Notes From the Margins…

Beyond Satire

  • April 27, 2011
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The spectacle of Berlusconi and Sarkozy, two of the sleaziest and most cynical rightwing politicians in Europe, calling for a revision of the ‘borderless’ Schengen Area in response to the recent arrivals of undocumented migrants from North Africa is not an edifying sight.     For years the European Union provided weaponry and political support...

The Man from Nowhere

  • April 26, 2011
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I recently visited the birthplace of Andy Warhol in eastern Slovakia, while researching my book on borders and immigration.   On Sunday I published a piece in the New York Times International Weekly based on some ideas that came out of that trip.   You can read the piece here:

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Sandals In Harrogate

  • April 25, 2011
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As usual I’ve spent the Easter weekend at the National Union of Teachers conference in Harrogate, where my partner is a delegate.      There’s always a striking disconnect between what happens at these annual conferences and the way they are reported in the UK media.     As an occasional conference  observer and an...

Multiculturalism is bad for you

  • April 22, 2011
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Superb article by  Liz Fekete at the Institute of Race Relations on the European-wide convergence between mainstream conservatives and the extreme-right in their attacks on multiculturalism.   Her central thesis is that, at a time of economic crisis

In singling out multiculturalism as a threat to national identity, the leaders of Europe’s centre-right parties...

Libya – War Without End?

  • April 21, 2011
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The news that French, Italian and British military advisors will be working with Libyan rebels – only ‘advising’ mind, not fighting – is another escalation of an ‘intervention’ that has already gone far beyond its original remit, and which is unlikely to produce a positive outcome – if it ends at all.

It is clear that...

Priorities

  • April 19, 2011
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Those cynics out there who were puerile and cheap enough to believe that the invasion  of Iraq had anything to do with oil, or who doubted the noble and high-minded aspirations of its architects to remove the threat of weapons of mass destruction, save the Iraqi people from an evil dictator, spread peace and...

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.

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