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The Yazidis And The Origins Of The Desert Religions

There are all sorts of crazy theories surrounding the rise of ISIS, now the Islamic State (IS), and its successes in Syria and Iraq so it’s good to see some of the commoner allegations being teased out by Peter Weber for The Week. While some of the claims in relation to United States’ culpability for … Continue reading

Alba Gu Brath - Scotland Forever. Thousands attend Scottish independence rally, Edinbugh, Scotland, 2012 (Photo: Wings Over Scotland)

Scotland The Brave

The Mirror has an excellent post featuring a recent radio discussion in the United States on Scotland’s upcoming referendum on independence that pretty much nails the negativity and scare-mongering that has driven the British Unionist “No” campaign (not to mention the hypocrisy of Alistair Darling, the Labour figure-head of the cross-party “No” side, who has … Continue reading

British-state militias in Ireland the UDR or RIR and the RUC

The Many Faces Of The Irish News Media

Jim Cusack, the “security” correspondent of the Sunday Independent newspaper and arch-apologist for British colonial policing in Ireland, has penned a typically bizarre piece attacking the now decades old peace process and Sinn Féin while defending his publication’s dreadful record on both. Given the pathological anti-Republican outlook of the Indo stable of newspapers it is … Continue reading

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

The Age Of Wars

Couple of things caught my eye over the weekend. One is the low key presence of the regular Iraqi Armed Forces in the recent fighting against armed contingents of the Islamic State in northern and western Iraq. Instead the push-back against the Islamic militants is being spearheaded by a number of paramilitary groupings, the various … Continue reading

Map showing the second most spoken languages in Europe by nation state, revealing historic regions of invasion, colonisation and modern immigration, 2014

Second Spoken Languages Of Contemporary Europe

Interesting charts from the folk at (the anglocentric) Move Hub: “This map shows the second most common first language in (nearly) every country in the world. These are people who speak it as a first language, we decided this was a more revealing metric as it illuminates the ancient furrows of conquest, colonisation and recent … Continue reading

Photo of Mae Burke, Eithne Coyle and Linda Kearns, Cumann na mBan revolutionaries, taken shortly after they escaped from a British POW camp, in Carlow, Ireland 1921

The Irish Republic

I remember writing an essay many years ago where I stated that the Irish revolution was the making of Ireland’s language revival and the Irish counter-revolution was its breaking. Nothing in the last ten years has altered that opinion. The internecine victory of the reactionary forces of the old Catholic Nationalist bourgeoisie in 1923, with … Continue reading

Alba Gu Brath - Scotland Forever. Thousands attend Scottish independence rally, Edinbugh, Scotland, 2012 (Photo: Wings Over Scotland)

Salmond Hammers Darling In Second TV Debate

Well the verdict is in and it seems that Alex Salmond, the SNP first minister of Scotland, has emerged as the winner from last night’s second TV debate on Scottish independence. While the first contest was generally presented as a victory for Alistair Darling, the leader of the Unionist “No” campaign (partly on the basis … Continue reading

Gunmen of the UDA-UFF, a legal British terrorist faction in Ireland, pose for the cameras

No Speak The Irish!

As if the precarious position of Irish-speaking citizens and communities in Ireland was not difficult enough living under the authority of a state hostile or indifferent to their needs, in the north-east of the country they must also face the threat of violence too. From the Belfast Telegraph: “A community centre has suffered a wave … Continue reading

An Chatalóin (Catalonia)

United Parties In Catalonia, EU Citizenship In Scotland

Despite the financial scandal erupting around its former leader and his family the ruling Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC) party has joined with other nationalist groupings in providing a united front to Spain’s opposition to Catalonia’s referendum on independence tentatively planned for November of this year. While the one-time doyen of conservative Catalan nationalism, the CDC’s … Continue reading

Labhair Gaeilge

A Department Of Irish And Irish-Speaking Communities

A great article over on Diaga Language which relates to my own piece yesterday on the lack of state-subsidised and accredited Irish language courses for adult learners in Ireland. As always you really should read the full post but here are the main points: “…I’ve been looking to find an advanced course over the last few days … Continue reading

Dearg Le Fearg, Irish Rights Are Civil Rights!

Irish Ways And Irish Laws

It seems that even the most reactionary dung-hill can produce the odd progressive rose. Here is Clare Cullen in the Irish Independent with some entirely sensible points in relation to Irish language education and the (constitutional) obligations of the state towards its citizens following the news that several TDanna were availing themselves of free Irish … Continue reading

British Unionism or British Nationalism the English Defence League

Better Together Star: Catholics Look Better Hanging From A Tree

The British Unionist parties heading the “Better Together” or No (surrender?) campaign in Scotland’s upcoming referendum on independence seem to have all but abandoned their scruples when it comes to defeating the SNP-led Yes side. Their language and rhetoric has become increasingly vitriolic with oblique references to verbal and physical violence littering their speeches as … Continue reading

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