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The forgotten coup: how America and Britain crushed the government of the 'ally' Australia : Comments

By John Pilger, published 24/10/2014

Whitlam believed that a foreign power should not control his country's resources and dictate its economic and foreign policies.

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I knew it, it was all a CIA plot!
Really scraping the bottom of the barrel now John.
I was trying to remember an anti-communist story you ever wrote when you were writing for the Daily Mirror in the UK. Oh that's right there never was one.
Posted by JBowyer, Friday, 24 October 2014 7:46:13 AM
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Classic Pilger.

>>Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died.<<

Some silence! Who does he think he is kidding?

I haven't done an exact count, but I reckon that there have been more articles on Whitlam this week - and I'm sure this weekend's papers will have another batch - than on any Australian in living memory.

I used to read Pilger's early works - at least four of his books are on my shelves. But in the last twenty or so years, he has become entirely irrelevant, except to himself.
Posted by Pericles, Friday, 24 October 2014 8:36:59 AM
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Pericles you would not recognise the truth if it smacked you in the face.

Whether or not you agree with Pilger's view of how our society should be organised is irrelevant. Pilger speaks the unpalatable truth. We are not free country. We are owned by US and British oligarchs. As George Carlin said ,we have owners that grant us temporary privileges that can be withdrawn at their whim.
Posted by Arjay, Friday, 24 October 2014 10:56:48 AM
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http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/no-marine-inundation-for-darwin-under-new-us-agreement/story-fnk0b1zt-1226952994848

THE United States will be able to build permanent military facilities on Australian soil and expand to locations across the country under a deal struck between Tony Abbott and Barack Obama.
The deal which initially covers up to 2500 US forces rotating through Darwin but can be expanded will allow the US to bring warships, planes and troops to Australia.
New bases can be set up across the country and the number of troops increased without limit over 25 years under the deal, senior US officials confirmed.

In addition to the above quote, consider the use by US naval ships of the Stirling Naval Base in Perth, Pine Gap in Alice Springs, Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt (North West Cape) in WA, the flying of US Global Hawk spy drones from Royal Australian Air Force's Base Edinburgh in SA between 2001 and 2008 and the possible use of Australia's Cocos Keeling Islands as a new base for those Global Hawk drones.
Pilger writes of an uncomfortable truth. We are an occupied nation. Gough tried to stop it, but since he was ousted, no one has lifted a finger to slow this occupation down.
Posted by halduell, Friday, 24 October 2014 11:05:30 AM
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Thanks for the link halduell. It looks very ominous for war with China and Russia. These lunatic oligarchs that want to own the entire planet have learnt nothing.

The Western economies are on the brink of collapse. Obama like George Bush plays golf all day. Abbott is just another Central banker puppet. Maggie Abbott used to work for a Rothschild Merchant Bank. Joe Hockey's wife is also an ex-banker. Malcolm Turnbull was head of Goldman Sachs Australia. The present Premier of NSW Mike Baird is also an ex-banker.

With the collapse of our economies they always take us to war. This one will be very short but the fall out with last for decades.
Posted by Arjay, Friday, 24 October 2014 11:47:53 AM
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I've always loved a good conspiracy theory.
I mean, there's always someone very competent at the helm and in complete charge; and who knows exactly what must be done in order to get a particular outcome!
Which in this case, seems to have very cleverly manipulated around 6-7 million or so, voters, even former staunch laborites, into voting in a landslide, for (where's your trousers) Malcolm Fraser!
John Pilger if nothing, is at least consistent, and as usual for him, full of it!
Rhrosty.
Posted by Rhrosty, Friday, 24 October 2014 12:41:53 PM
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