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

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17 January

Vladimir Putin Prepares His Succession by Gilbert Doctorow,, 17 January 2020

Much ado about nothing? by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 16 January 2020

Iran has been changed forever by admitting its great mistake – yet the west ignores its own deceits by Robert Fisk, Independent, 16 January 2020

Champion assassinator by Moshé Machover, Weekly Worker, 16 January 2020

Assange’s French legal advisor Juan Branco: “We’ve experienced a strong shift that we now need to nurture” by Oscar Grenfell, World Socialist Web Site, 16 January 2020

Short of Time: Julian Assange at the Westminster Magistrates Court by Binoy Kampmark, CounterPunch, 16 January 2020

Westminster Cannot Block Scottish Independence by Craig Murray, 14 January 2020

Spain’s Foreign Ministry approves reopening of Catalan ‘embassies’ by Lucía Abellán and Camilo S. Baquero, El País in English, 17 January 2020

Barcelona announces €563 million plan to reduce greenhouse gases by Clara Blanchar, El País in English, 16 January 2020

Madrid Central scheme sees city pollution fall to 10-year low by Miguel Ángel Medina, El País in English, 15 January 2020

Gone Fishing? No Fish but Plenty of Pesticides and a Public Health Crisis by Colin Todhunter, CounterPunch, 17 January 2020

'Scale of This Failure Has No Precedent': Scientists Say Hot Ocean 'Blob' Killed One Million Seabirds by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 16 January 2020

The impeachment trial begins as Trump escalates fascistic appeals by Patrick Martin, World Socialist Web Site, 17 January 2020


16 January

'Unquestionably Alarming Signs': New Data Confirms Earth Just Had Hottest Decade on Record by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 15 January 2020

Analysis of 30 Years of Single-Payer Research Shows Medicare for All Would Absolutely Save US Money by Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, 15 January 2020

Study Shows Being Rich Buys 9 Extra Years of 'Healthy' Living in US and UK by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 15 January 2020

Th e Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’ by David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, 13 January 2020

Iranian Flight Crash Facts Not Adding Up by Russell Bentley, Information Clearing House, 14 January 2020

How Israel tortures Palestinians by Tamara Nassar, The Electronic Intifada, 15 January 2020

Governing Russia by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 15 January 2020

Western Media Coverage of Russia as an Exercise in Propaganda by Gilbert Doctorow,, 15 January 2020

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, One Cheer for the Deep State,, 14 January 2020

#CNNIsTrash Trends as Pushback Grows Against Oligarchic Election Meddling by Caitlin Johnstone, Consortium News, 15 January 2020

Not an inch: Indian students stand against the far-right by Vijay Prashad, MR Online, 15 January 2020

Catalan premier promises elections if he is removed from his role by Camilo S. Baquero, El País in English, 15 January 2020

From miners to ballerinas: France unites against Macron by Richard Greeman, ROAR, 15 January 2020

The prosecution of Julian Assange, the destruction of legality and the rise of the national security state by Richard Hoffman, World Socialist Web Site, 15 January 2020


15 January

‘A Political Meltdown for US Foreign Policy' by Elizabeth Vos, Consortium News, 14 January 2020

Will alleged CIA misbehavior set Julian Assange free? by James C. Goodale, The Hill, 13 January 2020

UK g overnment secretly funded Reuters in 1960s, 1970s by Joe Concha, Information Clearing House, 14 January 2020

European powers move toward scrapping nuclear treaty with Iran by Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site, 15 January 2020

Sealed Off and Forgotten: What You Should Know about Israel's ‘Firing Zones' in the West Bank by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 14 January 2020

CNN Moderators, Alarmed by Cost of Medicare for All, Ignore Price Tag of Endless War by Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, 14 January 2020

Like Adding 'Five to Six Hiroshima Bombs of Heat Each Second,' Study Shows Oceans Warming at Record Rate by Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, 14 January 2020

Driving into a city should become as antisocial as smoking by Gaby Hinsliff, The Guardian, 14 January 2020

An Interview with Embattled Catalan President Quim Torra by Thomas S. Harringtom, CounterPunch 14 January 2020

Catalan separatists take seats as EU lawmakers, promise to push secession by Thierry Chiarello, Johnny Cotton, Ashifa Kassam, Reuters, 13 January 2020


14 January

Our Country, the United States, is a Rogue Nation and Our Leaders are Criminals by Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch, 13 January 2020

Pompeo: Killing Soleimani Part of a ‘Broader Strategy' Applying to China, Russia by Jason Ditz,, 13 January 2020

