Radicalisation, terrorism and suspicion

« Le terroriste n’est pas celui que vous croyez », Interview for [January 08, 2021]

« Homo terrorismus » – 4 questions à F. Thuillier & E.P. Guittet, Mediapart, [December 15, 2020]

« La encrucijada de Macron : ¿ qué hacer para frenar el terrorismo en Francia ? », La Semana [October 24, 2020]

« Procès des attentats de janvier 2015 : pourquoi il ne faut pas surévaluer les motivations religieuses des terroristes », Luc Chatel, Le Monde, 31 août 2020

Espagne : Felipe González de nouveau pointé du doigt pour avoir soutenu des mercenaires anti-ETA”, interview for Mediapart [June 16, 2020]

We need to remove free movement from the vicious circle of security‘, Open Democracy [February 03, 2016], with Didier Bigo

While freedoms, such as the principles of equality and non-discrimination, the presumption of innocence and respect for privacy, undoubtedly still exist, they have been relegated to the margins” (read more).

Is Mass surveillance effective in the fight against terrorism?’, Mapping Security [December 11, 2015]

“If surveillance is part of a counter-terrorist strategy then it is acceptable as long as it is proportionate, defined and restricted by law and monitored by the judiciary and the Parliamentary process. The major issue is when surveillance is unclear – both in terms of objectives, scale and techniques employed – and falls under the radar of parliamentary and judiciary scrutiny” (Read more …)

How generalised suspicion destroys society’, Open Democracy [January 7, 2015]

Generalised suspicion might be the ultimate destroyer of the social fabric as it thrives on betrayal and fosters mutual distrust and demoralisation. In effect, one might say that the possibility of being beyond suspicion has been forsaken” (Read more …)

Syria in our mind – Fear of radicalisation across Europe’, Open Democracy  [June 4, 2014] with Didier Bigo, Laurent Bonelli and Francesco Ragazzi

We commonly gauge the dangerousness of these returnees on biased assumptions: going to Syria is very often read only within the framework of an intentional desire for Jihad, and radicalisation is commonly understood as a linear, mechanical and incremental process following the old and not so wise adage, once a thief, always a thief” (Read more…)

Memories of violence

Aziz’s notebook: transmitting the memory of violence‘, Open Democracy [an interview with Chowra Makaremi, May 26, 2015]

“When you describe in painful detail having your grandfather’s notebook read aloud by your aunt, these secrets are revealed in a very extraordinary way. Suddenly, a suppressed memory buried under the years is voiced again. It is the memory of your own family, but also the memory of a collective experience of violence” (Read more …)

Terra de ninguém (No man’s land)‘, Explosive Politics [August 8, 2014]

Paulo de Figueiredo slaughtered children, women and men in the four corners of the world. He is now living the twilight of his life under a bridge in the company of an African refugee. In a mess of plastic bags and containers, Paulo sings an Angolan song in an improvised duet with his comrade of misfortune” (Read more…)

Garlic, Lemon and Onion” – A 1950s Spanish clandestine manual on explosives

I was introduced to the remarkable “Garlic, Lemon and Onion” by “Bernard” who is living in the South West of France, in the vicinity of Toulouse. Bernard is a charming eccentric man. He is not a political activist at all. He inherited this leaflet from his grandfather “Edmond” among other anarchist documents written in Spanish and in French”  (Read more…)

Archives of violence

International Times Archives – Voice of the British underground’, Explosive Politics

International Times is a remarkable barometer of the 1960s and 1970s British underground political debates, musical creativity, theatrical avant-garde tendencies and psychedelic experiences” (Read more…)

American Subversive I – The Archive of the Liberation News Service (LNS)

Liberation News Service reporters and photographers have travelled to North Vietnam, Africa, and Latin America. They met guerrillas in the liberated zones of Guinea-Bissau and witnessed the beginnings of the new government of Salvador Allende in Chile (Read more…)

Strips on political violence! A taste of 1980s radical francophone comics‘, Explosive Politics

With the first volume, Les autonomes [The autonomous], Belgium does not exist anymore. Flanders went fascist and Brussels became an international hub for ultra-neo-liberal politics. Wallonia instead became a paradise for alternative energies and free love governed by the Green party” (read more…)

‘Flood the market with alternative writing! – Fanzines repositories in Europe’, Explosive Politics

Basque Country

Biolentzia politikoa eta antiterrorismoa [Political violence and counter-terrorism], TV interview Beranduegi Web Telebista , 31. Saioa [n°31], October 12, [13’.12 (4’.25 – 6’.31)] and ‘Terrorismo hitzak erabat preso gauzka’, Argia, September, n° 2288: 10-14


Indéfendable antiterrorisme clandestin‘, Jakilea, Le Témoin – bulletin du Comité pour la défense des Droits de l’Homme en Pays Basque, 101: 8-9

L’Histoire du GAL’, Enbata – hebdomadaire politique basque [Euskal Astekari Politikoa], 2131 [3 June 2010]

La coopération antiterroriste en Europe‘, Jakilea, Le Témoin – bulletin du Comité pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme en Pays Basque, 71: 8-9

Le GAL mis en perspective‘, Enbata – hebdomadaire politique basque [Euskal Astekari Politikoa], n°1690: 5-8.