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:


3 December

This is why everything you've read about the wars in Syria and Iraq could be wrong by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 2 December 2016

Trump's Secretary of Defense Presided Over Slaughter of Civilians in Fallujah by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 2 December 2016

Bush's Iraq Lies, Uncontested, Will Haunt Us Under Trump by Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams, 2 December 2016

Orwell in Oslo: Nobel Institute Honors Kissinger (Again) and Brzezinski by Jan Oberg, CounterPunch, 1 December 2016

Bolivia Is in a Drought State of Emergency by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, 2 December 2016

How to Save the Planet From President Trump by Bill McKibben, Common Dreams, 2 December 2016

The Arabs Did It by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 3 December 2016

EU may fall apart due to failed neo-liberal policies – Noam Chomsky to RT, 30 November 2016

False Narratives, Not ‘Fake News,' Are the Real Cold-War Problem by Stephen F. Cohen, Russia Insider, 2 December 2016 (audio podcast)

CounterPunch as Russian Propagandists: the Washington Post's Shallow Smear by Joshua Frank, CounterPunch, 2 December 2016


2 December

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Most Dangerous Country on Earth,, 1 December 2016

Think Trump's scary now? Obama is leaving him with broad war powers by Trevor Timm, The Guardian, 29 November 2016

The Orwellian War on Skepticism by Robert Parry,, 1 December 2016

Why Chomsky and Zizek are wrong on the US elections by Hamiod Dabashi, Al Jazeera, 1 December 2016

The dangerous rise of the right: an interview with Noam Chomsky by Subi Shah, New Internationalist, 30 November 2016 (text and video)

The New York Times's Biased Obituary of Fidel Castro by Matt Peppe, CounterPunch, 30 Novdember 2016

The CIA and the Press: When the Washington Post Ran the CIA's Propaganda Network by Jeffrey St. Clair - Andrew Cockburn, CounterPunch, 30 Novdember 2016

Climate Change and the Coming 'Humanitarian Crisis of Epic Proportions' by Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, 1 December 2016

Does Aleppo prove that we westerners should keep the world's antiquities? by Robert Fisk, Independent, 1 December 2016


30 November

Frightened by Donald Trump? You don't know the half of it by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 30 November 2016

Trump Ponders Petraeus for Senior Job by Ray McGovern,, 30 November 2016

Lenin Comes to the White House? by Pepe Escobar, The Unz Review, 30 November 2016

Less Symbolism, More Action: Towards Meaningful Solidarity with Palestine by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 30 November 2016

After Abbas: Who does Israel want to lead Palestinians? by Jonathan Cook, Middle East Eye, 30 November 2016

This Is the End of Syria by Vijay Prashad, AlterNet, 30 November 2016

MPs reject move to investigate Tony Blair over Iraq by 369 votes by Jessica Elgot and Heather Stewart, The Guardian, 30 November 2016

UN ruling to free WikiLeaks' Assange to stand after British appeal rejected, RT, 30 November 2016

Why Britain needs a written constitution by Anthony Barnett, The Guardian, 30 November 2016


29 November

What Populism? Trump's America Is Party Time for the Corporate Elite by Robert Weisman, Common Dreams, 29 November 2016

US-backed “rebels” face rout in Aleppo by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 29 November 2016

Obama extends global reach of US Special Operations death squads by Patrick Martin, World Socialist Web Site, 29 November 2016

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The Swamp of War,, 29 November 2016

Intelligence experts urge Obama to end Edward Snowden's 'untenable exile' by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian, 29 November 2016

How I Produce Fake News for Russia by David Swanson, CounterPunch, 29 November 2016

Clinging to illusions – the blinkered elite who still think austerity works by Aditya Chakraborty, The Guardian, 29 November 2016

Barcelona's Brave Struggle to Advance the Commons by David Bolliwe, P2P Foundation, 29 November 2016


28 November

John Pilger: "I made this film to break a silence about nuclear war" by Alex Anfruns, Investig'action , 28 November 2016

Noam Chomsky: ‘Most Predictable Aspect of Trump Is Unpredictability'—It's ‘Very Dangerous', Al Jazeera/Truthdig , 28 November 2016 (video)

Trump and the One Percent: Making the Super-Rich Even Richer by Michael Hudson - Sharmini Peries, CounterPunch, 28 November 2016

Warmongers Headed for Showdown with Trump on Russia Détente by Stephen F. Cohen, Russia Insider, 28 November 2016 (podcast)

On Palestine, Obama and Trump Are All the Same by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 28 November 2016

How a Syrian White Helmets Leader Played Western Media by Gareth Porter, AlterNet, 28 November 2016

The fantasy at the centre of Israel's ‘muezzin bill' by Jonathan Cook, The National, 28 November 2016

How The Guardian continues to exclude Palestinians from its comment pages by Ben White, Middle East Monitor, 28 November 2016

Castro preserved Cuba's national sovereignty. Can it survive Trump? by Samuel Farber, The Guardian, 28 November 2016

How Indigenous Activists in Norway Got the First Bank to Pull Out of the Dakota Access Pipeline by Alexis Bonogofsky Truthout, 28 November 2016

Journalists Denounce WaPo Fake News Blacklist as Red Scare Redux by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, 28 November 2016

Confessions of an Alleged ‘Russian Propagandist': A Pentagon Hit? by Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch, 28 November 2016

UN Security Council Seats Taken by Arms Exporters by Lyndal Rowlands, Inter Press Service, 28 November 2016


27 November

Waiting for the Barbarians by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 27 November 2016

The Authoritarian Politics of Resentment in Trump's America by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout/Truthdig, 27 November 2016 (text and video)

Washington Post's ‘Fake News' Guilt by Robert Parry,, 27 November 2016

Reflections on the ‘Dispossessed' by Nicolas J S Davies,, 27 November 2016

The West's Shift Toward Repression by Annie Machon,, 27 November 2016

Is America ready for a municipalist movement? by Alexander Kolokotronis, ROAR, 27 November 2016

Superpower in war against Cuba for 50 years by Noam Chomsky, Defend Democracy Press, 27 November 2016

Threats between Erdogan and the European Union ring hollow – they need each other by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 27 November 2016

Tougher tactics would have ended Syrian war, claims the country's top intelligence general by Robert Fisk, Independent , 27 November 2016


26 November

Fidel Castro (1926-2016) by Samuel Farber, In These Times, 26 November 2016

Fidel Castro obituary by Richard Gott, The Guardian, 26 November 2016

Fidel Castro in context by Belen Fernandez, Al Jazeera, 26 November 2016

Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group by Ben Norton, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 26 November 2016

Chris Hedges Meets the Resistance at Standing Rock, Truthdig, 26 November 2016 (video)

The strange world of Paul Mason's liberal left wargaming by John Hilley, Zenpolitics, 26 November 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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