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99 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could it Be? Yes, It's Actual Journalism!!
Another reviewer said it best: Pilger is like Noam Chomsky, only he's a better writer. Exactly. Pilger's work is an inspiring blend of poingnant personal interviews, on-the-ground examination of "failed states," and laser-like analysis of the Orweillian spin machines of the New Imperialists. There really are sections of this book which will move you to tears.
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Published on January 11, 2003 by Jeremy Raymondjack

2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of complaining, no solutions.
I didn't generally find this book to be all that good. He does a lot of complaining yet never seems to propose any solutions. I think the irony is that he complains about the reporting of others and then seems to do a rather poor job himself. He manipulates and presents some half facts when he feels the need. A big part of the book is him writing what he assumes someones...
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99 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could it Be? Yes, It's Actual Journalism!!, January 11, 2003
Another reviewer said it best: Pilger is like Noam Chomsky, only he's a better writer. Exactly. Pilger's work is an inspiring blend of poingnant personal interviews, on-the-ground examination of "failed states," and laser-like analysis of the Orweillian spin machines of the New Imperialists. There really are sections of this book which will move you to tears.
It is a pathetic testament to the brain-dead nature of homo consumptus that anyone could actually accuse Pilger of "left-wing fundamentalism," or of being obsessed with imaginary conspiracies of the powerful. Clearly these are the ridiculous attestations of folks who get their "news" from corporate talking heads and radio imbeciles. When someone like Pilger comes along and actually does journalism (that is, actually GOES to the places that others only read off of Teleprompters about), the brutality that comes to light is profoundly disorienting. Such is the distance of the rich from the truth.
Please buy this book, especially for the section on Iraq. I defy anyone to read this chapter and then make a cogent case for attacking this country that has been decimated by war, dictatorship, and blockade. The violence of neo-imperial countries like the US and Britain can only survive if their citizens remain aloof and alienated from their brothers and sisters on the ground in the victim states. Pilgers's work explodes that complacency and ignorance. We need a hundred or even a thousand Pilgers.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable account of globalisation, December 23, 2003
This review is from: The New Rulers of the World (Paperback)
Pilger offers a detailed and well documented account of gross global injustices and their lingering implications. He explains the underlying causes of poverty and terrorism and asserts that imperialism constitutes the most dangerous threat to international peace and stability. After you finish reading this book you will learn that human lives are not equally important (for example, American lives are much more valuable than those of Afghanistan, Iraq etc). Consider one of the most cynical concepts ever coined- 'collateral damage' which implies that any means justify the end, that is, certain human lives may be sacrificed but only if these lives are not American. September 11 was a horrible tragedy, let there be no doubt about that. Nonetheless, countless tragedies occur every day in other parts of the world of which we hardly even hear, much due to mass media's extreme bias. The images of the two planes crashing into the Twin Towers have been permanently imprinted on our memory. In fact, there are not many people in the world who are not familiar with the September 11 attack. On the other hand, how many people know what happened in Srebrenica in 1995? How many people know or even care about the number of the victims killed (inadvertently or not) by unilateral U.S. interventions? How many people die in Iraq as a result of depleted uranium and the sanctions? These stories are considered to be of minor importance by the mainstream media and are rarely even accounted for in major newspapers. Clearly, some lives are more important than others. Pilger argues that only by eliminating poverty and oppression and by respecting human rights can we obliterate terrorism. If the world's only remaining superpower shows contempt for international law and treaties, can we expect others to abide by international laws? It would be extremely hypocritical to demand that others respect human rights while simultaneously displaying a flagrant disregard for all international laws. Pilger correctly points out that we have to practice what we preach; failure to do that is indicative of gross hypocrisy and cynicism. This book further exposes gross economic inequalities between the West and the Rest. You will further learn how the World Bank impedes the progress of the developing countries through the imposition of preposterous loan conditions. Not many people know that the U.S. collaborated with Saddam and even vetoed a U.N. resolution calling for a condemnation of Saddam's massacres against the Kurds. When it serves the U.S. strategic and economic interests then collaboration with a tyrant is justifiable. Discover why developing countries become increasingly poorer and how the wealth of the West is constantly increasing. No one seems to think that it is extremely unjust that an executive can make up to 100,000 dollar a month while a great number of people live below the poverty line and do not even have enough food to survive. In fact, did you know that people working for Nike and the Gap in Indonesia receive 1 U.S. dollar a day? Did you know that the working conditions of these people are gruesome? Their employers are apathetic and indifferent individuals who show a flagrant disregard for human suffering! We keep ignoring Pilger's truth at our own peril.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George Orwell said:, September 14, 2003
Dr Ivan Jakopovich (10040 Zagreb, Croatia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The New Rulers of the World (Paperback)
''During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.''
After the Iraqi invasion on Kuwait and the American intervention (the numbers shown in Congress say that at least 100,000 Iraqi soldiers were killed, whereas the toll of civilian casualties was not assessed), Iraq was denied equipment and professional help for decontamination of its battlefields, which resulted in a noticeable increase of malignant diseases. Under the influence and control of the US and Britain the United Nations Commission for sanctions prevented Iraq from being supplied with necessary medical devices and supplies, for example for chemotherapy, even the vaccines for diphtheria and yellow fever, under the pretense of Iraq using these preparations to produce chemical and other weapons (that is why the Iraqi pharmaceutical plants were destroyed). Due to this "dual weapon usage" even the nitrogen oxide that is used to stop bleeding during the Caesarian section was banned. Very few journalists from the West who were interested in this bear witness to children dieing due to lack of chemotherapy and anesthetics, not allowing using morphine to ease pain - that is why people have seen one little bottle of aspirin being divided among two hundred patients. John Pilger, who won the British prize for the Journalist of the Year twice, the French prize Reporters sans Frontiers and Emmy (to name only a few), writes on all these issues in his uncommonly illuminating and sobering book "The New Rulers of the World".
