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Monthly Archives: June, 2011

Know-Nothings – The American Right And The New Anti-Irishness

This week, under the thrilling headline question ‘Why Is Ireland Such a Bastion of Anti-Israel Feeling?’, long-standing Atlantic columnist (and former Iraqi War cheerleader) Jeffrey Goldberg highlights a piece by … Continue reading

June 30, 2011

Porcus ex grege diaboli (via Splintered Sunrise)

Splintered Sunrise is undoubtedly one of the most interesting, well informed, and at times enjoyably cynical Irish politics and current affairs blogs. Which makes it all the sadder that it … Continue reading

June 29, 2011

Time For DotÉire?

News that the campaign in Scotland to obtain a new Top Level Domain (TLD) for Scottish online web addresses is stepping up. A TLD is the short code that comes … Continue reading

June 28, 2011 · 5 Comments

The Beast In The East

An interesting piece from journalist Henry McDonald in the Guardian on the recent attacks by Unionist paramilitaries on the beleaguered Nationalist enclave of the Short Strand: ‘…for the residents of the Short Strand, who were the main victims of … Continue reading

June 27, 2011

An Cloigtheach Shord Cholm Cille

An Cloigtheach Shord Cholm Cille, Fine Gall, Laighean, Éire, Meitheamh 2011 (The Round Tower of Swords, Fingal, Leinster, Ireland, June 2011). More here and here.  

June 27, 2011

The C-Word Is… Collusion

Incredible news today that an official investigation into the Loughinisland Massacre has concluded that there was no collusion or co-operation between Unionist terrorists and the Royal Ulster Constabulary or RUC, … Continue reading

June 24, 2011 · 2 Comments

Is Plaid Cymru Behind The Curve?

Following on from my earlier post, calling for a more dynamic and self-confident political nationalism from the Welsh nationalist party, Plaid Cymru, some related news. According to a report over on ClickOnWales: ‘A large majority … Continue reading

June 24, 2011

A New Plaid Cymru For A New Wales?

After woeful results in the latest Welsh assembly elections the Welsh Nationalist party Plaid Cymru is ready for a serious review of its structure and policies under its new chief executive Rhuanedd … Continue reading

June 24, 2011

British Labour: Scottish Nationalists Are Neo-Fascists

The outrage in Scotland following the outburst by the controversial Labour politician Ian Davidson, in which he characterised Scottish Nationalists as ‘neo-fascists’ in the British parliament, continues to grow with … Continue reading

June 24, 2011

New Hadrian’s Wall Exhibition

The Independent has news on a new exhibition of treasures from Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England, ‘The Roman Emperor Hadrian, who came to the throne AD117, claimed that … Continue reading

June 23, 2011

The Guardian – Ready To Jump?

Big, if somewhat tardy news announced in the British Guardian newspaper: ‘The Guardian will make “significant” job cuts over the next two years in the transition to a “digital-first” strategy, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, … Continue reading

June 23, 2011

Nokia N9 – More A Case Of NoGo Than MeeGo

The PCWorld headline says it better than me: ‘Nokia N9: Why You Shouldn’t Buy this Device’ Nokia has announced its new MeeGo-operating mobile phone, the N9. In an iOS and Android … Continue reading

June 22, 2011 · 1 Comment

Northern Conflict Requires Thoughtful Analysis Not Lazy Clichés

  Journalist Fionola Meredith in the Guardian on some of the background to the UVF-led Unionist attacks on the Nationalist Short Strand enclave in East Belfast over the last two nights. In her opinion (echoed by … Continue reading

June 22, 2011 · 2 Comments

PSNI Were Intended Target

The PSNI paramilitary police in the North of Ireland believe injuries suffered by the Press Association photographer Niall Carson, who was shot in the leg while covering the UVF attacks in Belfast last night, may have been the result of … Continue reading

June 22, 2011

PSNI: The UVF Is Behind Belfast Riots

Sky News reports that the PSNI has laid the blame for the two nights of violence in Belfast on the UVF: ‘Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay said the loyalist paramilitary … Continue reading

June 22, 2011

Mo Mhadra

Enough with politics for now. Apparently my dog is of the opinion that eating on the floor is a singularly uncivilized practice – for human or canine. A mutt with aspirations! :-)

June 22, 2011 · 1 Comment

Scotland Could Lead Europe In Promotion Of Its Native Language

A review of Scottish language education by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) has urged greater guidance in the teaching of the language and its use in Scottish medium schools. The … Continue reading

June 22, 2011

ICN – Irish Comics News Launches

Some good news for Ireland’s small but loyal army of comic fans. A new dedicated comics’ site, ICN (Irish Comics News) is now up and running. Lots of interesting news pieces, articles and links … Continue reading

June 22, 2011 · 2 Comments

Photographer Shot During Second Night Of Unionist Attacks In Belfast

A photographer has been shot and wounded in the leg during a second night of attacks by Unionist mobs on a small Nationalist area in the eastern part of Belfast city. The Independent reports: ‘Some 200 loyalists … Continue reading

June 22, 2011

Opposing Voices

The alleged revelations in journalist Ed Moloney’s controversial book Voices from the Grave has badly split many former comrades and friends in the Irish Republican movement, and the bitterness has frequently spilled over into online clashes. … Continue reading

June 22, 2011

UVF-Led Unionist Mobs Attacking Nationalist Areas In Belfast Again

Reports coming in now from UTV: ‘Hundreds of people are firing missiles in the Short Strand and lower Newtownards Road areas of the city. There are reports that up to … Continue reading

June 21, 2011

Loyalty Versus Counter-Insurgency – Or What To Do When The British No Longer Need You?

Excellent reporting from Jason Walsh in the CS Monitor on yesterday’s UVF-led rioting in Belfast, asking the questions you’re unlikely to hear asked by most Irish and British journalists. ‘”For … Continue reading

June 21, 2011

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