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 January

Greece elections: Voters will choose the Syriza party - and send a defiant message to the EU by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 25 January 2015

Greece's election: filling Europe's democratic void by Mathew Lawrence, openDemocracy, 24 January 2015

Patrick Cockburn: ‘An effective terrorist attack requires the complicity of governments' by David Shariatmadari, The Guardian, 24 January 2015

Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign by Cole Moreton, The Independent, 25 January 2015

Global economic disorder fuels forces of division by Vijay Prashad, al-Araby, 21 January 2015

Galant's Gallant Act by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 24 January 2015

The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 24 January 2015

More Cowbells: new NSA leaks reveal extent of spying tactics by Associated Whistleblowing Press,, 24 January 2015

Noam Chomsky's Take on the film American Sniper, YouTube, 23 January 2015


24 January

Greece isn't taking a soft option – the people demand real change by Maria Margaronis, The Guardian, 23 January 2015

Greece's solidarity movement: ‘it's a whole new model – and it's working' by Jon Henley, The Guardian, 23 January 2015

Greece's Fight Against European Austerity by Tariq Ali, CounterPunch, 23 January 2015

King Abdullah's friends in the West stayed loyal, but revolution is on the horizon in Saudi Arabia by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 23 January 2015

'Nauseating' Praise for Dead Saudi King Exposes Hypocrisy of West, Say Critics by Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, 23 January 2015

Genocides, Not Wars by Andre Vltchek, CounterPunch, 23 January 2015

Message to the UK: The Fracking Bridge is Already Burning by Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything, 22 January 2015


23 January

'Doomsday Clock' Ticks Forward: Climate Change, Nuclear Weapons Push Humanity Closer Towards Global Catastrophe by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 22 January 2015

Death By A Thousand Cuts: Earth Enters The ‘Danger Zone' by David Cromwell and David Edwards, Media Lens, 22 January 2015

The oceans are warming so fast, they keep breaking scientists' charts by John Abraham, The Guardian, 22 January 2015

Naomi Klein: A crisis this big changes everything by Oliver Tickell, Ecologist, 21 January 2015

What is at Stake in the Greek Elections? by Chris Spannos, ZNet, 22 January 2015

The Intimidation of Greek Voters by Mark Weisbrot, CounterPunch, 22 January 2015

World Wars & Historic Memory, Part 1 & 2 by Tariq Ali, ZVideo, 22 January 2015

Ralph Nader on What was Missing in President Obama's State of the Union Address, Democracy Now! 21 January 2015 (video and transcript)

The calculations behind Israel's attack on Iran and Hizballah by Jonathan Cook, al-Araby, 22 January 2015

Magna Carta: 800 years on, we need a new people's charter by Guy Standing, The Guardian, 23 January 2015


22 January

The Davos oligarchs are right to fear the world they've made by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, 22 January 2015

What Happens in Greece can transform Europe by Jerome Roos, ZNet, 21 January 2015

Is Syriza Radical Enough? by Ed Rooksby, New Left Project, 22 January 2015

Understanding the Greek Communists by Nikos Lountos, Jacobin, 21 January 2015

What Game is the House of Saud Playing? by Pepe Escobar, Global Research, 20 January 2015

An old hand is at work in Yemen's bloody civil war by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 21 January 2015

War on Isis: Flood of jihadi volunteers to Syria 'unstoppable', warns Turkish Prime Minister by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 21 January 2015

Distortions, lies and omissions: The New York Times won't tell you the real story behind Ukraine, Russian economic collapse by Patrick L. Smith, Salon, 21 January 2015

America Versus the World, As Usual by Michael Albert, teleSUR, 20 January 2015


21 January

The Ambiguity of Charlie Hebdo: France Under the Influence by Diana Johnstone, CounterPunch, 20 January 2015

Lessons that Hollande Failed to Learn from W. Bush by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 20 January 2015

