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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.

John Pilger - 2007-05-10 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger recalls the
night Robert Kennedy was shot in his presence and the myths that
followed his untimely death. Having elevated Kennedy to be one of his
heroes, Prime Minister-in-waiting Gordon Brown describes him as the
...

John Pilger - 2007-04-12 - Original post - cached version

In a cover piece for the New Statesman, John Pilger evokes the
memory of Germans 'looking from the side' at Bergen-Belsen to describe
the challenge facing us in the West as the Bush/Blair 'long war' becomes
'perhaps the greatest crisis of modern times'.

John Pilger - 2007-03-29 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger touches on the life behind his public face. "I am a swimmer," he writes. From his childhood on Australia's famous Bondi Beach to a career that has taken him to many places the opposite of benign, Pilger has swum through, as he puts it, "the...

John Pilger - 2007-03-14 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger reports on
new revelations that torturers in America's 'war on terror' were
directed personally by the US secretary of defence. He argues that the
historical antedote to such barbarity is the new exuberant democracy
...

John Pilger - 2007-03-01 - Original post - cached version

In his latest article for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the remarkable servility of John Howard's government in Australia to the Bush administration - Howard is known as Bush's 'deputy sheriff' - and how this is eroding the country's freedoms.

John Pilger - 2007-02-15 - Original post - cached version

In a column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes another 'day of mourning' for the first inhabitants of his homeland, Australia, which for many whites remains a secret country behind the neo-conservative bluster of John Howard's government.

John Pilger - 2007-02-01 - Original post - cached version

In his latest piece for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes
American plans to attack Iran, possibly with nuclear weapons. Although
the majority of Americans voted last November to end the war in Iraq,
the Bush cabal remains undeterred by inspid protests from Democrats and...

John Pilger - 2007-01-19 - Original post - cached version

In an article for the Guardian, John Pilger returns to his homeland, Australia, and described the social regression of a once proud liberal democracy and says that the flag-waving "values" of the neo-con prime minister may be coming unstuck in Guantanamo Bay.

John Pilger - 2007-01-18 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the warnings of genocide in Gaza, and the suffering of 1.4 million Palestinians living a "life in a cage" as the world looks on.  He quotes Israeli journalist Amira Hass on the experience of her mother in a Nazi concentration camp...

John Pilger - 2006-12-07 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger reports an unprecedented study by three UK universities which found that, contrary to myth, 80 per cent of the media followed "the government line" on Iraq and only 12 per cent challenged it. He analyses the subtleties and insidious nature...

John Pilger - 2006-11-09 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger wonders why Saddam should be alone in the dock. Surely, those who aided and abetted his crimes, and were accomplices in other great crimes committed against the Iraqi people, should be prosecuted, too.

John Pilger - 2006-11-06 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes how the distintegration of real and mythical
democracy in the United States influences British politics under Tony
Blair, such as the reduction of Parliament to a 'craven talking shop'
and the promotion of war and 'thoughtcrimes'.

John Pilger - 2006-10-12 - Original post - cached version

As the news reveals a study that puts civilian deaths in Iraq at 655,000, John Pilger recalls the words of a song by the great Chilean balladeer, Victor Jara, to describe those who see themselves as rational and liberal are, in fact, complicit in an unrecognised crime.

John Pilger - 2006-09-14 - Original post - cached version

In an article for the Guardian, timed with a season of his own
documentaries at the Barbican, John Pilger pays tribute to 'that most
powerful and subversive medium, the political documentary' - 'at its
best, fearless, and able to show the politically unpalatable and to make...

John Pilger - 2006-09-14 - Original post - cached version

In the latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes how the obvious becomes invisible in today's mainstream news agenda. The news that doesn't make the front pages or the BBC bulletins is 'slow news'. For example, the resistance to foreign power by the Palestinians, ordinary Iraqis...

John Pilger - 2006-09-11 - Original post - cached version

As he launches a season of his films, John Pilger argues that, in
the age of Big Brother, television is no longer nurturing challenging
documentary-makers. 

John Pilger - 2006-08-30 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger reaches behind the news of war and suffering and is inspired by the rise of popular resistance throughout the world: from Lebanon to Latin America, to an unprecedented level of political awareness in Britain.

John Pilger - 2006-08-17 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger writes about the the alleged plot to blow up airliners flying from London and says that "unimaginable mass murder" has already taken place - in Iraq - and that the real threat the British face is in Downing Street.

John Pilger - 2006-07-27 - Original post - cached version

The National Museum of American History is part of the celebrated Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Surrounded by mock Graeco-Roman edifices with their soaring Corinthian columns, rampant eagles and chiselled profundities, it is at the centre of Empire, though the word itself is...

John Pilger - 2006-07-13 - Original post - cached version

Members of the flexible workforce might find a lesson in the dockers' fight against casualisation.

