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On the Hate Highway

On the Hate Highway

  • April 11, 2019
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Yesterday a British Muslim woman I follow on Twitter posted an anonymous message she had received threatening to skin her alive.  This was one of various similar threats that she has received, some of which she had reported to the police – without any response.   These threats were clearly intended to intimidate a politically outspoken...

Chapel Hill: Stop calling it ‘terrorism’

  • February 14, 2015
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Within hours, the Chapel Hill murders were subjected to competing arguments about whether the tragedy was a ‘hate-crime’ against Muslims or an ‘ordinary’ crime in which the religious identity of the victims was not a major factor.     The case against was presented at its most extreme by leading voices amongst the American conservative/’counterjihad’...

The Chapel Hill Murders

  • February 12, 2015
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There are times when one feels numbed into a stupefied sense of inevitability by the routine flow of horrors that churns 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...

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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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