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Lampedusa 1

  • June 22, 2011
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LAMPEDUSA, Italy – It”s 4.30 in the morning and the full moon is low in the sky above Lampedusa harbour as the Guardia di Finanza patrol boat escorts a fishing boat containing 19 Tunisian migrants into the closed military port. They include six women, one child and to the amusement of the Medicins...

The non-people of Igoumenitsa

  • June 21, 2011
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Amid all the media attention directed towards the Greek debt crisis and the potential collapse of the eurozone that may result, little attention has been paid to the tens of thousands of undocumented migrants who are effectively trapped in Greece without any possibility of achieving legal status.

For the last few years now, the Greek-Turkish border...

Of Gods and Men

  • June 19, 2011
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I’ve finally got round to watching Of Gods and Men, Xavier Beauvois’s magnificent film about the seven French Trappist monks kidnapped and murdered during the Algerian Civil War in 1994.

At the time the murders were attributed by the Algerian government to the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) a shadowy and particularly bloody Islamist organization which killed...

Barbarians

  • June 16, 2011
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In the course of writing my book about borders and migration I’ve visited a lot of great European cities, including some that I’d never been to before, like Bratislava, Warsaw, Lublin, Brescia, and – strange as it may seem – Rome, where I am now.   It’s a vibrant and magnificent city, in which...

Radio silence

  • June 15, 2011
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I’m in Lampedusa at the moment, with only intermittent Internet access.     Too intermittent in any case, to have the opportunity to blog.   Up this morning at 4.30 to watch 19 Tunisian migrants being brought ashore by the Guardia di Finanza.     Back online soon!

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Stop Rania Deportation!

  • June 10, 2011
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As Britain Sees a Needy Child
By Matt Carr


Rania Abdechakour

Credit:Bolton News Picture Agency

BOLTON, Jun 10, 2011 (IPS) – The British Home Office has ruled that a severely disabled five-year-old girl should be returned to Algeria. The ruling demonstrates just how tough some European governments are getting on immigration…

My piece for IPS News...

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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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