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British-Backed Separatists In Ireland’s Ulster Region Renew Offensive

A chilling interview in the Daily Beast with “Big John”, a notorious commander with the British separatist militias in the north-east of Ireland where a terror campaign is being waged against the authority … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

No British Justice, No Irish Peace

  Couple of things brought to my attention. The first is the case of Christy Walsh, a citizen of this republic, who in 1991 was stopped on a street in … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

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 · 4 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 · 9 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

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 · 22 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

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

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

Bill O’Reilly And America’s Reporting Of The Troubles

Do you remember the days when editors or producers working in the newsrooms of New York, Washington or Los Angeles would contact their London-based “European correspondent” and ask him – … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 25 Comments

Terror Breeds Terror

Following on from my brief post criticising the agenda-loaded commentary by certain media-friendly “experts” on matters military and intelligence-related, in particular the claim by the right-wing British security journalist Paul Beaver that in … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

People Are Made Radical, Not Born Radical

Paul Beaver is a veteran British defence journalist and member of the ultra-conservative Henry Jackson Society who has been regularly sought out by the international news media for his analyses of various conflicts … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 36 Comments

Kincora Boys Home, The Scandal Britain Can’t Bury

The Kincora Boys’ Home scandal represents one of the darker aspects of Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland during the late 1960s, ‘70s and early 1980s. During this period British political, … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Leo Dowling 08.01.1923

The background to the execution by firing squad of Leo Dowling, carried out by the Irish Free State regime in January 1923.

February 13, 2015 · 17 Comments

Partition Is Wrong In Ukraine But Right In Ireland?

  Apparently ethno-religious separatists carving off regions of clearly defined national territories through violence and the threat of violence, with the partition of those territories, the forced movement or repression … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 49 Comments

The United States’ Perpetual Groundhog Day

The team at Tom’s Dispatch have done another excellent job of highlighting the seemingly perpetual nature of the United States’ military misadventures in the Middle East, a variation on Einstein’s famous (if apocryphal) quote: … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

6000 Islamic State Fighters Killed In US-Led Attacks?

    Back in October of 2014 the CIA estimated that the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq had a military strength of some 20,000 to 30,000 fighters with other US intelligence sources … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Special Forces, Special Operations, Special Rules

In a similar vein to yesterday’s post on James Fallows’ controversial critique of the United States’ military in the Atlantic magazine comes this article by Nick Turse over on Tom’s Dispatch examining the remarkable growth … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 11 Comments

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