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

The Front Page of my web site is still down. I'll try to sort it out during the weekend.


Suggested reading:


18 October

The Road to Damascus: How the Syria War was Won by Pepe Escobar, Consortium News, 18 October 2019

Trump's disgrace in the Middle East is the death of an empire. Vladimir Putin is Caesar now by Robert Fisk, Independent, 17 October 2019

No short cut to liberation by Yassamine Mather, Weekly Worker, 17 October 2019

Legacy of British Empire Lurks Behind Today's Headlines by John Wight, Consortium News, 17 October 2019

Researchers Detail How Slashing Pentagon Budget Could Pay for Medicare for All While Creating Progressive Foreign Policy Americans Want by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, 17 October 2019

Donald Trump's sanity is not the question. The real issue is how he got into office by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 18 October 2019

'A Far Worse Deal Than Theresa May's Deal': Labour Vows to Defeat Brexit Plan Agreed to by EU by Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, 17 October 2019

Pro-Democracy Movement in Haiti Swells Despite Lethal Police Violence by Frances Madeson, Truthout, 16 October 2019

M.I.A. visits Julian Assange in prison: “It's about truth—and that's something people have to uphold and fight for” by Laura Tiernan, World Socialist Web Site, 14 October 2019


17 October

UN special rapporteur on torture warns: “Assange will not get a fair trial in Virginia” by Sandy English, World Socialist Web Site, 17 October 2019

Saving the union will need imagination – and we've lost it by Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian, 17 October 2019

Spanish nationalism loses the plot by Ignasi Bernet and David Whyte, openDemocracy, 14 October 2019

Irish border contradictions and chaos: how will Brexit affect Northern Ireland? by Cameron Boyle, openDemocracy, 14 October 2019

The Eurozone In Crisis? New President of the European Central Bank (ECB) has a Criminal Record. Christine Lagarde by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 14 October 2019

Ecuador – and the IMF's Killing Spree by Peter Koenig, Global Research, 14 October 2019

Extinction Rebellion Making Things Inconvenient? Actually, Says Naomi Klein, the Climate Crisis 'Is Really, Really Inconvenient' by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 16 October 2019

Death, Misery and Bloodshed in Yemen by Kathy Kelly, ZNet, 16 October 2019

The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason behind Abbas' Call for Elections by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 16 October 2019

Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground by Edward Snowden, The Guardian, 15 October 2019

On Psychopathy And Power by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium, 15 October 2019

Radical Roots – Corbyn and the Tradition of English Radicalism by Michael Calderbank and Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper, 14 October 2019


16 October

Turkey's Syria invasion rapidly backfiring for Ankara amid unexpected international condemnation by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 15 October 2019

What Made Trump Change His Mind About Turkey? by Juan Cole, Truthdig, 15 October 2019

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, True Crimes and Misdemeanors,, 15 October 2019

Bedouin mass eviction is part of Israel's concerted efforts to drive Palestinians from their historic lands by Jonathan Cook, The National, 15 October 2019

The IMF Convenes in Washington, Deaf to the Suffering It Causes Across the Planet by Vijay Prashad, Common Dreams, 15 October 2019

From anxiety to revolt? Against the financialized university by Max Haiven, Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou, ROAR, 15 October

Civil Rights Are on the Chopping Block in New Supreme Court Term by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 13 October 2019

Depoliticization Is a Deadly Weapon of Neoliberal Fascism by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 15 October 2019

Ireland's recovery: from bust to buoyancy … to Brexit? by Paul Sweeney, Social Europe, 14 October 2019

For Life to Continue on Earth, Every Day Must Be Indigenous Peoples' Day by Four Arrows & Darcia Narvaez, Truthout, 13 October 2019

Today, I aim to get arrested. It is the only real power climate protesters have by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 16 October 2019

Brexit turned Nordic Londoners into immigrants by Petter Gröning, University of Helsinki, 15 October 2019


15 October

The Predictable Mess on Syria's Border with Turkey by Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News, 14 October 2019

Kurds face stark options after US pullback by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 14 October 2019

Why the Syrian Kurds Aren't Necessarily Our Friends by Scott Ritter, The American Conservative, 11 October 2019

How peace became unthinkable by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 14 October 2019

Uninhabitable: Gaza Faces Moment of Truth by Jonathan Cook, Americans for Middle East Understanding, 2019

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Ultimate Brexiteer,, 13 October 2019

DC's Atlantic Council Raked in Funding from Hunter Biden's Corruption-Stained Ukrainian Employer While Courting His VP Father by Max Blumenthal, Consortium News, 14 October 2019

Why Barack Obama Was Particularly Unsuited to Live up to the Ideals of the Nobel Peace Prize by David Bromwich and Nick Lehr, Consortium News, 14 October 2019

The Age of Radical Evil by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 14 October 2019

Weep for Catalonia, Weep for Liberalism in Europe by Craig Murray, 14 October 2019

The fantasy of Britain at war could be nearing its last hurrah by John Harris, The Guardian, 14 October 2019

A recession is coming. When it does, we need to demand a Green New Deal by Yanis Varoufakis and David Adler, The Guardian, 14 October 2019


14 October

Kurds Strike Deal With Syrian Government to Battle Turkey's Offensive After Trump Orders Evacuation of Remaining US Troops by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 13 October 2019

Kurds Consider Asking for Russian No-Fly Zone as Moscow Demands Foreign Armies Leave Syria by Juan Cole, Common Dreams, 13 October 2019

Behind Hong Kong’s black terror by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 11 October 2019

Supreme Court finds Catalan secession leaders guilty of sedition by Reyes Rincón, El País in English, 14 October 2019

What is the story of Catalan independence – and what happens next? by Sam Jones, The Guardian, 14 October 2019

The New York Times’ Preemptive Reporting on James Comey by Ray McGovern, Consortium News, 13 October 2019

Debating Socialism by Michael Albert and Destiny, ZNet, 13 October 2019 (video)


13 October

Trump and Erdogan have much in common – and the Kurds will be the tragic victims of their idiocy by Robert Fisk, Indepedent, 12 October 2019

Syria, Ecuador And India by Vijay Prashad, ZNet, 12 October 2019

We can mention the war. Should we now talk about Britain’s darker history? by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 13 October 2019

The Ukraine Shakedown Is Important, But Not Sufficient to Let People Realize All the Other Things Trump Is Doing by Ralph Nader, Common Dreams, 12 October 2019

Pollution, anxiety, and death: How Trump is poisoning the country and literally making us sick by Liz Langley, AlterNet, 12 October 2019

On Gutter Journalism and Purported “Anti-Imperialism” by Gilbert Achcar, New Politics, 10 October 2019


12 October

As Turkey prepares to slice through Syria, the US has cleared a new breeding ground for Isis by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 11 October 2019

Aid Groups Warn of Humanitarian Crisis from Turkey’s Assault on Syria by James Reinl, Consortium News, 11 October 2019

Rojava Defends Feminist Revolution Against Turkish Invaders by Mike Ludwig, Truthout, 10 October 2019

CN Live! Episode 13: Turkey Invades Syria; History and Present of the Anti-War Movement 8pm EDT, Consortium News, 11 October 2019

US sends 3,000 more troops to defend Saudi monarchy by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 12 October 2019

Three political dimensions by Moshé Machover, Weekly Worker, 10 October 2019

Ecuador: a rebellion for the renewal of struggle by ROAR Collective, 11 October 2019

Six months since the brutal arrest of WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange by Oscar Grenfell, World Socialist Web Site, 12 October 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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