Media Watch

“… media professionals have long played a crucial role in the protection of private power by maintaining the illusion that members of the public are offered an ‘ímpartial' and wide selection of facts, opinions and perspectives from which any individual can derive his or her own well-informed world view.” - David Cromwell, Why Are We The Good Guys? Reclaiming Your Mind From the Delusions of Propaganda


Suggested reading:


23 April

Climate change is the fight of our lives – yet we can hardly bear to look at it by Naomi Klein, The Guardian, 23 April 2014

'Massive and unprecedented' US drone strikes in Yemen in pursuit of al-Qa'ida lead to retaliatory assassinations of four Yemeni security officers by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 23 April 2014

Engendering Crises to Justify the National Security State by Jacob G. Hornberger, Hornberger's Blog, 22 April 2014

Prepping for a Ukrainian Massacre by Robert Parry,, 22 April 2014

Hope for an Israeli-Palestinian State Ali Abunimah interviewed by Dennis J. Bernstein,, 22 April 2014

US Pursues ‘Peace' on Israel's Terms by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 22 April 2014

A Key Test for International Law by Craig Murray, Information Clearing House, 22 April 2014

Tomgram: Todd Miller, The Creation of a Border Security State,, 22 April 2014

Henry A. Giroux: Neoliberalism, Democracy and the University as a Public Sphere by Victoria Harper, Truthout, 22 April 2014

The people are smart. Why can't they be trusted to make decisions? by Fintan O'Toole, The Irish Times, 22 April 2014

Magic in Service of Truth by Salman Rushdie, International New York Times, 21 April 2014


22 April

Obama: “Remaking the Middle East”: The American Gulag by James Petras, Global Research, 22 April 2014

Egypt: the world watches as journalism goes on trial by Mohamed Lotfy, The Guardian, 22 April 2014

North Korea: the new generation losing faith in the regime by Tania Branigan, The Guardian, 22 April 2014

Welfare cuts drive UK's poorest families deeper into poverty, says Oxfam by Katie Allen, The Guardian, 22 April 2014

Can you put a price on the beauty of the natural world? by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 22 April 2014


21 April

Obama Endorses a Forgery by Diana Johnstone, CounterPunch, 21 April 2014

Robocop NATO Dreams of War by Pepe Escobar, CounterPunch, 21 April 2014

Why the US Obsession over Ukraine? by Paul R. Pillar,, 21 April 2014

Another ‘sham' election is over, so what now for Algeria? by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 21 April 2014

Behind the Egyptian Junta's Iron Curtain by Medea Benjamin and Kate Chandley, CounterPunch, 21 April 2014

All is not lost for Palestinians even if talks hit the buffers by Jonathan Cook, The National, 21 April 2014

A Brotherhood Inquiry in Bad Faith by Kenan Malik, International New York Times, 21 April 2014

An extract from Against Austerity by Richard Seymour, openDemocracy, 21 April 2014

Greek austerity has caused more than 500 male suicides – report, RT, 21 April 2014

Pieces of Madrid: latest Global Uprisings documentary by Global Uprisings,, 21 April 2014

Sorry students, I lied to you. University is about desperation, not aspiration by Laurie Penny, The Guardian, 21 April 2014

Cat Out of the Bag by Badri Raina, ZNet, 21 April 2014

Christianity, Guilty as Charged! by Andre Vltchek, CounterPunch, 21 April 2014


20 April

We cannot still ignore the perils of intervention by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 20 April 2014

Foreign suicide bombers kill thousands and bring Iraq to the brink of civil war by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 20 April 2014

The Middle East we must confront in the future will be a Mafiastan ruled by money by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 20 April 2014

Israel's Mordechai Vanunu is as much a hero as Edward Snowden by Duncan Campbell, The Guardian, 20 April 2014

On race, the US is not as improved as some would have us believe by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 20 April 2014

Stuart Hall on 50 years of pop culture, politics and power, The Guardian, 20 April 2014

Trying Not to Give Peace a Chance by Ray McGovern,, 20 April 2014

Ukraine's Neo-Nazi Imperative by Robert Parry,, 20 April 2014

Amateur Hour in Ukraine by Eric Margolis, The Unz Review, 20 April 2014

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Knowledge Is Crime,, 20 April 2014

The Rhetoric of Violence by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 20 April 2014

Greenwald: To Be Vilified by Powerful is 'Enormous Badge of Honor' by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 20 April 2014

The UK's response to Snowden's revelations lets Putin off the hook by Mark Stephens, The Guardian, 20 April 2014

