Magazine article New Internationalist

[Hidden Agendas]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Hidden Agendas]

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We are constantly informed by our bland, 'modernizing' leaders that all is for the best in our cosy, deregulated global market-place. Like a chorus of latter-day Dr Panglosses they tell us that a casualized, low-wage economy and crumbling, privatized infrastructure run for the profit of the few, are all that is on offer.

Well, like the boy in the crowd who saw what the Emperor's clothes were really made of, John Pilger is here to say it ain't so. From the democracy movement of Burma to the Liverpool dockers, the freedom fighters of East Timor to the shantytowns of South Africa's Eastern Cape, Pilger hears and reports the voices that are filtered out by consensual newsmaking. Names such as Jose Ramos-Horta and Bishop Bello, Aung San Suu Kyi and Mordechai Vanunu are rightly prominent, but they are not the only heroes here. Pilger's work celebrates and honours the resilience and courage of all those throughout the world whose solidarity and grassroots organization is, in Colin Ward's memorable phrase, 'the seed beneath the snow'. Ordinary people's determination to resist oppression and to 'speak the truth to power' is the dynamo that drives his passionate journalism. …

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