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Alan Dershowitz doesn’t get his own way

  • February 07, 2013
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I just got back from a lightning visit to Paris, where I was interviewed for a forthcoming documentary history of anarchism directed by the production company Temps Noir for Arte – the French equivalent of Channel 4.     It was a really enjoyable interview, lasting about two and half hours, and will form part of a comprehensive two or three part history covering anarchism internationally, from its origins to the present.

I spoke mostly about the ‘anarchist terror’ of the late nineteenth centuries, its motivations, dimensions and state responses etc.   It’s difficult, if...

Saying sorry to Israel

  • February 01, 2013
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In the last week or so a lot of people have been saying   to Israel on both sides of the Atlantic.   On Friday David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East,   wrote the following words on his website after signing a Holocaust Memorial book in anticipation of last Sunday’s Holocaust Memorial Day:

‘Having...

The Invisible Dead

  • January 24, 2013
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I had a bit of an Internet disaster yesterday, when I upgraded WordPress and my entire blog disappeared,   to be replaced by the dreaded White Screen of Death.     I felt as if I’d been airbrushed from history by technological forces outside by control – and my knowledge.     I had done...

Osama bin Laden: the Western

  • January 16, 2013
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Over at Mondoweiss there is a superb critique of Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty by Deepa Kumar.   Previous criticisms of the film have concentrated on Bigelow and her scriptwriter Mark Boal’s promotion of torture in its account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and its starry-eyed reliance on CIA sources in doing so.

Kumar...

Staring at Screens

  • December 19, 2012
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What do the mass murderers of the 21st century have in common?  It seems they all love to play violent video games.   At his trial Anders Breivik told the court  how he had used  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2  to familiarize himself with the use of holographic sights and develop ‘target...

Obama threatens Israel

  • November 19, 2012
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Clearly emboldened by his recent electoral victory, Barack Obama has embarked on a radical and historic change of direction regarding America’s relationship with Israel.  During a state visit to Thailand this weekend, the president called on Israel to halt what he called a ‘gratuitous and murderous assault’ on the Gaza Strip.

Obama dismissed Israel’s claims...

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