Interview with Steve Ellner: Can A Country Have A Revolutionary State and A Capitalist Economy? by Evaristo Marcano Marín,, 20 April 2014

A Reply to Parenti by The Editors, Monthly Review, April 2014

Climate Change: What Role For Reform? by Christian Parenti, Monthly Review, April 2014

I am the beggar of the world by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 20 April 2014


19 April

International Lawyers Seek Justice for Iraqis by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, 19 April 2014

New Clinton-Era Docs Reveal Insider Push for Wall Street Deregulation by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 19 April 2014

An Oslo Criminal by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 19 April 2014


18 April

The Strangelove Effect by John Pilger, ZCommentaries, 18 April 2014

The Ukraine Imbroglio and the Decline of the American Empire by Arno J. Mayer, CounterPunch, 18 April 2014

On Nazis, Jews & Ukraine ‘de-escalation' by Pepe Escobar, RT, 18 April 2014

The Dangerous Neocon-R2P Alliance by Robert Parry,, 18 April 2014

Ukraine: how America's coup machine has destroyed democracy worldwide since 1953 by Nicholas Davies, Stop the War coalition, 18 April 2014

The Bangkok Protests by Andre Vltchek, CounterPunch, 18 April 2014

Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama by Edward Snowden, The Guardian, 18 April 2014

Matt Taibbi's New Book Is an Astonishing Study of How the Rich Are Never Punished for Their Crimes by Peter Richardson, AlterNet, 18 April 2014

Pulitzers Awarded At The ‘Taj Majal” of Journalism by Danny Schechter, ZNet, 18 April 2014

Another World Is Not Only Possible, She Is on Her Way by Arundhati Roy, Truthout, 18 April 2014

The Palestinians and the "Jewish state" by Vijay Prashad, The Electronic Intifada, 16 April 2014

Like Kiev, or Caracas: The Bangkok Protests by Andre Vltchek, CounterPunch, 18 April 2014

A new wave of environmental protest rocks China by James Smart,, 18 April 2014

In the Oil Fields of Ecuador by Richard Ward, CounterPunch, 18 April 2014

"He Gave Us Back Our History": Isabel Allende on Gabriel García Márquez in Exclusive Interview, Democracy Now! 18 April 2014

Policing by crisis by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 18 April 2014

The Cambridge spy ring: what the biographers say by Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, 18 April 2014


17 April

"We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We are Well into It": Stephen Cohen on Russia-Ukraine Crisis, Democracy Now! 17 April 2014

In Syria, rebel attacks in the north reflect a number of important changes by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 17 April 2014

The role of Palestinian women in resistance by Linah Alsaafin, openDemocracy, 17 April 2014

Did Israel steal bomb-grade uranium from the United States? Victor Gilinsky and Roger J. Mattson, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 17 April 2014

Tomgram: Ann Jones, Star-Spangled Baggage, TomDispatch, 17 April 2014

Imperialism, war and crisis by Yassamine Mather, Weekly Worker, 17 April 2014

New study finds US to be ruled by oligarchic elite by Jerome Roos,, 17 April 2014

Privatization is a Ramp for Corruption and Insouciance is a Ramp for War by Paul Craig Roberts, CounterPunch, 17 April 2014

The Era of Financialization by Costas Lapavitsas, ZNet, 17 April 2014

Sweden's Great Welfare Heist by Adam Bott, Red Pepper, April 2014

UN Panel: Renewables, Not Nukes, Can Solve Climate Crisis by Harvey Wasserman, Common Dreams, 17 April 2014

Gabriel García Márquez obituary by Nick Caistor, The Guardian, 17 April 2014

First, the admen stole feminism – then they used it to flog cheap chocolate and perfume to us by Laurie Penny, New Statesman, 17 April 2014


16 April

From the Maidan to the Revolution? by Boris Kagarlitsky, ZNet, 16 April 2014

Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass by Robert Parry,, 16 April 2014

US financial showdown with Russia is more dangerous than it looks, for both sides by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph, 16 April 2014

Celebrating the debris of Greek democracy by Matthaios Tsimitakis, Al Jazeera, 16 April 2014

From Skouries to Athens, the struggle of Greek women against austerity by Yiannis Baboulias, openDemocracy, 16 April 2014

Syria conflict: A shift for fading insurgency as foreign backers look to reverse months of military defeats at the hands of government soldiers by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 16 April 2014

A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 16 April 2014

Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling: The ‘Stable' West Bank Dilemma by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 16 April 2014

