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Category Archives: Cogaíocht (Warfare)

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

Google Ngram Viewer, Irish Republican Army, Fenian, Fenians

Judging by the positive reactions it seems that many of you have enjoyed my occasional posts highlighting the earliest occurrences of the term “Irish Republican Army” in the vast repositories of digitised and increasingly digital publications known … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

UZI, UZI, UZI

There is a decidedly weird fetishization of guns and the possession of guns that characterizes some serving and former members of An Garda Síochána, especially those with a decidedly authoritarian bent. They, and some … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Continuity IRA’s Hollow Show Of Strength In Lurgan

    So the (Continuity) Irish Republican Army is making minor headlines again following the publication of several rather indistinct photos on the Facebook Page of Republican Sinn Féin, the guerilla grouping’s political wing, … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

The New Scramble For Africa Spawns More Human Misery

If you remember your late 19th and early 20th century history you will surely have heard or read about the geo-political phenomenon known as the “Scramble for Africa”, the tumultuous period when … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

The So-Called Irish Press

The meaning of the English idiom “so-called” is generally given as, “So named; called by such a name, with a very strong connotation that the item is not worthy of that … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 6 Comments

9/11 Or The Saudi Arabian Terrorist Attack That Wasn’t

The New York Post newspaper carries more information on the investigations carried out by the FBI in the wake of the Al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington in September 2001, … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 5 Comments

How The United States’ Both Destroyed And Saved The Taliban

In the latter half of 2001 the United States of America, supported by Britain, and later in co-operation with a resurgent United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan (the so-called Northern Alliance), went … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Paramilitary Wing Of The CIA And The Russian Cybermilitary

Here is an interesting peek at the increasing militarisation of the Central Intelligence Agency or CIA, the premier espionage service of the United States – the one you see in all the movies … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

American Reporting On Ireland Plays Like An Episode Of The Sons Of Anarchy

  As feared the short piece on the Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams by 60 Minutes, the primetime current affairs show for the CBS television network in the United States, largely met the low expectations … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 3 Comments

Gerry Adams, CBS’ 60 Minutes And The Journalism Of Stereotype

I’ve stated before on ASF that the vast majority of “Western” career journalists don’t know their arse from their elbow when it comes to writing about the minutiae of politics and … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

The War Nerd On The Conflict In Yemen

The War Nerd, the nom de guerre of the military blogger Gary Brecher (who in turn is the alledged nom de plume of the itinerant Irish-American writer and poet John Dolan), is one … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

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 · 7 Comments

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 · 10 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 · 2 Comments

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

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