Media Watch

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” – Noam Chomsky


Suggested reading:


1 April

‘Can I Keep You Safe? Your Future Is Uncertain': Climate And The Fate Of Humanity by David Cromwell, Media Lens, 31 March 2020

Why coronavirus could spark a capitalist supernova by John Smith, openDemocracy, 31 March 2020

El Gobierno levantará las medidas del estado de alarma de forma gradual por Anabel Díez, El País, 1 Abril 2020

Drop in intensive care patients brings hope to Spanish hospitals by Oriol Güell, El País in English, 1 April 2020

After small reprieve, daily coronavirus deaths spike in Spain once more, El País in English, 31 March 2020

Growing xenophobia against China in the midst of CoronaShock by Vijay Prashad, Du Xiaojun, and Weiyan Zhu, MR Online, 30 March 2020

Coronavirus in Europe: one million job losses in two weeks is tip of the iceberg by Sandor Zsiros, euronews, 31 March 2020

One Year of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Spending Would Provide 300,000 ICU Beds, 35,000 Ventilators and Salaries of 75,000 Doctors by Matthew Impelli, Newsweek, 26 March 2020

People's Skepticism About Covid-19 Is The Fault Of The Lying Mass Media,, 31 March 2020

Barbaric Decisions: Coronavirus, Refusing Bail and Julian Assange by Binoy Kampmark, CounterPunch, 31 March 2020

10 MORE Experts Criticising the Coronavirus Panic, off-Guardian, 28 March 2020

Amid the coronavirus crisis, a wealthy publisher shuts down an ‘important progressive media outlet' by Slava Zilber and Chris Hedges, The Canary, 30 March 2020

Beyond Chutzpah: US Charges Venezuela With Nacro-Terrorism by Roger Harris, CounterPunch, 31 March 2020

Trump to roll back Obama-era clean car rules in huge blow to climate fight by Emily Holden, The Guardian, 31 March 2020

Ramzy Baroud on Israeli Racism, Apartheid and the Palestinian Narrative (Part I & II), The Palestine Chronicle, 31 March 2020 (video)


31 March

COVID-19: World Suffering Less from Coronavirus Crisis & More from an America Crisis by John Wight, Consortium News, 30 March 2020

US Defiles ‘Common Humanity' During Pandemic by Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News, 30 March 2020

As Washington privatized pandemic preparation, the national security state left Americans defenseless against coronavirus by Gareth Porter, The Grayzone, 30 March 2020

We Need a Public Health New Deal: Neoliberal Austerity & Private Healthcare Worsened U.S. Pandemic, Democracy Now! 30 March 2020 (video and transcript)

COVID-19: Contending with a Dual Pathology in Britain by Dr. Sarah Gangoli and Dr. Bob Gill, Consortium News, 30 March 2020

UK security services face some awkward questions when the pandemic is over by Paul Rogers, openDemocracy, 30 March 2020

Daily coronavirus deaths fall slightly in Spain but total infections exceed China's, El País in English, 30 March 2020

Israeli Forces Demolish Emergency Coronavirus Clinic for Palestinians, The Palestine Chronicle, 28 March 2020

As Netanyahu uses coronavirus to consolidate power, Israel's opposition leader has given in by Jonathan Cook, The National, 30 March 2020

Undemocratic Elections Have Citizens Reinventing Self-Governance Worldwide by Michael Meurer, Truthout, 30 March 2020

Trump's Narcoterrorism Indictment of Maduro Already Backfires by Leonardo Flores, Common Dreams, 28 March 2020


30 March

Spain's new lockdown restrictions: The measures in place for non-essential workers by Laura Delle Femmine, El País in English, 30 March 2020

Cabinet to ‘hibernate' Spanish economy in bid to avoid overload of hospitals, El País in English, 29 March 2020

Coronavirus deaths continue to rise in Spain, with a record 838 in 24 hours, El País in English, 29 March 2020

Why Coronavirus Is Humanity's Wake-Up Call by David Korten, Common Dreams, 29 March 2020

Austerity in the Age of COVID-19: A Match Made in Hell? by Paul Rogers and Alasdair McKay, Oxford Research Group, 27 March 2020

Coronavirus Shows Us What Our Future Could Look Like During Climate Crisis by Sharon Zhang, Truthout, 29 March 2020

Covid-19: UK Withdrawal from the EU Single Market Must Be Postponed to 2023 by Craig Murray, 28 March 2020

How U.S. Military Aid Threatens to Upend Europe's Long Peace by Luke Nicastro, The National Interest, 24 March 2020


29 March

Noam Chomsky: Coronavirus - What is at stake? DiEM25 TV, 28 March 2020 (video)

'US Response to Coronavius Has Been Shocking': Chomsky by Edu Montesanti, Pravda Report, 28 March 2020

Spanish government tightens lockdown to include all non-essential workers by José Marcos, El País in English, 29 March 2020

With a Quarter of the World's Population Under US Sanctions, Countries Appeal to UN to Intervene by Alan Macleod, Mint Press, 27 March 2020

It Is A Time Of Crisis And U.S. Foreign Policy Is Becoming Unhinged by Moon of Alabama, Info

Virus Price for NATO Racket by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 28 March 2020

