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Los Indignados

  • May 21, 2011
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Astonishing events are unfolding in Spain, where anti-austerity protests have been taking place across the country  on the eve of regional and local elections. 20,000 people have turned the Puerta del Sol in Madrid into a mini Tahrir Square.

Last week there were protests in more than fifty cities, in what appears to be a spontaneous...

The Gilded Age

  • May 19, 2011
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Corruption is a phenomenon that the British often prefer to associate with less civilised countries and Latin American ‘banana republics’ rather than the cradle of parliamentary democracy.

We prefer to use more polite and genteel terms such as ‘potential conflict of interest ‘ and ‘revolving doors’ to describe the incestuous relationship between politicians and the private...

Will Hutton on the European Far-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 she has already received...

Fog Facts: Alistair Campbell and the Chilcot Inquiry

  • 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 stitched-up Bush/Gore election campaign.

To Beinhart’s...

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 reach Lampedusa and...

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 with the dancer’s physique...

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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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