john pilger

john pilger

intro’d to John via utopia (via thoughtmaybe) – trailer:

then watched breaking australia’s silence

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the war you don’t see (found on John’s site):

first world war, 16 million died, 21 million wounded.. at height of carnage prime minister of great britain, david loyd george had conversation with head of guardian, cp scott… –

if people really knew the truth, the war would be stopped tomorrow.. but of course they won’t know and can’t know.

edward bernaise invented the term: public relations – the intelligent manipulation of the masses is an invisible govt which is the true power

first propaganda – let’s scare the hell out of people.. not about facts anymore.. facts don’t matter.. about bending the will of people

he got women to start smoking as a symbol of the new emancipated woman

6 min – 2003 – iraq – illusions of hussain connected to 9-11

8 min – shock and awe – to convince people

new word – embedding – reporters embedded (means you give military/govt full control of where you go and what you see and what you report)

41 min – nam


problem with embedded journalism.. all you’re seeing is viewpoint of tro0ps.. never the civilians

46 min – during ww1 – 10% of deaths were civilian, ww2 – 50%, nam – 70%, iraq – 90% – the killing of civilians and wilfully causing great suffering is a war crime – fourth geneva convention – 1949

54 min – 1 million people killed in invasion of iraq – not allowed in our (talking britain) memory

1990s blockade to iraq – 1/2 million deaths under age of 5 result of that


59 min – govt is an information machines… our words weren’t questioned and if they were – we would freeze them out… from benefits and from further reporting

1:02 – israel and palestine


Obama – against war – yet most money on war – hasn’t ended – and most prosecution on whistelblowers

1:17 – money and money making at the heart of war and getting worse – Julian

1:34 – propaganda relies on us.. the voice of people not power

Jeremy Scahill

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John Pilger on CIA torture – dec 2014

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Logan Symposium – 5th Dec 2014

16 min – 1977 – more than 400 journalists and news executives work for the cia

agents of people not power

it’s time they knew

Ed Snowden

Julian Assange


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his site:

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John Richard Pilger (born 9 October 1939) is an Australian-British journalist based in London. Pilger has lived in the United Kingdom since 1962.

Since his early years as correspondent in the Vietnam War, Pilger has been a strong critic of American and British foreign policy, which he considers to be driven by an imperialist agenda. The practices of the mainstream media have also been a theme in his work.

His career as a documentary film maker began with The Quiet Mutiny (1970), made during one of his visits to Vietnam, and has continued with over fifty documentaries since then. Other works in this form includeYear Zero (1979), about the aftermath of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, and Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy (1993). Pilger has long criticised his native country’s treatment of indigenous Australiansand has made many documentary films on this subject including The Secret Country (1985) and Utopia(2013). In the British print media, he has had a long association with the Daily Mirror, and wrote a regular column for the New Statesman magazine from 1991 to 2014.


  • Noam Chomsky said of Pilger: “John Pilger’s work has been a beacon of light in often dark times. The realities he has brought to light have been a revelation, over and over again, and his courage and insight a constant inspiration.”


oct 1 2015 – the revolutionary act of telling the truth:

As in the 1930s, big lies are delivered with the regularity of a metronome. Muslims are bad. Saudi bigots are good. ISIS bigots are bad. Russia is always bad. China is getting bad. Bombing Syria is good. Corrupt banks are good. Corrupt debt is good. Poverty is good. War is normal.


The book I am launching tonight, The WikiLeaks Files, is an antidote to a fascism that never speaks its name.


it says that we need not accept these the daily lies. We need not remain silent. Or as Bob Marley once sang: “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”


To the rulers of the world in Washington and Europe, Syria’s true crime is not the oppressive nature of its government but its independence from American and Israeli power – just as Iran’s true crime is its independence, and Russia’s true crime is its independence, and China’s true crime is its independence. In an American-owned world, independence is intolerable.


march 2016 – a world war has begun.. break the silence


2012 – doc.. john pilger: real journalism.. via aljazeera

if govts won’t help them.. why can’t they leave them alone

since 1945 the us has attempted to overthrow 50 govts many of them democracies in process.. 30 countries have been attacked and bombed causing loss of countless lives

4 min – my interest in journalism.. started at age 10.. i delivered papers.. and i loved it.. the newspapers.. the romance of papers.. then hs in sydney.. with a friend.. i started a paper.. called .. the messenger

then from hs to apprentice as cadet journalist.. 3-4 yrs learning craft of journalism

60s.. type of journalism i wanted to do emerged.. i was allowed to travel the world and report about its changes.. first assignment: youth in action.. finding young volunteers that were helping people

6 min – traveling gave me a sense of the world.. and a sense of the divisions in the world..

