On having enemies

In May last year, the police in Massachusetts had a problem. They had the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston bombers, but nowhere to bury it. Cemeteries in three states had refused to provide a plot for his remains. The chief of police even went on national television to ask for help. He [...]

Christmas, violence & Sainsbury’s

'Is this the greatest Christmas ad ever?' A month ago, the British supermarket chain, Sainsbury's, released an ad commemorating the famous Christmas Day football match between British and German forces in 1914. In this ad, the celebration of Christmas becomes a universally shared circuit-breaker in the constancy of violence. This connection of Christmas Day and the temporary ceasefire [...]