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:


22 September


21 September

Scottish independence: the biggest surge of creative democratic energy the country has ever seen must not go to waste by Neal Ascherson, The Observer, 21 September 2014

Scottish referendum: people are energised – and this new way of doing politics is not going to change by Armando Iannucci, The Observer, 21 September 2014

Catalonia: Backward project of nationalism by Eddie Ford, Weekly Worker, 18 September 2014

Nothing will stop Isis except a Syrian truce by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 21 September 2014

Nadya Tolokonnikova: ‘I suppose we have nothing more to lose' by Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian, 19 September 2014

'People, Planet, Peace over Profit': Converging for System Change in Advance of Climate Summit by Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, 20 September 2014

A Feeling It's Gonna Be Huge': Naomi Klein on People's Climate Eve by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 20 September 2014

Darkness falls on Manhattan by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonum, 20 September 2014 (photos)


20 September

Blocking a ‘Realist' Strategy on the Mideast by Robert Parry,, 19 September 2014

Obama's 'stupid stuff' turned upside down by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 18 September 2014

Scotland on the Euphrates by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 20 September 2014

The Political Economy of Israeli Apartheid and the Specter of Genocide by William I. Robinson, Truthout, 19 September 2014

UN Official Fears Act of 'Mass Murder in the Mediterranean' by Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams, 19 September 2014

Germany's African Genocide by Andre Vltchek, CounterPunch, 19 September 2014

Project Fear and the Scottish Vote by Tariq Ali, CounterPunch, 19 September 2014

The Scottish Issue by Michael Albert, ZNet, 19 September 2014

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein – review by Jenny Turner, The Guardian, 19 September 2014

Google Acts Like Privatized NSA: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 19 September 2014

Kenny Wheeler obituary by John Fordham, The Guardian, 19 September 2014


19 September

After Scotland, something fundamental has to change - and will change by Jason Cowley, New Statesman, 19 September 2014

Tony Abbott in Arnhem Land: a display of farce and cynicism by John Pilger, The Guardian, 19 September 2014

A history of hate crimes: migrants rise up in Italy by Susi Meret and Elisabetta Della Corte,, 18 September 2014

Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, What to Do When You're Running Out of Time,, 18 September 2014

Sea Change: The Ecological Disaster That Nobody Sees by Richard Schiffman, Truthout, 18 September 2014

Naomi Klein on Motherhood, Geoengineering, Climate Debt & the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement, Democracy Now! 18 September 2014

NATO: Sleepwalking Towards Nuclear War by Helge Luras, Common Dreams, 18 September 2014

Don't Let Ukraine Into NATO by Josh Cohen, The Moscow Times, 18 September 2014

Obama Declares Perpetual War by Marjorie Cohen, Truthout, 15 September 2014

Prelude to War by Norman Pollack, CounterPunch, 18 September 2014

Israel's quest for legitimacy by Moshé Machover, Israeli Occupation Archive, 18 September 2014

Since the Gaza ceasefire, Hamas has not fired a single rocket. What has Israel done? by Omar Robert Hamilton, Stop the War, 18 September 2014

Syria's very own South Lebanon Army? by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 18 September 2014

The US Government Never Understood Afghanistan and Still Doesn't by Anand Gopal, Truthout, 18 September 2014

Kenny Wheeler, contemporary jazz musician, dies aged 84 by Martin Williams, The Guardian, 19 September 2014


18 September

A proposal on the Scottish referendum: “Yes, but…” by Gordon Asher and Leigh French,, 18 September 2014

Scottish Independence and the Left: An Exchange by Phil Burton-Cartledge, Adam Ramsay, New Left Project, 18 September 2014

Is An Independent Scotland Economically Viable? An Exchange by Frances Coppola, James Meadway, New Left Project, 17 September 2014

Bring on Scottish Independence by Chris Bombery, Jacobin, 17 September 2014

The peculiar coin of English nationalism by Anthony Barnett, openDemocracy, 17 September 2014

The left must answer the English Question – before the Tories do by John Harris, The Guardian, 17 September 2014

The People's Climate March: Meet the Next Movement of Movements by Naomi Klein, Common Dreams, 17 September 2014

People's Climate Has One Final Question: Are You In? by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 17 September 2014

The Second Cold War is Here by Alexander Reid Ross, CounterPunch, 17 September 2014

