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:


1 July

End of empire: The era of US dominion has now passed by Andrew Bacevich, Spectator USA, 29 June 2020

Why The US Empire Works So Hard To Control The International Narrative About Russia,, 1 July 2020

Russians Vote on Amendments to the Constitution by Natylie Baldwin, Consortium News, 30 June 2020

The Escalating Crisis Over Iran's Nuclear Inspections by Scott Ritter, Consortium News, 29 June 2020

Learning From the Past: History Provides Clues into Israel's West Bank Annexation by Miko Peled, Information Clearing House, 30 June 2020

Long-Bailey's Sacking Shows How Antisemitism Has Been Dangerously Redefined by Barnaby Raine, Novara Media, 26 June 2020

The Floyd rebellion: pathway to a revolution? by Kali Akuno, ROAR, 30 June 2020

Trump used looted Venezuelan public money to build border wall with Mexico by Ben Norton, MR Online, 30 June 2020

South pole warming three times faster than rest of the world, our research shows by Kyle Clem, The Guardian, 30 June 2020


30 June

Tomorrow's World, Today by Collective 20, ZNet, 29 June 2020

Crime and Justice by Michael Albert, ZNet, 29 June 2020

Russiagate's Last Gasp by Ray McGovern, Consortium News, 29 June 2020

Iranian arrest warrant for Trump shows how disreputable US presidency has become by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 29 June 2020

On contact: Julian Assange extradition hearing with Marjorie Cohn by Chris Hedges, RT, 28 June 2020 (video)

New US indictment of Julian Assange not served in UK courts by Thomas Scripps, World Socialist Web Site, 30 June 2020

Keir Starmer's ‘antisemitism' sacking is a signal that Israel is safe in his hands by Jonathan Cook, Middle East Eye, 29 June 2020

The Many Explosions of Los Angeles in the 1960s by Samuel Farber, Jacobin, 29 June 2020

Arctic Heat Overwhelms Green Infighting Issues by Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, 29 June 2020

My Student Comes Home from Prison by Chris Hedges, Consortium News, 29 June 2020


29 June

Stumbling Towards Catastrophe: The New Cold War With China by Dave DeCamp,, 29 June 2020

Afghan tales by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 28 June 2020

Tomgram: Mandy Smithberger, Prioritizing the Pentagon in a Pandemic,, 28 June 2020

Kosovo Indictment Proves Bill Clinton's Serbian War Atrocities by Jim Bovard, The Libertarian Institute, 25 June 2020

Were Labour's antisemitism failures really Corbyn's fault? by Peter Oborne, Justin Schlosberg and Richard Sanders, openDemocracy, 26 June 2020

Racism has been the grinding backdrop to my life. Is a different future now possible? by Hanif Kureishi, The Guardian, 26 June 2020


28 June

Cascade of angers: a post-pandemic fantasy by John Holloway, ROAR, 27 June 2020

Black Lives Matter Wants to End Police Brutality. History Suggests It Will Go Much Further by Jon Schwarz, The Intercept, 27 June 2020

Yes, defund the cops–and put them under community control by Glen Ford, MR Online, 27 June 2020

US police departments under pressure to end training programmes with Israel by Sheren Khalel, Middle East Eye, 26 June 2020

“Full Spectrum Resistance”: a field manual for insurgencies by Kristian Williams, ROAR, 25 June 2020

This Russia-Afghanistan Story Is Western Propaganda At Its Most Vile,, 28 June 2020

Mentally Replace Everything Before “U.S. Intelligence Says” With “Blah Blah We're Probably Lying”,, 27 June 2020

'Warning Sign of Major Proportions': Number of Siberian Forest Fires Increase Fivefold in Week Since Record High Temperature by Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, 27 June 2020

China warned to prepare for being cut off from US dollar payment system by Frank Tang, Information Clearing House, 24 June 2020

US indictment of Assange based on testimony of FBI assets, convicted child molester by Oscar Grenfell, Information Clearing House, 25 June 2020

That Clayton Barnes is still not a citizen shows the ongoing cruelty of ‘hostile environment' by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 28 June 2020

