Media Watch



The war criminal Tony Blair gets the UK's highest grade of knighthood from the Queen in the New Year honours, while Julian Assange languishes in a British high-security prison facing a sentence of 175 years for exposing Blair's crimes.

Jonathan Cook on Facebook, 1 January 2022

The contempt in which Britain's elite holds the public has never been more eloquently expressed than in the decision to award Tony Blair the highest order of knighthood. One million Iraqis dead, three million dispossessed, a trail of blood to 7/7. Rise Sir Tony!

John Pilger on Twitter, 1 January 2022

Suggested reading:


19 January

US Imperialism and European Vassals are Real Enemies of Europe by Finian Cunningham, Sputnik International, 18 January 2022

If the Russians were in Scotland … by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 18 January 2022

From Aerial Strikes to Starvation, Afghanistan's People Bear the Brunt of the West's Failed Taliban Tactics by Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch, 18 January 2022

America's New Class War by Chris Hedges, Consortium News, 18 January 2022

Scientists Decry Human Indifference to 'Probable Sixth Mass Extinction' by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, 18 January 2022

Tax on Global Mega-Rich Could Help Lift 2.3 Billion Out of Poverty by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 18 January 2022

In South Africa as in Palestine: Why We Must Protect the Legacy of Desmond Tutu by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 18 January 2022


18 January

Billionaires 'Had a Terrific Pandemic' While Inequality Killed Millions: Oxfam by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 17 January 2022

Are Western Wealthy Countries Determined to Starve the People of Afghanistan? by Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch, 17 January 2022

The price increases that matter for the poor by Jayati Ghosh, Social Europe, 18 January 2022

The Time Is Now for the “Radical Revolution of Values” That MLK Called For by Austin C. McCoy, Truthout, 17 January 2022

An All-Out War on Democracy Is Now Underway in the US by Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, 17 January 2022

Joe Biden: Strike Three! by Ted Snider,, 18 January 2022

The West's ruling “elites” truly *are* stupid! by The Saker, 14 January 2022

The UK is heading towards authoritarianism by George Monbiot, ZNet, 16 January 2022

Marxism Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow by Michael Albert, ZNet, 17 January 2022


17 January

Syria: Health care system in Idlib faces ‘catastrophic consequences' after funding cuts by Moawiya Atrash, Middle East Eye, 16 January 2022

Eurasia's Ring of Fire by Alfred McCoy, TomDisparch, 16 January 2022

False Flags Suddenly No Longer A Crazy Conspiracy Theory,, 16 January 2022

Untangling Ourselves From the Dark Side of War by Robert C. Koehler, Common Dreams, 15 January 2022

‘CIA sidekick' gives £2.6m to UK media groups by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 17 January 2022

What has happened to Jewish values in Israel? by Robert Herbst, Jewish Voice for Labour, 11 January 2022

‘In our teens, we dreamed of making peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Then my friend was shot' by Roy Cohen, The Guardian, 13 January 2022

Scotland's a conservative country. But Scottish Tories are held back by London HQ by Neal Ascherson, The Guardian, 16 January 2022


16 January

Afghanistan in Freefall: Deadly U.S. Sanctions Blamed for Shocking Humanitarian Crisis, Democracy Now! 14 January 2022 (video and transcript)

Poor People's Campaign Readies 'Massive, Nonviolent' Effort to Save Democracy by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 15 January 2022

Germany's new chancellor is (rightly) taking a chance on Russia reset by Daniel Larison, Responsible Statecraft, 7 January 2022

Class Struggle Built the Swedish Welfare State by Nick French, Jacobin, 9 January 2022

Finland, Sweden and Norway to cull wolf population by Patrick Barkham, The Guardian, 15 January 2022

Amitav Ghosh: European colonialism helped create a planet in crisis by Hannah Ellis-Petersen, The Guardian, 14 January 2022

Losing It by George Monbiot, ZNet, 13 January 2022

Participatory Economics and The Commons by Robin Hahnel,, 15 January 2022


15 January

Did this week's US-NATO-Russia meetings push us closer to war? by Anatol Lieven, Responsible Statecraft, 13 January 2022

