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What Is the Ruckus Over AUKUS?

What Is the Ruckus Over AUKUS?

Earlier this month, the US, UK and Australia announced an unprecedented agreement to provide nuclear-powered submarines to the Australian Navy. The move provoked outrage from France, which had been negotiating the sale of conventionally-powered submarines to the Australians. French ire led to...

The Raucous Sound of AUKUS

The Raucous Sound of AUKUS

The European Union received a serious shock last week that confirmed the seismic shock it received a month ago when US President Joe Biden made good on his decision to unilaterally abandon the 20-year NATO military campaign in Afghanistan. France had a more specific reason to complain. As AP...

The Complex Role of Racism Within the Radical Right

The Complex Role of Racism Within the Radical Right

Several political parties and governments around the world have centered their commitment to countering the radical right on tackling hate and racism. The most recent example was the announcement by the German cabinet in late 2020 to spend €1 billion ($1.2 billion) for a four-year program on...

Is Realism in Foreign Policy Realistic?

Is Realism in Foreign Policy Realistic?

The year 2020 has understandably been a time of deep confusion in the world of diplomacy, marked by the parallel phenomena of a Donald Trump presidency that may come to an end in January 2021 and the ongoing global curse of COVID-19. Those factors and other more local ones — such as yet another...

Australia’s Treatment of Aboriginal People is Its Dirty Secret

Australia’s Treatment of Aboriginal People is Its Dirty Secret

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 Rape of East Timor

The Rape of East Timor

East Timor won its independence in 1999 with the blood and courage of its people. But the tiny democracy was then bullied by Australia, says John Pilger. Secret documents found in the Australian National Archives provide a glimpse of how one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century was...

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The Muslim Woman Who Fights Like a Man

The Muslim Woman Who Fights Like a Man

An Australian boxer talks to Maria Khwaja Bazi about being a Muslim woman and someone from an ethnic background. Bianca “Bam Bam” Elmir is dressed in a sky blue shirt, squished on a Skype screen on an early morning in Melbourne. Although she is half a world away, her energy is evident even...

The Death Penalty is “Cruel and Unnecessary”

The Death Penalty is “Cruel and Unnecessary”

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

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

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...

Australia Wages War On Its Own People

Australia Wages War On Its Own People

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...

Is Homelessness a Free Choice?

Is Homelessness a Free Choice?

Describing homelessness as a choice helps gain a sense of control over not only the circumstances, but the identity of the homeless. In 2012, we set out to unpack some of the contexts and circumstances that situate and make meaningful the espoused choices to be homeless that people make. To this...

How America and Britain Crushed the Government of an “Ally”

How America and Britain Crushed the Government of an “Ally”

John Pilger marks the death of Gough Whitlam with the one story missing from “tributes” to a man whose political demise is one of America's dirtiest secrets. Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister, Gough...

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