Being aware of the situation, two chief UN humanitarian relief coordinators for Iraq as well as the head of the World Food Program for Iraq submitted their letters of resignation. The latter one told that even she could no longer tolerate what was being done to the Iraqi people. The result of the sanctions is following: about 500,000 dead children, whereas 250,000 of them were under 5 years of age. If we add the grown ups, "the figure is now almost certainly well over a millionØ (in the words of Denis Halliday, one of the two former coordinators who had resigned). When in 1996 the US ambassador to the UN, Madame Madelaine Albright, was asked a question on the 60 Minutes show, whether the toll of 500,000 dead children was justified, she answered: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price - we think the price is worth it". And if we add to that a ban on sending parcels that contain children's clothing and toys to the relatives in Iraq, which was imposed by the Customs Service of Great Britain, and even a ban on sending books, it becomes clear that all these measures have only consolidated Saddam's dictatorship. All of this reminds us of the subjugation of Germany after World War I. The results are well known.
As it was the case with the talibans, Saddam's dictatorship regime has not always been America's and Britain's enemy. Back in 1963, when it became possible to nationalize the Iraq Petroleum Company, the foreign consortium that was exploiting the Iraqi oil, the CIA installed Saddam's political party the Ba'ath, according to the words of the party×s chief secretary. The American diplomacy refused to condemn Saddam's regime for using mustard gas and nerve gas against the Iranian soldiers and Kurdish civilians, although it was demanded on the part of human rights associations that provided evidence as well. He was given financial support during the invasion on Iran. Besides that, the American administration has supported the genocide on the Kurds (in Iraq and Turkey) and Palestinians, both directly and indirectly. Opposite to the popular opinion, the al-Qa'ida training camps "were kindergartens compared with the world's leading university of terrorism at Fort Benning, Georgia" (Pilger). "Around 60,000 Latin American soldiers, police officers, paramilitary units members and intelligence officers have been trained there". Two thirds of military officers, who were responsible for the heinous crimes in El Salvador, were trained in Fort Benning. The students of this military school were leading death squadrons, military juntas and concentration camps for example in Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Grenada, thus making the American administration happy, for it supported these actions directly, introducing the expression "desaparecidos" into the Latin American folklore. As the former State Department official, Mr. William Blum, who is now one of the greatest critics of the American politics, says, the US had bombed 21 states after the World War II, whereas the largest intervention in Vietnam took 58,000 American and 4 million Vietnamese lives. With regards to the scale of bloodshed, they have competition from the Korean War, during which (according to the conservative estimates) approximately 3 million people were killed. Prominent position in this matter holds also the support for the coup and corporate taking over of power in Indonesia 1965-68 (million fatalities), but the holocaust in Cambodia 1969-70 (600,000 peasants killed in the US bombardment) just as well, which was carried out ØsecretlyØ and was not covered by mass media. The way was paved for the demented Khmer Rouge to come up through the front door. In neighbouring Laos, thirty years after the American testing of cluster bombs that scatter 160 clusters around, they "go on killing or mutilating approximately 20,000 people yearly".
The US is still among the countries that have not ratified the international agreement on land mines, the agreement on banning chemical and biological weapons, the agreement on the International War Crime Tribunal, the Convention on children's rights, the decisions of the International Labor Organization, the Kyoto Protocol etc. etc.
"The Congress investigation discovered in 1992 that Bush senior and his counsellors ordered a hush-up of the illegal weapon supplies through third countries" (Pilger). The documentation (that can be found in the Library of Congress) on smuggling of biological weapons to Iraq was mentioned in the Senate report from 1994: anthrax that was cultivated in a company in Maryland (under the license of the Department of Commerce and the permission of the State Department) and in a British state laboratory Porton Down. The slogan "business first" takes on additional meaning, if we bear in mind that America and Britain supplied both sides with weapons during the war between Iraq and Iran in 1980-90. After the Gulf war the selling of the American weapons was increased by 64 percent. That "business as usual" is also to be expected in the future shows the information that thirty two highest officials of Bush's administration used to be executives, counsellors or major share holders in the weapon industry (Source: Arms Trade Resource Center). The rest of the players are oil businessmen, whereas many industry branches are often united and represented by one powerful man - a rich share holder and/or a lobbyist - as it is the case with the vice president Dick Cheney, the representative of the petroleum elite, whose former working place, military company Halliburton, recently closed a ten-year-contract with the government in the "war against terrorism".
The war is a desperately needed financial boost for the economic system, because the legendary military industrial complex makes the third of the American economy and is the strongest lobby besides the oil one, with which it interwines. The USA spends over 400 billion dollars on army and weapons yearly, which is half of the overall allocations of the world in this respect. Even Blair's war enthusiasm becomes much clearer when we know that when it comes to the size Britain's war industry is second largest, after the American one. Their greatest buyer is Saudi Arabia, the most extreme Islamic regime in the world. The other customers are mutually opposed India and Pakistan, and Britain was providing the Indonesian genocide makers in East Timor for twenty years.
The US Senate passed an executive order in 2000 on the 75 million dollars aid for the poorest countries in the world, which is one tenth of the price of a B 52 bomber. The same order appropriated 1,3 billion dollars for the Columbian army which is one of the worst violators of human rights in the world, as Pilger states in his book.
The renowned economist Ernest Mandel wrote once that every 4 years there is a World War that is being waged against children.International organizations such as the UN or the World Resources Institute state that 13 to 18 million children die of starvation yearly or rather 35,000 children daily, which means one child every two seconds. True pacifists should know that there can be no peace in the world while injustice and greed are blooming, and empty phrases on "democracy" are being made.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Anaesthetic....., December 19, 2005
This review is from: The New Rulers of the World (Paperback)
While much has been said to laud Pilger's book already, I would have to add my own praise for it. Despite that fact that "The New Rulers of the World" takes to one's preconceptions with something akin to a tactical nuke, rather than a scalpel, the book is well researched and definitely well-written. Pilger not only does journalism, but does it with flair and style.

