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 away, next update 23 April.


Suggested reading:


8 April

Dear Humanity, Time Is Running Out by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 7 April 2014

Call climate change what it is: violence by Rebecca Solnit, The Guardian, 7 April 2014

The President is a Bully by Paul Craig Roberts, CounterPunch, 7 April 2014

Putin's Czarist Folly by Robert Service, International New York Times, 6 April 2014

Sy Hersh Reveals Potential Turkish Role in Syria Chemical Strike That Almost Sparked U.S. Bombing, Democracy Now! 7 April 2014 (video and transcript)

The Collapsing Syria-Sarin Case by Robert Parry,, 7 April 2014

Tony Blair 'knew all about CIA secret kidnap programme' by Peter Foster, The Telegraph, 5 April 2014

Turkey's Very Own Sun King by Jeremy Salt, The Palestine Chronicle, 7 April 2014

What is Going on in Venezuela? by Peter Bohmer, ZNet, 7 April 2014

How have these corporations colonised our public life? by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 7 April 2014


7 April

The Red Line and the Rat Line by Seymour M. Hersh, London Review of Books, 6 April 2014

Was Turkey Behind Syrian Sarin Attack? by Robert Parry,, 6 April 2014

Seymour Hersh unearths more lies on Syria by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 6 April 2014

As peace talks falter, Israel's intentions become clearer by Jonathan Cook, The National, 6 April 2014

Talking Points: Tensions Rising, Wars Escalating, Occupations Expanding by Phyllis Bennis, IPS, 4 April 2014

The US-Russia Ukrainian deal by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 4 April 2014

Afghan Elections for Another Fake Regime by Eric Margolis, Unz Review, 5 April 2014

The Crucible of Iraq by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 6 April 2014

Sinister efforts to minimise Japanese war crimes and portray the empire as a victim must be exposed by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 6 April 2014

Thought money could buy an American election? You ain't seen nothin' yet by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 6 April 2014

Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald address US campaigners via video by Reuters, The Guardian, 6 April 2014

Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, No-Fly-List America,, 6 April 2014

South Sudan Facing Famine Crisis by Brian McAfee,, 6 April 2014

Low Intensity War Challenges National Independence of Venezuela by Frederik Mills,, 4 April 2014

Venezuelan Human Rights Council Created by Ryan Mallett-Outtrim,, 4 April 2014

Meeting the Needs of the Power Structure by Bruce E. Levine, The Occupied Times, no date

Mental health: why we're all sick under neoliberalism by Ray Filar, openDemocracy, 1 April 2014

Left Unity: 'Moderate' party takes shape by Peter Manson, Weekly Worker, 4 April 2014

Reflections, reflections by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 6 April 2014 (photos)


6 April

The 1915 Armenian genocide: Finding a fit testament to a timeless crime by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 6 April 2014

The Vikings were feared for a reason by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 6 April 2014

Greece's so-called recovery: a dangerous delusion by Jerome Roos,, 5 April 2014

CIA Whistleblower and the Torture Report by Medea Benjamin and Cayman Kai, ZNet, 5 April 2014

No Favor to Black America by Paul Street, ZNet, 5 April 2014


5 April

Flawed U.S. Policy Led to This New Cold War by Stephen F. Cohen, The Moscow Times, 4 April 2014

NATO maneuvers with Georgia, Ukraine threaten war with Russia by Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site, 3 April 2014

Crimea Annexes Russia by Boris Kagarlitsky, ZNet, 3 April 2014

Ukraine, a Fascist Coup? by Andre Vltchek, CounterPunch, 4 April 2014

Kapital for the Twenty-First Century? by James K. Galbraith, Dissent, 4 April 2014

The Age of the Oligarchs by Robert Parry,, 4 April 2014

The Monster on the Hill by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 5 April 2014

Cameron's investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood is not about national security by David Wearing, openDemocracy, 4 April 2014

The conscience and courage of Chelsea Manning by Nozomi Hayase,, 4 April 2014

The “Cuban Twitter” Scam Is a Drop in the Internet Propaganda Bucket by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 4 April 2014

Climate Change and Inequality Brewing Global Social Upheaval by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 4 April 2014

The unquenchable thirst of an expanding coal industry by Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International, 4 April 2014

No wonder teens love stories about dystopias – they feel like they're in one by Laurie Penny, New Statesman, 3 April 2014


4 April

The New World Order? by Richard Falk, TFF, 3 April 2014

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Bermuda Triangle of National Security,, 3 April 2014