Time of Plague and Meltdown: Mass Murder by Corporate Duopoly by Glen Ford, Information Clearing House, 28 March 2020

Trump and His Allies Have Decided to Preserve Capitalism at Any Cost by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, 28 March 2020

The pandemic as political trial: the case for a global commons by Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval, ROAR, 28 March 2020

It's Okay To Be Uncertain What's Happening And Where This Is All Going,, 29 March 2020

Our basic decency is clear. But a good society needs more than decency by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 29 March 2020

We're making a right mess of our right to free expression by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 29 March 2020

On Contact: I.F. Stone with D.D. Guttenplan by Chris Hedges, RT, 28 March 2020


28 March

The US is losing its world superpower status due to its failure to lead on the Covid-19 crisis – and this time, it might not recover by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 27 March 2020

The US Is Using Germ Warfare On Sanctioned Nations,, 28 March 2020

Bailouts for the Rich, the Virus for the Rest of Us by Bob Urie, CounterPunch, 27 March 2020

DOJ Seeks to Exploit Coronavirus Emergency to Detain People Indefinitely by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 27 March 2020

Spain records highest daily rise in coronavirus deaths with 769 fatalities, El País in English, 27 March 2020

Letter From Catalonia: Alarming Measures by Chris Gilbert, CounterPunch, 27 March 2020

Virtual summit, real acrimony: EU leaders clash over ‘corona bonds' by David M. Herszenhorn, Jacopo Barigazzi and Rym Momtaz, Politico, 27 March 2020

The Gaza Strip Has Been Under Siege for Years. Covid-19 Could Be Catastrophic by Neve Gordon, Common Dreams, 27 March 2020


27 March

COVID-19: We Won't Go Back to Normal, Because Normal Was the Problem by Vijay Prasgad, Consortium News, 27 March 2020

Why France is hiding a cheap and tested virus cure by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 25 March 2020

‘There's Never Been More Attention on the Ills of Profit-Motivated Pharmaceutical Production' by Dana Brown and Janine Jackson, FAIR, 26 March 2020

To Fight This Pandemic, We Need to Take Over the Military's Resources by Phyllis Bennis and William J. Barber II, ZNet, 27 March 2020

All The Craziest Things About America Are Being Highlighted By This Virus,, 27 March 2020

'World Leaders Seem in Denial': Demands for Radical Global Action on Coronavirus as Virtual G20 Summit Ends With Vague Promises by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 26 Msrch 2020

Coronavirus deaths in Spain now exceed 4,000, with 655 in just 24 hours, El País in English, 26 March 2020

Coronavirus in Spain: Five crises rolled into one by Elena Sevillano, María Sosa Troya, El País in English, 27 March 2020

How Austerity and Anti-Immigrant Politics Left Italy Exposed by Conn Hallinan, CounterPunch, 26 March 2020

As the World tackles the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. raises the pressure on Venezuela by Vijay Prashad, Paola Estrada, Ana Maldonado, Zoe PC, MR Online, 26 March 2020

Doctors4Assange Statement on Assange Bail Hearing over Coronavirus Risk, 27 March 2020

Are Mass Plane Travel and Mass Tourism Unsustainable? by Mike Lofgren, Common Dreams, 26 Msrch 2020

How market reforms made the NHS vulnerable to pandemics by Colin Leys, MR Online, 26 March 2020

This is what Trump is doing in the Middle East while you're distracted by coronavirus by Robert Fisk, Independent, 26 March 2020

Technology of Death: The Not-so-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 25 March 2020

Book review: Between two fires by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 24 March 2020


26 March

Assange Denied Bail, Further Visits, Despite Virus Risk by Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 25 March 2020

Strikes mount across Europe against official response to coronavirus pandemic by Allison Smith and Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site, 26 March 2020

With 3,434 deaths, Spain now has more coronavirus victims than China by Miguel Ángel Medina, El País in English, 25 March 2020

12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic, off-Guardian, 24 March 2020 (text and videos)

Venezuela's Coronavirus Response Might Surprise You by Leonardo Flores, Common Dreams, 25 March 2020

Media Struggle to Defend Washington's Cruelty Toward Venezuela and Iran as Coronavirus Spreads by Joe Emersberger, FAIR, 25 March 2020

The role of intellectuals in the Bolivarian Revolution: A conversation with Luis Britto Garcia by Cira Pascual Marquina, MR Online, 23 March 2020

Doctor Strangelove Takes Care of Our Health. The Real Scenario is Nuclear War? “Senator, I am a Fan of Flexible First-use Policy” by Manlio Dinucci, Global Research, 25 March 2020

A Brady Bond Solution for America's Unpayable Corporate Debt by Michael Hudson, CounterPunch, 25 March 2020

“Syriza Was a Bigger Blow to the Left Than Thatcher” by Yanis Varoufakis and George Souvlis, ZNet 25 March 2020

House of Mirrors: Justin Trudeau's Foreign Policy – Book Review by Jim Miles, The Palestine Chronicle, 23 March 2020


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, Glenn Greenwald, Robin Hahnel, Chris Hedges, Edward S. Herman, Diana Johnstone, Ann Jones, Naomi Klein, Gabriel Kolko, Moshé Machover, Kenan Malik, 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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