Media Watch


"Tyrannies invert the rule of law. They turn the law into an instrument of injustice. They cloak their crimes in a faux legality. They use the decorum of the courts and trials, to mask their criminality. Those, such as Julian, who expose that criminality to the public are dangerous, for without the pretext of legitimacy the tyranny loses credibility and has nothing left in its arsenal but fear, coercion and violence."

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

Suggested reading:


24 October

The great recoil of neoliberal globalization by Paolo Gerbaudo, ROAR, 23 October 2021

David Graeber Knew Ordinary People Could Remake the World by Giulio Ongaro. Jacobin, 22 October 2021

Biden Between BlackRock and a Hard Place by Michael Hudson and Paul Jay, ZNet, 23 October 2021

Cool “Afghanistan Withdrawal”, Bro,, 24 October 2021

UN Expert Releases Full Report on Impact of US-led Sanctions Against Venezuela by Andreína Chávez Alava, ZNet, 23 October 2021

Biden Administration Is Undermining the Venezuela Dialogue by Leonardo Flores, Common Dreams, 23 October 2021

Claiming a monopoly on truth and decency is no way to win the assisted dying debate by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 24 October 2021

More on the disinformation industry by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 21 October 2021


23 October

Manufacturing Ignorance: Keeping The Public Away From Power by David Cromwell, Media Lens, 22 October 2021

Assange: A Threat to War Itself by Robert C. Koehler, Common Dreams, 22 October 2021

Fate Of Anti-War Journalism Lies in Upcoming Assange Hearings by Sam Carliner, Common Dreams, 22 October 2021

Chief Justice of England & Wales, Who Blocked Lauri Love Extradition, Joins Bench for Assange Hearing by Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 22 October 2021

WATCH: The Belmash Tribunal — The War on Terror on Trial, Consortium News, 22 October 2021

Israel Condemned for Designating Palestinian Human Rights Groups 'Terrorist Organizations' by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams, 22 October 2021

From Russia, With (Taliban) Love by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 22 October 2021

God “Caged” in Jersey by Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer, ScheerPost, 22 October 2021

Chile is at the Dawn of a New Political Era by Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch, 22 October 2021

Barrio Culture & Social Prejudices: A Conversation with Otro Beta (Part II) by Cira Pascual Marquina, Venezuelanalysis, 22 October 2021


22 October

Lancet Report Warns Planetary Crisis Will Spur More Infectious Diseases, Climate Refugees by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 21 October 2021

‘Out of area or out of business.' The logic of NATO by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 20 October 2021

Strike wave in US continues to grow, sparking fear and repression from ruling class by Marcus Day, World Socialist Web Site, 22 October 2021

Advocacy Groups Blast US Treasury Sanctions Review for Failing to Address Civilian Harm by Andreína Chávez Alava, Venezuelanalysis, 21 October 2021

Putin & Xi Give Boris' PR Summit a Miss by Finian Cunningham, Sputnik International, 21 October 2021

Revealed: Biden rejected way forward in Iran deal talks by Trita Parsi, Responsible Statecraft, 20 October 2021

Stealing a nation – the secret SAS mission to capture the Middle East's oil artery by Phil Miller, Declassified UK, 22 October 2021

On holiday in sunny, sensible Portugal, I realised England is bad, actually by Caroline Molloy, openDemocracy, 21 October 2021

The internet was built for connection – how did it go so wrong? by Richard Seymour, ZNet, 21 October 2021

Assange to Get Same Judge Who Sided with US on Appeal Over Medical Issues by Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 21 October 2021


21 October

Russia's dramatic decision to cut direct diplomatic ties with NATO further proof that Moscow no longer cares what the West thinks by Paul Robinson, RT, 20 October 2021

Heightening Tensions in Ukraine by Dominick Sansone, The American Conservative, 20 October 2021

The Best Thing the US Can Do for Afghanistan Is Stay Out of It by Tariq Ali and Daniel Denvir, Jacobin, 20 October 2021

The Cultural Genocide in Palestine: On Sally Rooney's Decision to Boycott Israel by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 20 October 2021

Bolivian Government Says Haitian President's Assassins Were Part of a Plot to Kill Its Own Leftist Leader by Ryan Grim, The Intercept, 20 October 2021

Public health or private wealth? How digital vaccine passports pave way for unprecedented surveillance capitalism by Jeremy Loffredo and Max Blumenthal, The Grayzone, 19 October 2021

Our Future vs. Neoliberalism by Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies, Common Dreams, 20 October 2021

Economic Update: Signs of System Decline by Richard Wolff, Information Clearing House, 20 October 2021 (video)

Sochi probes the Utopia of a multipolar world by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, 20 October 2021

The role of the BBC in the state-sponsored persecution of Julian Assange, Part 2 – Impunity by Nina Cross, The Indicter, 19 October 20212

