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


I am away. Next update late August.


Suggested reading:


2 August

Earth Overshoot Day: Mankind has already consumed more natural resources than the planet can renew throughout 2017 by Rachael Revesz, Independent, 2 August 2017

The car has a chokehold on Britain. It's time to free ourselves by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 1 August 2017

The Coming War On China by John Pilger and Thom Hartmann, RT, 2 August 2017

Did Hillary Scapegoat Russia to Save Her Campaign? by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 1 August 20.17

Tomgram: Ann Jones, Can the Age of Trump Spur Medicare for All?, 1 August 2017

The Curse of Mohammed Dahlan: Hamas Should Not Trade Resistance for Its Own Survival by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 1 August 2017

Jodi Rudoren says Palestinians experience ‘apartheid' — but not in NYT by Jonathan Cook, Mondoweiss, 1 August 2017

Closed Rooms and Class War by Helena Sheehan, Jacobin, 30 July 2017

“Finland Station” and the Struggle for Socialism Today by Alan Jones, CounterPunch, 28 July 2017

How to Escape the Present by Nicole M. Aschoff, Jacobin, 1 August 2017

Introduction to Practical Utopia by Michael Albert, ZNet, 1 August 2017

Free at Last: Mal Waldron's ecstatic minimalism by Adam Shatz, The Nation, 26 July 2917


1 August

Scientists Warn of "Biological Annihilation" as Warming Reaches Levels Unseen for 115,000 Years by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, 31 July 2017

Climate change will almost certainly heat the world so much it can never recover, major study finds by Andrew Griffin, Independent, 31 July 2017

Planet has just 5% chance of reaching Paris climate goal, study says by Oliver Milman, The Guardian, 31 July 2017

Biological Annihilation on Earth Accelerating by Robert J. Burrowes, Information Clearing House, 29 July 2017

Central America Fights Climate Change with Minimal Foreign Aid by Diego Arguedas Ortiz, Inter Pres Service, 31 July 2017

Harsher sanctions on Venezuela will only worsen the nation's crisis by Mark Weisbrot, The Hill, 31 July 2017

Imperial delusions about Venezuela by Joe Emersberger, ZNet, 31 July 2017

The Left and Venezuela by Claudio Katz, Information Clearing House, 29 July 2017

Democracy is dying – and it's startling how few people are worried by Paul Mason, The Guardian, 31 July 2017

Woe betide the Kurds of northern Syria when the war is over by Robert Fisk, Independent, 31 July 2017

High Court Judges Defy Reason to Protect Tony Blair by Craig Murray, 31 July 2017

This is the most clueless, incompetent, and self-defeating administration in American history by Ryan Cooper, The Week, 28 July 2017

Close All US Military Bases On Foreign Soil by Kevin Zeese - Margaret Flowers, CounterPunch, 31 July 2017

Oliver Stone Defends His Putin Interviews by Dennis J Bernstein,, 31 July 2017

Indian Independence: Forged in Washington? by Colin Todhunter, CounterPunch, 31 July 2017


31 July

Can Trump Find the ‘Great' Path? by Robert Parry,, 30 July 2017

Collateral Damage: U.S. Sanctions Aimed at Russia Strike Western European Allies by Diana Johnstone, CounterPunch, 28 July 2017

Imperial Folly Brings Russia and Germany Together by Pepe Escobar, Sputnik, 29 July 2017

When In Doubt, Nuke China by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 29 July 2017

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Spreading the Cult of Carbon,, 30 July 2017

In Afghanistan Russians Are Now Remembered With Love by Andre Vltchek, New Eastern Outlook, 29 July 2017

Greek debt crisis: ‘People can't see any light at the end of any tunnel' by Helena Smith, The Guardian, 30 July 2017

The beauty in the bleakness by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 30 July 2017


30 July

Urgent Warning: Time to Hit the Reset Button on US-Korean Policy by Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams, 29 July 2017

‘New anti-Russia sanctions is economic suicide for America' – Max Keiser, RT, 27 July 2017

When is the World Going to Impose Sanctions on America? by John Wight, Sputnik, 27 July 2017

'Revolting': Trump Openly Calls for Police Brutality in Long Island Speech by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 28 July 2017

The Past 5 GOP Presidents Have Used Fraud and Treason to Steer Themselves to Electoral Victory by Thom Hartmann, AlterNet, 28 July 2017

