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:


29 June

What happened to the Podemos fairytale? by Miguel-Anxo Murado, The Guardian, 28 June 2016

Podemos plays blame game after poor performance at the polls by Francesco Manetto and Elsa García de Blas, El País in English, 28 June 2016

View from Brussels: all friends together or perhaps not by Jon Henley, The Guardian, 29 June 2016

Farage is now Britain's face at the EU: petty, unlovable, essentially terrified by Marina Hyde, The Guardian, 28 June 2016

Tomgram: Patrick Cockburn, An Endless Cycle of Indecisive Wars,, 28 June 2016

Why the Sanders "Revolution" Must Take on the Permanent War State by Gareth Porter, Truthout, 28 June 2016

Trading Places: Neocons and Cockroaches by Robert Parry,, 28 June 2016

Greg Palast on US Election Fraud and Neoliberalism Gone Amok in Latin America and Greece by Michael Nevradakis, Truthout, 27 June 2016

After 15 Years of Killing Journalists Pentagon Writes It Into Manual by Marko Marjanovic, Russia Insider, 26 June 2016

Edward Snowden Denounces Russia's New 'Big Brother' Surveillance Bill by David Z. Morris, Russia Insider, 27 June 2016

Chris Hedges Discusses Israeli Occupation With Israeli Journalist Amira Hass, RT/Truthdig, 27 June 2016 (video)

Turkey-Israel deal leaves Gaza siege intact by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 27 June 2016


28 June

How Europe’s leaders can fix the union by Fintan O'Toole, The Irish Times, 28 June 2016

After a campaign scarred by bigotry, it’s become OK to be racist in Britain by Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian, 28 June 2016

The global order is dying. But it’s an illusion to think Britain can survive without the EU by Paul Mason, The Guardian, 27 June 2016

Making Sense of Brexit: Paul Mason on Britain's Growing Economic & Political Crisis, Democracy Now! 27 June 2016 (video and transcript)

Too many heads stuck in the sand on Brexit, Jonathan Cook Blog, 27 June 2016

My father fought in WW1, and my mother learned Esperanto – this is what they would have thought of Brexit by Robert Fisk, Independent, 27 June 2016

Brexit: Establishment Freak Out by Robin Hahnel, CounterPunch, 27 June 2016

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote by Gregory Wilpert and Michael Hudson, CounterPunch, 27 June 2016

From Iraq to The Brexit Referendum: Tony Blair’s Toxic Legacy. Yes, He Should Stand Trial for War Crimes by Felicity Arbuthnot, Global Research, 24 June 2016

Europeans Contest US Anti-Russian Hype by Joe Lauria,, 27 June 2016

We Need A United Left by Michael Albert, ZNet, 27 June 2016

Too many heads stuck in the sand on Brexit

Noam Chomsky and the Invincible Sound of Listening video project by Danielle Agnello; article written by Thomas Hurt, The Huffington Post, 17 June 2016

Civil Society Under Serious Attack by Lyndal Rowlands, Inter Press Service, 27 June 2016


27 June

Spanish elections: renewed deadlock beckons as no party wins majority by Sam Jones, The Guardian, 27 June 2016

Brexit nerves help traditional Spanish parties by Sarah Morris, EU Observer, 27 June 2016

Brexit and the diseased liberal mind, Jonathan Cook Blog, 26 June 2016

Brexit and the diseased liberal mind
Brexit and the diseased liberal mind

The Brexit Shock – Now All Is Up in the Air! by Jan Oberg, Inter Press Service, 26 June 2016

Let’s look the Brexit dangers in the eye by Gabriel Levy, People and Nature, 25 June 2016

After the referendum: what we can do by Ewa Jasiewicz, People and Nature, 25 June 2016

Brexit fantasy is about to come crashing down by Fintan O'Toole, The Irish Times, 25 June 2016

Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 25 June 2016

Hot off Brexit, Vladimir Putin goes to China by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 26 June 2016

Fallujah, the 'resistance' city, is liberated yet again – for the fourth time in a decade by Robert Fisk, Independent, 26 June 2016

Robot Takeover? Get Creative, Chomsky Says by Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet, 26 June 2016

Noam Chomsky: We Are Suffering the Major Downside of Corporate Globalization by James Resnick, AlterNet, 24 June 2016


26 June

Why the British said no to Europe by John Pilger,, 25 June 2016

Britain is not a rainy, fascist island – here’s my plan for ProgrExit by Paul Mason, The Guardian, 25 June 2016

Israel should be deeply disturbed by the Brexit vote by Jonathan Cook, Mondoweiss, 25 June 2016

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The revolt of the fragments by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 25 June 2016

The Day After by James Galbraith, DiEM25, 25 June 2016

Brexit to hell by Vanessa Baird, New Internationalist, 24 June 2016

European Union’s Imperial Overreach by Jonathan Marshall,, 25 June 2016

Refugees and Migrants Wake Up to Brexit and Brace for What Comes Next by Sarah Lazare, AlterNet, 24 June 2016

There Is a Small but Real Possibility That Brexit Will Never Happen by Joshua Keating, Slate, 24 June 2016

The Future of Catalonia by Albert Botran and Boaz Vilallonga, Jacobin, 25 June 2016

Showing Their Hand by Clément Petitjean, Jacobin, 24 June 2016

The Second Coming? by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 25 June 2016

The Violence of Forgetting by Henry A. Giroux and Brad A. Bauerly, ZNet, 25 June 2016


25 June

Why the UK Said Bye Bye to the EU by Pepe Escobar, CounterPunch, 24 June 2016

Brexit won’t shield Britain from the horror of a disintegrating EU by Yanis Varoufakis, The Guardian, 24 June 2016

