Debating Syria on CrossTalk (Sep 9, 2015)

September 10, 2015 at 12:45 AM


Eric Draitser appears on RT’s CrossTalk to debate the war in Syria. He explains the current situation and the larger regional and internaitonal diplomatic and geopolitical context. Draitser argues that rather than simply talking about abstract “solutions,” outside actors need to cease their active arming and support for terrorist groups waging war on the country. This and much more in this lively debate.

America’s Imperial Footprint in Africa

September 9, 2015 at 4:11 PM

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The following text is taken from an interview conducted on August 19, 2015 with CounterPunch Radio host Eric Draitser on WBAI 99.5FM New York City.

WBAI: In the past decade, America has quietly expanded its military presence throughout Africa. Take us there as a starting point and educate us.

Eric Draitser: The last decade is a good timeframe to discuss this because there have been such significant changes both in terms of what’s happened on the continent of Africa, and in terms of how the United States and its military establishment have responded to that. People may remember, or they may not in fact, that back in 2007 towards the end of the Bush administration we had the establishment of the US military’s so-called Africa Command (AFRICOM). And from its humble beginnings, so to speak, in terms of “cooperative security arrangements” and “counter-terrorism,” AFRICOM has quietly expanded to become a continent-wide military footprint that the United States uses for all sorts of goals. In fact, the US military establishment has insinuated itself in almost every single country on the continent with the exception of two (Zimbabwe and Eritrea).

And so, although it doesn’t receive much media attention, though it doesn’t get much fanfare, the United States has deeply penetrated Africa militarily, and is directly engaged in every important conflict on the continent. Whether you want to discuss the US-NATO war on Libya in 2011, the United States was a principal part of that conflict. The US is deeply engaged in West Africa, both in terms of the so-called counter-terrorism operations against Boko Haram, as well as being a principal participant in the conflicts around the Lake Chad basin. It has deep penetration in the Sahel region both with counter-terrorism and surveillance. And we could go on and on. The point here is that anywhere you look in Africa the US military is involved.

And so, in understanding the changing nature of US engagement we need to understand both western corporate interests (resource extraction, investment, etc.), as well as its military engagement and all the pretexts with which it justifies that. In looking at the issue in this way, one begins to get a comprehensive understanding of just how deeply involved the US and the former colonial powers really are in Africa.

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The US and the Militarization of Latin America

September 8, 2015 at 9:28 AM

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The United States is countering the independent development of Latin American countries by using its military power and influence.

For more than two centuries, the United States has viewed Latin America as its “backyard,” a geopolitical sphere of influence where it acts as undisputed hegemon. The history of the Western hemisphere, broadly speaking, reflects this reality as the U.S. has influenced, dominated, and otherwise controlled the political and economic development of most of the countries of Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean.

However, recent years have borne witness to a growing independence and assertiveness from many nations in the region, owing in no small part to the rise of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Indeed, with Venezuela as the exemplar, and Chavez as the initiator of the process of regional integration and collective security, Latin America has grown increasingly independent of its imperial neighbor to the north.

And it is precisely this political, economic, and cultural independence that the U.S. has moved to counteract in the most effective way it can: militarily. Using pretexts ranging from the “War on Drugs” to humanitarian assistance, and the “War on Terror,” the U.S. seeks to regain its military foothold in the region, and thereby maintain and further its hegemony.

The Silent Invasion

The deployment of U.S. military forces throughout Central and South America calls to mind the dark days of U.S. imperialism in the region, when Washington installed client regimes and fascist dictatorships for the purpose of controlling the political and economic development of nations that might otherwise have pursued the path of socialism and independence. And it is the memory of those years that is immediately evoked when one critically examines what the U.S. is doing militarily.

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On the Refugees and European Policy

September 7, 2015 at 5:05 PM


Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his comments on the refugee crisis and the European response. Draitser notes that EU rhetoric on both Libya and Syria is duplicitous, exploiting the general ignorance of the situations in both countries. He also adds that a true solution would require an end to support for terrorists and NATO proxies in both countries.

Western Media Fail on Ukraine…Again

August 28, 2015 at 8:16 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on RT (Aug 27, 2015) to provide his analysis of the bogus claims publushed by Forbes regarding Russian troop deaths in Ukraine. Draitser indicts the supposedly trustworthy western media for its repeated pattern of lies and distortions about the conflict in Ukraine, explaining that their goal is to fit facts into a pre-packaged narrative. He also notes that this story is not going to drive political developments, but rather it will be the failing economy and the continuing ascendance of Nazis and other fascist groups in the political and military structures of the “New Ukraine.”