in it, and the role the agreement played in precipitating the crisis.
The situation in Ukraine is evolving by the hour. Right wing ultranationalists and their “liberal” collaborators have taken control of the Rada (Ukrainian parliament) and deposed the democratically elected, though utterly corrupt and incompetent, President Yanukovich.
Former Prime Minister, and convicted criminal, Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed, and is now making common cause with Right Sector, Svoboda, and the other fascist elements, while the opposition’s nominal leaders such as Arseny Yatsenyuk and Vitali Klitschko begin to fade into the background.
In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin undoubtedly watches with anxiousness. In Washington, Victoria Nuland and the Obama administration rejoice. However, perhaps the most critical development of all is soon to emerge in Europe, as the forces of Western finance capital prepare to welcome Ukraine into the fold. They will come bearing the usual neoliberal gifts: austerity and “economic liberalization.” (Read entire article)
http://youtu.be/4EpbTLHnojAEric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on Press TV to discuss US policy in Syria and whether it has shifted. Draitser expplains that the US has sought regime change from the very beginning and, though they methods might vary month to month, the ultimate goal of the policy remains unchanged. He points out that US foreign policy is predicated on “crisis management”, the ability to create a crisis and then manage it to the desired outcome. He notes that, given Saudi arming of the terrorists and the continued flow of money, the situation in Syria is not likely to end any time soon.