This week Eric welcomes to the show author and professor Emil Draitser to discuss his brand new book “In the Jaws of the Crocodile: A Soviet Memoir” and his experiences as a Jewish writer and satirist in the Soviet Union. The conversation touches on everything from a historical and material analysis of Odessa, the center of Jewish culture in the Soviet Union, to the political life of dissidents in Odessa and beyond. This wide-ranging conversation provides insights on the reality of daily life, the nature of cultural production, the role of humor in Soviet Jewish life, and so much more. The conversation also explores the acceptance of right wing political ideology by Jewish emigres from the Soviet Union, the shameful embrace of Trumpism by that community, and the generational divides that exist.
This week Eric welcomes back to the show CounterPunch columnist Laura Carlsen to discuss all things Mexico. The conversation explores the political dynamics at play in Mexico and how Mexican President Obrador (AMLO) relates to incoming President-Elect Joe Biden and his administration. Eric and Laura discuss the impacts of COVID in Mexico, the Mexican far right, the failed drug war and US imperialism, the state of Mexico’s social movements, and so much more. Don’t miss this week’s episode!
This week Eric welcomes back to the show Brazil-based multimedia journalist Mike Fox to discuss all things Brazil. Mike provides his analysis of the Trump loss and what the period of transition to Biden means for Brazil. Eric and Mike discuss the results of the recent elections and what the results mean for President Bolsonaro and his political project, as well as the reality of COVID on the streets. Attacks on indigenous leaders, the latest on Lula and the Workers’ Party, the resurgent left in Latin America and so much more on this week’s CounterPunch Radio. Don’t miss it!
This week Eric welcomes to the show professor of political science and author Joe Lowndes to discuss this moment of transition in the US, the outlook for the left and right, and much more. Joe gives his analysis of the incoming Biden administration and the prospects for resuscitating the neoliberal consensus in the midst of pandemic. The conversation also explores the city of Portland and the political context necessary for understanding how it became a flashpoint in the fight against fascism and Trump. Lots of ground covered in this week’s CounterPunch Radio.
This week Eric welcomes back to the show US-Palestinian journalist and author Ramzy Baroud to discuss all things Palestine. Eric and Ramzy begin with a discussion of Iraeli policy in the last days of Trump and what to expect from a Biden Administration in terms of Israel-Palestine policy. The conversation touches on everything from demographic imperatives for Israel to the logic behind evictions and demolitions to discoveries of gas in Palestinian territorial waters. So much ground covered with one of the great voices for justice and the Palestinian cause. Don’t miss it!
This week Eric welcomes Kali Akuno back to the show to discuss the bizarre political moment we’re living through and the historical context necessary to understand it. Eric and Kali explore everything from the end of Black Reconstruction and the economic underpinnings of the modern imperial state, to geopolitics and the nature of the ruling class conflicts shaping our world today. Don’t miss the latest CounterPunch Radio!
On the latest podcast Eric does an Election 2020 wrap up with CounterPunch managing editor Joshua Frank. Eric and Joshua discuss how Trump’s loss will impact him and his movement, including the possibility that Trump will not relinquish power. From there the discussion explores parallels and differences between 2020 and 2008, including the economic and psychological impact. The second half of the conversation explores the future Biden Administration, what should be expected of the assorted ghouls in the running for top cabinet posts, how it might approach issues ranging from Palestine to white supremacist militias, and why a return to normalcy is a return to liberal imperialism. Another great chat with one of the hardest working guys in the left media.
On this special Election 2020 episode, Eric sits down with CounterPunch regulars Anthony DiMaggio and Paul Street to discuss the latest as the US elects its next executioner and much of the country hopes and prays for the Orange Fascist’s exit from power. The conversation touches on everything from the lasting impacts of Trump’s tenure to the possibility of Trump attempting a “soft coup.” The guys discuss conspiracy theory, COVID’s impact on Trump’s chances, the likely pathetic reality of a Biden Administration, and so much more. This was a fun conversation even as the world seemingly burns. But hey, at least there will no be no more daily Trump overdose…but CounterPunch will still be here to mainline every morning.
This time Eric welcomes to the show Bolivia-based researcher Thomas Becker to discuss the recent election which saw the Movement for Socialism (MAS) returned to power after the right wing coup which deposed Evo Morales in 2019. Thomas provides a summary of the events of the last year leading up to last week’s elections, including the racism, violence, and ethnic cleansing carried out by the right wing coup government. From there, Eric and Thomas discuss the election results, the role of indigenous social movements, the failures of the international left, and much more. This important conversation touches on all the critical issues you need to know to understand where Bolivia has been and where it’s going. Don’t miss CounterPunch Radio this week!
This time Eric sits down with Ian Scott Horst, author of the new book “Like Ho Chi Minh! Like Che Guevara! The Revolutionary Left in Ethiopia 1969-1979.” Eric and Ian discuss the history of the Ethiopian student movement and the revolution itself, its connections to other liberation movements, the redirection of the revolution by the military, and the events that followed. The conversation explores everything from Ethiopia’s experience with Italian fascism and corrupt monarchy, to how this seemingly forgotten chapter of revolutionary history connects to events in Africa today, as well as to the experiences of activists the world over.