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:


28 August

Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. Helped Create Islamic State, Truthdig, 27 August 2015 (video)

Tutu, Klein and Chomsky call for mass climate action ahead of Paris conference by Emma Howard, The Guardian, 26 August 2015

The Great Stephen Cohen on Meaning of Merkel-Poroshenko, Russia Insider, 27 August 2015 (audio podcast)

Monsanto is Buying Lands by Vadimir Platov, New Eastern Outlook, 22 August 2015

Jorge Ramos Commits Journalism, Gets Immediately Attacked by Journalists by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 26 August 2015

Self-Plagiarism and the Politics of Character Assassination: the Case of Zygmunt Bauman by Brad Evans - Henry A. Giroux, CounterPunch, 27 August 2015

Purge of Corbyn voters unmasks Labour by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 27 August 2015

Housing gains in Spain by Tom Youngman, Red Pepper, August 2015


27 August

China can ride out this crisis. But we're on course for another crash by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, 26 August 2015

China Financial Markets “Carefully Rigged”. Instruments of Stock Market Manipulation by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 26 August 2015

Brave (miserable) new normal world by Pepe Escobar, RT, 25 August 2015

Pentagon's Mysterious 'Russia Threat' by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider, 26 August 2015

The Rise of the Permanent Prisoners of War by David Swanson, ZNet, 26 August 2015

‘Islamic State' Pretence and the Upcoming Wars in Libya by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 25 August 2015

In Video Campaign, Renowned Iranians Call for 'More Peaceful Tomorrow' by Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, 25 August 2015

Why is Interpol doing the work of Arab despots? by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 26 August 2015

Naomi Klein on climate change: 'I thought it best to write about my own raw terror' by Oliver Milman, The Guardian, 26 August 2015

NASA: World 'Locked Into' at Least 3 Feet of Sea Level Rise by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 26 August 2015

Health Care Slavery and Overwork by Paul Street, teleSUR, 24 August 2015


25 August

"Casino Capitalism": Economist Michael Hudson on What's Behind the Stock Market's Rollercoaster Ride, Democracy Now! 25 August 2015 (video and transcript)

The Spectacle of American Violence and the Cure for Donald Trump by Henry Giroux - Chuck Mertz, CounterPunch, 25 August 2015

Misreading the Refugee Crisis by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 25 August 2015

Noam Chomsky: Israeli Apartheid ‘Much Worse' Than South Africa by IMEMC News, Mint Press News, 25 August 2015

‘Bullying' – BBC Political Editor's Bizarre Term For The Public Resisting The Establishment by David Cromwell, Media Lens, 25 August 2015

From the archives: Kaufmann on religion by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 25 August 2015


24 August

The Case for Pragmatism by Robert Parry,, 24 August 2015

Global Ponzi scheme threatens to implode by Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site, 24 August 2015

Wall Street Panic by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 24 August 2015

Five Things You Need to Know About the US "Reconstruction" Effort in Afghanistan by Kanya D'Almeida, Truthout, 24 August 2015

Western Complicity in Yemen Genocide Met With Media Silence by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 24 August 2015

Israel's choice of envoy sends a message to the UN by Jonathan Cook, The National, 24 August 2015

Is Israeli military using Barak in struggle w/ Netanyahu over Iran Deal? by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, 24 August 2015

No, Ukraine Is Not on the Cusp of an Uprising by New Cold, Russia Insider, 24 August 2015

Financial Times Admits It: Ukraine's Army Is Falling Apart by Roman Olearchyk, Russia Insider, 24 August 2015

Venezuela: Could Chavistas Lose The Coming Election? by Federico Fuentes, ZNet, 24 August 2015

Is it ok to criticise Islam? by William Eichler, openDemocracy, 24 August 2015


23 August

Tomgram: David Bromwich, The Neoconservative Empire Returns,, 23 August 2015

The Illusion of a Rift in the Obama-Netanyahu Relationship by Fayez Rasheed, The Palestine Chronicle, 23 August 2015

