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Oscar Martinez: A History of Violence

  • July 28, 2016
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Many years ago, in 1993 I visited the bombed out ruins of the town of Aguacayo,   the former ‘capital’ of the FMLN-held liberated zone in Guazapa Province during much of   El Salvador’s 12-year civil war.   It was just only one year after the guerrillas had disarmed in   the town   as...

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;...

Boris Johnson’s Big Day Out

  • July 23, 2016
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Politically speaking, schadenfreude tends to be a consolatory emotion, whose pleasures are generally ephemeral and sharpened by defeat.   Even so,  the humiliation of Boris John last week was worth the price of admission.    I’m referring, of course, to the car crash press conference in which Johnson appeared alongside John Kerry and found himself...

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...

Mayday! Mayday!

  • July 15, 2016
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I’ve just returned to Brexitland after a week in the Aragonese Pyrenees with my daughter. During that time we continued to follow the tumultuous events that have convulsed our tormented island: Chilcot; the PLP’s viciously inept coup; the rapid extinction of the wretched Andrea Leadsom and the coronation of Theresa May; the ongoing racism coursing...

Labour Plotters: Stop your Sobbing

  • June 30, 2016
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I’m sorry to hear that some of the MPs who have turned on Jeremy Corbyn these last few days have been crying.  Angela Eagle looks weepy every time she appears on tele, and now Margaret Beckett has cried on air   It’s sad, but then there has been a lot of sadness and tears...

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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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