The already mentioned accusations of being a "left-wing fundamentalist" have also been something I have heard with Pilger's name in the same sentence. I would also agree that it is merely a convenient excuse for those who do not wish to really address the issues that Pilger raises, and those issues are many.

Pilger uses extensive notes and referencing, so you can easily check up on him. For instance, he made some very large claims about civilian deaths in Iraq causes by United Nations sanction. Myself, not believing that such an enlightened organisation from a "civilised" world could be guilty of such things, decided to check the United Nations website Pilger gave. He was not wrong, even by the U.N.'s accounting. At times, he mentions things that were stated in interviews that he carried out, but these are quite rare, and certainly not often enough to detract from his case.

After reading this book, I was fairly despondent. This is not a "feel good" book with a happy ending. This is a book that will smash your face in. It is not gentle. With a focus on human rights and other issues, Pilger has given us an excellent book and excellent journalism.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying and shaming, September 18, 2005
R. Spottiswood (Western Australia) - See all my reviews
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The theme of this book is revealing the Orwellian nature of our leading politicians: they condemn in public a type of crime which they are committing in secret. The first three chapters are about the words and actions of the British and American Governments. Chapter 1 is about Indonesia and its economic success. It charts how Suharto took over with a bloodbath, supplied with hit lists by the Americans. He was sustained in power by weapons sold to him by Britain and America. He was praised for his economic wisdom while he plundered the country, eventually leading to its bankruptcy and his overthrow. Chapter 2 is about Iraq, mass murder and weapons of mass destruction. It states that America and Britain have committed genocide in Iraq. These are not Pilger's words, but the statements of UN officials charged with distributing food and medical aid, as they resigned from their positions in protest. He documents how America and Britain denied the most basic of supplies to Iraq, and how their claims to the contrary are remarkably feeble lies. He uses the infamous statement by Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State to Clinton, who said the price was worth it when specifically asked about the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children by American sanctions. Through Pilger's words you meet some of those children, and it becomes impossible not to understand and mourn their deaths. Chapter 3 is mainly about the arms trade. Blair is quoted as saying that the way to stop terrorism is to stop the supply of arms. Pilger documents, as he has done before, that America and Britain remain the world's biggest suppliers of arms, and that when the forces of military dictators shoot civilians, they are usually doing it with American and British weapons.

