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Peter Kosminsky’s Islamic State

Peter Kosminsky’s Islamic State

  • August 22, 2017
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The violence that we call terrorism has always been surrounded by a curious paradox. On the one hand virtually every terrorist emergency in history has declared terrorism to be a unique threat to society,  yet the societies under the threat of terrorist violence are generally not encouraged and are even actively discouraged from thinking about...

Burkini Madness

Burkini Madness

  • August 25, 2016
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Anyone who has travelled in France this summer will have found it difficult to ignore the state of emergency with which the French state has responded to Daesh’s savage provocations.    In Banyuls-sur-Mer, we found the main road by the beach guarded by armed soldiers, presumably mindful of a repeat of the attack on Tunisia...

2016: The Summer of Blood

2016: The Summer of Blood

  • July 27, 2016
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Keep calm and carry on might seem like a rather banal piece of advice, faced with the seemingly endless and unstoppable conveyor belt of atrocities unfolding before us in Baghdad, Kabul,and Istanbul, in Florida, Nice and Germany.

Shoppers in a Baghdad shopping mall; gay and lesbian clubbers; children watching fireworks; disabled residents of a care home;...

Nice and the Atrocity Factory

Nice and the Atrocity Factory

  • July 16, 2016
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Yesterday evening I was driving to play a game of tennis, when I heard the sounds of screaming people on the radio being mown down  by a truck  in Nice.  I immediately turned it off. This isn’t because I think I have some privileged right to ignore such horrors.  But I don’t need to hear...

2016: All Aboard the Armageddon Express

2016: All Aboard the Armageddon Express

  • January 02, 2016
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One thing you can say about the maniacs who are intent on dragging us to destruction is they don’t waste any time.   They don’t listen to seasonal bromides from the Queen or anywhere else asking us to light candles in the darkness.

Not for them New Year messages about peace, hope and goodwill.  In a...

We Bomb Therefore We Are

We Bomb Therefore We Are

  • November 23, 2015
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Many people who have never read a word of military history or strategy will have come across the Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz’s famous observation that “war is politics (policy) by other means.”   If wars are fought in pursuit of political goals, then it follows that governments will know what these goals are, and...

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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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