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:


25 October

The Kobani riddle by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 24 October 2014

Blame It on Glasnost by Pepe Escobar, CounterPunch, 24 October 2014

Freest Under Czech Communism! by Andre Vltchek, Milan Kohoiut, CounterPunch, 24 October 2014

After Gezi: Erdogan and political struggle in Turkey by Global Uprisings,, 24 October 2014 (video)

“Drop the Pen!”: An Interview with Laura Poitras by Jon Wiener, Los Angeles Review of Books, 23 October 2014

Google Is Not What It Seems by Julian Assange, Newsweek, 23 October 2014

Muhammad, Where Are You? by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 25 October 2014

Israel risks turning al-Aqsa into powder keg by Jonathan Cook, Middle East Eye, 24 October 2014

Brand shows his irritation with mediacracy by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 24 October 2014

Two Parades and a Drone by Nebojsa Malic,, 25 October 2014

Germany's History Lesson for Britain by Kenan Malik, International New York Times, 23 October 2014

Science and the Left 2: The Society Connection by Michael Albert, ZNet, 24 October 2014

Science and the Left 1: What It is by Michael Albert, teleSUR, 21 October 2014

Capitalism and social democracy in crisis: an interview with John Bellamy Foster by Bill Blackwater, Counterfire, 21 October 2014


24 October

How 55 Different Studies Say There's A Real Link Between Climate Change And Rising Violence by Jeff Spross, Climate Progress, 23 October 2014

Kobane: the struggle of Kurdish women against Islamic State by Necla Acik, openDemocracy, 22 October 2014

Reflections on a violent day in Ottawa by Matthew Behrens,, 23 October 2014

Tomgram: David Bromwich, American Exceptionalism and Its Discontents,, 23 October 2014

Citizenfour's Escape to Freedom in Russia by Ray McGovern,, 23 October 2014

Is Obama Stalling Until Republicans Can Bury the CIA Torture Report? by Dan Froomkin, The Intercept, 23 October 2014

The return of the nightmare in Mexico (or, was it ever gone?) by Leonidas Oikonomakis,, 23 October 2014

Hedges & Wolin (1/8): Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? The Real News, 23 October 2014 (video and transcript)


23 October

What Submarine in Sweden? by Jan Oberg, CounterPunch, 22 October 2014

How the UK government is rebranding the first world war to promote militarism today by Nick Megoran, Stop the War, 22 October 2014

Canada, At War For 13 Years, Shocked That ‘A Terrorist' Attacked Its Soldiers by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 22 October 2014

Blackwater Founder Remains Free and Rich While His Former Employees Go Down on Murder Charges by Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept, 22 October 2014

In the Syria We Don't Know by Charles Glass, The New York Review of Books, 8 October 2014 (November 6 Issue)

The forgotten coup - how America and Britain crushed the government of their 'ally', Australia by John Pilger,, 23 October 2014

Russia's Leverage Over Europe Becomes Clearer by the Day by Catalina Sparatu and Raimond Bleischwitz, Russia Insider, 20 October 2014

Ukraine: war as a means of social control by Denis, People and Nature, 19 October 2014

Don't dismiss public fears about migration as mere bigotry by John Harris, The Guardian, 22 October 2014

Censorship Alert: the Alternative Media Getting Harassed by the NSA by Christof Lehmann, New Eastern Outlook, 12 October 2014


22 October

The Dimming Prospects for Human Survival by Noam Chomsky, AlterNet, 21 October 2014

Official: The US is a Leading Terrorist State by Noam Chomsky, teleSUR, 20 October 2014

As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been "Hugely Underestimated" by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, 20 October 2014

Arming Ukraine Is a Very Bad Idea by James Carden, The Nation, 21 October 2014

US-Backed Ukraine Army Used Cluster Bombs Against Its Own People: Reports by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 21 October 2014

Ukraine: truce the least bad option, but it gave space to fascists on all sides by Denis, People and Nature, 19 October 2014

The Eurozone's ‘New Austerity Model' by Jack Rasmus, teleSUR, 19 October 2014

How a US and International Atomic Energy Agency Deception Haunts the Nuclear Talks by Gareth Porter, Truthout, 21 October 2014

‘Cleansing the stock' and other ways governments talk about human beings by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 21 October 2014


21 October

The next financial crisis may be just around the corner by Jerome Roos,, 20 October 2014

The unending economic crisis makes us feel powerless – and paranoid by Paul Mason, The Guardian, 19 October 2014

Why did Britain's political class buy into the Tories' economic fairytale? by Ha-Joon Chang, The Guardian, 19 October 2014

Journalist Risen: 'Mercenary Class' Now Permanent Fixture in National Security State by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 19 October 2014

Isis in Kobani: US resupplies Kurdish fighters by plane - then Turkey allows reinforcements through its border by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 20 October 2014

Britain's Phantoms of the Past in Palestine by Ramzy Baroud,, 21 October 2014

Germans Clear Russia in MH-17 Case by Robert Parry,, 20 October 2014

The ‘Threat Multiplier' of Climate Change by Paul R. Pillar,, 20 October 2014

Four reasons why Naomi Klein is rght by Peter Victor, This Changes Everything, 20 October 2014

Nuclear Threats Enter the Mainstream by Gordon Duff, New Eastern Outlook, 13 October 2014

Bolivia-Venezuela Comparisons Should be Very Helpful to Radical Chavistas by Joe Emersberger, teleSUR, 18 October 2014


20 October

With US-led air strikes on Isis intensifying, it's a good time to be a shareholder in the merchants of death by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 19 October 2014

Kobanê, the Kurdish struggle, and the dangers lurking ahead by Jelle Bruinsma,, 19 October 2014

West Needs to Put Up or Shut Up About Ukraine by Mark Adomanis, The Moscow Times, 19 October 2014

The Future of the Umbrella Revolution by Michelle Chen, Jacobin, October 2014

Ebola has exposed America's fear, and Barack Obama's vulnerability by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 19 October 2014

The Imperative of Revolt by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 10 October 2014

Henry Giroux on the Rise of Neoliberalism by Michael Nevradakis, Truthout, 19 October 2014

Tomgram: Laura Poitras and Tom Engelhardt, The Snowden Reboot,, 19 October 2014

Laura Poitras on the Crypto Tools That Made Her Snowden Film Possible by Andy Greenberg, Wired, 15 October 2014


19 October

Across UK, Marchers Demand an Economy That Works for All by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 18 October 2014

In Egypt, an authoritarian regime holds sway again by Ahdaf Soueif, The Guardian, 19 October 2014

Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, 17 October 2014

Dark Clouds Loom: In the Shadow of the First World War, Noam Chomsky Discusses ISIS, Ukraine, and Gaza, Plymouth Institute for Peace Research, 16 October 2014

History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, 17 October 2014

The western model is broken by Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian, 14 October 2014

“The BBC and the Rwandan Genocide”: A Response to Justin Podur by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, ZNet, 18 October 2014

WPost's Slimy Assault on Gary Webb by Robert Parry,, 17 October 2014

Was William Morris actually just a pious bore? by Jonathan Jones, The Guardian, 16 October 2014


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, Misha Glenny, David Graeber, Glenn Greenwald, Robin Hahnel, Edward Herman, Diana Johnstone, Naomi Klein, Gabriel Kolko, Moshé Machover, Kenan Malik, István Mészáros, John Pilger, Hannu Reime, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Jeremy Seabrook, Richard Seymour, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn

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