Articles by John Pilger

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The Assange Arrest Is a Warning from History
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2019

13 Apr 2019 – The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for “democratic” societies.

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Room 101 Prisoner Says No to Big Brother
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2019

4 Mar 2019 – Whenever I visit Julian Assange, we meet in a room he knows too well. There is a bare table and pictures of Ecuador on the walls. There is a bookcase where the books never change. The curtains are always drawn and there is no natural light. The air is still and fetid. This is Room 101. Before I enter Room 101, I must surrender my passport and phone. My pockets and possessions are examined. The food I bring is inspected. The man who guards Room 101 sits in what looks like an old-fashioned telephone box. He watches a screen, watching Julian.

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The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2019

In this analysis, John Pilger looks back over the Chavez years in Venezuela, including his own travels with Hugo Chavez, and the current US and European campaign to overthrow Nicolas Maduro in a ‘coup by media’ and to return Latin America to the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Hold the Front Page – The Reporters Are Missing
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Sep 2018

20 Sep 2018 – Hersh revealed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the secret bombing of Cambodia, Parry exposed Iran-Contra, a drugs and gun-running conspiracy that led to the White House. In 2016, they separately produced compelling evidence that the Assad government in Syria had not used chemical weapons. They were not forgiven.

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Australia: The Hidden History of the Women Who Rose Up
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jul 2018

10 Jul 2018 – John Pilger gave this address on the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Parramatta Female Factory, a prison where women convicts from mostly Ireland and England were sent in the early 19th century. Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called ‘bad stock’ was a secret.

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The Coming War on China [full film free online]
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jul 2018

‘The Coming War on China’ is John Pilger’s 60th film. Pilger reveals what the news doesn’t: that the world’s greatest military power, the United States, and the world’s second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, are on the road to war. The film is a warning and an inspiring story of resistance.

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The Urgency of Bringing Julian Assange Home
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

18 Jun 2018 – This is an abridged version of an address by John Pilger to a rally in Sydney, Australia, to mark Julian Assange’s six years’ confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

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Pilger: Palestine Is Still the Issue
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2018

Watch the John Pilger Film That Defied a Campaign to Ban It and Told a Timeless Truth

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The Isolation of Julian Assange Is the Silencing of Us All
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2018

1 Apr 2018 – In this letter, twenty-eight writers, journalists, film-makers, artists, academics, former intelligence officers and democrats call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech. If it was ever clear that the case of Julian Assange was never just a legal case, but a struggle for the protection of basic human rights, it is now.

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Why the Documentary Must Not Be Allowed to Die
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Dec 2017

11 Dec 2017 – “When the truth is replaced by silence,” wrote the Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” Whenever young documentary film-makers ask me how they can “make a difference”, I reply that it is really quite simple. They need to break the silence.

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Clinton, Assange and the War on Truth
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Oct 2017

20 Oct 2017 – Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies. “They” (voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald Trump in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known as Russia, assisted by an Australian “nihilist”, Julian Assange.

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The Rising of Britain’s ‘New Politics’
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

As the Tories plot to get rid of Prime Minister Theresa May, John Pilger analyses the alternative Labour Party, specifically its foreign policy, which may not be what it seems.

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The Facts about U.S. War on Vietnam
Films by John Pilger – Information Clearing House, 2 Oct 2017

29 Sep 2017 – None of these films was shown in the USA. This is an abridged version of an address, “Reporting War and Empire”, by John Pilger at Columbia University, New York, in company with Seymour Hersh, Robert Fisk and Charles Glass. Censorship by journalism is virulent in Britain and the US – and it means the difference between life and death for people in faraway countries.

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The Killing of History
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2017

Reporting from New York, John Pilger describes the re-writing of the history of the Vietnam War in the 10-part television series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Millions died “in good faith”, they say. And so yet more wars are justified – as President Trump tells the world he is prepared to “totally destroy” North Korea and its 25 million people.

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On the Beach 2017: The Beckoning of Nuclear War
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2017

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper
These lines from T.S. Eliot’s poem The Hollow Men appear at the beginning of Nevil Shute’s novel On the Beach, which left me close to tears. Published in 1957 at the height of the Cold War when too many writers were silent or cowed, it is a masterpiece. At first the language suggests a genteel relic; yet nothing I have read on nuclear war is as unyielding in its warning. No book is more urgent.

