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Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, The Unconquered And Unconquerable

By anyone’s standards the Irish revolutionary Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was a remarkable human being. Born into a peasant family in the south-west of Ireland during the early 19th century he survived the worse … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Risking The Ire Of Outlander Fans

Scottish blogger Tocasaid has cast a cold eye over the Anglo-American television adaptation of the genre-defying Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon, and drawn the wrath of fans everywhere. Personally I like time-travelling tropes … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

The United States, Whistling Past The Graveyard Of Empires

  To consider the political, diplomatic, military and financial quagmire that Afghanistan has proved to be for the United States one need look no further than the Afghan Armed Forces. … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · 5 Comments

La Rebelle De Raqqa

From France 24, the story of Haya El Ali, a young Syrian woman who befriended female members of the Islamic State in her hometown of Raqqa. Using a camera hidden in her … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Opposing Austernomics, A Moral And Social Issue

It seems that political parties are like buses: you wait for ages for one to come along and then two appear together. Of course the first turned out to be … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Water Charges And A Coalition Of The Doomed

Water charges. The political Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of Labour Party TDanna in constituencies across the country, whose blade may be long enough to cast a shadow over a … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

Britain’s Tribal Grudges Risks Renewed Conflict In Ireland

The Irish have made peace but have the British? That is the question asked by veteran journalist and author Ed Moloney in light of ongoing efforts by Britain to pursue legal … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 18 Comments

Up To 80,000 Protest Imposition Of Water Charges

In light of recent improved polling members and supporters of the governing Fine Gael and Labour Party coalition were predicting a poor turn-out for yesterday’s mass demonstration in the capital against … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie

Quick post to highlight two related articles from Tom’s Dispatch that I think are well worth reading. The first, by Nan Levinson, examines the “patriotic” veneration of all things military and militarist that … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fighting To Speak Irish, Forced To Speak English

@thetwicket @MisneachNYC €billions per annum promoting the ENGLISH language, including compulsory useage, and this indeed is what it gets us — An Sionnach Fionn (@AnSionnachFionn) March 19, 2015

March 20, 2015 · 17 Comments

Would Sinn Féin Support Naomi Long In East Belfast?

Following on from my post yesterday examining the announcement that the DUP and UUP will be supporting agreed candidates in four key constituencies for the Westminster election in May, and with an eye on this critical … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

30 Years On And Britain Maintains The Kincora Boys Home Cover-Up

In my last post highlighting the demands from campaigners in Ireland that the British authorities in the north-east of the country examine the ritualistic sexual abuse of children in a care-home … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

DUP and UUP Agree Candidates For Pan-Unionist Axis

So the blog We In Coming Days got there first with the headline-grabbing news that the main British Unionist parties in the north-east of the country, the DUP and UUP, … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Barack Obama: ISIL… Grew Out Of Our Invasion

  Related to my post on the rise of Iran as a regional superpower in the Middle East as a consequence of the United States’ disastrous military expeditions in Iraq and elsewhere, … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Iran Emerges From The US War On Terror As A Regional Superpower

One of the more interesting if unintended outcomes of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 has been the elevation of the United States’ arch-rival, Iran, to the level of … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Oil Troubles

If you don’t follow the blog “Tom’s Dispatch” by the American journalist and editor Tom Engelhardt you are missing out on some of the best news and current affairs commentary around. From … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

Lucinda Creighton Going Renua Or Ré Nua

Lucinda Creighton, ex-Fine Gael rebel and pumped-up darling of the right-wing press, has finally nailed her colours to the mast (following months of fumbled-tongued prevaricating) by formally launching her new … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · 4 Comments

Gerry Adams And The Problem Of Surviving The Cause

A different take on the post-conflict career of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, guerilla-turned-politician, from the journalist Michael Brendan Dougherty writing in The Week: “If only more militant Irish nationalists had the decency to die. … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · 4 Comments

Nigel Dodds, Deputy PM Of Britain And Her Overseas Colonies

So Nigel Dodds, the Mr. Bland of Unionist politics in Ireland and the leader of the DUP’s motley crew of MPs in the British parliament, is shimmying around the newsrooms of … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

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