Recommended Reading

Independent News Sites

“Among the calamities of War may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages.” Samuel Johnson, 1758.

Oliver Stone, documentary on events leading up to the current crisis: Ukraine on Fire:

The Grayzone (Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate, primarily):

The Duran (Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris, both of whom have their own personal channels, too, to which they post almost daily updates): and

Richard Medhurst (A British-Palestinian journalist who also posts daily):

Graham Phillips, also posting videos from Donbass:

The last two have been on the ground in Donbass for the past 7-8 years and are very knowledgeable about the region.

Gonzalo Lira, a Chilean-American posting from Kharkov, may not be to everyone’s taste (I don’t share his politics, for instance) but the guy’s the only Westerner right in the centre of Kharkov and has been completely reliable in all of his videos of the past 4 weeks:


CGTN China Global Television Network:

Republic World (an Indian news channel that often mimics Western media but manages to get quite a bit of real news out as well):

CCTV China Closed-Circuit Television:

ShanghaiEye (slightly similar to the Indian Republic World in its occasional tendency to mimic our legacy media, but reliable overall):

Covert Action Magazine, the grandfather of former CIA whistleblowers:

Counterpunch, some of my favorite people write for this site, however, it is very inconsistent as is much of the left in the USA:

News from the Middle-East:

Arab independent media Al Mayadeen:

More Middle-East and South Asia perspectives:

Latin America and the Caribbean:

Hong Kong:

Indian Punchline, M. K. Bhadrakumar is a former member of the Indian diplomatic corps and specialist on the former Soviet Union and Asia. This is my favorite site for learning about the real reasons diplomacy by other means is employed :

60 years of journalism with Robert Scheer:

West Asian news from the cradle of civilization:

Enjoy their reality-based reporting and analysis!

Required reading to understand how we got here and where we’re going:

Andrew Bacevich, After the Apocalypse: America’s Role in a World Transformed (American Empire Project), New York: Metropolitan Books, 2021.

Andrew Bacevich and DanielA. Sjursen, Paths of Dissent, Soldiers Speak Out Against America’s Misguided Wars, New York: Metropolitan Books, 2022.

Michael Herr, Dispatches, New York: Knopf, 1977.

Alfred W. McCoy, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, New York: Harper & Row, 1972.

Alfred W. McCoy, To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2021.

Stephen Wertheim, Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy, Harvard University Press, 2020.

David Talbot, The Devil’s Chessboard, Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, London: William Collins, 2015.

Some novels more real than fiction:

Karl Marlantes, Matterhorn,

Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried,

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (ARVN double-agent who escapes, gets to California, then CIA infiltrates them back and much more),

Bảo Ninh, The Sorrow of War (from the NVA perspective),

And from a Zero collective author, why Vietnam is still with us: