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World–renowned journalist John Pilger looks at five nations (Palestine, Diego Garcia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and South Africa) that have undergone long and painful struggles for freedom, yet are still waiting for its realization....

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ISBN : 9781568583266
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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  • Kinga
    2019-04-24 01:42

    What you need to know about humans is that they are dicks. And if you give them any power their dickness prevails over everything else. John Pilger wrote this book in 2006. It’s about different governments (US, UK, South African, Israeli) being total, complete assholes. If you look up each and every story from this volume to see what new happened between 2006 and now you will only learn about further miseries and acts of oppression. Except for Afghanistan - you won’t find much about Afghanistan because everybody just got really tired of Afghanistan and their shit so they moved on and they are now busy thinking up new, ingenious ways they can fuck up a country even more and even quicker. I wanted Pilger to stop. Or at least give me some one, tiny positive story, some heart-warming, uplifting, chicken soup for the soul. But no, not Pilger. He is not going to dig up some one sappy story to make you feel better about the world you live in, about your government and what it does in your name.Do you know what happens when US government needs a British Island for a military base? The UK government goes and takes all the people who have lived there for 200 years, picks them up and dumps them in the slums of Mauritius. Just like that. And they kill all their dogs first because the Americans would like their island ‘sanitized’. Then UK government refuses to let these people go back to their island. It’s now a military base. The UK government says, we would love you to go back there, sadly the island is inhabitable, so we can’t let you do that. Because we care. The Americans in their military base manage on the island just fine, despite its ‘uninhabitability’. Actually the very reason they wanted it was because it’s so amazing. Even tsunamis don’t touch it.The Chagossians took UK to court, and won. But what’s that to the UK government, it can always get the Queen to strike any sentence, so that’s what they did. Ha ha, take that Chagossians. And here is a better idea, let’s create a National Park on the island to preserve all those important species of birds or something. And let’s have all the lefties sign petitions to create that natural reserve, ha ha, that will be funny. Stupid lefties. See, where your love for the planet got you? Now , with your signature we made sure Chagossians will never return. Of course, the Americans and their bombers can stay, they don’t disturb the birds, or was it fish? And this was just the first chapter. The first mellow chapter. That was a warm-up. Get yourself ready for Israel, India, Afghanistan and South Africa. You will want to throw up by the end of it. I have notes, highlights, quotes and comments. I could take you through the whole book. But I won’t. Because maybe then you won’t read it. And you absolutely must read it. I don’t how John Pilger does it. How can he just go on, research a book after book like that, go and talk to all these people, hear their stories, then try to confront those at the top about it, listen to their smug come-backs, their arrogance. How does he not lose the will to live?I know this review is not the eloquent and measured report you have learnt to expect from me (ha, ha), but seriously, this book, seriously… years of anger management therapy down the drain.

  • Terence
    2019-05-06 02:56

    Trained as a historian, I am skeptical about the evidence of a "Golden Age" when the Fourth Estate "spoke truth to power" and made the lives of our leaders uncomfortable. There's always been enormous pressure to maintain the status quo but I'll admit that we're at a particularly low nadir when the media obsesses about Miley Cyrus' naked back and the absence of flag pins on pols' suits, all the while ignoring the crimes of the most incompetent administration in the last century and the easily predictable, disastrous results of 30 years of neoliberal economics (just two among a host of problems confronting the Republic).So it is a bittersweet revelation to read John Pilger. Sweet to find that we still have people capable of uncovering the myriad sins committed by our leaders in our name; bitter to read of those sins and how they continue to torment the innocent unrequited (and unlikely ever to be atoned for).Pilger covers five areas in this book: Diego Garcia, Palestine, India, South Africa and Afghanistan. As Pilger writes in the Introduction: "This book is about empire, its facades and the enduring struggle of people for their freedom. It offers an antidote to authorized versions of contemporary history that censor by omission and impose double standards. It is, I hope, a contribution to what Vandana Shiva calls `an insurrection of subjugated knowledge.'"The strength of the book lies in how Pilger captures the view of people affected by (in thses cases) American foreign policy (if you can call shilling [whoring?] for corporatist elites a foreign policy) and the contemptuous disdain of our leaders, so enamored with the trappings of power.It's not all depressing; people continue to struggle against state violence, oppression and iniquity, and sometimes they make progress.

  • Beorn
    2019-05-09 03:53

    I won't go into too much detail about what is featured in this book, but rest assured, if you are familiar with Pilger's work, this is a solid entry in his work, the chapter in Palestine especially heartbreaking.If you're not familiar with Pilger's work but are aware of Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein or the like, you really owe it to yourself to indulge yourself in some of Mr Pilger's works.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-20 03:41


  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-09 04:36

    Excellent novel- Sharp description that covers a variety of issues within short chapters. Gives you a glimpse into a world that the mainstream media would rather you ignored. Makes you want to discover these places on your own and help these people fight for the freedom that they deserve.

  • Yousef
    2019-05-16 01:59

    Freedom Next Time is one of those books that any dissident - of the systems that be - must read. The book is packed with compelling interviews; well researched facts; and horrifying truths. MUST READ.

  • Mubeen Irfan
    2019-04-28 02:53

    John Pilger is a name seldom heard by an average news follower like myself so when his name was brought up by a colleague as someone with an exemplary reporting of troubled regions in the past few decades, I had to look him up. To my surprise, Mr. Pilger has reported extensively across the globe and has produced numerous documentaries. He is in the same league of pacifists as Robert Fisk, whom I greatly admire.In this book, Pilger has taken example of 5 countries/states who have achieved (read: granted) their freedom (save one) but are still not independent. Colonialism, capitalism and neo-liberalism agendas are not letting these countries break free from their shackles. Each chapter goes into detail of how growth of their people is hindered because their governments are in cahoots with the capitalist agendas. There is a chapter each for Diego Garcia (I had to look up these islands in google maps to see where they lie so you can easily understand the number of people knowing their plight), India, Palestine, South Africa & Afghanistan. Since I consider myself well versed in Middle eastern history and affairs therefore personally I was more interested in DG & South Africa and why their freedom is still awaited per Pilger. It was interesting to read in detail about the Truth & Reconciliation Commission so commonly cited by politicians of my country whenever there is talk of looking forward and building the country. South Africans I know, from my single visit to SA, are very critical of their government on matters of infrastructure, growth, equality and land distribution. This book greatly increased my understanding as to why.Many parts of this book are conversations/interviews and thus would serve better in a documentary than a book. Recommended for someone wanting a refresher on what is wrong with today's world and not just terrorism aspect of the problem. Overall 4 stars.

  • Owen
    2019-05-19 20:41

    The dark story of the Chagos Islands removals, the Palestinian occupation, post-Apartheid South Africa and other sad aspects of 2oth century man, told by this veteran reporter whose work in bringing light to bear on many of the world's great crimes and tragedies is surely colossal. Sad but readable truths which have long been swept under various carpets by the elites and the world media that protects them...

  • B. Henry
    2019-04-22 01:29

    Only major problem is that, the author had already synthesized his opinion about the topics and made his research on facts only to justify it. Otherwise he gives a new light into topics mentioned. A must for any journalist.

  • Samuel
    2019-04-27 20:39

    As Chomsky said: a beacon of light in dark times. Though this book will show you how many supposed beacons of light in the modern world are actually places of darkness. Freedom Next Time. Indeed.

