Notes From the Margins…

Destroying and Degrading: the War Machine Grinds On

  • September 11, 2014
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It’s often difficult to determine whether the seemingly endless wars and interventions that followed the atrocities of 9/11 are directed by incompetents or by cunning and devious knaves.

For thirteen years now, the US and its allies have left a trail of violence across the world, which has left the shells of broken eggs everywhere but...

Go Scotland Go!

  • September 09, 2014
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The spectre of an independent Scotland no longer haunts Westminster – as a result of the recent polls placing the Yes campaign in the lead, it has now reduced the British political class and the media to abject terror.

After months of complacency, condescension, hysteria, celebrity-driven Better Togetherness, sentimental paeans to Britishness and three hundred years...

Beating Galloway

  • September 06, 2014
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On Friday 29 August the British parliamentarian Adam West, Conservative MP for South Benfield, was viciously attacked by a Muslim fanatic while posing for a photograph on a London street.     Horrified onlookers watched helplessly as the MP was punched in the head and knocked to the ground during a three-minute assault in which...

An Afternoon in Belchite

  • September 04, 2014
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Lower Aragon is a very different place to the towering peaks of the Aragonese Pyrenees, where I spent most of last week.   Drive south of Zaragoza and you leave the fertile plain of the Ebro River and pass through a strikingly weird lunar landscape of chalk-white hills that would make a perfect location for...

Gaza: Who Won?

  • August 31, 2014
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After seven weeks of horrendous violence,   the third Gaza war is over, leaving an eye-wateringly lop-sided audit of destruction.   On the Palestinian side, more than 2,143 people have been killed, included more than 400 children, and thousands injured.   17, 200 homes have been destroyed, and 100, 000 Palestinians made homeless.

Israel has levelled...

The Eyes of Richard Cheney

The Eyes of Richard Cheney

  • August 26, 2014
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Some years back, Faye Dunaway starred in a kinky thriller called The Eyes of Laura Mars.    Dunaway plays a glamorous fashion photographer who specializes in taking pictures of stylised violence, only to develop a second sight that enables her to see actual murders through the eyes of a real-life killer.   At first sight...

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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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