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Palestine Is Still the Issue
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2017

The remarkable Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions campaign is succeeding, day by day; cities and towns, trade unions and student bodies are endorsing it. These are not straws in the wind. When the Palestinians rise again, as they will, they may not succeed at first – but they will eventually if we understand that they are us, and we are them. We shouldn’t forget Palestine.

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Getting Julian Assange: The Untold Story
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 May 2017

20 May 2017 – Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish state’s collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and “rendition”.

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The Universal Lesson of the Courage of East Timor
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 May 2017

On 5 May 2017, John Pilger was presented with the Order of Timor-Leste by East Timor’s Ambassador to Australia, Abel Gutteras, in recognition of his reporting on East Timor under Indonesia’s brutal occupation, especially his landmark documentary film, Death of a Nation: the Timor Conspiracy. This was John Pilger’s response.

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The Coming War on China
John Pilger | The Big Picture - Russia Today, 15 May 2017

Thom Hartmann talks with author and filmmaker John Pilger about his new documentary “The Coming War on China” and the military escalation that could lead World War III.

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Australia Beckons a War with China
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Apr 2017

Australia is sleep-walking into a confrontation with China, not realizing that wars can happen suddenly in an atmosphere of mistrust and provocation, especially if a minor power, like Australia, abandons its independence for an “alliance” with an unstable superpower.

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The Issue Is Not Trump – It Is Ourselves
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jan 2017

The lies about Russia – in whose elections the US has openly intervened – have made the world’s most self-important journalists laughing stocks. In the country with constitutionally the freest press in the world, free journalism now exists only in its honourable exceptions. The obsession with Trump is a cover for many of those calling themselves “left/liberal”, as if to claim political decency. They are not “left”, neither are they especially “liberal”.

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The Coming War on China
John Pilger – New Internationalist Magazine, 5 Dec 2016

A major US military build-up – including nuclear weapons – is under way in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China. John Pilger raises the alarm on an under-reported and dangerous provocation.

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Inside the Invisible Government: War, Propaganda, Clinton & Trump
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2016

Double standard, essence of propaganda: The current siege of the city of Mosul by the government forces of Iraq, who are backed by the United States and Britain vs the siege of Aleppo by the government forces of Syria, backed by Russia. One is good; the other is bad. Both cities would not be occupied by the same fanatics and ravaged by war if Britain and the United States had not invaded Iraq in 2003.

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Provoking Nuclear War by Media
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2016

This obeisance to the United States and its collaborators as a benign force “bringing good” runs deep in western establishment journalism. It ensures that the present-day catastrophe in Syria is blamed exclusively on Bashar al-Assad, whom the West and Israel have long conspired to overthrow, not for any humanitarian concerns, but to consolidate Israel’s aggressive power in the region.

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Why the British Said No to Europe
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jun 2016

25 Jun 2016 – The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media.

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Silencing America as It Prepares for War
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2016

As the U.S. government plunges toward war with nuclear-armed Russia and/or China, there is an unsettling silence — or unnerving consensus — regarding the potential extinction of human existence. In 2009, Obama promised to help “rid the world of nuclear weapons” and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. No American president has built more nuclear warheads than Obama.

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Australia: The Dirty Secret of Utopia
John Pilger – Russia Today, 11 Apr 2016

The remote homelands are seen as an ideological threat, for they express a communalism at odds with the neo-conservatism that rules Australia and demands “assimilation.” It is as if the enduring existence of a people who have survived and resisted more than two colonial centuries of massacre and theft remains a spectre on white Australia: a reminder of whose land this really is.

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A World War Has Begun. Break the Silence.
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2016

What has happened to the great tradition of popular direct action, unfettered to parties? Where are the courage, imagination and commitment required to begin the long journey to a better, just and peaceful world? Where are the dissidents in art, film, the theatre, literature? Where are those who will shatter the silence? Or do we wait until the first nuclear missile is fired?

