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The Mice Turn on the Cat

  • July 16, 2011
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Watching the Murdoch empire unravel has certainly become one of the unexpected pleasures of the summer, but I’m not as inspired by the politicians who are now hunting the old bastard down as some commentators think I should be.

In a Guardian column today Jonathan Freedland described last week’s vote in parliament as a ‘British revolution’...

Somalia – the secret war

  • July 13, 2011
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Superb article by the magnificent Jeremy Scahill on the CIA’s intensifying campaign against the al-Shabaab militia in Somalia.   It’s deja vu all over again – more petrol poured on the flames in the form of drone killings, kidnappings, interrogations, secret prisons, and piles of money thrown at dubious warlord ‘allies’ looking to profit...

Samosas, Drinks and the EDL

  • July 12, 2011
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There was a bad result for the English Defence League (EDL) in my hometown of Cambridge on Saturday.   Some 200 EDL members attempted to march down Mill Road to protest outside the Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque in Mawson Road.    They were met by a counter-demonstration of 2,000 people, and prevented from reaching the...

What did you do in the Great War on Terror Daddy?

  • July 10, 2011
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Is the Global War on Terror (GWOT) approaching its end?   Apparently so, if statements made by  US Defence Secretary and former CIA director Leon Panetta during a  visit to Afghanistan are to be believed.   According to the Washington  Post Panetta has endorsed the Obama administration’s ‘increasingly aggressive campaign to hunt down al-Qaeda leaders...

The News of the World: RIP

  • July 08, 2011
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Having once spent many weekends outside Fortress Wapping in the 1980s, I will make no attempt to disguise the fact that it was  a hugely enjoyable experience to observe the dark heart of   the Murdoch empire  laid bare yesterday – and the disappearance of one its sleaziest and most amoral  publications.

Nor do the NOTW’s...

The Dawn of the Belly Bomber

  • July 07, 2011
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Osama bin Laden may be dead, but  his  followers  continue to seek ever more ingenious  and dastardly ways of inflicting mayhem on  the West,   according to media reports that the US Department of Homeland Security has ‘ identified a potential threat from terrorists who may be considering surgically implanting explosives or explosive components in...

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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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