I do this every few years: respond to inquiries about what news, opinion, or analysis sources I consider worthy of my time. Of course the list keeps changing as tighter control of dissident opinions is effected, especially via social media distribution denials and outright censorship.
It’s time for a new list for a few reasons.
- I’m going to participate in National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org) beginning November 1. It’s my third attempt to produce a first draft short novel in a month; in 2021, nanowrimo got me started on a fictional tale about kids growing up in poverty, and two long excerpts from Heaven Spelled Backwards will be published soon by the Bollard. So, I won’t be posting as often to my blog in November and when I do it will probably be to re-post some popular and/or relevant past content.
- Corporate media are doing an unprecedentedly bad job covering the massive outpouring of support for Palestine as Israel moves into phase two of its plan to either kill or relocate every person in Gaza and the West Bank.
- Alternative media sources I once trusted — e.g. Democracy Now!, The Intercept) have changed their tune, probably because of a desire to please their funding sources.
My list will privilege text sources over video only because I, personally, like to read and dislike watching videos to get information. But I’ll include some good video sources at the end of my list as I know many of my readers feel differently.
What to read
System Update (Glenn Greenwald’s streaming video show also publishes a transcript which I often read)
Reality Theories (Eva K. Bartlett)
Organizing Notes (Bruce Gagnon)
Geopolitical Economy Report (video format but comes with a transcript)
What to watch
Useful Idiots (actually a podcast)
This is not an exhaustive list. Did I skip one of your favorites? Consider adding it in the comments.