The Epic of American Civilization by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 27 June 2020


27 June

Lawlessness in Trump's Fascist State: Bill Barr and the Ghost of Fascism by Henry Giroux, CounterPunch, 26 June 2020

Tomgram: John Feffer, The De-Trumpification of America,, 25 June 2020

Rewriting History & Rehabilitating George W Bush by Nat Parry, Consortium News, 26 June 2020

ASSANGE EXTRADITION: ‘Free Speech' in the US Empire is as Illusory as ‘Free-Range' Eggs by Caitlin Johnstone, Consortium News, 26 June 2020

How Racism is an Essential Tool for Maintaining the Capitalist Order by Richard D. Wolff, CounterPunch, 26 June 2020

Capitalism and the Throttling of Democracy in India by Colin Todhunter, CounterPunch, 26 June 2020

Weapon of first resort by Moshé Machover, Weekly Worker, 25 June 2020

Truly Shameful BBC Israeli Propaganda by Craig Murray, 25 June 2020

Lessons from the pandemic for the municipalists in Spain by Kate Shea Baird, ROAR, 26 June 2020

Scientists Pin Blame for Some Coronavirus Deaths on Air Pollution, PFAS, and Other Chemicals by Sharon Lerber, The Intercept, 26 June 2020

The blundering British political class has shown the same incompetence in both fighting wars and coronavirus by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 26 June 2020

Jeremy Corbyn's Opponents Burned the House Down to Stop Him — Now Keir Starmer Is King of the Ashes by Daniel Finn, Jacobin, 25 June 2020

Unbowed: Turkey is bent on extinguishing a beacon of women's liberation in northern Syria. But the women of Rojava are not giving up by Dilar Dirik, New Internationalist, 23 June 2020.


26 June

COVID-19: The Dangerous Incompetence of Narendra Modi & Jair Bolsonaro by Vijay Prashad, Consortium News, 25 June 2020

The India-China, Himalayan Puzzle by Pepe Escobar, Consortium News, 25 June 2020

Trump’s Second Thoughts on Juan Guaido are Not Enough by Steve Ellner, Consortium News, 25 June 2020

Doctors for Assange Say UK May be Liable for His Torture, Consortium News, 25 June 2020

How a US and Qatari regime change deception produced ‘Caesar’ sanctions driving Syria towards famine by Max Blumenthal, The Grayzone, 25 June 2020

Killing Them Softly With Sanctions by Tom Gallagher, Common Dreams, 25 June 2020

Exclusive: British army sent unqualified investigators to Iraq where troops ‘got away with murder’, veterans say by Michael Selby-Green, Daiy Maverick, 23 June 2020

Spain approves ‘new normality’ rules as Covid-19 cases rise, El País in English, 25 June 2020

May All Be Revealed,, 24 June 2020

Twitter Censors Trump For “Threat Of Harm”, Has No Problem With Threats To Bomb Foreigners,, 24 June 2020

Amazon Rainforest Hit By Killer Droughts by Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, 25 June 2020

There is a Spectre Haunting Ireland: Emigration by


25 June

How civil society is fighting back against coronavirus crackdowns by James Savage, openDemocracy, 24 June 2020

Ownership and the global coronavirus pandemic by Louise Russell-Prywata, openDemocracy, 24 June 2020

Spain squashed coronavirus. Will British tourists undo all that hard work? by Giles Tremlett, The Guardian, 25 June 2020

How did wildlife groups start collaborating in the destruction of nature? by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 24 June 2020

ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Assange Hit With New Superseding Indictment Broadening Computer Intrusion Charges by Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 24 June 2020

‘A uniquely humiliating moment’: London journalist explains why allies went from ‘admiring’ the US to ‘feeling pity’ by Alex Henderson, AlterNet, 24 June 2020

PA Political Circus: Why Abbas Must Hand the Keys over to the PLO by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 24 June 2020

Bolton Weaves a Tall Tale in his Venezuela Chapter by Leonardo Flores, Common Dreams, 24 June 2020


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, Glenn Greenwald, 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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