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Articles by John Pilger
Bring Julian Assange Home
John Pilger · The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy. The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have an historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history...
Why the Documentary Must Not Be Allowed to Die
John Pilger · I first understood the power of the documentary during the editing of my first film, The Quiet Mutiny. In the commentary, I make reference to a chicken, which my crew and I encountered while on patrol with American soldiers in...
Terror In Britain: What Did The Prime Minister Know?
John Pilger · The unsayable in Britain's general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign...
Getting Assange: the Untold Story
John Pilger · 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...
Bikini Was Just the Beginning, Bombs Still Threaten the Islanders
John Pilger · I was recently in the Marshall Islands, which lie in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, north of Australia and south of Hawaii. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, ‘Where is that?’ When I mention Bikini, their reference...
The Coming War on China
John Pilger · 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.
Inside the Invisible Government: John Pilger on War, Propaganda, Clinton and Trump
John Pilger · The American journalist, Edward Bernays, is often described as the man who invented modern propaganda. The nephew of Sigmund Freud, the pioneer of psycho-analysis, it was Bernays who coined the term “public relations” as a euphemism...
Why the British Said No to Europe
John Pilger · 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...
Silencing America as It Prepares for War
John Pilger · Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It...
A World War Has Begun - Break The Silence
John Pilger · I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, "Where is that?" If I offer a clue by referring to "Bikini", they say...
Australia's Day for Secrets, Flags and Cowards
John Pilger · On 26 January, one of the saddest days in human history will be celebrated in Australia. It will be "a day for families", say the newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch. Flags will be dispensed at street corners and displayed on funny hats...
Wikileaks vs. the Empire: the Revolutionary Act of Telling the Truth
John Pilger · George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” These are dark times, in which the propaganda of deceit touches all our lives. It is as if political reality has been privatised and...
The Problem of Greece Is Not Only a Tragedy. It Is a lie.
John Pilger · 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...
Why the Rise of Fascism Is Again the Issue
John Pilger · The US government has repeatedly lied to the public in order to wage war abroad, and control other nations and their resources. The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism...
War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda
John Pilger · 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...
John Pilger on ISIS: Only When We See the War Criminals In Our Midst Will the Blood Begin to Dry
John Pilger · In transmitting President Richard Nixon's orders for a "massive" bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, "Anything that flies on everything that moves".  As Barack Obama wages his seventh war against the Muslim world since he...
The Silent Military Coup that Took Over Washington
Dance on Thatcher's Grave, but Remember, There Has Been a Coup in Britain
John Pilger · 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...
The Real Invasion of Africa and Other Not-Made-for-Hollywood Holy Wars
John Pilger · The "Islamic terrorism" that is an excuse for the enduring theft of Africa's vast store of minerals was all but invented by US, Pakistani and British intelligence agencies, which created the mujahedin of al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
Never Forget That Bradley Manning, Not Gay Marriage, Is The Issue
John Pilger · In the week Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, he  ordered bombing attacks on Yemen, killing a reported 63 people, 28 of them children. When Obama recently announced he supported same-sex marriage, American planes had...
Flying the Flag, Faking the News
John Pilger · Edward Bernays, the American nephew of Sigmund Freud, is said to have invented modern propaganda. During the First World War, he was one of a group of influential liberals who mounted a secret government campaign to persuade reluctant...