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:


23 March

From Paris to London: another city, another attack with elements from the Isis playbook by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 22 March 2017

It is President Erdogan's Turkey, not humane Germany, that is guilty of 'Nazi practices' by Robert Fisk, Independent, 22 March 2017

Two Months In, Trump Breaking Every Vow to 'Drain the Swamp': Report by Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams, 22 March 2017

The Culture of Cruelty in Trump's America by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 22 March 2017

The End of the US Empire Can Be a New Beginning for Our Democracy by Daniel Cantor and Barbara Dudley, The Nation, 21 March 2017

“Fake Scholarship” and the Future of America’s University by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 21 March 2017

A thousand miles from Moscow: how Putin forged his Russian heartland by Anne Garrels, The Guardian, 21 March 2017

You can't evict a movement: a story of squatting and migration in Athens by Hector Uniacke, openDemocracy, 21 March 2017

That Didn’t Go to Plan by John Harris, The Nation, 21 March 2017

Remembering Chuck Berry by David Hajdu, The Nation, 20 March 2017


22 March

John Pilger Awarded, International Journalism Prize by the Press Club of Mexico Julian Assange in conversation with John Pilger, RT/Information Clearing House, 21 March 2017 (vido and transcript)

Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden’s Accusers Is a Fraud by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 21 March 2017

Donald Trump Is Filling Top Pentagon and Homeland Security Positions With Defense Contractors by Lee Fang, The Intercept, 21 March 2017

Gorsuch Would Use "Originalism" to Affirm Right-Wing Agenda by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 21 March 2017

So Much for the Russian Threat: Putin Slashes Defense Spending While Trump Plans Massive Buildup by Danielle Ryan, AlterNet, 21 March 2017

A Breach in the Anti-Putin Groupthink by Gilbert Doctorow,, 21 March 2017

These Are the Elections That Will Decide Europe’s Fate by Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus, 21 March 2017

What Is Objective Journalism? by David Edwards, Media Lens, 21 March 2017


21 March

Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’ by Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 21 March 2017

The Global Famine Begins by Michael Snyder, Information Clearing House, 20 March 2017

Martin McGuinness dies: The super-'terrorist' who became a super-statesman - like so many others by Robert Fisk, Independent, 21 March 2017

The Missing Logic of Russia-gate by Robert Parry,, 20 March 2017

Poll Shows America Really Does Not Like You, Donald Trump by Nika Knight, Common Dreams, 20 March 2017

Chris Hedges and Stephen Kinzer Explore the Birth of American Empire, RT/Truthdig, 20 March 2017 (video)

Could Great Wall of Iron become New Silk Roadblock? by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 18 March 2017

The Information Superhighway, The Feeling of Absurdity, Something is Inherently Wrong, Buried in a Snowstorm… by Edward Curtin, Global Research, 20 March 2017

Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting “The Origins of Totalitarianism” by Roger Berkowitz, Los Angeles Review of Books,18 March 2017

Southern Command in Costa Rica: US Occupation Disguised as Humanitarian Aid by Santiago Navarro F. and Renata Bessi, Truthout, 18 March 2017

Joint Independent Media Statement on George Osborne’s Appointment to the Evening Standard, Real Media, 20 March 2017


20 March

A Last Chance for Resistance by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 19 March 2017

On the 40th anniversry of Kamal Jumblatt's death, is trouble brewing again in Lebanon? by Robert Fisk, Independent, 19 March 2017

The 'Birth Pangs' of a New Middle East, Remixed by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 19 March 2017

Trump’s Team Embraces Iranian Myths by Paul R. Pillar,, 19 March 2017

NYT’s ‘Tinfoil Hat’ Conspiracy Theory by Robert Parry,, 19 March 2017

Send them to Egypt by Jack Shenker, openDemocracy, 18 March 2017

Trump Administration Ousts U.N. Official to Protect Israel From Criticism by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 18 March 2017

UN official resigns after pressure to withdraw Israel apartheid report by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 17 March 2017

