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The BBC Challengers Election Debate 2015

Did Nicola Sturgeon, the formidable SNP leader and current First Minster of Scotland, emerge as the winner from last night’s televised debate of the “challengers” in the UK general election? She … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · 16 Comments

The So-Called Irish Press

The meaning of the English idiom “so-called” is generally given as, “So named; called by such a name, with a very strong connotation that the item is not worthy of that … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 5 Comments

9/11 Or The Saudi Arabian Terrorist Attack That Wasn’t

The New York Post newspaper carries more information on the investigations carried out by the FBI in the wake of the Al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington in September 2001, … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 5 Comments

The Bloody Demonisation Of Political Opponents By Fine Gael And Labour

This is what happens when members of the political establishment, the governing coalition parties and the sycophantic right-wing national press, conspire together to present ordinary citizens protesting the imposition of iniquitous taxes on … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 12 Comments

Seanad Éireann, A Legislative House For All Of Ireland

  Seanad Éireann, the quasi-democratic upper house of the Oireachtas, has an unenviable record for cronyism and patronage, serving down through the years as a salaried, expenses-paid home for various … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 4 Comments

How The United States’ Both Destroyed And Saved The Taliban

In the latter half of 2001 the United States of America, supported by Britain, and later in co-operation with a resurgent United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan (the so-called Northern Alliance), went … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Paramilitary Wing Of The CIA And The Russian Cybermilitary

Here is an interesting peek at the increasing militarisation of the Central Intelligence Agency or CIA, the premier espionage service of the United States – the one you see in all the movies … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Hugogate Or The Hugo Awards, Sad Puppies And Rabid Puppies

When I was growing up in Ireland during the 1980s and ’90s possessing a passion for Science-Fiction almost inevitably led one to holding Left or Centre-left beliefs. Before I became interested in politics proper … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 7 Comments

Channel 4 News On The Kincora Boys Home Scandal

I’ve used the platform presented by An Sionnach Fionn to discuss the Kincora Boys Home scandal on many occasions in the past, and now Channel 4 News in Britain has taken … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Rump British Colony In Ireland Goes Into Monty Python Mode

So the regional political parties in the north-east of Ireland, the last administrative rump of the British colony on this island nation, were denied a presence at the UK’s recent all-party television debates in … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 13 Comments

Gene Kerrigan’s MediaBite Interview

MediaBite, a website founded in 2007 by David Manning and Miriam Cotton to analyse the intellectually incestuous group-think of Irish journalism, has an excellent interview with Gene Kerrigan, one of the very few left-wing newspaper … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

American Reporting On Ireland Plays Like An Episode Of The Sons Of Anarchy

  As feared the short piece on the Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams by 60 Minutes, the primetime current affairs show for the CBS television network in the United States, largely met the low expectations … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Mexicanisation Of Irish Policing

  For at least four decades allegations of systemic corruption have swirled around sections of An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s national police service. These have stretched from repeated claims of undue influence … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Gerry Adams, CBS’ 60 Minutes And The Journalism Of Stereotype

I’ve stated before on ASF that the vast majority of “Western” career journalists don’t know their arse from their elbow when it comes to writing about the minutiae of politics and … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

The War Nerd On The Conflict In Yemen

The War Nerd, the nom de guerre of the military blogger Gary Brecher (who in turn is the alledged nom de plume of the itinerant Irish-American writer and poet John Dolan), is one … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

The 2016 Proclamation Of The Irish Republic Inc.

In light of Enda Kenny’s suggestion of a “new proclamation” for 2016, comes this leaked government draft: THE FINE OIBRE COALITION GOVERNMENT OF THE IRISH REPUBLIC INC. TO THE PEOPLE … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 30 Comments

Putting The Éire In Ireland

For the last four or five years of An Sionnach Fionn I have been promoting the potential benefits of “language tourism” for Ireland’s economy. The indigenous culture of this island nation represents a largely untapped … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 16 Comments

British-Backed Separatists In Ireland’s Ulster Region Renew Offensive

A chilling interview in the Daily Beast with “Big John”, a notorious commander with the British separatist militias in the north-east of Ireland where a terror campaign is being waged against the authority … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 7 Comments

No British Justice, No Irish Peace

  Couple of things brought to my attention. The first is the case of Christy Walsh, a citizen of this republic, who in 1991 was stopped on a street in … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

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