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:


23 May

Watch: Interview With Brazil's Ex-President Lula From Prison, Discussing Global Threats, Neoliberalism, Bolsonaro, and More by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 22 May 2019

The Ambiguity of the U.S. “Clear Message” and “the Certainty of War” by Massoud Nayeri, Global Research, 21 May 2019

The Most Dangerous Time for Women's Rights in Decades by Martha Burk, ZNet, 22 May 2019

Why Billionaires Have No Right to Their Wealth by Vince Taylor, ZNet, 22 May 2019

18 Ways Julian Assange Changed the World by Lee Camp, Truthdig, 22 May 2019

France Takes Unprecedented Action Against Reporters Who Published Secret Government Document by Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept, 17 May 2019

Gramsci and the Palestinian Narrative: Ramzy Baroud Speaks at ‘Nakba71' in Vancouver, The Palestine Chronicle, 22 May 2019 (video)

Foreign Aid That Costs an Arm and a Leg — Literally by Phyllis Bennis, Common Dreams, 22 May 2019

UK suffers crushing defeat in UN vote on Chagos Islands by Owen Bowcott and Julian Borger, The Guardian, 22 May 2019

I'm running in the EU elections because the left refuses to get its act together in the face of neofascism by Yanis Varoufakis, Independent, 22 May 2019


22 May

We Must Stop War with Iran Before It's Too Late by Noam Chomsky, In These Times, 21 May 2019

How the West's War in Libya Spurred Terrorism in 14 Countries by Mark Curtis, Consortium News, 21 May 2019

Here's Exactly Who's Profiting from the War on Yemen by Alex Kane, In These Times, 20 May 2019

Global Sea Level May Rise Faster Than Previously Projected, With 'Profound Consequences for Humanity' by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 21 May 2019

Tomgram: Engelhardt, American Election Exceptionalism,, 21 May 2019

Why has the populist radical right outperformed the populist radical left in Europe? by James Downes, Joshua Townsley, Valerio A. Bruno, openDemocracy, 21 May 2019

Hundreds of Europeans ‘criminalised' for helping migrants – as far right aims to win big in European elections by Claire Provost, openDemocracy, 18 May 2019

Black Lives Matter: a battle cry against Brazil's extermination policy by Alexandra Montgomery, Alexandra McAnarney, openDemocracy, 20 May 2019

Why is Brussels so white? The EU's race problem that no one talks about by Sarah Chander, The Guardian, 19 May 2019

Racism, sexism, Nazi economics: Estonia's far right in power by Shaun Walker, The Guardian, 21 May 2019

US Accuses Syria Of More Chemical Attacks Just As Chemical Weapons Narrative Crumbles by Caitlin Johnstone, 22 May 2019

Why capturing Huawei is no victory in tech war by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 21 May 2019

There's Far More Diversity in Venezuela's ‘Muzzled' Media Than in US Corporate Press by Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz, FAIR, 20 May 2019

The Violent History of the Venezuelan Opposition by Valerie Reynoso, CounterPunch, 20 May 2019

End of an era for ETA?: May Basque Peace Continue by J.P. Lintsroth, CounterPunch, 20 May 2019


21 May

THE ANGRY ARAB: Iran's Military Options by As'ad AbuKhali, Consortium News, 21 May 2019

Do Iranian ‘Threats' Signal Organized U.S.-Israel Subterfuge? by Gareth Porter, The American Conservative, 21 May 2019

Fear the Mustache: Why Bolton Makes Even Donald Trump Nervous by Vijay Prashad, Common Dreams, 20 May 2019

Russiagate Zealotry Continues to Endanger American National Security by Stephen F. Cohen, Information Clearing House, 20 May 2019

Russia-gate as Count Dracula by Ann Garrison, Consortium News, 20 May 2019

Book Review – John Helmer by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 20 May 2019

The Missing Step by Craig Murray, 20 May 2019

Five more years of Narendra Modi will take India to a dark place by Kapil Komireddi, The Guardian, 21 May 2019

America's Reproductive Slaves by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 20 May 2019

The Real Climate Change Culprits Have Never Been Punished by Jill Richardson, Truthdig, 19 May 2019

Establishment Narrative Managers Struggle With New Syria Plot Holes by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 21 May 2019

