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


Suggested reading:


21 January

Pentagon unveils strategy for military confrontation with Russia and China by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 20 January 2018

Regime Change and Globalization Fuel Europe’s Refugee and Migrant Crisis by Andrew Spannaus, Consortiumnews.com, 20 January 2018

Republicans Have Four Easy Ways to #ReleaseTheMemo — and the Evidence for It. Not Doing So Will Prove Them to Be Shameless Frauds by Glenn Greenwald and Jon Schwarz, The Intercept, 18 January 2018

Letter from Osman Kavala, Pandaemonium, 18 January 2018

May Your Home Be Destroyed by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 20 January 2018

Process of decomposition by Hillel Ticktin, Weekly Worker, 18 January 2018

How the CIA Tried to Bribe Wilfred Burchett by George Burchett, CounterPunch, 19 January 2018

The Bug Offensive by Wilfred Burchett, CounterPunch, 19 January 2018

Why Facebook has abandoned news for the important business of trivia by John Naughton, The Guardian, 21 January 2018

The love I felt for Cyrille Regis as the bigots stood beside me by Kenan Malik, The Guardian, 21 January 2018


20 January

It's time we saw economic sanctions for what they really are – war crimes by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 19 January 2018

The US Syria “Strategy” – Recipe For Continued Disaster Even For The US by Jan Oberg, The Transnational, 19 January 2018

Airwars annual assessment 2017: civilians paid a high price for major Coalition gains by Alex Hopkins, Airwars.org, 18 January 2018

Trump's Nuclear Posture Review by Michael T. Klare, ZNet, 19 January 2018

Corporate Monopolies Will Accelerate the Globalisation of Bad Food, Poor Health and Environmental Catastrophe by Rosemary Mason - Colin Todhunter, CounterPunch, 19 January 2018

As Trump Denies Science, 'Terrifying Trend' Continues as 2017 Among Hottest Years Ever Recorded by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, 18 January 2018

Eating the Earth by George Monbiot, ZNet, 19 January 2018

There Is a Brutal Life Facing Millions of Immigrants Who Seek Opportunity Abroad by Vijay Prashad, AlterNet, 17 January 2018

What's Going On in Ecuador? An Interview With Wladimir Iza by Joe Emersberger, CounterPunch, 19 January 2018

The Catalan Integral Cooperative by Ted Trainer, ZNet, 19 January 2018

The Keeper of Crazy Beats: Charlie Haden and Music as a Force of Liberation by Jeffrey St. Clair, CounterPunch, 19 January 2018


19 January

“Fractures, Fears and Failures:” World's ruling elites stare into the abyss by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 18 January 2018

US Global Standing Plummets as Trump Threatens Human Rights at Home and Abroad by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, 18 January 2018

Challenging the Footprint of US Empire by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, ZNet, 17 January 2018

Trump's State Department spent over $1m in Iran to exploit unrest by Nafeez Ahmed, Insurge Intelligence, 19 January 2018

Iran's protesters are secularizing the 1979 revolution by Mahmood Delkhasteh, openDemocracy, 17 January 2018

The next Kurdish war is on the horizon – Turkey and Syria will never allow it to create a mini-state by Robert Fisk, Independent, 18 January 2018

Continued Detention of Ahed Tamimi Denounced as Symptomatic of Israel's Flouting of Int'l Law by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 17 January 2018

After Israel Decimated Gaza, Human Rights Defenders Failed It (4/4), The Real News, 12 January 2018 (video and transcript)

Finkelstein on Gaza's Right to Resist Military Occupation (3/4), The Real News, 10 January 2018 (video and transcript)

Why Trump's North Korea ‘Bloody Nose' Campaign Is a Big Bluff by Gareth Porter, Antiwar.com, 19 January 2018

A Powerful Economic Justice Movement Is Brewing, Even in This Dark Time by Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen, AlterNet, 16 January 2018

NATO's “Operation Atlantic Resolve” marches closer towards Russia's borders by Alex Christoforou, The Duran, 17 January 2018

'Ukraine on Fire': Oliver Stone Documentary Finally Available in the West, Information Clearing House, 18 January 2018 (video)

Rethinking Putin: A Talk by Professor Stephen F. Cohen, Information Clearing House, 18 January 2018 (video)

A Liberal Pillar Of The Establishment – ‘New Look' Guardian, Old-Style Orthodoxy by David Cromwell and David Edwards, Media Lens, 18 January 2018

Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing by Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site, 18 January 2018

It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech by Zeynep Tufekci, Wired, 16 January 2018

This is not a Corbynite coup, it's a mandate for his radical agenda by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 19 January 2018

The PFI bosses fleeced us all. Now watch them walk away by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 16 January 2018

What Nerve! Catalonians Trying to Swear in the Coalition That Won the Most Votes by Thomas Harrington, Antiwar.com, 19 January 2018


