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John Pilger - 2008-12-18 - Original post - cached version

The festive edition of the New Statesman offers a menu of good news to celebrate in 2009. John Pilger adds his own wish list.

John Pilger - 2008-12-11 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger reckons 'Groundhog Day', the black comedy about time repeating itself, might be a parable for the Age of Obama - as the president-elect's major appointments turn out to be almost totally retro, without a single figure representing those who voted for him.

John Pilger - 2008-12-01 - Original post - cached version

In an article for the Guardian, John Pilger describes the black irony of an "open day to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights" at the Foreign Office, guardian of rapacious British power and policies that invert the meaning of human rights.

John Pilger - 2008-11-27 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes the latest chapter in the extraordinary story of the 'mass kidnapping' of the people of the Chagos islands in the Indian Ocean, British citizens expelled from their homeland to make way for an American military base. On 22 October, Britain's highest court of appeal, the Law...

John Pilger - 2008-11-13 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger writes that the lauding of Barack Obama has a history and that 'historical moments' ought to be less about their symbolism and accompanying histrionics than what they really mean. The question is: what is Obama's true relation to unchanging American myths about the imposition of its...

John Pilger - 2008-10-24 - Original post - cached version

In a report for the Guardian, John Pilger describes the deception behind the pretext for a "national emergency" declared by the Australian government in Aboriginal areas. A political cry of "save the children" can also mean the profits of uranium and toxic waste.

John Pilger - 2008-10-23 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes the truth and lies of great power as practised by British "diplomacy'', and the prospects for peace and order following the US presidential election on November 4.

John Pilger - 2008-10-09 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger celebrates the life of Sep Prosser, one of Australia's great swimmers and swimming coaches, whose celebrity was based on an ingredient now missing from so much sport: grace.

John Pilger - 2008-10-02 - Original post - cached version

In an article for the Mail & Guardian, Johannesburg, John Pilger describes the 'social and economic catastrophe' that replaced the African National Congress's 'unbreakable' promise' to end the poverty of the majority.

John Pilger - 2008-09-25 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes the 'great silence' over the annual British party conferences as politicians and their club of commentators say nothing about a war provoked and waged across the world the responsibility for which lies close at hand.

John Pilger - 2008-09-11 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger examines news as parody as those prominent in the British media seek to justify the official versions of the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

John Pilger - 2008-08-17 - Original post - cached version

In an article for the Guardian, John Pilger describes how he sought the help of Chile's former political prisoners, tortured by Pinochet, in the making of his film, The War on Democracy, and how they bear witness to the historical meaning of the current campaign of propaganda and lies aimed at...

John Pilger - 2008-08-14 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger digs beneath the received wisdom for the break-up of Yugoslavia and points to a largely ignored memoir by the former chief prosecutor in The Hague - and an echo from current events in the Caucasus.

John Pilger - 2008-08-06 - Original post - cached version

In an article for the Guardian on the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, John Pilger describes the 'progression of lies' from the dust of that detonated city, to the wars of today - and the threatened attack on Iran.

John Pilger - 2008-07-24 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes the devaluing of civilian casualties in colonial wars, and the anointing of Barack Obama, as he tours the battlefields, sounding more and more like George W. Bush.

John Pilger - 2008-07-10 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes the insidious militarisng of Britain as the effects of two colonial wars and the cover-up of atrocities come home.

John Pilger - 2008-07-02 - Original post - cached version

In an article for the Guardian, John Pilger describes presenting a top journalism award to a young Palestinian, Mohammed Omer, and how, on his return home to Gaza, he was seized by the Israelis, who demanded the prize money and tortured him.

John Pilger - 2008-06-26 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes another Britain: "a vicious, sectarian and mostly unreported war" against Muslims. People snatched from the homes following 9/11 are consigned to a Kafkaesque oblivion, and worse.

John Pilger - 2008-06-12 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger reaches back into the history of the Democratic Party and describes the tradition of war-making and expansionism that Barack Obama has now left little doubt he will honour.

John Pilger - 2008-05-31 - Original post - cached version

Writing for the Guardian, John Pilger marks the Burmese junta's renewal of the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi with an examination of the intimidations of the 'war on terror' on those who help to free her and her people.

John Pilger - 2008-05-29 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger refers back to his travels with Robert Kennedy to describe the false hopes offered by those, like Barack Obama, who exploit the appeal of liberalism then present a very different reality.

John Pilger - 2008-05-08 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes how the New Labour government is destroying one of the the venerable features of "communal decency" in Britain - the local post office. Economies need to be made, though not in the pursuit of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

John Pilger - 2008-04-24 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger argues that an unreported war is being waged by the United States, and Britain, to restore power to the privileged classes at the expense of the majority.

John Pilger - 2008-04-10 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes how economic apartheid has become a model for much of the world and resistance to it has begun again in the country where apartheid was said to be in the past.

John Pilger - 2008-03-28 - Original post - cached version

Almost fourteen years after South Africa's first democratic elections and the fall of racial apartheid, John Pilger describes, in an address at Rhodes University, the dream and reality of the new South Africa and the responsibility of its new elite.

John Pilger - 2008-03-27 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger pays tribute to his friend, the great photo-journalist Philip Jones Griffiths, who has died. "No photographer," he writes, "produced such finely subversive work, knowing that truth in war is always subversive."

John Pilger - 2008-03-12 - Original post - cached version

In an article for the Guardian, John Pilger describes the extraordinary life of Moudud Ahmed, who in 1971 led him into liberated East Pakistan, later Bangladesh. Now a political prisoner of the military dictatorship in Dhaka, Moudud Ahmed is seriously ill in a country which, says his wife Hasna...

