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:


15 September

From India to Britain, every citizen is harmed by anti-migrant hostility by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 15 September 2019

‘Protecting the European way of life’ from migrants is a gift to the far right by Daniel Trilling, The Guardian, 13 September 2019

Maxime Bernier Attacked Greta Thunberg’s Autism. Naomi Klein Says Autism Made the Teen a Global Voice of Conscience by Naomi Klein, Common Dreams, 14 September 2019

German Study: Alarming Levels of Dangerous Plastics in Children's Bodies, Common Dreams, 14 September 2019

Will U.S. & Iran Resume Talks After John “Bomb Iran” Bolton Is Ousted as National Security Adviser? by Phyllis Bennis, Democracy Now! 12 September 2019 (video and transcript)

Post-9/11 Terrorism Watchlist of More Than 1 Million Judged Unconstitutional by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 13 September 2019

Israel caught Spying on Trump, White House by Juan Cole, ZNet, 14 September 2019

The Age of Constitutional Coups by Paul Street, CounterPunch, 13 September 2019

American Privilege by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 14 September 2019

“Beyond Obscene”: An Interview With Julian Assange’s Father John Shipton by Paul Gregoire, Sydney Criminal Lawyers, 12 September 2019

'If I Happen to Fall out of a Window, You Can Be Sure I Was Pushed' Interview with Edward Snowden by Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler, Der Spiegel, 13 September 2019

Self-immolation highlights controversy over cultural rights in Russia by Damelya Aitkhozhina, openDemocracy, 12 September 2019

Some of the Many Things Most Americans Never Heard About 9/11 by Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House, 11 September 2019

'An Ameica we refused to look at' by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 14 September 2019


14 September

Naomi Klein: 'We are seeing the beginnings of the era of climate barbarism' by

To Confront Climate Change, We Need an Ecological Democracy by Marit Hammond and C.J. Polychronion, Truthout, 11 September 2019

Julian Assange to stay in prison after jail sentence ends over absconfing fears by Tim Baker, Information Clearing House, 13 September 2019

Is Orwell’s Ministry of Truth Alive?Why Don’t We Hear Much About Julian Assange? by Michelle Wood, Medium, 8 September 2019

Snowden: The man whose state surveillance revelations rocked the world speaks exclusively to the Guardian about his new life and concerns for the future by Ian MacAskill, The Guardian, 13 September 2019

Central banks were always political – so their ‘independence’ doesn’t mean much by Larry Elliott, The Guardian, 12 September 2019

Johnson’s ugly rhetoric thrills the far right, but he’s playing with fire by Owen Jones, The Guardian, 12 September 2019

Chaos is being normalised. It is all part of Boris Johnson’s pernicious plan by Paul Mason, The Guardian, 11 September 2019

Lithuanians are doomed to starve and drink by Adomas Abromaitis, The Duran, 11 September 2019

Hyping the Arab-Iran Conflict by As'ad AbuKhalil, Consortium News, 11 September 2019

The Saudi Crown Prince plans to make us forget about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi before the US election by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 13 September 2019

WATCH: CN Live! Special on Russia-US Relations with George Beebe, Ray McGovern, Scott Ritter, Tony Kevin, Mark Sleboda and Patrick Lawrence: Episode 9, Consortium News, 13 September 2019


13 September

John Bolton’s sacking delighted Iran – but the world is suffering under Trump and his fellow fragile tyrants by Robert Fisk, Independent, 12 September 2019

John Bolton’s Dismissal by Craig Murray, 11 September 2019 (text and videos, debate)

Tomgram: Michael Klare, A Formula for Catastrophe in the Arctic,, 10 September 2019

Brexit reveals Corbyn to be the true moderate, Jonathan Cook Blog, 12 September 2019

Has Rees-Mogg broken his oath – with Britain on the precipice of tyranny? by Anthony Barnett, openDemocracy, 12 September 2019

The Dogs in the Street Know by Craig Murray, 12 September 2019

Trump opens protected Alaskan Arctic refuge to oil drillers by Emily Holden, The Guardian, 13 September 2019

World losing area of forest the size of the UK each year, report finds by Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, 12 September 2019

Trump Rollback of Key EPA Water Protection Rule Denounced as 'Callous' and 'Immoral' Giveaway to Big Polluters by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 12 September 2019

Reject the 'jobs versus environment' narrative – we can do both by J Mijin Cha and Jeremy Brecher, The Guardian, 10 September 2019

“We Are Striking to Disrupt the System”: An Hour with 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg, Democracy Now! 11 September 2019 (video and transcript)

School Strike for Climate: Meet 15-Year-Old Activist Greta Thunberg, Who Inspired a Global Movement, Democracy Now! 11 September 2019 (video and transcript)

Climate Scientist: World’s Richest Must Radically Change Lifestyles to Prevent Global Catastrophe, Democracy Now! 11 September 2019 (video and transcript)

Have You Noticed How Social Media Purges Always Align With The US Empire? by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 12 September n2019

Spikes of Violence: Protest in West Papua by Binoy Kamprmark, CounterPunch, 12 Sepember 2019

Treadmill of Magic Seeds and Broken Promises: Dismantling the Myth of Bt Cotton Success in India by Colin Todhunter, CounterPunch, 12 Sepember 2019

Why you should #BoycottTurkey and #RiseUp4Rojava by Nik Matheou, ROAR, 12 September 2019


12 September

Yellowhammer: no-deal chaos fears as secret Brexit papers published by Heather Stewart and Peter Walker, The Guardian, 12 September 2019

The insidious ideology pushing us towards a Brexit cliff-edge by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 11 September 2019

Really a Right Wing Coup by Craig Murray, 10 September 2019

Jeremy Corbyn can save the UK economy from the perils of a no-deal Brexit by Peter Oborne, Middle East Eye, 11 September 2019