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The Rape of East Timor: “Sounds like Fun”
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2016

25 Feb 20126 – Secret documents found in the Australian National Archives provide a glimpse of how one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century was executed and covered up. They also help us understand how and for whom the world is run. The documents refer to East Timor, now known as Timor-Leste, and were written by diplomats in the Australian embassy in Jakarta.

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Freeing Julian Assange: The Last Chapter
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2016

5 Feb 2016 – One of the epic miscarriages of justice of our time is unravelling. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – the international tribunal that adjudicates and decides whether governments comply with their human rights obligations – has ruled that Julian Assange has been detained unlawfully by Britain and Sweden.

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Australia’s Day for Secrets, Flags and Cowards
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2016

On 26 January, one of the saddest days in human history will be celebrated in Australia. The racism that allows this in one of the most privileged societies on earth runs deep. In the 1920s, a “Protector of Aborigines” oversaw the theft of mixed race children with the justification of “breeding out the colour”. Today, record numbers of Indigenous children are removed from their homes and many never see their families again.

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From Pol Pot to ISIS: The Blood Never Dried
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2015

17 Nov 2015 – Following the ISIS outrages in Beirut and Paris, John Pilger updates this prescient essay on the root causes of terrorism and what we can do about it.

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John Pilger’s Film ‘Cambodia Year Zero’ Named as One of ITV’s 60 Greatest Programmes
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2015

‘Cambodia Year Zero’, as it became known, was credited with alerting the world to the suffering of the people of Cambodia under the fanatical regime of Pol Pot. It raised tens of millions of pounds for Cambodia’s children – mostly unsolicited – and became the most watched documentary throughout the world.

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The Revolutionary Act of Telling the Truth – WikiLeaks
John Pilger - TeleSur, 5 Oct 2015

These are dark times, in which the propaganda of deceit touches all our lives. It is as if political reality has been privatized and illusion legitimized. The information age is a media age–a surreal assembly line of cliches and false assumptions.

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Assange: The Untold Story of an Epic Struggle for Justice
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2015

The persecution of Julian Assange is about to flare again as it enters a dangerous stage. From August 20, three quarters of the Swedish prosecutor’s case against Assange regarding sexual misconduct in 2010 will disappear as the statute of limitations expires. At the same time Washington’s obsession with Assange and WikiLeaks has intensified.

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The Problem of Greece Is Not Only a Tragedy. It Is a Lie.
John Pilger - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2015

13 Jul 2015 – An historic betrayal has consumed Greece. Having set aside the mandate of the Greek electorate, the Syriza government has willfully ignored last week’s landslide “No” vote and secretly agreed a raft of repressive, impoverishing measures in return for a “bailout” that means sinister foreign control and a warning to the world.

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After Three Years, the Injustice Handed Out to Julian Assange Must End
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2015

Julian Assange is a refugee under international law and he should be given right of passage to Ecuador. The nonsense about him “jumping bail” is just that – nonsense. If his extradition case went through the British courts today, the European Arrest Warrant would be thrown out and he would be a free man.

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The Message of Anzac: Put Out More Flags, Or Shut Up
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 May 2015

That a journalism professor of long standing, John Henningham, can tweet weasel words that “freedom of speech meant that journalists had the right to speak without breaking the law but did not have the right to keep their job when offending others” is a glimpse of the obstacles faced by aspiring young journalists as they navigate the university mills.

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Australia: The Secret Country Again Wages War on Its Own People
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Apr 2015

Australia’s Racist Assault on Aboriginal People – They are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state government says it can no longer afford to “support” the homelands.

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Why the Rise of Fascism Is Again the Issue
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2015

In a major essay, John Pilger describes a ‘Faustian Pact’ that allows the suppression of a modern fascism in the West and its reliance on propaganda as news, and the beckoning of a war that rarely speaks its name.

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The Struggle of Venezuela against ‘A Common Enemy’
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Feb 2015

There are straightforward principles and dynamics at work here. Washington wants to get rid of the Venezuelan government because it is independent of US designs for the region and because Venezuela has the greatest proven oil reserves in the world and uses its oil revenue to improve the quality of ordinary lives.

