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  • Welcome to Phillip Knightley.com
    depth some of the biggest stories of recent times Most recently he has written his autobiography A Hack s Progress and the critically acclaimed history Australia A Biography of a Nation These pages aim to provide an archive of the freelance pieces written by Phillip Knightley as well as information about his life and work with links to his books for those interested in reading further Comments on this entry are closed Recent Comments Monica Weller on Turning the Philby Case on Its Head First casualty of war on The First Casualty 2004 Weekend Reads The MASTER CHEF that made modern restaurants possible Know Q Out on Why Wikileaks has changed journalism forever Gross comments Malcolm Redfellow s Home Service on The First Casualty 2004 John Knowlman on Turning the Philby Case on Its Head Categories Articles 62 Australia 7 journalism 22 miscellaneous 5 propaganda 15 review 10 spying 20 terrorism 8 war 2 Books 12 General 4 Tags 9 11 al Jazeera al Qaeda australia bbc bin Laden blair blunt burgess Bush campbell cia england evatt foundation FBI GCHQ hutton inquiry independent iraq james bond JIC John Reid journalism journalist kgb kim philby labour lawrence of arabia london maclean

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  • The nasty side of the new Australia
    instead A popular slogan before the war had it Rule Britannia Britannia rules the waves No more Chinamen in New South Wales But in the late forties and fifties hundreds of thousands of war shattered Europeans seeking a new and better life flooded to Australia True the first ones were chosen for their Anglo appearance fair hair and blue eyes were highly favoured but the net spread Soon Christian Lebanese were making homes in Australia then Turks Egytians North Africans Indians Pakistanis and Afghans all adding their colour and culture to a new land In 2001 the one hundreth anniverary of the founding of Australia I wrote Out of the unpromising contrast of jailers and their prisoners augmented later by waves of migrants seeking a new life and then in a make over the speed of which surprised the world new settlers from all over Asia had grown a multi cultural society which calls itself Australia But while it is now clear that this is the picture any visitor to the heart of Sydney will see out there in the suburbs are thousands of Aussies whose resentment of immigrants has been simmering away This became apparent during the asylum seekers crisis Aussies and even recently arrived migrants from Europe supported the government s hardline attitude to boat people labelling them queue jumpers They contrasted their own often lengthy and expensive efforts to get to Australia and backed the government s harsh attitude to asylum seekers and its cruel detention centres The war on terror and its demonising of the Muslim community in Australia added to resentment suspicion and hatred for Muslim migrants especially from the Middle East A high profile rape case in which the victim was an Aussie and her assailants Lebanese Australians worsened matters As Alan Jones replied last week to one caller who had reported derogatory remarks made by Aussies to Middle Eastern people at Cronulla Let s not get too carried away We don t have Anglo Saxon kids out there raping women in Western Sydney The Muslim community in Sydney is not entirely blameless Pronouncements from various Muslim religious leaders even making allowances for rhetorical exaggeration have upset many Australians And at the heart of the matter especially in this case are different cultural attitudes to women Muslim men consider most Australian women immodest with lax sexual mores Aussie men and women cannot understand how Muslim women allow their menfolk to dictate what they should wear and how little of their body they should be allowed to expose In a country where both climate and a sporting culture encourage the wearing of as little clothing as possible these differences were bound to cause trouble sooner or later But why did no one in authority see it coming Why are there no laws in Australia to stop the provocative excesses of the media especially the shock jocks Those Australians who are proud of their multi cultural fair go society and I believe that they are still

