Slut-Shaming Maíria Cahill Is Not A Republican Response

Maíria Cahill at an anti-RUC demonstration organised by Ógra Shinn Féin in the 1990s

So the controversy in relation to the allegations made by 33 year old Maíria Cahill, a former national secretary of Ógra Shinn Féin (SF’s youth wing), continues to rumble on. Understandably the general public has been shocked by Cahill’s forceful claims that from August of 1997, when she was 16 years of age, she was subject to … Continue reading

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The West’s Favoured Chop-Chop Regime

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

As the world, particularly the so-called Western world, looks on in outrage at the activities of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in the borderlands of Syria and Iraq it is worth taking a moment to examine in detail the circumstances of the spectacle of public beheadings so beloved by the extremists. I urge you to read … Continue reading

No Value In Welsh For Tory’s English Candidate

An Bhreatain Bheag - Cymru - Wales

Over the last few decades our Celtic neighbours in Wales have seen the emergence of something approaching a national consensus on the importance of the Welsh language. Though there is still much progress to be made and lots of wrongs to be righted, relatively few people would now challenge the need to facilitate and encourage … Continue reading

Ireland Of The Apes

Speak English! Not Irish!

Are we really so enslaved to our post-colonial neuroses, so malformed by centuries of external domination, that even after ninety years of independence we are still unable to contemplate giving equal prominence to our own language on our own road signs alongside the language of our one-time masters? And what excuses do we cushion our own pathetic feelings of … Continue reading

Gamergate Or The Culture War By Other Means

Geek or teicóg culture through video and computer games

If – like 99% of the planet – you have little knowledge of Western geek or gamer culture you’ll probably be unaware of the controversies raging over gender bias in what we used to call the video games’ industry, in particular the imaginatively named, ahem, “Gamergate”. The history of this ongoing scandal is rather complicated … Continue reading

Maíria Cahill And Micheál Martin’s Cynical Opportunism

Fianna Fáil, back from the dead ( (Photo: Séamas Ó Sionnaigh, Binn Éadair, Cúige Laighean, Éire, Meitheamh 2012)

Maíria Cahill, a member of a respected Republican family from Belfast and a former youth activist with Sinn Féin, has recently sought vindication for what she regards as unfair treatment at the hands of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army – and Sinn Féin – during the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has convincingly argued … Continue reading

Maíria Cahill And Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin

One of the rarely discussed facets of the generational war which disfigured the north-east of Ireland from the mid-1960s to the late 1990s (or early 2000s) was the widespread – if not quite common – sexual abuse or exploitation of women. Those engaged in such activities included members and supporters of all the belligerent parties … Continue reading

Kurdish Factionalism Gives Turkey And IS The Advantage

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Western journalism loves to simplify things for readers and audiences at home which is why so much nonsense gets written or broadcast about faraway events in faraway places. The tripartite (quadripartite? octopartite?) conflict in Syria is a prime example, especially now that it has expanded into an already fractious Iraq. If one or more chunks … Continue reading

Catalan Politics Enters New Phase

An Chatalóin (Catalonia)

As always one must treat news reports from Russia Today (RT) with a certain degree of scepticism given the avowed political nature of the media organisation (though as we saw in Scotland’s recent independence referendum debates even the most self-proclaimed of “non-partisan” media companies have their loyalties – or know which side their bread is … Continue reading

Native American Day

The Native American Nations In The United States - Trapped In The USA

Yesterday was Columbus Day in the United States, the latterly Italian-American festival commemorating the “discovery” of the Americas by the speculative expeditions of Christopher Columbus in the 1490s. Of course for many others in the US the second Monday in October is Indigenous Peoples’ Day (or Native American Day) which marks the moment when European … Continue reading

Tuairisc

Scary Eire

A busy weekend behind me and an even busier week ahead so I haven’t had much time to discuss Tuairisc, the newly launched Irish language current affairs website which is publicly funded by Foras na Gaeilge. It’s early days for the news service – a private company contracted for four years to the tune of … Continue reading

Over 50,000 Protest Water Taxes

Uisce Éireann Irish Water

Last Wednesday I suggested that the imposition of water charges at the behest of the IMF-EU-ECB could do for the present Fine Gael – Labour coalition in Ireland what the introduction of the “poll tax” did for the ruling Conservative Party in Britain during the 1980s and ‘90s. Sure enough that prediction seems to be … Continue reading

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    Nominated 2014: Best News, Current Affairs, Politics, Mobile Blog Categories; Best Blog Post

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