Getting the news – and getting behind the news

An alternative media list


The mainstream media – the corporate and state-owned media – are anything but reliable. Their reporting may well contain accurate information, but even when (some of) their facts are correct, the overall framing and context are shaped by their ideological function of supporting the capitalist system of which they are an integral part.

Fortunately there are many websites – and print publications – providing alternative points of view. Of course, all media, mainstream or alternative, right or left, must be read critically. Alternative media are quite capable of getting things wrong or publishing nonsense. They also often disagree with each other. This can be helpful. Hearing about different approaches, and thinking about the reasons behind them, helps us understand things better.

Connexions offers the following media list, compiled by Ulli Diemer, as a guide to alternative (and a few mainstream) English-language news sources. It’s a fairly long list, and like anything else, it’s a reflection of individual biases. We hope that it helps you to find websites and media that you’ll find useful in finding out and understanding what’s happening in the world.

There is no clear dividing line between ‘media’ websites and other websites. A huge number of high-quality websites provide information and analysis. To find some of them, try browsing the Connexions directory, use the browseable Subject Index, or use the Search feature.

Connexions itself features current content as well as a massive online library of articles and books going back decades. The Connexions home page always features a selection of recent stories on a number of issues. Connexions also gives you the ability to find related resources and background information on almost any topic, via the browseable Subject Index and the Search tool.

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Daily news & analysis


Daily news and information site. Lots of articles, mostly U.S.-centred, on a wide range of topics. Left-liberal politics.


Hard-hitting radical journalism, analysis, and opinion. Slogan: “Tells the Facts, Names the Names.” Worth visiting every weekday to get radical views of what’s happening in the world.


苹果app香蕉视频 Bills itself as “a daily independent global news hour.” Available via satellite television, community and campus radio, podcast, and on the Internet. Perhaps more American than “global”, but lots of stories and interviews.


News and voices from the developing world. Brings together the work of bloggers, writers, podcasters, and videographers. “Shining light on places and people other media often ignore.”


苹果app香蕉视频 A global news agency. “IPS raises the voices of the South and civil society.” Non-mainstream news from around the world. Left-liberal politics, a bit light on analysis.


苹果app香蕉视频 A U.S.-based provider of independent news, blogs, and editorials. Videos and transcripts.


News & analysis sites of varying frequencies


苹果app香蕉视频 Bi-monthly magazine published by Solidarity, a radical socialist group/website promoting dialogue and regroupment within the U.S. left. Oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist, feminist, anti-racist in orientation, promoting discussion among activists, organizers, and scholars on the Left.


News and analysis about war and imperialism, and those who oppose them.


苹果app香蕉视频 A online journal focusing on capitalism, climate change, and the ecosocialist alternative. Original articles and opinions pieces as well as reprints of articles first published elsewhere. “Ecosocialism or barbarism: there is no third way.”

Connexions
An online information portal featuring thousands of articles, books, and films, from many different sources and websites, related to justice, democracy, ecosocialism, and the history of movements for change. Extensive subject index and search tools to help users find relevant information and analysis on a wide range of topics. Also includes an event calendar and a directory of groups and websites.


News, analysis and research about corporate abuses and those who are fighting for corporate accountability, human rights, social and environmental justice. Primarily focused on financial services, insurance, and banking. “Holding corporations accountable.”


An alternative news site based in India. Worldwide scope, with particular emphasis on India. Many articles are from other websites; articles from India are often written for Countercurrents.


The website of a British socialist group. Particular focus on the left and the labour movement, in the U.K. and elsewhere.


苹果app香蕉视频 A source for accurate, fact based information regarding Global Warming misinformation campaigns. “Clearing the PR pollution that clouds climate science.”


苹果app香蕉视频 An Internet newsletter providing news and commentaries on politics and culture and challenging the distortions and lies of the corporate press. “A radical newsletter in the struggle for peace and social justice.”


Online environmental affairs magazine covering a wide range of issues, ranging from the environmental costs of industrial agriculture, the health effects of toxins, the effects of economic globalization, and actions by environmentalists and grassroots communities.


