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Putting the Panic On

Putting the Panic On

  • August 05, 2011
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As Yogi Berra once put it, it’s deja vu all over again…

 

With headlines like this

World stock markets in turmoil
Almost £50bn wiped off leading British shares and huge sell-off on Wall Street amid economic fears

And this

Global stock sell-off continues

Asian markets down between 3% and 5%

And this

Debt crisis: global markets plunge as eurozone contagion spreads

I’m just...

It was the Beeb Wot Dun it

  • August 03, 2011
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“More than a week after the Norway atrocities, European far-right parties and Islamophobic websites on both sides of the Atlantic have embarked on a new attempt to regain what they clearly regard as the lost moral high ground…”

My piece for the First Post today on the far-right spinning of the Norway massacre.  You can read...

Twilight in Gellerland

Twilight in Gellerland

  • August 02, 2011
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As an example of callous brutality and gimlet-eyed hatred, the latest take on the Norway killings by American ‘counter-jihadist’ Pamela Geller takes some beating. According to Geller, the Labour Party summer camp at Utoya was in fact an ‘anti-semitic indoctrination centre.’

How does she know this?  Because one of the survivors of the massacre told ABC...

Discipline and Fear

  • July 31, 2011
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Nurses, teachers, doctors and all you other do-nothings who have been living high on the hog at the taxpayer’s expense:  be afraid, be very afraid.   The time is coming when you will be held to account for the financial disasters that you have inflicted on the nation.   After all these years of idleness...

Bano Rashid RIP

  • July 30, 2011
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Bano Rashid, the 18-year-old Kurdish refugee and Labour party youth activist was the first of the ‘Marxist Hunter ‘ Anders Breivik’s victims on Utoeya island to be buried in Norway yesterday.  The funeral service was presided over by an imam and a Christian pastor and attended by her Kurdish family, her Norwegian friends and...

Free Speech and Straw men

  • July 29, 2011
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One of the interesting things about writing on the Internet, as opposed to the printed press, is that you very quickly become aware of the responses to what you have written.   This experience is not always particularly uplifting.

Earlier this week I wrote a piece for the First Post online magazine on the Norway killings...

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I’m a writer, campaigner and journalist.  My latest book is The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination (New Press/Hurst, 2018).  The Infernal Machine is where I write on politics, history, cinema and other things that interest me.

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