Media Watch


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the arms industry that depends on it for billions in profits, has become the most aggressive and dangerous military alliance on the planet. Created in 1949 to thwart Soviet expansion into Eastern and Central Europe, it has evolved into a global war machine in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America Africa and Asia. 

NATO expanded its footprint, violating promises  to Moscow, once the Cold War ended, to incorporate 14 countries  in Eastern and Central Europe into the alliance. It will soon add Finland and Sweden.

It bombed Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo. It launched wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, resulting in close to a million deaths and some 38 million people driven from their homes.

It is building a military footprint in Africa and Asia.

Chris Hedges, NATO — The Most Dangerous Military Alliance on the Planet, Consortium News, 11 July 2022

Suggested reading:


29 July

Noam Chomsky: We Can Free Ourselves from State Capitalism by David Goessmann, Common Dreams, 28 July 2022

Biden's Misguided International Crusade by Michael T. Klare, The Nation, 29 July 2022

Lessons from Vietnam for Ukraine by Rick Sterling,, 29 July 2022

No support for either side by Yassamine Mather, Weekly Worker, 28 July 2022

Very much in control by Moshé Machover, Weekly Worker, 28 July 2022

Washington Is the Problem, Not the Solution: Why Mahmoud Abbas Is Seeking New ‘Powerful' Sponsors by Ramzy Baroud,, 29 July 2022

The West Can't Stop Pillaging Other Countries' Bank Accounts by Eve Ottenberg, CounterPunch, 29 July 2022

Breakdown of the Marine Food Web by Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, 29 July 2022

Since 2021, Big Oil Has Spent Over $200 Million to Sabotage Climate Action: Analysis by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 28 July 2022

The Causes of Things by Patrick Lawrence, ScheerPost, 28 July 2022


28 July

The Most Dangerous PR War by Caitlin Johnstone, Consortium News, 28 July 2022

US Should Not Fund Ukrainian ‘Blacklist' by Scott Ritter, Consortium News, 27 July 2022

Is Russia Expanding Its Goals in Ukraine? by Ted Snider,, 28 July 2022

How the Pentagon dictates Hollywood storylines by Jonathan Cook, Brave New Europe, 27 July 2022

How China sees a Pelosi visit to Taiwan — and why it matters by Connor Echols, Responsible Statecraft, 27 July 2022

The Fake China Threat and Its Very Real Danger by Joseph Solis-Mullen, The Libertarian Institute, 25 July 2022

Chile's New Constitution on a Knife-Edge by Arlette Gay, Christian Sanchez and Cäcilie Schildberg, Consortium News, 27 July 2022

The Corporate Narrative on Inflation Is Bogus by Chuck Idelson, Common Dreams, 27 July 2022

Turkey: Sweden Has Yet to Extradite Suspects It Seeks After NATO Accord by Reuters, U.S. News, 27 July 2022


27 July

The Global Ruling Class Is Frog-Marching Us Towards Extinction by Chris Hedges, Common Dreams, 26 July 2022

The Chris Hedges Report: Breaking the Cycle of American Violence, ScheerPost, 26 July 2022

The Enduring Tyranny of Oil by Michael Klare, TomDispatch, 26 July 2022

NATO Is a Luxury Good the United States Doesn't Need by Justin Logan, Foreign Policy, 23 July 2022

Washington's Russian Drone Fantasy by Scott Ritter, Consortium News, 26 July 2022

Pressure on Biden to Remove Cuba From Terror List by Medea Benjamin and Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, Consortium News, 26 July 2022

January 6 Committee Has Provided Sufficient Evidence for Garland to Indict Trump by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 25 July 2022

Biden's Staff Sounds Climate Alarm — About Biden by Julia Rock and David Sirota, ZNet, 26 July 2022

Rising Sea Levels, Drought, Hurricanes and Deforestation Threaten Latin America and the Caribbean by Alison Kentish, Inter Press Service, 26 July 2022


26 July

An interview with John Pilger: “Assange is the courageous embodiment of a struggle against the most oppressive forces in our world” by Oscar Grenfell, World Socialist Web Site, 25 July 2022

The Whistleblower Crackdown by John Kiriakou, Consortium News, 25 July 2022

The War Party Parties by Andrew Cockburn, Substack, 25 July 2022

21st Century Order by Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News, 25 July 2022

The Fist Bump Was Bad, But Biden's Middle East Policies Are Worse by Phyllis Bennis, Common Dreams, 24 July 2022

Negotiating Peace With Monsters by David Swanson,, 25 July 2022

The Dawn of the Apocalypse by Chris Hedges, ScheerPost, 25 July 2022

Greenland Loses 6 Billion Tons of Ice in 3 Days, Harbinger of Unprecedented Coastal Flooding by Juan Cole, Common Dreams, 24 July 2022

Appropriate, Effective, Response: Shoot the Looters to Kill? by Michael Albert, ZNet, 25 July 2022

Boris Johnson is going – but his cronyism and corruption are here to stay by Paul Rogers, openDemocracy, 23 July 2022

By Denying Proven Failures in Tory Government, Sunak and Truss Will Repeat Them by Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch, 25 July 2022

