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Full Spectrum Idiocy

  • June 30, 2015
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Governments rarely have anything honest to say in response to terrorist atrocities, and they rarely have anything intelligent, insightful or useful to say about them either.     Invariably they lapse into the standard bargain-basement cant that has acquired such tedious traction over the last fourteen years: we shall not cower…an attack against all of...

Guest Post: News from Tunisia

  • September 30, 2012
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Via Amanda Sebestyen, a translated update on recent events over the last few days in Tunisia from Tunisian blogger Charfeddine Nasri of the Karama association for unemployed graduates in Kasserine, Tunisia:

– A man has died from police beatings when he was arrested at a protest;

– A male protestor has reported that he was raped by...

Guest Post: Call to support Tunisian Artists

  • June 19, 2012
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I’m circulating this important appeal from the Tunisian Collective for Art, Culture and Freedom, as a guest post:

Dear Friends,

We imagine that you have been following the current news in Tunisia these days. Here is a short recap:

Repeated physical aggressions against Tunisian artists and intellectuals have taken place in several regions of the country: In March...

Lampedusa 1

  • June 22, 2011
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LAMPEDUSA, Italy – It”s 4.30 in the morning and the full moon is low in the sky above Lampedusa harbour as the Guardia di Finanza patrol boat escorts a fishing boat containing 19 Tunisian migrants into the closed military port. They include six women, one child and to the amusement of the Medicins...

Guest post: Regueb, A town in revolt

  • May 27, 2011
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The civil war in Libya has tended to overshadow events in Tunisia, the country where the ‘Arab Spring’ began in January.   Amanda Sebestyen has just visited the Tunisian town of Regueb as a guest  of the World Social Forum.   This is what she found:


High on a hill a message in Arabic...

The End of Schengen?

  • May 07, 2011
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Is Europe’s horror of ‘immigration’  paving the way for the unravelling of one of the key components of European integration – the ‘borderless’ Schengen Area?   It’s certainly beginning to look that way. Last week the EU Home Office Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom announced forthcoming discussions to introduce a ‘temporary reintroduction of limited internal border controls...

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