Volunteers of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army posing for the cameras, armed with American-supplied assault rifles and light machine-guns

Bill O’Reilly And America’s Reporting Of The Troubles

Do you remember the days when editors or producers working in the newsrooms of New York, Washington or Los Angeles would contact their London-based “European correspondent” and ask him – or more rarely, her – to cover a high-profile story connected to the conflict in “Northern Ireland”? Throughout the late 1960s to early 1990s most … Continue reading

Joint footpatrol of British UDA terrorists and British Army soldiers

Terror Breeds Terror

Following on from my brief post criticising the agenda-loaded commentary by certain media-friendly “experts” on matters military and intelligence-related, in particular the claim by the right-wing British security journalist Paul Beaver that in “20 years of fighting PIRA… and Real IRA operatives, not one to my recollection, ever said they had been radicalized as an Irish nationalist terrorist … Continue reading

Agóid Tobstailce @ Dáil Éireann

Stoking The Fires Of Hate

Conservative journalist and current Irish Independent columnist Sarah Carey has spent much of her career railing against the “national language” of Ireland and those citizens and communities who speak it. Since the early 2000s she has penned numerous articles for newspapers based both at home and abroad attacking the position of the Irish language in … Continue reading

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

People Are Made Radical, Not Born Radical

Paul Beaver is a veteran British defence journalist and member of the ultra-conservative Henry Jackson Society who has been regularly sought out by the international news media for his analyses of various conflicts around the world, notably the 1966-2005 Long War in the north-east of Ireland. Here he is speaking to the German newspaper Deutsche Welle (DW) on … Continue reading

Síle na gCrann, Binn Éadair, Fine Gall, Cúige Laighean, Éire

Síle Na gCrann

Remarkable the things one can find in nature when one is out an’ about. However, can anyone else see it? An organic Síle na gCrann? Or should that be Síle an Chrainn? Quite possibly it is just my artistic eye tracing patterns that are not there. In any case, more on the familiar man-made Síle na gCíoch here, not to … Continue reading

Caoibec - Québec

Speak White

Canada’s National Post newspaper, a staunchly federalist (aka. “Unionist”) publication, carries a typically angry tirade by the writer and presenter Dan Delmar against laws in his home territory of Québec promoting equality between Francophone and Anglophone citizens. Delmar argues that such regulations are needlessly onerous and that: “…sympathetic allies in media are all too willing to indulge … Continue reading

The origins of the Celts in western Europe - the Atlantic homeland of the Celtic-speaking peoples

The Proto-Indo-European Urheimat

I know that quite a few ASF readers share my interest in the historical origins of the Indo-European peoples but this recent article from Science Mag is a fair introduction to the subject, as well as highlighting some potentially exciting new studies: “What do you call a male sibling? If you speak English, he is … Continue reading

Je Suis Gael

Slut-Shaming Irish-Speakers

The so-called “politicised nature” of the Irish language is one of the rhetorical weapons brandished by English language diatribists in Ireland every time our indigenous tongue achieves some modicum of success in growth or societal acceptance. It is a well-bloodied hammer used to bludgeon Irish-speaking communities with a familiar message: Gaels know thy place! With language equality making the headlines both nationally and regionally the grey-haired war nags of … Continue reading

Ireland in chains

Decolonization Begins With One Word

From Vice Magazine, the campaign by Native Australian communities to reassert their cultural, linguistic and territorial rights: “On February 9, members of the National Freedom Movement gathered on the lawns at Parliament House in Canberra to present the Australian minister for Indigenous affairs, Nigel Scullion, with the Aboriginal Sovereign Manifesto of Demands. This document calls … Continue reading

Armed and armoured officers of a Regional Support Unit in the Garda Síochána

Coalition Loyalists Are Rewarded While Protesters Are Imprisoned

In the first half of 2011 Enda Kenny’s self-proclaimed “democratic revolution” brought his centre-right Fine Gael party to power in Ireland, supported by the nominally centre-left Labour Party. Despite claims that the new administration would break the decades old practice of cronyism, nepotism and party-largesse that characterized Irish political parties in government since the 1960s … Continue reading

An officer of the Garda Public Order Unit or riot squad, An Garda Síochána, Ireland

Unleash The Dogs Of Policing

Is it safe to comment on political matters in contemporary Ireland if one lacks the fig-leaf protection that comes with membership of our supine media cartels? If one takes a critical line on the current Fine Oibre administration does that make one a political dissident? Will the “dogs of policing” be dispatched if one crosses … Continue reading

Volunteers of the Irish Republican Army in surplus US Army combat uniforms, one armed with an American-supplied M16 assault rifle, Occupied North of Ireland, 1970s

Respecting The Dead And The Living

The Battle of the Short Strand is widely regarded as one of the seminal events in the long history of the 1966-2005 conflict in the north-east of Ireland. Over the course of the 27th and 28th of June 1970 several ill-armed Volunteers of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army defended the isolated Irish Nationalist enclave of the … Continue reading

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