Media Watch


"Those in power must feel our wrath, and this means constant acts of mass civil disobedience, it means constant acts of social and political disruption, for this organized power from below is the only power that will save us and the only power that will free Julian. Politics is a game of fear. It is our moral and civic duty to make those in power very, very afraid.

Chris Hedges: Assange & the Collapse of the Rule of Law

Suggested reading:


5 August

The Beauty—and the Global Tragedy—of the Olympic Refugee Team by Phyllis Bennis, Common Dreams, 4 August 2021

The Politics of Cheering and Booing: On Palestine, Solidarity and the Tokyo Olympics by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 4 August 2021

Craig Murray - Political Prisoner of the British State, Wikispooks, 30 July 2021

Moral Injury and the Forever Wars by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, ScheerPost, 4 August 2021

Biden Made Big Compromises on Climate — and Movements That Backed Him Are Livid by Basay Sen, Truthout, 4 August 2021

A Second Pink Tide in Latin America? by René Rojas, Hilary Goodfriend and Gregory Wilpert, ZNet, 4 August 2021

How a network of UK intel-linked operatives helped sell every alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack by Kit Klarenberg, The Grayzone, 4 August 2021

Prashad to Harvey: “You live on the other side of imperialism” by Vijay Prashad, MR Online, 4 August 2021 (text and video)

How Ernesto Guevara Became “Che”: The Motorcycle Diaries Revisited by Jonah Raskin, CounterPunch, 4 August 2021

Foreign tourist arrivals in Spain hit new low in first half of 2021 by Hugo Gutiérrez, El País in English, 4 August 2021


4 August

The Fall of Tunisia, Last of the Arab Spring Nations by Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch, 3 August 2021

Beirut port explosion: A year on, the trauma remains fresh by Wissam Saade, Middle East Eye, 3 August 2021

Syria: Sporadic fighting in Daraa as negotiations falter by Harun al-Aswad, Middle East Eye, 3 August 2021

Israel's New Observer Status at African Union by Yotam Gidron, Consortium News, 3 August 2021

Afghanistan's future path to be determined by a corridor of power by Paul Rogers, openDemocracy, 1 August 2021

Despite Promises for Global Climate Justice, Biden Falls Short in Helping Reduce Poorer Countries' Emissions by Rachel M. Cohen, The Intercept, 3 August 2021

Our Leaders Are Doing Nothing to Quash Corporate Crime by Ralph Nader, ScheerPost, 3 August 2021

Eviction tsunami crashes, Democrats shrug shoulders by Nicholas Stender, ZNet, 3 August 2021

Canada Is Waging an All-Front Legal War Against Indigenous People by Justin Podur, ZNet, 3 August 2021

Venezuela's Migration Conundrum: Rethinking Repatriation by Paul Dobson, Venezuelanalysis, 3 August 2021

Craig Murray joins Julian Assange behind bars by Laura Tiernan, World Socialist Web Site, 4 August 2021

Twitter partners with UK govt-backed, CIA-linked Reuters to censor alternative views by Ben Norton, The Grayzone, 4 August 2021

Foreign tourist numbers plummet in Spain to just 14% of 2019 levels by Edurne Martínez, Sur in English, 3 August 2021

Spain's tourism industry frets over risk of new UK travel restrictions by Hugo Gutiérrez | Eva Millán, El País in English, 3 August 2021


3 August

Wildfires destroy Turkey's social fabric along with forests by Ragip Soylu, Middle East Eye, 2 August 2021

Counter-Revolution Strikes Tunisia by As`ad AbuKhalil, Consortium News, 2 August 2021

Requiem for an Empire: A Prequel by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 31 July 2021

Washington's Bizarre and Dangerous Ukraine Obsession by Ted Galen Carpenter, Antiwar.com, 3 August 2021

Insulated From Patent Waivers, Pfizer and Moderna Hike Vaccine Prices by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, 2 August 2021

The Making of Ireland's Carceral State by Sarah-Anne Buckley and Daniel Finn, Jacobin, 2 August 2021

On Contact: The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell by Nick Bryant and Chris Hedges, RT, 1 August 2021

WATCH: A Fiery Defense of Assange by Gareth Porter and others, Consortium News, 2 August 2021

There's Never Been A Better Time To Crush Capitalism: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix, CaitlinJohnstone.com, 2 August 2021


2 August

George W. Bush Should Shut Up and Go Away by Andrew Mitrovica, Common Dreams, 1 August 2021

Biden Isn't Withdrawing Troops From Iraq, He's Relabeling Their Mission by Annelle Sheline, Common Dreams, 1 August 2021