What If Hitler Had Ordered the Invasion of Britain? by Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch, 26 July 2022


25 July

Heat waves: The worst is yet to come by Clemente Álvarez, Yolanda Clemente, José A. Álvarez, El País in English, 25 July 2022

Roads Are Literally Melting in Europe During Unprecedented Heat Wave by Sasha Abramsky, Truthout, 24 July 2022

Global Reform and How the US Hurts Itself by Ted Snider,, 25 July 2022

The War ‘Diplomat': How Borrell and the West Lost the ‘Global Battle of Narratives' by Ramzy Baroud,, 25 July 2022

Revolt Against Debt by George Monbiot, ZNet, 24 July 2022

Global Planned Financial Tsunami has Just Begun by F. William Engdahl, Information Clearing House, 25 July 2022

Is US a beacon of human rights for the world? by Zhang Yunfei, Information Clearing House, 25 July 2022

America's Failed Fascist Coup… Steve Bannon's High Treason With Chinese Patron and Why the U.S. Authorities Ignore by Finian Cunningham, Strategic Culture, 24 July 2022

Why Putin's War Is Going Even Worse Than It Looks by Boris Kagarlitsky and Loren Balhorn, ZNet, 24 July 2022

How Toxic Universities Kick Out People by Thomas Klikauer, ZNet, 24 July 2022

Hey Israel, Let's Become a Normal Country by Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 24 July 2022

The Hundred Year War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017 by Jim Miles, The Palestine Chronicle, 24 July 2022

Exposing the CIA & Raising the Bar for Investigative Reporting by John Kiriakou, Consortium News, 23 July 2022


24 July

Worship the rich, neglect the poor? Adam Smith's words still capture how power works by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 24 July 2022

Turkey summons Swedish chief of mission over 'terrorist propaganda' in Stockholm by MEE and agencies, Middle East Eye, 23 July 2022

Rojava's Experiment in Radical Democracy Braces for Turkish Invasion by Mike Ludwig, Treuthout, 23 July 2022

“Fortress Mentality” Among US Leaders Has Trapped Us in a Cycle of Militarism by Norman Solomon, Treuthout, 23 July 2022

When They Announce WW3 Let's Just Say ‘Nah': Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix., 2July 2022

Capitalism's 'Practicality' While We Bake to Death by Tony Norman, Common Dreams, 22 July 2022

Creating Destruction and Chaos Is Easy—Building a System That Is Just Is Hard by Nancy Braus, Common Dreams, 22 July 2022

Private Charity Has Become Just Another Scam for the 1 Percent by Branko Marcetic, Jacobin, 22 July 2022

The Forde report is damning of the Labour right. Which is why it will be quickly buried, Jonathan Cook Blog, 22 July 2022


23 July

Chomsky: US Government's Nonresponse to Climate Crisis Has Historical Precedent by C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout, 22 July 2022

Paper Straws Are Not Enough. Only “System Change” Can Halt Climate Crisis, Says George Monbiot, Democracy Now! 21 July 2022 (video and transcript)

Extreme Heat Is Destroying Biodiversity by Noah Greenwald, Common Dreams, 22 July 2022

'A Beacon of Hope': UN Chief Lauds Deal to Export 20+ Million Tons of Ukrainian Grain by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 22 July 2022

AMLO Is Trying to Free Mexico and Latin America From the US's Imperial Grip by Medea Benjamin, Jacobin, 21 Jly 2022

Will the Morning Come? by Vijay Prashad, Consortium News, 21 July 2022

Servant of the Corrupt by Pedro Gonzalez, Consortium News, 22 July 2022

Russia and China Haven't Even Started to Ratchet Up the Pain Dial by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 21 July 2022

Biden's Presidency Is Sinking Because of Conservative Democrats—Not the Left by Miles Kampf-Lassin, In These Times, 21 July 2022

CIA Vet John Kiriakou Returns to Saudi Arabia to Witness Biden's Groveling Performance, ScheerPost, 22 July 2022

January 6 Committee covers up role of Republican Party, national security officials in Trump coup by Barry Grey, World Socialist Web Site, 22 July 2022

The Cult of Donald Trump by James Risen, The Intercept, 22 July 2022

Les Miserables, Living and Dying on American Streets by Eve Ottenberg, CounterPunch, 22 July 2022



To find older articles, go to the archive. There are separate contents pages for writers whose work I have reviewed (with links): Michael Albert, Tariq Ali, Ramzy Baroud, Phyllis Bennis, Max Blumenthal, Jean Bricmont, Noam Chomsky, Patrick Cockburn, Marjorie Cohn, Mark Curtis, Robert Fisk, Susan George, Henry A. Giroux, Misha Glenny, David Graeber, Robin Hahnel, Chris Hedges, Edw ard S. Herman, Diana Johnstone, Ann Jones, Naomi Klein, Gabriel Kolko, Moshé Machover, Kenan Malik, Media Lens (David Cromwell, David Edwards), István Mészáros, Robert Parry, John Pilger, Hannu Reime, Jerome Roos, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Jeremy Seabrook, Richard Seymour, Vandana Shiva, Ahdaf Soueif, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn




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