Magazine article New Internationalist

Freedom Next Time

Magazine article New Internationalist

Freedom Next Time

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Books Freedom Next Time By John Pilgtr (Bantam Press ISBN 0593055535)

The wider perspective of world history, and the recycled lies it can reveal, is scarcely visible in the mainstream media. John Pilger is a rare beacon. And the longer he keeps writing the more he can draw on his rich personal experience, which reaches back to Vietnam and beyond.

He looks 'the true consequences of modern imperial power' in the eye. But his greatest gift is for taking the reader into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people, conveying in this book once again the feel and look of places as distinctive as South Africa, India, Palestine and Afghanistan. Among contemporary writers, perhaps only he could weave from the story of the Chagos Islanders a compelling and deeply lamentable allegory of our times.

It is this quality, even more than the meticulously scoured archives or excruciating official interviews - a brief encounter with the toupee of US diplomat John Bolton is a classic of its kind - that keeps John Pilger's voice fresh and free from the pitfalls of self-referential reporting. …

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