Isis blinds journalists with its barbarity, but we must continue to report by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 23 August 2015

Yanis Varoufakis: ‘If I'm convicted of high treason, it would be interesting' by Andrew Anthony, The Guardian, 23 August 2015

Misinformation Hides Real Dimension of Greek “Bailout” by Roberto Savio, ZNet, 23 August 2015

The West Spreads Intellectual Idiocy by Andre Vltchek, The 4th Media, 23 August 2015

Eulogy for a Friend by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 23 August 2015


22 August

Is Podemos willing to break out of the European corset? by David Marty, teleSUR, 22 August 2015

Exit Stage Left? by Josep Maria Antentas, Jacobin, 21 August 2015

Yanis Varoufakis brands Alexis Tsipras the ‘new De Gaulle' as election gets ugly by Helena Smith and Andrew Anthony, The Guardian, 22 August 2015

Introducing Popular Unity by Stathis Kouvelakis, Jacobin, 21 August 2015

The Age of Imperial Wars by James Petras, Global Research, 22 August 2015

The Magician's Apprentice by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 22 August 2015

The Secret Agenda Behind the Venezuela-Guyana Conflict by Eva Golinger, ZNet, 22 August 2015


21 August

US shows its real face in choosing Turkey over the Kurds by Joris Leverink, teleSUR, 21 August 2015

The Riddle of Obama's Foreign Policy by Robert Parry,, 21 August 2015

The Plague of American Authoritarianism by Henry A. Giroux, CounterPunch, 21 August 2015

What's So Great About Running for President? by Paul Street, CounterPunch, 21 August 2015

Deadly Cheering for War in Ukraine by Western Press by Roger Annis, CounterPunch, 21 August 2015

The Basic Income Debate: Political, Philosophical and Economic Issues by Daniel Raventös - Julie Wark, CounterPunch, 21 August 2015

From Genocide to Resistance: Yazidi Women Fight Back by Dilar Dirik, teleSUR, 21 August 2015

Puerto Rico: a US debt colony hounded by hedge funds by Jerome Roos,, 21 August 2015

Rio's Olympic preparations under the spotlight by Adam Talbot,, 21 August 2015

What Is Britain's Labour Party For? by Kenan Malik, International New York Times, 21 August 2015


20 August

Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, Rogue States and Nuclear Dangers,, 20 August 2015

Fukushima: Thousands Have Already Died, Thousands More Will Die by Ian Fairlie, CounterPunch, 20 August 2015

Western Legacy in Libya Leaves a Hole Filled by Migrants Fleeing for Europe – Interview with Ramzy Baroud by Sputnik, The Palestine Chronicle, 20 August 2015

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future by Robet Fisk, The Independent, 20 August 2015

Ankara: the New Capital of Jihad by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 20 August 2015

Kiev's Renewed Assault on Donbass to Trigger US-Russian War – Stephen Cohen, Sputnik, 20 August 2015

Jeremy Corbyn's surge can be at the heart of a winning coalition by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, 20 August 2015


19 August

China vs. the IMF by Jack Rasmus, teleSUR, 19 August 2015

ISIS in Afghanistan: Proxy War against Iran and China by Eric Draitser, Global Research, 19 August 2015

Who's the Real Troublemaker in the Middle East? by Medea Benjamin, Other Words, 19 August 2015

The Honduran Coup's Ugly Aftermath by Jonathan Marshall,, 19 August 2015

Rapprochement in Havana or Intended Regime Change? America's Kiss of Death by Norman Pollack, CounterPunch, 19 August 2015

From the archives: Scruton on pessimism by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 19 August 2015


18 August

Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the US by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 18 August 2015

Syria civil war: Civilians in Damascus pay the price for those in the provinces in conflict's balance of horror by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 18 August 2015

