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John Pilger: Western media has ‘worthy victims and unworthy victims’ + Israeli Truce to ‘Improve’ Killing Op by Finian Cunningham

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Destroyed buildings in Gaza

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with John Pilger

RT on Aug 2, 2014

Afshin Rattansi goes underground with filmmaker and author John Pilger as he challenges Western mainstream media spin. He warns that ‘to be informed by it is not an option’ because of censorship, omission and distortion of the facts. Whilst other stories overtake it, we find out the death toll in Libya is still rising. We discover why illegal immigrants were prevented from smuggling themselves OUT of Britain. We look at whether Cameron is privatising the NHS by selling it to doctors and nurses. And as the IDF offensive on Gaza continues, are media attitudes softening whilst those of the government harden?

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John Pilger: Countries Can Be Independent As Long As They Comply With The US, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

STOP THE WAR COALITION RALLY TRAFALGAR SQUARE.08.10.2011

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by Cindy Sheehan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
April 13, 2014

This week Cindy chats with journalist/filmmaker John Pilger about world events and his new film, Utopia.

Then young Angeleno revolutionary poet Matt Sedillo will perform one of his poems for us.

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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
johnpilger.com
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
johnpilger.com
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
johnpilger.com
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
johnpilger.com
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