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Israel’s Phony Culturati

  • October 24, 2015
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As someone who has spent much of his life writing and reading, and often writing directly or indirectly about politics,  I’ve often had doubts about the role of writers and how relevant and useful we actually are, about the extent to which writing actually contrbutes to bringing about social and political change,  and the extent to which writers are even relevant at all.

Obviously I don’t think we are irrelevant, or it would have been rather foolish and even masochistic to spend so much time on an activity that I considered either pointless...

Useless Mouths

  • August 29, 2015
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Years before moving towards explicit racial genocide, the Nazis developed the notion of ‘useless mouths’ or ‘life unworthy of life’ to justify its ‘involuntary euthanasia’ program. Theorists argued that certain categories of people were nothing but a burden on society and therefore had no ‘right’ to life.   These ideas were a variant of...

Down from the Mountains

  • August 25, 2015
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I’ve just returned from a working holiday in the Pyrenees.  During that time I haven’t done any blogging, partly because good  and sustained  Internet connections weren’t always available, and also because I was doing too many things to be able to sit down and write for long periods.   I went to the...

The ISIS Caliphate: A Strategic asset?

  • May 22, 2015
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I have yet to see any reference in the mainstream media to Monday’s publication by the conservative foundation Judicial Watch of previously classified US intelligence documents obtained as the result of a freedom of information lawsuit   This inattention is alarming, because one of these documents provides some disturbing background behind the nightmarish caliphate that...

The UN’s Child Rapists

The UN’s Child Rapists

  • April 30, 2015
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Even in a world that seethes with corruption, inhumanity and injustice in so many places, the revelations that French soldiers with the United Nations Minusca peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic have been sexually abusing homeless young boys in exchange for food is a shocking disgrace.

These acts allegedly took place between December 2013 and...

Nigel Farage’s Easter message

  • April 07, 2015
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As most Christians will be aware, one of the most frequent miracles performed by Jesus is the healing of the sick.     Blindness, deafness, insanity, epilepsy, leprosy, paralysis, haemorrhage, and fever – all these maladies are included in the   27 separate occasions listed in the New Testament in which the Son of God...

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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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