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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24 January

Naomi Klein, Alicia Garza, Ralph Nader & Others Respond to Trump's "America First" Inaugural Address, Democracy Now! 23 January 2017 (video and transcript)

Normalizing Donald Trump’s Authoritarianism Is Not an Option by Henry A. Giroux, Truthdig, 23 January 2017

America: Banana Republic? Far Worse by Norman Pollack, CounterPunch, 23 January 2017

America’s Putin Derangement Syndrome by Daniel Lazare,, 23 January 2017

State-Sanctioned Torture in the Age of Trump by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 23 January 2017

Trump withdraws from Trans-Pacific Partnership amid flurry of orders by David Smith, The Guardian, 23 January 2017

Will Trump hop on an American Silk Road? by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 23 January 2017

Palestine in the Age of Trump

Yemen death toll has reached 10,000, UN says by

In Umm al-Hiran, it is 'a continuing Nakba' by Jonathan Cook, Al Jazeera, 22 January 2017

Syria peace talks begin in Kazakhstan with Russia taking centre stage by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 23 January 2017

Government 'tried to bury' its own alarming report on climate change by Ian Johnston and Tom Batchelor, Independent, 23 January 2017

The leave vote isn’t sacrosanct. Labour should say so by Jonathan Steele, The Guardian, 23 January 2017


23 January

Revolt Is the Only Barrier to a Fascist America by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 22 January 2017

Chris Hedges Speaks at The Women's March in Washington DC, Truthdig, 22 January 2017 (video)

Women's March Outshines the Inauguration by Katie Klabusich and Zach Roberts, Truthout, 22 January 2017

We need an alternative to Trump's nationalism. It isn't the status quo by Yanis Varoufakis, The Guardian, 22 January 2017

Trump will try to smash the China-Russia-Iran triangle ... here’s why he will fail by Pepe Escobar, South China Morning Post, 22 January 2017

How Clinton Defeat Derailed Syrian War by Gareth Porter,, 22 January 2017

Dear Donald Trump: A letter from Palestine by Issa Amro, Al Jazeera, 17 January 2017

Perfidious Albion and Israel-Palestine by Avi Shlaim, Al Jazeera, 19 January 217

Palestinians will need more than unity to save them by Jonathan Cook, The National, 22 January 2017

India, Death by Demonetization: “Financial Genocide”, The Crime of the Century by Peter Koenig, Global Research, 20 January 2017

Are the people good enough? by Benjamin Ramm, openDemocracy, 16 January 2017


22 January

American Carnage: The Obscenity of Trump's Inauguration by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, 21 January 2017

Six Things We Should Do Better As Everything Gets Worse by David Swanson, ZNet, 21 January 2017

Translating Trump’s Inaugural Speech From the Original German by Juan Cole, Common Dreams, 21 January 2017

On First Full Day as President, Trump Attacks the Press by Nika Knight, Common Dreams, 21 January 2017

Trump's first speech in office was unapologetic appeal to nationalism by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 20 January 2017

Donald Trump’s mission? To keep the US in the fossil age by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 19 January 2017

Selectivity in Trashing Trump by Robert Parry,, 21 January 2017

Being There by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 21 January 2017

Trump and the Media by Craig Murray, 21 January 2017

Faces of Aleppo by Jan Oberg, 21 January 2017


21 January

Naomi Klein on Trump Election: "This is a Corporate Coup d’État", Democracy Now! 20 January 2017 (video and transcript)

Donald Trump's presidency-by-tweet will be bad for Muslims, but great for Isis by Robert Fisk, Independent, 20 January 2017

Why the rise of Donald Trump and Isis have more in common than you might think by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 20 January 2017

Trump’s Attack on America by Christopher D. Cook, Common Dreams, 20 January 2017

Here's How the Trump Presidency Will Play Out by Pepe Escobar, Sputnik, 19 January 2017

Trump is the culmination of an invisible war on the world’s women by Nafeez Ahmed, Insurge Intelligence, 20 January 2017

Obama Admits Gap in Russian ‘Hack’ Case by Ray McGovern,, 20 January 2017

Swedes' Russophobia Explained by Swedish History Professor, Sputnik, 20 January 2017


20 January

Noam Chomsky on the Long History of US Meddling in Foreign Elections by C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout, 19 January 2017

Militant Hope in the Age of Trump by Henry A. Giroux, ZNet, 19 January 2017

A Trump presidency could have been avoided if Clinton had only listened to American Arabs by Robert Fisk, Independent, 19 January 2017

How the NYT Plays with History by Robert Parry,, 19 January 2017

Women's March Against Trump Turns Into Global Day of Action by Nika Knight, Common Dreams, 19 January 2017

Julian Assange confirms he is willing to travel to US after Manning decision by Robert Booth and Alice Ross, The Guardian, 19 January 2017

Stunning Admission from Obama on Wikileaks by Craig Murray, 19 January 2017

Facebook censors RT: the information war has begun by Adam Garrie, The Duran, 19 January 2017