Why Washington's focus on ‘credibility' is a recipe for war by Jonathan Cook, Middle East Eye, 13 January 2022

NATO Expansion: Blinken and Stoltenberg lie intentionally and the media let them by Jan Oberg, The Transnational, 13 January 2022

A Programme for a future society that we will build in the present by Vijay Prashad, MR Online, 14 January 2022

Tony Blair's Knighthood by Mika Phipps. ZNet, 14 January 2022

Unconventional Warfare against Venezuela: A Conversation with Pasqualina Curcio (Part I) by Cira Pascual Marquina, Venezuelanalysis, 14 January 2022

The Oceans Are Overheating by Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch, 14 January 2022

Don't Underestimate How Badly The Powerful Need Control Of Online Speech,, 15 January 2022

WATCH & LISTEN: Debut of New Song on Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning & Aaron Swartz by Cathy Vogan, Consortium News, 14 January 2022


14 January

The Very Dangerous New Cold War in Asia That Nobody Should Want by Michael T. Klare, Common Dreams, 13 January 2022

After Kazakhstan, the color revolution era is over by Pepe Escobar, The Cradle, 12 January 2022

The Case for Neutrality to Defuse Crisis With Russia by Scott Ritter, Consortium News, 14 January 2022

Kick in the Baltics for Peace by Finian Cunningham, Spurnik International, 13 January 2022

Putin's Challenge to Western hegemony by Adam Tooze, Chartbook, 12 January 2022

Iraq war: Secret memo reveals Bush-Blair plans to topple Saddam Hussein by David Hearst, Middle East Eye, 13 January 2022

Bin Laden, Trump, and the American Empire by Walden Bello, Common Dreams, 13 January 2022

Now's Our Chance—We Can Reverse Democracy's Decline by Frances Moore Lappé, Common Dreams, 13 January 2022

'Terrifying' Hot Streak Continues as NOAA Says 2021 6th Warmest Year on Record by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, 13 January 2022

After Year of Vaccine Profiteering, Pfizer Hikes Prices on 125 Drugs by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, 13 January 2022

Rise of the killer machines by Yassamine Mather, Weekly Worker, 13 January 2022

Why are Northern Ireland's women being silenced over Brexit? by Amanda Ferguson, openDemocracy, 13 January 2022

Julian Assange: A Thousand Days in Belmarsh by Binoy Kampmark, CounterPunch, 13 January 2022


13 January

For Fox Sake… Has US Any Intelligent Diplomats? by Finian Cunningham, Spurnik International, 12 January 2022

Why Russia Fears NATO by Paul Robinson, Irrussianality, 12 January 2022

Abolish NATO by Jacob G. Hornberger, The Future of Freedom Foundation, 10 January 2022

America's Staggering Hypocrisy by Robert Parry, Consortium News, 12 January 2022

What Kazakhstan Isn't by Craig Murray, Consortium News, 12 January 2022

How democracy gets eroded – lessons from a Nixon expert by Ken Hughes, ZNet, 12 January 2022

Conservatives on Supreme Court Poised to Block Biden's Vaccine and Mask Mandates by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, 10 January 2022

We will build the future: a plan to save the planet by Tricontinental, MR Online, 12 January 2022

The Real ‘Doomsday Scenario': How Palestinian Hunger Striker, Abu Hawash Forced Israeli Concession by Ramzy Baroud, The Palestine Chronicle, 12 January 2022

US Army Officers Visit Hebron in a Tour Led by Jewish Settlement Spokesman, The Palestine Chronicle, 12 January 2022

The Media Lens Book Of Obituaries – Deleting Tutu's Criticism Of Israel by David Edwards, Media Lens, 12 January 2022

Replying to Reviews – Part One by Michael Albert, ZNet, 12 January 2022


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, Noam Chomsky, Patrick Cockburn, Marjorie Cohn, Mark Curtis, Robert Fisk, Susan George, Henry A. Giroux, Misha Glenny, David Graeber, Robin Hahnel, Chris Hedges, Edw ard 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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