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:


26 July

In the Face of Trump, the Democratic Party Is Revealing Its Own Ideological Bankruptcy by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 25 July 2016

Julian Assange: Choosing Between Trump or Clinton is Like Picking Between Cholera or Gonorrhea, Democracy Now! 25 July 2016 (video and transcript)

Guardian tries to silence Democrat leak scandal, Jonathan Cook Blog, 25 July 2016

As the Election Turns: Trump the Anti-Neocon, Hillary the New Darling of the Neocons by Sharmini Peries - Michael Hudson, CounterPunch, 25 July 2016

Democratic National Convention Demonstrators Led by Chris Hedges, Cornel West, Truthdig, 25 July 2016 (video)

Answering David Swanson by Michael Albert, ZNet, 25 July 2016

Explaining the Problem with Lesser Evilism by David Swanson, ZNet, 25 July 2016

Killing with Robots Increases Militarization of Police by Marjorie Cohn, Information Clearing House, 25 July 2016

The Sultan of (Emergency) Swing by Pepe Escobar, Strategic Culture Foundation, 23 July 2016

Turkey's anger at 'threatening' EU over claim accession talks could be halted by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 25 July 2016

It is 10 years since UN peacekeepers were killed in southern Lebanon – and it could happen again now by Robert Fisk, Independent, 25 July 2016

15 years on: Looking back at NATO's ‘humanitarian' bombing of Yugoslavia, RT, 26 July 2016

Fifteen Years Of Media Lens - An Appeal For Support by David Edwards and David Cromwell, Media Lens, 25 July 2016


25 July

We love to talk of terror – but after the Munich shooting, this hypocritical catch-all term has finally caught us out by Robert Fisk, Independent, 24 July 2016

An open letter on the attempted coup in Turkey by Barbara Spinelli, openDemocracy, 24 July 2016

Afghanistan: President Obama's Vietnam by Jonathan Marshall,, 24 July 2016

Israeli expulsion law 'violates all rules of democracy' by Jonathan Cook, Al Jazeera, 24 July 2016

The New European Fascists by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 24 July 2016

We Still Need a Future to Believe In by Naomi Klein and Various Contributors, ZNet, 24 July 2016

President Obama's Lethal Climate Legacy by Zhiwa Woodbury, Truthout, 24 July 2016

Chomsky: America Is on the Decline - Guess Who's to Blame? by Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet, 15 July 2016


24 July

Turkey's President Erdogan uses emergency powers to close more than 2,000 Gulen-connected institutions by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 23 July 2016

This is the biggest witch-hunt in Turkey's history by Can Dündar, The Guardian, 22 July 2016

Erdogan's Checkmate: CIA-Backed Coup in Turkey Fails, Upsets Global Chessboard by Eric Draitser, Stop Imperialism, 22 July 2016

Erdogan's counter-coup coup by Esen Uslu, Weekly Worker, 21 July 2016

The Great Rift by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 23 July 2016

Keep It Local! The Complementary Currency Alternative by David McCarthy & Maria Reidelbach,, 23 July 2016


23 July

Erdogan will be stronger after the failed coup, but Turkey could be the loser by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 22 July 2016

The Big Boom: Nukes And NATO by Conn Hallinan, ZNet, 22 July 2016

Why British politicians find it so hard to vote against nuclear weapons by Danny Lawson, The Conversation, 19 July 2016

Brexit vote has pushed UK services and manufacturing into contraction, new survey suggests by Ben Chu, Independent, 22 July 2016

Spain observes 30 years in EU club amid growing euro-skepticism by José Luis Barbería, El País Semanal in English, 18 July 2016

The Real Threat to the Baltics Isn't Russia -- It's Depopulation by Olevs Nikers, Russia Insider, 22 July 2016

What does the murder of Pavel Sheremet say about contemporary Ukraine? by Serhiy Kudelia, openDemocracy, 22 July 2016

Will NYT Retract Latest Anti-Russian ‘Fraud’? by Robert Parry,, 22 July 2016

Confidence and the Degradation of Brazil by Mark Weisbrot, CounterPunch, 22 July 2016

Academic freedom and academic cowardice by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 22 July 2016

Talking migration, brexit and hostility by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 21 July 2016 (audio)


22 July

The Commons As The Response To The Structural Crises Of The Global System by Michael Bauwens,, 22 July 2016

John Dewey Was Right: American Politics Is Merely the Shadow Cast by Big Business by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 21 July 2016

'They looked at me as if I was a demon': Fear and uncertainty among Istanbul's citizens in wake of attempted coup by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 21 July 2016

Erdogan has military troubles of his own, but he still defends the Ottoman army over the Armenian genocide by Robert Fisk, Independent, 21 July 2016

Turkey’s Nukes: A Sum of All Fears by Jonathan Marshall,, 20 July 2016

US-Led Airstrikes Kill as Many Civilians as Nice Attack–but Get No Front-Page Headlines in Major US Papers by Adam Johnson, FAIR, 20 July 2016

Why Corbyn so terrifies the Guardian, Jonathan Cook Blog, 22 July 2016

Why Corbyn so terrifies the Guardian
Why Corbyn so terrifies the Guardian

Hey Students, Stop Asking Noam Chomsky for Help with Your Homework by Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet, 15 July 2016


20 July

A coup within a coup: Erdoğan and Gülen’s war for state power by Jerome Roos, ROAR, 20 July 2016

From Nice to the Middle East: The Only Way to Challenge ISIS by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 20 July 2016

A question of leadership by Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper, July 2016

The choice before the Labour party by Dan Hind, openDemocracy, 20 July 2016

These Brexiters will grind our environment into the dust by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 20 July 2016

Brazilian Prosecutor Finds No Crime Committed by Dilma: Will the Law Count for Anything in Brazil? by Mark Weisbrot, Common Dreams, 20 July 2016


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, Ahdaf Soueif, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn

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