Hot talks in Moscow by Jonathan Power, TFF, 17 September 2014

Ukraine and neo-Nazis by William Blum, The Anti-Empire Report #132, 16 September 2014

Another western war won't end terror in Iraq or Syria. It will only spread it by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, 17 September 2014

Madrid's Plaza Margaret Thatcher is a curious landmark for curious times by Miguel-Anxo Murado, The Guardian, 17 September 2014


17 September

Whether We Engage or Do Nothing... This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, Common Dreams, 16 September 2014

Naomi Klein: 'Ferocious Love' and the Climate Fight To Come by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 16 September 2014

Interview: Naomi Klein Breaks a Taboo by John Tarleton, The Indypendent, 12 September 2014

‘This Changes Everything' Including the Anti-Fracking Movement by Sandra Steingraber, EcoWatch, 15 September 2014

Aiming at Roots of Climate Chaos, 'Flood Wall Street' Targets Capitalism Itself by Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams, 16 September 2014

Islamic State: Assad lures President Obama into his web by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 16 September 2014

Israel's Gaza probe aims to stymie war crimes trials by Jonathan Cook, Middle East Eye, 16 September 2014

Convenient genocide: Another failed war to re-arrange the Middle East by Ramzy Baroud, Middle East Eye, 14 September 2014

Why Americans Know So Much About Sports But So Little About World Affairs by Noam Chomsky, AlterNet, 15 September 2014

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Great Concentration or the Great Fragmentation?, 16 September 2014

Exclusive: Scottish nationalism and British nationalism aren't the same by Billy Bragg, The Guardian, 16 September 2014

How the media shafted the people of Scotland by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 16 September 2014

The Scottish Uprising Will Not Lead to Independence by Ann Pettifor, Jeremy Smith, New Left Project, 15 September 2014

Exit Stage Right: The Case Against Scottish Independence by Sam Wetherell, Jacobin, 15 September 2014

A snippet of the Quest: Islam's lost traditions by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 17 September 2014


16 September

Ukraine's ‘Romantic' Nazi Storm Troopers by Robert Parry,, 15 September 2014

The Global Shame which was Killing Ukraine by Seth Ferris, New Eastern Outlook, 14 September 2014

Washington's War Against Russia by Paul Craig Roberts,, 14 September 2014

Redrawing the Map of the Russian Federation: Partitioning Russia After World War III? by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Global Research, 10 September 2014

Europe's Political Divorces Are Often Messy by Pyotr Romanov, The Moscow Times, 14 September 2014

US and Middle East: Global Hegemonic Mindset by Norman Pollack, CounterPunch, 15 September 2014

ISIS and Washington's Ignorance About the Sunni-Shia Divide by Gary Leupp, CounterPunch, 15 September 2014

Bombs won't solve the Isis problem by Richard Seymour, The Guardian, 15 September 2014

Israeli Reservists of Spy Unit Refuse to Be Tools of Occupation, Sparking Ire From Officials by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 15 September 2014

‘Dark Omens' And ‘Horror Shows': Scottish Independence, Power And Propaganda by Editor, Media Lens, 15 September 2014

Debates in Indian Communism: Red Futures by Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch, 15 September 2014

Tomgram: Bautista, Crisp-Sauray, and McKibben, A Future to March For,, 14 September 2014


15 September

Now Through the Front Door into Syria by Jeremy Salt, The Palestine Chronicle, 14 September 2014

Islamic State: Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows across the region by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 14 September 2014

Ian Paisley's decision to make peace with his IRA enemies might have reminded the Arabs of Sadat by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 14 September 2014

Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 14 September 2014

Naomi Klein: ‘We tried it your way and we don't have another decade to waste' by Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, 14 September 2014

The TTIP deal hands British sovereignty to multinationals by Owen Jones, The Guardian, 14 September 2014

China's workers are turning from analogue slaves into digital rebels by Paul Mason, The Guardian, 14 September 2014

A yes vote in Scotland would be good for the rest of the UK, Letters, The Guardian, 14 September 2014

XM24: survival and inspiration against all odds by Sean Patrick Casey and Giulia Zapata Foresti,, 14 September 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, Patrick Cockburn, Mark Curtis, Robert Fisk, Susan George, Misha Glenny, David Graeber, 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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