The Fourth Estate and The Twilight of Liberal Democracy, Part One by

Trump, Kissinger and Ma Playing on a Crowded Chessboard by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider, 17 January 2017

Rashid Khalidi: Obama's Condemnation of Israeli Occupation Doesn't Match His Last 8 Years in Office, Democracy Now! 19 January 2017 (video and transcript)

Is Europe Heading for a “Lexit”? by Conn Hallinan, CounterPunch, 19 January 2017

Back to 1971: she may not frighten Europe but the prime minister frightens me by Anthony Barnett, openDemocracy, 18 January 2017

Let America be America again by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 19 January 2017 (poems)


19 January

Jeremy Scahill on Obama's Commutation of Chelsea Manning & Continued Demonization of Edward Snowden, Democracy Now! 18 January 2017 (video and transcript)

Julian Assange will not hand himself in because Chelsea Manning's release won't happen immediately, lawyer says by Andrew Griffin, Independent, 18 January 2017

The Ugly Specter of Torture and Lies by Jonathan Marshall,, 18 January 2017

Obama’s Bombing Legacy by Nicolas J S Davies,, 18 January 2017

Samantha Power Can See Russia from Her Padded Cell by David Swanson, CounterPunch, 19 January 2017

Infinite Jest: Liberals Laughing All the Way to Hell by Chris Floyd, CounterPunch, 18 January 2017

I Have Come to the Conclusion the Country Does Not Need a CIA by John Kiriakou, Information Clearing House, 17 January 2017

The Trump Team Is Hell-Bent on Threatening World Security by Escalating Against Iran by Vijay Prashad, AlterNet, 17 January 2017

The Balancing Act is Over: What Elor Azaria Taught Us about Israel by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 18 January 2017

Violence: the language of the Jewish state, Jonathan Cook Blog, 18 January 2017

Believe it or not, Barack Obama had Israel's best interest at heart by Avi Shlaim, The Guardian, 17 January 2017

‘A cat in hell’s chance’ – why we’re losing the battle to keep global warming below 2C by Andrew Simms, The Guardian, 29 January 2017

Violence: the language a Jewish state
Violence: the language a Jewish state

2014 Was Hottest Year Ever Recorded. Then It Was 2015. Now It's 2016. by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 18 January 2017

Global helmsman Xi Jinping steps up with charm offensive by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 17 January 2017


18 January

Julian Assange ready for US extradition, one of his lawyers suggests by Matthew Weaver, The Guardian, 18 Janauary 2017

Edward Snowden allowed to stay in Russia for two more years by Alexander Winning, Independent, 18 January 2017

Supporters 'Ecstatic' After Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence by Nika Knight, Comon Dreams, 17 January 2017

Manning and the Gangster State by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 17 January 2017

Chris Hedges on How the ‘Deep State' Will Influence the Trump Presidency, RT/Truthdig, 17 January 2017 (text and video)

Noam Chomsky: The Republican Party Is Calling for the Virtual Destruction of the Species, Truthdig, 17 January 2017 (video)

Why Did the US Drop 26,171 Bombs on the World Last Year? by Greg Grandin, The Nation, 15 January 2017

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Twenty-First-Century Armageddons,, 17 January 2017

Inequality (III): Less Employment… and More ‘Junk' Jobs by Baher Kamal, Inter Press Service, 18 January 2017

If Brexit is about British sovereignty, why didn't Theresa May make her speech in Parliament? by AC Grayling, Independent, 17 January 2017

The solidarity ecosystems of occupied factories by Liam Barrington-Bush, ROAR, 16 January 2017

Left-wing populism and the feminization of politics by Laura Roth, Kate Shea Baird, ROAR, 13 January 2017

Peer-to-peer: a new opportunity for the left by Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis, ROAR, 12 January 2017


17 January

Journalist, film-maker and author John Pilger gives the best description of Obama's presidency you will ever hear by Alex Christoforou, RT/The Duran, 16 January 2017 (text and video)

The Issue Is Not Trump, It's Us by John Pilger, teleSUR, 16 January 2017

La la liberals showcase Obama and play supporting role to the Deep State by John Hilley, Zenpolitics, 16 January 2017

Jeremy Corbyn Accused of Being Russian “Collaborator” for Questioning NATO Troop Build-Up on Border by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 16 January 2017

Why Millennials Aren't Afraid of Socialism by Julia Mead, The Nation, 10 January 2017

Inequality (II): “It Will Take 170 Years for Women to Be Paid as Men Are” by Baher Kamal, Inter Press Service, 17 January 2017

Global Sea Ice Hits Lowest Levels 'Probably in Millenia' by Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams, 16 January 2017

The Paris peace conference was beyond useless – everyone knows a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine is impossible now by Robert Fisk, Independent, 16 January 2017

Why Palestinian children throw stones, Jonathan Cook Blog, 16 January 2017

Germany comes to terms with its forgotten Namibian death camps by David Olusoga, The Guardian, 15 January 2017

The Legacy of Eleanor Marx by Harrison Fluss & Sam Miller, Jacobin, 16 January 2017



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

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