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:


19 September

Why Would 58% Favor U.S. Bombing of North Korea? by Gary Leupp, CounterPunch, 18 September 2017

Starve Them to Death: Wall Street Journal’s Solution to North Korea by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 18 September 2017

Britain’s distant war Paul Rogers, openDemocracy, 18 September 2017

UK weapons companies have made £6bn from Saudi Arabia since it started bombing Yemen by Lizzie Dearden, Independent, 19 September 2017

The growing affinity between Netanyahu’s Israel and the West’s far-right is hardly surprising by Jonathan Cook, The National, 18 September 2017

Towards war’s end in Syria by Vijay Prashad, ZNet, 18 September 2017

After Failing to Prosecute Bankers, Obama Cashes In With Wall Street Speeches by Jake Johnson, Common DReams, 18 September 2017

Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support from Trump, Democracy Now! 18 September 2017 (video and transcript)

Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma, Democracy Now! 18 September 2017 (video and transcript)


18 September

Tomgram: Michael Klare, The New Face of "War" at Home,, 17 September 2017

The Politics of Military Ascendancy by James Petras, Information Clearing House, 16 September 2017

William Blum on the Korea War, Information Clearing House, 16 September 2017

Mr Trump, tear down this (Korean) wall by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 16 September 2017

Will Judge Overturn Arpaio Pardon? by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 17 Sepember 2017

The Silencing of Dissent by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 17 September 2017

Chris Hedges and Former Village Voice Writers on the Decline of Print Journalism, RT/Truthdig, 12 September 2017 (video)

Harvard’s Cowardice on Chelsea Manning by Robert Parry,, 17 September 2017

Nationalism and imperial power by Yassamine Mather, Weekly Worker, 14 September 2017

How my Syrian hometown fought the Islamic State and won by Haid Haid, Middle East Eye, 15 September 2017

According to Emmanuel Macron, the days of popular sovereignty are over by Thierry Meyssan, Defend Democracy Press, 17 September 2017

The eurozone may be back on its feet. But is Greece? by Helena Smith, The Observer, 16 September 2017


17 September

Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy by Christopher Lydon, Defend Democracy Press, 16 September 2017 (video and transcript)

Youth in Revolt: Why Millennials Are the Key to Future Social Transformation by Anthony DiMaggio, Truthout, 16 September 2017

In a society too short of common goals, identity politics are an imperfect answer by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 17 September 2017

Iran turns The Art of the Deal upside down by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 16 September 2017

An Economic Lesson for China and Russia by Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House, 15 September 2017

U.S. Wars and Hostile Actions: A List by David Swanson, Let's Try Democracy, 2017

Despair of Despair by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 16 September 2017


16 September

Conflicts and Climate Change Fueling Rise in World Hunger by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, 15 September 2017

Isis is stepping up its attention-grabbing atrocities to counterbalance its defeat in Iraq and Syria, where the vast majority of terror victims are by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 15 September 2017

The United States Was Responsible for the 1982 Massacre of Palestinians in Beirut by Rashid Khalidi, The Nation, 15 September 2017

Who Rules America? The Power Elite in the Time of Trump by James Petras, Global Research, 13 September 2017

The NYT's Yellow Journalism on Russia by Robert Parry,, 15 September 2017

Trump's Bonfire of Washington Politics by Alastair Crooke,, 15 September 2017

How the NSA Built a Secret Surveillance Network for Ethiopia by Nick Turse, The Intercept, 13 September 2017

Catalonia and Spain 'Playing Chicken' Ahead of Independence Vote by Carlos Delclós and Gregory Wilpert, The Real News, 13 September 2017

Noam Chomsky & Lawrence Krauss SPECIAL Dialogue, Cognitive Science/YouTube, 11 September 2017 (video)


15 September

If Nikki Haley doesn't drop her nonsensical pro-Israeli propaganda line at the UN, she could cause real problems for Lebanon by Robert Fisk, Independent, 14 September 2017

EU refuses to condemn Israeli genocide plan by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 14 September 2017

War crimes and open wounds: The physician who took on Israeli segregation by Alon Mizrahi, +972 Blog, 12 September 2017

9/11 and the unsolvable Afghan drama by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 13 September 2017

The Russia-China plan for North Korea: stability, connectivity by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 13 September 2017

The Russian Hacking Story Continues to Unravel by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 14 September 2017

GM Mustard and the Indian Government by Colin Todhunter, CounterPunch, 14 September 2017

How Outlawing War Changed the World in 1928 by David Swanson, CounterPunch, 13 September 2017

What's Behind the Ongoing Controversy about “Centrism” in Cuba? by Samuel Farber, Havana Times, 14 September 2017

Tomgram: Ariel Dorfman, A Tale of Two Donalds,, 14 September 2017

Plucked from the web #25 by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 14 September 2017


14 September

‘The Problem is not North Korea, Russia or China, the Problem is the US' ~ John Pilger, RT/21st Century Wire, 13 September 2017 (text and video)

Have We Been Deceived Over Syrian Sarin Attack? Scrutinizing the Evidence in an Incident Trump Used to Justify Bombing Syria by Gareth Porter, AlterNet, 13 September 2017

"Will the 9/11 Case Finally Go to Trial?": Andrew Cockburn on New Evidence Linking Saudis to Attacks, Democracy Now! 13 September 2017 (video and transcript)

The Clinton Book Tour Is Largely Ignoring the Vital Role of Endless War in the 2016 Election Result by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 13 September 2017

Reagan Documents Shed Light on U.S. ‘Meddling' by Robert Parry,, 13 September 2017

The Genocide of the Rohingya: Big Oil, Failed Democracy and False Prophets by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 13 September 2017

As an Arab journalist, let me tell you exactly why Al Jazeera's existence is so important by Fatima el Issawi, Independent, 10 September 2017

Preferred Conclusions – The BBC, Syria And Venezuela by David Edwards, Media Lens, 13 September 2017

Migrant women help female refugees build new lives in Athens by Chantal Da Silva, Janice Dickson, Independent, 12 September 2017

Interview with Edward Snowden 'There Is Still Hope - Even for Me' by Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler, Spiegel Online, 12 September 2017

Boris Johnson and the Relics of Empire by Craig Murray, 13 September 2017

The great nutrient collapse by Geoff Johnson, Politico, 13 September 2017

Schizophrenia part three: How reflecting on past mental health through art is more than just therapy by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 14 September 2017


13 September

A lesson from Hurricane Irma: capitalism can’t save the planet – it can only destroy it by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 13 September 2017

From hurricanes to tax cuts: The ruling class gets down to business by Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Web Site, 13 September 2017

Naomi Klein and the Quest for Environmental Justice by John Buell, Common Dreams, 12 September 2017

NATO launches war games in advance of Russian exercise by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 13 September 2017

Tomgram: William Astore, The Superpower That Fought Itself -- And Lost,, 12 September 2017

An Isolated Tyrannical Regime – Not Pyongyang, It’s Washington by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 8 September 2017

Hundreds of thousands march against Macron’s austerity measures in France by Alex Lantier and Anthony Torres, World Socialist Web Site, 13 September 2017

Will the Courts Save the Dreamers? by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 12 September 2017

Chris Hedges, Activist Pauline Park on Trans Oppression, RT/Truthdig, 6 September 2017

Catalonia: Do the Unionists Really Think They Can Give Us Lessons in Democracy? by Vicent Partal, CounterPunch, 12 September 2017

Marxism, the Arab Spring, and Islamic fundamentalism by Joseph Daher, International Socialist Review, Issue #106

Schizophrenia, part two: Patrick Cockburn and his son describe living with mental illness by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 12 September 2017


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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