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 notorious Irish newspaper commentator Kevin Myers on the alleged anti-Semitism of the Irish people. The British-born Myers, a long time apologist for British violence in… Read More Know-Nothings – The American Right And The New Anti-Irishness

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 the loyalist-originated violence, the assaults on their homes were terrifying and traumatic. Once again, those living in this small Catholic/nationalist redoubt, surrounded by larger loyalist… Read More The Beast In The East

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 of people who voted Yes in the March referendum on legislative powers for the National Assembly either wanted even more powers or independence for Wales.… Read More Is Plaid Cymru Behind The Curve?

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 Richards. A former journalist, Richards hopes to expand the party’s appeal outside its core Welsh-speaking constituency and garner the support of English-speaking voters in Wales who have traditionally turned to… Read More A New Plaid Cymru For A New Wales?

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 Davidson refusing to apologise for his remarks while Labour apparatchiks have lined up behind him in a show of support. For those who haven’t seen… Read More British Labour: Scottish Nationalists Are Neo-Fascists

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, has confirmed. Rusbridger said Guardian News & Media, which publishes the Guardian, Observer and the guardian.co.uk website network, which includes MediaGuardian.co.uk, would have to reduce… Read More The Guardian – Ready To Jump?

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 others) the recent appearances of new Unionist paramiltary wall murals, banners and flags in parts of the city show that: ‘the skirmishes just down the road are not random… Read More Northern Conflict Requires Thoughtful Analysis Not Lazy Clichés

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 collateral fire, and that the intended target was PSNI officers. According to the BBC: ‘Just before midnight, a number of shots were fired and a press photographer… Read More PSNI Were Intended Target

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 team pointed to the rise in students studying through Scotland’s native language and the high quality of the teaching, as the BBC reports: ‘…the HMIE added that… Read More Scotland Could Lead Europe In Promotion Of Its Native Language

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 wearing balaclava helmets appeared in the late evening and attacked the Catholic Short Strand enclave in east Belfast with fireworks, bricks and stones despite a… Read More Photographer Shot During Second Night Of Unionist Attacks In Belfast

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. Here is a broad (and somewhat favourable) overview by Chris Bray on the History News Network, with a more critical take by the former Sinn Féin director of publicity and author… Read More Opposing Voices

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 200 men in balaclavas are involved. Police are attending the scene of the trouble, with a number of PSNI landrovers lining Castlereagh Street. They are… Read More UVF-Led Unionist Mobs Attacking Nationalist Areas In Belfast Again

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 some weeks, there has been sporadic instances of antisocial stone-throwing across the interface in this area,” said Belfast’s Mayor Niall Ó Donnghaile, who is a member… Read More Loyalty Versus Counter-Insurgency – Or What To Do When The British No Longer Need You?