Capitalizing on MH17

July 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM Draitser of appears on RT (July 21, 2014) to provide his analysis of the politics surrounding the MH17 tragedy. Draitser explains that the US is trying to use MH17 to achieve politically what its proxy government in Kiev could not achieve militarily, namely the retreat of anti-Kiev separatists. He notes that the US has attempted to frame the narrative by blaming Russia for the tragedy, despite providing no hard evidence to refute that provided by Russia. Draitser also highlights the fact that Europe has not been entirely in line with Washington’s rhetoric and position vis-a-vis Ukraine, and the coverage of this incident will be a good indication of the degree to which that divide is growing. delimeter3

On MH17, Political Opportunism, and Recent History

July 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on Community Progressive Radio (July 21, 2014) to discuss the latest developments regarding the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine.  He explains that the United States is using the tragedy as an opportunity to reframe the narrative of the war in Ukraine, demonizing Russia and deflecting attention from the fact that the US-backed government in Kiev was losing the war against the anti-Kiev separatists.  Draitser notes that Moscow has released hard evidence and data purportedly proving that Ukrainian military was responsible for the incident, not the separatists as is alleged by Washington.  He also points out important parallels with intelligence and evidence in Libya and Syria, suggesting that, once again, Washington is manipulating facts to fit their narrative.delimeter3

Legislating the Way to World War 3?

July 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

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Analyzing US Sanctions on Russia

July 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM Draitser of appears on RT on July 16, 2014 to discuss the latest sanctions imposed on certain Russian individuals and institutions by the United States.  He explains that the Obama administration is continuing to pursue a failed policy of “isolation” against Russia, one that has exposed the cracks in relations between Washington and its key European allies, particularly France and Germany.  Draitser notes that Obama is trying to walk a precarious middle ground between the political and business establishment in the West, at once pursuing an aggressive anti-Russian policy while, simultaneously, making sure not to be so aggressive as to anger powerful business interests.  He states that it is a blundering policy that exposes the weakness of Obama’s policy on Ukraine.delimeter3

ISIS seizing chemical materials creates pretext for Iraq power change

July 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM

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The seizure of Saddam-era chemical weapon stockpiles by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) not only will have dangerous implications for the security situation in Iraq, but also enflame an already combustible situation in neighboring Syria.

According to Iraq’s UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim, ISIS fighters seized the Al Muthanna chemical weapons complex northwest of Baghdad in mid-June, underscoring the continued progress that ISIS has made in terms of controlling territory. The takeover by ISIS of the Al Muthanna site – Saddam Hussein’s premier chemical weapons research, development, and storage facility – represents far more than a tactical success for the terrorist group; it opens up new and frightening possibilities for ISIS in its war against the governments of Maliki and Assad.   (Read entire article)delimeter3