John Pilger is a polemicist with only two colours on his palette: black and white. Where others see complexity, he sees right and wrong. Where others strive for neutrality, his reporting is unapolagetically activist.

That's why he's so widely acclaimed -- Sydney Peace Prize winner; twice British journalist of the year -- and so reviled. Writer William Shawcross called him "one of the worst journalists writing in the English language"; journalist Auberon Waugh coined the term "to pilger" in his honour, meaning to employ "extravagant and emotive language to make a bogus political point".