Media Watch

"A key function of media is the mass production of ignorance — the substitution of analysis and detailed argument for vague unsubstantiated assertions. These take on the life of their own and become embedded in routine journalism." Is Britain's media biased against the left? by Greg Philo, openDemocracy, 12 January 2016


Suggested reading:


30 May

Political Implications Of Climate Change by Anandi Sharan,, 30 May 2016

What A Water Situation! by S.G.Vombatkere,, 30 May 2016

Women Around the World Are Leading the Fight Against Corporate Agriculture interview with Vandana Shiva by Mark Karlin, Truthout, 29 May 2016

The Defense Department Is Ruining America: Big Budgets, Militarization and the Real Story Behind Our Asia Pivot by Patrick Smith, AlterNet, 28 May 2016

Lock Up the Men, Evict the Women and Children by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 29 May 2016

President Erdogan knows that visa-free travel for Turkey could solve his 'Kurdish problem' by Robert Fisk, Independent, 29 May 2016

Isis in Iraq: Up close to the battle as Peshmerga forces advance on IS stronghold of Mosul by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 29 May 2016

As Brexit Approaches, Europe's Left Is Divided — and for Good Reason by Conn Hallinan, ZNet, 28 May 2016

France paralyzed by the ‘War of the Lefts' by Pepe Escpbar, RT, 27 May 2016

Anti-semitism and the left by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 29 May 2016

The Fruits of Kiev's Police Reform: Crime Up Nearly 50%, Sputnik, 27 May 2016


29 May

Brexit is an empire-era trick. Only the radical case for Europe makes sense by Yanis Varoufakis, The Guardian, 28 May 2016

Yanis Varoufakis warns that anti-immigrant rhetoric is being used to distract from austerity by Jon Stone, Independent, 28 May 2016

Basic Income Gathers Steam Across Europe by Daniel Raventós - Julie Wark, CounterPunch, 27 May 2016

Europe Is in Revolt Against Anti-Russian Sanctions by Finian Cunningham, Russia Insider, 27 May 2016

The West Made Ukraine Secessionism Legal by Establishing the Kosovo Precedent by Vladislav Sotirovic, Russia Insider, 26 May 2016

NATO in Montenegro: Securing the Rear Before Barbarossa II? by Nebojsa Malic, Russia Insider, 27 May 2016

Target Russia. Target China. Target Iran by Pepe Escobar,, 28 May 2016

Defending Israel's Attacks on Civilians—A Harbinger for Clinton's Presidency? by Stephen Zunes, The Progressive, 26 May 2016

America's Wars of Aggression against Africa under the Disguise of the “War on Terrorism” by Abayomi Azikiwe, Global Research, 26 May 2016

Eighty years on, Spain may at last be able to confront the ghosts of civil war by Julian Coman, The Observer, 29 May 2016

Chris Hedges on the Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg, Truthdig, 28 May 2016 (video)


28 May

Eerie Silence about a New World War by John Pilger,, 27 May 2016

Ticking Closer to Nuclear Midnight by Jonathan Marshall,, 27 May 2016

Pivoting to War by Brian Cloughley, CounterPunch, 27 May 2016

"We Learned to Step over the Dead": Hiroshima Survivor & Anti-Nuclear Activist Recalls U.S. Bombing, Democravcy Now! 17 May 2016 (video and transcript)

Chomsky on Obama's Visit to Hiroshima & Presidential Legacy: "Nothing to Rave About", Democravcy Now! 17 May 2016 (video and transcript)

Hope and hype of Hiroshima can't conceal Obama's dismal record on nuclear disarmament by Tim Wright, The Guardian, 27 May 2016

Air strikes on Isis in Iraq and Syria are reducing their cities to ruins by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 27 May 2016

Troika Heat-Seeking Missile Destroys Greece by Robert Hunziker, Global Research, 25 May 2016

Blatant Hypocrisy: the Latest Late-Night Bailout of Greece by Stavros Mavroudeas, CounterPunch, 27 May 2016

Are We Witnessing the Beginning of the End of Globalization? by Murray Dobbin, CounterPunch, 27 May 2016

Blair, not Corbyn was dangerous experiment by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 28 May 2016

The long history of Labour's missing oomph by Anthony Barnett, openDemocracy, 26 May 2016

Is the UK's Iraq Inquiry Set to “Savage” Tony Blair? by Felicity Arbuthnot, Global Research, 25 May 2016

The Center Doesn't Hold by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 28 May 2016

Sweden's Assange Problem: The District Court Ruling by Binoy Kampmark, CounterPunch, 27 May 2016

Insurgency, conflict and communalism in Colombia by José Antonio Gutiérrez D., Janet Biehl, ROAR, 26 May 2016


27 May

West could sleepwalk into a Doomsday war with Russia – it's time to wake up by Richard Sakwa, The Conversation, 26 May 2016

Unjust Cause by Andrew Cockburn, Gar Alperovitz, Conversation, Harper's Magazine, 27 May 2016

A Gun to the World's Head by Ryan McNamara & Jonah Walters, Jacobin, 26 May 2016

Imperialism's Junior Partners by Patrick Bond, Jacobin, 25 May 2016

The US is dropping calls for Assad to go because the Syrian regime is a better bet than Isis by Robert Fisk, Independent, 27 May 2016