War Begets War Refugees: The Moral Bankruptcy of Italy and NATO by Ramzy Baroud, ZNet, 18 August 2015

Are Israel and Hamas really talking about ending Gaza siege? by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 18 August 2015

Who profits from the Bangkok bombing? by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 18 August 2015

Jeremy Corbyn is the curator of the future. His rivals are chasing an impossible dream by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 18 August 2015

Anarchism, Marxism, And Victor Serge by Staughton Lynd, ZNet, 18 August 2015


17 August

Déjà Vu: Germany Tightens Its Economic Power Over Europe by Richard D. Wolff, Truthout, 17 August 2015

Yanis Varoufakis: bailout deal allows Greek oligarchs to maintain grip by Phillip Inman, The Guardian, 17 August 2015

What the Latest Currency ‘War' is All About by Pepe Escobar, My Catbird Seat, 17 August 2015

Protesting Bernie and Attaining Broader Politics by Michael Albert, ZNet, 17 August 2015

Julian Assange and the Value of WikiLeaks: Subverting Illusions by Norman Solomon, ZNet, 17 August 2015

Propaganda, Intelligence and MH-17 by Ray McGovern,, 17 August 2015


16 August

Neocons to Americans: Trust Us Again by Robert Parry,, 16 August 2015

Republicans Can't Face the Truth About Iraq by Eric Margolis, Information Clearing House, 16 August 2015

Isis is using 'dreamology' to justify its nightmarish vision for the world by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 16 August 2015

China's currency gambit and Labour's debate about quantitative easing: old and new ways to cope with economic crisis by Paul Mason, The Guardian, 16 August 2015

PostCapitalism by Paul Mason review – a worthy successor to Marx? by David Runciman, The Guardian, 16 August 2015

Amnesty International: Protecting the ‘Human Rights' of Johns, Pimps and Human Traffickers by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 16 August 2015


15 August

The “New Thirty Years War” in the Middle East: A Western Policy of Chaos? by Steven MacMillan, Global Research, 15 August 2015

Questions a Real MH17 Report Would Answer by Patrick Armstrong, Russia Insider, 15 August 2015

Jewish Terrorists by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 15 August 2015


14 August

Greece has become the EU's third protectorate by Jan Zielonka, openDemocracy, 14 August 2015

The Refugees Are Coming!!! by Andre Vltchek,, 14 August 2015

Europe shouldn't worry about migrants. It should worry about creeping fascism by Laurie Penny, New Statesman, 14 August 2015

Rumour Mongering Surrounds MH17 Investigation as NATO War Games Barrel Ahead in Eastern Europe by Roger Annis, CounterPunch, 14 August 2015

Pipelineistan — the Iran-Pak-China connection by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 14 August 2015

Obama's Stupid Blame-Iran Game by Gareth Porter,, 14 August 2015


13 August

Officials: Islamic State arose from US support for al-Qaeda in Iraq by Nafeez Ahmed, Insurge Intelligence, 13 August 2015

The messy US ‘strategy' in Syria by Pepe Escobar, RT, 13 August 2015

Outrage over Israeli politician's Reform Jew comment by Jonathan Cook, Al Jazeera, 13 August 2015

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Big Oil in Retreat,, 13 August 2015

Free speech in an age of identity politics by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 13 August 2015


12 August

Greece is about to be completely dismantled and fed to profit-hungry corporations by Nick Dearden, The Independent, 12 August 2015

Migrants in the Mediterranean: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Belen Fernández, teleSUR, 12 August 2015

It's not migrants who are the marauders and plunderers by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, 12 August 2015

Is the United States Sliding Into War in Ukraine—as It Did in Vietnam? by Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, 12 August 2015

Ukrainians are Voting With Their Feet Against War and Economic Disaster by Roger Annis, CounterPunch, 12 August 2015

Uncanny Parallels Between Serbia and Ukraine Conflicts by Nebojsa Malic, Russia Insider, 12 August 2013