John Pilger - 2006-06-22 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the latest phase of East Timor's struggle for independence, which, in the 1990s, he went undercover to report. One of the world's newest and poorest states now faces the overweening power of its vast neighour, Australia. Once...

John Pilger - 2006-06-15 - Original post - cached version

In a cover piece for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes how the US and Israel have finally resolved the problem of the Palestinians, who voted for the "wrong" government. They are to starve them while missiles are fired at their homes and picnickers on a beach.

John Pilger - 2006-06-01 - Original post - cached version

Blair makes much of 'humanitarian values' but sells arms to Indonesia which are used against East Timor.

John Pilger - 2006-05-29 - Original post - cached version

The Indian Ocean paradise of Diego Garcia was once home to more than
a thousand contented British subjects. In 1966, Harold Wilson's
government sold it to the US in a secret, illegal deal and terrorised
the population into leaving.

John Pilger - 2006-05-24 - Original post - cached version

The long, wide, bleak streets of cobblestones and tufts of petrified
grass reach for the sacred mountain Illimani, whose pyramid of snow is
like a watchtower.

John Pilger - 2006-05-13 - Original post - cached version

Venezuela's president is using oil revenues to liberate the poor -
no wonder his enemies want to overthrow him, writes John Pilger in the
Guardian.

John Pilger - 2006-05-04 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the the difference between Iraq as seen on the corporate news and the real news, such as the return of US-trained and armed death squads, reminiscent of Central America and Vietnam.

John Pilger - 2006-04-24 - Original post - cached version

Censorship by journalism is virulent in Britain and the US - and it means the difference between life and death for people in faraway countries.

John Pilger - 2006-04-13 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes how a bill passing through the British parliament will undermine centuries-old concepts of freedom and human rights - democracy itself.

John Pilger - 2006-03-23 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes a kind of war lover and war salesman (and woman) very different from the 'almost endearing fools' he has met in real wars.

John Pilger - 2006-03-09 - Original post - cached version

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes how the terrible history of East Timor is repeating itself in nearby West Papua, another stolen resource-rich province of Indonesia, whose notorious army is again colluding with the West.

John Pilger - 2006-02-28 - Original post - cached version

Writing in the New Statesman, John Pilger's second dispatch from
Australia, his homeland, describes how the neo-conservative government
of John Howard has set out to change the basic culture of Australian
society.

John Pilger - 2006-02-10 - Original post - cached version

In a cover article for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the headlong rush by the United States, aided by Britain, to attack Iran. Like the attack on Iraq, there is a secret agenda.

John Pilger - 2006-01-23 - Original post - cached version

Behind the glamour of Australian sport, black footballers, including whole teams, are often dead before 40, writes John Pilger.

John Pilger - 2006-01-09 - Original post - cached version

The rights of ordinary people to speak out against an unjust war and atrocities unleashed in their name are being crushed. Fascism is at the door. Who else, asks John Pilger, will fight it?

John Pilger - 2005-11-28 - Original post - cached version

The Indian writer Vandana Shiva has called for an "insurrection of subjugated knowledge". The insurrection is well under way. In trying to make sense of a dangerous world, millions of people are turning away from the conventional sources of news and information and to the world wide web,...

John Pilger - 2005-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Latin Americans have spent the past few years finding their voices.
Now they may have the strength to defy their northern neighbour.

John Pilger - 2005-10-31 - Original post - cached version

An RAF officer is about to be tried before a military court for refusing to return to Iraq because the war is illegal.

John Pilger - 2005-10-17 - Original post - cached version

When journalists report propaganda instead of the truth, the consequences can be catastrophic - as one largely forgotten instance demonstrates.

John Pilger - 2005-10-03 - Original post - cached version

Is there to be no honest accounting for the events in Basra? Do we simply accept John Reid's customary arrogance?

John Pilger - 2005-09-19 - Original post - cached version

The destruction caused by Katrina has enabled us to glimpse realities that are usually carefully hidden away. And what we discover is that New Orleans and Baghdad are not so far apart.

John Pilger - 2005-08-08 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger explains how the legacy of the International Brigades helps us understand not only the nature of fascism, but that even those who are not fascists have similar goals.

John Pilger - 2005-07-25 - Original post - cached version

The senseless repercussions of interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine demand that we renew our anger at our leaders. Our troops must come home. We owe it to all those who died in London on 7 July.

John Pilger - 2005-07-19 - Original post - cached version

At an extraordinary memorial event in London for the International
Brigades who went to the aid of the Spanish people in the late 1930s,
John Pilger paid tribute to the 'brigaders'.

John Pilger - 2005-07-11 - Original post - cached version

In the orgy of summit coverage something has been overlooked: the two men at the heart of it, telling us how the world should be run, are the men responsible for Fallujah and Abu Ghraib.

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