Global Anti-Western Agitprop?
Eurasia Review, a global information site, aggregates a range of anti-American writings.
September 2, 2014 - 11:07 pm
The Cold War was won by the West in 1989. It was an absolute but short-lived victory. Almost immediately, a revisionist coalition — both anti-American and anti-Western — emerged. It has now turned into a major geopolitical player, centered on the two post-communist Great Powers: Russia and China. It includes many emergent powers in the former Third World, from Iran and Turkey to India, Brazil, and South Africa.
The new anti-Western coalition works either through bilateral or multilateral agreements, or regimes or older international networks like the Non-Aligned Movement. One important multilateral regime is the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which started in 1996 as a common strategic forum for China, Russia, and Central Asian countries, and was later on strengthened by the accretion of “observers,” (India, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia), “dialogue partners,” (Belarus, Sri Lanka, Turkey) and “guest attendances” (the CIS, ASEAN, and Turkmenistan). Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, boasted at one SCO conference that it was comprised of “half of humanity.”
A lot about the new anti-American and anti-Western coalition is to be learned from Eurasia Review, an intriguing global online information site that claims a few thousand daily visitors. Eurasia Review was founded in 2009 and is currently reportedly owned by Buzz Future LLC, an American company based in Albany, Oregon. However, earlier information points to addresses in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland. The founder and president, Robert Duncan, is a journalist with both educational and professional roots in Spain.
Eurasia Review describes itself as:
[A]n independent journal and think tank that provides a venue for analysts and experts to disseminate content on a wide-range of subjects that are often overlooked or under-represented by Western dominated media.
Despite the combined Eurasia and Afro-Asia areas containing over 70% of the world’s population, analysis and news continues to be dominated by a U.S. slant, and that is where Eurasia Review enters the picture by providing alternative, in-depth perspectives on current events.
Such words are echoing both Nazarbayev’s contention about “half of humanity“ and older Soviet-style, Third World-style, or radical critics of “imperialist“ (i. e., Western or American) domination in the media and culture. In fact, the publication’s very name is suggestive of some Russian influence. Since the 1980s, “Eurasia“ has been an alternative appellation among Russian nationalists for the Soviet Empire and then post-Communist Russia, and among the broader Russian geopolitical sphere. It has been used in the same way, more recently, by the Putin administration itself, which launched an Eurasian Economic Union project in 2011, slated to include most former Soviet countries by 2015.
Eurasia Review is modeled after global news sites such as RealClearPolitics that relay and agglomerate features and op-eds from other media on a daily basis, and provide some original investigation or opinion as well. It may include, for good measure, factual reports or even articles from the mainstream American or European press. The bulk of its material, however, stems from the anti-Western coalition’s media or from radical left-wing Western media. Either out of design or by accident, it thus conveys a unified, Manichean, anti-Western, and anti-American perspective.
Thus, on August 23, 2014, Eurasia’s Review’s summary lists an op-ed from the libertarian American economist Randall G. Holcombe that most readers will understand as a proposal to starve Russia, even if Holcombe just says that Putin boasts Russia can withstand a food boycott from the West. Further articles on the same summary include “American Terror Lives On,” an op-ed from Margaret Kimberley, a columnist for Black Agenda Report (a mouthpiece for the black Left), characterizing the recent events in Ferguson and other places in the U.S. as a legacy of America’s “terrible history of conquest, genocide and enslavement” and a continuation of the pre-Civil War ”slave patrols.” A third article by Graham Peebles, an English educational activist involved in projects “in Palestine, India and Ethiopia,” is aptly titled: “Corporate Capitalism vs. Human Happiness.”