The brothers who funded Blair, Israeli settlements and Islamophobia by Sarah Marusek and David Miller, Middle East Eye, 12 August 2015

Syrians fear Army Colonel murdered during traffic altercation in Latakia will not get justice as suspect is son of President Assad's first cousin by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 12 August 2015

Hillary Clinton on the Sanctity of Protecting Classified Information by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 12 August 2015

Democrats Continue to Delude Themselves About Obama's Failed Guantánamo Vow by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 12 August 2015

The Labour leader candidates and the constitution by Anthony Barnett, openDemocracy, 12 August 2015

Get the GMO Out of My Mustard by Vandana Shiva, Common Dreams, 12 August 2015


11 August

Noam Chomsky: How America's Way of Thinking About the World Naturally Produces Human Catastrophes by Tavis Smiley, AlterNet, 11 August 2015

Noam Chomsky: What Bernie Sanders' Campaign Is Doing to the Democratic Party by Zid Jilani, AlterNet, 11 August 2015

Tomgram: Engelhardt, What It Means When You Kill People On the Other Side of the Planet and No One Notices,, 11 August 2015

Beyond Anti-Capitalism by Paul Street, ZNet, 11 August 2015

In Tory Britain, young people are having their future stolen by Owen Jones, The Guardian, 11 August 2015


10 August

David Cameron is failing to PR himself in the Middle East. Maybe he should start looking closer to home by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 10 August 2015

Regional powers are making a mess of the Middle East by Rami G. Khouri, Al Jazeera America, 10 August 2015

Greece and beyond: Capitalism versus Democracy in Europe by Michael Lowy, CADTM, 10 August 2015

Profiting from Pain: Europe's Crisis Is Germany's Blessing by Stefan Schultz, Spiegel Online Inernational, 10 August 2015

From the archives: Tony Blair's journey by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 10 August 2015


9 August

The U.S.-Russia “phony war”: How Washington warmongers could bring us from stalemate to catastrophe by Patrick L. Smith, Salon, 9 August 2015

Trump trumps them all in Republican debates by Pepe Escobar, RT, 9 August 2015

Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish resistance by Joris Leverink,, 9 August 2015

Evoking the Wrath of Nature by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 9 August 2015


8 August

Gorbachev Fears Nuclear War. “As Long As these Weapons Exist, Sooner or Later They Will Be Used” by Stephen Lendman, Global Research, 8 August 2015

Divide et Impera by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 8 August 2015

Debating democracy in a European debt colony by Chloe Wyma,, 8 August 2015

The Real Cost of Being Poor: Reflections from the Heartland by Paul Street, ZCommentaries, 8 August 2015

In the wilderness about Charlie Hebdo by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 8 August 2015


7 August

Commemorating U.S. Violence from Hiroshima to Iraq by Sam Husseini, CounterPunch, 7 August 2015

The Europe We Don't Want by Serge Halimi, CounterPunch, 7 August 2015

Don't believe the press – Britain is far from a refugee magnet by Owen Jones, The Guardian, 7 August 2015


6 August

Pentagon prepares for century of climate emergencies and oil wars by Nafeez Ahmed, Middle East Eye, 6 August 2015

To Defend Iran Deal, Obama Boasts That He's Bombed Seven Countries by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 6 August 2015

The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It by Gar Alperovitz, The Nation, 6 August 2015

Supporters of Diplomacy over War Must Speak Up by Phyllis Bennis, Kevin Martin, Common Dreams, 5 August 2015

10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism by Medea Benjamin, teleSUR, 4 August 2015

A Practical Guide to American Fascism: The Psychopathology of Liberalism by Norman Pollack, CounterPunch, 6 August 2015

Win or lose, Jeremy Corbyn has already changed the rules of the game by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, 5 August 2015

Whitewash - The Guardian Readers' Editor Responds On Jeremy Corbyn by David Edwards, Media Lens, 6 August 2015

