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John Pilger – Sydney Peace Prize lecture

Last month Australian journalist John Pilger, recipient of the 2009 City of Sydney Peace Prize, delivered his prize address, The Great Australian Silence (transcript). Pilger focuses here on issues of both Australian and international import, from Iraq to Palestine and US foreign policy, to the Australian federal government’s racist intervention into remote Aboriginal communities. He calls for a breaking of media and public silence and for a peoples fifth estate as an alternative to our corporatist Murdochracies.  Also catch his most recent piece Normalising the Crime of the Century. The audio is embedded immediately after the video, which I’m told may have geographic restrictions.


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Read previous Sydney Peace Prize addresses posted at Reclaiming Space: 2003Dr Hanan Ashrawi; 2004Arundhati Roy; 2005Olara Otunnu; 2006Irene Khan; 2007Hans Blix; 2008Pat Dodson (video).

You can also watch the video above at ABC Fora.

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This entry was posted on 10 December, 2009 by in Audio, Australia, Media, US Foreign Policy, Video and tagged , , .

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"