Media Watch

“… media professionals have long played a crucial role in the protection of private power by maintaining the illusion that members of the public are offered an ‘ímpartial' and wide selection of facts, opinions and perspectives from which any individual can derive his or her own well-informed world view.” - David Cromwell, Why Are We The Good Guys? Reclaiming Your Mind From the Delusions of Propaganda


I am on holiday. Next update 7 August.


Suggested reading:


21 July

Reaping what we have sown in Gaza by Amira Hass, Haaretz/Common Dreams, 21 July 2014

On ‘Human Shielding' in Gaza: Israeli Army Tried to Justify Striking Civilian Areas by Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini, The Palestine Chronicle, 20 July 2014

Starting The Clock: The Gaza Crisis by Phyllis Bennis, ZNet/teleSUR English, 20 July 2014

Israel's invasion is a pre-planned atrocity that makes a mockery of ceasefire 'offers' by Chris Nineham, Stop the War coalition, 18 July 2014

Fox News mic catches Kerry criticising Israel by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 20 July 2014

Why do television producers think a grey blob over a dead person's face shows respect? by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 20 July 2014

Time runs out for Christian Iraq: Isis deadline passes with mass flight by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 20 July 2014

What Did US Spy Satellites See in Ukraine? by Robert Parry,, 20 July 2014

MH17: World See Tragedy, US Sees “Game Changer” by Tony Cartalucci, New Eastern Outlook, 19 July 2014

Legislating the Way to World War 3? by Eric Draitser, New Eastern Outlook, 19 July 2014

Punishing Russia for the MH17 tragedy will not help Ukraine by Oliver Bullough, The Guardian, 20 July 2014

Maduro Extends Planned “Shakeup” of Venezuelan State and Economy by Ewan Robertson,, 18 July 2014


20 July

What Happened to the Malaysian Airliner? by Paul Craig Roberts,, 19 July 2014

Airline Horror Spurs New Rush to Judgment by Robert Parry,, 19 July 2014

Facts Needed on Malaysian Plane Shoot-Down by Ray McGovern,, 18 July 2014

It was Putin's missile! by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 18 July 2014

Stephen Cohen: Downed Malaysian Plane Raises Risk of War Between Russia and the West, Democracy Now! 18 July 2014 (video and transcript)

MH17 and its aftermath: 'ordinary Russians are horrified and frightened' by Natalia Antonova, The Guardian, 19 July 2014

Netanyahu's real goal by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Le Monde diplomatique, 18 July 2014

Gaza's crisis, Israeli ambition, and US decline by Hillary Mann Leverett and Flynt Leverett, Al Jazeera, 18 July 2014

Norwegian surgeon witnesses Israeli war crimes in Gaza, Middle East Monitor, 15 July 2014

NBC reinstate Mohyeldin to salvage image by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 19 July 2014

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 20 July 2014

Burn, Men in Black, burn by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 20 July 2014

BRICS against Washington consensus by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 15 July 2014

Afghanistan: The Other War of Aggression That Needs to End by Jovanni Reyes, Common Dreams, 19 July 2014

When will the UN pay for its crimes in Haiti? When will anyone? by Joe Emersberger, ZNet/teleSUR English, 19 July 2014


19 July

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Collateral damage is inevitable in the chaos of proxy war by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 18 July 2014

MH17 and Ukraine's Dilemma by Binoy Kampmark, CounterPunch, 18 July 2014

Sanctions and Airlines by Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House, 18 July 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: The Problem Isn't Conflict, It's Violent Conflict Management by Erin Niemela, Common Dreams, 18 July 2014

Why the West Bank isn't erupting against Israel by Amira Hass, ZNet, 18 July 2014

Gaza Notes by W.S. MERIP, 18 July 2014

Who is Winning? by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 19 July 2014

‘Are you a fucking leftist?' –Israeli fascists target anti-occupation activists in Tel Aviv by Bekah Wolf, Mondoweiss, 18 July 2014

Why Opposing the Israel Lobby Is No Longer Political Suicide by Phyllis Bennis, The Nation, 15 July 2014

NBC Pulls Its Best Journalist from Gaza Just as Israel Invades by Phyllis Bennis, Foreign Policy in Focus, 17 July 2014

Glenn Greenwald: Why Did NBC Pull Veteran Reporter After He Witnessed Israeli Killing of Gaza Kids? Democracy Now! 18 July 2014

Jordan is America's ‘Habibi' by Andre Vltchek, CounterPunch, 18 July 2014

Fukushima: Bad and Getting Worse by John LaForge, CounterPunch, 18 July 2014

Edward Snowden interview - the edited transcript by Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian, 18 July 2014

Leninism, Anarchism, or What by Michael Albert, ZNet/teleSUR English, 18 July 2014

Arundhati Roy accuses Mahatma Gandhi of discrimination by Jason Burke, The Guardian, 18 July 2014


18 July

Israel-Gaza conflict: Medical charity likens work to ‘patching up torture victims in an open-air prison' by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 17 July 2014