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(Italiano) La guerra secondo i media e il trionfo della propaganda
John Pilger – Centro Studi Sereno Regis, 15 Dec 2014

Perché così tanto giornalismo si è arreso alla propaganda? Perché la censura e l’alterazione delle notizie sono una pratica normale? Perché la BBC è così spesso un portavoce del potere rapace? Perché il New York Times e il Washington Post ingannano i loro lettori?

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War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Dec 2014

5 Dec 2014 – Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers?

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The Siege of Julian Assange Is a Farce – A Special Investigation
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2014

John Pilger investigates the rise of WikiLeaks and the Kafkaesque saga that has enveloped its founder, Julian Assange, since he blew the whistle on the dangers and lies of great power and its courtiers.

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From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything That Flies on Everything That Moves”
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Oct 2014

In transmitting Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”. As Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous honesty.

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(Português) O Retorno de George Orwell
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Oct 2014

Como despolitização, mídia submissa ao Estado e cinismo dos intelectuais estão produzindo, nas antigas democracias ocidentais, um ambiente “1984 high-tech”.

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War, Circus and Injustice Down Under
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Sep 2014

Australia is awash with knowledge of the “needs” of its first people. Every week, it seems, yet another study adds to the torrent of information about the imposed impoverishment of and vicious discrimination against Indigenous people: apartheid in all but name.

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Breaking the Last Taboo – Gaza and the Threat of World War
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Sep 2014

Nothing has changed since the Zionists’ infamous “Plan D” in 1948 that ethnically cleansed an entire people. Recently, on the Times of Israel were the words: “Genocide is Permissible”. A deputy speaker of the Knesset demands a policy of mass expulsion into concentration camps. An MP, Ayelet Shaked, calls for the extermination of Palestinian mothers to prevent them giving birth to what she calls “little snakes”.

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The Return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s War on Palestine, Ukraine and the Truth
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jul 2014

In everyday discourse, political language is turned on its head, as Orwell prophesised in ‘1984’. “Democracy” is now a rhetorical device. Peace is “perpetual war”. “Global” is imperial. The once hopeful concept of “reform” now means regression, even destruction. “Austerity” is the imposition of extreme capitalism on the poor and the gift of socialism for the rich: an ingenious system under which the majority service the debts of the few.

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Break the Silence: A World War Is Beckoning – In Ukraine, the US Is Dragging Us Towards War with Russia
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 May 2014

Washington’s role in Ukraine, and its backing for the regime’s neo-Nazis, has huge implications for the rest of the world.

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Once Again, Australia Is Stealing Its Indigenous Children
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Mar 2014

21 Mar 2014 – Today, the theft of Aboriginal children – including babies taken from the birth table – is now more widespread than at any time during the last century. As of June last year, almost 14,000 Aboriginal children had been “removed”. This is five times the number when ‘Bringing Them Home’ was written.

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‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ War – And the Struggle of Memory against Forgetting
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2014

Historians, like journalists, play their most honourable role when they myth-bust. The powerful would like us to believe that the likes of Thompson, Zinn and Galeano are no longer necessary: that we live, as Time magazine put it, “in an eternal present”, in which reflection is limited to Facebook and historical narrative is the preserve of Hollywood. This is a confidence trick.

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The Accessories to War Crimes Are Those Paid to Keep the Record Straight
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2014

The media cover-up has been a weapon in the crimes of western states since the first world war. But a reckoning is coming for those paid to keep the record straight.

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In the Lucky Country of Australia Apartheid Is Alive and Kicking
John Pilger – The Guardian, 11 Nov 2013

The richest land on Earth writes Aboriginal people out of history and pushes them to the margins. Like South Africa 30 years ago.

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Why Bad Movies Keep Coming Out and What to Do About It
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2013

David Cameron saw the hyped ‘The Fifth Estate’ and declared: “Brilliant, fantastic piece of acting. The twitchiness and everything of Julian Assange is brilliantly portrayed.” Neither he nor the makers of this fiction have ever met Assange. Based on a dodgy, axe-grinding book, the DreamWorks juggernaut is a perfidious, unethical exploitation of a man fighting for his freedom, if not his life.

