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


Suggested reading:


25 November

Turkey shoots down Russian plane: Nato will be worried by strike on Russia by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 25 November 2015

Campaign against Isis: Is there any hope for military success? by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 24 November 2015

Turkey Provokes Russia with Shoot-down by Robert Parry,, 24 November 2015

Turkey Downs Russian Fighter to Draw NATO and US Deeper into Syrian Quagmire by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 24 November 2015

Forget Daesh: Humanity is at Stake by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 24 November 2015

Pepe Escobar on the downed Russian Plane, RT, 24 November 2015

Why the Paris terror attacks didn't ‘change everything' by Pepe Escobar, RT, 23 November 2015

The Paris Attacks: A Chronicle Foretold. The worst may still yet to come by Patrick Howlett-Martin, ZNet, 24 November 2015

The Paris Attacks Reflect Intelligence Failure -- Not a Change in ISIS Strategy by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, The Huffington Post, 20 November 2015

The War on Terror Is a War on Youth: Paris and the Impoverishment of the Future by Henry A. Giroux and Brad Evans, Truthout, 24 November 2015

Five tests for action in Syria that fail the challenge of beating Isis by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman and others, The Guardian, 24 November 2015

Sweden slams shut its open-door policy towards refugees by David Crouch, The Guardian, 24 November 2015

Netanyahu paves the way for a new era of tyranny by Jonathan Cook, The National, 24 November 2015

The Roots of the Current Situation in Venezuela by Gregory Wilpert, teleSUR, 20 November 2015

What does science tell us about race? by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 25 November 2015


24 November

COP21: Too Little, Too Late? Temperature, CO2 Thresholds Breached as Climate Disruption Intensifies by Dahr Jamail, Truthdig, 23 November 2015

In France, a whiplash from rotten Syria policy by Sharmine Narwani,, 23 November 2015

In defense of the Grayzone: between ISIS and the West by Sam Law,, 23 November 2015

Hitting Saudi Arabia Where It Hurts by Robert Parry,, 23 November 2015

A ‘See-No-Evil' Drone War by John Hanrahan,, 23 November 2015

Official justifications for Brussels lockdown unravel by Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site, 24 November 2015

Violence comes home: an interview with Arun Kundnani, openDemocracy, 22 November 2015

Guardian admits its cowardice over Paris by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 23 November 2015

The Doctrine of 9/11 Anti-Immigration by Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch, 23 November 2015

Swedish asylum policy fuels support for far-right nationalist party by Phoebe Greenwood, The Guardian, 24 November 2015

Chomsky and His Critics by Noam Chomsky, Jacobin, 23 November 2015

Who owns the world? by Shelley Walia, The Hindu, 21 November 2015

SPAIN: Podemos introduces a conditional basic income in its electoral program by Andre Coelho, BIEN, 18 November 2015

Welcome to Austeria – a nation robbing its poor to pay for the next big crash by Aditya Chakeabortty, The Guardian, 23 November 2015


23 November

Whoa there, David Cameron! Haste and rhetoric is no recipe for peace by Robert Fisk, Independent, 22 November 2015

States of Terror by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 22 November 2015

Rethinking ‘Assad Must Go' Slogan by Gareth Porter,, 22 November 2015

If ISIS uses chemical weapons, the west will be partly responsible by Bob Rigg, openDemocracy, 19 November 2015

Tomgram: Pepe Escobar, The New Great Game Between China and the U.S.,, 22 November 2015

Yanis Varoufakis: Europe is being broken apart by refugee crisis by Martin Farrer, The Guardian, 23 November 2015

Rojava's Democratic, Feminist Revolution a Source of Hope Among Horror by Tony Iltis and Stuart Munckton, Truthout, 22 November 2015

The Country Where Journalism Is Being Murdered by Noam Chomsky and Christophe Deloire, AlterNet, 18 November 2015


22 November

Why do Islamist groups in particular seem so much more sadistic, even evil? by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 22 November 2015

War with Isis: To defeat the jihadists the West needs a local ally by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 21 November 2015

The Left and Right Must Stop the Establishment's Perpetual War Machine by Sam Husseini, CounterPunch, 20 November 2015

Rebuilding Syria With BRICS and Mortar by Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch, 20 November 2015

Marching from Despair to Power by Milan Rai, teleSUR, 20 November 2015

Why US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is the Biggest Threat to World Peace by Brian Cloughley, CounterPunch, 20 November 2015

US Espionage: Alive and Well in Latin America by Eva Golinger, teleSUR, 18 November 2015

Verging on Plutocracy? Getting Real About the Unelected Dictatorship by Paul Street, CounterPunch, 20 November 2015