UK Security Services Neutralized Country’s Leading Liberal Newspaper by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Consortium News, 11 September 2019

Media bias is OK – if it's honest by Nathan Robinson, The Guardian, 10 September 2019

We are all hostages of 9/11 by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 11 September 2019

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Ending War, American-Style,, 10 September 2019

Meddling schmeddling by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 10 September 2019

Israa Ghrayeb’s ‘Honor Killing’ Should Be Our Wake-up Call by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 11 September 2019


11 September

Democrats Somehow Frame Bolton’s Exit As A Bad Thing by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 11 September 2019

How To Defeat The Empire by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 10 September 2019

Trump Foreign Policy as Theater of the Absurd by Philip Giraldi, The Unz Review, 10 September 2019

Observe 9/11 Anniversary by Calling for an End to the Afghan War by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 10 September 2019

9/11 After 18 Years, by Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House, 9 September 2019

Demythologizing the Roots of the New Cold War by Ted Snider,, 9 September 2019

Puerto Rican Fight Lives On in People’s Assemblies Locally and in Diaspora by Jack Aponte, Truthout, 9 September 2019

To Critics Who Say Climate Action Is 'Too Expensive,' Greta Thunberg Responds: 'If We Can Save the Banks, We Can Save the World' by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 10 September 2019

Plan to Release Radioactive Fukushima Wastewater Into Pacific Ocean Panned by Critics by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, 10 September 2019

Really a Right Wing Coup by Craig Murray, 10 September 2019

Mugabe’s Obituaries Rife with White Supremacism by Craig Murray, Consortium News, 10 September 2019

Thomas Piketty's new War and Peace-sized book published on Thursday by Larry Elliott, The Guardian, 9 September 2019

The Communist Plot to Assassinate George Orwell by Duncan White, Literary Hub, 10 September 2019


10 September

The Establishment is Changing its Tune on Russia by Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News, 9 September 2019

With strikes against Iran, Benjamin Netanyahu risks jeopardising his closest alliance by Jonathan Cook, The National, 9 September 2019

US Terror Syndicate by Finian Cunningjam, Information Clearing House, 9 September 2019

Populism Is Not the Answer to Neoliberal Fascism by Henry A Giroux, Truthout, 9 September 2019

Naomi Klein Hosts and Greta Thunberg Headlines 'Right to a Future' Event in NYC, Common Dreams, 9 September 2019 (text and video)

'Chaos, chaos, chaos': a journey through Bolsonaro's Amazon inferno by Tom Phillips, The Guardian, 9 September 2019

We Will See Roots Reaching Out for Each Other by VIjay Prashad, ZNet, 8 September 2019

An Open Letter to DSA by Michael Albert, ZNet, 9 September 2019

Exclusive: Edward Snowden’s guardian angels by Valériane Gauthier, Mohamed Farhat and François Rihouay, France 24, 7 September 2019

Awakening a new generation of activists in Eurasia by Erica Marat, openDemocracy, 5 September 2019

The Pentagon Wants More Control Over the News. What Could Go Wrong? by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, 5 September 2019

Random Thoughts About Life, Politics, And Humanity by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 9 September 2019

Plucked from the web #62 by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 7 September 2019


9 September

The Capitalists Are Afraid by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 9 September 2019

Former NYT Middle East Bureau Chief Rips Disgraceful Lying at NYTimes - 'It's Not Journalism' by Chris Hedges, RT/Russia Insider, 8 September 2019 (video)

Socialism used to be a dirty word. Is America now ready to embrace it? by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 6 September 2019

Boris Johnson's Brexit power grab has backfired as a people's movement rises by Paul Mason, New Statesman, 4 September 2019

It's a Good Sign That the Financial Times Is Worried About Jeremy Corbyn by James Meadway, Jacobin, 2 September 2019

The Dirty War on the NHS by John Pilger, Information Clearing House, 6 September 2019

Scotland Has Only One Move to React to Boris Johnson's Maneuvers by Craig Murray, Consortium News, 8 September 2019

US Sanctions Are Designed to Kill by Kevin Cashman and Cavan Kharrazian, Information Clearing House, 8 September 2019

If there's such a thing as a murderous culture, then it exists in Israel by Gideon Levy, Information Clearing House, 8 September 2019

Universal Basic Income + Automation + Plutocracy = Dystopia by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 8 September 2019

Noites from the editors by the Editors, Monthly Review, 1 September 2019

The Political Economy of Women's Liberation by Margaret Benston, Monthly Review, 1 September 2019


8 September

The vices that led Johnson to the top are useless when it comes to wielding power by Fintan O'Toole, The Observer, 8 September 2019

Politics should be about getting things done not creating drama by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 8 September 2019

Why western liberals have long picked the wrong historical hero by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 8 September 2019

For the first time in my life, I'm frightened to be Jewish by David Graeber, openDemocracy, 6 September 2019

Britain is behind the slaughter in Yemen. Here's how you could help end it by David Wearing, The Guardian, 6 September 2019

On the Road to Interview Lula, Into a Brazilian Black Hole by Pepe Escobar, Consortium News, 7 September 2019

Inside story of the first Iran nuclear deal by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 6 September 2019

The Official Story of the Collapse of WTC Building 7 Lies in Ruins by Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy, 4 September 2019

9/11 and the American Orwellian Nightmare by James Bovard, CounterPunch, 6 September 2019

Koch's America: the Rule of the New Robber Barons by David Rosen, CounterPunch, 6 September 2019

Billionaires Who Promise to Save Journalism by Ted Rall, CounterPunch, 6 September 2019

Let Them Eat Cake: a Journey into Edward Said's Humanism by Ted Steinberg, CounterPunch, 6 September 2019


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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