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Twilight in Gellerland

  • August 02, 2011
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As an example of callous brutality and gimlet-eyed hatred, the latest take on the Norway killings by American ‘counter-jihadist’ Pamela Geller takes some beating. According to Geller, the Labour Party summer camp at Utoeya was in fact an ‘anti-semitic indoctrination centre.’

How does she know this?  Because one of the survivors of the massacre told...

Bano Rashid RIP

  • July 30, 2011
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Bano Rashid, the 18-year-old Kurdish refugee and Labour party youth activist was the first of the ‘Marxist Hunter ‘ Anders Breivik’s victims on Utoeya island to be buried in Norway yesterday.  The funeral service was presided over by an imam and a Christian pastor and attended by her Kurdish family, her Norwegian friends and...

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...

Simon Jenkins and the madman scenario

  • July 27, 2011
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There is a rather weak piece by Simon Jenkins in today’s Guardian which makes the argument that  ‘the last thing Norway needs is illiberal Britain’s patronising.’   Jenkins has been good on terrorism in the past,  and has been one of the few critical voices in the mainstream media on the political...

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...

Murder in Norway

  • July 23, 2011
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Once again our species has disgraced itself with yesterday’s vile acts of  mass murder in Norway.   We don’t yet know much about Anders Behring Breivik,    his motives, political affiliations or organizational connections, if any.   But it now seems clear that the killings were the work of a  ‘...

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