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:


28 May

Why Iran's Fuel Tankers for Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington by Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch, 27 May 2020

COVID-19: US Military Pursues War Games Amid Contagion by Ann Wright, Consortium News, 26 May 2020

Towards a borderless world where we can all “just stay home” by Amanda Priebe, ROAR, 26 May 2020

Hawaii Considers an Explicitly Feminist Plan for COVID-Era Economic Recovery by Mara Dolan, Truthout, 26 May 2020

Ensuring Biodiversity Now will Prevent Pandemics Later by Samira Sadeque, Inter Press Service, 26 May 2020

Boris Johnson has failed to protect the nation. Instead he's protecting one man by Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian, 27 May 2020

Meditations On Whiteness,, 28 May 2020

Political Ambiguity or a Doomsday Weapon: Why Abbas Abandoned Oslo by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 27 May 2020


27 May

Donald Trump, Resign Now for America's Sake by Ralph Nader, ZNet, 26 May 2020

Criminogenic Politics as a Form of Psychosis in the Age of Trump by Henry Giroux, CounterPunch, 26 May 2020

'How the Trump White House Sees You': Top Economic Adviser Under Fire for Calling Workers 'Human Capital Stock' by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 26 May 2020

Let's Pay Attention to What COVID-19 Is Trying to Tell Us About Climate Change by Janis Petzel, Common Dreams, 26 May 2020

On Contact: Ecosocialism with Victor Wallis by Chris Hedges, RT, 24 May 2020 (video and transcript)

Fear: the emotion whose time has come by Peter Nasmyth, openDemocracy, 24 May 2020

Italy Says 96% of Virus Fatalities Suffered From Other Illnesses by Tommaso Ebhardt and Marco Bertacche, Bloomberg, 26 May 2020

Photojournalist Sebastião Salgado: Brazil's Reckless COVID Response Threatens Indigenous Survival, Democracy Now! 26 May 2020 (video and transcript)

Tory privatisation is at the heart of the UK's disastrous coronavirus response by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 27 May 2020

Cummings' contempt for lockdown rules makes the public feel like fools by Fintan O'Toole, The Guardian, 26 May 2020

The CIA's Murderous Practices, Disinformation Campaigns, and Interference in Other Countries Still Shape the World Order and U.S. Politics by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 21 May 2020 (text and video)

US Interference Gives Beijing Cover To Tighten Its Grip on Hong Kong by Dave DeCamp,, 25 May 2020

Jimmy Cobb, drummer on Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, dies aged 91 by Edward Helmore, The Guardian, 25 May 2020


26 May

Noam Chomsky on Trump's Disastrous Coronavirus Response, WHO , China, Gaza and Global Capitalism, Democracy Now! 25 May 2020 (video and transcript)

Chomsky Says Trump a 'Sociopathic Megalomaniac' Who Made US 'Singularly Unprepared' for Pandemic by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 25 May 2020

COVID-19: A New Appeal Against Preparations for War by Vijay Prashad, Consortium News, 25 May 2020

CN LIVE! New Episode—‘Russiagate: Who Was Guccifer 2.0'–Watch the Replay, Consortium News, 25 May 2020

Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 23 May 2020

Spain will lift two-week coronavirus quarantine for overseas arrivals from July 1, El País in English, 25 May 2020

Plucked from the web #72 by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 24 May 2020


25 May

The Inefficient and Incredibly Lucrative Chase for a Coronavirus Vaccine by Sam Pizzigati ZNet, 24 May 2020

Why Barnard Castle by Craig Murray, 24 May 2020

The US Has a Long History of Weaponizing Aid to Other Countries by Ted Snider, Truthout, 24 May 2020

Spain's guaranteed minimum income scheme set to assist 850,000 families by Manuel V. Gómez, El País in English, 25 May 2020

What changes under Phase 1 and 2 on Monday? by Cecilia Jan, El País in English, 24 May 2020