苹果app香蕉视频 Global news, opinion and campaign website about work, politics, the economy, development and the environment, Supported by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).


ESSF is an association for international solidarity. The website covers a wide range of topics from its contributors, especially information on struggles and campaigns, as well as in-depth articles.


Independent news and analysis.


苹果app香蕉视频 An independent research and media site which publishes news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of topics, focussing on social, economic, strategic, geopolitical and environmental issues. The quality of the reporting and analysis varies widely, from solid to crackpot.


A news and politics website dedicated to original investigative journalism and analysis, edited by Max Blumenthal.


Independent Australian publication and Web site committed to human and civil rights, global peace and environmental sustainability, democracy and equality, providing local, national and international news, analysis, and discussion and debate for the anti-capitalist movement.


IFEX is a network of organizations which work to defend and promote freedom of expression. The website features news and analysis from members of the IFEX network.


Scientific reporting and analysis from an independent, expert, public interest perspective. Focusing the fields of health, food, and agriculture. Most stories deal with manipulations of the scientific process, the food/agriculture system, and the science media.


苹果app香蕉视频 A journal of communist theory and practice. Analytical articles and book reviews on working class movements and the Marxist and radical left, both current and historical.


The Intercept was initially launched to provide a platform to report on the documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The site’s primary focus is on government surveillance, spying, and police state tactics. Other issues covered include political corruption, racism, militarism, and the complicity of the mainstream media.


The ICIJ is an active global network of 160 reporters in more than 60 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories. Recent series have examined off-shore tax havens, money laundering, corporate crime, polluting industries, and transnational crime networks. “The World’s Best Cross-Border Investigative Team.”


ILRF advocates for workers globally and works to promote the enforcement of labour rights and to overcome child labour, forced labour and other abusive practices. Articles on labour rights issues around the world.


苹果app香蕉视频 A quarterly journal of socialist theory.


苹果app香蕉视频 “A magazine of culture and polemic.”


苹果app香蕉视频 Information about labour activities throughout the world. “Where trade unionists start their day on the net.”


A high-quality, extensive libertarian communist site designed to be a “resource for all people who wish to improve their lives, their communities and their working conditions.” Some current content, but mostly historical material.


苹果app香蕉视频 Analyses and reports about political struggles, and discussions of strategies and tactics within the international left.


Independent American watchdog journalism organization featuring issue-based original reporting, in-depth investigations, and analysis.


Anti-capitalist, ecosocialist


Analytical articles about power, imperialism, and the state of the world. “A regular antidote to the mainstream media.”


“A progressive perspective on world events.”


“Covering activism and politics in Latin America.”


Set up to allow untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Massive collection of documents.


A massive left-wing resource with an extensive collection of articles by many authors. Unfortunately the site seems to get continuously reorganized, making it hard to find what’s there.


Regional

‘Regional’ is an arbitrary designation. Many of these sites cover issues outside of their geographical focus area, and most of the sites listed above are stronger in their coverage of some regions or countries than others.


Africa


In-depth articles and analysis. “Pan-African voices for freedom and justice.”


Australia


苹果app香蕉视频 Independent Australian publication and Web site committed to human and civil rights, global peace and environmental sustainability, democracy and equality, providing local, national and international news, analysis, and discussion and debate for the anti-capitalist movement.


Britain


苹果app香蕉视频 Independent journalism tackling issues such as climate change, racism, and the crisis of capitalism.


Bi-monthly magazine and website of left politics and culture.


Canada


苹果app香蕉视频 BASICS is a “pro-working class and pro-people’s community media organization.”


A national independent online magazine. “Canada’s national e-weekly.”


The Dominion is produced by a media cooperative, jointly owned and democratically controlled by its readers, contributors and editors. There are local collectives in Halifax, Toronto, and Vancouver.


A Canadian news aggregator site.


A coast-to-coast network of local Media Cooperatives dedicated to providing grassroots, democratic coverage.


Independent journalism, focused especially on energy, politics and the environment.


Progressive news and analysis with a social-democratic orientation.


