Notes From the Margins…

Guest post: Regueb, A town in revolt

  • May 27, 2011
  • by
The civil war in Libya has tended to overshadow events in Tunisia, the country where the ‘Arab Spring’ began in January.   Amanda Sebestyen has just visited the Tunisian town of Regueb as a guest  of the World Social Forum.   This is what she found:

 

High on a hill a message in Arabic...

Science Fiction in the Present

  • May 24, 2011
  • by

On Thursday I’m one of the participants in a workshop organized by the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University on the subject of Science Fiction in the Present: Military Technology and Contemporary Culture. I’ll be speaking about dystopian military futures – a subject I wrote about last year in an article for...

Jesus and the whales

  • May 22, 2011
  • by

It’s the day after the beginning of the end of the world and outside my window everything seems calm in the neighbourhood.  There was no earthquake at six o’ clock yesterday and God’s elect do not seem to have floated upwards from their clothes and cars and wherever else they were, leaving the rest...

Los indignados

  • May 21, 2011
  • by

Astonishing events are unfolding in Spain, where anti-austerity protests have been taking place across the country  on the eve of regional and local elections. 20,000 people have turned the Puerta del Sol in Madrid into a mini Tahrir Square.   Last week there were protests in more than fifty cities, in what appears...

The gilded age

  • May 19, 2011
  • by

Corruption is a phenomenon that the British often prefer to associate with less civilised countries and Latin American ‘banana republics’ rather than the cradle of parliamentary democracy.   We prefer to use more polite and genteel terms such as ‘potential conflict of interest ‘ and ‘revolving doors’ to describe the incestuous relationship between politicians...

Europe rages against the machine

  • May 18, 2011
  • by

In Greece….

 

And Spain…

More at The Real News

 

...

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