Why a Climate Deal Is the Best Hope for Peace by Jason Box and Naomi Klein, The New Yorker, 18 November 2015

Bilingual kids have multiple advantages, no matter what the languages are by Teresa Parodi, Quartz, 7 November 2015


21 November

Paris is being used to justify agendas that had nothing to do with the attack by Trevor Timm, The Guardian, 20 November 2015

War with Isis: Britain must learn from past mistakes before joining the civil war in Syria by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 20 November 2015

Outside Powers Must End Their Proxy Wars in Syria by Charles Glass, The Intercept, 19 November 2015

Paris attacks: it's time for a more radical reaction by Claire Veale,, 19 November 2015

France Returns to the State of Exception by Gilbert Achcar, Jacobin, 19 November 2015

Paris Terror Attacks — How ISIS Profits by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider, 19 November 2015

NATO is harbouring the Islamic State by Nafeez Ahmed, Insurge Intelligence, 20 November 2015

Dreaming of democracy: refugees on Europe's periphery by Cirila Toplak,, 20 November 2015

Desperate EU Begs Turkey's Help in Dealing with Refugee Crisis by Joris Leverink, teleSUR, 18 November 2015

What's really at stake at the Paris climate conference now marches are banned by Naomi Klein, The Guardian, 20 November 2015

Glenn Greenwald: US Determined to Control Venezuela's Oil, teleSUR, 18 November 2015

CNN Punished Its Own Journalist for Fulfilling a Core Duty of Journalism by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 20 November 2015

Review of Saker's Book by Patrick Armstrong, The birds eye view of the vineyard, 17 November 2015


20 November

Isis: In a borderless world, the days when we could fight foreign wars and be safe at home may be long gone by Robert Fisk, Independent, 19 November 2015

Why has the US invaded, occupied or bombed 14 Muslim countries in 30 years? by Jeff Faux, Stop the War, 19 November 2015

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The National Security State's Incestuous Relationship with the Islamic State,, 19 November 2015

France's state violence - 10 key truths behind attacks on Paris by John Hilley, Zenpolitics, 18 November 2015

Coverage of Russian Plane Bombing Shows What a Difference an Enemy Makes by Jim Naureckas, FAIR, 18 November 2015

Glenn Greenwald on "Submissive" Media's Drumbeat for War and "Despicable" Anti-Muslim Scapegoating, Democracy Now! 19 November 2015 (video and transcript)

Glenn Greenwald: "Shameless" U.S. Officials Exploit Paris Attacks to Defend Spying & Attack Snowden, Democracy Now! 19 November 2015 (video and transcript)

A Politically Incorrect Reflection on the Paris Massacre by Roberto Savio, Other News, 17 November 2015

Shooting to kill Corbyn - the coup is on by Oliver Tickell, Ecologist, 18 November 2015

Governors Have No Right to Exclude Syrian Refugees by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 19 November 2015

Tangled Threads of US False Narratives by Robert Parry,, 19 November 2015

Spaniards aim for a new democracy and end to Franco's long shadow by Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian, 20 November 2015

Japan's Right to Renounce War by Kathy Kelly, teleSUR, 17 November 2015


19 November

Turkey could cut off Islamic State's supply lines. So why doesn't it? by David Graeber, The Guardian, 18 November 2015

Syria crisis: Turkey and US to carry out operation to drive Isis out of key Turkish border region by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 18 November 2015

Rohingya vs the Generals: How To Forge A Democracy And Get Away With It by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 18 November 2015

It's Paul Krugman vs. Noam Chomsky: This is the history we need to understand Paris, ISIS by Patrick L. Smith, Salon, 18 November 2015

5 Things to Do About ISIS, or Can an American Without a Gun "Do Something"? by David Swanson, Let's Try Democracy, 18 November 2015

From Paris to Boston, Terrorists Were Already Known to Authorities by Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept, 18 November 2015

NYT Editorial Slams “Disgraceful” CIA Exploitation of Paris Attacks, But Submissive Media Role Is Key by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 18 November 2015

In the fight against ISIS, Russia ain't taking no prisoners by Pepe Escobar, RT, 18 November 2015

Is the New Cold War Trending in Russia's Favor? (Audio Podcast) by Stephen F. Cohen, Russia Insider, 18 November 2015

Former Drone Pilots to Obama: Civilian Killings Driving 'Terrorism, Instability' by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, 18 November 2015

Shoot-to-kill won't make us safe from terror – just sorry by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 18 November 2015

Identity and diversity: Three interviews by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 18 November 2015

Students Unite by Michael Albert, teleSUR, 16 November 2015


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, 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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