  • Nadia Fadhillah
    2019-04-23 23:33

    Such a heartbreaking book. Buku ini menyulut kemarahan dan kesedihan. Kemarahan pada dunia. Pada kenyataan dan kebenaran yang harus dihadapi sehari-hari. Marah pada diri sendiri yang tidak bisa melakukan apa-apa untuk memperjuangkan kebenaran itu. Marah karena kepengecutan diri sendiri.Aku baru baca sampai pada bagian kedua. Bagian pertama tentang penduduk Diego Garcia yang diusir dari pulau tempat tinggalnya karena pulau itu dijadikan pangkalan laut Amerika Serikat di Samudra Hindia. John Pilger menceritakan tentang anak-anak dan perempuan-perempuan yang mati karena kesedihan yang begitu dalam. Jantungku agak sesak, dan nafasku lebih cepat dari biasanya. Tapi tetap kuteruskan membaca.Bagian kedua tentang pendudukan Israel pada Palestina, yang sejak empat puluh tahun terakhir sejak kedatangan Pilger ke Palestina, keadaan tidak ada yang berubah. Dia bilang, tidak ada negara di dunia ini yg menikmati kekebalan hukum seperti Israel, yg bisa melakukan kejahatan apapun tanpa sanksi. The undisputed world champion violator of international war. Aku berhenti membaca di tengah tengan bagian kedua ini. Aku butuh menenangkan diri. Dan menuliskannya di sini.Bagian ketiga, tentang kota-kota India yang mau meledak karena terlalu banyak orang, dan di terlalu banyak itu, sebagian besar miskin. Aku masih bersyukur aku tinggal di Indonesia.Bagian keempat, kukira tentang Apartheid di Afrika Selatan. Ya memang tentang itu, tapi apartheid tidak selesai begitu Mandela dibebaskan lalu menjadi presiden demokratis pertama Afrika Selatan lalu melakukan rekonsiliasi antara kulit hitam dan kulit putih. Kukira sudah selesai sampai sana ceritanya. Tapi Pilger bercerita ternyata Apartheid masih berlangsung, setidaknya bukan apartheid antar ras, tapi sekarang antar kelas. Well, aku agak gak begitu paham karena konteksnya yang baru bagiku.Bagian kelima menceritakan Afghanistan. Untungnya sebelum ini aku sudah membaca Titik Nol dan Selimut Debu - Agustinus Wibowo sebelumnya, jadi aku bisa paham konteks di bagian ini. Bahwa keruntuhan Taliban tidak serta merta membebaskan penduduknya dari kemiskinan.Kesemua hal itulah yang menyatukan kelima negara-negara ini menjadi satu, Freedom Next Time. Bahasan mengenai kebebasan bisa dibicarakan lain kali.

  • Javier
    2019-04-28 22:36

    While I like Pilger's non-mainstream approach to international affairs, I found his analysis less groundbreaking than it had been made out to be (by public opinion, I suppose). I suppose it'd have been much more powerful had I read this in HS (assuming it had been released at that time)--but that hardly means it isn't important!I do take issue with some of his characterizations of Afghan society/history, though, and I would have liked to have seen more on the question of 'gender apartheid' in post-2001 (ie, not post-Taliban...) Afghanistan. Also, though I do appreciate that Pilger includes in his reporting interviews with ordinary people (and not just functionaries, whether more or less powerful), I found some of the questions he posed somewhat patronizing and reductionist. Generally speaking, though, I would recommend this.

  • Paul Kearney
    2019-04-29 23:41

    An antidote to the authorised history that censors by omission.Strips away the comfort between the newsworthy and non newsworthy. The evil side of Saddam. Newsworthy . The failure of Mandela and the ANC. Non newsworthy.As for history Some ships have sailed.From the success of the Taliban in removing opium production. To the British government's fifty years torture of the British citizens of Diego Garcia. Twined with the always newsworthy citizens of the Falklands. These story's and the people they contain are that dim flame. Soon to be extinguished.Whitewashed from history.Leaving the people with "freedom next time"

  • Jody
    2019-05-16 00:32

    This book rips away any kind of faith you might have remaining in the functionality of our world. Ugliness seems to rule and rape anything of true value and purpose and replaces it with greed and violence. The author tries to encourage the reader to see the silver lining in it all by seeing how people have summoned courage to forgive and to fight back in peaceful ways. I see what he is saying, but the sorrowful events are so large and so bad, it is hard to see anything through the anger and frustration. Why does it have to be like this? That is the answer we need and the answer that never comes. A worthwhile read, but depressing ad hell.