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Old Game, New Obsession, New Enemy: The China Fixation
John Pilger - CounterPunch, 14 Oct 2013

Countries are “pieces on a chessboard upon which is being played out a great game for the domination of the world,” wrote Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, in 1898. Nothing has changed. The shopping mall massacre in Nairobi was a bloody façade behind which a full-scale invasion of Africa and a war in Asia are the great game.

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In an Age of ‘Realists’ and Vigilantes, There Is Cause for Optimism
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2013

Understanding Kissinger’s criminality is vital when trying to fathom what the US calls its “foreign policy”.

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The Modern Day Heroes of Investigative Journalism
John Pilger – Al Jazeera, 23 Sep 2013

John Pilger discusses the role of the media in the contemporary context of whistleblowers and war.

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How We Are Impoverished, Gentrified and Silenced – And What to Do About It
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jul 2013

Momentous change almost always begins with the courage of people taking back their own lives against the odds. There is no other way now. Direct action. Civil disobedience. Unerring. Read Percy Shelley – “Ye are many; they are few”. And do it.

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Forcing Down the Bolivian President’s Plane Was an Act of Piracy
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jul 2013

Imagine the aircraft of the President of France being forced down in Latin America on “suspicion” that it was carrying a political refugee to safety – and not just any refugee but someone who has provided the people of the world with proof of criminal activity on an epic scale.

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Understanding the Latest Prism Leaks Is Understanding the Rise of a New Fascism
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jun 2013

The director of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, was an adviser to Condoleezza Rice, who lied that Saddam Hussein could attack the US with nuclear weapons. Cohen and Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt – they met in the ruins of Iraq – have co-authored a book, The New Digital Age, endorsed as visionary by the former CIA director Michael Hayden and the war criminals Henry Kissinger and Tony Blair.

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Australia’s Boom Is Anything But for Its Aboriginal People
John Pilger – The Guardian, 6 May 2013

The story of the first Australians is still poverty and humiliation, while their land yields the world’s biggest resources boom.

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The New Propaganda Is Liberal – The New Slavery Is Digital
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2013

In the 1970s, I met Leni Riefenstahl and asked her about her epic films that glorified the Nazis. She told me that the “messages” of her films were dependent not on “orders from above,” but on the “submissive void” of the German public. Did that include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie? “Everyone,” she said. Today’s “message” of grotesque inequality, social injustice and war is the propaganda of liberal democracies. It is the ultimate means of social control because it is voluntary, addictive and shrouded in illusions of personal freedom.

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WikiLeaks Is a Rare Truth-Teller. Smearing Julian Assange Is Shameful.
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2013

Public displays of warmth for Assange are common and seldom reported. Several thousand people packed Sydney Town Hall, with hundreds spilling into the street. In New York recently, Assange was awarded the Yoko Ono Lennon Prize for Courage. In the audience was Daniel Ellsberg, who risked all to leak the truth about the barbarism of the Vietnam War. “The US is out to crush someone who has revealed its dirty secrets.”

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(Italiano) La Vera Invasione dell’Africa e le False Ragioni dell’Occidente (Con l’Aiuto di Hollywood)
John Pilger – Centro Studi Sereno Regis, 11 Feb 2013

E’ in corso un’invasione dell’Africa a tutto campo. Gli Stati Uniti stanno dispiegando truppe in 35 paesi africani, a cominciare da Libia, Sudan, Algeria e Niger. La notizia, riferita dall’Associated Press a Natale, non è apparsa su alcun canale mediatico anglo-statunitense.

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The Real Invasion of Africa Is Not News And a Licence to Lie Is Hollywood’s Gift
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2013

It is as if Africa’s proud history of liberation, from Patrice Lumumba to Nelson Mandela, is consigned to oblivion by a new master’s black colonial elite whose “historic mission”, warned Frantz Fanon half a century ago, is the promotion of “a capitalism rampant though camouflaged”.

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As Gaza Is Savaged Again, Understanding the BBC’s Historical Role Is Vital
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2012

In Peter Watkins’ remarkable BBC film, The War Game, which foresaw the aftermath of an attack on London with a one-megaton nuclear bomb, the narrator says: “On almost the entire subject of thermo-clear weapons, there is now practically total silence in the press, official publications and on TV. Is there hope to be found in this silence?”

