My online readings are split into the two languages that I can speak (and read) fluently: Portuguese and English.
- Ladrões de Bicicletas. Inspirado num filme do mesmo nome, é um blogue sobre economia política—também conhecida como economia de esquerda—onde autores de diversas ideologias (mas sempre à esquerda) desmontam incessantemente os disparates da austeronomics neoliberal, vomitada ad nauseam pela maioria dos comentadores com assento na comunicação social de maior audiência em Portugal.
Caitlin Johnstone. In her own words: «When asked to describe this project I often say “I write about the end of illusions,” because from my point of view all of the major problems our species now faces are born of a misperception of what’s really happening.» The website can be at times somewhat confusing to navigate, but links to new stuff always pop up on twitter.
Cal Newport. It used to be about study techniques and tricks (which are still accessible in the blog’s archive), but now it is mostly about digital minimalism: the evils of Facebook-style social media, etc. It is good advice, but to someone like me, it’s preaching to the choir…
Craig Murray. A former British diplomat—at one point, Britain’s youngest ambassador—Craig Murray is now a whistle-blower who dedicates himself to explaining world affairs, with the increased knowledge that comes from having been an “insider”. A much, much needed voice. He was also one the very few people courageous enough to report the extradition show trial of Julian Assange—to my knowledge, no mainstream media journalist did so. I keep a local copy his reports.
John Pilger. An indefatigable reporter and filmmaker, this seasoned Australian is always worth listening to. Inter alia, he spent decades exposing the false narratives that underpin U.S. military interventions overseas. As of late, the most interesting content seems to be found, not on his website, but on his twitter feed.
Jonathan Cook. A British independent journalist, who previously worked at the Guardian and Observer newspapers. Much like Murray, he is one of the few voices that pierces the veil of silence that the mainstream media enforces over topics—or points of view—that are unwelcome by the West’s elite. Two examples: the plight of the Palestinians at the hand of the Israeli juggernaut, and Julian Assange’s persecution at the hands of US/UK/SE, and, since the election of Lenín Moreno, EC. It should be noted that Cook occasionally writes at venues other than his website—but the respective links can always be found on his twitter feed.
Medialens. A superb dismembering of the bollocks we are all fed via mainstream journalism. Although focused on English-language media, much of the conclusions apply, sadly, on a global scale. The newest stuff usually shows up on twitter. And on occasion, there are also the more introspective pieces—such as this one.
Last modified: April 6, 2023.