Review: Murray Bookchin, The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy by Benjamin J. Pauli, Logos, Summer 2015

Brian Groombridge obituary by Jean Sargeant, The Guardian, 31 July 2015


5 August

Tomgram: Christian Appy, America's Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 Years Later,, 4 August 2015

“Austerity is a Dead End” by Alexis Tsipras and Kostas Arvanitis, ZNet, 4 August 2015

Greek Tragedy by Yanis Varoufakis and Christos Tsiolkas, ZNet, 4 August 2015

Greece Writ Large and Deep by Michael Albert, teleSUR, 3 August 2015

The Right to a Dignified Life by Jesse A. Myerson, Jacobin, 4 August 2015

Reshuffling Eurasia's Energy Deck — Iran, China and Pipelineistan by Pepe Escobar, CounterPunch, 4 August 2015

Washington's Fifth Columns Inside Russia and China by Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House, 4 August 2015

WaPo Says the NED Does What the CIA Used to Do by Patrick Armstrong, Russia Insider, 3 August 2015

Russia Shoots Down “US Stealth Coup”: Tough Times for America's “Color Revolution” industry by Tony Cartalucci, Global Research, 31 July 2015

Monsters of Ukraine: Made in the USA by Justin Raimondo,, 31 July 2015

Chavez is gone, but Chavismo is here to stay by Federico Fuentes, teleSUR, 3 August 2015

Bookchin's Political Vision by Stephen R. Shalom, New Politics, Summer 2015


4 August

America's Barbaric Logic of Hiroshima 70 Years On by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 4 August 2015

Confronting a Very Dark Chapter by Gary G. Kohls,, 3 August 2015

The Atomic Era Turns 70, as Nuclear Hazards Endure by Joseph Mangano and Janette D. Sherman, CounterPunch, 3 August 2015

Moral Consequences of War: America's Hegemonic Thirst by Norman Pollack, CounterPunch, 3 August 2015

The New Climate "Normal": Abrupt Sea Level Rise and Predictions of Civilization Collapse by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, 3 August 2015

Abdullah al-Senussi execution: This perversion of justice suits Western security services just fine by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 2 August 2015

The Palestinian Bubble and the Burning of Toddler, Ali Dawabsha by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 2 August 2015

U.S. Tries To Stir Ethnic Division In Crimea by Eric Zuesse,, 2 August 2015

MH17: West Wants a Tribunal Without an Investigation by Alexander Chopov, Russia Insider, 31 JUly 2015

Sovereign Debt Restructuring Processes as a Geopolitical Dispute by Ezequiel Adamovsky, teleSUR, 1 August 2015

Turning “No” Into a Political Front by Stathis Kouvelakis, Jacobin, 3 August 2015

Erdogan's Bloody Gambit by Max Zirngast, Jacobin, 3 August 2015

Erdogan sacrifices peace to entrench his own power by Yvo Fitzherbert,, 3 August 2015


3 August

The Soft Power Hoax by Mike Lofgren,, 2 August 2015

Power in the Service of Power by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 3 August 2015

Our (Neocon) Man in Odessa by Derek Royden,, 3 August 2015

Will France and Other European Countries Break With the US on the Ukrainian Crisis? by Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, 29 July 2015 (audio)

Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 1 August 2015

Water: source of life and conflict in the Land of Rivers by Joris Leverink,, 1 August 2015

Uprooting Patriarchy and Establishing Racial, Economic and Social Justice in Chiapas, Mexico by Mark Karlin, Truthout, 2 August 2015

Why does the UK need a constitutional convention? An interview with Anthony Barnett by Phil England, openDemocracy, 29 July 2015

A Haven From the Animal Holocaust by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 2 August 2015


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, 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, John Pilger, Hannu Reime, Jerome Roos, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Jeremy Seabrook, Richard Seymour, Ahdaf Soueif, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn

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