The 2014 Guardian Articles That Predicted the Ukraine Crisis

This type of journalism would never be allowed in today’s mainstream media

Mitchell Peterson

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This one might catch some flack, but remember these are articles straight from The Guardian. John Pilger, by any measurement, is a great journalist. He's been winning awards since the 1960s, won Britain’s highest award for journalism twice, has been International Reporter of the Year, News Reporter of the Year, and Descriptive Writer of the Year. He’s made over sixty documentaries, has an Emmy on his record, a BAFTA the Royal Television Society prize, and the Sydney Peace Prize. His ‘Cambodia Year Zero’ is named one of the ten most important films of the 20th century.

The man has been prolific and dogged in his pursuit of the truth. Pilger is the type of journalist one would expect to see with weekly columns in important newspapers and making regular appearances on television news breaking down the state of the world.

But he’s not. Journalists like him, Chris Hedges, and others are explicitly kept away from mainstream consciousness.

Because our media is not in the pursuit of truth; the role of the Western press is to defend and perpetuate status quo narratives.

When it comes to war, all of the propagandistic elements get cranked into overdrive. That’s why Pilger is writing for smaller outlets and why the Western public inhabits an information sphere of one-sided half-truths.

That’s how, after finding out war after war was brought on by lies, they can still quickly and reliably be brought on board one more time in support of dropping bombs to ‘defend democracy and freedom.’

In many ways, it’s always been like this. Media and information have always been used by the powerful to shape public opinion. But in some ways, it’s getting worse. Algorithms spread lies farther and faster while the truth can be suppressed, get someone censored, de-platformed, and indy media outlets have even had their Paypal accounts frozen.

Nowadays, when it comes to the invasion of Ukraine, there is zero room for discussion let alone a dissenting opinion.

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Mitchell Peterson

Freelance writer who spent nine years outside the US, currently in rural America writing the Substack bestseller 18 Uncles.