  • Tj
    2019-05-20 01:57

    This book is something that American's should probably read. And it kind of gives you a sense of hopelessness about the state of affairs in the world. But I think it's important to realize that there is more happening than what we think is going on.And yes, it's propaganda. All books like this are. That doesn't mean it's less true.

  • Nathan
    2019-05-01 20:33

    A very important book, but oddly balanced. The section on India felt misplaced and shallow, whilst the section on South Africa could really be expanded into its own book.Extremely dense though. A lot to absorb. It's taken me around 4 months to read, because you can only handle 30-40 pages at a time before the information stops going in.

  • إسراء عباس
    2019-05-05 20:59

    كتاب مفيد جدا و متنوع انا كل معلوماتي عن دييغو غارسيا انه ممكن يكون لاعب لكرة القدم الحرية في المرة القادمة عنوان مناسب بشكل غريب فهذا النظام الغريب (العالمي)) اسلوبه واحد في كل المناطق هم يلوحون فقط بالحرية و لكن حريتهم لعنة تحل عليك فتأسرك عمرك بأكمله تظل تطاردك لعنتهم و يظل اسمك في العلن حرا و هم صانعو الحرية و لكن عذرا الحرية في المرة القادمة

  • عبدالرحمن
    2019-05-21 01:55

    :وشهد شاهد من أهلها على أن-انسانية الجندي الصهيوني كذبة عالمية أريد بها باطل=وهو قد فاق الوحوش وحشية.- الأمبرايالية الغربية سرقت ثروات الشعوب واستعبدتها .-العرق الأزرق هو مصدر الإرهاب في العالم...هذا غيض من فيض ..الكتاب جميل وصادق وقدم له تشومسكيوأوصى به محمد الأحمري .

  • Amanda Webb
    2019-05-16 01:31

    You need to be in a good mood when you read this, there is no let up and no happy ending :( You won't be in a good mood when you finish.However, it's always good to be reminded how shitty human beings and governments can be.. there's no happy endings in real life sometimes.

  • Gemma Williams
    2019-05-09 21:42

    As usual, good stuff from Pilger, focusing here on the Chagos islands, Palestine, India, South Africa and Afghanistan, looking at why apartheid isn't over, and why America was always going to invade Afghanistan, among other things.

  • Sabelo Dludla
    2019-04-23 02:42

    Take your heart to this book for the mind might not find the links. This book details the political injustices and the cover ups of acts committed to advance or protect white privilege, as born of colonial power and oppression.

  • Kris
    2019-04-27 23:56

    hard-hitting look at the world's trouble spots and the evils of the past. The best chapter for me was on Diego Rivera, as this was a scandal I've heard little about and should be exposed to the world more.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-30 04:47

    Interesting and important read, if a little dated now.A history of various countries and the US involvement with them, and the behind scenes shenanigans that go on in politics which we mere mortals don't know about.Slightly depressing in that it made me even more cynical of the "Powers that be"

  • Juan
    2019-05-08 00:31

    Chapter 2, "The Last Taboo," on Palestine is comprehensive, yet emotionally potent and very easy to read... Makes all the right points. Particularly valuable for someone who is new to the subject.

  • Qais Ghanem
    2019-04-28 21:32

    Typical of Pilger's excellent delivery

  • Patryk
    2019-05-20 03:40

    Everyone, especially the Americans and British, should read this book.

  • Mundia
    2019-05-15 04:38

    Hard to agree with John when he says this is not a pessimistic book. This is a well researched book though.Does a great job of presenting the other side that corporate media wont touch.

  • Ahmed Chicktay
    2019-05-11 04:37

    I thought 'calm down' because I only felt anger. Empire is stronger than ever and all the peaceful people of the world are just expendable to the Empires quest for world domination!!!

  • Joel
    2019-05-16 01:50

    A great overview of some of the most important conflicts in recent history.

  • John Kragenskjold
    2019-04-20 01:53

    Great book despite the emotional style. Especially the chapter about Afghanistan I found very interesting.