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:


27 June

Three-quarters of world has little or no confidence in Trump, Pew study finds by Patrick Wintour, The Guardian, 27 June 2017

Hersh's new Syria revelations buried from view, Jonathan Cook Blog, 26 June 2017

Afghanistan's Lessons for Syria by Paul R. Pillar,, 27 June 2017

How Trump Risks a Saudi-Qatar War by Joe Lauria,, 26 June 2017

By demanding the end of Al Jazeera, Saudi Arabia is trying to turn Qatar into a vassal state by Robert Fisk, Independent, 26 June 2017

Democrats Face Failing Russia-gate Scheme by Norman Solomon,, 26 June 2017

Ireland must be tough to avoid being sold out in Brexit deal by Fintan O'Toole, The Irish Times, 27 June 2017

Theresa May just quietly made a sinister deal about EU citizens which puts us on the fast track to a bad Brexit by Thom Brooks, Independent, 27 June 2017

Grenfell tower: The beginning of the end for the Tory austerity regime by Youssef El-Gingihy, Independent, 26 June 2017

Thinking Dangerously: The Role of Higher Education in Authoritarian Times by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 26 Jue 2017

Manufactured illiteracy and miseducation: A long process of decline led to President Donald Trump by Henry A. Giroux, Salon, 24 June 2017

Down from the Mountain by Greg Grandin, London Review of Books, 29 June 2017

Future Shock: Imagining India by Colin Todhunter, CounterPunch, 26 June 2017

Arundhati Roy on the Rising Hindu Right in India, the Gujarat Massacre & Her Love of Eduardo Galeano, Democracy Now! 26 June 2017 (video and transcript)


26 June

Trump‘s Red Line by Seymour M. Hersh, Welt, 25 June 2017

Intel Behind Trump's Syria Attack Questioned Ray McGovern,, 25 June 2017

A Baseless Justification for War in Syria by Dennis J Bernstein,, 25 June 2017

Behind the ‘Scapegoating' of Russia by Rick Sterling,, 24 June 2017

Tensions Mount as the New Saudi Prince Takes Charge by Eric Margolis, The Unz Review, 24 June 2017

House of Saudi Cards: The Inside Story by Pepe Escobar, Sputnik, 24 June 2017

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Commandos of Everywhere,, 25 June 2017

Extreme Capitalism and the Case for a Guaranteed Income by Paul Buchheit and Mark Karlin, Truthout, 25 June 2017


25 June

Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti on the Deep-Reaching Ramifications of Climate Change, RT/Truthdig, 24 June 2017 (video)

Why the Trump Administration Is Making Human Extinction Increasingly Possible by Vijay Prashad, AlterNet, 21 June 2017

Putin Tries to Avoid a Wider War With the US by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 23 June 2017

Trump, Qatar and the Danger of Total Confusion by Gary Leupp, CounterPunch, 23 June 2017

Moving Closer to Doom by Brian Cloughley, CounterPunch, 23 June 2017

Policing ‘Truth’ to Restore ‘Trust’ by Robert Parry,, 24 June 2017

How Israel gains from Egypt-Saudi Red Sea islands deal by Jonathan Cook, Al Jazeera, 24 June 2017

The Four-Letter Word by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 24 June 2017

The Establishment's Russia Fixation Takes A Dark Turn: An Interview With Stephen F. Cohen by Michael Tracey, TYT, 20 June 2017 (video)

Plucked from the web #20 by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 25 June 2017


24 June

Why is it that the British state could cope with the Blitz, but cannot deal with Grenfell Tower? by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 23 June 2017

The religion of property is to blame for the deaths of those at Grenfell by Joshua Funnell, openDemocracy, 23 June 2017

I voted for Brexit. But a year on, it looks less and less appealing by Sean O'Grady, Independent, 23 June 2017

Theresa May’s Other Citizens of Nowhere by

The Reason Behind the US Government’s Secret Hatred of Europeans by Eric Zuesse, Strategic Culture Foundation, 21 June 2017

Russian nexus by Vijay Prashad, ZNet 23 June 2017

The Militarization of US Policy on Latin America Is Deepening Under Trump by Jake Johnston,, 21 June 2017