Chapter 4 is about Australia. Pilger collects the evidence about the true state of race relations here: Australia as two nations, a white, healthy first world country, and a black third world group with among other things horrific medical neglect by the government. It started with colonisation by genocide, just as in America, with one difference so far: Americans have acknowledged it and Australians have not. There is an earlier review in which Pilger's accuracy and honesty are challenged based on the half dozen pages he writes about Israel, though the writer does not actually refute anything Pilger has said. One of the very first things I discovered when my family moved here was that Australians are racist, and the depths of it I have discovered since have astonished me. I believe Pilger, in this matter and the others, because I know the truth of much of what he writes from other sources, my own research and simply watching Australian politicians operate.

This is excellently written, it is compelling, and it is accurate. The second and fourth chapters individually are worth the price of the book.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from John Pilger, August 31, 2002
G. Miller (Berlin Deutschland) - See all my reviews
Relevant to anyone who's ever read a newspaper. Another truly great book from John Pilger, and perhaps his most accesible. He builds a bridge between the rhetoric and euphemisms we read or hear in the media each day, and the experiences of those who are at the receiving end of our 'moral crusades', our 'defence of civilised values', etc. He does this by telling the stories of ordinary people he has met on his visits to the countries he writes about.
He visits Iraq gives a picture of the effects of sanctions and bombings on people whose are almost unmentionable in mainstream media.
A chapter on Indonesia (The Model Pupil) describes a nation's transformation from independence and democracy into the kind of state that fits the globalisation ideal.
A chapter (The Great Game) deals specifically with globalisation - history, theory and practice.
A chapter on Australia deals with the heroic stuggle of aboriginal people and the treatment of refugees......For me as an Australian, it's a shock to realise that Pilger is using the example of the openly racist and beligerant attitudes of Australian politicians to show the essentially imperialist arrogance and indifference buried in the psyche of the 'civilised world'. - Our unwillingness to recognise human rights as belonging to all human beings.
His analyses are always clear and well researched. Interstingly his sources are often those that his opponents would find difficult to quibble with - UN reports, The New York Times and government press releases. (The information, for example, that George Bush Snr is still employed as a consultant to the bin Laden family, comes from the Wall Street Journal.)
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62 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality, June 29, 2002
"ark5617" (Sydney, NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
This book is an excruciating yet extrodinary journey. It concisely documents the lengths at which governments and economic entities will go towards maintaining their dominance. Well researched and backed up by credible sources including high level CIA and UN personnel, it presents an in depth account on how the western powers divided up Indonesia and the genocide that has taken place (still is) in Iraq, amongst other tragic realities.
John Pilger must be commended for his work.
My only concern is that most people will sucumb to denial and lack the courage to read it.
Highly recommend.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Rule for the Big Boys...., November 6, 2003
This review is from: The New Rulers of the World (Paperback)
John Pilger details in four case study essays, the means by which the strongest western nations hold life and death powers over millions living in the world, and how those powers, through a mixture a of corporate, military, and state "Imperialism" are routinely misused when it's one rule for the "big boys", and another rule for the rest.
Essay one retraces Indonesia's bloody initiation into the global corporate market through the western support of it's murderous dictator, General Suharto, who, after taking control, literally opened the gates to the flood of corporations who took control of the country's vast resources. Billions were "lost" from the "loans" provided by the World Bank and IMF which today are literally impossible to repay. Indonesia's working poor, living on less than two dollars a day, and who work and live in intolerable conditions, have inherited this burden from a regime that was supported by the west for becoming "democratized".
Essay two focuses mainly on the 13 years of economic sanctions imposed on Iraq and the devastating impact on its people. The skyrocketing cancer rate, especially among children, is largely attributed to the 300 tons of Depleted Uranium left to blow in the winds and settle in the drinking water after the Gulf War. The manipulations of the US and Sanctions Committee, which routinely delayed or even denied certain cancer treating medicines, pain killers, or even desperately needed hospital equipment is nothing short of obscene.
Pilger examines the means by which economic and political exploitations have been used over the years to keep the disparity of nations on an uneven keel, and the western public largely misinformed. The contradictions of words versus practice, hypocrisy of policy, and just plain bullying have resulted in the biggest "rigged game" ever with humanity paying the ultimate price.
Finally he examines Australia to reveal behind the modern façade of a wealthy westernized nation, one who ranks among the lowest in the world with respect to infant mortality rate of it's indigenous population, and tries to front an integrated image while the country's Aboriginal people are force to live under apartheid like conditions.
In each essay, the numbers who paid the price are staggering, the story shameful, and as history reveals, nothing short of genocide. By comparison, the carnage left in the wake of the strongest nations corporate, state, and military plunders, backed by the 'moral leaders' of yesteryear and today, makes the world's second baddest boogie man, Saddam, look like a fledgling novice.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating Perspective of the World Situation, June 29, 2005
This review is from: The New Rulers of the World (Paperback)
John Pilger has had a long and infamous journalistic career here in Australia and the United Kingdom. In one of his most popular texts, A Secret Country, (1989) he revealed the history of the systematic genocide of Australia's indigenous people. Aboriginal "deaths in custody" had reached epidemic proportions, (Aboriginal "suicides" in prison) and this widely read book pushed those in government to investigate and form laws to prevent further deaths. Pilger also pointed out Australia's two-sided nature, that is, its multicultural diverse and tolerant people, but also its entrenched unspoken racism. He is an investigative journalist who is concerned about revealing the truth, which seems to be a rare attribute in our highly influenced mainstream media these days. In The New Rulers of the World, Pilger reveals American and British imperialism through economic and military actions in the guise of the "war on terror".