The Palestinians and the "Jewish state" by Vijay Prashd, The Electronic Intifada, 16 April 2014

Piketty in Washington: How to Reverse the Increasing Concentration of Wealth by Mark Weisbrot, Common Dreams, 16 April 2014

Ed Miliband will fail if he gives in to the sirens of austerity by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, 16 April 2014


15 April

The Risk of Not Worrying about the Bomb by Lawrence S. Wittner,, 15 April 2014

Maidan or anti-Maidan? The Ukraine situation requires more nuance by Volodymyr Ishchenko, The Guardian, 15 April 2014

Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap? by Mike Whitney, The Unz Review, 15 April 2014

Workers of Donbass divided by Kremlin-backed violence by Gabriel Levy, People and Nature, 15 April 2014

Breaking bad in southern NATOstan by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 15 April 2014

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Pentagon, Libya, and Tomorrow's Blowback Today,, 15 April 2014

From Crisis to Crisis in Spain by Graeme Herbert, New Left Project, 15 April 2014

Good Irish v bad Greeks? by Fintan O'Toole; The Irish Times, 15 April 2014

What Venezuelan ‘Regime Change' Could Mean by Andrés Cala,, 15 April 2014

Cast out beyond the embrace of the law by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 15 April 2014


14 April

Washington Drives The World To War by Paul Craig Roberts,, 14 April 2014

Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib by Phyllis Bennis, Foreign Policy in Focus, 14 April 2014

Mobilizing for the common: some lessons from Italy by Jerome Roos,, 14 April 2014

Dear Fossil Fuel Industry - It's Over by Kaisa Kosonen and Daniel Mittler, Common Dreams, 14 April 2014

Pulitzer Does Not Fully Express Power of Collaborative Snowden Reporting by Jay Rosen, Common Dreams, 14 April 2014


13 April

MI6, the CIA and Turkey's rogue game in Syria by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 13 April 2014

I suspect that deep in the soul of some Irish people there is a sneaking affection for the Royal Family by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 16 April 2014

Tomgram: Nick Turse, AFRICOM Becomes a "War-Fighting Combatant Command",, 13 April 2014

Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, 13 April 2014


12 April

Human Rights Watch Should Stick to the Facts on Venezuela by Mark Weisbrot, Common Dreams, 12 April 2014

Almost here... by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 12 April 2014


11 April

Growth for Growth's Sake Will Kill Us All by Gar Alperovitz, Common Dreams, 11 April 2014

Glenn Greenwald & Laura Poitras Q&A on Snowden, the Surveillance State & Press Freedom, Democracy Now! 11 April 2014 (video and transcript)

The slippery slope of gender: why shaving and snacking are feminist issues by Laurie Penny, New Statesman, 11 April 2014


10 April

Has Recep Tayyip Erdogan gone from model Middle East 'strongman' to tin-pot dictator? by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 10 April 2014

Chechnya, Crimea, and Western Realpolitik by Alex Doherty, New Left Project, 10 April 2014

Why US fracking companies are licking their lips over Ukraine by Naomi Klein, The Guardian, 10 April 2014

Political economy of chaos by Hillel Ticktin, Weekly Worker, 10 April 2014


9 April

‘Reality Check': US Empire beyond Salvation by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 9 April 2014

When Is a Putsch a Putsch? by Robert Parry,, 8 April 2014

Fighting back in Ukraine - Oleg Dubrovskii with Simon Pirani,, 8 April 2014

On the Revolts in Bosnia-Herzegovina by Charles Reeve, The Brooklyn Rail, 2 April 2014

Fighting Our Fossil-Nuke Extinction by Harvey Wasserman, Truthdig, 8 April 2014

Is India on a Totalitarian Path? Arundhati Roy on Corporatism, Nationalism and World's Largest Vote, Democracy Now! 9 April 2014

Seymour Hersh and the spineless nay-sayers by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareh, 8 Apri 2014

From Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues by Amy Goodman, Truthdig, 9 April 2014

Where are the real outsiders in New Media? by Laurie Penny, New Statesman, 4 April 2014

Conforming, not transorming by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 9 April 2014


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, Alexander Cockburn, Mark Curtis, Robert Fisk, Susan George, Misha Glenny, Glenn Greenwald, Robin Hahnel, Edward Herman, Diana Johnstone, Naomi Klein, Gabriel Kolko, Moshé Machover, Kenan Malik, István Mészáros, John Pilger, Hannu Reime, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Jeremy Seabrook, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn

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