On US-Israel Relations, Iran, and the Politics of Propaganda

April 6, 2015 at 12:29 PM

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Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his commentary on the politics of the US-Israel relationship, the preliminary deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program, and much more.

US Fights ISIS…While Aiding ISIS

April 1, 2015 at 11:44 AM

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As the war against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) rages on, the US has stepped up its air campaign, combining destructive bombs with anti-ISIS leaflets.

But while US propaganda efforts are ostensibly aimed at disrupting ISIS recruitment, overall US involvement has yielded mixed results at best.

On the one hand, Washington is engaging in a psychological campaign designed to dissuade potential ISIS fighters from joining up, with leaflets depicting grisly images of young men being sent into a meat grinder. On the other hand however, the US continues to exacerbate the situation in both Iraq and Syria by providing material support, both directly and indirectly, to the very groups whom they claim to be fighting.

While the US seems to be engaged in a psychological war against ISIS, it is equally involved in a systematic campaign of sabotage against those forces that are actually fighting ISIS on the ground. And so, as it often does, Washington is playing both sides of the conflict in order to achieve an outcome to its own political advantage, and to the detriment of Syria, Iran, and other interested parties.

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CrossTalk – The Yemen Template

April 1, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on Crosstalk to discuss the war in Yemen. He points out the obvious hypocrisy of US policy as it champions legitimacy of the deposed government in Yemen, while rejecting the same concept in Ukraine. Draitser examines some of the primary motivations for both Saudi Arabia and the United States in this war, as well as the failures and distortions of the western corporate media. Also, he addresses some of the regional geopolitics, demonization of Iran, and much more.

Yemen, Ukraine, and the Hypocrisy of ‘Aggression’

March 31, 2015 at 11:24 AM

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The military intervention in Yemen by a US-backed coalition of Arab states will undoubtedly inflame the conflict both in Yemen, and throughout the region. It is likely to be a protracted war involving many actors, each of which is interested in furthering its own political and geopolitical agenda.

However, it is the international reaction to this new regional war which is of particular interest; specifically, the way in which the United States has reacted to this undeniable aggression by its Gulf allies. While Washington has gone to great lengths to paint Russia’s reunification with Crimea and its limited support for the anti-Kiev rebels of eastern Ukraine as “aggression,” it has allowed that same loaded term to be completely left out of the narrative about the new war in Yemen.

So it seems that, according to Washington, aggression is not defined by any objective indicators: use of military hardware, initiation of hostilities, etc. Rather, the United States defines aggression by the relationship of a given conflict to its own strategic interests. In Crimea and Ukraine, Russia is the aggressor because, in defending its own interests and those of Russian people, it has acted against the perceived geopolitical interests of the US. While in Yemen, the initiation by Saudi Arabia and other US-backed countries of an unprovoked war with the expressed goal of regime change, this is not aggression as it furthers Washington’s interests.

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Debating the Saudi War on Yemen

March 29, 2015 at 7:07 AM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org debates the Saudi-led war on Yemen. He argues that the war should be understood as a proxy war intitiated by Saudi Arabia in order to prop up a puppet government and further its own interests. Draitser illustrates the hypocrisy of the US and its allies as they confer legitimacy on compliant regimes, and call illegitimate those that do not bow to their diktats. He examines the issues of terrorism, geopolitics, and imperialism, explaining how they are relevant to this discussion.