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:


9 August

Don't let the victors define morality – Hiroshima was always indefensible by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 9 August 2020

Trump Just Admitted on Live Television He Will 'Terminate' Social Security and Medicare If Reelected in November by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 8 August 2020

Ranking the Infinite Greed, Power and Controls of Giant Corporations by Ralph Nader, Common Dreams, 7 August 2020

US Intelligence: If Trump Wins Russia Did It, If Biden Wins It Was China And Iran,, 8 August 2020

The Kuwait War at 30: The birth of a unipolar world by Farhang Jahanpour, The Transnational, 2 August 2020

India and China: Behind the Conflict by Conn Hallinan,, 8 August 2020

Spain overtakes UK’s Covid-19 case count by Emilio de Benito, El País in English, 7 August 2020

WATCH: What Would Assange Face in the US? Consortium News, 8 August 2020

My Solution for Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds by Abdullah Öcalan, Jacobin, 7 August 2020

Nigeria’s female mechanics show how young African women can be empowered by Ogechi Adeola, openDemocracy, 6 August 2020

Clive Ponting, Hero by Craig Murray, 7 August 2020


8 August

The World on Fire by Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, 7 August 2020

Canadian ice shelf area bigger than Manhattan collapses due to rising temperatures by Reuters, The Guardian, 7 August 2020

“The World’s Most Dangerous Man”: Mary Trump on Her Uncle, President Trump, & Why He Must Be Ousted, Democracy Now! 7 August 2020 (video and transcript)

How Not to Lose the Lockdown Generation by Naomi Klein, The Intercept, 6 August 2020

COVID-19: Humanity’s Cries Against the Crimes of Death by Vijay Prashad, Consortium News, 7 August 2020

COVID-19: The ‘Free Market’ Wolves of the Pandemic by Vijay Prashad, Consortium News, 7 August 2020

None Of The World’s Worst People Are In Prison: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix,, 7 August 2020

Modi's brutal treatment of Kashmir exposes his tactics – and their flaws by Arundhati Roy, The Guardian, 6 August 2020

The rise of nationalism has led to increased oppression of minorities around the world – but the Uighur and Kashmir are reported differently by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 7 August 2020

I saw from the inside how Labour staff worked to prevent a Labour government by Joe Ryle, openDemocracy, 7 August 2020

Jeremy Corbyn accuses Labour officials of sabotaging election campaign by Peter Walker, The Guardian, 7 August 2020

A Covid jobs crisis is on the way. If you have shares in Rishi Sunak, sell them now by Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian, 6 August 2020

This morning on a Kent beach by Anthony Barnett, openDemocracy, 7 August 2020

Illuminating and obscuring -- a review of Pankaj Mishra’s Bland Fanatics by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 8 August 2020


7 August

Dropping Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Was Unnecessary by Gar Alperovitz, Martin Sherwin, Common Dreams, 6 August 2020

Hiroshima Denial is Terror by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 6 August 2020

ATOMIC BOMBINGS AT 75: How US Spies Secured the Uranium for Hiroshima by Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 6 August 2020

The Beirut blast was terrible – nuclear weapons are far, far worse by Paul Rogers, openDemocracy, 5 August 2020

Israel is in shock, in a sickening show of hypocrisy by Gideon Levy, Information Clearing House, 6 August 2020

Israel Is in the Middle of a Summer of Mass Unrest by Etan Nechin, Jacobin, 6 Agust 2020

‘A Perpetual Motion Machine Of Killing’: Alleged Cover-Up Of Civilians Murdered By UK Special Forces In Iraq And Afghanistan by David Cromwell and David Edwards, Media Lens, 6 August 2020

The myth of central control by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 6 August 2020

Raise, Don’t Stabilize and Don’t Reduce Social Costs by Collective 20, ZNet, 6 August 2020

A Message to the Swing State by Noam Chomsky, ZNet, 6 August 2020 (video)

The Heart of the Matter in the South China Sea by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 6 August 2020

Tomgram: Patrick Cockburn, My Pandemics,, 6 August 2020

Time to Empower the Invisibles: India Awaits a Mental Health Revolution by

Ireland and Slavery: Debating the ‘Irish Slaves Myth’ by Brian Kelly,


6 August

Beirut has suffered a catastrophe that will live long in the memory – and the repeated betrayal of its citizens is a travesty by Robert Fisk, Independent, 5 August 2020

ATOMIC BOMBINGS AT 75: From Hiroshima to Collateral Murder by Nozomi Hayase, Consortium News, 5 August 2020

How Trump Managed to Lead the World with the Worst Response to the COVID Pandemic by Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch, 5 August 2020

The Consequences of Inequality Can Be Fatal by Richard D. Wolff, ZNet, 4 August 2020