America Depends on the Kurds to Fight Against ISIS in Syria, But Will the U.S. Repay the Favor After the War? by Vijay Prashad, AlterNet, 26 July 2017

Is Gaza-Sinai state a possibility for Palestinians? by Jonathan Cook, Al Jazeera, 24 July 2017

How the ‘Center' Is Spinning Apart by Alastair Crooke,, 28 July 2017

An Interview with WikiLeaks' Assange by Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein,, 29 July 2017

Overcoming the State by Reinventing the Polis by Yavor Tarinski, Babylonia, 28 July 2017


29 July

On the Syrian frontline, the battle against Isis is reaching its crescendo by Robert Fisk, Independent, 28 July 2017

Here are the voices of Syria's revolution. Let's listen by Gabriel Levy, People and Nature, 27 July 2017

The March of Folly by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 29 July 2017

Afghanistan's Young Liberal Elites Challenge the Taliban by Susanne Koelbl, Spiegel Online, 24 July 2017

The Dawn of an Orwellian Future by Robert Parry,, 28 July 2017

PBS' Anti-Russia Propaganda Series by Rick Sterling,, 27 July 2017

The FBI vs. Comrade Charlie Chaplin by Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch, 28 July 2017

There is Still Time to Prevent Civil War in Venezuela by Eva Golinger, CounterPunch, 28 July 2017

'A bit of me is dying. But I can't stay': the EU nationals exiting Britain by Jon Henley, The Guardian, 28 July 2017

New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites by Andre Damon and Niles Niemuth, World Socialist Web Site, 27 July 2017

A people-owned internet exists. Here is what it looks like by Nathan Schneider, The Guardian, 26 July 2017

Plucked from the web #22 by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 27 July 2017


28 July

Russia sanctions fuel new Cold War by Norman Solomon, ZNet, 27 July 2017

Empire of Whiners by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 27 July 2017

The Myth of American Exceptionalism by Melvin Goodman, CounterPunch, 27 July 2017

US military declares “time is running out” before war with North Korea by James Cogan, World Socialist Web Site, 28 July 2017

The Syrian army were standing up to Isis long before the Americans ever fired a missile by Robert Fisk, Independent, 27 July 2017

Tomgram: Laura Gottesdiener, The Wrath of the U.S. Along the Euphrates River,, 27 July 2017

Israel is losing the battle for public opinion thanks to honest journalists, and platforms like Mondoweiss by Jonathan Cook, Mondoweiss, 26 July 2017

Joshua Green on the "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency", Democracy Now! 26 July 2017 (video and transcript)

Anthony Scaramucci is vindictive, petty and unprincipled – perfect for Trump by Richard Wolffe, The Guardian, 28 July 2917

Henry Giroux on a Politics of Cruelty Without Euphemisms by Mickey Huff, Truthout, 27 July 2017

“The Putinist majority could fast become anti-Putinist” by Ilya Budraitskis, openDemocacy, 25 July 2017

John Berger and the Booker Prize by Anrhony Barnett, openDemocacy, 25 July 2017


27 July

Fear and Trepidation in Tel Aviv: Is Israel Losing the Syria War? by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 27 July 2017

How CIA and Allies Trapped Obama in the Syrian Arms Debacle by Gareth Porter, The American Conservative, 27 July 2017

As Syria's army – with Russia's help – advances through the desert, Isis propaganda comes across the radio waves by Robert Fisk, Independent, 26 July 2017

As the U.S. Backs Away From Syria's Civil War, War-Weary Residents of Damascus Struggle to Survive by Rania Khalek, AlterNet, 25 July 2017

Is This What ‘Liberation' Looks Like? U.S. Airstrikes Have Devastated Mosul by Phyllis Bennis, Foreign Policy in Focus, 25 July 2017

U.S. Backs War as UN Agencies Make Urgent Plea To End 'World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis' by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, 26 July 2017

How Media Spread CIA's Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War' Narrative by Ben Norton, FAIR, 25 July 2017

The Tortured Politics Behind the Persian Gulf Crisis by Conn Hallinan,, 27 July 2017

Colonialism and Greed: Trump Considers Afghan War Expansion to Exploit Minerals by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 26 July 2017

European Union threatens retaliation over US sanctions bill against Russia by Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site, 27 July 2017

Your Personal Consumption Choices Can't Save the Planet: We Have to Confront Capitalism by Kate Aronoff, Common Dreams, 26 July 2017

Six months on: Feedback on Finland's basic income trial, YLE News, 26 July 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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