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The Courage of Bradley Manning Will Inspire Others To Seize Their Moment of Truth By John Pilger

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by John Pilger
johnpilger.com
8 August 2013

10 prosecute warmongers

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The critical moment in the political trial of the century was on 28 February when Bradley Manning stood and explained why he had risked his life to leak tens of thousands of official files. It was a statement of morality, conscience and truth: the very qualities that distinguish human beings. This was not deemed mainstream news in America; and were it not for Alexa O’Brien, an independent freelance journalist, Manning’s voice would have been silenced. Working through the night, she transcribed and released his every word. It is a rare, revealing document.

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Australia’s Election Campaign Is Driven By A Barbarism That Dares Not Speak Its Name by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
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29 July 2013

Boat People

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The election campaign in Australia is being fought with the lives of men, women and children. Some drown, others are banished without hope to malarial camps. Children are incarcerated behind razor wire in conditions described as “a huge generator of mental illness”. This barbarism is considered a vote-winner by both the Australian government and opposition. Reminiscent of the closing of borders to Jews in the 1930s, it is smashing the façade of a society advertised as benign and lucky.

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How We Are Impoverished, Gentrified and Silenced – and What To Do About It by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
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25 July 2013

Rise up

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I have known my postman for more than 20 years. Conscientious and good-humoured, he is the embodiment of public service at its best. The other day, I asked him, “Why are you standing in front of each door like a soldier on parade?”

“New system,” he replied, “I am no longer required simply to post the letters through the door. I have to approach every door in a certain way and put the letters through in a certain way.”

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Forcing Down the Bolivian President’s Plane Was An Act of Piracy by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
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4 July 2013

ARRIBÓ DE PRESIDENTE RAFAEL CORREA A COCHABAMBA

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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 Leaks is Understanding the Rise of a New Fascism by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
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20 June 2013

Protect Free Speech Wikileaks = Pentagon Papers 2.0 HIP_322341551.339966

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In his book, ‘Propaganda’, published in 1928, Edward Bernays wrote:

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

The American nephew of Sigmund Freud, Bernays invented the term “public relations” as a euphemism for state propaganda. Continue reading

From Iraq, A Tragic Reminder to Prosecute the War Criminals by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
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27 May 2013

Doctor at Fallujah hospital

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The dust in Iraq rolls down the long roads that are the desert’s fingers. It gets in your eyes and nose and throat; it swirls in markets and school playgrounds, consuming children kicking a ball; and it carries, according to Dr. Jawad Al-Ali, “the seeds of our death”. An internationally respected cancer specialist at the Sadr Teaching Hospital in Basra, Dr. Ali told me that in 1999, and today his warning is irrefutable. “Before the Gulf war,” he said, “we had two or three cancer patients a month. -Now we have 30 to 35 dying every month. >

Hold the front page! We need free media, not an Order of Mates by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
http://johnpilger.com
9 May 2013

The other day, I stood outside the strangely silent building where I began life as a journalist. It is no longer the human warren that was Consolidated Press in Sydney, though ghosts still drink at the King’s Head pub nearby. As a cadet reporter, I might have walked on to the set of Lewis Milestone’s The Front Page. Men in red braces did shout, “Hold the front page”, and tilt back their felt hats and talk rapidly with a roll-your-own attached indefinitely to their lower lip. You could feel the presses rumbling beneath and smell the ink.

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Dance on Thatcher’s Grave, but Remember, There Has Been a Coup in Britain by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
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25 April 2013

Party @ Trafalgar Square

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In the wake of Thatcher’s departure, I remember her victims. Patrick Warby’s daughter, Marie, was one of them. Marie, aged five, suffered from a bowel deformity and needed a special diet. Without it, the pain was excruciating. Her father was a Durham miner and had used all his savings. It was winter 1985, the Great Strike was almost a year old and the family was destitute. Although her eligibility was not disputed, Marie was denied help by the Department of Social Security. Later, I obtained records of the case that showed Marie had been turned down because her father was “affected by a Trade dispute”.

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The New Propaganda Is Liberal. The New Slavery Is Digital. by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
http://johnpilger.com
14 March 2013

Unequal Media

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What is modern propaganda? For many, it is the lies of a totalitarian state. In the 1970s, I met Leni Riefenstahl and asked her about her epic films that glorified the Nazis. Using revolutionary camera and lighting techniques, she produced a documentary form that mesmerized Germans; her ‘Triumph of the Will’  cast Hitler’s spell.

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.

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Lies, Smokescreens and the Shameful Smearing of Julian Assange by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
Global Research
http://johnpilger.com
14 February 2013

Julian Assange Supporters outside the Ecuadorian Embassy

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Last December, I stood with supporters of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in the bitter cold outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Candles were lit; the faces were young and old and from all over the world. They were there to demonstrate their human solidarity with someone whose guts they admired. They were in no doubt about the importance of what Assange had revealed and achieved, and the grave dangers he now faced. Absent entirely were the lies, spite, jealousy, opportunism and pathetic animus of a few who claim the right to guard the limits of informed public debate.

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The real invasion of Africa is not news and a licence to lie is Hollywood’s gift by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
Global Research
http://johnpilger.com
January 30, 2013

A full-scale invasion of Africa is under way. The United States is deploying troops in 35 African countries, beginning with Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger. Reported by Associated Press on Christmas Day, this was missing from most Anglo-American media.

The invasion has almost nothing to do with “Islamism”, and almost everything to do with the acquisition of resources, notably minerals, and an accelerating rivalry with China. Unlike China, the US and its allies are prepared to use a degree of violence demonstrated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Palestine. Continue reading

The Omissions of “Mainstream” Journalism: “History in the Un-Making” by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
Global Research
http://johnpilger.com
5 December 2012

Project Censored: Important stories unreported or suppressed by the media most Americans watch or read.

In the week Lord Leveson published almost a million words about his inquiry into the “culture, practice and ethics” of Britain’s corporate press, two illuminating books about media and freedom were also published. Their contrast with the Punch and Judy show staged by Leveson is striking.

For 36 years, Project Censored, based in California, has documented critically important stories unreported or suppressed by the media most Americans watch or read. This year’s report is Censored 2013: Dispatches from the media revolution by Mickey Huff and Andy Lee Roth (Seven Stories Press). Continue reading

As Gaza is savaged again, understanding the BBC’s historical role is vital by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
Global Research
www.johnpilger.com
November 22, 2012

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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?”

The truth of this statement was equal to its irony. On 24 November, 1965, the BBC banned The War Game as “too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting”. This was false. The real reason was spelt out by the chairman of the BBC Board of Governors, Lord Normanbrook, in a secret letter to the Secretary to the Cabinet, Sir Burke Trend.

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John Pilger: The Media–Censorship By Omission

"LIES"

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Humanitarian Interventions Reframing The War On Terror

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The Political Trial of a Caring Man and the End of Justice in America by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
Global Research
www.johnpilger.com
November 7, 2012

I will never remain a refugee!

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In 1999, I travelled to Iraq with Denis Halliday who had resigned as assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations rather than enforce a punitive UN embargo on Iraq. Devised and policed by the United States and Britain, the extreme suffering caused by these “sanctions” included, according to Unicef, the deaths of half a million Iraqi infants under the age of five.

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