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The Blog Awards Ireland 2015

I’ve received several messages from attentive readers in relation to the Blog Awards Ireland 2015, which are now open for nominations, asking whether An Sionnach Fionn will be participating in … Continue reading

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The United States, War Junkie

The always excellent Tom Dispatch has an insightful article by William Astore, a former US air force lieutenant colonel, on what he regards as his nation’s addiction to ” war”: whether at … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s Bilingual Nation

  The European version of Politico, the American news and current affairs website, has a short article by Timothy Snyder on the information-conflict Ukraine, including this interesting account of the … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Confederate Flaggers And Unionist Fleggers

The similarities between the extreme fringe of the British unionist minority in the north-eastern part of Ireland and the extreme fringe of the neo-confederate minority in the southern part of the … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 11 Comments

It Pays To Be Adam But Rarely Eve

To be a woman in a world where some men have cast aside the necessary bonds of civilization is a dreadful fate indeed. Yet that is the lot allocated to tens of millions of … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 3 Comments

Kurdish Victories In Syria And Iraq Make For Nervous Turks

Just as things were beginning to look up for the various Kurdish factions fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, reports out of Turkey indicate that the authorities there are contemplating a major cross-border expedition to uproot the … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Israel’s Journey From Jewish State To Pariah State

Are there any issues more divisive in “Western” political discourse than the existence, history and policies of the modern nation-state of Israel? Outside of the United States and a few other … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Irish Is Not Dying, Irish Is Being Killed

When the greater part of Ireland won its independence from the United Kingdom in the early 1920s the number of native Irish-speakers across the island, north and south, was close … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 38 Comments

Dylann Roof, The Last Rhodesian – Or Ulsterman

In the wake of the racially-motivated massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, by Dylann Roof, a self-proclaimed Far Right militant with a fondness for the former regimes of apartheid-era South Africa … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 9 Comments

Supporting The Kurds

Malcolm Harris in the New Republic focuses on the great anomaly of the conflict in Syria and Iraq: the United States’ continued designation of some Kurdish political movements as “terrorists” despite … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

JK Rowling, In Defence Of Greater England

Sometimes an individual should simply stick to doing what he or she does best. In the case of the British author J.K. Rowling her “best” is continuing her spectacularly successful career of … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 10 Comments

Catalan Nationalists Breaking Under The Pressure?

Despite the recent general election landslide for Nicola’s Sturgeon’s SNP in Scotland, independence remains an unlikely prospect in the near to medium future for the northern Gaelic nation, given last … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

The British Army’s “Tuzo Plan” Of 1972

Over on the Broken Elbow blog the veteran Irish journalist Ed Moloney has a detailed examination of the British Army’s so-called “Tuzo Plan“, named after its originator General Sir Harry Craufurd … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Don’t Hate The Gays, Hate The Mothers Who Made Them Gay

The recent decision by a majority of voters in Ireland to support the inclusion of marriage-equality in our constitution continues to echo around the world, particularly amongst dismayed Christian fundamentalists in the United States. The positive outcome in … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 6 Comments

Collusion Or The Secret History Of The British “Jihad” In Ireland

One might well regard it as forty years and several hundred deaths too late but RTÉ, Ireland’s public service broadcaster, seems to have finally recognised the need to investigate and report on the details … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · 8 Comments

Uaigh Éadaoine, Éadaoin’s Grave, Hill Of Howth

Ceann Bhinn Éadair or Howth Head is the suburbanised peninsula overlooking the northern half of Dublin Bay, a headland that is geographically dominated by three tall peaks, Binn Éadair or the “Summit of Éadar” (anglicised as the … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

Irish Language Rights Are No Rights At All

Coincidental to the temporary silencing of a compliant Irish press by a billionaire businessman whose past dealings have become mired in controversy, the Irish Times reports on the Fine Gael-Labour coalition’s new rules … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 20 Comments

Substituting Numbers For Results In Iraq And Syria

From a report last week by Reuters, republished throughout the “Western” news media: “More than 10,000 Islamic State militants have been killed since an international coalition launched a campaign against … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Battle of Pettigo and Belleek, May To June 1922

The Battle of Pettigo and Belleek in the summer of 1922 was the largest military confrontation between the Irish Republican Army and the British Occupation Forces in Ireland since the … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 3 Comments

The National Flag Of Ireland Flies Over Stormont

The Green, White and Orange flies over the north-east’s regional assembly building at Stormont. We are living in the end days of the British colony in Ireland, whether others wish it or … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · 13 Comments

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

On Thursday the 28th of May the independent TD Catherine Murphy, a recent campaigner against fiscal impropriety and corruption in Irish society, made a contribution to Dáil Éireann questioning the business dealings of Denis O’Brien, the influential Ireland-born entrepreneur and … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Britain’s Army Of Serial Killers In Ireland 

In the late 1980s and early ‘90s British terrorist groups in the north-east of Ireland began to justify their attacks on the Irish nationalist population in the contested region – … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 13 Comments

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