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Striking is good for you

  • June 26, 2011
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I’ve never been particularly impressed by Ed Miliband, and the only satisfaction I took from his election as Labour leader was seeing his appallingly arrogant brother deprived of what he clearly regarded as a fait accompli.   But Miliband versus Miliband did not suggest the widest range of democratic choices, and Ed’s  ongoing...

Lampedusa 2

  • June 23, 2011
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LAMPEDUSA, Italy, Jun 22, 2011 (IPS) – It”s only a few hundred metres from the rocky hillside overlooking Lampedusa”s commercial port to the other side of the protected bay. For more than a decade this narrow strip of ocean has been a migratory gateway into Europe for tens of thousands of mostly African migrants. The...

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...

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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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