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:


21 November

Delusional US ‘Group Think' on Syria, Ukraine by Robert Parry,, 20 November 2014

EU Wobbles Amid Conflicting Priorities by Andrés Cala,, 20 November 2014

Stay Away From Kiev by Justin Raimondo,, 19 November 2014

Russia Is Hurtling Toward Disaster by Ivan Sukhov, The Moscow Times, 19 November 201

The Battle for Jerusalem by David Hearst, The Huffington Post, 19 November 2014

Jeremy Scahill on Obama's Orwellian War in Iraq, Information Clearing House, 20 November 2014 (vido)

The Next Presidential Election Will Move The World Closer To War by Paul Craig Roberts,, 16 November 2014

Students are right to march against the markets. Why can't education be free? by David Graeber, The Guardian, 20 November 2014

Mexico's Breaking Point by Roisin Davis, Truthdig, 20 November 2014

The spirit of Saro-Wiwa rises by Patrick Naagbanton, New Internationalist, November 2014


20 November

Russia invades Ukraine. Again. And again. And yet again … using Saddam's WMD by Wiliam Blum, The Anti-Empire Report, 19 November 2014

US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with Hostility to Russia by Finian Cunningham, Strategic Culture Foundation, 18 November 2014

Obama Remains High-Handed—And Wrong—About Ukraine by William Pfaff, Truthdig, 19 November 2014

The Wall Street Journal Wants the US to Go To War in Ukraine by Pat Buchanan, Russia Insider, 18 November 2014

Putin's Media? by Jonathan Power, TFF, 19 November 2014

Ellsberg Discusses Decline of Democracy,, 19 November 2014

Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here's What Matters Instead by Glenn Greenwald, Intercept, 19 November 2014

On Media Outlets That Continue to Describe Unknown Drone Victims As “Militants” by Glenn Greenwald, Intercept, 19 November 2014

Austerity has clearly failed. So why don't they ditch it? by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, 19 November 2014

Offering Model for World, Students in the UK March for 'Free Education' by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 19 November 2014

Isis extends deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 19 November 2014

Egypt's New Police State by Sara Khorshid, International New York Times, 16 November 2014

The Umbrella Movement and the 1989 Democratic Movement: Similarities and Differences by Au Loong-Yu, International Viewpoint, 17 November 2014

The One Party Planet: an analysis of the world today by James Wan,, 19 November 2014


19 November

Talk of a Third Intifada: Where to from Here, Palestine? by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 19 November 2014

For Obama officials, synagogue attack is ‘pure terror' — and not a word about attacks on Palestinians by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 18 November 2014

Germany made Palestinians "indirect victims of Holocaust," says author Max Blumenthal by Emran Feroz, The Electronic Intifada, 14 November 2014

Isis in Iraq: Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants by Patrick Coclburn, The Independent, 18 November 2014

Brisbane – A show of Western weakness by Jan Oberg, TFF, 18 November 2014

Growth: the destructive god that can never be appeased by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 18 November 2014

Tomgram: Michael Klare, The New Congress and Planetary Disaster,, 18 November 2014

Recession in Japan Sends Shares Tumbling by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 18 November 2014

Academic Madness and the Politics of Exile by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 18 November 2014


18 November

G20 in Australia: Buffoons v the Global South by Pepe Escobar, RT, 17 November 2014

Brisbane Lynching by Norman Pollack, CounterPunch, 17 November 2014

Letting the Neocons Lead by Robert Parry,, 17 November 2014

Putin claims west is provoking Russia into new cold war as ‘spies' deported by Alec Luhn, The Guardian, 17 Noveber 2014

How Many Islamic State Fighters Are There? by Ray McGovern,, 16 November 2014

The Last Days of Tomas Young by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 16 November 2014

Climate Disruption Depression and 2013 Emissions Set New Records by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, 17 November 2014

The rise of Podemos and its People's Assembly by Mike Pope, openDemocracy, 17 November 2014

The law is the law: legalistic distortions between official Spain and Catalonia by Nick Rider, openDemocracy, 17 November 2014


17 November

The siege of Julian Assange is a farce - a special investigation by John Pilger,, 16 November 2014

Viva Podemos: the left shows it can adapt and thrive in a crisis by Owen Jones, The Guardian, 16 November 2014

The Arrogance of the “Great” by Nikos Raptis, ZCommentaries, 15 November 2014

China's silky road to glory by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 14 November 2014

Isis in Syria: The militia that has transcended tribal divisions to fight Islamic State by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 16 November 2014

Afghan Opium Production Hits All-Time High by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 14 November 2014

Republicans have called him a dictator. So why can't Obama get his own way? by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 17 November 2014

Trauma surgeon Mads Gilbert will defy Israeli ban on Gaza entry by Kate Shuttleworth, The Guardian, 15 November 2014


16 November

Across Europe disillusioned voters turn to outsiders for solutions by Kim Willsher and others, The Observer, 16 November 2014

America's Pseudo-Democracy by Lawrence Davidson,, 15 November 2014

Pentagon Review Says America's Nukes Are FUBAR by Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones, 13 November 2014

War with Isis: Islamic militants have army of 200,000, claims senior Kurdish leader by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 16 November 2014

The Lessons of Libya by Dan Glazebrook, CounterPunch, 12 November 2014

US Sanctions Relief Fails, Threatening the Nuclear Talks by Gareth Porter, Truthout, 14 November 2014

Iran's unresolved conflict between reformers and fundamentalists by Farhang Jahanpour, openDemocracy, 11 November 2014

Tensions in the Arctic by Conn Hallinan, CounterPunch, 14 November 2014

Krugman, Putin and the New York Times by Edward S. Herman, Algérie Résistance, 14 November 2014


15 November

What really happened in Beijing: Putin, Obama, Xi — and the back story the media won't tell you by Patrick L. Smith, Salon, 14 November 2014

Why Obama Got Nothing at APEC by Michael Hudson and Sharmini Peries, CounterPunch, 14 November 2014

NATO became US-run intervention force by Noam Chomsky, ZVideo, 13 November 2014

The United States is the Top Terrorist State on Earth by Paul Street, ZNet, 13 November 2014

Obama must abandon failed strategies in Syria and Ukraine by Musa al-Gharbi, Al Jazeera America, 13 November 2014

Can the World Avert a New Cold War? by Annie Machon,, 14 November 2014

Why Putin is winning the new Cold War by Rakesh Krishnan Simha, Russia & India Report, 8 November 2014

Isis: the Kurds strike back - Army retakes control of oil refinery town as Kurds stand firm against overstretched Isis by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 14 November 2014

Wine, Blood and Gasoline by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 15 November 2014

Galilee town boils at Israeli police “execution” by Jonathan Cook, Middle East Eye, 14 November 2014

Analysis: The transfer of Israeli Arabs by Jonathan Cook, Al Jazeera, 14 November 2014

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Obama and China Agree on Languid Climate Goals by Juan Cole, Truthdig, 12 November 2014

Cynics, Step Aside: There is Genuine Excitement Over a Hillary Clinton Candidacy by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 14 November 2014

Why Austerity?—When It Clearly Doesn't Work by Jack Rasmus, teleSUR, 12 November 2014

The Walls the West Won't Tear Down by Sinthujan Varatharajah, Jacobin, 14 November 2014

Russell Brand on Revolution, Fighting Inequality, Addiction, Militarized Policing & Noam Chomsky, Democracy Now! 14 November 2014 (video and transcript)


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, Jerome Roos, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Jeremy Seabrook, Richard Seymour, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn

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