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:


23 October

Washington's New Lock-Step March of Folly by Robert Parry,, 22 October 2016

Compare the coverage of Mosul and East Aleppo and it tells you a lot about the propaganda we consume by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 21 October 2016

The $5 Trillion Wars by Linda Bilmes, Common Dreams, 13 October 2016

How to revitalise progressive politics in Brexit Britain by Yanis Varoufakis, DiEM25, 13 October 2016

A soft, flexible Brexit could be possible – with Ireland's help by Fintan O'Toole, The Guardian, 21 October 2016

The Funeral Ruckus by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 22 October 2016

Noam Chomsky on the Perils of Market-Driven Education by C.J. Polychroniou and Lily Sage, Truthout, 22 October 2016

Welcome to a world without work by Ryan Avent, The Guardian, 9 October 2016


22 October

UN Expert Decries Global Assault on Freedom of Expression by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 21 October 2016

Drumbeats of Anti-Russia Confrontation From Washington to London by Brian Cloughley, CounterPunch, 21 October 2016

Finally, Letting the Philippines Go by Jonathan Marshall,, 21 October 2016

Hillary Clinton and the Brutal Murder of Gaddafi by John Wight, CounterPunch, 21 October 2016

Capitalism Is Doomed — Without Alternatives, So Are We by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 21 October 2016

The Return of the Repressed Critique of Rentiers: Veblen in the 21st century Rentier Capitalism by Michael Hudson, CounterPunch, 21 October 2016

Chris Hedges vs. Eddie Glaude: Should Progressives Vote for Hillary Clinton or Jill Stein? Democracy Now! 20 October 2016 (video and transcript)

The revolution in Rojava: an eyewitness account by Janet Biehl, ROAR, 20 October 2016

Climate change means no airport expansion – at Heathrow or anywhere by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 18 October 2016

Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage Of Venezuela by Telesur, Global Research, 20 October 2016


21 October

As Election Day Nears, Military Hawks Circle to Promote New Wave of War by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, 20 October 2016

Clinton Repackages Her Syrian ‘No-Fly' Plan by Robert Parry,, 20 October 2016

Washington moves to silence WikiLeaks by Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 19 October 2016

The Aleppo / Mosul Riddle by Pepe Escobar, Strategic Culture Foundation, 20 October 2016

U.S. regime change and war against Syria, disguised as a war against ISIS by Afra'ah Dagher, The Duran, 18 October 2016

Syria and the Left: Time to Break the Silence by Eric Draitser, CounterPunch, 20 October 2016

The continuing story of ‘the White Helmets' hoax by Rick Sterling, The Duran, 20 October 2016

When Washington wants a ceasefire, it can't be good for peace by Neil Clark, RT, 19 October 2016

Lebanon is a sectarian nation, yet it has avoided civil war while the Middle East burns – here's why by Robert Fisk, Independent, 20 October 2016

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Perpetual Killing Field,, 20 October 2016

Air pollution more deadly in Africa than malnutrition or dirty water, study warns by John Vidal, The Guardian, 20 October 2016

Ken Loach just exposed how TV broadcasters make people obey power, leaving the BBC red-faced by James Wright, The Canary, 18 October 2016

Adam Curtis: another manager of perceptions, Jonathan Cook Blog, 19 October 2016


20 October

Did the White House Declare War on Russia? by Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, 19 October 2016 (text and audio)

If the US hacks Russia for revenge, that could lead to cyberwar by Trevor Timm, The Guardian, 19 October 2016

The Democrats’ Joe McCarthy Moment by Robert Parry,, 19 October 2016

Why is the Truth on Syria Difficult to Decipher? by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 19 October 2016

Who broke the Syria ceasefire? by David Morrison, openDemocracy, 17 October 2016

‘We don’t hide it’: White Helmets openly admit being funded by Western govts, RT, 19 October 2016 (text and video)

Will the left hear the cries from Aleppo? by Ashley Smith, Socialist Worker, 19 October 2016

Tomgram: Sandy Tolan, The Death of the Two-State Solution,, 18 October 2016

Gaza's women are being besieged on all sides by Reem Amer and Tanya Rubinstein, +972, 18 October 2016

Saudi Arabia cannot go on throwing every decent person who speaks out on human rights into jail by Robert Fisk, Independent, 19 October 2016

Why Libya Is a Mayhem State by Vijay Prashad, AlterNet, 19 October 2016

Is Disclosure of Podesta’s Emails a Step Too Far? A Conversation With Naomi Klein by Glenn Greenwald, The Inercept, 19 October 2016

Assange’s Fate by Justin Raimondo,, 19 October 2016

Why the Gun-Control Movement Fails by Gary Younge, The Nation, 18 October 2016

A Report From the Annual BRICs Meeting in India: Their Advance Continues by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider, 19 October 2016

Zapatistas propose indigenous woman for Mexican presidency by Leonidas Oikonomakis, ROAR, 18 October 2016


