Media Watch


"Tyrannies invert the rule of law. They turn the law into an instrument of injustice. They cloak their crimes in a faux legality. They use the decorum of the courts and trials, to mask their criminality. Those, such as Julian, who expose that criminality to the public are dangerous, for without the pretext of legitimacy the tyranny loses credibility and has nothing left in its arsenal but fear, coercion and violence."

Chris Hedges: Assange & the Collapse of the Rule of Law

Suggested reading:


24 September

How big corporations and Bill Gates took over the UN food Summit by Nils McCune and Camila Escalante, The Grayzone, 23 September 2021 (video and transcript)

Biden doesn't understand the ‘new Cold War' by Ethan Paul, Responsible Statecraft, 22 September 2021

Syria: Is withdrawal Biden's next move? by Cristopher Phillips, Middle East Eye, 23 September 2021

How deep are divisions among the Taliban? by Ali M. Latifi, Al Jazeera, 23 September 2021

Media muddle by Yassamine Mather, Weekly Worker, 23 September 2021

Ramzy Baroud & Ghada Karmi on ‘One Democratic State', The Palestine Chronicle, 23 September 2021 (video)

British army ignored five fires before sparking Kenya inferno by Phil Miller, Declassified UK, 24 September 2021

Former Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont arrested in Sardinia by Óscar López-Fonseca | Camilo S. Baquero, El País in English, 24 September 2021

AUKUS allies must set Assange free, Andrew Wilkie.org, 23 September 2021

Orthostatic Tremor awareness month by Mike Senker, EuroWeekly, 9 September 2021


23 September

U.S. Militarism's Toxic, Planet-Killing Impact on Climate Policy by Medea Benhamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies, Common Dreams, 22 September 2021

Global Vaccine Goals 'Fall Terribly Short' Due to Big Pharma and Rich Nations' Greed: Experts by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams, 22 September 2021

Ex-Prisoners Recall US Torture at 'Afghanistan's Abu Ghraib' by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams, 22 September 2021

Top US, Russian military chiefs meet in Helsinki, YLE News, 22 September 2021

Who Represents Afghanistan: Genuine Activists vs. ‘Native Informants' by Ramzy Baroud, Antiwar.com, 23 September 2021

One Man as a Whole Generation: The Unfinished War of Zakaria Zubeidi by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 22 September 2021

Indigenous People of Brazil fight for their future by Nick Estes, MR Online, 22 September 2021

An Unprincipled Attack on a Human Rights Giant by Marjorie Cohn, Consortium News, 22 September 2021

By crushing party democracy, Labour may sign its own death warrant by Adam Ramsay, openDemocracy, 22 September 2021

The Importance of Murray by Graham A Fordyce, Craig Murray Justice Campaugn, 22 September 2021

Gaslighting The Public: Serial Deceptions By The State-Corporate Media by David Cromwell, Media Lens, 22 September 2021

We Need a Shorter Workweek to Free Us From the Tyranny of Work by Kyle Lewis / Will Stronge, Jacobin, 17 September 2021


22 September

Biden at the UN Forgets What War Is by Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 22 September 2021

When It Comes to Letting Down Allies, Trumpism and Bidenism Have Much in Common by Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch, 21 September 2021

The Profits of War by William D. Hartung, ZNet, 21 September 2021

Congress wants to put even more troops in Russia's backyard by Anatol Lieven, Responsible Statecraft, 21 September 2021

Billions of People Globally Who Need the Most Help Can Benefit from Changes in Economic Policy by Mark Weisbrot, CounterPunch, 21 September 2021

In Targeting Haitians, Biden May Execute the Largest Mass Expulsion of Asylum-Seekers in Recent History by Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, 21 September 2021

Education under attack in Afghanistan by Jerome Marston | Marika Tsolakis, El País in English, 15 September 2021

Campesinos Occupy Sugar Mill, Demand Government Answers by Ricardo Vaz, Venezuelanalysis, 21 September 2021

David Graeber's real contribution to Occupy Wall Street wasn't a phrase – it was a process by Marisa Holmes, MR Online, 21 September 2021

Assange extradition case has cost British public over £300,000 by Phil Miller, Declassified UK, 21 September 2021


21 September

Russian elections: Pro-Putin party loses support but keeps ‘supermajority,' Communists get big boost but allege count was rigged by Paul Robinson, RT, 20 September 2021

