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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21 January

World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam by Larry Elliott, The Guardian, 21 January 2019

Action not words needed over biggest public health failure of our time: pneumonia by Larry Elliott, The Guardian, 20 January 2019

Confronting the Culture of Death by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 21 January 2019

35,000 Hit Streets of Berlin to Demand Agricultural Revolution by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 20 January 2019

Trump, announcing new missile defense program, ramps up nuclear arms race by Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site, 19 January 2019

War on BDS: How AIPAC-Israel agenda became US priority by Ramzy Baroud, Middle East Monitor, 17 January 2019

Here’s me and the Mona Lisa. Who says that art and selfies can’t mix? by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 19 January 2019

Beyond BuzzFeed: The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump/Russia Story by Glenn Greenwald, Thr Intercept, 20 January 2019

Credulous Atheist Believes Evidence-Free Establishment Russia Narrative by Caitlin Johnstone, 19 January 2019

“Russia’s ‘anti-fascist’ fascism is not a far-away, exotic reality.” It’s here, People and Nature, 20 January 2019

Book Review: Russia Without Putin by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 19 January 2019


20 January

To Stop Bolton’s Fire and Fury, Fire Bolton by Jon Rainwater, Truthout, 18 January 2019

Born Disposable: Trump’s War on Youth by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 16 January 2019

William Barr Will Be a Loyal Foot Soldier in King Trump’s Army by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 18 January 2019

Trump's trap: leave vs remain by Paul Rogers, openDemocracy, 17 January 2019

They Spy With Their Little Eye by Suzie Dawson, Consortium News, 18 January 2019

Narrative Control Firm Targeting Alternative Media by Caitlin Johnstone, 18 January 2019

American Anchor for Iran’s PressTV Still Jailed Without Charge by Jason Ditz,, 18 January 2019

What’s Been Learned Won’t Be Easily Forgotten: A Conversation with Antonio Gonzalez Plessmann by Cira Pascual Marquina, Venezuelanalysis, 17 January 2019

Why the World Bank’s optimism about global poverty misses the point by Alf Nielsen, MR Online, 18 January 2019

Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change – study by Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 16 January 2019

Watch Replay of 13th Vigil for Assange, Consortium News, 18 January 2019


19 January

Ignorant wishful thinking has harmed our approach to Brexit – much as it did during the Arab Spring by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 18 January 2019

Pompeo Turns Reality Upside Down by Philip Giraldi, Strategic Culture Foundation, 17 January 2019

A Coup in Progress? Venezuelan Foreign Minister Decries U.S. & Brazil-Backed Effort to Oust Maduro, Democracy Now! 18 January 2019 (video and transcript)

Top 10 Reasons Not to Love NATO by David Swanson, CounterPunch, 18 January 2019

The Swedish face of inequality by Lisa Pelling, Social Europe, 17 January 2019

Why women are fleeing Mohammed bin Salman's Saudi Arabia by Madawi al-Rasheed, Middle East Eye, 17 January 2019

Are we city dwellers or hunter-gatherers? by David Graeber and David Wengrow, New Humanist, 14 January 2019

Podemos founders go their separate ways ahead of Madrid elections by A. Marcos, G. Rodríguez-Pina, J. J. Mateo, El País in English, 18 January 2019

Academic who defined news principles says journalists are too negative by Ulrik Haagerup, The Guardian, 18 January 2019

Interview: Noam Chomsky talks about the media, Al Jazeera, December 2018 (video)

Rosa and Karl – 100th Anniversary by Victor Grossman, ZNet, 18 January


18 January

America Has Its Gunsights on Venezuela by Vijay Prashad, Common Dreams, 17 January 2019

Washington moves towards “regime change” in Venezuela by Jorge Martin, In Defence of Marxism, 13 January 2019

“Escalation Could Lead to a Catastrophic Outcome” An interview with Temir Porras, Jacobin, 11 January 2019

Bernie Sanders could be US president in 2020 – and this is what it means for Israel and the Middle East by Robert Fisk, Independent, 17 January 2019

The Vice President's Men by Seymour M. Hersh, London Review of Boks, 24 January 2019 issue (17 January 2019)

Seymour Hersh: George H.W. Bush Team Leaked To Media To Reveal CIA's Iran-Contra Affair, Moon of Alabama, 17 January 2019

It was never about Europe. Brexit is Britain's reckoning with itself by Fintan O'Toole, The Guardian, 18 January 2019

'Real journalists act as agents of people, not power' by John Pilger and Eresh Omar Jamal, Daily Star, January 16 January 2019