18 January

Trump will not bring Middle East peace this year – instead he is helping to make the region a crueller place by Robert Fisk, Independent, 17 January 2018

Tillerson: US Military Presence in Syria ‘Open-Ended,' Will Ensure Regime Change by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, 17 January 2018

Nuclear Posture Review advocates nukes against cyber attack by Jan Oberg, The Transnational, 17 January 2018

The West's use and abuse of human rights in foreign affairs by Ian Sinclair, Morning Star, 16 January 2018

70 Years of Disinformation: How the CIA Funded Opinion Magazines in Europe by Philip Giraldi, Russia Insider, 17 January 2018

'Don't Wait Until the Bombs Are Falling.' Pentagon Papers Leaker Encourages More Like Him by Lucy Feldman, Time, 17 January 2018

We Cannot Expect a President With Racism "in His DNA" to Save DACA by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 17 January 2018

How Companies Like Amazon Exploit Itinerant Elderly Workers by Chris Hedges, RT/Truthdig, 17 January 2018 (video)

Russia: trade unionists and anti-fascists unite by Gabriel Levy, People and Nature, 16 January 2018

Four years on, Spain's populist party Podemos loses appeal by José Marcos, El País in English, 17 January 2018

Media Makeovers by Michael Albert, ZNet, 17 January 2018


17 January

Trump's escalating threats to Iran risk destabilising the Middle East by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 16 January 2018

Trump's Sinister Plan to Kill the Iranian “Nukes” Deal by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 16 January 2018

In Words and Deeds: The Genesis of Israeli Violence by Ramzy Baroud, Antiwar.com, 17 January 2018

Ahed Tamimi should stay in prison because she might slap again — Israeli ethicist by Jonathan Ofir, Mondoweiss, 15 January 2018

Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Tweeting While Rome Burns, TomDispatch.com, 16 January 2018

False alarm of incoming missile in Japan by Peter Symonds, World Socialist Web Site, 17 January 2018

FBI 'Should Feel Embarrassed' by Its Russian Meddling Claims –Ex-CIA Analyst by Ray McGovern, Sputnik, 15 January 2018

Administration of Denial: Trump's Shock and Awe Attack on the Environment by Dahr Jamail, Truthout, 16 January 2018

The Last Oil: Gathering to Resist Trump's Reckless Arctic Energy Policy by Subhankar Banerjee, Common Dreams, 15 January 2018


16 January

U.S. Politicians and Public Criticized for 'Whitewashing' King's Legacy by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 15 January 2018

Martin Luther King Marches On by Ariel Dorfman, ZNet, 15 January 2018

Hawaii's “false alarm” and the advanced preparations for war against North Korea by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 16 January 2018

There's a Massive Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding in Asia: The Plight of the Rohingya by Vijay Peashad, AlterNet, 14 January 2018

Why are doctors in the Middle East cosying up to foreign armies? by Robert Fisk, Independent, 15 January 2018

You Don't Need a Telescope to Find a ‘Shithole Country' by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 14 January 2018

How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, The Transnational, 15 January 2018 (text and video)

Centrist Dems Launch Smear Campaign Against Young Trans Woman, All to Keep an Old Straight White Man in Power by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 15 January 2018

The Relationship Between Russian Church and State Is Badly Misunderstood in the West by Gilbert Doctorow, Russia Insider, 14 January 2018

Resistance is life: Mehmet Aksoy's last letter to his family, ROAR, 14 January 2018

Intercommunication in Barcelona, past and future by Emma Avilés and Rosemary Bechler, openDemocracy, 13 January 2018

Greek workers strike against Syriza's imposition of EU austerity “multi-bill” by Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site, 16 January 2018

Brexit is a collective English mental breakdown by Nicholas Boyle, The Irish Times, 16 January 2018


15 January

The Missile alert in Hawaii: Thirty-eight minutes of chaos by Patrick Martin, World Socialist Web Site, 15 January 2018

The Responsibility to Protect the World … from the United States by Ajamu Baraka, Information Clearing House, 13 January 2018

Don't Expect Trump To Send In The Cavalry If MBS Has To Circle Wagons by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 13 January 2018

The US ‘Betrayed' Russia, but It Is Not ‘News That's Fit to Print' by Stephen F. Cohen, Information Clearing House, 13 January 2018

War propaganda by Paul Robinson, irrussianality, 10 January 2018

Unstable East Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Spell Catastrophe by Tim Radford, Truthdig, 14 January 2018

41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo by Kathy Kelly, ZNet, 13 January 2018

The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 12 January 2018

“We Don't Consider You a Legitimate Journalist” — How I Got Blacklisted by the Pentagon's Africa Command by Nick Turse, The Intercept, 13 January 2018

Plucked from the web #32 by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 14 January 2018


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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