Media Watch


Liberal journalism, such as the Guardian's, was always a loose extension of establishment power. But something has changed since the rise of Blairism. The spaces allotted to independent journalists (myself included) have vanished. The dissent that was tolerated, even celebrated when I arrived in Fleet Street in the 1960s, has regressed to a metaphoric underground as liberal capitalism sheds the last illusions of democracy. - John Pilger (Email to Media Lens, 9 March 2021)

Suggested reading:


22 April

Putin, Navalny, and the left: The coming political crisis in Russia by Boris Kagarlitsky and Radhika Desai, ZNet, 21 April 2021

Putin Isn't Bluffing on Ukraine by Ray McGovern,, 22 April 2021

More Bad Journalism on Russia by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 21 April 2021

US Has No Moral Standing to Criticize Russia or China by Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch, 21 April, 2021

Gates Unhinged: Dystopian Vision for Agrifood Must Not Succeed by Colin Todhunter, ZNet, 21 April 2021

Biden's Announcement That Trump Got Military Spending Just Right Is Dead Wrong by David Swanson, ZNet, 21 April 2021

Mass Protests Led to Chauvin's Conviction. Now They're Being Criminalized by Barbara Ramsby, Truthout, 21 April 2021

A century of oppression: The Kurds and the Turkish state by John Tully, ZNet, 21 April 2021

A Palestinian Prayer for Ramadan: May the Voices of the Oppressed Be Heard by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 21 April 2021

How to Avoid the Anti-Imperialism of Fools by Gilbert Achcar, The Nation, 6 April 2021

90% of the World Breathes Polluted Air. Symbolic Emission Targets Aren't Enough by Leanna First-Arai, Truthout, 21 April 2021

Venezuela Secures Deal with UN's World Food Programme to Supply Food to 1.5 Million Children by José Luis Granados Ceja, Venezuelanalysis, 21 April 2021


21 April

Navalny vs Assange, or the geopolitics of selective outrage by Thomas Scripps, World Socialist Web Site, 21 April 2021

The CIA Used to Infiltrate the Media by Caitlin Johnstone, Consortium News, 20 April 2021

“Generous” Billionaires Are Part of the Problem by Luke Savage, Jacobin, 20 April 2021

What Can We Do to Start Civilizing Our Richest? by Sam Pizzigati, CounterPunch, 20 April 2021

Wall Street's Cooked Books Fueled the Financial Crisis in 2008. It's Happening Again by Jon Schwarz, Ryan Grim, The Intercept, 20 April 2021

Biden's Waffling on Refugees May Leave Desperate Thousands in Limbo by Sasha Abramsky, Truthout, 20 April 2021

Biden's Anti-China Ambitions by Dilip Hiro, TomDispatch, 20 April 2021

Reporting Human Rights Abuses Is Not a Crime by Defend the Sacred Alliance, Kumi Naidoo, Nnimmo Bassey, Noam Chomsky, Common Dreams, 20 April 2021

The Doomsday Glacier Lives up to its Billing by Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, 20 April 2021

Is time running out for the union as the case grows for a new independence vote? by Neal Ascherson, The Guardian, 18 April 2021

‘Power to the Platform:' The Tactics of Airbnb & Uber by Luke Yates, Consortium News, 20 April 2021

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20 April

The Unraveling of the American Empire by Chris Hedges, Consortium News, 19 April 2021

Biden's Banner Headlines on Afghanistan Obscure US Motives by Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News, 19 April 2021

The Costs of War by Juan Cole, ZNet, 19 April 2021

Czech Mate by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 19 April 2021

Why Xinjiang is Emerging as the Epicenter of the U.S. Cold War on China by Vijay Prashad and Jie Xiomg, ZNet, 19 April 2021

Noam Chomsky tells Mehdi Hasan why he thinks the GOP is the ‘most dangerous organization in human history' by Alex Henderson, AlterNet, 19 April 2021 (text and video)

In our hurry to conquer nature and death, we have made a new religion of science, Jonathan Cook Blog, 19 April 2021

The WTO Stopped Millions of People From Receiving a COVID-19 Vaccine by Rachel Carle, Truthout, 19 April 2021

Shocking Omissions: ‘Capitalism's Conscience – 200 Years Of The Guardian' – John Pilger and Jonathan Cook Respond by David Edwards, Media Lens, 19 April 2021

On Contact: Securing democracy with Glenn Greenwald by Chris Hedges, RT, 18 April 2021

‘Colonialism never ended': The elite British cabal propping up a Gulf dictatorship by Phil Miller, Declassified UK/Daily Maverick, 20 April 2021

WATCH: Worldwide Members of Parliament Back Assange, Consortium News, 17 April 2021

Places of Mind by Timothy Brennan review – a generous and heartfelt biography of Edward Said by Ahdaf Soueif, The Guardian, 20 April 2021

Paulo Freire's Brazil: ‘Return to Grassroots Popular Education' by Frei Betto and Paolo Vittoria, ZNet, 19 April 2021


19 April

Ten Reasons to Oppose Militarism & War on Earth Day by John Miksad, ZNet, 18 April 2021

Málaga: City's planned new low-emissions zone to take 20,000 cars off the street a day within the first five years by Jesús Hinojosa, Sur in English, 16 April 2021

Therapists Are Seeing More Patients Struggle With Climate Anxiety by Isobel Whitcomb, Truthout, 18 April 2021

