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The Chapel Hill Murders

The Chapel Hill Murders

  • February 12, 2015
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There are times when one feels numbed into a stupefaction by the horrors that churn through the mass media on an almost daily basis.   But the murders of the three North Carolina Muslim students Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha two days ago on a North Carolina...

Europe’s Migrants: let them die, God will know his own

  • February 10, 2015
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Even by the awful standards of Europe’s maritime borders, the deaths of 29 migrants last Sunday are a terrible testament to the continent’s collective indifference. Late last Sunday, two Italian coastguard boats picked up 105 migrants from an inflatable boat in rough seas off the Libyan coast, in which waves were as high as 8...

ISIS: the Cinematic Caliphate

ISIS: the Cinematic Caliphate

  • February 09, 2015
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Ever since its astonishing rampage through central Iraq last year, the organization known as ISIS/Daesh has demonstrated a propensity for extreme violence and cruelty that makes its jihadist predecessors look mild by comparison.    At times ISIS almost appears to engaged in some kind of competition to surpass each disgusting act of viciousness with something...

Farage in Rotherham

  • February 07, 2015
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The Jay and Casey reports on the Rotherham sexual abuse scandal make grim and horrific reading.     They describe a vicious pattern of   rape, sexual abuse and blackmail of young white girls by men of mostly Pakistani origins; the manipulation of vulnerable and dysfunctional teenagers by corrupt sugar daddies without a trace of...

Terrorism and the State: a Marriage made in Hell

Terrorism and the State: a Marriage made in Hell

  • February 05, 2015
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It’s long been something of a truism in the world of terrorism studies that non-state terrorists carry out extreme acts of violence in order to provoke an extreme reaction from the army or the government they’re fighting.

In some cases this strategy is intended to compensate for the military weakness of the organisations that carry out...

The United States of Human Rights

  • February 04, 2015
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Let no one say that the United States government doesn’t take human rights seriously.   Let every dictator or human right abuser take note that the United States will not tolerate any regime that commits acts of violence and terror against their own people.     On Monday an Egyptian court upheld 183 death sentences...

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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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