Why the Oscars are a Con

This year’s Oscar nominations are a parade of propaganda, stereotypes and downright dishonesty. The dominant theme is as old as Hollywood: America’s divine right to invade other societies, steal their history and occupy our memory

Normalising the Crime of the Century

John Pilger reflects on how Tony Blair and his cronies paved the way for the invasion of Iraq and how the corporate media assisted

War is peace. Ignorance is strength

Barack Obama, the winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace prize, has approved a military budget exceeding that of any year since the end of the Second World War while presiding over a new kind of domestic repression

The Lying Game

John Pilger compares the current drum-beating for war against Iran with how Saddam Hussien’s fabled Weapons of Mass Destruction led to the invasion of Iraq and the deaths of 1.3 million people

Iran’s nuclear threat is a lie

Iran’s crime is its independence. Having thrown out America’s favourite tyrant, Shah Reza Pahlavi, Iran remains the only resource-rich Muslim state beyond US control

Lockerbie: Megrahi Was Framed

The theater of lies and hypocrisy over the release of the so-called Lockerbie bomber reveals much about the political and media class on both sides of the Atlantic

Obama is a “Corporate marketing creation”

John Pilger’s brief, incisive and penetrating assessment

Smile on the Face of the Tiger

Obama presents a benign, seductive, even celebrity face to American power, which can then proceed towards its strategic goal of dominance, regardless of the wishes of the rest of humanity

Britain: the depth of corruption

John Pilger describes how the current scandal involing British MPs’ tax evasion is the latest example of a deeper, more widespread culture of deceit

The diplomacy of lying

Obama’s job is to present a benign, even progressive face that will revive America’s democratic pretensions, internationally and domestically, while ensuring nothing of substance changes

Don’t Forget Yugoslavia

All that was hidden shall be revealed, it is said, and the secrets of the war in Yugoslavia are finally emerging: telling us more about how the modern world is really run

In the great tradition, Obama is a Hawk

Truly historic moments have been fabricated around US presidential campaigns for as long as I can recall, writes John Pilger. Race, gender and even body language have all been subsumed by marketing and “image-making”. Barack Obama is no different

From triumph to torture

Israel’s treatment of an award-winning young Palestinian journalist is part of a terrible pattern

Bringing Down The New Berlin Walls

Israel has tried every kind of blockade: the denial of electricity for water and sewage pumps, incubators and dialysis machines and the denial of fuel and food. This has been accompanied by the droning, insincere, incessant voices of the western media

How the Anglo-American elite shares its ‘values’

John Pilger looks at the British-American Project for the Successor Generation, a little known organisation dedicated to promoting “shared values” through its members working in politics, the defence establishment and the media

How Truth Slips Down the Memory Hole

It is 80 years since Edward Bernays, the father of public relations, predicted a pervasive “invisible government” of corporate spin, suppression and silence as the true ruling power in the United States. That is true today on both sides of the Atlantic

The New Rulers of the World

John Pilger reports from Indonesia, a country where the old imperialism meets the new

Children of the dust

As the Israeli army attempts to imprison an entire nation, it is the youngest who suffer most. Half of all Palestinians killed in the past six years are children

Iran may be the greatest crisis of modern times

We are being led towards perhaps the most serious crisis in modern history as the Bush-Cheney-Blair “long war” edges closer to Iran, writes John Pilger

Iran: The War Begins

As opposition grows in America to the failed Iraq adventure, the Bush administration is preparing public opinion for an attack on Iran, its latest target, by the spring