by John Pilger - £9.99 Transworld Publishers (2007)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780552773324 | ISBN 10: 0552773328
When Nelson Mandela stepped out of prison to freedom in 1990, the elation in South Africa and around the world was palpable. But true freedom for his people remains a distant dream. Why? From South Africa to India and beyond, a rapacious economic system condemns millions to poverty while men in faraway decorous offices impose a ruthless political order with tariffs and embargoes, bombs and bullets, distorting the very language of freedom, causing suffering they never know, spilling blood they never smell.
In Freedom Next Time, renowned journalist and film-maker John Pilger describes how courageous people battling to free themselves often glimpse freedom, only to see it taken away. He challenges us in the West to 'look in the mirror' at the actions of 'our' governments for the true source of much of the world's fear and insecurity - and terrorism. In our name, often duplicitously, they operate a secret agenda, as in Diego Garcia, a paradise island in the Indian Ocean whose entire population was expelled clandestinely and brutally by the British government to make way for a huge American military base from which Afghanistan and Iraq were attacked.
In Palestine, India, South Africa, Afghanistan, Britain and the United States, John Pilger's vivid eyewitness reporting and tenacious interviews with the powerful, backed by meticulous research, blow away the secrets and lies of our rulers and turn a searchlight on to events consigned to the shadows by an unrecognised yet virulent censorship. With humanity, wit and passion, he salutes people who refuse to be victims and defiantly demand their freedom. They could soon be us.
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