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Category Archives: Cogaíocht (Warfare)

The Hooded Men, British Torture-Centres In Ireland

The Irish Times has a laudably detailed article examining the historic issue of the “Hooded Men”: Irish citizens detained by the British and unionist authorities in the north-east of Ireland during … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 9 Comments

British Spies In The IRA, Myth Versus Reality

Just a quick heads-up for those who have access to the series “Twentieth Century British History” from the Oxford Journals. A recent edition features an article titled “The Influence of … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · 5 Comments

Israel On The Road To Self-Destruction

It is somewhat dispiriting, for those on the progressive left, to watch Israel’s continued slide into sectarian and racial totalitarianism, a sad state of affairs reflected in the recent formation … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

The INLA Show Of Strength In The City Of Derry

      Following the recent death of Peggy O’Hara, the veteran political activist in the city of Derry, the Irish Republican Socialist Party and the Irish National Liberation Army – the IRSP’s largely quiescent military wing … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Questioning The Media Myth Of The Moderate Orange Order

Another July 12th round of rioting, street disturbances, house-burnings and general displays of sectarianism, racism and straight-forward fascism. Of course some people will protest that such incidences are in the minority, and … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · 10 Comments

A Sordid Tale Of British Gunmen, Bombers And Policemen

In his final exploration of the evidence sourced for the RTÉ television documentary “Collusion”, a feature-length programme examining the links between the UK military and intelligence services garrisoned in the north-east of Ireland during the period of the … Continue reading

July 12, 2015 · 4 Comments

Shoot-To-Kill, Britain’s Summary Executions And Assassinations In Ireland

Sometimes I do wonder if the dozens of Irish and British journalists who spent most of their careers loftily dismissing the evidence of Britain’s criminal counter-insurgency war in Ireland as … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Reorganisation Of The IRA In The Early 1970s

Irish journalist and author Ed Moloney, now resident in New York, has an interesting article over on his Broken Elbow blog examining possible evidence of the reorganisation of the (Provisional) Irish … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ukraine’s Bilingual Nation

  The European version of Politico, the American news and current affairs website, has a short article by Timothy Snyder on the information-conflict Ukraine, including this interesting account of the … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 6 Comments

The United States, War Junkie

The always excellent Tom Dispatch has an insightful article by William Astore, a former US air force lieutenant colonel, on what he regards as his nation’s addiction to ” war”: whether at … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

It Pays To Be Adam But Rarely Eve

To be a woman in a world where some men have cast aside the necessary bonds of civilization is a dreadful fate indeed. Yet that is the lot allocated to tens of millions of … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 3 Comments

Kurdish Victories In Syria And Iraq Make For Nervous Turks

Just as things were beginning to look up for the various Kurdish factions fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, reports out of Turkey indicate that the authorities there are contemplating a major cross-border expedition to uproot the … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Supporting The Kurds

Malcolm Harris in the New Republic focuses on the great anomaly of the conflict in Syria and Iraq: the United States’ continued designation of some Kurdish political movements as “terrorists” despite … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

The British Army’s “Tuzo Plan” Of 1972

Over on the Broken Elbow blog the veteran Irish journalist Ed Moloney has a detailed examination of the British Army’s so-called “Tuzo Plan“, named after its originator General Sir Harry Craufurd … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Substituting Numbers For Results In Iraq And Syria

From a report last week by Reuters, republished throughout the “Western” news media: “More than 10,000 Islamic State militants have been killed since an international coalition launched a campaign against … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Battle of Pettigo and Belleek, May To June 1922

The Battle of Pettigo and Belleek in the summer of 1922 was the largest military confrontation between the Irish Republican Army and the British Occupation Forces in Ireland since the … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 5 Comments

Britain’s Army Of Serial Killers In Ireland 

In the late 1980s and early ‘90s British terrorist groups in the north-east of Ireland began to justify their attacks on the Irish nationalist population in the contested region – … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 13 Comments

The Fallen Of World War II

The “Fallen of World War II” is a data-driven feature examining the human cost of the Second World War, measuring the losses incurred to other wars in history, including some recent conflicts. There is much to be … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

Weapons Of The Irish Revolution

I thought these military-related articles would interest quite a few ASF readers (those of you who haven’t discovered the pieces for yourself, of course). First up is the always excellent … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

Pat Finucane, The Assassination Of An Irish Lawyer By British Terrorists

More on the slow unravelling of the secrecy and deception which obscured most aspects of Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland from the late 1960s to early 2000s. The family of Pat Finucane, the Irish … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Middle East’s Proxy Wars

Two Middle Eastern nation states torn apart by internecine wars, two whirlpools of conflict which suck in others willingly or unwillingly. First up is Syria and the significance of foreign fighters in the battle to control … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Palestine’s Right To Defend Itself

The oft-stated right of the Israelis to “defend themselves” against their enemies, both near and far, is a claim encountered with great regularity in the public discourse of the United … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 9 Comments

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