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"Tyrannies invert the rule of law. They turn the law into an instrument of injustice. They cloak their crimes in a faux legality. They use the decorum of the courts and trials, to mask their criminality. Those, such as Julian, who expose that criminality to the public are dangerous, for without the pretext of legitimacy the tyranny loses credibility and has nothing left in its arsenal but fear, coercion and violence."

Chris Hedges: Assange & the Collapse of the Rule of Law

Suggested reading:


28 September

Labour conference votes to back sanctions against Israel over 'crime of apartheid' by Joe Gill, Middle East Eye, 27 September 2021

UK Labour Conference Condemns AUKUS as Threat to World Peace by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams, 27 September 2021

Imperialist gangsterism and the CIA plot to kill Julian Assange by Thomas Scripps, World Socialist Web Site, 28 September 2021

How British journalists are seduced by the Ministry of Defence and spooks by Richard Norton-Taylor, Declassified UK, 28 September 2021

Donald Trump Is Building an Army. He Can No Longer Be Ignored by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, 27 September 2021

America's Fate — Oligarchy or Autocracy by Chris Hedges, Consortium News, 27 September 2021

On Contact: Anti-capitalist chronicles, part 1 by David Harvey and Chris Hedges, RT, 24 September 2021 (video)

On Contact: Anti-capitalist chronicles, part 2 by David Harvey and Chris Hedges, RT, 26 September 2021 (video)

Outrage Over ICC Decision to Drop US From Probe of War Crimes in Afghanistan by Andrea Germanos, Consortium News, 27 September 2021

What's wrong with Britain? Let's start with the monarchy by Laura Clancy, openDemocracy, 26 September 2021


27 September

UN Chief Warns Humanity Is 'Unacceptably Close to Nuclear Annihilation' by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 26 September 2021

Trump's CIA Considered Kidnapping or Assassinating Assange: Report by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 26 September 2021

Isikoff's Cops and Robbers Camouflage the Big Lie by Ray McGovern, Antiwar.com, 27 September 2021

Humanitarian Crisis Ravages Yemen: Yet Biden Administration Continues To Service Saudi War Machine by Doug Bandow, Antiwar.com, 27 September 2021

War in Afghanistan Isn't Over — It's Taking the Form of Illegal Drone Strikes by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 26 September 2021

Corporate media stirred global terror hysteria to push postwar hostility toward new Afghan govt by Gareth Porter, The Grayzone, 27 September 2021

Palestinian Parties, Organizations Greet Abbas' Pledge to Take Israel to ICC as 'Historic' by Juan Cole, Common Dreams, 26 September 2021

The myth of green capitalism by Katharina Pistor, Social Europe, 27 September 2021


26 September

What I Know After 50 Years of Covering Foreign Policy: War and Empire Are Bad by Conn Hallinan, Common Dreams, 25 September 2021

Afghanistan and Beyond: End U.S. War-Making Everywhere by Azadeh Shahshahani, In These Times, 21 September 2021

We should not allow the Anglosphere to distort the history of liberty by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 26 September 2021

'How Many More Deaths Must It Take?' Barbados Leader Rips Rich Nations in Fierce UN Speech by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 25 September 2021

The never ending cycle of nuclear insanity by John Rachel, MR Online, 25 September 2021

Time is running out for a new agricultural model for the global south by Jayati Ghosh, MR Online, 25 September 2021

Keir Starmer has squandered his opportunity to wage war on the Tories by Peter Oborne, Middle East Eye, 25 September 2021

Former Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont released by judge after arrest in Sardinia by by Óscar López-Fonseca | Camilo S. Baquero, El País in English, 24 September 2021


25 September

Hundreds of Thousands Take to Streets Worldwide for 'Uproot the System' Climate Strikes by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 24 September 2021

EU's Undying Fealty to the Imperial US Leads to Latest Humiliation by Yanis Varoufakis, Common Dreams, 24 September 2021

Support for Nuclear Ban Treaty Is Rising. Nuclear Nations Are on the Defensive by Jon Letman, Truthout, 24 September 2021

The U.S. and Australia Signed a Nuclear Arms Deal, Simple as That by Vijay Prashad, ZNet, 24 September 2021

