CounterPunch Radio – Diana Johnstone (Ep. 30)

February 9, 2016 at 3:46 PM

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This week Eric sits down with journalist Diana Johnstone, author of the new book Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton available from CounterPunch Books. Eric and Diana discuss the myriad ways in which Hiillary Clinton has made herself into the embodiment of the military-industrial complex and the Empire, including her unabashed warmongering, shameless love affairs with Saudi Arabia and Israel, and continued belligerence toward Russia. Johnstone argues that Clinton represents an imminent threat to not just the United States, but the entire world, and that her worldview is as insidious as it is incompatible with peace. The conversation touches on Yugoslavia, Libya, and Honduras in order to illustrate Clinton’s cynicism, pathological lying, and complete disregard for human suffering. All this and much more in this wide-ranging interview.

Intro and outtro: David Vest – Freight Train Rollin’
Interlude: The Mekons – Last Night on Earth

Ban Ki-moon Condemns Russian Airstrikes, UN Investigator Disagrees

February 9, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (Feb. 8, 2016) on the comments by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in which he blasted Russia for its campaign in Syria while UN investigator Carla del Ponte praised Russia’s counter-terrorism efforts. Draitser notes that this further illustrates the degree to which the political leadership of the UN is beholden to US interests and US policy, the force that truly dominates the UN. Draitser further provides his analysis of the situation on the ground, and how this conflict will proceed.

The Republican Party at War with Itself

February 8, 2016 at 11:44 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (Feb. 7, 2016) on the US presidential campaign, the Republican debate in New Hampshire, and the internal conflicts in the party. Draitser explains that the central struggle is between Trump and Cruz fighting over the more radical reactionary base, while the center of the party moves to consolidate behind Rubio or another “moderate” candidate. Draitser also notes the obliviousness of the entire Republican field to the connections between many of the problems they discuss and the endless wars the US wages all over the world.

Talking Syria on “Comment” with George Galloway (Feb. 4, 2016)

February 8, 2016 at 11:43 AM

Eric Draitser of chats with George Galloway (Feb. 4, 2016) about Syria, who’s responsible, and where it’s going. Draitser discusses the role of regional proxies of the US-NATO, as well as the role of the corporate media in keeping people ignorant of the facts. He also notes the rising tide of fascism in Europe, and how the scapegoating of refugees must be confronted.

Russia, the US, and Syria Peace Talks

February 8, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (Feb. 4, 2016) on the situation in Syria and the impact that Russia’s involvement has had. Draitser explains that the US and its allies’ demands on Russia emerge from the increasing weakness of the US-NATO position. Draitser also notes some of the strategic issues at play in the ongoing conflict.