Imprisoning Drone Whistleblower In Isolation Unit May Jeopardize US Appeal In Assange Extradition Case by Kevin Gosztola. The Dissenter, 20 October 2021

Facebook ‘whistleblower' Frances Haugen represented by a coterie of US intelligence insiders by Alexander Rubinstein, The Grayzone, 21 October 2021

The whole of Andalucía moves to 'low-risk' health alert Level 0 for Covid-19 by Europa Press, Sur in English, 20 October 2021


20 October

Super Imperialism: The economic strategy of American empire with economist Michael Hudson by Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal, The Grayzone, 19 October 2021 (video and transcript)

Senate Quietly Adds $10 Billion to Pentagon Budget While Blocking Climate Action by Sharon Zhang, Truthout, 19 October 2021

US billionaire wealth increased 70 percent since the start of the pandemic by Kevin Reed, World Socialist Web Site, 20 October 2021

'Needlessly Provocative': Austin Rebuked for Again Opening NATO Door to Ukraine and Georgia by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams, 18 October 2021

The west can't engage China on the climate while also demonizing them by Patrick Cockburn, ZNet, 19 October 2021

Yemen: 10,000 children killed or maimed during war, UN says by MEE and agencies, Middle East Eye, 19 October 2021

South Africans in Israel: A home from home for white colonialists by Joseph Massad, Middle East Eye, 19 October 2021

Amazon and Google: partners in Israeli apartheid by Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada, 9 October 2021

House Intelligence Committee Seeks Answers from CIA on Plot Against Assange by Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 19 October 2021

Drone Whistleblower Thrown in Pen With Terrorists by John Kiriakou, Consortium News, 19 October 2021

Climate Despair, Hope, and My Long Walk to the Top of a Beautiful World by William deBuys, Common Dreams, 19 October 2021

Spain fails to stop the imported cases of Covid from foreign travellers by Melchor Sáiz-Pardo / Álvaro Soto, Sur in English, 19 October 2021


19 October:

After CIA Plot Revealed, Press Freedom Coalition Says DOJ Must Drop Assange Case by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, 18 October 2021

Nobel Prize committee hails US-aligned journalists, silent on Assange by Oscar Grenfell, World Socialist Web Site, 18 October 2021

Psyops by Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News, 18 October 2021

Colin Powell: US general leaves behind a bloody legacy in the Middle East, Middle East Eye, 18 October 2021

To Avoid Armageddon, Don't Modernize Missiles—Eliminate Them by Daniel Ellsberg and Norman Solomon, ZNet, 18 October 2021

The Global North caused the climate crisis. Now is the time to pay its dues by Adam Ramsay, openDemocracy, 16 October 2021

Bolivia shows us what is possible by Ken Livingstone, ZNet, 18 October 2021

Empty Gestures or Substantive Change? On the Nobel Prize in Literature and Its Discontents by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 18 October 2021


18 October

The gap between reckless Brexit promises and reality will soon be too big to ignore by John Harris, The Guardian, 18 October 2021

Is Sec. of State Antony Blinken as bad as Mike Pompeo? by Juan Cole, ZNet, 17 October 2021

How the U.S. destroyed Afghan progressive reforms by John Pilger and Afshin Rattansi, RT/Information Clearing House, 11 October 2021 (video)

The US Has Placed Itself In Charge Over Which Nations Get To Eat by Caitlin Johnstone, Information Clearing House, 17 October 2021

Behind the ‘Uyghur Tribunal', US govt-backed separatist theater to escalate conflict with China by Brian Berletic, The Grayzone, 17 October 2021

What crackdown? Life in the Hong Kong ‘gulag', 15 months on. A disappointment for Mike Pompeo by Bob Rogers, Pesrls and Irritations, 16 October 2021


17 October

Ireland has robbed poor working people of tens of trillions of dollars by Noam Chomsky and Hugh Linehan, ZNet, 16 October 2021

Damned if you do: Russia has nothing to gain by cutting off ties with Ukraine. But, sadly, talking to Kiev doesn't help either by Paul Robinson, RT, 16 October 2021

Do nothing and wait? Or creeping annexation? Russian options in Ukraine by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 16 October 2021

Facing chaos and needing a scapegoat, the Tories seek an endless fight with Europe by Fintan O'Toole, The Guardian, 17 October 2021

Whether freedom of speech or fairness to migrants, some principles are sacred by Kenan Malik, The Observer, 17 October 2021

What Baraitser Thought About the Plot to Kill or Abduct Assange by Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 16 October 2021

Lies Are Being Told About Sally Rooney Because She Refuses to Ignore Israeli Apartheid by Robert Mackey, The Intercept, 16 October 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, Max Blumenthal, 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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