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Himmler, Breivik and the ‘invention of tradition’

  • February 22, 2012
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I’ve just read Heather Pringle’s magisterial The Master Plan: Himmler’s Scholars and the Holocaust.  It’s an astonishing and ground-breaking feat of scholarship which traces the obscure history of the Ahnenerbe, the elite ‘study society for Intellectual Ancient History’ created by Himmler to investigate the SS chief’s historical fantasies and quack theories about Aryan racial origins.

Himmler was something of a romantic and a quasi-mystic, whose profound antipathy to the modern world was reflected in his fascination with the medieval Teutonic Knights and ideas about racial prehistory that had no basis in historical fact or...

We are all Greeks!

  • February 20, 2012
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The ghost of Percy Bysshe Shelley danced across the world on Saturday, draped in a Greek flag,   as demonstrations took place in more than 20 cities  in an international day of action in solidarity with Greece and in opposition to the savage austerity measures that are reducing large swathes of the Greek population to...

Europe and Greece: digging the EU’s grave?

  • February 13, 2012
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While street battles raged and buildings burned in the streets of Athens, the Greek parliament approved the draconian bailout conditions imposed by the EU/IMF troika yesterday, in a decision that is likely to have unforeseen consequences for both Greece and the future of the European Union itself in the longterm.


The protests were not...

Scandinavia: Our Imaginary Hell

Scandinavia: Our Imaginary Hell

  • January 29, 2012
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Things are getting fraught in Borgen,  the new series by the Danish company DR productions, which produced The Killing.     The corrupt and amoral political shark Laugesen has published a tell-all memoir which dishes the dirt on the sex-lives of some of the ministers in Birgitte Nyborg’s coalition government.

The Special Branch have been bugging...

All They are Saying is Give War a Chance

  • January 24, 2012
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Yesterday’s decision by EU foreign ministers to impose an embargo  on Iranian oil has brought the world one step closer to the war that Israel and elements within the US political establishment have long sought.   If Iran carries out its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, then it will initiate a potentially...

Death on the Greek borders

  • January 18, 2012
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International attention  is once again focussed on Greece  as EU and IMF officials gather in Athens to work out a deal to prevent a potential debt default and a Greek exit from the eurozone, and protesters once again take to the streets.   EU/IMF ‘reforms’ have already had a  disastrous impact on large swathes...

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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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