7 min – journalism often goes for people at the top.. i feel it should go for people.. if not at the bottom.. just people.. generally..

8 min – i try to give a sense of the way power works by starting with specific ie’s of the lives of ord people and how that power is imposed on them

9 min – my first film – the quiet mutiny.. (on nam) intro’d me to the effect of tv.. because all hell broke lose after than film..

11 min – there is something really absurd about wars.. they don’t have a logic.. they take on this momentum.. this craziness of their own

i believe words should be used.. the kind of words that are consciously not used in so called mainstream reporting.. such as the word: imperialist.. war on terror perfect ie of imperialism.. which war on terror.. most terror is state terror..

14 min – i think journalism is essentially about humanity.. it’s about memory.. ensuring that we don’t forget.. and that has always interested me.. to go after (rather than before) the story.. that’s where truths are to be found

17 min – if anyone needs any convincing about palestine.. they should just go visit a checkpoint.. any checkpoint..

18 min – politics is a major ie of the word we didn’t have 20 odd years ago and that’s marketing.. obama is a complete creation of marketing.. he’s a brilliant marketing exercise…

19 min – edward bernays: public relations and or marketing is an invisible govt.. when people understand the nature of that invisible govt they’ll really will understand more about how power works

basic question..what do we ask/demand of powerful govts.. in relation to middle east.. that they get out of other people’s countries..

21 min – in iraq.. almost 10 yrs of extraordinary isolation .. imposed by un and enforced by america and britain.. have killed more people than the two atomic bombs dropped on japan.. including 1/2 mill children..

22 min – iraq’s problem was it’s independence.. and that’s intolerable..

sometimes.. objectivity is used.. but very little has to do with truth.. rather propaganda.. i think you can be objective… there’s not point in not be.. you can’t be objective as far as injustice is.. you can’t be..

23 min – as long as journalists keep reminding themselves.. that they are there really to rep their viewers/readers/listeners.. not the people who seek to control them.. then i think you have real journalism..

24 min – truth is a difficult word.. there are many truths and many versions of the truth… the truth is there.. many truths.. you’ve got to find it and report it..


Important comments by @johnpilger on @guardian:
‘My written journalism is no longer welcome in the Guardian which, three years ago, got rid of people like me in pretty much a purge of those who really were saying what the Guardian no longer says any more.’

Original Tweet:

the public arena has been so appropriate by invested interests.. whistle blowers are the heroes of our time



from john pilger

John Pilger (@johnpilger) tweeted at 5:09 AM – 3 Sep 2018 :
As one who reported the American assault on Vietnam, its atrocities and deceit, and the heroism of its defenders, including the young often all-women anti-aircraft crews that brought down the likes of John McCain, I recommend the following piece: (

she recast Vietnam, America’s most brutal and barbaric war, as a noble fight “for the life and liberty of other people’s in other lands”.


war on nhs (doc)

John Pilger (@johnpilger) tweeted at 3:20 AM on Sun, Aug 23, 2020:
My film, The Dirty War on the NHS, is now available to watch, free – First broadcast last December, it foretold the willful disabling and privatising of Britain’s pioneering health service, leaving it unable to cope with Covid. And this vandalism goes on.

105 min video:

patient dumping – to get somebody out to get somebody in – a feature of the us healthcare system.. now arrived in britain

3 min – bob gill: from public service to profit.. multi trillion dollars

5 min – j: selling to private

9 min – people cutting costs to make profit.. often unknown to public.. private ambulances sent to emergencies.. (nhs posted on them) .. patients put at risk