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


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9 February

Why the Assange ruling is not ‘ridiculous’

Why the Assange ruling is not 'ridiculous' by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 8 February 2016

Why the Assange ruling is not ‘ridiculous’
Why the Assange ruling is not ‘ridiculous’
Why the Assange ruling is not ‘ridiculous’
Why the Assange ruling is not ‘ridiculous’

Military and government disagree sharply in Israel by Jonathan Cook, The National, 8 February 2016

US Policy Adapts to Russian-Backed Syrian Gains by Gareth Porter,, 9 February 2016

Thousands of academics demand inquiry into Cairo death of Giulio Regeni by Jack Shenker, The Guardian, 8 February 2016

Chomsky Interview: ‘The US is One of the Most Fundamentalist Countries in the World’ by Meera Srinivasan, Wire, 31 January 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Hawkish Record by Marjorie Cohn,, 2 February 2016

US position on Syria tilts in favour of Russian intervention - See more at:
US position on Syria tilts in favour of Russian intervention - See more at:

Coincidence? Baltic Invasion Story Reappears as Pentagon Seeks to Quadruple Europe Military Spending by Danielle Ryan, Global Research, 7 February 2016

Looming War: Who Is to Blame? by Edward Lozansky, Russia Insider, 7 February 2016

EU Sanctions Against Russia Are Crumbling — But They're Likely to Remain by Alexander Mercouris, Russia Insider, 7 February 2016

Support for Poroshenko regime collapses in Ukraine by Jason Melanovski, World Socialist Web Site, 8 February 2016

Privatization: the Atlanticist Tactic to Attack Russia by Paul Craig Roberts - Michael Hudson, CounterPunch, 8 February 2016

Rebranding The Conquistadors As Social Justice Warriors – The Guardian, Corporate Sponsorship And ‘Branded Content’ by David Cromwell, Media Lens, 4 February 2016

Editor’s Note by Paul Mattick, The Brooklyn Rail, January 2016


8 February

A New Era of Global Protest Begins by Rajesh Makwana, Truthout, 6 February 2016

Whose lives matter? The limitations of Bernie Sanders by Ben Reynolds, ROAR, 7 February 2016

Tomgram: Engelhardt, "The Finest Fighting Force in the History of the World",, 7 February 2016

NATO to Mass Troops Along Russia Frontier; Biggest Buildup Since Cold War by Jason Ditz,, 7 February 2016

Cameron is sowing the seeds of fascism by Dan Glazebrook, RT, 6 February 2016

When in Rome: ‘Criminal Consequences’ for Assange’s Tormentors? by Thomas Knapp,, 8 February 2016

A plan must be made for ‘life after Isis’ in the Middle East by Robert Fisk, Independent, 7 February 2016

2016: Time to take the leap by Naomi Klein and Marienna Pope-Weidemann, New Internationalist, 5 February 2016

Marienna Pope-Weidemann
2016: Time to take the leap
2016: Time to take the leap

Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 7 February 2016

Nicaragua and the ghosts of revolutionby by Leonidas Oikonomakis, ROAR, 6 February 2016


7 February

Saudi Arabia's Reckless Policies Have Global Financial and Energy Markets on Edge by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider, 6 February 2016

Oil price and Isis ruin the Kurds' dream of riches by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 6 February 2016

In Egypt, second life for independent trade unions by Giulio Regeni, Il Manifesto, 5 February 2016

The EU no longer serves the people – democracy demands a new beginning by Yanis Varoufakis, The Guardian, 5 February 2016

Europe is disintegrating while its citizens watch indifferent by Roberto Savio, ZNet, 5 February 2016

Europe is Built on Corpses and Plunder by Andre Vltchek, CounterPunch, 5 February 2016

The fear of ‘not enough to go round' by Bridget Andderson, ZNet, 5 February 2016

How Politics Across the U.S. and Europe Are Shifting Away From the Center by Vijay Prashad, ZNet, 5 February 2016

Pentagon Releases 200 Photos of Bush-Era Prisoner Abuse, Thousands Kept Secret by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, 6 February 2016

In Pivot to Asia, US Military Reinforces Its Foothold in the Pacific by Adam Hudson, Truthout, 6 February 2916

US Intensifies Military Confrontation on Russia's Eastern Border by Stephen F. Cohen, Russia Insider, 6 February 2016 (audio)

French Documentary Exposes Ukraine's Far-Right. But Can Europe Handle the Truth? by Gilbert Doctorow, Russia Insider, 6 February 2016

Why Is My Kindergartner Being Groomed for the Military at School? by Sarah Grey, Truthout, 4 February 2016


6 February

Lies about UN body imperil not just Assange by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 6 February 2016