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(Italiano) Mentre Gaza Subisce Nuova Violenza, Capire il Ruolo Storico della BBC Diventa Vitale
John Pilger – Centro Studi Sereno Regis, 3 Dec 2012

Nell’eccezionale documentario di Peter Watkins, prodotto dalla BBC, The War Game, che immaginava le conseguenze di un attacco su Londra con una bomba nucleare da un megatone, la voce narrante dice: “Quando si parla di armi termonucleari, al momento c’è praticamente un totale silenzio nei media e in televisione. Ma c’è speranza in questo silenzio?”

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The Life and Death of an Australian Hero, Whose Skin Was The Wrong Colour
John Pilger –TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2012

I first met Arthur a generation ago and knew he was the best kind of trouble. He objected to the cruelty and hypocrisy of white society in a country where his people had lived longer than human beings had lived anywhere.

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The Liberal Way to Run the World – ‘Improve’ or We’ll Kill You
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Sep 2012

In his 1859 essay On Liberty, to which modern liberals pay homage, John Stuart Mill described the power of empire. “Despotism is a legitimate mode of government in dealing with barbarians,” he wrote, “provided the end be their improvement, and the means justified by actually effecting that end.” The “barbarians” were large sections of humanity of whom “implicit obedience” was required.

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The Pursuit of Julian Assange Is an Assault on Freedom and a Mockery of Journalism
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2012

The British government’s threat to invade the Ecuadorean embassy in London and seize Julian Assange is of historic significance. The same brave newspapers and broadcasters that have supported Britain’s part in epic bloody crimes, from the genocide in Indonesia to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, now attack the “human rights record” of Ecuador, whose real crime is to stand up to the bullies in London and Washington.

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Blair, Olympic Deals and the Glimpse of another Britain
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jul 2012

In the New Statesman of 21 June, I reported an urgent appeal to Sebastian Coe, the former athlete who chairs the London Olympics Organising Committee, by the Vietnam Women’s Union that he and his IOC colleagues reconsider their decision to accept sponsorship from Dow Chemical, one of the companies that manufactured Agent Orange, a poison used against the population of Vietnam.

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Murdoch May Be a Convenient Demon, but the Media Is a Junta
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jul 2012

Murdoch’s dominance is not as it is often presented. Although he is now one of the West’s accredited demons, thanks to his phone-hackers, he is but part of a media system that will not change when his empire is broken up. The political extremism that is the concentration of the world’s wealth in few hands and the accelerating impoverishment of the majority will ensure this.

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History Is the Enemy As ‘Brilliant’ Psy-Ops Become the News
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jun 2012

History is buried with the dead and deformed of Vietnam and Bhopal. And history is the new enemy. On 28 May [2012], President Obama launched a campaign to falsify the history of the war in Vietnam. To Obama, there was no Agent Orange, no free fire zones, no turkey shoots, no cover-ups of massacres, no rampant racism, no suicides (as many Americans took their own lives as died in the war), no defeat by a resistance army drawn from an impoverished society.

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Never Forget That Bradley Manning, Not Gay Marriage, Is the Issue
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2012

The award of the Nobel Prize to the first black president because he “offered hope” was both absurd and an authentic expression of the lifestyle liberalism that controls much of political debate in the west. Same-sex marriage is one such distraction. The truth is that what matters to those who aspire to control our lives is not skin pigment or gender, or whether or not we are gay, but the class we serve. Remember Bradley Manning.

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You Are All Suspects Now. What Are You Going To Do About It?
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2012

You are all potential terrorists. It matters not that you live in Britain, the United States, Australia or the Middle East. Citizenship is effectively abolished. Turn on your computer and the US Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center may monitor whether you are typing not merely “al-Qaeda”, but “exercise”, “drill”, “wave”, “initiative” and “organisation”: all proscribed words.

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(Portuguese) A Guerra Suja Contra a WikiLeaks
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2012

As difamações dos média sugerem a cumplicidade da Suécia com um esforço impulsionado por Washington para punir Julian Assange.

