Are Theresa May’s Brexit Hopes Farfetched?

January 23, 2017

In a sudden move to pin all of the UK’s post-Brexit hopes on America’s mercurial strongman, does Theresa May know what she is getting herself into? In her long-awaited speech on January 17, British Prime Minister Theresa May finally clarified the phrase “Brexit means Brexit.” Despite...

Australia’s Treatment of Aboriginal People is Its Dirty Secret

April 09, 2016

There is a criminal silence around Australia’s treatment of its indigenous people. I had a call from Rosalie Kunnoth-Monks the other day. Rosalie is an elder of the Arrernte-Alyawarra people who lives in Utopia—a vast and remote region in the "red heart" of Australia. The nearest town is...

The World This Week: Is Global Recession Around the Corner?

September 19, 2015

The Fed does not raise interest rates and sends shivers down markets as the risk of a global recession becomes real. Markets have tumbled after the US Federal Reserve (Fed) decided not to raise interest rates on September 17. It declared that “recent global economic and financial developments...

Let’s Not Forget Our Own Extremism

June 25, 2015

To deem behavior or opinion as extremist depends on a particular point of view. In January, a million people gathered behind world leaders who elbowed each other to be out in front of a “Je Suis Charlie” banner. When normality does not sell, as Vincente del Bosque puts it, elites cut out an...

The Death Penalty is “Cruel and Unnecessary”

May 04, 2015

When it comes to the complex disputes surrounding capital punishment, it is important to avoid moral fallacies. It is a messy situation. After months of haggling, eight inmates sentenced to death over drug trafficking were executed by a firing squad in Indonesia on April 28. As two of the...

The Message of Anzac: Put Out More Flags or Shut Up

May 03, 2015

Australia, a nation without enemies, is now spending $28 billion a year on the military and war, says John Pilger. Following a week in Australia in which the words “heroes” and “heroism” bobbed on a tsunami of raw propaganda, a tribute is due to two unrecognized heroes. The first is Ray...

The World This Week: Baltimore Burns and Japan Says Sorry

May 01, 2015

Dominant narratives ignore African Americans, Germans, the weak and the meek. Far too often, history is mythology and news is fiction. Dominant elites construct narratives in which they fight with honor and valor for truth and justice against devious and deadly foes to create a safe and just...

Australia Wages War On Its Own People

April 29, 2015

John Pilger argues that indigenous rights are once again being exploited in Australia. Australia has again declared war on its indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where...

From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything That Flies on Everything That Moves”

October 10, 2014

Western policies vis-à-vis Cambodia, Iraq and now Syria only help strengthen the extremist cause. 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...

War, Circus and Injustice Down Under

September 23, 2014

John Pilger reports on how Tony Abbott staged a political circus in the indigenous outback while “proving” himself as a war leader. There are times when farce and living caricature almost consume the cynicism and mendacity in the daily life of Australia's rulers. Across the front pages is a...

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