Britain is ensuring the death of a Palestinian state by Ilan Pappé, Declassified UK, 23 September 2021

US Congress outlines new phase of economic attacks and hybrid war on Nicaragua's Sandinista government by Ben Norton, The Grayzone, 24 September 2021

One Year on Since the Farm Laws – India's Farmers' Struggle Set to Intensify by Colin Todhunter, CounterPunch, 24 September 2021

Remembering Paulo Freire as a Freedom Fighter by Henry Giroux, CounterPunch, 24 September 2021


24 September

How big corporations and Bill Gates took over the UN food Summit by Nils McCune and Camila Escalante, The Grayzone, 23 September 2021 (video and transcript)

Biden doesn't understand the ‘new Cold War' by Ethan Paul, Responsible Statecraft, 22 September 2021

Syria: Is withdrawal Biden's next move? by Cristopher Phillips, Middle East Eye, 23 September 2021

How deep are divisions among the Taliban? by Ali M. Latifi, Al Jazeera, 23 September 2021

Media muddle by Yassamine Mather, Weekly Worker, 23 September 2021

Ramzy Baroud & Ghada Karmi on ‘One Democratic State', The Palestine Chronicle, 23 September 2021 (video)

British army ignored five fires before sparking Kenya inferno by Phil Miller, Declassified UK, 24 September 2021

Former Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont arrested in Sardinia by Óscar López-Fonseca | Camilo S. Baquero, El País in English, 24 September 2021

AUKUS allies must set Assange free, Andrew Wilkie.org, 23 September 2021

Orthostatic Tremor awareness month by Mike Senker, EuroWeekly, 9 September 2021


23 September

U.S. Militarism's Toxic, Planet-Killing Impact on Climate Policy by Medea Benhamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies, Common Dreams, 22 September 2021

Global Vaccine Goals 'Fall Terribly Short' Due to Big Pharma and Rich Nations' Greed: Experts by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams, 22 September 2021

Ex-Prisoners Recall US Torture at 'Afghanistan's Abu Ghraib' by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams, 22 September 2021

Top US, Russian military chiefs meet in Helsinki, YLE News, 22 September 2021

Who Represents Afghanistan: Genuine Activists vs. ‘Native Informants' by Ramzy Baroud, Antiwar.com, 23 September 2021

One Man as a Whole Generation: The Unfinished War of Zakaria Zubeidi by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 22 September 2021

Indigenous People of Brazil fight for their future by Nick Estes, MR Online, 22 September 2021

An Unprincipled Attack on a Human Rights Giant by Marjorie Cohn, Consortium News, 22 September 2021

By crushing party democracy, Labour may sign its own death warrant by Adam Ramsay, openDemocracy, 22 September 2021

The Importance of Murray by Graham A Fordyce, Craig Murray Justice Campaugn, 22 September 2021

Gaslighting The Public: Serial Deceptions By The State-Corporate Media by David Cromwell, Media Lens, 22 September 2021

We Need a Shorter Workweek to Free Us From the Tyranny of Work by Kyle Lewis / Will Stronge, Jacobin, 17 September 2021


22 September

Biden at the UN Forgets What War Is by Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 22 September 2021

When It Comes to Letting Down Allies, Trumpism and Bidenism Have Much in Common by Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch, 21 September 2021

The Profits of War by William D. Hartung, ZNet, 21 September 2021

Congress wants to put even more troops in Russia's backyard by Anatol Lieven, Responsible Statecraft, 21 September 2021

Billions of People Globally Who Need the Most Help Can Benefit from Changes in Economic Policy by Mark Weisbrot, CounterPunch, 21 September 2021

In Targeting Haitians, Biden May Execute the Largest Mass Expulsion of Asylum-Seekers in Recent History by Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, 21 September 2021

Education under attack in Afghanistan by Jerome Marston | Marika Tsolakis, El País in English, 15 September 2021

Campesinos Occupy Sugar Mill, Demand Government Answers by Ricardo Vaz, Venezuelanalysis, 21 September 2021

David Graeber's real contribution to Occupy Wall Street wasn't a phrase – it was a process by Marisa Holmes, MR Online, 21 September 2021

Assange extradition case has cost British public over £300,000 by Phil Miller, Declassified UK, 21 September 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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