Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: John Pilger's New (Must-See) Movie : '<i>The War On Democracy.</i>'

18 June 2007

John Pilger's New (Must-See) Movie : 'The War On Democracy.'


Pictured below is the world famous, Australian freelance foreign correspondent, documentary film maker, best selling author and multi-award winning independent journalist, John Pilger.


Today's particular blogpost is all about Pilger's powerful new motion picture: *THE WAR ON DEMOCRACY *

Watch the terrific two minute trailer and learn more about the man and his movie(s).

Then please, please pass this info on -- since everyone should see this extraordinary expose.

We say again -- everyone. Especially, stateside.


Apart from this at Wikipedia -- that's yer lot for today.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous helen-G said...

John Pilger is what a journalist is meant to be. As is Robert Fisk by the way. Thank you for the heads up on this, Old Brit.

1:14 am  
Anonymous Lesley said...

I hope this film comes to Canada soon (as well as the US). Pilger has a web site (www.johnpilger.com) and the trailer is also on Youtube.

Btw, this protest song by James McMurtry is well worth checking out. It could be the North American anthem these days.

A sampling of the lyrics

We Can't Make it Here

Vietnam Vet with a cardboard sign
Sitting there by the left turn line
Flag on the wheelchair flapping in the breeze
One leg missing, both hands free
No one's paying much mind to him
The V.A. budget's stretched so thin
And there's more comin' home from the Mideast war
We can't make it here anymore

That big ol' building was the textile mill
It fed our kids and it paid our bills
But they turned us out and they closed the doors
We can't make it here anymore

See all those pallets piled up on the loading dock
They're just gonna set there till they rot
'Cause there's nothing to ship, nothing to pack
Just busted concrete and rusted tracks
Empty storefronts around the square
There's a needle in the gutter and glass everywhere
You don't come down here 'less you're looking to score
We can't make it here anymore

[...}

Some have maxed out all their credit cards
Some are working two jobs and living in cars
Minimum wage won't pay for a roof, won't pay for a drink
If you gotta have proof just try it yourself Mr. CEO
See how far 5.15 an hour will go
Take a part time job at one of your stores
Bet you can't make it here anymore

[...}

Now I'm stocking shirts in the Wal-Mart store
Just like the ones we made before
'Cept this one came from Singapore
I guess we can't make it here anymore

Should I hate a people for the shade of their skin
Or the shape of their eyes or the shape I'm in
Should I hate 'em for having our jobs today
No I hate the men sent the jobs away
I can see them all now, they haunt my dreams
All lily white and squeaky clean
They've never known want, they'll never know need
Their sh@# don't stink and their kids won't bleed
Their kids won't bleed in the da$% little war
And we can't make it here anymore

Will work for food
Will die for oil
Will kill for power and to us the spoils
The billionaires get to pay less tax
The working poor get to fall through the cracks
Let 'em eat jellybeans let 'em eat cake
Let 'em eat shit, whatever it takes
They can join the Air Force, or join the Corps
If they can't make it here anymore

And that's how it is
That's what we got
If the president wants to admit it or not
You can read it in the paper
Read it on the wall
Hear it on the wind
If you're listening at all
Get out of that limo
Look us in the eye
Call us on the cell phone
Tell us all why

In Dayton, Ohio
Or Portland, Maine
Or a cotton gin out on the great high plains
That's done closed down along with the school
And the hospital and the swimming pool
Dust devils dance in the noonday heat
There's rats in the alley
And trash in the street
Gang graffiti on a boxcar door
We can't make it here anymore

8:20 am  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

Thanks for the 'heads up' Richard!

As quick as I can get a DVD copy for North America, I will. All of Pilger's films are very well done and exceptionally timely.

1:17 pm  
Anonymous rex said...

Why aren't there more like Pilger? Silly question really - far too many media WHORES.

7:34 pm  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Thank you for posting on this....I can't wait to see this....I head off to YouTube....Pilger is a genius....

6:43 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Thanks for your welcome contributions everyone. Hopefully we'll have all our regular commenters back in business with us.

And Enigma, glad you got through the tough winter & spring okay. Good to see you again

9:15 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Pilger is my favourite comedy revolutionary.

5:52 am  

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