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Cyprus: let the punishment begin!

  • March 28, 2013
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Today the banks of Cyprus will reopen after a 12-day closure that has thrown the island’s population into panic, and Cypriots will finally be able to access their savings and withdraw cash from ATM machines.  Well not all of it, because the new EU/IMF rescue package imposed on the Cypriot government includes a raft of restrictions, such as a limit of 300 euros a day on ATM withdrawals, a ban on cashing cheques and a limit of 1000 euros on the amount of cash that individuals can take out of the country.

The Cypriot...

The Pope of the Dirty War

  • March 14, 2013
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There was general rejoicing yesterday at the election of Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio of Argentina as God’s new deputy, following the unprecedented resignation of his worn-out predecessor.

Various commentators focused on the humility and simplicity of a Jesuit who took public transport and lived in a simple one-room apartment, and interpreted Bergoglio’s decision to take the...

Chavez’s Folly

  • March 07, 2013
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There’s a remarkable take on Hugo Chavez by the Associated Press, which says a great deal about the dysfunctional world we inhabit in the early 21st century,   and the essential priorities of the global elites who run it.     Commenting on Chavez’s legacy and achievements, the AP business reporter Pamela Sampson observes that:

‘Chavez...

Austerity and the Warfare State

  • March 04, 2013
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What do the British and American elites have in common?   Quite a lot, as we know.   But last week the symmetry was particularly striking.   First UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond generated   headlines by calling for more cuts in welfare spending in order to prevent George Osborne’s deficit reduction programme from impacting...

Iraq: The Liberal Combat Team is Back

  • February 27, 2013
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‘It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation,’ General William Tecumseh Sherman once declared, when looking back on the American Civil War.

Sherman’s indictment was aimed at the civilians and politicians who he believed were largely...

Leicester Cultural Exchanges Festival

  • February 23, 2013
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I’m in Leicester on Tuesday, appearing at De Montfort University’s Cultural Exchanges Festival,  with a talk on my book Blood and Faith: the Purging of Muslim Spain.

It starts at 4 p.m and lasts for an hour, including discussion and questions.  Drop by and say hello if you’re in the area.

Further details are available...

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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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