19 October

Mosul braces itself for next bloody chapter having been ravaged by 13 years of war by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 18 October 2016

Victims of Israeli raid on Gaza flotilla fear legal case will be dropped over new political deal by Robert Fisk, Independent, 18 October 2016

UNESCO Resolution on Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Death of Shimon Peres – An Interview with Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 18 October 2016

How Israel seeks to erase the region's history by Jonathan Cook, The National, 18 October 2016

UK lawmakers push to outlaw criticism of Zionism by Asa Winstanley, The Electronic Intifada, 16 October 2016

More Allies, More War? by Eric Margolis, The American Conservative, 12 October 2016

Russian Airborne Storms El Alamein: What the Drills in Egypt Are Really About, Sputnik, 17 October 2016

West is Gunning for Russian Media Ban by Finian Cunningham, Strategic Culture Foundation, 13 October 2016

The West Has Lost Confidence in Ukraine's Kleptocracy by Kenneth Rapoza, Russia Insider, 17 October 2016

"Obama Built the Structures for Trump": A Terrifying Legacy of Mass Deportation by Alex Shams, Truthout, 16 October 2016

The Life and Times of the 1 Percent by Tim DiMuzio, ROAR, Issue #3, 2016

‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and David Cay Johnston Examine Our ‘Rigged’ Tax System, RT/Truthdig, 18 October 2016 (text and video)

Ken Loach: If you’re not angry about the world today, what kind of person are you? Public Reading Rooms, 16 October 2016

How climate change triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes by Bill McGuire, The Observer, 16 October 2016

Hottest September on Record Basically "Locks In" 2016 as Hottest Year: NASA by Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams, 18 October 2016

'I Was Doing My Job': Climate Reporter Facing 45 Years Speaks Out by Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, 18 October 2016

Charges Dropped Against Amy Goodman–No Thanks to Corporate Media by Jim Naureckas, FAIR, 17 October 2016


18 October

When Mosul falls, Isis will flee to the safety of Syria. But what then? by Robert Fisk, Independent, 17 October 2016

Iraq’s ‘ramshackle’ Mosul offensive may see Isis defeated but it will expose deep divisions between the forces involved by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 17 October 2016

Good Deaths in Mosul, Bad Deaths in Aleppo by Robert Parry,, 17 October 2016

U.S. pleads with Russia for ‘mercy’, gives up on Aleppo and admits Syrians will win by Alexander Mercouris, The Duran, 17 October 2016

Aleppo the worst humanitarian disaster since WWII? Not so fast, Mr. Kerry by John Wight, RT, 17 October 2016

As U.S. Presidential race heats up, the West’s establishment cracks down on dissent by Adam Garrie, The Duran, 17 October 2016

WikiLeaks says Ecuador cut off Assange’s internet after new Clinton emails published, RT, 18 October 2016

A Peculiar Coincidence by Craig Murray, 17 October 2016

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on War, Religion and Fighting American Neoliberalism by Emma Niles, Truthdig, 17 October 2016

Leaked emails show donors drive Hillary Clinton’s pro-Israel positions by Rania Khalek, The Electronic Intifada, 13 October 2016

‘Centrist Soft-Liberal Feminism’ - Presidentialising Hillary Clinton by David Edwards, Media Lens, 17 October 2016

‘All the Warning Signs Are There, Loud and Clear’ by Dahr Jamail and Janine Jackson, ZNet, 16 October 2016

Haiti: Exacerbating Disaster by Edna Bonhomme, Jacobin, 16 October 2016

Why Colombia’s Peace Deal Failed by Jonathan Marshall,, 17 October 2016

Euro 'house of cards' to collapse, warns ECB prophet by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph, 16 October 2016

Viktor Orbán’s Pyrrhic Victory by Mattia Gallo & Adam Fabry, Jacobin, 17 October 2016

Vindication for Press Freedom as Charges Dropped Against Journalist Amy Goodman by Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, 17 October 2016


17 October

Greenhouse Gas Deal a Good Step, But Not Nearly Enough: Scientists by Nika Knight, Common Dreams, 16 October 2016

Donald Trump: The Dress Rehearsal for Fascism by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 16 October 2016

Why Hillary Clinton is a bigger concern for China than Donald Trump by Pepe Escobar, South China Morning Post, 15 October 2016

NYT’s Absurd New Anti-Russian Propaganda by Robert Parry,, 16 October 2016

Guardian front page channels Orwell’s 1984, Jonathan Cook blog, 17 October 2016

On WikiLeaks, Journalism, and Privacy: Reporting on the Podesta Archive Is an Easy Call by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 13 October 2016

Britain’s Seven Covert Wars: RAF Drones, Embedded SAS Forces, Training of Jihadists by Mark Curtis, Global Research, 15 October 2016

How Britain Funded Syria’s “Moderate Armed Opposition” (aka Terrorists with a Human Face) by Felicity Arbuthnot, Global Research, 14 October 2016

Thousands take part in anti-government protest in Hungary by AP, Yahoo, 16 October 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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