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One, two, three viva l’Algerie

  • July 03, 2014
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Algeria is not a country that has had much to celebrate recently.     In the 1990s, the Algerian government’s refusal to accept an imminent Islamist victory in national elections prompted a savage conflict between the ruling FLN and an array of Islamist groups.

An estimated 150, 000 Algerians died in a war of massacres and...

Who Are We? We’re Christians!

  • April 22, 2014
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Given the shallowness and political opportunism of David Cameron’s manufactured conversion, his suggestion that Britons should ‘ be more confident about our status as a Christian country’ has provoked a surprisingly vigorous debate, with critics and defenders rising up to pronounce upon Lord Snooty’s assertions.

The ‘against’ group includes Alastair Campbell, the Rationalist Association, the National...

A Europe of the Far Right?

  • November 18, 2013
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It’s never good news when the European far-right gets internationalist,   and the announcement that Marine Le Pen and Gert Wilders are planning to co-operate in next year’s European Parliament elections in an attempt to ‘fight this monster called Europe’   ought to raise alarm bells.

This is the first time the far-right has tried to...

Sarkozy: la France c’est moi

  • March 12, 2012
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What do you do when you are the president of France and you are facing a crushing  defeat at the hands of the centre-left in forthcoming elections next month,  and a substantial swathe of the electorate thinks that you are the worst French leader since World War II?

If you are Nicolas Sarkozy, this...

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...

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