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:


21 November

Israeli airstrikes on Syria threaten wider Mideast war by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 21 November 2019

The bloodbath in Baghdad by Bill Van Auken, Information Clearing House, 20 November 2019

New U.S. Stance on Israeli Settlements Is Akin to ‘Thou Shalt Murder’ by Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 21 November 2019

Capitalism’s suicidal trajectory can’t be ignored, Jonathan Cook Blog, 20 November 2019

Humans Aren’t Inherently Destroying the Planet — Capitalism Is by Robert R. Raymond, Truthout, 18 November 2019

Against Economics by David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, 21 November 2019 (5 December 2019)

Labour Is Going to Transform Britain by Tariq Ali, Jacobin, 20 November 2019

Trump’s New Policy on Israeli Settlements Is Illegal and Self-Serving by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 20 November 2019

The Swedish case against Assange was always political by

The Prosecution of Julian Assange Calls for the Public Defense of Free Speech by Nozomi Hayase,, 21 November 2019

“I Was Fired for Helping Julian Assange, and I Have No Regrets” by Fidel Narvaez, ZNet, 20 November 2019


20 November

Collapse of Swedish “sexual misconduct” frame-up exposes political conspiracy against Assange by Oscar Grenfell, World Socialist Web Site, 20 November 2019

Now That Assange Is Safely Locked Up, Sweden Drops Its “Investigation” by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 20 November 2019

Assange given unsuitable prison computer to work on his extradition case, court hears, Morning Star, 18 November 2019

The Roger Stone – Wikileaks – Russia Hoax by Craig Murray, 18 November 2019

Boris Johnson Must Waive Any Claim of Immunity for Prince Andrew by Craig Murray, 18 November 2019

The Saker Interviews Michael Hudson about Baltic countries, Defend Democracy Press, 18 November 2019

TRT: Palestine Chronicle Editor Discusses US Decision on Illegal Jewish Settlements, The Palestine Chronicle, 19 November 2019 (video)

Ratired CIA analyst explains Israel's destructive role in US policies by Ray McGovern, Information Clearing House, 19 November 2019 (video)

The OAS Lied to the Public About the Bolivian Election and Coup by Mark Weisbrot, Common Dreams, 19 November 2019


19 November

25 Times Trump Has Been Dangerously Hawkish On Russia by Caitlin Johnstone, Consortium News, 19 November 2019

Alleged abuses by British army in Iraq and Afghanistan highlights total failures in both wars by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 18 November 2019

Palestinians slam US policy reversal on Israeli settlements, Al Jazeera, 18 November 2019

No One in Israel Knew They Were Committing a Massacre, and They Didn't Care by Gideon Levy, Information Clearing House, 18 November 2019

Iran: Economic Blockade and Crowd Protests were also How the US made the 1953 Coup by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, 18 November 2019

'Pinochet-Style Dictatorship': Bolivia's Coup Government Threatens to Arrest Leftist Lawmakers and Journalists by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 18 November 2019

A massive scandal: how Assange, his doctors, lawyers and visitors were all spied on for the U.S. by Stefania Maurizi, La Repubblica, 18 November 2019

Tomgram: William Hartung, Trumping the Arms Market,, 17 November 2019

Fueling Concerns of Approaching Catastrophic 'Tipping Point,' Deforestation of Brazilian Amazon Hit Highest Level in Decade by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 19 November 2019

Global climate treaty is not working by Tim Radford, MR Online, 18 November 2019

China, USA and the Geopolitics of Lithium by F. William Engdahl, Global Research, 19 November 2019

Book Review: The Russia Anxiety by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 18 November 2019

It’s not just Boris Johnson’s lying. It’s that the media let him get away with it by Peter Oborne, The Guardian, 18 November 2019


18 November

How to Save the Planet and Ourselves by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 18 November 2019

Why Are We in Ukraine? by Stephen F. Cohen, Information Clearing House, 16 November 2019

Trump Engaged in Witness Tampering During Ambassador’s Testimony by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 16 November 2019

International Solidarity With the Kurds Energizes Revolution on the Ground by Shane Burley, Truthout, 17 November 2019

The great Indian basic income debate by Vanya Mehta, openDemocracy, 14 November 2019

“Spanish feminism’s own history makes it ahead of its time” by Piar ALvarez, El País in English, 14 November 2019