EU Authorities Should Pledge to Assure a Smooth Transition, Abandon Threats and Punishment, and Change Failed Economic Policies in Europe by Mark Weisbrot, CEPR, 24 June 2016

The sky has not fallen after Brexit but we face years of hard labour by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph, 24 June 2016

A ‘Brexit’ Blow to the Establishment by Robert Parry,, 24 June 2016

After Brexit, European Left Calls for 'Massive Political Opposition' by Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams, 24 June 2016

The English have placed a bomb under the Irish peace process by Fintan O'Toole, The Guardian, 24 June 2016

Brexit voters have more in common with Arab Spring protesters than they would like to think by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 24 June 2016

2008 All Over Again by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 24 June 2016

Revolts of the Debtors: From Socrates to Ibn Khaldun by Michael Hudson, CounterPunch, 24 June 2016

A basic income could be the best way to tackle inequality by Robert Skidelsky, The Guardian, 23 June 2016

What’s at Stake by Kathy Kelly, ZNet, 24 June 2016

How Severe Is Venezuela’s Crisis? by Gabriel Hetland, The Nation, 22 June 2016

Blame It on Rio: Politics, Propaganda, and the Weaponization of the Olympics by Eric Draitser, CounterPunch, 23 June 206

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics... and U.S. Africa Command,, 23 June 2016

Derailing Chilcot: The red herring of post-war planning in Iraq by Ian Sinclair, Middle East Eye, 23 June 2016


24 June

Parting Is Such Sweet Joy: Brexit Prevails! by Binoy Kampmark, CounterPunch, 24 June 2016

An unprecedented act of self-sabotage by Benjamin Ramm, openDemocracy, 24 June 2016

How did UK end up voting to leave the European Union? by Rowena Mason, The Guardian, 24 June 2016

Your EU vote is crucial because it won't count, Jonathan Cook Blog, 23 June 2016

Your EU vote is crucial because it won’t count
Your EU vote is crucial because it won’t count
Your EU vote is crucial because it won’t count

Brexit Referendum Is Non-Binding. UK Parliament Not Voters has Final Say by Stephen Lendman, Global Research, 23 June 2016

The Coming End of the EU-USA Military Industrial Complex?

EU referendum result: Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness calls for border poll on united Ireland after Brexit by Siobhan Fenton, Independent, 24 June 2016

The Slow Crash: When Global Economies are Run by Banks by

The decolonisation of Palestine by Moshé Machover, Weekly Worker, 23 June 2016

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’: How Israel Uses Water as a Weapon of War by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 22 June 2016

The relationship between Israel and Lebanon is deteriorating again - and it's civilians who will suffer by Robert Fisk, Independent, 23 June 2016

More than 1,200 die of starvation and illness at Nigeria refugee camp by Reuters, The Guardian, 23 June 2016

A Welcome Democratic Stand on Guns, But Are These the Bills We're Looking For? by Phyllis Bennis, Common Dreams, 23 June 2016


23 June

The UK is now two nations, staring across a political chasm by John Harris, The Guardian, 23 June 2016

‘Brexit’ might be the wake-up call Europe needs by Mark Weisbrot, ZNet, 22 June 2016

Is another Europe possible? Joe Guinan and Thomas M. Hanna, openDemocracy, 21 June 2016

The shocking waste of cash even leavers won’t condemn by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 21 June 2016

Spanish general election: United We Can knocking at the door by Dick Nichols, ZNet, 21 June 2016

With New Vision for Europe, Rising Podemos Threatens to Upend Establishment by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, 22 June 2016

Is the US Pursuing a Rogue Policy by Waging Undeclared War Against Russia? by Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, 22 June 2016 (text and audio)

New Cold War Feeds War Machine by Chuck Spinney,, 22 June 2016

US Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal by Marjorie Cohn,, 22 June 2016

Assassination attempt on head of Syrian Orthodox Church revives ghosts of massacres past by Robert Fisk, Independent, 21 June 2916

Bilderberg Seen Through the Looking Glass by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider, 22 June 2016


22 June

US Think Tanks Lost in Own Fantasy World of Russian Aggression and Imminent Collapse by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider, 21 June 2016

US Strategy For Russia - Wage War But Not Declare It by John Helmer, Russia Insider, 20 June 2016

Neocons Scheme for More ‘Regime Change’ by James W Carden,, 16 June 2016

Prominent US Citizen Diplomats Visiting Russia Criticize Regime Change Policy by Ray McGovern, Russia Insider, 20 June 2016

Seeking a Debate on ‘Regime Change’ Wars by Center for Citizen Initiatives,, 20 June 2016

America Trashes NATO Founding Act; Rushes Weapons To Russia’s Borders by Eric Zuesse,, 21 June 2016

Crimeans Recount Their Experiences When The West Took Ukraine by Eric Zuesse,, 20 June 2016

While the Rest of Us See Football Hooligans, the Guardian Sees Putin's 'Hybrid Warriors' by Bryan McDonald, Russia Insider, 20 June 2016

WPost’s ‘Agit-Prop’ for the New Cold War by Robert Parry,, 21 June 2016

Beyond the Brexit debate by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 21 June 2016

The European Dead End by Jean Bricmont, CounterPunch, 21 June 2016

Israel considers its demographic time bomb by Jonathan Cook, The National, 21 June 2016

Gideon Levy and Ilan Pappé discuss Israeli politics Westminster University, hosted by Dr Ruba Saleh, YouTube, 15 June 2016 (video)

Beyond strike and riot: the commune as a form-of-life by Joshua Clover, ROAR, 20 June 2016

The Fairy Tale Of The ‘Self-Questioning’ BBC by David Cromwell, Media Lens, 21 June 2016



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, Ahdaf Soueif, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn

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