Notes From the Margins…
Posts for US politics Category

Hillary Clinton: a Hawk in Hawk’s Clothing

  • February 07, 2016
  • by

I tend, for better or worse,  to be wary of progressive political surges in American politics that place too many expectations on who becomes president, and my attitude to Bernie Sanders is no exception.  On the one hand it’s heartening to see a self-proclaimed democratic socialist in the United States who is actually popular – and popular amongst young people.  At the same time I’m not impressed by his rather shallow and distinctly unprogressive foreign policy, and I’m not convinced about his ability to take on the very powerful forces that...

We Need to Talk About Agrabah

  • December 19, 2015
  • by

Last week’s poll of Republican primary voters by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling firm has attracted  the usual mockery and arrogance from  the usual suspects.  The poll found that 30 percent of Republican voters believe that the fictional nation of Agrabah, birthplace of Aladdin,  poses a national security threat to the...

Al Qaeda: Our New Enemy in the War on Terror

  • June 18, 2015
  • by

There was a time, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, when the world suddenly seemed simple and easy to understand, when the falling towers blew away any remaining clouds of ambiguity, nuance or complexity.   In those grim but bracing days,   everything seemed black and white and bathed in the luminous glow of ‘moral...

Come on let’s kick the poor (like we did last summer)

  • June 02, 2015
  • by

The Bible tells us that the poor will always be with us, and as long as they are around there will always be politicians willing to punish them for their poverty.     It might be the Wisconsin State Assembly, which has just approved legislation banning food stamp recipients from eating junk food and also...

The ISIS Caliphate: Salafism as a strategic asset?

  • May 22, 2015
  • by

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...

Pamela Geller’s free speech bloodfest

  • May 05, 2015
  • by

The aborted assault by two would-be jihadists on the ‘Muhammad art contest’ at the Curtis Culand Center in Garland, Texas on Sunday has added another grim chapter to a screechingly dishonest ‘free speech versus Islam’ debate that continues to gain deadly traction from one country to the next.   First things first: there is no...

About Me

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.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Events