John Pilger - 2008-03-05 - Original post - cached version

In his latest article for the New Statesman, John Pilger reports from his homeland on Australia's hidden empire - a 'sphere of influence' that stretches from the Aboriginal slums of Sydney to East Timor and Afghanistan. The arrival of a new prime minister, Kevin Rudd, offers important continuity...

John Pilger - 2008-02-20 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger catches a ghostly tram to returns to where he grew up in Australia, the scene of his first encounter with the brutal, though enjoyable world of newspapers.

John Pilger - 2008-02-13 - Original post - cached version

In his latest article for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes how the Palestinian breakout of Gaza offers inspiration for people struggling to bring down the new Berlin Walls all over the world.

John Pilger - 2008-01-28 - Original post - cached version

In an article for the Guardian, John Pilger says the death of General Suharto, the former dictator of Indonesia, is an opportunity to review the role of this "model" for high crimes in the modern era - from Indonesia, to Chile, to Vietnam - and the powerful friends who ensured he would never...

John Pilger - 2008-01-24 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger looks back on the US presidential campaigns he has reported and draws parallels with the current 'ritual danse macabre' that covers for democracy and the veiled propaganda that accompanies it.

John Pilger - 2008-01-10 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes how the invasion of Afghanistan, which was widely supported in the West as a 'good war' and justifiable response to 9/11, was actually planned months before 9/11 and is the latest instalment of 'a great game'.

John Pilger - 2007-12-18 - Original post - cached version

In an article for the Guardian, John Pilger writes that in Britain,
after more than a decade of the New Labour "project", once noble terms
such as democracy, reform, even freedom, have been emptied of their true
meaning and replaced by a murdochracy.

John Pilger - 2007-12-13 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes
the origins and 'shared values' of the British-American Project for a
Successor Generation, founded in 1983 by Ronald Reagan with support from
Rupert Murdoch. Today's BAP meets every year alternately in the US...

John Pilger - 2007-11-29 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger pays tribute to the influence of an extraordinary British website Medialens.org whose creators David Edwards and David Cromwell have challenged the declared objectivity and other myths of the liberal media. On 2 December, they will receive...

John Pilger - 2007-11-14 - Original post - cached version

In the New Statesman, John Pilger looks back on Remembrance Day - Veterans Day in the US - and describes the presence of hypocrisy as the bowed heads of the establishment mourned none of the million dead of Iraq and the destruction of their society.

John Pilger - 2007-11-01 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes
how the notorious US healthcare companies exposed by Michael Moore in
his film, Sicko, are now invading Britain and warms of the destruction
by stealth of the model for universal for health care, Britain's
...

John Pilger - 2007-10-26 - Original post - cached version

Addressing a London meeting, 'Freedom Writ Large', organised by PEN and the Writers Network of Burma, John Pilger pays tribute to Aung San Suu Kyi and the writers of Burma, 'the bravest of the brave', and describes the hypocrisy of Western leaders who claim to back their struggle for freedom.

John Pilger - 2007-10-17 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger marks the European release of Michael Moore's latest
film, Sicko, with an examination of why the documentary film-maker
exerts such influence, with fans and enemies alike. "In societies ruled
by an invisible government of media," he writes, "no one has broken
...

John Pilger - 2007-10-03 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger recalls his last conversation with Aung San Suu Kyi, under premanent house arrest in Rangoon. Filmed secretly by Pilger and David Munro, the legitimate leader of the Burmese people provides a glimpse of her aloneness and courage.

John Pilger - 2007-09-06 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes
the parallel worlds of the great 'unmentionable', class, in modern
Britain: in the streets and in the media.

John Pilger - 2007-08-23 - Original post - cached version

In a column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes his first encounter with a Palestinian refugee camp and what Nelson Mandela has called "the greatest moral issue of our age" - justice for the Palestinians. 'Something has changed', he writes, referring to the world view of sanctions and a...

John Pilger - 2007-08-08 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger looks
forward to the arrival of Bill Clinton in London where an "audience"
with him will cost up to £799 a head. In examining Clinton's liberal
credentials and comparing them to George W. Bush's record, Pilger
...

John Pilger - 2007-07-25 - Original post - cached version

In his latest article for the New Statesman, John Pilger applies to current events Orwell's description in '1984' of how the Ministry of Truth consigned embarrassing truth to a memory hole. He highlights the killing of a Palestinean cameraman by the Israelis as an example of how "we" are trained...

John Pilger - 2007-07-05 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger breaks the taboo of the latest 'potential' bombs found in London. They are prime minister Gordon Brown's bomb, too, the 'inevitable consequence of the lawless invasion of Iraq' which Brown backed and whose death toll now equals that of the...

John Pilger - 2007-06-16 - Original post - cached version

In a speech in Chicago, John Pilger describes how propaganda has
become such a potent force in our lives and, in the words of one of its
founders, represents 'an invisible government'.

John Pilger - 2007-06-13 - Original post - cached version

Modern fictional cinema rarely seems to break political silences. The very fine Motorcycle Diaries was a generation too late. In this country, where Hollywood sets the liberal boundaries, the work of Ken Loach and a few others is an honourable exception. However, the cinema is changing as if by...

John Pilger - 2007-06-06 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger quotes from a letter received from a British army officer serving in Iraq and sent to the BBC. The officer calls the war unwinnable and wrong, and appeals to the media not to swallow "the office/White House line". For the first time,...

John Pilger - 2007-05-22 - Original post - cached version

In an article for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes how Gaza in Palestine has come to symbolise the imposition of great power on the powerless, in the Middle East and all over the world, and how a vocabulary of double standard is employed to justify this epic tragedy.

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