No fair hearing for Assange at the Guardian by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 5 February 2016

"A Significant Victory": Julian Assange Hails U.N. Panel Calling for His Freedom, Democracy Now! 5 February 2016 (video and transcript)

‘I've been held w/out charge for over 5 yrs': Assange's speech after UN panel ruling, RT/YouTube, 5 February 2016

US government jet lay in wait for Snowden in Copenhagen by David Crouch, The Guardian, 5 February 2016

Giving Peace Very Little Chance by Robert Parry,, 5 February 2016

Hillary Is the Candidate of the War Machine by Jeffrey D. Sachs, Common Dreams, 5 February 2016

Thinking about Sanders by Michael Albert, ZNet, 5 February 2016

Insane or Just Moronic? The Strange World of State Department Spokespersons by Daniel McAdams, Russia Insider, 4 February 2016

Isis in Iraq: The Kurds have fought off the jihadists, but fear they will be used as cannon fodder and then discarded by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 5 February 2016

After entering Aleppo with Russia's help, the Syrian army may set its sights on Raqqa by Robert Fisk, Independent, 5 February 2016

Why the 'Sultan of Chaos' Is Freaking Out by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider, 5 February 2016

Optimism of the Will by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 6 February 2016

Mass Exodus of Western Businesses From Ukraine by Olga Samofalova, Russia Insider, 4 February 2016

Director of Controversial French Maidan Documentary Answers His Critics by Paul Moreira, Russia Insider, 5 February 2016

Learning from the life of Murray Bookchin by Eirik Eiglad, ROAR, 5 February 2016


5 February

Freeing Julian Assange: The Last Chapter by John Pilger,, 5 February 2016

U.S. Created Daesh (ISIS) by Stephen Lendman, Information Clearing House, 4 February 2016

The Legacy of George W Bush: 10 Million Refugees and 250,000 Deaths over the Past Five Years by Anthony Bellchambers, Information Clearing House, 4 February 2016

US Regime Change Talks on Syria Hit Blind Alley by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 4 February 2016

As Yemen Bleeds, British Profits from Weapons Sales “Bury Human Rights” by Felicity Arbuthnot, Information Clearing House, 4 February 2016

America's Myth of a Peaceful Nation by Vasko Kohlmayer,, 4 February 2016

Security ties between Palestinians and Israel begin to fray by Jonathan Cook, Middle East Eye, 4 February 2016

New context, new focus by Moshé Machover, Weekly Worker, 4 February 2016

Yanis Varoufakis – the origins of the European and global economic crisis, openDemocracy, 4 February 2016 (video)

Interest in New Noam Chomsky Documentary Has Grown So Large That Even the NY Times Ran a Review — and Praised It! (VIDEO) by Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet, 4 February 2016

Pankaj Mishra on Arundhati Roy: Hindu nationalists ?have many ways to silence writers, The Guardian, 2 February 2016


4 February

UN panel 'rules in Julian Assange's favour', BBC News, 4 February 2016

Julian Assange: UN rules in favour of WikiLeaks founder over 'unlawful detention' in UK by Serina Sandhu, Independent, 4 February 2016

Seeing Flight as a Non-violent Option: One Way to Change the Discourse about the World's 60 Million Refugees by Erica Chenoweth and Hakim Young, ZNet, 2 February 2016

Naomi Klein: Climate Change “Not Just About Things Getting Hotter… It's About Things Getting Meaner” by Michael Winship, Moyers & company, 3 February 2016

Why are Americans so angry? by Vanessa Barford, BBC News, 4 February 2016

Shaking Up the Democratic Party by Norman Solomon,, 3 February 2016

More Lies From Spies: the Tall Tales of Robert Gates by Melvin Goodman, CounterPunch, 4 February 2016

The Revolt in Greece by Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, CounterPunch, 4 February 2016

Oil Price Treachery: Are the Saudis Blackmailing Putin for Concessions on Syria? by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 3 February 2016

There Is No Freedom Without Truth by Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House, 3 February 2016

The Obama Administration Has Just Recklessly Escalated Its Military Confrontation With Russia by Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, 3 February 2016

Ukraine's Econ Minister Denounces Corruption, Storms Out of Government by Alexander Mercouris, Russia Insider, 3 February 2016

Bangalore Racist Attack: A Reflection Of Sickeningly Racist Indian Society by Saswat Pattanayak,, 4 February 2016

Free speech and double standars by Duncan Pike, Pandaemonium, 4 February 2016


3 February

King calls on Socialist chief to try to form a majority government by Anabel Díez & Miquel Noguer, El País in English, 3 February 2016

Spain: Socialist Sanchez trying to form government by Eric Maurice, EuObserver, 3 February 2016


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