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.
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.
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.
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.
US and international media have been abuzz in recent days with the ongoing armed occupation at the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. The social media space has been, quite predictably, polarized with many on the far right lionizing the armed occupiers as “patriots” and “heroes” defending a just cause in the name of “liberty.” Naturally many liberals and assorted leftists have condemned the occupation, pointing out both the relevant legal and historical issues at play here, including the vicious tradition of white militias in the US, the blatant disregard of environmental regulations, and much more that is well beyond the scope of this article.
But what has been missed by seemingly every pundit, left and right, who has chimed in on the Oregon occupation is the unmistakable stench of provocation. Simply put, something is off about this whole story, and it struck me from the first moment I read about what was happening, who was involved, and who wasn’t involved. Specifically, there are indications that this entire fiasco has been manufactured by either government agencies themselves or some other private forces for any number of reasons.
If this sounds like “conspiracy theory” to you, it should; I am here theorizing about a potential conspiracy [studio audience gasps]. While the media, academia, and other assorted handmaidens of the ruling class have conditioned many on the Left to recoil in horror at the mere mention of the word, the fact remains that conspiracies are everywhere, that the government and corporations are involved in them, and that refusing to question received narratives and facts for fear of being tarred and feathered as a “conspiracy nut” is precisely the sort of mindless twaddle that has become all too pervasive on the Left.
And so, armed with my bullshit detector, and with full knowledge that many potential angry emailers have already stopped reading, I now dive into the morass that is the #OregonOccupation.
Questions about the Key Players
While much can be said about Ammon Bundy, the son of Nevada rancher (and well known racist) Cliven Bundy, the real suspicion lies with three of the “activists” widely regarded as instrumental in organizing the occupation. By examining what is known and unknown about these three shady characters, a much different picture begins to emerge, one in which a publicity stunt-cum-armed occupation is less an act of protest, and more an act of provocation.