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“For those who ran the American empire, the truth hurt,” Ratner writes. “For the rest of us, it was liberating. ... WikiLeaks went far beyond traditional investigative reporting. It proved that in the new digital world, full transparency was not only possible, but necessary in order to hold governments accountable for their actions.” – Michael Ratner


Suggested reading:


22 January

Biden's ‘Unity'… By War? by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 22 January 2021

The Making of US Empire at the dawning of its end by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 22 January 2021

The Future of War, American-Style by Danny Sjursen, TomDispatch, 21 January 2021

You Counter Trumpism By Ending The Conditions Which Created It, Not With Authoritarian Policies,, 22 January 2021

Why we need a tribunal on governments' crimes against humanity during COVID by Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad, AlterNet, 21 January 2021

The US Is Back in the Paris Agreement, But More Is Needed to Stave Off Disaster by Leanna First-Arai, Truthout, 21 January 2021

'Pure Sadism': Biden Blasted for Continuing Trump's Recognition of Guaidó Coup Regime and Deadly Sanctions in Venezuela by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams, 20 January 2021

Biden Should End Espionage Act Prosecutions of Whistleblowers and Journalists by Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept, 21 January 2021

UK's former Brexit secretary says Assange judge ‘got the law wrong' by Richard Norton-Taylor, Daily Maverick, 22 January 2021


21 January

The Deep State's Stealthy, Subversive, Silent Coup to Ensure Nothing Changes by John W. Whitehead, Information Clearing House, 21 January 2021

The Next Two Years Will Be The Democratic Party At Its Most Transparent,, 21 January 2021

No Pardons For Edward Snowden Or Julian Assange by Kevin Gosztola, Information Clearing House, 20 January 2021

‘A Ghastly Future'? Israeli Apartheid, Biden, Starmer, Assange And Mass Extinction by David Cromwell, Media Lens, 20 January 2021

10 Worst Things Trump Did & 5 Things He Didn't Do by Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 20 January 2021

Chomsky: Coup Attempt Hit Closer to Centers of Power Than Hitler's 1923 Putsch by C.J. Polychroniou. Truthout, 19 January 2021

Round Up the Usual Suspects; Don't Forget Putin by Ray McGovern,, 21 January 2021

On “True Democracy” by Paul Street, CounterPunch, 20 January 2021

On U.S. “Adversaries” by Gary Leupp, CounterPunch, 20 January 2021

Fearing the Palestinian Narrative: Why Israel Banned ‘Jenin Jenin' by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 20 January 2021

Spain headed toward de facto lockdown amid surge in coronavirus cases by Ferran Bono | Cristina Vázquez | Jessica Mouzo, El País in English, 20 January 2021

Ironic by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 20 January 2021


20 January

Trump was brought down by his own vicious rhetoric – but the damage he's done to America will be hard to undo by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 19 January 2021

The Inconvenience of Democracy: Pre-emptive Coups by Ted Snider,, 20 January 2021

The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming by Glenn Greenwald, Substack, 19 January 2021

Why Did Alexei Navalny Return to the Same Country that He Claimed Tried to Kill Him? by Andrew Korybko, Global Research, 19 January 2021

Navalny Touted, Assange Tortured by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 19 January 2021

US Files Appeal in Assange Case, Consortium News, 19 January 2021

My Trial, and Freedom of Speech,, 19 January 2021

The Jewish supremacist state (A comment on B'Tselem's ‘apartheid regime' designation for Israel) by Norman G. Finkelstein, MR Online, 19 January 2021

Britain whitewashes Uganda's stolen election by Phil Miller, Daily Maverick, 20 January 2021

Noam Chomsky: ‘I don't think Biden would approve of killing of Kurds like Trump', Bianet, 18 January 2021

Peasants with Pitchforks: An Interview with Noam Chomsky by Søren Hough, Science for the People, 18 January 2021

Noam Chomsky encourages Stanford to ‘clean its own house' by Matthew Turk, The Stanford Daily 17 January 2021


19 January

By 'Force and Fraud': Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine? by Ramzy Baroud, Common Dreams, 18 January 2021

Yes, Trump Can Be Convicted by the Senate After January 20 by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 17 January 2021

Psycho Pompeo Exits With Nary A Scratch Of Media Criticism On Him,, 19 January 2021

On Contact: Biden admin redux, deep state, empire & censorship by Glenn Greenwald and Chris Hedges, RT, 17 January 2021 (video and tanscript)

Why They Hate Us by Chris Hedges, ScheerPost, 18 January 2021

As repression in Egypt increases, so does UK cooperation with its regime by Belén Fernández, Daily Maverick, 19 January 2021