Rebecca Solnit Answers "The Mother of All Questions": Why Are Women Silenced? by Mark Karlin, Truthout, 19 March 2017

The CIA’s 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers by Robert Scheer and Joel Whitney, Truthdig, 17 March 2017

Indigenous people 'convince Norwegian pension fund to ditch investment in Dakota pipeline by Chloe Farand, Independent, 19 March 2017


19 March

No One Needs Another Korean War by Eric Margolois, Information Clearing House, 19 March 2017

The Dangerous Reality of an Iran War by Sharmine Narwani, Information Clearing House, 16 March 2017

"War Torn" - U.S. Slaughter In Syria, Somalia And Yemen by Moon of Alabama, Information Clearing House, 17 March 2017

Letter from a Syrian reader: “There is a new sentiment of solidarity in the ranks of the poor people”, World Socialist Web Site, 18 March 2017

Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs by Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan, Common Dreams, 18 March 2017

“I Stand by my Assessment that Israel is Committing the Crime of Apartheid,” Head of UN Body Resigns Following Pressure from UN Secretary-General Guterres To Withdraw Critical Report by Middle East Eye, Global Research, 18 March 2017

The Trump/Obama ‘Leak War' by Rick Sterling,, 17 March 2017

Letting Russia Be Russia by Alastair Crooke,, 17 March 2017

On this day in 1871: Paris Commune established, ROAR, 18 March 2017

Ireland's Other Proclamation by Ronan Burtenshaw & Donal Fallon, Jacobin, 17 March 2017


18 March

Brexit unleashed an English nationalism that has damaged the union with Scotland for good by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 17 March 2017

The Hardening of Society and the Rise of Cultures of Cruelty in Neo-Fascist America by Henry Giroux, CounterPunch, 17 March 2017

Evaluate New Travel Ban in Light of International Law by Marjorie Cohn, ZCommentaries, 17 March 2017

The Management of Unleashed Insanity by Todd Gitlin, Common Dreams, 17 March 2017

Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic party by Trevor Timm, The Guardian, 17 March 2017

‘People are scared': Paranoia seizes Trump's White House by Alex Isenstadt and Kenneth P. Vogel, Politico, 15 March 2017

Contrasting Tales of Two Besieged Cities by Steven Chovanec,, 17 March 2017

Getting US intervention in Syria wrong: a response to Jamie Allinson's ‘Disaster Islamism' by Ian Sinclair, Medium, 16 March 2017

Yemen war: More than half of British people unaware of ongoing conflict seeing UK weapons deployed by Saudis by Lizzie Dearden, Independent, 17 March 2017

Britain Sends Troops, Tanks to Estonia to ‘Deter Russian Aggression' by Jason Ditz,, 17 March 2017

Monsanto Isn't Feeding the World—It's Killing Our Children by Katherine Paul, AlterNet, 17 March 2017


17 March

UN Facing Famines, Conflicts and Now U.S. Funding Cuts by Lyndal Rowlands, Inter Press Service, 17 March 2017

Trump's Budget Vision Would Transform America Into War-Obsessed, Survival-of-the-Fittest Dystopia by Steve Rosenfeld, AlterNet, 16 March 2017

Trump Slips into ‘Endless War' Cycle by James W. Carden,, 16 March 2017

The Problem With the CIA and Drones by David Swanson, ZNet, 16 March 2017

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Walled In,, 16 March 2017

Beyond the Acid-Filled Jacuzzi: Sinister Truths About Bannon's Fascism by Alexander Reid Ross, Truthout, 15 March 2017

Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 16 March 2017

Freedom Rider: When America Interfered in a Russian Election by Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report, 14 March 2017

Trump budget slashes foreign aid, but not for Israel by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 16 March 2017

Landmark UN report backs Israel boycott by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 15 March 2017

What is the Labour Party for? by Robert Potts, The Times Literary Supplement, 15 March 2017

GreenLeft proves to be big winner in Dutch election by Jon Henley, The Guardian, 16 March 2017

We need popular participation, not populism by Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper, 27 February 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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