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 May

Blacklisted Academic Norman Finkelstein on Gaza, “the World's Largest Concentration Camp” by Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept, 20 May 2018

Sixty dead in Gaza and the end of Israeli conscience by John Pilger, 17 May 2018

Israels Massacre of Palestinian Civilians Should Spark Horror - and Action by Ian S. Lustick, The Nation, 18 May 2018

Letter from Iran: Mr. Trump, you have been served by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 19 May 2018

Back to the Future? Bolton, Trump, and Iranian Regime Change by Gareth Porter,, 21 May 2018

Osman Kavala and the imprisonment of hope by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 21 May 2018

Trump Uses NATO to Police 'Disloyal' Europeans by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 20 May 2018

Wikipedia Is An Establishment Psyop by Caitlin Johnstone, 20 May 2018

The Coming Collapse by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 20 May 2018

What's Behind the Teachers' Strikes by Ellen David Friedman, ZNet, 20 May 2018

Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: Civil Disobedience Against Vietnam War Led Me to Leak Pentagon Papers, Democracy Now! 18 May 2018 (video and transcript)


20 May

Palestinians Are Forcing the World to See Their Humanity by Phyllis Bennis, ZNet, 19 May 2018

Palestine: our history haunts our future by Samah Jabr, openDemocracy, 16 May 2018

The Day of Shame by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 19 May 2018

French revolt against Macron's support for Israel by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 18 May 2018

America Recedes from Dominance in Afghanistan and Iraq by Vijay Prashad, ZNet, 19 May 2018

Senate Confirms Gina Haspel, Despite Her Facilitation of Torture by Marjorie Cohn, ZNet, 19 May 2018

“The tragedy of Brexit is that it affects the lives of thousands of people” by Simon Hunter, El País in English, 19 May 2018

´Trouble is at the heart of what we do' by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 18 May 2018

Google, drone murder and the military-intelligence-censorship complex by Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site, 19 May 2018

Capitalist Development in Nicaragua and the Mirage of the Left by William I. Robinson, Truthout, 18 May 2018

The Philip Cross Affair by Craig Murray, 18 May 2018

“I have no reason to lie when I tell you that everything is better in Spain” by James Rhodes, El País in English, 18 May 2018


19 May

Israel is at the height of its power after the embassy opening in Jerusalem – but uncritical support from the US will do it more damage than good by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 18 May 2018

Seventy years of colonial terror by Yassamine Mather, Weekly Worker, 17 May 2018

Are British ministers consistently misleading parliament on their Middle East policy? by Mark Curtis, Middle East Eye, 17 May 2018

Gideon Levy on the emergence of a neo-Nazi Israel, Defend Democracy Press, 19 May 2018

A Primer on the Venezuelan Elections by Alan MacLeod, CounterPunch, 18 May 2018

Venezuela's highly unusual presidential election by Greg Wilpert, New Internationalist, 17 May 2018

Chavismo Will Be Socialist Or It Will Cease To Exist by Marco Teruggi, Defend Democracy Press, 19 May 2018

It's not Harry and Meghan. It's the monarchy I oppose by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 19 May 2018

Making Excuses for Russiagate by Daniel Lazare,, 18 May 2018

Richard Pipes, 1923-2018 by Paul Robinson, irrussianality, 17 May 2018

The Friendly Mask Of The Orwellian Oligarchy Is Slipping Off by Caitlin Johnstone, 19 May 2018


18 May

How long after this week's Gaza massacre are we going to continue pretending that the Palestinians are non-people? by Robert Fisk, Independent, 17 May 2018

Palestine Is Still the Issue by John Pilger, Information Clearing House, 17 May 2018 (text and video)

An Affront to History: Giro d'Italia's ‘Sport-Washing' of Israeli Apartheid by Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch, 17 May 2018

Who Is Responsible for the New US-Russian Cold War? by Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, 16 May 2018 (text and audio)

The Ruinously Expensive American Military by Philip Giraldi, Russia Insider, 17 May 2018

Academics protest Google's role in drone murder by Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site, 18 May 2018

Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Dismantling Democracy, One Word at a Time,, 17 May 2018