Israel's Dirty Little Secret by Philip Giraldi, The Unz Review, 20 June 2017

Palestinians Still Demand Human Rights by Dennis J Bernstein,, 23 June 2017


23 June

From War to Cholera, Yemen Is Facing World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis, Democracy Now! 22 June 2017 (video and transcript)

Trump’s Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don’t Matter in the War on Terror by Phyllis Bennis, The Nation, 21 June 2017

How America Armed Terrorists in Syria by Gareth Porter, The American Conservative, 22 June 2017

Isis may be leaderless and facing defeat in Mosul, but the jihadis will fight on by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 22 June 2017

4 Nations twist Qatar’s arm, to close down Aljazeera by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, 23 June 2017

EU washes its hands of Gaza by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 22 June 2017

What politicians said in the wake of Grenfell Tower rings hollow if you’ve seen it all before in the Middle East by Robert Fisk, Independent, 22 June 2017

Myths of Globalization: Noam Chomsky and Ha-Joon Chang in Conversation by C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout, 22 June 2017

Trump’s Cuba Rollback by Samuel Farber, Jacobin, 20 June 2017


22 June

Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 21 June 2017

Iran’s Missile Strike Adds to Syrian Crisis by Patrick Henningsen,, 21 June 2017

The US Military Can’t Get Out (No Matter the Country or the Conflict) by Tom Engelhardt, Common Dreams, 20 June 2017

Fear and loathing on the Afghan Silk Road by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 21 June 2017

Naomi Klein Pushes Us to Dream Big to Get Beyond Trump’s Shock Politics by Robert Jensen, Common Dreams, 21 June 2017

Russia-gate Flops as Democrats’ Golden Ticket by Robert Parry,, 21 June 2017

Corbyn’s Labour party should promote more moderation, less extremism in UK foreign policy by Mark Curtis, 21 June 2017

The Single Party French State … as the Majority of Voters Abstain by Diana Johnstone, CounterPunch, 21 June 2017

Temperatures in the Southwest Are So Hot Airlines Are Canceling Flights by Celisa Calacal, AlterNet, 20 June 2017

Arundhati Roy on Returning to Fiction, Redefining Happiness & Writing About Worlds Ripped Apart, Democracy Now! 20 June 2017 (video and transcript)


21 June

The US seems keener to strike at Syria's Assad than it does to destroy Isis by Robert Fisk, Independent, 20 June 2017

Spoiling for a Wider War in Syria by Robert Parry,, 20 June 2017

Syria's Sarajevo Moment by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 20 June 2017

Tomgram: William Hartung, Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis,, 20 June 2017

Beating Oliver Stone: the Media’s Spin on the Putin Interviews by Maxim Nikolenko, CounterPunch, 20 June 2017

Russian youths are taking to the streets, but let's not over-hype the revolt of the “Putin generation” just yet by Tom Junes, openDemocracy, 20 June 2017

Over 170 years after Engels, Britain is still a country that murders its poor by Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian, 20 June 2017

This new disease could devastate our wildlife. Watch the Tories do nothing by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 21 June 2017

Syria's Sarajevo Moment
Syria's Sarajevo Moment

For common values, against patriotism by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 21 June 2017

Wikileaks – Choose Your Side of the Barricade by Craig Murray, 19 June 2017


20 June

Escalating threat of US-Russian confrontation in Syria by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 20 June 2017

US Risks Wider War by Downing Syrian Plane by Gilbert Doctorow,, 19 June 2017

Trump Complies with War-Hawk Wishes by Ann Wright,, 19 June 2017

The Syrian Nightmare: No End in Sight by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 19 June 2017

America will regret helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen by Medea Benjamin, The Guardian, 19 June 2017

For 100,000 trapped civilians, the battle for Mosul has reached its final but deadliest stage by Bethan McKernan, Independent, 19 June 2017

Egyptian Writer Omar Robert Hamilton: Saudi's Bankrolling of Egypt Is Tied to Internal Crackdown, Democracy Now! 19 June 2017 (video and transcript)

John Pilger, Vanessa Beeley: The Age of Media Mass Deception by Neil Clark, RT/Information Clearing House, 19 June 2017 (video)



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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