The Media's Disinformation Campaign on Ukraine: “There are No neo-Nazis in the Interim Government” by John Ryan, Global Research, 3 April 2014

A 15-Year Murder Spree by David Swanson, War Is A, 3 April 2014

Kerry's Looming Deadline and the Peace Process Industry by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 3 April 2014

The Israeli spy and Palestinian peace talks by Jonathan Cook, Al Jazeera, 3 April 2014

The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror – review by Robin Yassin-Kassab, The Guardian, 3 April 2014

Youth Around the World See Meagre Opportunities by Bryant Harris, Inter Press Service, 3 April 2014

The IMF is failing. Let's reform it by Alex Andreou, The Guardian, 3 April 2014

Europe's latest policy on Irish and Greek banking losses: A tale of two swindles too similar for comfort by Yanis Varoufakis,, 1 April 2014

Ireland Under Austerity by Julien Mercille, CounterPunch, 3 April 2014

Hungary Goes to the Polls, As the Walls Close In by Carl Rowlands, New Left Project, 4 April 2014

The Tories own the future – the left is trapped in the past by John Harris, The Guardian, 2 April 2014

Demonising the "Colectivos": Demonising the Grassroots by Tamara Pearson,, 2 April 2014

Noam Chomsky: Ecology, Ethics, Anarchism by Javier Sethness, Truthout, 3 April 2014

Let's not forget Assange by Kevin Townsend, Kevin Townsend's Home Page, 31 Marh 201


3 April

UN - climate 'perfect storm' is already here. Time to slay Zombie Big Oil by Nafeez Ahmed, The Guardian, 3 April 2014

The toxic truth about air pollution: a lethal scandal of British inaction by John Vidal, The Guardian, 2 April 2014

No social justice without free speech by Kenan Malik, Fredrik deBoer, Pandaemonium, 3 April 2014

Bosnia-Herzegovina: protests, problems and solutions by Kemal Pervanic, openDemocracy, 1 April 2014

There's a very different idea of politics and democracy forming in my head by Adrià Rodriguez and Lotta Tenhunen, openDemocracy, 1 April 2014

Reflections on “prefigurative politics” by Samuel Farber, International Socialist Review, #92, 2014

Israel is facing a backlash in America by Rami G. Khouri, The Daily Star, 2 April 2014

Disgust Yes, Disappointment No by Paul Street, ZNet, 2 April 2014

Ukrainians Get IMF's Bitter Medicine by Robert Parry,, 2 April 2014

Brzezinski and the Globalists' Position: The EU Takeover of Ukraine by Kurt Nimmo, Global Research, 1 April 2014

Why Did BRICS Back Russia on Crimea? by Zachary Keck, The Diplomat, 31 March 2014

Chomsky Envisions Vegetarian Future by Jon Hochschartner, CounterPunch, 2 April 2014


2 April

The Neverending ‘Wakeup Call' by David Cromwell and David Edwards, Media Lens, 2 April 2014

Ecology, Ethics, Anarchism: In Conversation with Noam Chomsky, YouTube, 31 March 2014

The Prospects for Survival by Noam Chomsky, Truthout, 1 April 2014

Ukraine-Crimea – The Solution Is a Federation with High Autonomy by Johan Galtung, Inter Press Service, 1 April 2014

US War Plan for Europe and Russia by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 31 March 2014

The Kerry-Lavrov chess match by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 31 March 2014

Take sides with people, not with Putin by Gabriel Levy, People and Nature, 28 March 2014

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Shooting Up on Big Energy,, 1 April 2014

Millions-strong March for Dignity shakes Spain by Dick Nichols, Green Left Weekly, 30 March 2014

Why aren't Europe's young people rioting any more? by Costas Lapavitsas and Alex Politaki, The Guardian, 1 April 2014

Poulantzasian Themes for Understanding Turkey's Political Crisis by Ali Behran Ozcelik, New Left Project, 1 April 2014

The real story of the UN Human Rights Council: Europe slams Israeli crimes by Ben White, Middle East Monitor, 1 April 2014

Tax Dodging Companies Hoarding Nearly One Trillion Overseas by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 1 April 2014

Banking Union Time Bomb by Ellen Brown, CounterPunch, 31 March 2014

South Africa's Resource Curses and Growing Social Resistance by Patrick Bond, Monthly Review, April 2014

NSA Blows Its Own Top Secret Program in Order to Propagandize by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 31 March 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, Alexander Cockburn, Mark Curtis, Robert Fisk, Susan George, Misha Glenny, 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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