Media Watch

“… media professionals have long played a crucial role in the protection of private power by maintaining the illusion that members of the public are offered an ‘ímpartial' and wide selection of facts, opinions and perspectives from which any individual can derive his or her own well-informed world view.” - David Cromwell, Why Are We The Good Guys? Reclaiming Your Mind From the Delusions of Propaganda


Suggested reading:


20 August

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault by John J. Mearsheimer, Foreign Affairs, September/October 2014

Tomgram: William Astore, The Bomber Will Always Get Funded -- and Used,, 19 August 2014

Ferguson: breaking out of post-racial hypnosis George Ciccariello-Maher interviewed by Anna Curcio and Lenora Hanson,, 19 August 2014

How the Islamic state became the juggernaut it is today by Patrick Cockburn, VICE, 19 August 2014

The New Japanese Nationalism by Kristin Surak, Jacobin, 19 August 2014

Julian Assange and Extradition by Binoy Kampmark, CounterPunch, 19 August 2014

"The Violence of Organized Forgetting" by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 19 August 2014

Socialisms? by Michael Albert, teleSUR, 18 August 2014


19 August

"Peak Water," Methane Blowholes and Ice-Free Arctic Cruises: The Climate Crisis Deepens by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, 18 August 2014

The Islamic State: a monster US empire created by Jerome Roos,, 18 August 2014

Israel proves that British arms export safeguards are worthless by David Wearing, openDemocracy, 18 August 2014

In Ferguson the violence of the state created the violence of the street by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 18 August 2014

A Movement Grows in Ferguson by Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 17 August 2014

Rebellion in Ferguson: A Rising Heat in the Suburbs by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 17 August 2014

Did Iran Just Knife Putin in the Back? by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 18 August 2014

Why have the media and Obama administration gone silent on MH17? by Niles Williamson, World Socialist Web Site, 18 August 2014

The Powerful ‘Group Think' on Ukraine by Robert Parry,, 18 August 2014

Kiev Must Show Compassion to Eastern Ukraine by Natalia Antonova, The Moscow Times, 18 August 2014


18 August

Peace by peace by Jan Oberg, RT, 17 August 2014 (video)

Putin's Food Ban Splits EU on Wisdom of Russia Sanctions by Alexander Panin, The Moscow Times, 17 August 2014

In The West Respect for Truth No Longer Exists by Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House, 17 August 2014

From Cairo, a belated obituary for Bassem Mohsen by Philip Rizk,, 17 August 2014

The new PKK: unleashing a social revolution in Kurdistan by Rafael Taylor,, 17 August 2014

Julian Assange has had his human rights violated, says Ecuador foreign minister by Esther Addley, The Guardian, 17 August 2014

From the archives: Illusions of identity by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 18 August 2014


17 August

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 17 August 2014

"Thy pulled me back in..." by Eric Margolis,, 16 August 2014

Obama opened the door to ISIS and is architect of chaos in Iraq, Syria and Libya by Jeffrey Sachs, Stop the War, 15 August 2014

Israeli Genocide and its Willing Accomplices, by James Petras by James Petras, Algérie Résistance, 16 August 2014

Vanishing point … by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 15 August 2014

Mass Killing in East Ukraine and the Failure of Liberal Intellectuals by Joshua Tartakovsky,, 16 August 2014

Activists & National Authorities Create Regional Councils for “Communal Governance” in Venezuela by Ewan Robertson,, 15 August 2014


16 August

The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy, But You'll Never Hear About It in Our 'Free Press' by Noam Chomsky, AlterNet, 15 August 2014

Iraq crisis: The ultimate power struggle – why Nouri al-Maliki had to go by Patrick Cockburn, The Indepedent, 15 August 2014

Eyeless in Gaza by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 16 August 2014

Obama, Zuma and the Washington-Pretoria-Tel Aviv Relay by Patrick Bond, ZNet, 15 August 2014

In Defense of the Ferguson Riots by Robert Stephens II, Jacobin, 14 August 2014

Is Worker Ownership a Way Forward for Market Basket? by Gar Alperovitz, Truthout, 11 August 2014

US Corporate Tax ‘Inversions', Shadow Banks, & the New Global Finance Capital Elite by Jack Rasmus, teleSUR, 13 August 2014

England, Do Not Be Afraid by Adam Ramsay, Ne Left Project, 15 August 2014


15 August

When Will the Europeans Wake Up? by Paul Craig Roberts, CounterPunch, 14 August 2014

The Ukraine, Corrupted Journalism, and the Atlanticist Faith by Karel van Wolferen, The Unz Review, 14 August 2014

Gaza, Ukraine and US preparations for urban warfare by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 14 August 2014

Isis makes further advances in Syria while West vacillates over Iraq by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 14 August 2014

Why Obama is bombing the Caliph by Pepe Escobar, RT, 12 August 2014

Yazidis Weren't Stranded, Pentagon Looks for Other Missions by Jason Ditz,, 13 AUgust 2014

One Year After Egypt's Rab'a Massacre by Medea Benjamin, ZNet, 14 August 2014

Chomsky: Calling for change on US support for Israel, Al Jazeera, 12 August 2014

The Militarization of U.S. Police: Finally Dragged Into the Light by the Horrors of Ferguson by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 14 AUgust 2014

Tomgram: Matthew Harwood, One Nation Under SWAT,, 14 August 2014

Catalonia vs Spain, a clash of two nationalisms by Patrice de Beer, openDemocracy, 14 August 2014

The case for Trident is absurd. Scotland may help us get rid of it by Simon Jenkins, The Guardian, 15 August 2014

From the archives: Ornamentalism by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 15 August 2014


14 August

Another war in Iraq won't fix the disaster of the last by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, 13 August 2014

A European green light to kill, destroy and pulverize Gaza by Amira Hass, ZNet, 13 August 2014

Israel's Turn to the Right: The Occupier Devours Itself by Jerome Roos, teleSUR, 11 August 2014

Tomgram: Sandy Tolan, Going Wild in the Gaza War,, 12 August 2014

Noam Chomsky on BDS and How the Israeli Occupation is "Much Worse Than Apartheid", Democracy Now! 11 August 2014 (video and transcript)

Blood on Tony Blair's hands yet again as Egyptian dictator accused of mass murder, Stop the War, 13 August 2014

What Do the World Bank and IMF Have to Do With the Ukraine Conflict? by Frederic Mousseau, Inter Press Service, 12 Agust 2014

The Berlin Wall and Missed Opportunities by Ray McGovern,, 13 August 2014

Snowden Reveals NSA Program Described as 'Last Straw' Before Leak by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, 13 August 2014

A century of royals looking sad in expensive hats doesn't take away the horror of WWI by Laurie Penny, New Statesman, 14 August 2014

Independence without borders: foreword to "42 reasons to support Scottish independence" by Hilary Wainwright, openDemocracy, 12 August 2014


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, Mark Curtis, Robert Fisk, Susan George, Misha Glenny, David Graeber, Glenn Greenwald, Robin Hahnel, Edward Herman, Diana Johnstone, Naomi Klein, Gabriel Kolko, Moshé Machover, Kenan Malik, István Mészáros, John Pilger, Hannu Reime, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Jeremy Seabrook, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn

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