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  • Phillip Knightley .com — The homepages of distinguished journalist and author Phillip Knightley — Page 3
    the policy you just change its name and carry on So it is no longer the war on terror It is the global struggle against violent extremists Read the full article England and Australia are trading places September 7 2005 It does not matter whether England or Australia triumphs in the fifth Test which begins at the Oval tomorrow the significance of this clash of two cricketing titans has already been established England is again a power in the game and Australia is the struggling underdog I see this this an early sign that England and Australia are trading places not just in sport but in other walks of life as well England has been regarded as a class ridden arrogant unreliable condescending nation in mourning for its lost greatness Its sporting efforts have invariably ended in disappointment Australia was the young forward looking egalitarian country and its many sporting triumphs a symbol of its confidence Read the full article Swingeing Pom Christopher Hitchens and the road to curmudgeonhood September 1 2005 A couple of years ago at Britain s premier literary festival Hay on Wye two star performers dominated the programme ex President Bill Clinton and journalist author commentator Christopher Hitchens Clinton arrived in his Secret Service car attended a few parties hit a few golf balls made a politically stirring speech and departed to a boo or two for keeping a crowd of well wishes waiting Hitchens arrived jet lagged after a seven hour plane trip from America and four hour car journey from London dishevelled and clearly under the spell of an indeterminate number of whiskies To the barely concealed alarm of the festival organisers he went to the performers hospitality room and ordered more It was going to be a long night Read the full article All of These People a memoir by Fergal Keane March 18 2005 This is a book about two Fergal Keanes The first part tells in lyrical terms of his boyhood in an Ireland that has since disappeared His father Eamonn was an actor whose talent was sabotaged by a lifelong love of drink that ruined his marriage and alienated him for many years from his son In fact drink runs like a leitmotif through the book In Keane s early days in journalism one gets the impression that there was hardly a reporter on the Irish papers who was sober long enough to write a story Practical jokes were common the victims usually junior journalists One was sent to a council meeting to deliver to the city manager an important letter about the approaching St Patrick s Day celebrations The manager interrupted a speech heaved with laughter and passed the letter back to the reporter It read My name is John Breen and I want my arse painted green for St Patrick s Day Read the full article The First Casualty 2004 September 1 2004 The First Casualty The War Correspondent as Hero Propagandist and Myth Maker is recognised as

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  • The spies we cannot forget
    about their way their world was heading As we know they turned to Communism The democratic socialists were unimpressive Philby said They seemed to fold at critical moments But all the time there was this solid basis of the Left the Soviet Union We felt it should be kept there at all costs Many others at Cambridge and Oxford too would have taken the same path as Philby and his friends if they had been given the opportunity Philip Toynbee said that when he had been in charge of the Oxford Communist Party in 1938 he would have regarded it as the highest honour to be asked to perform any service at all for Soviet Russia but he was not asked I think it is understandable and forgivable that the Cambridge spies made the commitment they did when they did What many find unforgivable is how they were able to maintain that commitment when the horrors of Stalin s rule became apparent In particular how could they remain loyal to Moscow after the Hitler Stlain pact of 1939 The answer is that they did not They were as appalled and confused as the rest of the Western Left Recently released KGB files on the Cambridge ring show their disillusionment and anger Philby was working as The Times war correspondent with the British Expeditionary Force in France But he was also spying for the Soviet Union Since Hitler and Stalin were now buddies how could Philby be certain that the material he was providing Moscow was not being passed straight to Berlin for use against the Allies on the Western Front Philby demanded of his KGB controller What s going to happen to the single front against Fascism now The KGB files do not reveal what answer his controller gavebut it must have been unsatisfactory because in December 1939 Philby stopped working for the KGB and vanished He only started work again when it was clear to him that war between Germany and the Soviet Union was imminent Germany invaded in June 1941 and he could resume the anti Fascist fight with a clear conscience Did none of the ring notice the frequency with which their controllers changed and wonder what happened to them when they returned to Moscow The answer is that they were all shot as suspected German spies victims of Stalin s slaughterhouse of 1937 39 If any of the spies was suspicious then he kept it to himself Anyway I doubt that anything they might have learnt about what horrors Stalin was inflicting on the Soviet Union would have made any real difference to their commitment They were in too deep Philby told me that when it became clear that things were going wrong in the Soviet Union his choices were limited Maclean felt the same In Moscow where he fled in 1951 he spent a lot of his time writing to Soviet leaders complaining about the way they were treating dissidents and he gave part of

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  • cairncross
    spies when they met at Trinity College Cambridge in the 1930s But by virtue of their subsequent positions within the British government they also succeeded in transferring thousands of the most sensitive military documents to their Russian handlers 8 comments Recent Comments Monica Weller on Turning the Philby Case on Its Head First casualty of war on The First Casualty 2004 Weekend Reads The MASTER CHEF that made modern restaurants possible Know Q Out on Why Wikileaks has changed journalism forever Gross comments Malcolm Redfellow s Home Service on The First Casualty 2004 John Knowlman on Turning the Philby Case on Its Head Categories Articles 62 Australia 7 journalism 22 miscellaneous 5 propaganda 15 review 10 spying 20 terrorism 8 war 2 Books 12 General 4 Tags 9 11 al Jazeera al Qaeda australia bbc bin Laden blair blunt burgess Bush campbell cia england evatt foundation FBI GCHQ hutton inquiry independent iraq james bond JIC John Reid journalism journalist kgb kim philby labour lawrence of arabia london maclean MI5 mi6 NSA pentagon rugby rumsfeld saddam hussein scarlett sis spy spying sunday times terrorism thalidomide war Amazon co uk Widgets Archives May 2012 December 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010