苹果app香蕉视频 An online, progressive news site. Original news stories, features, interviews, commentaries and columns. Left-leaning, but rarely leans farther left than the NDP.


苹果app香蕉视频 A Canadian bilingual (English-French) independent media project.


Articles and talks on anti-capitalist struggles and the socialist alternative.


A independent daily online magazine covering B.C. and beyond.


News from Vancouver and the west, with excellent continuing coverage of the tarsands and the oil industry. Has announced plans for a National Observer.


India


An alternative news site based in India. Worldwide scope, with particular emphasis on India. Many articles are from other websites; articles from India are often written for Countercurrents.


苹果app香蕉视频 Sainath is rural reporter in India.


Israel/Palestine/Middle East


苹果app香蕉视频 A blog-based web magazine jointly owned by a group of Israeli journalists and bloggers.


AIC is a Palestinian-Israeli organization which disseminates information, research and political analysis on Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while promoting cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis based on the values of social justice, solidarity and community involvement. “On the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and co-resistance.”


Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis, and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a Palestinian perspective.


Media portal developed in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide English language media coverage of Israel-Palestine.


苹果app香蕉视频 Reporting, commentary and analysis on the Israel-Palestine conflict.


苹果app香蕉视频 Coverng the war of ideas in the Middle East.


An independent, privately-funded, non-profit-making website dedicated to exposing injustice, disinformation and bigotry, and to providing thought-provoking interpretations of current affairs. The scope is global, but much of the coverage is focused on Palestine and Israel.


Latin America

苹果app香蕉视频 A site maintained by Comunicaciones Aliadas, a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Lima, Peru, specializing in the production of information and analysis about events across Latin America and the Caribbean with a focus on rights.


苹果app香蕉视频 Fostering “authentic journalism” with particular emphasis on the “drug war” and democracy.


Venezuelan broadcaster supporting the social transformation associated with Hugo Chavez and social movements in Venezuela.


“Covering activism and politics in Latin America.”


Pacific


News from the Pacific, emphasizing Māori, Pacific, Asia-Pacific and ethnic diversity media and culture production.


Southeast Asia


News about Burma/Myanmar and southeast Asia.


USA


Breaking news and views for the progressive community.


Bills itself as “a daily independent global news hour.” Available via satellite television, community and campus radio, podcast, and on the Internet. Perhaps more American than “global”, but lots of stories and interviews.


苹果app香蕉视频 Billing itself as “America’s Finest News Source,” The Onion reflects what’s happening far more accurately and truthfully than the mainstream media.


A U.S.-based provider of independent news, blogs, and editorials. Videos and transcripts.


苹果app香蕉视频 A Web magazine that provides in-depth coverage of current affairs as well as commentary from a progressive point of view. “Drilling beneath the headlines.”


Blogs & Personal Websites

Some individual journalists and writers. In some instances, e.g. Noam Chomsky, Jonathan Cook, Robert Fisk, their articles typically appear in other media before they appear on their own websites.



William Blum was an author, historian, and critic of U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II and Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, among others. He published a regular “Anti-Empire Report.”


Noam Chomsky’s official website, with articles, books, audio, video, interviews. Most of Chomsky’s articles and interviews appear on other websites before they appear here.

Patrick Cockburn
Cockburn is a foreign correspondent who currently writes for the British paper and whose work also frequently appears in Counterpunch.


苹果app香蕉视频 Reporting, commentary and analysis on the Israel-Palestine conflict.


苹果app香蕉视频 A libertarian socialist perspective.


Dobbin is a progressive Canadian political commentators and analyst.


苹果app香蕉视频 The long-time Middle East correspondent for .


苹果app香蕉视频 Discussions of politics, economics, and philosophy.


苹果app香蕉视频 Maryam Namazie is an Iranian-born writer and activist.


苹果app香蕉视频 Peled is an Israeli peace activist. He writes about the situation in Israel/Palestine from the point of view of someone who holds that Israel’s continuing occupation and oppression of Palestinians is insupportable, and that the only solution is a democratic secular state with equal rights for all.