Remembrance - The Dehumanised Human by David Edwards, Media Lens, 17 January 2019

Tomgram: Susan Southard, Against Forgetting,, 17 January 2019


17 January

British Democracy Nears Meltdown as Parliament Deadlocks Over Brexit by Robert Mackey, The Intercept, 16 January 2019

An Englishman, a Scotswoman and Irishman talk about Brexit by Anthony Barnett, openDemocracy, 15 January 2019 (video)

Movement gears up for fightback against austerity by Kevin Vickers, Counterfire, 16 January 2019

Talk of Western intervention in the Black Sea is pure fantasy by Pepe Escobar. Asia Times, 16 January 2019

Russia Sure Behaves Strangely for a Country Bent on Conquest by Ted Galen Carpenter, The American Conservative, 15 January 2019

How Russia's security services try to recruit opposition activists by Maria Klimova, openDemocracy, 15 January

War Whores Scramble To Say Syria Attack Means Troops Must Remain by Caitlin Johnstone, 17 January 2019

The Moral Travesty of Israel Demanding Arab and Iranian Money for Its Own ‘Nakba' by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 16 January 2019

New plant-focused diet would ‘transform' planet's future, say scientists by Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 16 January 2019

More World: can communal practices save the planet? by Krystian Woznick, openDemocracy, 14 January 2019

Men in Europe must stop blaming migrants for ‘importing' gender violence by Lidia Kurasinska, openDemocracy, 14 January 2019

Andalusian parliament swears in new Popular Party premier by Eva Sáiz, El País in English, 17 January 2019

Thousands of women march across Spain against far-right party Vox by Isabel Valdés, Antonio J. Mora, El País in English, 16 January 2019

‘US Administrations Have Been Intervening in Venezuela Since at Least the Early 2000s' by Alexander Main and Janine Jackson, CounterSpin/FAIR, 16 January 2019


16 January

Brexit dominates political circles, but outside Westminster many are tuning out by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 16 January 2019

“Tell Me How This Ends”: America's muddled involvement with Syria by Charles Glass, Harper's Magazine, 16 January 2019

Israeli Politics Enter Grubby Realm of Reality TV by Jonathan Cook, Consortium News, 15 January 2019

Russia-gate Evidence, Please by Ray McGovern, Consortium News, 15 January 2019

Worst secret agent ever by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 15 January 2019

Mainstream Media Is Now Killing People Directly by Caitlin Johnstone, 16 January 2019

The Twitter Smearing of Corbyn and Assange by Mark Curtis, Consortium News, 14 January 2019

Dances of Disinformation: the Partisan Politics of the Integrity Initiative by Binoy Kampmark, CounterPunch, 15 January 2019

Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, "We Can't Undo This",, 15 January 2019

To Take Down Fossil Fuels, We Must Abandon Capitalism by Dahr Jamail and Anton Woronczuk, Truthout, 15 January 2019

Pessimism Sweeps Russia by Vladislav Inozemtsev, The Moscow Times, 15 January 2019

Richard Wolff: The Next Economic Crisis Is Coming by Lee Camp, Truthdig, 15 January 2019


15 January

For the sake of working people, the left must back remain by Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian, 15 January 2019

Britain must rid itself of the delusion that it is big, bold and in charge by Robert Saunders, The Guardian, 9 January 2019

The FBI's Investigation of Trump as a “National Security Threat” is Itself a Serious Danger. But J. Edgar Hoover Pioneered the Tactic by Glenn Greenwald, The INtercept, 14 January 2019

“Free Trade” Is Today's Imperialism by the 1 Percent by Geoff Gilbert, Truthout, 13 January 2019

The Chickens Come Home to Roost….in Northern Syria by Gary Leupp, CounterPunch, 14 January 2019

United Nations Inaction and the Gaza Crisis: Ten Years ago and Today by Phyllis Bennis, Common Dreams, 14 January 2019

Open Letter: Supporting Human Rights is not Antisemitic by Noam Chomsky and others, Jewish Voice, 10 January 2019

A Workers' Struggle in India to ‘Make the Land Proud' as Global Unrest Spreads by Vijay Prashad, Consortium News, 14 January 2019

5.5 Million Women Build Their Wall by Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch, 14 January 2019

Relentless repression in Russia: why we will demonstrate on Saturday 19 January, People and Nature, 14 January 2019

Franco's Forgotten Crimes by Jonah Hahn, Jacobin, 13 January 2019


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