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


I am away. Next update in the week starting 23 July.


Suggested reading:


17 July

The Vlad and Donald Show – A Glorious Blow for Peace! by David Stockman,, 17 July 2018

After Helsinki, Democrats incite “deep state” action against Trump by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 17 July 2018

US Media is Losing Its Mind Over Trump-Putin Press Conference by Joe Lauria,, 16 July 2018

Summitgate and the Campaign vs. 'Peace' by Stephen F. Cohen, Information Clearing House, 16 July 2018

Detente Bad, Cold War Good by Craig Murray, 17 July 2018

Undermining Trump-Putin Summit Means Promoting War by Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch, 16 July 2018

When Did Russia Become an Adversary? by Gary Leupp, CounterPunch, 16 July 2018

Climb Down From the Summit of Hostile Propaganda by Norman Solomon, ZNet, 16 July 2018

Mueller’s Indictment Isn’t Worth Squat by Jacob G. Hornberger, Hornberger's Blog, 16 July 2018

Peace Talk Between Nuclear Superpowers Offends America’s Assholes And Morons by Caitlin Johnstone, 16 July 2018

It's The Wrong Park! How The Ducks Raise Some Serious Questions In The Salisbury Poisonings by Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, 12 July 2018

Global Temperature Projections Could Double as the World Burns by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, 16 July 2018

US-backed Iraqi government guns down protesting workers by Patrick Martin, World Socialist Web Site, 17 July 2018


16 July

Memo to the President Ahead of Monday’s Summit by Ray McGovern and Bill Binney,, 15 July 2018

Trump vs. the Democrats: Two reactionary factions fight over foreign policy by Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site, 16 July 2018

British and Ecuadorian authorities in talks to evict Julian Assange from London embassy by Oscar Grenfell, World Socialist Web Site, 16 July 2018

The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 15 July 2018

Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The Wages of Poverty in America,, 15 July 2018

Anuradha Roy: ‘Inequality in India has never been more catastrophic' by Claire Armitstead, The Guardian, 16 July 2018

At last, a law that could have stopped Blair and Bush invading Iraq by Geoffrey Robertson, The Guardian, 16 July 2018

The Thai cave rescue was born of hope, an instinct that sustains and drives us by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 15 July 2018


15 July

Clinging to Collusion: Why Evidence Will Probably Never Be Produced in the Indictments of ‘Russian Agents’ by Joe Lauria,, 13 July 2018

Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable by Caitlin Johnstone, 13 July 2018

Let's drop the euphemisms: Donald Trump is a racist president by Richard Wolffe, The Guardian, 14 July 2018

For May, the ‘special relationship’ means craven compliance by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 12 July 2018

The dishonourable Boris Johnson has brought us to the brink of catastrophe by William Keegan, The Observer, 15 July 2018

"Not Enough!" by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 14 July 2018


14 July

The Russia-Hating US Media Goes Into Overdrive Ahead of Summit - a Small Sampling of the Absurdity by Paul Craig Roberts, Russia Insider, 13 July 2018

Two Big “Russia! Russia!” Stories Released Days Before Trump-Putin Summit by Caitlin Johnstone, 14 July 2018

America by Caitlin Johnstone, 13 July 2018

Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki might solve Syrian crisis by Fyodor Lukyanov, al-Monitor, 13 July 2018

Trump knows that the US can exercise more power in a UK weakened by Brexit by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 13 July 2018

Trump Marches Onward and Downward by James Petras, Information Clearing House, 13 July 2018

Strzok Hoisted on His Own Petard by Ray McGovern,, 13 July 2018

Lessons That Should Have Been Learned From NATO's Destruction of Libya by Brian Cloughley, CounterPunch, 13 July 2018

How Israel helped to revive Europe's ugly ethnic nationalisms by Jonathan Cook, Middle East Eye, 13 July 2018

Reading Against Fascism by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 13 July 2018

Ireland's Intellectuals Bow to the Queen of Chaos by Aidan O'Brien, CounterPunch, 13 July 2018

The fisherman in Sarajevo told tales of past wars – and warned me of ones to come by Robert Fisk, Independent, 13 July 2018


13 July

Trump Beats Up NATO Members In American Protection Racket by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 12 July 2018