US Policy Is Deeply Implicated in Haiti's Crisis by Jeff Abbott, Common Dreams, 31 July 2021

Union Hopes High as Chileans Rewrite Anti-Labor Constitution by Yoel Bitran, ZNet, 1 August 2021

The Media Yawns at the Israeli Army's Death Squads by Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 31 July 2021

We Need Radical Economic Change—Not Biden's Corporate Capitalism by Stacey Sutton, Common Dreams, 1 August 2021

Exclusive: Ken Loach calls out Sir Keir Starmer, what were his dealings in the Julian Assange case by Paul Knaggs, Labour Heartlands, 26 July 2021 (text and video)

Opinion: A Fresh Reminder of Russiagate's Failed Guardian(s) of Integrity by Aaron Mate, RealClear Investigations, 29 July 2021 (text and video)


1 August

Keeping Freedom Alive, CraigMurray.org.uk, 1 August 2021

Gaza: Two months after war, Palestinian enclave remains paralysed by Adam Khalil, Middle East Eye, 31 July 2021

Another Israeli Spy Story: When Will It End? by Philip Giraldi, Information Clearing House, 31 July 2021

Why I left the cult by Avigail Abarbanel, Jewish Voice for Labour, 25 July 2021

Joe Biden's Hollow Resistance: Words vs. Deeds by Paul Street, CounterPunch, 30 July 2021

U.S. Politicizing Covid Pandemic to Incriminate China Is Self-Defeating by Finian Cunningham, Information Clearing House, 31 July 2021

For First Time on Record, US Renewables Generated More Electricity Than Either Coal or Nuclear in 2020 by Juan Cole, Common Dreams, 31 July 2021

A Conversation With Gore Vidal on the ‘E' Word by Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 31 July 2021


31 July

Craig Murray's jailing is the latest move in a battle to snuff out independent journalism, Jonathan Cook Blog, 30 July 2021

The system's revenge by Craig Murray Justice, 29 July 2021

WATCH: CN Live! — ‘Doctors Warn Assange May Not Survive Appeal Process', Consortium News, 30 July 2021

COVAX Isn't Africa's Silver Bullet by Suhail Omar, Consortium News, 30 July 2021

Pandemic and Protest: The Evolution of Covid Politics by Paul Rogers, Rethinking Security, 28 July 2021

Slamming China Won't Save Fossil Capitalism From Itself by Eve Ottenberg, CounterPunch, 30 July 2021

Let Cuba Live: the Movement Standing Up to Biden's Maximum Pressure by Manolo De Los Santos – Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch, 30 July 2021

Eric Blanc, the Finnish Revolution of 1918 and Voting Democrat by Louis Proyect, CounterPunch, 30 July 2021

Get involved – some Chomsky-inspired thoughts by Raphael Salkie, ZNet, 30 July 2021


30 July

Putin is broke? Biden the latest American leader to publicly expose the dangerous lack of genuine Russia expertise in Washington by Paul Robinson, RT, 29 July 2021

Chomsky: We Need Genuine International Cooperation to Tackle the Climate Crisis by C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout, 29 July 2021

Open Letter to Biden: Lift Trump Sanctions & ‘Let Cuba Live' by Peoples Dispatch (Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, Rafael Correa; Noam Chomsky and others) 29 July 2021

America Never Cared About the People of Cuba by Ted Snider, Antiwar.com, 30 July 2021

Nature's Own Fuel Could Save Us From the Greenhouse Effect and Electric Grid Failure by Ellen Brown, ScheerPost, 29 July 2021

The Forged Gospel of Jesus's Wife by Chris Hedges, ScheerPost, 29 July 2021

Australian War Crimes Syndicate To Police The Streets Of Sydney, CaitlinJohnstone.com, 30 July 2021


To find older articles, go to the archive. There are separate contents pages for writers whose work I have reviewed (with links): Michael Albert, Tariq Ali, Ramzy Baroud, Phyllis Bennis, Jean Bricmont, David Chandler, Noam Chomsky, Patrick Cockburn, Marjorie Cohn, Mark Curtis, Robert Fisk, Susan George, Henry A. Giroux, Misha Glenny, David Graeber, Robin Hahnel, Chris Hedges, Edward S. Herman, Diana Johnstone, Ann Jones, Naomi Klein, Gabriel Kolko, Moshé Machover, Kenan Malik, Media Lens (David Cromwell, David Edwards), István Mészáros, Robert Parry, John Pilger, Hannu Reime, Jerome Roos, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Jeremy Seabrook, Richard Seymour, Vandana Shiva, Ahdaf Soueif, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn




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