Tomgram: Allegra Harpootlian, Droning the World,, 12 January 2020

Embracing Palestine: How to Combat Israel's Misuse of “Antisemitism” by Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch, 13 January 2020

Documentary Released Monday Sheds New Light on Ukrainegate by Olivier Berruyer, Consortium News, 13 January 2020 (video)

Under US pressure, social media companies censor critical content and suspend Venezuelan, Iranian, and Syrian accounts by Ben Norton, The Grayzone, 12 Januaery 2020

The War on the War on Cancer by Sharon Lerner, The Intercept, 12 January 2020

What Passes for Reality Is Not Worth Respecting by Vijay Prashad, ZNet, 13 January 2020

We Can't Cede Transparency to Liberals by Samuel Farber, Jacobin, 12 January 2020

The international witch-hunt of Julian Assange by Eric London and Thomas Scripps, World Socialist Web Site, 14 January 2020

20 books for 2020 by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 11 January 2020


13 January

The assassination of Qassem Suleimani and the criminalization of US state policy by Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site, 13 January 2020

Trump Admin. declares US an Occupying Power in Iraq, Puts US Troops in Jeopardy by Refusing to Leave by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, 12 January 2020

Juan Cole: U.S.-Iran Conflict Enters Unprecedented Territory with Assassinations & Military Attacks, Democracy Now! 8 January 2020 (video and transcript)

“Iran Must Begin Acting Like A Normal Nation,” Says Totally Normal Nation,, 13 January 2020

How Democracies Die by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 13 January 2020

Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, Who Went Through Kafkaesque Trial, Wins 2020 Sam Adams Award by Ray McGovern, Consortium News, 12 January 2020

Nordic countries at odds with EU over minimum wage by Daniel Boffey, The Guardian, 12 January 2020


12 January

Latest Episode in Juan Guaidó's Venezuela Regime-Change Reality Show by Leonardo Flores, Consortium News, 11 January 2020

For Western Press, the Only Coup in Venezuela Is Against Guaidó by Lucas Koerner, FAIR, 10 January 2020

A godsend for the regime by Yassamine Mather, Weekly Worker, 9 January 2020

How the US Runs Iraq by Eric Margolis, Common Dreams, 11 January 2020

10 Ways Trump's Actions Against Iran Hurt the US, the Region, and the World by Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies, Common Dreams, 10 January 2020

U.S. Now at War Against Iraq and Iran by Eric Zuesse, The Duran, 10 January 2020

What the US Wants in the Near East: an Interview With The Saker by Michael Hudson, CounterPunch, 10 January 2020

Paradise Islands and Boris Johnson's Hypocrisy by Brian Cloughley, CounterPunch, 10 January 2020

Mega Droughts Engulf Countries by Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, 10 January 2020

It's tempting to see India as a place apart. But it offers lessons for us all by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 11 January 2020

Left and right should learn to take a joke, not censor them by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 12 January 2020


11 January

Noam Chomsky: America Has Built a Global Dystopia by Robert Scheer, Truthdig, 10 January 2020

From a dysfunctional world order to a sustainable future: an interview with Richard Falk by by C.J. Polychroniou, MR Online, 9 January 2020

The current U.S. approach to nuclear weapons can only lead to armageddon—arms control provides the only path to peace by Prabir Purkayastha, MR Online, 8 January 2020

US and Israel escalate Middle East tensions in wake of Suleimani assassination by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 11 January 2020

The west is still buying into nonsense claims about Iran's regional influence by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 10 January 2020

So The US Is Invading Iraq Again,, 11 January 2020

US Refuses to Discuss Withdrawing Troops From Iraq by Jason Ditz,, 10 January 2020

Iran Admits Shooting Down Ukrainian Airliner ‘Unintentionally' by Jason Ditz,, 10 January 2020

'Completely Lawless President': Trump Reportedly Tried to Kill Another Top Iranian Commander on Same Day as Soleimani by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 10 January 2020

The Obama Administration Wrecked Libya for a Generation by Doug Bandow, The American Conservative, 10 January 2020

Come Home, America: Stop Policing the Globe and Put an End to Wars-Without-End by John W. Whitehead,, 11 January 2020

Trump Is Close to Committing a Massive War Crime in Afghanistan by Nick Turse, The Nation, 10 January 2020

Capitalism and the Gut-Wrenching Hijack of India by Colin Todhunter, Global Research, 9 January 2020

EU parliament stops recognising jailed Catalan separatist as lawmaker, Reuters, 10 January 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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