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The War on WikiLeaks Is Now Trial by Media in Sweden
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Mar 2012

War by media, says current military doctrine, is as important as the battlefield. This is because the real enemy is the public at home, whose manipulation and deception are essential for starting an unpopular colonial war. Like the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, attacks on Iran and Syria require a steady drip-effect on readers’ and viewers’ consciousness. This is the essence of a propaganda that rarely speaks its name.

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The Assange Case Means We Are All Suspects Now
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Feb 2012

This week’s Supreme Court hearing in the Julian Assange case has profound meaning for the preservation of basic freedoms in western democracies. This is Assange’s final appeal against his extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual misconduct that were originally dismissed by the chief prosecutor in Stockholm and constitute no crime in Britain. The consequences, if he loses, lie not in Sweden but in the shadows cast by America’s descent into totalitarianism.

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Once Again, War Is Prime Time and Journalism’s Role Is Taboo
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2011

The role of respectable journalism in western state crimes — from Iraq to Iran, Afghanistan to Libya – remains taboo. It is currently deflected by the media theatre of the Leveson enquiry into phone hacking, which Daily Telegraph’s Benedict Brogan describes as “a useful stress test”. Blame Rupert Murdoch and the tabloids for everything and business can continue as usual.

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The Son of Africa Claims a Continent’s Crown Jewels
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2011

On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only “engage” for “self-defence”, says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.

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The ‘Getting’ of Assange and the Smearing of a Revolution
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Oct 2011

The High Court in London will soon to decide whether Julian Assange is to be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sexual misconduct. However, it is not the Swedish judicial system that presents a “grave danger” to Assange, say his lawyers, but a legal device known as a Temporary Surrender, under which he can be sent on from Sweden to the United States secretly and quickly.

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Hail to the True Victors of Rupert’s Revolution
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2011

NATO is raining fragmentation bombs on civilian-populated Sirte and other “Gaddafi strongholds” where, says a Channel 4 News reporter, “until they cut off the head of the snake, Libyans will not feel safe”. I quote that not so much for its Orwellian quality but as a model of journalism’s role in justifying “our” bloodbaths in advance. This is Rupert’s Revolution, after all. Gone from the Murdoch press are pejorative “insurgents”. The action in Libya, says The Times, is “a revolution… as revolutions used to be”.

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In Cuba, the Revolution Continues, Softly, as Times Change
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2011

Radios that crackle, a new airport terminal with birds nesting, the early morning snores of an official at passport control and the palpable ambivalence of pride and frustration belong to a revolution that sends tens of thousands of doctors across the world for the sole purpose of helping other human beings: an epic internationalism.

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The Invasion of Australia – Official, At Last
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2011

The City of Sydney has voted to replace the words “European arrival” in the official record with “invasion”. The deputy lord mayor, Marcelle Hoff, says it is intellectually dishonest to use any other word in describing how Aboriginal Australia was dispossessed by the British. “We were invaded,” said Paul Morris, an Aboriginal adviser to the council. “It is the truth and it shouldn’t be watered down. We wouldn’t expect Jewish people to accept a watered-down version of the Holocaust, so why should we?”

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An Unpalatable Truth: The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism
John Pilger – Information Clearing House, 6 Jun 2011

This prize is in honour of one of the 20th century’s greatest reporters. Julian Assange is an editor, publisher and journalist in the oldest and finest tradition of our craft. He is brave. He is a true agent of people; and I should say that those who dismiss him a hacker merely betray themselves as hacks.

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Welcome To the Violent World of Mr. Hopey Changey
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2011

And as “Mr. Hopey Changey” (the name that Ted Rall, the great American cartoonist, gives Barack Obama), is fawned upon by the British elite and launches another insufferable presidential campaign, the Anglo-American reign of terror proceeds in Afghanistan and elsewhere. In Libya there is a tribal civil war; and the armed uprising against Gaddafi has long been appropriated by the Americans, French and British, a repeat of the “shock and awe” in Iraq that left thousands of civilians dead and maimed. As in Iraq, the victims, which include countless incinerated Libyan army conscripts, are media unpeople.