Comrades in arms? West is cheering on Russia's Communists, but heirs of Bolsheviks even more skeptical of US, EU & NATO than Putin by Glenn Diesen, RT, 20 September 2021

The fate of Cassandra: Dire predictions go unheeded by Lawrence Wittner, ZNet, 20 September 2021

5 Urgent Steps Needed to Vaccinate the World and End This Pandemic by Jeffrey D. Sachs, Common Dreams, 20 September 2021

Middle East cooperation appears to be breaking out — the untold story by Trita Parsi, Responsible Statecraft, 20 September 2021

Israel captures last two escaped Palestinians by Tamara Nassar, The Electronic Intifada, 20 September 3032

The Mexico Dialogue on Venezuela and the End of the Lima Group by Ariela Ruiz Caro, CounterPunch, 20 September 2021

With Clinton lawyer charged, the Russiagate scam is now under indictment by Aaron Maté, The Grayzone, 20 September 2021

Justice Department Fights Back Against Texas Anti-Abortion Law by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 20 September 2021

‘The left is at a unique moment post-Corbyn - but time is running out for real change' by Ken Loach and Ben Chacko, Morning Star, 17 September 2021

BBC Apology over Douma Coverage by Steve Sweeney, Al Mayadeen, 15 September 2021


20 September

A Bright Future for Weapons and War by William J. Astore and Tom Engelhardt, Antiwar.com, 20 September 2021

Talkin' About Armageddon: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix, CaitlinJohnstone.com, 20 September 2021

How the West is failing Afghan women under threat by Susan Hutchinson, openDemocracy, 18 September 2021

Iranian women fear setbacks in hard-earned rights under Raisi by Maysam Bizaer, Middle East Eye, 19 September 2021

The Violence of Colonialism and the Exploitation of Africa by Rod Driver, ZNet, 19 September 2021

Occupy Wall Street Trained a Generation in Class War by Arun Gupta, In These Times, 16 September 2021

On Contact: The second American revolution by David Talbot and Chris Hedges, RT, 19 September 2021 (video)

r Paulo Freire's Ideas Are Just as Powerful Today as Ever by Peter McLaren, Jacobin, 19 September 2021

Why is there no debate about ‘leaky' vaccines? Jonathan Cook Blog, 18 September 2021 (updated version)


19 September

Why is there no debate about ‘leaky' vaccines? Jonathan Cook Blog, 18 September 2021

None of the Above: Thoughts on Two Elections by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 18 September 2021

“Another World Is Possible”: How Occupy Wall Street Reshaped Politics & Kicked Off New Era of Protest, Democracy Now! 17 September 2021 (video and transcript)

America's mortality gap should sound a blaring alarm across the Atlantic by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 19 September 2021

UN Expert Releases Full Report on Impact of US-led Sanctions Against Venezuela by Andreína Chávez Alava, Venezuelanalysis, 18 September 2021

Who was Dag Hammarskjöld? by Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 18 September 2021

The Less-Cold Case of Dag Hammarskjöld by James DiEugenio, Consortium News, 18 September 2021

A study of Monthly Review's Marxist political science in the twenty-first century: a Chinese view by Cheng Enfu, Fu Hao, MR Online, 18 September 2021


18 September

Where Was All The Investigative Journalism On US Airstrikes The Last 20 Years? CaitlinJohnstone.com, 18 September 2021

Was Sabra and Shatila a genocide? by Donald Wagner, The Electronic Intifada, 16 September 2021

Understanding the Basics of 21st-Century Democracy, Autocracy, and Capitalism by Richard D. Wolff, Information Clearing House, 17 September 2021

What's Up With COP26? by Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, 17 September 2021

‘The Politics of Blood' by Vijay Prashad, Consortium News, 17 September 2021

Participatory Investment and Development Planning by Robin Hahnel, ParticipatoryEconomy.org, 17 September 2021 (video)

Catalonia: a fraught dialogue begins by Tom Canetti, Social Europe, 17 September 2021

Anarchism Shaped David Graeber. Then He Shaped Anarchism by Shane Little, Novara Media, 2 September 2021

Objectivity and Commitment: A Conversation with Gregory Wilpert by Cira Pascual Marquina, Venezuelanalysis, 17 September 2021


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, 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




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