Tá. Comhionannas. LADT - Yes. Equality. LGBT

Yes To Equality

There are many fair and progressive reasons to vote yes in the expected referendum on marriage equality later this year and I agree with most of them. However there is a less immediately obvious reason to support the constitutional amendment on same-sex relationships. A positive vote in the plebiscite will send out from Ireland a message of … Continue reading

Celebrating 100 years of terrorising the people of Ireland - the British Brown Shirts?

The Monster Raving Loony Unionist Party

In the second decade of the 21st century the British people as a whole have little interest and even less regard for the last remnant of the British colony on the island of Ireland. There is hardly anyone in Britain, outside of the Far Right or ultra-nationalist Unionist contingents, who genuinely believes that “Northern Ireland” is … Continue reading

Cearta Teanga, Cearta Daonna. Language Rights equal Human Rights. Irish language rights cannot be abrogated

The Most Fucked Up Little Country In the World

How do you eliminate institutional discrimination against a minority community when public servants from an apathetic majority community dominate nearly all government departments and services? By ensuring that those who are discriminated against are allocated fair representation within those departments and services. From a report by the Journal: “A REPORT COMMISSIONED by the Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and … Continue reading

In the Gaza Strip region of Occupied Palestine several Palestinian insurgents with Islamic Jihad prepare for an attack on targets in Israel

Not All Islamic States Are Equal

There are two quasi-medieval Islamic states in the Middle East making the headlines at the moment. Both have fairly similar initial histories and even closer ideological leanings. One however is a new-born (and possibly still-born) thing battling against an array of enemies while imposing its bloody rule on diverse and often impoverished communities across large swathes of the … Continue reading

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

6000 Islamic State Fighters Killed In US-Led Attacks?

    Back in October of 2014 the CIA estimated that the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq had a military strength of some 20,000 to 30,000 fighters with other US intelligence sources claiming that air-strikes by the United States and its allies had killed several hundred IS combatants up to that point (though just how many were “combatants” … Continue reading

Troops from the United States Army on patrol in Iraq

Special Forces, Special Operations, Special Rules

In a similar vein to yesterday’s post on James Fallows’ controversial critique of the United States’ military in the Atlantic magazine comes this article by Nick Turse over on Tom’s Dispatch examining the remarkable growth of America’s special forces contingents since 2001. As with Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland from the 1970s to late ’90s (and arguably to the present day) a … Continue reading

Volunteers of the Derry Brigade of the Irish Republican Army armed with American-supplied weapons, an M60 general-purpose machine gun and an AR-15 assault rifle, British Occupied North of Ireland,

Military Secrets And Scandals

For those of you interested in the performance of the United States Armed Forces over the last two decades, especially combating the invasion-born insurgent movements of Afghanistan and Iraq (and the many-headed hydra of militant political Islam that US and Coalition operations accelerated in growth and influence) the journalist James Fallows has a provocative opinion … Continue reading

The Roman Catholic hierarchy with John Redmond MP, the leader of the Irish Nationalist establishment, 1912

Condemning Rebellion In Occupied France And Ireland

Today’s Irish Times newspaper carries a deeply offensive article examining the period of 1939-45 in France and what the author of the piece characterizes as the “armed rebellion” of the French Resistance against the mandated administration of the country by Nazi Germany and it’s collaborationist partners during World War II. In particular the journalist questions … Continue reading

Sign of Albain or Scotland

Translation Fail

Cautioning on the perils of machine translation, especially when expectations surpass achievable results, Michael Bauer on his Dear Developer blog posts a letter he has written to the Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser following the latter’s suggestion that Scottish (Scottish Gaelic) be added to the list of languages available on Google Translate: “I’m sure that this is a well-intentioned idea but in my professional opinion, … Continue reading

Je Suis Gael

Je Suis Gael

In 1981 the “reverend” Ian Paisley MP MEP, founder and chief of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, the Democratic Unionist Party and several quasi-terrorist groupings (notably the Ulster Resistance), issued an infamous response to a speech by the Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey where he claimed on behalf of the British Unionist minority in … Continue reading

British militiamen stand over the body of a slain soldier of the Irish Republican Army following the Battle of Eccles Hill, the Second Fenian Invasion of Canada 1870

An Online Fenian Archive From ASF

  I’ve discussed my interest in utilising online resources for researching various historical topics a number of times on ASF, as can be seen in the two brief articles I wrote in 2011 and 2014 on the mainly American origins of the name “Irish Republican Army” (or “IRA”) where I used both newspaper and literary sources to uncover some of the earliest examples of it’s use. … Continue reading

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Those Leaked Al Jazeera Emails On Charlie Hebdo

The National Review Online, the web-version of the right-wing American current affairs magazine, has published a series of “leaked” emails from the Al Jazeera news network under the somewhat disingenuous headline “Leaked Newsroom Emails Reveal Al Jazeera Fury over Global Support for Charlie Hebdo“. In fact the emails don’t reveal any such “fury” but rather … Continue reading

  • blog awards ireland Nominated 2013: Best Politics, Personal Blog Categories; Best Blog Post
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    Nominated 2014: Best News, Current Affairs, Politics, Mobile Blog Categories; Best Blog Post

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