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  • new york review of books
    communism as spies when they met at Trinity College Cambridge in the 1930s But by virtue of their subsequent positions within the British government they also succeeded in transferring thousands of the most sensitive military documents to their Russian handlers 8 comments Recent Comments Monica Weller on Turning the Philby Case on Its Head First casualty of war on The First Casualty 2004 Weekend Reads The MASTER CHEF that made modern restaurants possible Know Q Out on Why Wikileaks has changed journalism forever Gross comments Malcolm Redfellow s Home Service on The First Casualty 2004 John Knowlman on Turning the Philby Case on Its Head Categories Articles 62 Australia 7 journalism 22 miscellaneous 5 propaganda 15 review 10 spying 20 terrorism 8 war 2 Books 12 General 4 Tags 9 11 al Jazeera al Qaeda australia bbc bin Laden blair blunt burgess Bush campbell cia england evatt foundation FBI GCHQ hutton inquiry independent iraq james bond JIC John Reid journalism journalist kgb kim philby labour lawrence of arabia london maclean MI5 mi6 NSA pentagon rugby rumsfeld saddam hussein scarlett sis spy spying sunday times terrorism thalidomide war Amazon co uk Widgets Archives May 2012 December 2010 May 2010 April 2010

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  • propaganda
    Vietnam War through to the modern day it is a story of heroism and manipulation censorship and espionage Buy The First Casualty UK US Comments on this entry are closed Recent Comments Monica Weller on Turning the Philby Case on Its Head First casualty of war on The First Casualty 2004 Weekend Reads The MASTER CHEF that made modern restaurants possible Know Q Out on Why Wikileaks has changed journalism forever Gross comments Malcolm Redfellow s Home Service on The First Casualty 2004 John Knowlman on Turning the Philby Case on Its Head Categories Articles 62 Australia 7 journalism 22 miscellaneous 5 propaganda 15 review 10 spying 20 terrorism 8 war 2 Books 12 General 4 Tags 9 11 al Jazeera al Qaeda australia bbc bin Laden blair blunt burgess Bush campbell cia england evatt foundation FBI GCHQ hutton inquiry independent iraq james bond JIC John Reid journalism journalist kgb kim philby labour lawrence of arabia london maclean MI5 mi6 NSA pentagon rugby rumsfeld saddam hussein scarlett sis spy spying sunday times terrorism thalidomide war Amazon co uk Widgets Archives May 2012 December 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 January 2010 December 2008 November 2008 April 2007 November 2006

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  • So was the great victory a sham?
    Daniel Pearl raised further the threshold of acceptable risk It is not that war correspondents were not prepared to take that risk but that their editors and their organisations insurers responded by keeping their correspondents out of trouble spots This of course suits governments and the military They do not want reporters peering over soldiers shoulders They agree with the noted military historian Sir John Keegan who says that the media should concentrate less on nosy parkering and leave the military to perform its task What s happening at the front is none of the media s business frankly It s their duty to report the number of dead and wounded but anything else is media prurience But this attitude can be disastrous Under pressure to report something lesser war correspondents make it up A Greek TV journalist produced a riveting report from inside Afghanistan at a time when no one had been allowed to enter An expert who knew the country well pointed out that it had all been filmed in Pakistan Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera who went to Afghanistan armed so that he could kill Osama bin Laden on behalf of his network ended up admitting to faking a dispatch He blamed the fog of war and his editors forgave him And as al Qaeda collapsed or withdrew to fight another day depending on whom you believed readers who were interested to know the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden could choose between digging his own grave the Sun planning his live suicide for the Arab TV network Al Jazeera the Mirror directing his troops on horseback CNN or sitting in his seven floor home in a mountain cave with the family car parked in the driveway The Times Serious correspondents who eschewed this sort of flummery and who wanted to satisfy their readers thirst for some enlightening information about the war were thus forced to accept official sources Both the American Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Geoff Hoon made it crystal clear that these correspondents could not expect the same sort of co operation they had received in say Vietnam the Falklands the Gulf War or even Kosovo What strikes viewers of the televised news conferences at the Pentagon is the dismissive contempt with which the journalists are treatedby generals How many al Qaeda were killed general I don t want to discuss casualties Were any of our troops killed I m not going to get into that Briefings in Britain are little better Thus the reporting of war has come full circle Before William Howard Russell of The Times became the first civilian war correspondent in the Crimean War 1854 56 generals reported their own wars Caesar on the invasion of Gaul Wellington on Waterloo for instance Not everyone is taking this sea change as passively as it may appear Christiane Amanpour CNN s chief international correspondent has complained publicly about the Pentagon s use of public relations techniques to prevent reporters from having access to

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