'This Is the Language of a Fascist': Trump Denounced for Racist Rant, Calling Immigrants 'Animals' by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 17 May 2018

Eta's armed struggle is no more. Now Spain must end its brutality by Arnaldo Otegi, The Guardian, 17 May 2018

The Russians Are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce Book by Jeremy Kuzmarov and John Marciano, Monthly Review, May 2018

Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate: staring history in the face by Gabriel Levy, People and Nature, 14 May 2018


17 May

West's failure to act will be cause of the next Gaza massacre, Jonathan Cook Blog, 16 May 2018

‘The Everyday Process of Ethnic Cleansing' by Diana Buttu and Dennis J. Bernstein,, 16 May 2018

Norman Finkelstein: Outrage over Israeli Massacre Shows Power of Nonviolent Palestinian Resistance, Democracy Now! 16 May 2018 (video and transcript)

Norman Finkelstein: Palestinians Have the Right to Break Free of the “Unlivable” Cage That Is Gaza, Democracy Now! 16 May 2018 (video and transcript)

The Rebuilding of Syria by Jeff Klein,, 16 May 2018

Ecuador's Ex-President Rafael Correa Denounces Treatment of Julian Assange as “Torture” by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 16 May 2018

Ecuador's Talks With UK Over Assange 'Defame Country's Good Name' Interview with John Pilger, Sputnik, 15 May 2018

‘A Suffocating Groupthink': Sampling The Corporate Media On Israel, Iran, Syria And Russia by David Cromwell and David Edwards, Media Lens, 16 May 2018

Immigration has been good for Britain. It's time to bust the myths by Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian, 17 May 2018

Turkey's President: Short Term Victory, Long Term Trouble by Conn Hallinan, ZNet, 15 May 2018

Behind the wire: pride and paranoia in one of Russia's closed towns by Ivan Chesnokov, openDemocracy, 16 May 2018

What are the real barriers to freedom of assembly in Ukraine? by Ganna Grytsenko, openDemocracy, 16 May 2018


16 May

Election success for Muqtada al-Sadr shows Iraqi voters shaking off foreign intervention by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 15 May 2018

The (Unrecognized) US Contribution to Bloodshed in Syria, Part Two by As`ad AbuKhalil,, 15 May 2018

Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Staggeringly Well-Funded Blowback Machine,, 15 May 2018

Fifteen Thoughts About Israel by Caitlin Johnstone, 15 May 2018

The Guardian Rejoices in the Silencing of Assange by Craig Murray, 16 May 2018

The UK government wants to put a price on nature – but that will destroy it by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 15 May 2018

How May 1968 shaped our world by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 12 May 2018

1968: The legacy of Marx, Mao, Marcuse by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 12 May 2018


15 May

Israel Repurposes Nakba Myths to Justify Today's Massacre in Gaza by Jonathan Cook, Common Dreams, 14 May 2018

My Family's Home Is and Always Will Be Beit Daras by Ramzy Baroud,, 15 May 2018

U.S. Media Whitewashes Gaza Massacre by Joe Lauria,, 14 May 2018

Reasons Trump Breaks Nuclear-Sanction Agreement with Iran, Declares Trade War with China and Meets with North Korea by James Petras, Information Clearing House, 14 May 2018

The World Will Not Mourn the Decline of U.S. Hegemony by Paul Street,, 14 May 2018

US and Iran battle for influence in first post-Isis Iraq election by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 14 May 2018

Was There Ever an Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program? by Gareth Porter, The American Conservative, 14 May 2018

U.S. to World: We Are Not With You by Gary Leupp, CounterPunch, 14 May 2018

A Daily Mail journalist goes rogue, exposing a ‘scandalous' £200k payment by Boris Johnson by Tracy Keeling, The Canary, 14 May 2018

The Crisis Of Globalisation: Inevitable War? by James K. Galbraith, Social Europe, 14 May 2018

People Lie To Themselves About Julian Assange To Justify His Persecution by Caitlin Johnstone, 14 May 2018

Spain's traditional parties bowing to newcomers, poll confirms by Álvaro Nieto, El País in English, 14 May 2018


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