After the Paris attacks: It's time for a new Enlightenment by Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian, 20 January 2015

Israel's attack on Hezbollah a case of shoot first, ask questions later by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 20 January 2015

To strike or not to strike: Israel's electoral calculus by Jonathan Cook, al-Araby, 21 January 2015

Ukraine's Lower Class Military by Andrey Manchuk, CounterPunch, 20 January 2015

The New York Times “Reporting on Ukraine”. Paying Lip Service to Neo-Nazism, Bashing Russia by Walter C. Uhler, Global Research, 20 January 2015

Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Shadow War in 150 Countries,, 20 January 2015

Are Plunging Petrodollar Revenues Behind the Fed's Projected Rate Hikes? by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 20 January 2015

A Historic Opportunity by Alexis Tsipras, Jacobin, 20 January 2015

Syriza's way or Frankfurt's way? There's only one answer for Ireland by Fintan O'Toole, The Irish Times, 20 January 2015

Green party outlines plan for basic citizen's income for all adults by Patrick Wintour, The Guardian, 18 January 2015

Basic income paid to the poor can transform lives by Guy Standing, The Guardian, 18 January 2015

Our ‘impartial' broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 20 January 2015

GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media by James Ball, The Guardian, 19 January 2015

As Fox News Apologizes, Jeremy Scahill on Fake "Terror Experts" & Challenges of Real War Reporting, Democracy Now! 20 January 2015 (video and transcript)

How To Buy a Politician by Russell Brand and George Monbiot, ZVideo, 20 January 2015

How Whales Change Climate by George Monbiot, ZVideo, 19 January 2015


20 January

Noam Chomsky: Obama's Drone Program 'The Most Extreme Terrorist Campaign of Modern Times' by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 19 January 2015

Americide by Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams, 19 January 2015

Surveillance Is Just First Phase as NSA Plans 'Guerilla' Tactics for Global Cyberwar by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 19 January 2015

The Gallipoli centenary is a shameful attempt to hide the Armenian Holocaust by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 19 January 2015

Risky Blowback from Russian Sanctions by Jonathan Marshall,, 19 January 2015

The Danger of an MH-17 ‘Cold Case' by Robert Parry,, 19 January 2015

Manipulation in Paris by Horace G. Campbell, CounterPunch, 19 January 2015

Young, gifted and Greek: Generation G – the world's biggest brain drain by Helena Smith, The Guardian, 19 January 2015

On election day, young Greeks will be voting for SYRIZA by Elati Pontikopoulou-Venieri, openDemocracy, 19 January 2015

Revealed: thousands of Britons on benefits across EU by Alberto Nardelli, Ian Traynor and Leila Haddou, The Guardian, 19 January 2015

Lights of rebellion shine at the Zapatista resistance festival by Giovanni Cattaruzza,, 19 January 2015


19 January

Half global wealth held by the 1% by Larry Elliott and Ed Pilkington, The Guardian, 19 January 2015

Inequality is threatening to tear our democracy apart, yet the Government is only encouraging it By Yasmin Alibhai Brown, The Independent, 18 January 2015

Why the US is the Biggest Threat to World Peace by Ben Dangle, teleSUR, 17 January 2015

Netanyahu and Europe's far right find common ground by Jonathan Cook, The National, 18 January 2015

John Pilger Interview: White Australians Would Like Aboriginal People to Disappear by Mark Karlin, Truthout, 18 January 2015

‘You Have a Mother' by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 18 January 2015

Scahill: White House Attempt to Control Who Journalists Source Is Assault on Press Freedoms, Common Dreams, 18 January 2015

Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration (part 3) by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 18 January 2015

The War on Billie Holiday by Johann Hari, In These Times, 16 January 2015

With so many people tweeting before they think, the telegraph can teach us some valuable lessons by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 18 January 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, 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, Jerome Roos, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Jeremy Seabrook, Richard Seymour, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn

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