Tomgram: Michael Klare, The Oil World in Chaos,, 26 May 2016

Seeds of suicide by Vandana Shiva, Asian Age, 19 May 2016

The Bernie Question – We Should Innovate not Debate by Michael Albert, ZNet, 26 May 2016

The New York Times's (and Clinton Campaign's) Abject Cowardice on Israel by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 26 May 2016

Hillary Clinton: A Major Gold-Digging Liability by Pepe Escobar, CounterPunch, 26 May 2016

Greek Debt Negotiations: Will the IMF Exit the Troika? by Jack Rasmus, teleSUR, 25 May 2016

Almost 30% of Spaniards at risk of poverty or social exclusion by Jesús Sérvulo González, El País in English, 26 May 2016

Will the Universal Basic Income make us lonely? by Max Harris, openDemocracy, 25 May 2016


26 May

Brazil: The Provisional Banana Scoundrel Republic by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 25 May 2016

This Confirms It was a Coup: Brazil Crisis Deepens as Evidence Mounts of Plot to Oust Dilma Rousseff, Democravcy Now! 25 May 2016 (video and transcript)

Media Wars: The Role of the Left When Venezuela's Imperfect Revolution is Under Attack by Tamara Pearson,, 23 May 2016

Obama in Hiroshima: A Case Study in Hypocrisy by Eric Draitser, CounterPunch, 25 May 2016

Cheerleader for US Aggression, Pushing the World to the Nuclear Brink by Colin Todhunter, CounterPunch, 24 May 2016

Kosovo: Hillary Clinton's Legacy of Terror by Justin Raimondo,, 25 May 2016

Time to End the ‘Hasbara': Palestinian Media and the Search for a Common Story by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 25 May 2016

Isis in Iraq: Citizens trapped in Fallujah fear destruction of the city as government forces advance by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 25 May 2016

Let Them Drown by Naomi Klein, London Review of Books, 2 June 2016 isue

Pentagon Whistleblower's Disclosures Put a Lie to Obama, Clinton Claims About Snowden, Democravcy Now! 23 May 2016 (video and transcript)

Connectedness and disconnectedness by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 25 May 2016

A continent of the mind by Jack Conrad, Weekly Worker, 19 May 2016


25 May

The Financial Invasion of Greece by Sharmini Peries - Michael Hudson, CounterPunch, 24 May 2016

Jeremy Scahill: Corporations Are Making a Killing Off US Targeted Killing by Laura Flanders, Truthout, 24 May 2016

Tomgram: William Hartung, How to Disappear Money, Pentagon-Style,, 24 May 2016

Americans, A Conquered People: The New Serfs by Paul Craig Roberts,, 24 May 2016

“This will stop only when the American people get fed up”: American exceptionalism, the New York Times, and our foreign policy after Barack Obama by Patrick L. Smith, Salon, 22 May 2016

Obama Urged to Stop Funding Honduran Military as Questions Grow over US Role in Berta Cáceres' Death, Democravcy Now! 24 May 2016 (video and transcript)

Obama's Hiroshima Visit Will Give New Meaning to Meaningless Publicity Stunts by Riley Waggaman, The Huffington Post, 20 May 2016

Noam Chomsky & Joel Bakan on the Psychopathic Propaganda Machines That We Call Corporations by James Hoggan, AlterNet, 19 May 2016

More Game-Playing on MH-17? by Robert Parry,, 24 May 2016

Details of Ukrainian Equipment Losses Confirm Scale of Ukraine's Defeat by Alexander Mercouris, The Duran, 24 May 2016

China Aims for A «Win-Win» with Islam by Pepe Escobar, Strategic Culture Foundation, 23 May 2016

Activism and vision: an interview with Michael Albert by Vincent Emanuele, ROAR, 24 May 2016


24 May

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration Has Passed the Point of No Return by Dahr Jamail Truthout, 23 May 2016

World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned by Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 23 May 2016

New Political Earthquake in Brazil: Is It Now Time for Media Outlets to Call This a “Coup”? by Glenn Greenwald, Andrew Fishman and David Miranda, The Intercept, 23 May 2016

Call It a 'Coup': Leaked Transcripts Detail How Elite Orchestrated Overthrow in Brazil by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, 23 May 2016

“There is a Coup Going on in Brazil and the Current Government is Illegitimate” by Michael Welch, Pepe Escobar, and John Schertow, Global Research, 22 May 2016 (audio)

Appeal from U.S. to World: Help Us Resist U.S. Crimes by Roots Action, Global Research, 22 May 2016

Does Russia Have Reason to Fear? by James W Carden,, 23 May 2016

Trump’s Five Questions on US Foreign Policy by John V. Walsh,, 22 May 2016

Beware What You Wish For: Russia Is Ready for War by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider, 23 May 2016

Can Russia Survive Washington's Attack by Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House, 22 May 2016

Isis in Iraq: Jihadists unleash death squads as Iraqi forces advance on key stronghold of Fallujah by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 23 May 2016

European Union: a House Divided by Conn Hallinan, CounterPunch, 23 May 2016

Small Farmers Are Foundation to Food Security, Not Corporations Like Monsanto by Vandana Shiva, EcoWatch, 23 May 2016

Could the Left Finally Win in Spain This June? by Bécquer Seguín and Sebastiaan Faber, The Nation, 20 May 2016

The Disobedient City and the Stateless Nation by Kate Shea Baird, ROAR, 18 May 2016

Why Spinoza still matters by Steven Nadler, Aeon, no date



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