Unite Behind Environmental Science: Transforming Values and Behaviour is as Important as Restoring Global Ecosystems by Ana María Hernández Salgar, Inter Press Service, 22 May 2020


24 May

Combating Covid Through Peoples' Collectives by Yadul Krishna, ZNet, 23 May 2020

Jacinda Ardern Calls for Four-Day Week: No Wonder She's Popular by Van Badham, ZNet, 23 May 2020

Why the left's case for lesser evil sounds hollow, Jonathan Cook Blog, 23 May 2020

What the lessons from Auschwitz teach us about the choices we make by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 24 May 2020

Do You Consent To The New Cold War?, 24 May 2020

Mercenaries, pandemic and riots in Venezuela: A grassroots perspective by Atenea Jiménez and Federico Fuentes, MR Online, 23 May 2020

Spanish PM: Overseas tourists will be able to return to Spain from July, El País in English, 23 May 2020

Peter Oborne shortlisted for Orwell prize – after other papers rejected him by Mary Fitzgerald, openDemocracy, 22 May 2020

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23 May

Authoritarian governments are using coronavirus as an excuse to crush freedom of expression by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 22 May 2020

Marching into oblivion by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 22 May 2020

Venezuelan Army to escort Iranian tankers bringing gasoline to Venezuelans blockaded by U.S. sanctions by Alba Ciudad, MR Online, 22 May 2020

VIPS MEMO: To the President—Avoid Hostilities Over Iranian Fuel Shipment to Venezuela, Consortium News, 22 May 2020

Biden Can't Return US to Normal, Because Trump is a Normal President by Caitlin Johnstone, Consortium News, 22 May 2020

US Military Planners Advise Expanded Online Psychological Warfare against China by Alan Macleod, Mint Press, 18 May 2020

10C Above Baseline by Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, 22 May 2020

An Old Story Again: Capitalism vs. Health and Safety by Richard D. Wolff, CounterPunch, 22 May 2020

The U.S. Brags About Health Aid to Africa While Bombing Some of Its Most Vulnerable Nations by Nick Turse, The Intercept, 22 May 2020

Lives Depend on Argentina's Debt Talks by Mark Weisbrot, ZNet, 22 May 2020


22 May

Trump Condemned for Ditching Treaty That Has 'Helped Prevent Nuclear War for Nearly Three Decades' by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 21 May 2020

Underscoring 'Grotesque Nature of Unequal Sacrifice,' Richest Americans Have Added $434 Billion in Wealth Since Pandemic Hit by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 21 May 2020

In a Class War—Like It or Not—the System Always Makes a Killing by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, 21 May 2020

Study Warns 1.1 Million Children Could Die as Pandemic Interrupts Access to Food & Medical Care, Democracy Now! 21 May 2020 (video and transcript)

Tomgram: Bob Dreyfuss, Iraq Redux?, 21 May 2020

Chronicle of a Pandemic Foretold by Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshake, Foreign Affairs, 21 May 2020

Emancipatory mutual aid: from education to liberation by PReP / Neighborhoods, ROAR, 21 May 2020

Rojava: statelessness in a time of pandemic by Anya Briy, openDemocracy, 19 May 2020

US vs. THEM – corona crisis exposes social cleavages in Romania by Magdalena Ulceluse, openDemocracy, 18 May 2020

ASSANGE EXTRADITION: UK Minister Who Approved Trump's Request to Extradite Assange Spoke at Secretive US Conferences with People Calling for Him to be ‘Neutralized' by Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard, Consortium News, 21 May 2020

Guccifer 2.0's Hidden Agenda by Tim Leonard, Consortium News, 21 May 2020

Authoritarianism is Shoddy by Craig Murray, 21 May 2020


To find older articles, go to the archive. There are separate contents pages for writers whose work I have reviewed (with links): 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, Media Lens (David Cromwell, David Edwards), 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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