The Fragile Boris Johnson by Craig Murray, 15 November 2019

A Hard Case: Victor Serge’s Notebooks: 1936-1947 by J. Hoberman, The Point, 14 November 2019


17 November

The Hugely Important OPCW Scandal Keeps Unfolding. Here’s Why No One’s Talking About It by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 17 November 2019

OAS involvement in Bolivia precipitated the coup by Kevin Cashman, MR Online, 16 November 2019

Western Media Whitewash Bolivia’s Far-Right Coup by Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz, FAIR, 15 November 2019

CodePink Founder Medea Benjamin Threatened with Arrest After Protesting U.S. Foreign Interventions, Democracy Now! 14 November 2019 (video and transcript)

A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq by Reese Erlich, ZNet, 16 November 2019

The son of Julian Assange’s judge is linked to an anti-data leak company created by the UK intelligence establishment by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Daily Maverick, 15 November 2019

The Catalan crisis is key to the rise of the Spanish far right by

Technology will never replace human judgment. Look at football... by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 16 November 2019


16 November

Bolivia’s New Puppet Regime Wastes No Time Aligning With US Foreign Policy by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 16 November 2019

When an Elected Government Falls in South America, as in Bolivia, Look For a US Role by Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch, 15 November 2019

Oppose the Military Coup in Bolivia. Spare Us Your “Critiques” by Joe Emersberger, CounterPunch, 14 November 2019

As Lula Emerges From Prison, US Media Ignore How Washington Helped Put Him There by Brian Mier, Common Dreams, 15 November 2019

CN Live! Episode 18: Impeachment, Assange, Brazil and Bolivia, Consortium News, 15 November 2019

Arbuthnot Out as Assange’s Judge, Says Wikileaks Lawyer Jen Robinson, Consortium News, 16 November 2019

Erdogan’s ethnic cleansing of the Kurds is still happening now – and we have Trump to thank by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 15 November 2019

The OPCW and Douma: Chemical Weapons Watchdog Accused of Evidence-Tampering by Its Own Inspectors by Jonathan Steele, CounterPunch, 15 November 2019

'Grand American Tradition of Immunizing Its War Criminals' Continues as Trump Pardons US Soldiers by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 16 November 2019

The UK’s Macabre Final Election by Craig Murray, Consortium News, 15 November 2019


15 November

Morales: Bolivia Suffers an Assault on the Power of the People. Self Appointed “President Jeanine Añez by Nino Pagliccia, Global Research, 15 November 2019

Bolivia Does Not Exist by Vijay Prashad, Consortium News, 14 November 2019

'They Choked Me. They Threw Me Down.': CodePink's Medea Benjamin Assaulted by Right-Wing Venezuelan Opposition and Threatened With Arrest by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 14 November 2019

Julian Assange’s judge and her husband’s links to the British military establishment exposed by WikiLeaks by Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard, Daily Maverick, 14 November 2019

Narrative Managers in Overdrive After Death of White Helmets Founder by Caitlin Johnstone, Consortium News, 13 November 2019

Michael Lynk’s UN report on Israeli settlements speaks the truth – but the world refuses to listen by Robert Fisk, Independent, 14 November 2019

US & Israel Cast Lone UN Votes Against Historic Peace Measures by Ben Norton, Consortium News, 14 November 2019

Ukraine For Dummies by Ray McGovern, Consortium News, 14 November 2019

The Link Between US Militarism and the Climate Crisis by Phyllis Bennis, ZNet, 15 November 2019

'Beginning of the End of Climate-Wrecking Fossil Fuel Finance': World's Largest Public Bank Ditches Oil and Coal by Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, 14 November 2019

Tomgram: Michael Klare, A World in Which All Hell Is Breaking Loose,, 14 November 2019

The Tories can’t win without the press. This isn’t how democracy works by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 15 November 2019


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, 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

Preparing 22 Nov

A letter to intellectuals who deride revolutions in the name of purity by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Ana Maldonado, Pilar Troya Fernández, and Vijay Prashad, MR Online, 20 November 2019

Direct democracy and the passion for political participation by Yavor Tarinski, Eve Olney, ROAR, 19 November 2019

Impeach the Government: Rogue Agencies Have Been Abusing Their Powers for Decades by John W. hitehead, Information Clearing House, 19 November 2019

We Have a Congress of Cowards by Ralph Nader, Truthdig, 19 November 2019

‘Englishness’ was never enough to build a nation on by Alex Niven, The Guardian, 20 November 2019








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