“Now and then the flame dies down, but solidarity is a stream of sparks” by Ilya Shakursky. People and Nature, 18 January 2021

Covid-19: Municipal borders to close in Malaga city and eight major Costa del Sol towns by Alberto Gomez, El País in English, 18 January 2021

Swedish Gov't Accused of Advocating ‘Broad Infection Spread', Pushing Same COVID Strategy in Finland by Igor Kuznetsov, Defend Democracy Press, 18 January 2021

Brexiters are waking up to the damage they've done by Polly Toynbee, The Guardian, 18 January 2021

Overcoming Our Suicidal Tendencies by Collective 20, ZNet, 18 January 2021

Celebrating the power of ideas: a tribute to Murray Bookchin by ROAR Collective, 14 January 2021


18 January

Pompeo passed ‘Death Sentence' for Millions in Yemen by Juan Cole, ZNet, 17 January 2021

Israel's vaccination program is morally indefensible by Omar Karmi, The Electronic Intifada, 15 January 2021

Beyond Slogans: Palestinians Need an Urgent, Centralized Strategy to Counter Israel in Africa by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 17 January 2021

After the Pandemic Subsides, We May See a Third Wave of the Arab Spring by Gilbert Achcar and Ashley Smith, Truthout, 17 January 2021

Not ‘apartheid in the West Bank.' Apartheid by Gideon Levy, Information Clearing House, 17 January 2021

How CENTCOM Chief McKenzie manufactured an Iran crisis to increase his power by Gareth Porter, The Grayzone, 15 January 2012

60 years on, Patrice Lumumba's assassination stands as a gruesome reminder of post-colonial brutality by Peter Bolton, Information Clearing House, 17 January 2021

Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam by Martin Luther King (30 April 1967),, 16 January 2021

The Two Faces of Empire by Caitlin Johnstone, Consortium News, 17 January 2021

As Johnson finally condemns Trump, Britain should examine its own shift to the right by Nesrine Malik, The Guardian, 17 January 2021

The US political establishment want Julian Assange dead by Yanis Varoufakis, DiEM25 Communications, 8 January 2021 (video)

European Union will no longer recognize Juan Guaidó as president of Venezuela, Peoples Dispatch, 7 January 2021

Biden inaugural guest is Venezuelan coup leader charged with inciting violent assault on gov't building by Anya Parampil, The Grayzone, 17 January 2012


The Main Form of Media Deception: Censorship-by-Omission by Rod Driver, ZNet, 15 January 2021

How the Media Distort Reality – Filtering Out the “Important Stuff” by Rod Driver, Global Research, 10 January 2021


17 January

The far right's rise within armed forces is a global threat to democracy by Paul Rogers, openDemocracy, 16 January 2021

America Has the Tinder to Ignite Social Uprising by Chris Hedges and Jimmy Dore, ScheerPost, 16 January 2021 (video)

Trump declassifies all FBI documents in Russia probe by John Solomon, Information Clearing House, 16 January 2021 (text and videos)

WATCH: ‘The Trial of Julian Assange: Implications for Press Freedom' by Nils Melzer & Ray McGovern, Consortium News, 17 January 2021

In Britain and abroad, it's easy to scapegoat poor migrants by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 17 January 2021

Control Facebook and mend broken societies... If only it were that simple by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 17 January 2021

“Who Protects Us?” - Anti-Left Violence in Venezuela by Pedro Nunes, Venezuelanalysis, 16 January 2021


16 January

US media continues to try to link Trump to Kremlin, but in reality American Republicans have more in common with Putin's opponents by Paul Robinson, RT, 15 January 2021

A Year After Shock Appointment, Russian Prime Minister Mishustin's Star is Rising by Felix Light, The Moscow Times, 16 January 2021

Trump may be on trial, but the system that produced him will be acquitted, Jonathan Cook Blog, 15 January 2021

Downplaying Trumpism Is Dangerous by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 15 January 2021

Government mistakes provided the breeding ground for the mutant virus, which it is now using as an alibi for its failures by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 15 January 2021

If Brexit is 'done', then where's the dividend? by Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 13 January 2021

Richard Sharp's arrival at the BBC will entrench conservative influence by Tom Mills, The Guardian, 14 January 2021

WATCH: Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria Discuss Julian Assange, Consortium News, 15 January 2021

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and Australia's Complicity by Binoy Kampmark, CounterPunch, 15 January 2021


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, Jean Bricmont, David Chandler, Noam Chomsky, Patrick Cockburn, Marjorie Cohn, Mark Curtis, Robert Fisk, Susan George, Henry A. Giroux, Misha Glenny, David Graeber, Robin Hahnel, Chris Hedges, Edward 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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