NATO, at war with itself, rearms for war with the world by Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site, 12 July 2018

It's Time to Disrupt NATO by Benjamin Schwarz, The Nation, 11 July 2018

The Holes in the Official Skripal Story by Craig Murray, 12 July 2018

Bill banning Israeli settlement goods passes in Seanad by Sorcha Pollak, The Irish Times, 11 July 2018

Global Climate Movement Celebrates as Ireland Set to Become First Country to Fully Divest From Fossil Fuels by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 12 July 2018

Spain launches truth commission to probe Franco-era crimes by Stephen Burgen, The Guardian, 12 July 2018

Ghost particle sent from deep in space could change our understanding of the universe, scientists reveal by Andrew Griffin, Independent, 12 July 2018

Prominent Whistleblowers and Journalists Defend Julian Assange at Online Vigil by Oscar Grenfell, Information Clearing House, 12 July 2018

Questions for the Russian government by Paul Robinson, irrussianality, 12 July 2018

Why Marx's Capital Still Matters An interview with David Harvey by Daniel Denvir, Jacobin, 12 July 2018

"Practical Utopia: Strategies for a Desirable Society" by Michael Albert: A Review Essay by Kim Scipes, Green Social Thought, 5 July 2018


12 July

Trump denounces Germany and Europe at NATO summit by Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site, 12 July 2018

Trump's Criticism of NATO Ignores the Real Questions by Jonathan Marshall,, 12 July 2018

A Call to Ease Tensions Between the Nuclear Superpowers by Phyllis Bennis, Noam Chomsky and others,, 11 July 2018

When Resistance Becomes Capitulation: A Response to an Open Letter in The Nation by Robert Scheer, Truthdig, 11 July 2018

Make NATO civilian and civilised by Jan Oberg, The Transnational, 11 July 2018

Poll Shows Germans Want US Troops to Withdraw From Germany by Jason Ditz,, 11 July 2018

Europe's Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 11 July 2018

Iraq unrest: Chaos reigns in the country even Saddam Hussein ‘found difficult to rule' by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 11 July 2018

Bolton, MEK and Trump Iran Strategy by Gary Leupp, CounterPunch, 11 July 2018

Hasbara is dead by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 19 July 2018

Starving And Bombed Children Of Yemen Seek Entrapment In Flooded Thai Cave by Robert J. Burrowes, Information Clearing House, 11 July 2018

Mark Weisbrot: Trump's Threats to Invade Venezuela Are Part of U.S. Strategy of Regime Change, Democracy Now! 11 July 2018 (video and transcript)

Ecuador's government negotiating Julian Assange's fate with the UK by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 12 July 2018

Socialism?! by Michael Albert, ZNet, 11 July 2018


11 July

US-Europe conflicts erupt in run-up to NATO summit in Brussels by Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site, 11 July 2018

NATO's crisis and the Transatlantic conflict by Jan Oberg, The Transnational, 10 July 2018

Media, Hardliners Play Up North Korean Nuclear “Deception” Claim by Gareth Porter, Truthout, 10 July 2018

The Coming Collapse of the American Economic System by Richard Wolff and Chris Hedges, RT/Information Clearing House, 10 July 2018 (video)

Tomgram: Ariel Dorfman, The Cages of the Trump Era (That We Don't See),, 8 July 2018

German Parliament Report: U.S. Presence in Syria Is Illegal by Moon of Alabama, Information Clearing House, 10 July 2018

Britain has gone to huge trouble to humiliate itself by Fintan O'Toole, The Irish Times, 10 July 2018

With "Mountainous" Evidence on Plaintiffs' Side, Hundreds of Cancer Cases Against Monsanto Get Green Light by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 10 July 2018

Agrarian Crisis and Climate Catastrophe: Forged in India, Made in Washington by Colin Todhunter, CounterPunch, 10 July 2018

The staggering rise of India's super-rich by James Crabtree, The Guardian, 10 July 2018

Blame the weather: why Spain is failing to meet EU climate change targets by Manuel Planelles, El País in English, 10 July 2018

Don't Like Antiwar Lefties Going On Fox Or RT? Blame CNN And MSNBC by Caitlin Johnstone, 10 July 2018


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