Category Archives: The War on Terrorism

Hey, mainstream media! Here are some pointers for doing your job

Dear Journalists of the Mainstream Media, It is fair to say that, pretty much exactly as in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, you have failed once again to fulfil your professional mandate and live up to even … Continue reading

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Laughter and Resistance: Making Fun of Terry…

A year or two ago, I was asked to give an after dinner speech at a student Christmas party. When I asked why they had picked me, they said it was because students thought I was funny. When I heard … Continue reading

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Does Counter-terrorism work? Or, counter-terrorism as divination…

Imagine that one day Counter-terrorism officers appear on television and announce that to keep evil terrorists at bay – to protect us from the cancer of terrorism which daily haunts us – every family is required to leave a saucer … Continue reading

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The Terror of Fine Whiskey

Flying into Sydney airport for a transfer onto another flight to New Zealand recently, I discovered to my horror that the paranoid fantasies of the counter-terrorism imagination had claimed my fine single malt duty free whiskey as their latest victim. … Continue reading

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Interview: The ‘war on terror’ after bin Laden

Tom Mills of the New Left Project recently interviewed me about terrorism, the ‘war on terror’, critical terrorism studies and the challenges of being a critical scholar. This is what I told him… The ‘War on Terror’ after bin Laden … Continue reading

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