COVID Profiteering Exposes the Need to Make Marxism Accessible to All by Hadas Thier and Danny Katch, Truthout, 18 April 2021

Vienna talks reveal Biden team's attachment to sanctions that would torpedo Iran deal by Gareth Porter, The Grayzone, 18 April 2021

At UN, Aaron Maté debunks OPCW's Syria lies and confronts US, UK on cover-up by Aaron Maté, The Grayzone, 18 April 2021 (text and video)

In Che Guevara's Veins Flowed the Blood of Irish Rebels by Nathália Urban / John McEvoy, Jacobin, 18 April 2021

Chinese couple told to reapply for citizenship in English after applying in Irish by Sorcha Pollak, The Irish Times, 16 April 2021


18 April

What's Needed for a More Lasting Peace in Afghanistan by Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies, Common Dreams, 17 April 2021

Two Dozen Senators Tell Biden It Is 'Past Time' to Finally Close Guantánamo by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 17 April 2021

CrossTalk on Ukraine: Toward war? with Rick Rozoff, Paul Robinson and George Szamuely, RT, 16 April 2021 (video)

‘Divisive': How Corporate Media Dismiss Ideas Unpopular With Elites by Alan MacLeod, FAIR, 17 April 2021

The Scientists Have Had Enough by Extinction Rebellion, ZNet, 17 April 2021

The Spread of Global Hate by John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, 14 April 2021

By demonising asylum seekers, Denmark reflects a panic in social democracy by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 18 April 2021

Is Luther not black enough if he doesn't eat jerk chicken? by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 18 April 2021

Spain approves pioneering child protection law by María Sosa Troya, El País in English, 16 April 2021

Northern Ireland—the unhappy ending Europe's story must avoid by Robin Wilson, Social Europe, 15 April 2021

Venezuelan Legislature Approves National Communal Parliament Law by Ricardo Vaz, Venezuelanalysis, 17 April 2021


17 April

America's Neoliberal Financialization Policy vs. China's Industrial Socialism by Michael Hudson, ZNet, 16 April 2021

Bombast From Washington: Joe Biden's Russia Sanctions by Gilbert Doctorow,, 17 April 2021

Biden Declares National Emergency: U.S. and NATO Brand Russia an International Pariah by Rick Rozoff, Global Research, 16 April 2021

Ukrainian President: Proposed Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Is War, ‘Occupied Territories' Are Worse Than Chernobyl by Rick Rozoff,, 16 April 2021

Stuck in a Cul-De-Sac, With No Way Out. Half-Speed Ahead by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 16 April 2021

Yet Another Imperialist Occupation of Afghanistan Ends in Disaster,, 16 April 2021

Biden isn't ending the Afghanistan War, he's privatizing it: Special Forces, Pentagon contractors, intelligence operatives will remain by Jeremy Kuzmarov, The Grayzone, 16 April 2021

When it comes to corruption, Britain is catching up fast with the Middle East by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 16 April 2021

Labour disclosure ‘shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn', activists say by Jonathan Cook, Middle East Eye, 16 April 2021

BAE Systems sold weaponry worth £17.6bn to Saudis during Yemen war by Phil Miller, Declassified UK/Daily Maverick, 16 April 2021

UN Advisor slams BBC for totally ignoring Western human rights abuses during "absolutely bizarre" Newsnight debate, Bywire News, 15 April 2021 (text and video)

‘Hale's Crime Is Not Leaking Information, but Exposing Government Lies About the Drone Program' by Chip Gibbons and Janine Jackson, FAIR, 16 April 2021

The Supreme Court Is Also to Blame for Daunte Wright's Death by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 16 April 2021

The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador's "Free and Fair" Election by Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores, Common Dreams, 16 April 2021

The Working Class in Its Labyrinth: A Conversation with Eduardo Sánchez by Cira Pascual Marquina, Venezuelanalysis, 16 April 2021

I entered my country's House of Justice and found a snake charmer's temple by Vijay Prashad, MR Online, 16 April 2021

Erich Fromm and the Mass Psychology of Fascism by Kieran Durkin and Daniel Finn, Jacobin, 16 April 2021


16 April

Biden's Russia policy ludicrous, unbelievable, contradictory & unprecedented: First offers Putin summit & then imposes sanctions by Paul Robinson, RT, 15 April 2021

Ukrainian Envoy: NATO or Nuclear Weapons by Rick Rozoff,, 15 April 2021

Biden Breaks Campaign Promise, Approves Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, 15 April 2021

Contrary to What Biden Said, U.S. Warfare in Afghanistan Is Set to Continue by Norman Solomon, ZNet, 15 April 2021

Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World by Nicolas J.S. Davies, ZNet, 15 April 2021

Tax Resisters Divert Their Money From War to Human Welfare by Ella Fassier, Truthout, 15 April 2021

A Worldwide Workers' Revolt Against Amazon Has Begun by Luis Feliz Leon, In These Times, 15 April 2021

Israeli nuclear terrorism by Yassamine Mather, Weekly Worker, 15 April 2021

Grave concerns raised as Japan announces release of radioactive water into the sea, MR Online, 15 April 2021

97% of Earth's Land No Longer Ecologically Intact, Study Finds by Julia Conley, Common Dreansm 15 April 2021

Strategies for the new climate war by Simon Pirani, People and Nature, 6 April 2021

Just Irish by Ola Majekodunmi. Red Pepper, 14 April 2021

Fighting for Irish language rights by Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin, Red Pepper, 16 April 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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