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Latest issue of Arches

  • August 14, 2011
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The latest issue of the Cordoba Foundation quarterly Arches is just out, on the subject of Europe’s Islamic Roots.  I’ve got a piece in it on the expulsion of the Spanish Moriscos and its relevance to contemporary Europe.  You can download the journal or order a hard copy at


Radio silence

  • June 15, 2011
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I’m in Lampedusa at the moment, with only intermittent Internet access.     Too intermittent in any case, to have the opportunity to blog.   Up this morning at 4.30 to watch 19 Tunisian migrants being brought ashore by the Guardia di Finanza.     Back online soon!


Science Fiction in the Present

  • May 24, 2011
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On Thursday I’m one of the participants in a workshop organized by the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University on the subject of Science Fiction in the Present: Military Technology and Contemporary Culture. I’ll be speaking about dystopian military futures – a subject I wrote about last year in an article for...

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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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