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How the Murdoch Press Keeps Australia’s Dirty Secret
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2011

The Australian publishes long articles that present Aboriginal people not unsympathetically, but as perennial victims of each other, “an entire culture committing suicide,” or as noble primitives requiring firm direction: the eugenicist’s view. It promotes Aboriginal “leaders” who, by blaming their own people for their poverty, tell the white elite what it wants to hear. The writer Michael Brull parodied this: “Oh White man, please save us. Take away our rights because we are so backward.”

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Breaking Australia’s Silence: WikiLeaks and Freedom
John Pilger - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2011

Public forum held on 16 March 2011 at the Sydney Town Hall. The event was staged by the Sydney Peace Foundation, Amnesty International, Stop the War Coalition, and supported by the City of Sydney.

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How the So-Called Guardians of Free Speech Are Silencing the Messenger
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2011

As the United States and Britain look for an excuse to invade another oil-rich Arab country, the hypocrisy is familiar. Colonel Gaddafi is “delusional” and “blood-drenched” while the authors of an invasion that killed a million Iraqis, who have kidnapped and tortured in our name, are entirely sane, never blood-drenched and once again the arbiters of “stability”.

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Behind the Arab Revolt is a Word We Dare Not Speak
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Feb 2011

The revolt in the Arab world is not merely against a resident dictator but a worldwide economic tyranny designed by the US Treasury and imposed by the US Agency for International Development, the IMF and World Bank, which have ensured that rich countries like Egypt are reduced to vast sweatshops, with half the population earning less than $2 a day. The people’s triumph in Cairo was the first blow against what Benito Mussolini called corporatism, a word that appears in his definition of fascism.

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John Pilger in Conversation with Julian Assange
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Feb 2011

Watch a 70-minute interview with Julian Assange recorded during filming of John Pilger’s latest film ‘The War You Don’t See’.

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The War on WikiLeaks: A John Pilger Investigation and Interview with Julian Assange
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jan 2011

The attacks on WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, are a response to an information revolution that threatens old power orders, in politics and journalism. The incitement to murder trumpeted by public figures in the United States, together with attempts by the Obama administration to corrupt the law and send Assange to a hell hole prison for the rest of his life, are the reactions of a rapacious system exposed as never before.

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Why Are Wars Not Being Reported Honestly?
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Dec 2010

In the US Army manual on counterinsurgency, the American commander General David Petraeus describes Afghanistan as a “war of perception… conducted continuously using the news media”. What really matters is not so much the day-to-day battles against the Taliban as the way the adventure is sold in America where “the media directly influence the attitude of key audiences”. Reading this, I was reminded of the Venezuelan general who led a coup against the democratic government in 2002. “We had a secret weapon,” he boasted. “We had the media, especially TV. You got to have the media.”

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How Journalists Help to Promote War – And What Can Be Done To Stop It
Daniel Trilling interviewing John Pilger – New Statesman, 13 Dec 2010

The War You Don’t See is about the media’s role in promoting and sanitising contemporary wars. Why make this film at this particular moment?

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The Party Game Is Over. Stand and Fight
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Nov 2010

There is no other way now. Direct action. Civil disobedience. Unerring. Read Shelley and do it.

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Chile’s Ghosts Are Not Being Rescued
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Oct 2010

In his latest column for the New Statesman, written as the 33 Chilean miners are brought to the surface after ther epic rescue, John Pilger describes the unspoken life in Chile behind the media facade that the government of President Sebastion Pinera has skilfully exploited.

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The BBC Is on Murdoch’s Side
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Oct 2010

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger says that while the dangers of Rupert Murdoch’s dominance are understood, the role played by the respectable media, such as the New York Times and the BBC, notably in the promotion of colonial wars, is at least as important.

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C’mon, Time to Rebrand Your Life!
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Sep 2010

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger continues his examination of the effect of ‘extreme corporatism’ – money – on sport. He contrasts the last of the great sporting stars who were not celebrities in the modern sense with the enrichment of Rupert Murdoch and the corruption of sports like cricket.

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Flying the Flag, Faking the News
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Sep 2010

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger traces the history of propaganda to Edward Bernays, the American nephew of Sigmund Freud, who invented the term “public relations”. Bernays believed in “engineering public consent” and creating “false realties” as news. Here are examples of how this works today.

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