Norwegian Physician Treating Wounded Civilians: Stop the Bombing, End Israeli Impunity in Gaza, Democracy Now! 14 July 2014

The Gaza Crisis by Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman, ZVideo, 17 July 2014

NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 17 July 2014

CNN forced to film Israelis cheer Gaza strike by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 18 July 2014

NYT headline on Gaza killings hits new low by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 17 July 2014

WaPo's Gaza dispatch: ugly and dishonest by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 17 July 2014

Guernica, 1937 / Gaza, 2014 by Norman Pollack, CounterPunch, 17 July 2014

Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, Incinerating Iraq,, 17 July 2014

The Human Price of Neocon Havoc by Robert Parry,, 17 July 2014

Stockholm Syndrome by Craig Murray,, 17 July 2014

Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications by Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian, 17 July 2014

The NHS is being taken over by Wall Street. And Cameron won't stop it by Len McCluskey, The Guardian, 17 July 2014


17 July

How US and Blair Plotted ‘Ceasefire' Scam by Jonathan Cook, Information Clearing House, 16 July 2014

Palestinian factions reportedly set 10 conditions for 10-year truce with Israel by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 16 July 2014

Ravaging Gaza: The War Netanyahu Cannot Possibly Win by Ramzy Baroud, Common Dreams, 16 July 2014

Gaza: this shameful injustice will only end if the cost of it rises by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, 16 July 2014

The monster that israel helped create by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 17 July 2014

Is Sisi Suited for Role as Israel-Hamas Mediator? by Ahmed Meiloud, The Palestine Chronicle, 15 July 2014

Is It Time To “Boycott” The USA? by Danny Schechter, ZNet/teleSUR English, 16 July 2014

“If You Can't Do It – We Can” by Marina Sitrin, ZNet/teleSUR English, 16 July 2014

The Broken Promise to Shevardnadze by Ray McGovern,, 16 July 2014

Capitalism's Deeper Problem by Richard D. Wolff, Moyers & company, 15 July 2014


16 July

Hamas did not reject a ceasefire, Israel did by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 15 July 2014

Video: Ramzy Baroud Discusses the Failed ‘Ceasefire' in Gaza, The Palestine Chronicle, 15 July 2014

With 192 Dead in Gaza, Is Lasting Ceasefire Possible Under Israeli Occupation? with Amira Hass, Democracy Now! 15 July 2014 (video and transcript)

After Palestinian Unity Deal, Did Israel Spark Violence to Prevent a New "Peace Offensive"? with Norman Finkelstein, Democracy Now! 15 July 2014 (video and transcript)

What the BBC did as 5000 protested over its pro-Israeli bias: interviewed Tony Blair, Stop the War coalition, 15 July 2014

Chomsky, Pilger and Loach call on BBC to reflect reality of Gaza's occupation, Palestine Solidarity Campign, 14 July 2014

Syria conflict: Isis marches further into Syria tipping the balance of power in the civil war by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 15 July 2014

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption by Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus, 14 July 2014

BRICS countries to set up their own IMF by Olga Samofalova, Russia Beyond the Headlines, 14 July 2014

Iran Sanctions Cost The U.S. Billions: Study by Michael McAuliff, The Huffington Post, 14 July 2014

Tomgram: Todd Miller, Bill of Rights Rollback in the U.S. Borderlands,, 15 July 2014

Greek Cleaners Become Symbols of Resistance by Maria Zepatou, Truthout, 15 July 2014

Venezuela: Pragmatists vs. Radicals? by Federico Fuentes, ZNet/teleSUR English, 15 July 2014

Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 14 July 2014

King's College London: world leaders in business nonsense by Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian, 15 July 2014

Ban neonicotinoids now – to avert another silent spring by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 15 July 2014

Thoughts & Deeds 4: Winning by Michael Albert and Paolo Rodriguez, ZNet, 15 July 2014


15 July

Israel showed restraint in Gaza before attacking? You must be kidding by Amira Hass, Information Clearing House, 15 July 2014

Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process' by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 14 July 2014

The slaughter in Gaza will not defeat Hamas by Azzam Tamimi, The Guardian, 13 July 2014

Not just escalation: A frightening new era of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel by Ron Gerlitz, +972, 12 July 2014

Abu Khdeir suspects to plead insanity by Jonathan Cook, The Blog fom Nazareth, 14 July 2014

Putin, Ukraine and the Future of Europe by Jack Rasmus, Z Commentaries/teleSUR English, 14 July 2014

Eu Flouts The 1951 Refugee Convention by Airin Bahmani, ZNet/teleSUR English, 11 July 2014

8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous by Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, 14 July 2014

Marinaleda: the village where people come before profit by Liam Barrington-Bush and Jen Wilton,, 15 July 2014

Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Political Betrayal by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 14 July 2014


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, Mark Curtis, Robert Fisk, Susan George, Misha Glenny, David Graeber, Glenn Greenwald, Robin Hahnel, Edward Herman, Diana Johnstone, Naomi Klein, Gabriel Kolko, Moshé Machover, Kenan Malik, István Mészáros, John Pilger, Hannu Reime, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Jeremy Seabrook, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn

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