Media Watch

“… media professionals have long played a crucial role in the protection of private power by maintaining the illusion that members of the public are offered an ‘ímpartial' and wide selection of facts, opinions and perspectives from which any individual can derive his or her own well-informed world view.” - David Cromwell, Why Are We The Good Guys? Reclaiming Your Mind From the Delusions of Propaganda


I am away. Next update early June.


Suggested reading:


25 May

Spain's indignados could rule Barcelona and Madrid after local election success by Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian, 25 May 2015

Spain's ruling party punished in local and regional elections by Helena Spongenberg, euobserver, 25 May 2015

Spain at a Crossroads: Tariq Ali Interviews Pablo Iglesias, teleSUR, 22 May 2015 (video and transcript)

Suddenly it looks like we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 25 May 2015

US-led wars and arms sales in Middle East ‘very big business' by Brian Becker, RT, 23 May 2015

Don't blame migrants – the West helped to create their plight by Yasmin Alibhai Brown, The Independent, 24 May 2015

Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 24 May 2015

Noam Chomsky: Why the Internet Hasn't Freed Our Minds -- Propaganda Continues to Dominate by Seung-yoon Lee, AlterNet, 21 My 2015


24 May

Obama Winks at Terrorist Gains by Gareth Porter,, 23 May 2015

Israel Seeks International Law Rewrite by Lawrence Davidson,, 23 May 2015

War with Isis: Wounded Kurdish forces count the cost of battling militants in Syria by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 23 May 2015

Matt Taibbi on the Journalist & Politician Cheerleaders for Iraq War, Then & Now, Democracy Now! 21 May 2015 (video and transcript)

BRICS trample US in South America by Pepe Escobar, RT, 22 May 20115

Beyond the ballot box: Apoyo Mutuo in Spain by Mark Bray,, 22 May 2015

They Say “Peace” But Really, It's War by Andre Vltchek, CounterPunch, 22 May 2015

Three Years of Confronting Western Propaganda by Andre Vltchek, Information Clearing House, 22 May 2015

George Orwell's socialism by Luca Tavan, Red Flag, 18 May 2015

East, West and the Renaissance by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 24 May 2015


23 May

Massive military escalation looms as ISIS advances in Iraq by Niles Williamson, World Socialist Web Site, 22 May 2015

War with Isis: The Kurdish forces providing a lesson in how courage, discipline and US air strikes can defeat militants in Syria by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 22 May 2015

Wahhabis Go Nuclear — Literally by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 22 May 2015

The Pentagon's Strategy for World Domination: Full Spectrum Dominance, from Asia to Africa by Bruce Gagnon, Global Research, 21 May 2015

Who Will Save Israel? by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 23 May 2015

John Kerry admits defeat: The Ukraine story the media won't tell, and why U.S. retreat is a good thing by Patrick L. Smith, Salon, 19 May 2015

The MH-17 Propaganda War by Greg Maybury,, 22 May 2015

The TPP Is a Grave Threat to Climate Action by Naomi Klein, Common Dreams, 22 May 2015

The Value of Noam Chomsky by Chris Wright, CounterPunch, 22 May 2015

I Went to Prison for Exposing the CIA's Torture Program. Why Are the People Responsible for It Walking Free? by John Kiriakou, The Nation, 20 May 2015

Why We Need to Take Sy Hersh's bin Laden Bombshell Seriously by Bob Dreyfuss, The Nation, 20 May 2015

Lessons From the Thinnest of Seymour Hersh's Thinly Sourced Claims by Greg Grandin, The Nation, 20 May 2015

Spain's mayors hope for 10th re-election amid changing political landscape by Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian, 22 May 2015

Authorities ban ‘Indignados' march planned for Saturday in Madrid, El País in English, 22 May 2015

“On May 25, a lot of people will see that there will be no apocalypse” by Francesco Manetto, El País in English, 22 May 2015

The World Today - Spain at crossroads Tariq Ali talks to Pablo Iglesias, teleSUR, 19 May 2015 (video)

Ireland is facing its sectarian past – now it's England's turn by Fintan O'Toole, The Guardian, 22 May 2015

Fight to save the Greek pension takes centre stage in Brussels and Athens by Helena Smith, The Guardian, 20 May 2015


22 May

Poroshenko says Ukraine is at war with Russia by Alex Lantier, Wold Socialist Web Site, 21 May 2015

Hope – versus Neoliberalism – an Ode to Solidarity by Peter Koenig, Information Clearing House, 21 May 2015

Has Merkel Been Abandoned? by John Helmer, Russia Insider, 20 May 2015

Obama's Strategic Shift by Robert Parry,, 21 May 2015

In the Same Week, the U.S. and U.K. Hide Their War Crimes by Invoking “National Security” by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 21 May 2015

Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, The Navy's Great Alaskan "War",, 21 May 2015

Expanding Foothold, Islamic State Captures Syria's Ancient Palmyra After Fall of Iraq's Ramadi (with Charles Glass), Democracy Now! 21 May 2015 (video and transcript)

Noam Chomsky Reads the New York Times -- Explains Why 'Paper of Record' Is Pure Propaganda, AlterNet, 20 May 2015

Why does Greece not simply get it over with and default? by Jerome Roos,, 21 May 2015

Matt Taibbi: World's Largest Banks Admit to Massive Global Financial Crimes, But Escape Jail (Again), Democracy Now! 21 May 2015 (video and transcript)

This New Labour revival could end with a party split by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, 20 May 2015

Save our annadatas by Vandana Shiva, The Asian Age, 20 May 2015

On freedom and free will by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 21 May 2015


21 May

Obama Gave Up On Ukraine, Press Simply Ignored It by Eric Zuesse,, 20 May 2015

Why the US is Finally Talking to Russia by Pepe Escobar, Sputnik, 19 May 2015

Ukrainian crisis isn't worth a new Cold War by Jonathan Power, TFF, 20 May 2015

Wars and Displaced Persons Camps in Ukraine and in Haiti by Roger Annis, CounterPunch, 20 May 2015

You Be the Judge by Robert Parry,, 20 May 2015

Israel's Descent into Barbarism by Norman Finkelstein, Information Clearing House, 20 May 2015

Nakba and the Question of ‘Palestinian Strategy' by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 20 May 2015

No Wise Men Here: Gabriel Kolko and Washington's Continuing Murderous Middle East Myopia by Paul Street, ZNet, 20 May 2015

Defiant Greeks force Europe to negotiating table as time-bomb ticks by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph, 20 May 2015

Chavismo On The Horns Of A Dilemma: Populism And Pragmatism In Venezuela by Steve Ellner, New Left Project, 19 May 2015

Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs by Vandana Shiva, Common Dreams, 20 May 2015


20 May

Critical Thought against the Capitalist Hydra by John Holloway,, 19 May 2015

The Incredible Arrogance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Crowd by Dean Baker, Truthout, 19 May 2015

Abracadabra! Britain's political elite has fooled us all again by Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian, 18 May 2015

US Officials Leak Information About the ISIS Raid That's More Sensitive Than Anything Snowden Ever Leaked by Trevor Timm, Common Dreams, 19 May 2015

Isis seizes Ramadi: Iraqi government deploys Shia militiamen to assist in counter-offensive to retake city from jihadists by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 19 May 2015

Garbage Rises by Michael Albert, teleSUR, 18 May 2015


19 May

Isis seizes Ramadi: After Iraq's worst defeat in the war with the Islamic militants, battle is on to defend the road to Baghdad by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 19 May 2015

The Misfire in Hersh's Big Bin Laden Story by Gareth Porter, Truthout, 18 May 20115

Britain's Nuclear Armed Trident Submarine: Rigged Safety and Security, Royal Navy Whistleblower by Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Global Research, 17 May 2015

UK Government Counter-Terrorism Bill Would Criminalize Speech, Political Activity by Jordan Shilton, Global Research, 18 May 2015

“Color Revolution” in Macedonia? Washington's Attempt to Undermine the Turkish Stream Russian Pipeline Project by Andrew Korybko, Global Research, 18 May 2015

Fake Evidence Blaming Russia for MH-17? by Robert Parry,, 18 May 2015

GCHQ's Rainbow Lights: Exploiting Social Issues for Militarism and Imperialism by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 18 May 2015

A Winning Strategy for the Left by Michael Schwartz & Kevin Young, Jacobin, 18 May 2015

Graphs and Legends: Raymond Williams by Moira Weigel, The Nation, 12 May 2015

Soho stories: celebrating six decades of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, The Observer, 17 May 2015


To find older articles, go to the archive. There are separate contents pages for articles by Michael Albert, Tariq Ali, Ramzy Baroud, Phyllis Bennis, Jean Bricmont, David Chandler, Noam Chomsky, Patrick Cockburn, Mark Curtis, Robert Fisk, Susan George, Henry A. Giroux, Misha Glenny, David Graeber, Glenn Greenwald, Robin Hahnel, Edward S. Herman, Diana Johnstone, Ann Jones, Naomi Klein, Gabriel Kolko, Moshé Machover, Kenan Malik, István Mészáros, John Pilger, Hannu Reime, Jerome Roos, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Jeremy Seabrook, Richard Seymour, Ahdaf Soueif, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn

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