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:


18 February

Julian Assange Must Be Freed, Not Betrayed by John Pilger, Consortium News, 17 February 2020

Doctors For Assange Ratchet Up Pressure, Consortium News, 17 February 2020

Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 17 February 2020

While demanding Assange, US refuses to extradite CIA agent who killed British teen by Alex Rubinstein, The Grayzone, 18 February 2020

State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as ‘state-backed’ by Alex Rubinstein, The Grayzone, 13 February 2020

The Escalating Class War Against Bernie Sanders by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, 17 February 2020

Profiting from loss: how business in illegal Israeli settlements continues unchecked by Jonathan Cook, The National, 18 February 2020

Part Four of ‘UkraineGate – Inconvenient Facts’ by Olivier Berruyer, Consortium News, 17 February 2020 (video)


17 February

The New Rules of the Game by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 17 February 2020

Bloomberg's billions and the politics of oligarchy by Patrick Martin, World Socialist Web Site, 17 February 2929

US threatens Europe over Huawei at Munich Security Conference by Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site, 17 February 2929

Mistrial Is Another Blow to US Coup in Venezuela by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Global Research, 17 February 2020


16 February

Deportations to Jamaica, the Shamima Begum case and Windrush betray a woeful regard for the notion of citizenship by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 16 February 2020

Science is ever evolving, just like the human race by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 16 February 2020

Ireland's shock poll result was a vote against the success of globalisation by Fintan O'Toole, The Guardian, 16 February 2020

Trump's Acquittal Has Ushered in a New Era of McCarthyist Purges by Sasha Abramsky, Truthout, 16 February 2020

Assange's Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Anti-War Movement by Nozomi Hayase, Common Dreams, 16 February 2020


15 February

Sinn Fein's election victory is Ireland's 'Brexit moment' when left-out voters turn on the elite by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 15 February 2020

Democracy vs. Dictatorship: Don't Let Bloomberg Muddy That Choice by Laura Flanders, Common Dreams, 15 February 2020

Sanders Applauds New Medicare for All Study: Will Save Americans $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Unnecessary Deaths Every Year, Common Dreams, 15 February 2020

The IDF Spokesman Announces: Continue to Shoot Palestinian Children by Gideon Levy, Information Clearing House, 15 February 2020

Alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower Joshua Schulte on trial in New York by Oscar Grenfell, World Socialist Web Site, 15 February 2929


14 February

Can the World's Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War? by Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies, Common Dreams, 13 February 2020

The blockade, a weapon that causes more death than war by Carmen Esquivel, MR Online, 12 February 2020

Tomgram: Engelhardt, War Addicts, Inc.,, 13 February 2020

Report: U.S. Military Rarely Visits Bomb Sites or Talks to Survivors When Investigating Civilian Deaths by Nick Turse, The Intercept, 13 February 2020

It's time to reclaim Syria's road to recovery by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 13 February 2020

China's Economy Is Powerful, But Deeply Vulnerable by Walden Bello. Foreign Policy in Focus, 13 February 2020

Ireland's Left Turn by Daniel Finn, Jacobin, 13 February 2020

Time Warp UK by Craig Murray, 14 February 2020

Climate Crisis Could Cause a Third of Plant and Animal Species to Disappear Within 50 Years: Study by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 14 February 2020

Menace on the Menu in Post-EU Britain by Colin Todhunter, CounterPunch, 14 February 2020

We Should Be Wary of Blaming Overpopulation for the Climate Crisis by Heather Alberro, Consortium News, 12 February 2020

Communists for God by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 13 February 2020

Worker self-directed enterprises: the cure for capitalism by Kevin Gustafson, ROAR, 8 February 2020

‘Burned At The Stake' – The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Demolishes The Fake Claims Targeting Julian Assange by David Edwards, Media Lens, 13 February 2020

Accusing US of Crimes Against Humanity, Venezuela Calls on ICC to Investigate Sanctions by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, 12 February 2020

Mistrial in Trump admin's biased case against Venezuelan embassy protectors is win for sovereignty by Leonardo Flores, The Grayzone, 14 February 2020

Debate and Vituperation by Michael Albert, ZNet, 13 February 2020


13 February

The Belief That Everything Will Be Fine Once Trump's Gone Is More Dangerous Than Trump,, 13 February 2020

Marie Yovanovitch: former ambassador warns of ‘amoral' US foreign policy by Julian Borger, The Guardian, 13 February 2020

Bernie Sanders Isn't a Radical—He's a Pragmatist Who Fights to Un-rig the System by Mark Weisbrot, Common Dreams, 12 February 2020

'Surprised, No. Disgusted, Yes': Study Shows Deepwater Horizon Oil Spread Much Further Than Previously Known by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, 12 February 2020

'The Saddest Thing Is That This Won't Be Breaking News': Concentration of CO2 Hits Record High of 416 ppm by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 12 February 2020

These three post-Brexit bills bulldoze a hole through environmental protections by Fiona Harvey: The Guardian, 12 February 2020

UN publishes list of firms profiting from Israeli war crimes by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 12 February 2020

Breaking with Washington: Arabs and Muslims Must Take a Stance for Palestine by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chroncle, 12 February 2020

Antisemitism threats will keep destroying Labour, Jonathan Cook Blog, 12 February 2020

The blockade, a weapon that causes more death than war by Carmen Esquivel, MR Online, 12 February 2020

Bolivia: An election in the midst of an ongoing coup by Vijay Prashad, MR Online, 12 February 2020

British man sleeping on streets in Europe after being blocked from entering UK by May Bulman and Jon Stone, Independent, 12 February 2020

As repression rises in Russia, so does solidarity by Yan Shenkman, openDemocracy, 13 February 2020


12 February

Trump's budget proposal: A new offensive in the social counterrevolution by Eric London, World Socialist Web Site, 12 February 2020

Tomgram: William Hartung, Are Military-Funded Jobs a Key to Election 2020?, 11 February 2020

Exclusive: Trump-linked religious ‘extremists' target women with disinformation worldwide by Claire Provost and Nandini Archer, openDemocracy, 10 February 2020

What will 2020 bring? Finding our way in a more polarised world by Richard McNeil Willson, openDemocracy, 3 February 2020

‘These Chains Will Be Broken': Ramzy Baroud's Book on Palestinian Prisoners – Book Review by Michael Lescher, The Palestine Chroncle, 10 February 2020

Exclusive: New leaks shatter OPCW's attacks on Douma whistleblowers by Aaron Maté, The Grayzone, 11 February 2020

Labour attempts to rig internal election by Asa Winstanley, The Electronic Intifada, 11 February 2020

Venezuelan Communards meet to organize national movement by Ricardo Vaz, MR Online, 11 February 2020

Spaniard at center of Julian Assange spying accusations claims ambassador ordered espionage by José María Irujo, El País in English, 11 February 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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