苹果app香蕉视频 The website of the Australian journalist and filmmaker John Pilger.


Podur is a writer, analyst, and blogger.


Sainath is rural reporter in India.


苹果app香蕉视频 Analysis on Israel, Palestine, and the American connection.


Media Criticism

We know that the mainstream media lie and distort on a daily basis. Knowing what exactly is wrong or distorted isn’t always so easy, though, if you don’t have the time and knowledge to do in-depth research. That’s where media criticism sites come in: they do the dirty work of documenting and rebutting the mainstream media. Here are a few sites that provide this service. Each of them have their own biases, too, of course!



Criticism and analysis of the mainstream media. “MediaLens is a response based on our conviction that mainstream newspapers and broadcasters provide a profoundly distorted picture of our world. We are convinced that the increasingly centralised, corporate nature of the media means that it acts as a de facto propaganda system for corporate and other establishment interests.”


U.S. media watch group that documents and criticizes media bias and censorship.


Reports, opinions and links on media issues, including media news and links to hundreds of media issues organizations around the world.


苹果app香蕉视频 Documenting the propaganda and distortions of Fox News. “We watch Fox so you don’t have to.”


苹果app香蕉视频 Set up with the aim of challenging the viewpoints prescribed by mainstream media and creating an environment of discussion and debate. “This website does not claim to have the truth behind the news; rather it seeks to encourage a more critical analysis of news from all mainstream sources.”


“News for the news people.”


Investigating and exposing the undue influence of corporations and front groups on public policy, including PR campaigns, lobbying, and electioneering.


Print publications

Many print publications maintain websites on which they publish some of their stories. Some of those sites are included on the list above, here are a few others:


苹果app香蕉视频 A magazine published by, for and about activists in the struggle for a better world, covering women's issues, aboriginal issues, the environment, labour, etc.


English-language edition of the French monthly newspaper. Lengthy articles on world affairs.


Left-wing monthly magazine.


苹果app香蕉视频 Monthly magazine reporting on issues of world poverty and inequality.


Corporate or state-owned mainstream media

The mainstream media have the advantage that they can afford to employ fulltime journalists to report on the news. The number of news stories they publish is therefore greater than anything that most alternative media can manage. Their stories may typically be a distorted mirror of reality, but even a distorted mirror can give you a sense of what is happening, and provide the impetus to find out more. It can also be helpful to visit state/corporate media representing competing state interests. Al Jazeera, RT (Russian TV), and China Daily may all broadly reflect the views of their state or corporate owners, but on issues where those interests conflict with the U.S. and its clients, they may well provide reporting which one can’t find in mainstream ‘Western’ media like , , , etc.
Here are some of the best options among the corporate and state media available in English. People who want to do extensive research on how particular stories are covered might also want to consider some of the other ‘elite’ media, such as , , and .



Qatari-owned broadcaster. Coverage is within the neo-liberal capitalist consensus, but at least the perspective is rooted in the Middle East, rather than being American-centric.


苹果app香蕉视频 African news site.


苹果app香蕉视频 Canada’s national broadcaster. Diminished by years of government funding cutbacks and governance changes, but still the best source for daily Canadian news.


State-owned Chinese site with news from China and a Chinese perspective on the world.


苹果app香蕉视频 Germany’s international broadcaster.


Liberal British newspaper. Better than any mainstream newspaper in North America, but still very much part of the mainstream ideological framework, prone to excluding, or viciously attacking, any views that are too far left.


苹果app香蕉视频 Iranian state broadcaster.


Russian broadcaster and website with extensive news coverage of Russia and the world.


苹果app香蕉视频 Venezuelan broadcaster supporting the social transformation associated with Hugo Chavez.



Other places find media include these pages in the Connexions Subject Index: Alternative Media, Alternative News Sources, Blogs/Blogging, Selected Blogs, Independent Media, International News Sources, Labour Media, News Coverage/International, and Progressive News sources.
For a general Canadian media list, see
For media criticism see Media Analysis & Criticism.

Compiled by , September 2014 - February 2016