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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...

It was waterboarding wot done it

  • May 04, 2011
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Clearly miffed at being left out of the bin Laden killfest, the ideological knuckledraggers of the Bush years are somewhat bizarrely attempting to take credit for it.   Shambling out of stage right comes Donald Rumsfeld, the inept buffoon with the folksy grin who once urged the US to ‘go massive, sweep it all...

(Don’t) Bring Me the Head of Osama bin Laden

  • May 02, 2011
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So Osama bin Laden has exited the world in which he wrought so much mayhem. Initial versions suggested that bin Laden was killed ‘resisting’ a Special Forces team, but Reuters has since claimed that the operation was intended to be a ‘kill operation’.   The Stars and Stripes are waving outside the White House,...

Saif Gaddafi sleeps with the fishes

  • May 01, 2011
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The day after Gaddafi made another ceasefire proposal, a NATO missile strike has killed his son Saif al Arab Gaddafi and three of Gaddafi’s grandchildren in what appears to have been a deliberate assassination.   Last  night’s strikes on Tripoli also damaged the Libyan Down’s Syndrome Society and a parent-funded school for children.

It isn’t...

Rejoice and tug the forelock

  • April 29, 2011
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The great day has dawned and a patriotic mist has already descended on the nation’s collective brain.   Towns and cities across the UK, including my own, are draped in Union Jacks and the cross of St George,  as millions celebrate the accession of Kate Middleton from the status of ‘commoner’ to a...

Bombing in Marrakesh

  • April 28, 2011
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The Place Djmaa al Fna in Marrakesh is one of my favourite places in the world. Despite the constant flow of tourists in and around the square, it has remained stubbornly resistant to consumerism and still retains the vibrant and utterly beguiling pre-modern character of a desert festival and medieval fair.

From a distance in the...

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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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