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Will Hutton on the European right

  • May 15, 2011
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I’ve hardly ever bought the Observer since it supported the Iraq war,  but I made the mistake of reading it today and I wasn’t inclined to start buying it again.   First there was a soft three-page profile of Pamela Geller, a bigoted anti-Muslim harridan who surely doesn’t deserve any more attention than...

Fog Facts

  • May 13, 2011
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The American author Larry Beinhart once coined the expression ‘fog facts’ to describe important facts or pieces of information that are in the public domain but remain unacknowledged and undigested.     Beinhart first used the term in his novel The Librarian – a wickedly sharp satirical thriller satire about  the ...

Death in the Mediterranean

  • May 10, 2011
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Ever since the first appearance of ‘boatpeople’  en route from Morocco to Spain in the early 1990s, the Mediterranean has been a graveyard for migrants, but the death toll has now reached truly staggering proportions as a result of the Libyan war.  Last month 800 people are estimated to have drowned trying to...

Hail to the Warrior-President

  • May 08, 2011
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Amazing what shooting an unarmed man in his pyjamas in the face can do to a US president’s public image.   In the eyes of the media, any doubts or reservations regarding the masculinity of Barack Obama have now been resolved by the Abbottabad operation.   The ‘professorial’ former community leader from Chicago...

The end of Schengen?

  • May 07, 2011
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Is Europe’s horror of ‘immigration’  paving the way for the unravelling of one of the key components of European integration – the ‘borderless’ Schengen Area?   It’s certainly beginning to look that way. Last week the EU Home Office Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom announced forthcoming discussions to introduce a ‘temporary reintroduction of limited internal...

Something dark at Nottingham University

  • May 05, 2011
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In July 2008 Rizwaan Sabir, a masters student at Nottingham University and Hicham Yezza, a former student who was working as a junior university administrator in the university’s School of Modern Languages, were arrested under the 2000 Terrorism Act for downloading terrorist materials.   The material in question included the so-called ‘Al Qaeda Training...

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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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