Comparing Poverty in India and America May Surprise You by Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams, 3 August 2020

Apartheid or One State: Has Jordan Broken a Political Taboo? by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 5 August 2020

Venezuela Wins Right to Appeal UK Ruling Barring Access to Gold Reserves by Lucas Koerner, Venezuelanalysis, 28 July 2020

US credit outlook rated “negative” as concerns mount over dollar’s global role by Nick Beams, Defend Democracy Press, 6 August 2020

John Hume (1937–2020) by Daniel Finn, Jacobin, 5 August 2020

Stinking Tory Corruption by Craig Murray, 6 August 2020

How Trump is opening the way for the Taliban to take Afghanistan back by Paul Rogers, openDemocracy, 31 July 2020

Are Women-led Startups Key to Sustainability in Senegal? by Stella Paul, Inter Press Service, 20 July 2020


5 August

Dozens killed, thousands wounded in Beirut explosion: Live by Mersiha Gadzo, Al Jazeera, 5 August 2020

WATCH enormous Beirut blast from 15 synchronized camera angles as mystery surrounding its cause persists, RT, 4 August 2020

‘Collapse of civilisation is the most likely outcome’: top climate scientists by Asher Moses, Voice of Action, 4 August 2020

ATOMIC BOMBINGS AT 75: The Illegality of Nuclear Weapons by Francis Boyle, Consortium News, 4 August 2020

A United State of Delusion by Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News, 4 August 2020

US GDP Collapses & Economic Rebound Fades by Jack Rasmus, ZNet, 4 August 2020

Donald Trump is doomed — and he knows it by Andrew O'Hehir, Raw Story, 2 August 2020

'Would Be Comical, If It Didn't Involve Real Lives': Unhinged Trump Interview Spotlights Deadly Failure of His Covid-19 Response by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 4 August 2020 (text and videos)

'Impossible for Democracy to Function': Study Reveals Growing Mistrust of American Media by Lisa Newcomb, Common Dreams, 4 August 2020

Pulling Out of Germany: Trump Adjusts the Military Furniture by Binoy Kampmark, CounterPunch, 4 August 2020

Document exposes new US plot to overthrow Nicaragua’s elected socialist gov’t by Ben Norton, The Grayzone, 4 August 2020

Covid-19 crisis devastates Spain’s tourism industry by José Luis Aranda|Javier Salvatierra, El País in English, 5 August 2020

Unconscious Bias Training Is Not the Answer by Michael Bankole, Jacobin, 2 August 2020

Marxs Ecology – review by John Bellamy Foster, MR Online, 4 August 2020 (video)


4 August

Another Hiroshima is coming — unless we stop it now by John Pilger, ZNet, 3 August 2020

A fractured empire, within and without by John Bellamy Foster, MR Online, 3 August 2020

Trade and tensions between the U.S. and China by Vijay Prashad, MR Online, 3 August 2020

US Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the US, Not China by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies, Common Dreams, 3 August 2020

Meditations On Yemen,, 2 August 2020

The Likud Conspiracy: Israel in the Throes of a Major Political Crisis by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 3 August 2020

On Contact: Nonviolent rebellion with Roger Hallam by Chris Hedges, RT, 2 August 2020 (video)

Assange Legal Farce Continues by Craig Murray, 3 August 2020

Spain’s emeritus king Juan Carlos I to leave country amid tax haven scandal by Miguel González, El País in English, 3 Auust 2020

Spain reports nearly 1,000 new daily Covid-19 cases, El País in English, 3 Auust 2020


3 August

A global debt crisis is looming  how can we prevent it? by Joseph Stiglitz and Hamid Rashid, The Guardian, 3 August 2020

European economy collapses as EU bails out the super-rich by Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site, 3 August 2020

Can the anti-Netanyahu protests grow into a larger movement? by Jonathan Cook,, 3 August 2020

Russian Far East Protesters Turn Out by the Thousands as Crackdown Intensifies by Evan Gershkovich, The Moscow Times, 1 August 2020

While Bolivia's coup regime lets its citizens die, Cuba has nearly defeated Covid-19 by Ollie Vargas, The Grayzone, 2 August 2020

Cuba and the complex relationship between the individual and the collective by Karima Oliva Bello, MR Online, 30 July 2020

Beyond the Blockade: Education in Cuba - book review by Orlando Hill, Counterfire, 30 July 2020

Brazilian Amazon Drained of Millions of Wild Animals by Criminal Networks: Report by Sharon Guynup, Global Research, 28 July 2020

Plucked from the nweb #74 by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 1 August 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

Preparing 10 August

Let’s remember that along with everything else, Donald Trump’s a total pig by Lucian K. Truscott IV, AlterNet, 8 August 2020




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