Who killed the prime minister? The unsolved murder that still haunts Sweden by Imogen West-Knights, The Guardian, 16 May 2019


20 May

Have India’s women seized their chance to vote for a safer, more equal country? by

‘Clash of civilizations’ or crisis of civilization? by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 18 May 2019

Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil Is a Nightmare That Could Get Worse by Sabrina Fernandes, Jacobin, 19 May 2019

Defending Chavez’s Project Today: A Conversation with Elias Jaua by Cira Pascual Marquina, Venezuelanalysis, 17 May 2019

Corbynism 2.0 has arrived – and a radical Green New Deal is at its heart by Chris Saltmarsh, openDemocracy, 16 May 2019

Julian Assange Suffered Severe Psychological and Physical Harm in Ecuadorian Embassy, Doctors Say by James Risen, Information Clearing House, 19 May 2019

The beauty of the oud by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 18 May 2019

Jazz Legend Kenny Burrell Facing Potential Homelessness by Ian Courtney, Celebrity Access, 10 May 2019


19 May

The Brexit party reflects our hollowed-out, tired politics by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 19 May 2019

As surveillance culture grows, can we even hope to escape its reach? by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 19 May 2019

A critical review of the critical reviews of the book ’Adults in the Room’ by Yanis Varoufakis by Eric Toussaint, Defend Democracy Press, 17 May 2019

The Truth-Teller: From the Pentagon Papers to the Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg and Allen White, Common Dreams, 18 May 2019

The Dead Don’t Die: They March to War by Pepe Escobar, Strategic Culture Foundation, 17 May 2019

The Struggle Is The Meaning by Craig Murray, 18 May 2019

It’s never really about the bread by Eleanor Goldfield, ROAR, 17 May 2019


18 May

Four times the US has made the same mistake in the Middle East. Now Trump is making it yet again over Iran by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 17 May 2019

Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure by Melvin Goodman,

The Interlocking Crises: War and Climate Chaos by

Yellow Vests Six Months Later by Richard Greeman, ZNet, 17 May 2019

'This Is Unprecedented': Judge Orders Chelsea Manning Jailed, Imposes Daily $500 Fine After 30 Days Behind Bars by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 17 May 2019

For the Latest News on WikiLeaks Watch the 30th Online Vigil, Consortium News, 18 May 2019

US Illegally Evicts Protectors From Venezuelan Embassy by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 16 May 2019

Eyewitness in Venezuela: a 14-year Perspective by

United States and Venezuela: A Historical Background by James Petras, Information Clearing House, no date

The propaganda multiplier: how global news agencies and western media report on geopolitics by Swiss Propaganda Research/MR Online, 16 May 2019

Abortions Should Be Commonplace And Guilt-Free by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 15 May 2019

A war of worlds in Ekaterinburg by Fyodor Krasheninnikov, openDemocracy, 16 May 2019

Analysis of Ancient DNA Suggests Finnish and Estonian Languages Came From Siberia by George Dvorsky, Gizmodo, 10 May 2019


17 May

From the Middle East to Northern Ireland, western states are all too happy to avoid culpability for war crimes by Robert Fisk, Independent, 16 May 2019

Pompeo Runs Around Eurasia Like Wet Hen in Effort to Keep US Relevant by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider, 16 May 2019

That Time John Bolton Said It’s Good To Lie About War by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 16 May 2019

CONFIRMED: Chemical Weapons Assessment Contradicting Official Syria Narrative Is Authentic by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 17 May 2019

Venezuelan Government Denounces US Seizure of Embassy, Arrest of Peace Activists as Violation of Vienna Convention by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 16 May 2019

The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 3—The Most Extensive Classified Leak in History by Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News, 16 May 2019

Palestinian Authority No Longer Crying Wolf by Jonathan Cook, Consortium News, 16 May 2019

Science won’t save the planet, new values will, Jonathan Cook Blog, 16 May 2019

The World Just Took a Major Step To Curb Plastic Pollution, But the U.S. Refused to Join Effort, Democracy Now! 16 May 2019 (video and transcript)

Why is Labour just letting the Brexit party win the European elections? by Mary Kaldor, The Guardian, 16 May 2019

At last, the Labour party is being led from the bottom up by Dan Hancox, The Guardian, 16 May 2019



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