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The Fortress: Screening and Panel Discussion

  • June 20, 2013
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Very excited about tonight’s screening of Fernando Melgar’s The Fortress (2008) organized by the New Art Exchange.         It’s a rare opportunity to   see what looks to be a real important and unique film, and I’m participating in the panel discussion afterwards.

Here’s a trailer:

And here are details of tonight’s event:



Refugee Week Special: War on immigration

The Fortress (2008): Men, women and children from Romania, Togo, Georgia, Kosovo and Colombia arrive each week on Switzerland”s doorstep.   They are running from war, dictatorship, persecution, climate change and economic problems. The...

Three Cheers for Hsiao-Hung Pai

  • April 21, 2013
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Journalism should be an honourable, inspiring and admirable profession, but few people will need to be reminded that it frequently isn”t. Ever since newspapers were invented, it has generated more than its fair share of cynics, propagandists, and opportunists.

Journalism has always attracted people who subscribe to the essential philosophy described in a Punch joke ...

Brendan O’Neill: scourge of the strawmen

  • April 06, 2013
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When it comes to cynicism and sheer vacuity, there are few British journalists who can compete with the Daily Telegraph‘s resident ‘contrarian’ Brendan O’ Neill.

A veteran of the RCP Living Marxism rag,  Spiked and the Institute of Ideas, O’Neill is a ‘libertarian’ who has used this past to give himself a certain cachet with...

The Daily Mail: every tragedy is an opportunity

  • April 03, 2013
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Proving once again that its natural habitat is the sewer, and determined to bring its readers down there with it, the Daily Mail has decided to use the Derby fire tragedy as an iconic ‘what’s wrong with Britain’ story.

There is no doubt that Michael Philpott is a uniquely revolting piece of work, of the type...

Eddy Mair takes Boris Johnson to the cleaners

  • March 25, 2013
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Watching Eddy Mair’s brilliant unravelling of Boris Johnson is a hugely enjoyable experience, for those of us who believe that beneath his cheeky chappie veneer, lurks a hollow Tory flim flam man on the make.    In a few deft minutes of questioning, Mair delivered a series of killer blows to the tousled-haired...

Hey, Mantel, Leave that Princess Alone

  • February 20, 2013
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I don’t have any strong personal feelings about the ‘Duchess of Cambridge’ or any of the other members of the royal family one way or the other,  with the exception of that homicidal upper-class thug Harry – a spiteful moron who looks as if he spent his childhood pulling the wings off birds.

But I...

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