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Fortress Europe Book Launch

  • November 07, 2015
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Next week sees the publication of the UK paperback edition of Fortress Europe: Inside the War Against Immigration, and I’ve got a couple of events coming up in London to mark the occasion.  On    Wednesday evening, I’ll be participating in a round table discussion at the Institute of Race Relations with the author and legal expert on EU immigration and human rights law Frances Webber and Ali Ceesay, spokesperson for Children of Calais.  Details here:

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November 11, 2015

To celebrate the publication of the second edition of journalist Matthew Carr”s Fortress Europe:...

Snobbery is Good for You

  • November 02, 2015
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Today, while waiting to have my hair cut, I happened to come across a Howard Jacobson article in the weekly Independent about Germaine Greer.    This wasn’t an unexpected or a guilty pleasure.  I rarely find reading Jacobson a pleasure at all, and I don’t really care too much to hear about what...

Eduardo Galeano 1940-2015: Presente

  • April 16, 2015
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I was sorry to hear of the death of Eduardo Galeano   this week.       There was a time when he had a big impact on my own political formation and my own understanding of history.   I first read Open Veins of Latin America sometime in the late 70s when I...

Je Suis Raif Badawi

  • January 17, 2015
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We’ve heard a great deal over the last two weeks from Western governments about free speech and freedom of expression.   We’ve heard that free speech is a defining value of our civilization that ‘the terrorists’ want to take away from us.     We’ve heard from Francois Hollande that ‘France has principles and values,...

The folly of Roberto Saviano

  • January 15, 2015
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I’m a huge admirer of Roberto Saviano’s remorseless denunciation of the Neapolitan Camorra Gomorrah.   When I read it some years ago I was blown away by its incendiary prose, its moral fury and the almost reckless courage of its author.   Literary reviewers often refer to ‘brave’ books from writers who face no risks,...

Terrorism: the Medea Syndrome

Terrorism: the Medea Syndrome

  • September 14, 2014
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Violence is a recurring theme in  Greek classical drama,  and the works of the three great tragic dramatists Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripedes.     All three were citizens of a democratic Athenian state that waged wars of conquest as well as defensive wars against foreign aggression, and some of them participated in these wars.  ...

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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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