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Feasting in the Torture Gardens

  • April 04, 2011
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In a  fine piece for TomDispatch, Karen Greenberg, director of  the Center for Law and Security at NYU analyses a recurring theme in post-9/11 rightwing discourse in the United States; namely the idea that liberal “political correctness” and “excessive tolerance” of Islam have combined to undermine the “war on terror.”

Greenberg relates a recent speech by...

The lady doth protest too much

  • March 09, 2011
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The lady doth protest too much

Posted on  March 30, 2011 by  Matt

Laurie Penny has become the object of much self-righteous outrage for her  account of last Saturday”s march in London in the New Statesman. So far her article has generated 482 comments. These numbers are unusual for a Staggers piece, but the tone is not....

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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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