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review Distant Voices 107 ✓ ❮Download❯ ➽ Distant Voices Author John Pilger – Throughout his distinguished career as a journalist and film maker John Pilger has looked behind the 'official' versions of events to report the real stories of our timeThe centrepiece of this new exp Throughout his distinguished career as a jouThroughout his distinguished career as a journalist and film maker John Pilger has looked behind the 'official' versions of events to report the real stories of our timeThe centrepiece of this new expanded edition of his best. This one is hard to put a rating to and three is pretty parsimonious of me A lot about the book is still relevant and well worth reading even after all this time Some of the earlier sections contain repetition with two or articles written about the same thing so that you get overloaded and they lose punch but they are very punchy articles to begin with I would love to dismiss a lot of what Pilger says as paranoia and go back to a naive and secure view of the world but sadly a lot of this stuff is corroborated widely enough essentially unless you are determined not to you can tell he is telling the truthAt times his language is sort of sensationalist but then he is a journalist and he talks a lot about people mostly men mostly I dare say white men who he really admires although there is one tribute to his parents mainly focussing on his mum He gratuitously describes every little girl as pretty and every young woman as beautiful oh please and he verges on narcissism at times as well as constantly promoting his movies in a braggy way I dare say they are probably excellent documentaries for all thatThere is much about his voice that irritates me but the substance of what he is saying is very important and the way he finishes on racism against Indigenous Australians in this country is particularly astute I remember growing up in the 90s hearing names like Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot bandied around and now thanks to Pilger I know about what all that was about And yet there is not just 90s stuff the first half of the book holds many observations that are chillingly true and relevant for today Since neoliberalism is a project that is not completed and not yet inevitable it is past time we read and were informed by long time critics such as Pilger Another plus is that he is eually critical of left and right wing extremists None of what he says is about wings it is about human rights So a lot of excellent observation and analysis and some irritating traits But good than not

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Selling Distant Voices is Pilger's reporting from East Timor which he entered secretly in and where a third of the population has died as a result of Indonesia's genocidal policies This edition also contains new material as w. Pilger is an excellent journalist not only a powerful writer but also someone who dares to go places no one else would go or say almost no one Two main parts of the book are focused on East Timor and Cambodia though there's a lot to this book so don't expect that to be the main theme One aspect of Pilger's writing I particularly admire is that even though the majority of his coverage is extremely depressing and sad with all the worst of humanity coming out he maintains his hopeful tone in a realistic way I'll rate this book at least 45 stars owing to its depth narrative and extreme amount of work carried out over so many years

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Distant VoicesEll as all the original essays from the myth making of the Gulf War to the surreal pleasures of Disneyland Breaking through the consensual silence Pilger pays tribute to those dissenting voices we are seldom permitted to hear. It's kind of strange how it is at the same moment a little dated and at the same time bang up to date The same problems; the same circumstances; just different places and different peoplePilger is a valid voice chipping away at the pillars of the establishment and one of the few voices out there making a coherent though generally ignored plea in the darkness for both the left and humanity in general His writing is always interestingThis covers a broad range of subjects and is like Heroes