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Bin Laden Day

  • May 02, 2012
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It’s exactly one year since the president of the world’s most powerful democracy sent a team of Navy Seals to kill the world’s most wanted man in his pyjamas in a rundown house compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.   Who can forget that historic  moment which a photographer captured for posterity,...

Discussing Breivik

  • April 17, 2012
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Yesterday I appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service programme World Have Your Say to debate the Breivik trial, which is still available here.   The programme was an interesting format; it’s basically an open discussion with only light chairing from the presenter, involving participants from various countries who speak to each...

Himmler, Breivik and the ‘invention of tradition’

  • February 22, 2012
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I’ve just read Heather Pringle’s magisterial The Master Plan: Himmler’s Scholars and the Holocaust.  It’s an astonishing and ground-breaking feat of scholarship which traces the obscure history of the Ahnenerbe, the elite ‘study society for Intellectual Ancient History’ created by Himmler to investigate the SS chief’s historical fantasies and quack theories about Aryan racial...

Free Speech and Straw men

  • July 29, 2011
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One of the interesting things about writing on the Internet, as opposed to the printed press, is that you very quickly become aware of the responses to what you have written.   This experience is not always particularly uplifting.

Earlier this week I wrote a piece for the First Post online magazine on the Norway killings...

Simon Jenkins, Anders Breivik and the ‘Madman Scenario’

  • July 27, 2011
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There is a rather weak piece by Simon Jenkins in today’s Guardian on why “the last thing Norway needs is illiberal Britain’s patronising.”   Jenkins has been good on terrorism in the past,  and he is one of the few critical voices in the mainstream media on the political manipulation of 9/11 and terrorism in general,...

The Paranoid Style in European Politics

  • July 25, 2011
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From the English Defence League to Marine Le Pen’s National Front,  the European far-right has been  at pains to condemn Anders Behring Breivik’s psychotic act of holy war on Friday.  These condemnations may well be sincere, but it is too easy and convenient for these organizations to dismiss the atrocities in Norway as the work...

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