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Medea Benjamin: But it is important to try to imagine what it would be like in the United States if a hostile force, let's say in Mexico or in Canada, were building bases right on our borders, and the NATO expansion was also accompanied by the redesign of NATO not to be a defensive alliance but to be an offensive one. We saw that in Yugoslavia, and then we saw it far from the North Atlantic countries when NATO got involved in the invasion of Afghanistan, in the invasion of Libya, and not in the beginning, but later on in the US occupation of Iraq as well. So Russia was seeing not only the movement of NATO towards its borders, but it also saw the increasingly aggressive nature of NATO itself.

Making Sense of the War in Ukraine by Medea Benjamin and Chris Hedges, ZNet, 6 November 2022 (video and transcript)

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4 December

War is the Greatest Evil, An Interview with Chris Hedges by Ralph Nader, CounterPunch, 2 December 2022 (video and transcript)

NATO Narratives and Corporate Media Are Leading to ‘Doorstep of Doom' by Robin Andersen, ScheerPost, 2 December 2022

Pentagon to Spend $200 Billion on New Nuclear Bomber as Millions Live in Poverty by Brett Wilkins, Truthout, 3 December 2022

Addressing Climate Change Will Not “Save the Planet” by Christopher Ketcham, ZNet, 3 December 2022

Rich Countries Have an Historic Responsibility to Help Global South Transition to Post-Fossil-Fuel Future by John Feffer, Common Dreams, 3 December 2022

Once Upon a Time the US Taxed the Rich by Sam Pizzigati, Common Dreams, 3 December 2022

White Britons are declining and immigrants help prop up Christianity. Does it matter? by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 4 December 2022


3 December

Putin's Remedy: A Fragmented, Toothless Ukraine Separated by a 100 Kilometer-Wide No-Man's-Land by Mike Whitney, Information Clearing House, 2 December 2022

John Mearsheimer: We're playing Russian roulette by Freddie Sayers, Information Clearing House, 2 December 2022 (text and video)

America's Fate: Revolution or Fascism? by Daniel Lazare and Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 2 December 2022 (text and video)

The Global South births a new game-changing payment system by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 2 December 2022

Mali's Break with France Shows Cracks in Atlantic Alliance by Vijay Prashad, Consortium News, 1 December 2022

Minister ‘misled parliament' on Foreign Office role in secret Assange operation by Matt Kennard and John McEvoy, Declassified UK, 2 Decemberr 2022


2 December

The ‘Begin Doctrine': World Must Force Israel to Dismantle Its Nuclear Arsenal by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 1 December 2022

After the election by Moshé Machover, Weekly Worker, 1 December 2022

Workers' mass protests by Yassamine Mather, Weekly Worker, 1 December 2022

How Joe Biden suckered Europe by Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera, 29 November 2022

US embassy, five other sites targeted by letter bombs in Spain, Al Jazeera, 1 December 2022

Prelude to Authoritarianism? by Clarence Lusane, TomDispatch, 29 November 2022

Writing the Ukraine War history, as it happens by James Carden, Responsible Statecraft, 30 November 2022

Life Beyond 1.5C by Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, 2 December 2022

Four British Ministries Refuse To Say if They've Discussed Assange With US by Matt Kennard, ScheerPost, 1 December 2022


1 December

The imperative of de-escalation in Ukraine: negotiations and possible solutions by Heikki Patomäki, Tapio Kanninen, Brave New Europe, 30 November 2022

Eight Reasons Why Now Is a Good Time for a Ukraine Ceasefire and Peace Talks by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies,, 1 December 2022

Stoltenberg's Provocative Pledge on Ukraine's NATO Membership by Ted Snider,, 1 December 2022

NATO Exists To Solve The Problems Created By NATO's Existence,, 1 December 2022

Fleeing Russia, Andrei seeks asylum in what for him still is historical homeland, Sapmi by Thomas Nilsen, The Barents Observer, 29 November 2022

Mexico's Left Takes to the Street, Celebrates Achievements by W.T. Whitney, CounterPunxh, 1 December 2022

Australian PM Tells US to Drop Charges Against Julian Assange by Dave DeCamp,, 30 November 2022

How The Guardian Can Help Assange by Caitlin Johnstone, Consortium News, 1 December 2022

Britain stole their land to plant tea. Now they want it back by Phil Miller, Declassified UK, 1 December 2022


30 November

NATO summit vows to continue troop surge to Russia's borders by Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site, 30 November 2022

NATO Doubles Down on Pledge to Eventually Admit Ukraine by Dave DeCamp,, 29 November 2022

Endgame Ukraine; Putin's Battleplan by Mike Whitney, Information Clearing House, 29 November 2022

When Did Ukraine Become a Flashpoint? by Ted Snider, The American Conservative, 28 November 2022

China pushes lifting of Zero-COVID after anti-lockdown protests by Peter Symonds, World Socialist Web Site, 30 November 2022

Chevron Back in Venezuela: A Tale of US Imperialist Arrogance by Andreína Chávez Alava, Venezuelanalysis, 29 November 2022

11 years after toppling Gaddafi, UK gets Libya's oil by Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 29 November 2022

Don't Expect Criminal States to Investigate Their Own Crimes by Noam Chomsky, ZNet, 29 November 2022 (video)

A Participatory Economy by Robin Hahnel, Ferdia O'Brien, ZNet, 29 November 2022 (text and video)

Left-Wing Voices Are Silenced on Twitter as Far-Right Trolls Advise Elon Musk by Robert Mackey, Micah Lee, The Intercept, 29 November 2022

The Perversions of Political Punditry by Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch, 29 November 2022


29 November

What took them so long? New York Times, Guardian finally call for Assange's freedom by Thomas Scripps, World Socialist Web Site, 29 November 2022

UK government deployed 15 staff on secret operation to seize Julian Assange by Matt Kennard, Declassified UK, 28 November 2022

WikiLeaks Brings Its Case to Latin America by Anish R M, Consortium News, 29 November 2022

Qatar World Cup: White outrage, colonialism and a game of capitalist greed by Joseph Massad, Middle East Eye, 28 November 2022

Russia-Ukraine war: Why Europe is the biggest loser in the conflict by Abed Charef, Middle East Eye, 28 November 2022

Campaigning to Free Ukraine's Kononovich Brothers by Peoples Dispatch, Consortium News, 28 November 2022

Failed Coup: Is the U.S. Ready to Abandon Guaidó and Reintegrate Venezuela into the Global Community? by Ted Snider,, 29 November 2022

Zhou Enlai's Posthumous Triumph by Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News, 28 November 2022


28 November

Furious With Biden, Europe Says US Is Profiting Off Ukraine War by Dave DeCamp,, 27 November 2022

Germany's coalition government adopts a budget for war and austerity by Johannes Stern, World Socialist Web Site, 28 November 2022

20 NATO States ‘Pretty Tapped Out' After Weapons Transfers to Ukraine by Kyle Anzalone, The Libertarian Institute, 27 November 2022

As the World Fixates on Ukraine, Another War is Brewing in the Middle East by Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch, 28 November 2022

US sanctions and economic conditions drive Nicaraguan migration, while Washington blames repression by John Perry, The Grayzone, 28 November 2022

Lula Da Silva's Election is a Victory for the World by Derek Royden, CounterPunch, 28 November 2022

What If the U.S. and China Really Cooperated on Climate Change? by Michael Klare, TomDispatch, 27 November 2022

Montreal Biodiversity COP15 December 2022 by Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, 28 November 2022

Elon Musk's Twitter is fast proving that free speech at all costs is a dangerous fantasy by Nesrine Malik, The Guardian, 28 November 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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