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Monthly Archives: September, 2011

Martin McGuinness. The People’s Choice?

Irish journalist and media lecturer Harry Browne writes in CounterPunch on the presidential election, the panic gripping the Irish elites, and the reasons why Martin McGuinness may become the people’s president: “Last Monday, the … Continue reading

September 30, 2011 · 1 Comment

Panic Grips The Sycophants Of The Golden Circle

Ah, the fun of watching a terrified media establishment in Ireland working itself up into a panic at the prospect of Martin McGuinness being elected to Áras an Uachtaráin by the Irish … Continue reading

September 30, 2011

Language Rights Are Civil Rights

Seán Ó Cuirreáin, An Coimisinéir Teanga or the Irish Language Commissioner, is the person tasked with ensuring that our public services are available to the Irish speaking population in their … Continue reading

September 30, 2011

Irish Language Publishing – A Success Story

If one wants to hear “good news” stories about the Irish language, or something positive about Irish speakers, it is often better to look to our regional rather than national … Continue reading

September 30, 2011

The Basque Country And A Peace Process That Spain Is Ignoring

There have been major disturbances in the Basque city of Bilbao following the destruction of “Kukutza”, a youth and culture centre associated with Basque Nationalist organisations, that had served the local community for … Continue reading

September 26, 2011


I talked some time ago about the campaign in Scotland to register a new internet domain name for the Gaelic nation and the BBC reports some new developments: “The Scottish government has … Continue reading

September 26, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Sunday Independent – The Real Threat To Irish Democracy

Today’s Sunday Independent newspaper makes for incredible reading. There is one subject and one subject only; Martin McGuinness. And one clear strategy: keeping him out of Áras an Uachtaráin by any means … Continue reading

September 25, 2011

British Journalist Lectures The Irish People On “Democracy”. Laugh Now Or Laugh Later?

One presidential candidate, two journalists and two conflicting opinions. The first journalist is Nick Cohen, a regular contributor to various centre-left publications in Britain, including the Guardian and Spectator. In … Continue reading

September 25, 2011 · 1 Comment

Gay Byrne Claims Provisional IRA Were “Gangsters”. Sorry, That Should Read, Gay Byrne Claims Old IRA Were “Gangsters”

So, things are hotting up in the oul presidential to-an’-fro as that granddaddy of Irish media personalities, Gay “The Poppy” Byrne, wades in with his t’uppence worth of opinion (actually, … Continue reading

September 24, 2011 · 4 Comments

Fulminating West Brits Go Nuts – Or Fun With Martin And Co!

Ah, only a few days into Martin McGuinness’ presidential candidacy and the Irish media establishment, those paragons of right wing, unregulated free market capitalism (Celtic Tiger? Nothing to do wiv us, gov’nor!) and wannabe English, Neo-Unionist types … Continue reading

September 20, 2011 · 2 Comments


The Irish Times carries an article on an issue that I, and many others, have been shouting from the rooftops for many years now: the importance of the Irish language to our … Continue reading

September 17, 2011

Martin McGuinness – Uachtarán na hÉireann?

The politics of Ireland has been turned on its head with Sinn Féin’s announcement yesterday that Martin McGuinness MLA, the deputy First Minister in the North of Ireland, will run … Continue reading

September 17, 2011 · 4 Comments

Some More Classic Cars

A little break from the usual mix of politics and culture. Urban Speed Car Meet, a reposting from Red Stripe Adventure, for all you classic car lovers out there. Okay, me!

September 17, 2011

No Irish Wanted Here!

A familiarly depressing report from the Associated Press in relation to the recent Líofa 2015 initiative launched by the North’s minister of culture. The aim of the project is to … Continue reading

September 16, 2011 · 2 Comments

Fascists, Neo-Nazis And The British Unionist Minority In Ireland

There is an interesting review in the Belfast Telegraph newspaper of Mathew Collins’ new book, “Hate”, which charts his journey through Britain’s ultra-nationalist and Neo-Nazi movements, examining along the way their close ties to … Continue reading

September 16, 2011 · 7 Comments

The Propaganda Of Deed, Born Of Frustration

The propaganda of deed is an old revolutionary idea that was given new force in the violent political struggles of Latin America in the 1960s and ‘70s, and was soon replanted back … Continue reading

September 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

Belgium, A State But Not A Nation

Some time ago I carried out a whirlwind round-up of news relating to the political fortunes of progressive nationalist movements in Europe and North America, from the Basque Country to Québec. I … Continue reading

September 14, 2011

La Belle Province – Lessons From That Other Province?

Having friends amongst the Nationalist movement in Québec I’ve tried to keep an eye on the politics of La Belle Province, from cheated independence to electoral meltdowns, but its never been easy. The complex nature of politics in … Continue reading

September 12, 2011

British Journalism And The ‘Agreed Narrative’ On News From Ireland

There is a highly critical post by the British journalist and media lecturer Roy Greenslade in his Guardian blog today, where he brings the British news media to task for yet again ignoring a … Continue reading

September 12, 2011 · 2 Comments

From Ireland To Iraq – The Same Army, The Same Abusers

Veteran British journalist Robert Fisk examines the use of torture by the British Army in Iraq, highlighted by the recent case of the murder of Baha Mousa and draws parallels … Continue reading

September 11, 2011 · 1 Comment

Plaid Cymru – Regionalist Or Nationalist?

Some months ago I argued that Plaid Cymru’s greatest failure was its reluctance to apply the party’s brand of self-confident nationalism in the area of politics that it had applied so successfully … Continue reading

September 11, 2011

The Reverend David Latimer’s Address To Sinn Féin’s Ard-Fheis In Belfast

A quick link to Slugger O’Toole and the remarkable speech by the Reverend David Latimer to Sinn Féin’s Ard-Fheis in Belfast. Well worth viewing.

September 10, 2011

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