The American enterprise of world domination did not start with the current Bush administration, however, they are the current promoters and executers. Pilger discusses the invasions of Panama, Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and the killing of thousands of civilians either by bombing, starvation or disease, due to the sanctions imposed by the government under the flag of the United Nations, and the mainstream media conveniently failing to report these massive deaths. The theme of this book, in Pilger's own words, is to " the actions of politicians in western democracies with those of criminal tyrants." He writes that the central difference between the two is the "distance from the carnage", and the propaganda imposed to make it not a crime if "we" commit it. He goes on to write:

"It is not a crime to murder more than half a million peasants with bombs dropped secretly and illegally on Cambodia, igniting an Asian holocaust. It is not a crime for Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Tony Blair and his Tory predecessors to have caused the deaths in Iraq of `more people than have been killed by all weapons of mass destruction in history', to quote the conclusion of the American study." (P.8)

Pilger points out our glaring "double standard" where the deaths of the "unpeople", that is innocent citizens in other countries, is somehow not a crime but most certainly is when our own people die. As a result of the sanctions on Iraq in the 90's, for example, up to 6000 children per month died as a result of the blockade. This was the obstruction of $4 billion of humanitarian supplies by the US and British governments, not the actions of Saddam Hussein.

These wars, specifically Afghanistan and Iraq, are about dominance over the richest regions in the world, controlling its gas and oil reserves. Studies have shown that without these reserves, western nations will be without oil in ten years, plummeting the American economy into a third world country. The American government would never permit this to happen, thus the "war on terror", occupying sovereign states, and the loss of so many innocent lives.

The text covers a lot of ground and exposes the intention of governments in their strategy to dominate the world stage economically and by force. Interestingly, the geopolitical and military strategic importance of Iraq and Afghanistan, in terms of natural resources, (Caspian sea) is paramount in the control of the entire Middle East.

According to neoconservatives and the present Bush administration, the blueprint for the new imperialism is already mapped out and well under way. Pilger cites Zbigniew Brzezinski, advisor to several presidents, and his book, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives, as the bible for the present Bush administration.

In the last chapter of this book, Pilger reveals the hypocrisy of the Australian government and their treatment and utter "denial" of the plight of the Aboriginal people. While other countries like Canada and the US have reconciled with their own indigenous peoples, land grants, etc, the Howard government refuses to even make a formal apology, as did the Canadian and American governments to the Indians. This is to point out the enduring legacy of imperialism left over from the 19th century in our treatment of the indigenous people.

This is an illuminating book and one all people should read in order to gain a greater understanding of the intentions behind the war and unending deaths around us.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality, July 23, 2002
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Excellent source of information about the real world - not the world created by the corporate media. Highly recomended for everybody in US. The readers will understand what is their culpability in their silence and support of the government's foreign policy.
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