The CIA’s 2009 High-Value Targeting Report From Wikileaks

Troops from the United States Army on patrol in Iraq

“Making High-Value Targeting Operations an Effective Counterinsurgency Tool (C//NF)” is the latest confidential government document to be released through Wikileaks, the first for some while. It reveals that in 2009 some analysts for the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency or CIA were arguing for a more selective use of armed-drones in the US’ self-declared “War … Continue reading

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Three Irish Tales

Labhair Gaeilge

As Sinn Féin accuses the lacklustre Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition of abandoning key government demands during the recent talks between Ireland, Britain and regional parties in the north-east of the country, the BBC takes a look at one of the touchstone issues for northern nationalists and many others on this island nation: the Irish language. … Continue reading

The Gaelic Union

The Celtic Nations

A new website to strengthen ties between Gaelic-speaking communities in Ireland and Scotland, as well as encouraging cultural tourism by non-Gaels, has been launched in Inverness. From the Scotsman newspaper: “TurasG will build on the links between the Scottish Gaidhealtachd and Ireland’s Gaeltacht. World-renowned singer Julie Fowlis, fresh from the Scottish Music Awards, where she … Continue reading

Irish Language Positive And Negative

Gaeilge (Atari)

A couple of Irish-related tech stories, one good and one bad (or at least highly suspect). Firstly from the Irish Times: “Users of Google’s email client, Gmail, can now use the service in Irish following an extensive translation project undertaken by localisation teams and volunteer translators across the world. Familiar Gmail terms such as Inbox, Starred … Continue reading

Inside The Islamic State

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Martin Chulov in the Guardian newspaper presents a fascinating insider analysis of the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) through an interview with Abu Ahmed, the nom de guerre of a claimed IS leader. It includes this nugget: “The revelation of abuses at Abu Ghraib had a radicalising effect on many Iraqis, who saw the … Continue reading

Rallies, Demonstrations And The Numbers War

Missiles thrown at police lines as up to 100,000 protesters bring Dublin to a standstill over imposition of water charges

  30,000 or 100,000? That is the politically crucial question in relation to the numbers of people who attended yesterday’s massive demonstrations in Dublin against the government-imposition of water taxes (at the behest of the EU, ECB and IMF, of course, as well as some rather influential commercial interests at home). The Garda Síochána stopped issuing official crowd-estimates for public events some … Continue reading

Ireland Facilitated CIA’s Torture Porn Program

Troops from the United States Army on patrol in Iraq

For several centuries the physical and psychological abuse of captives, male and female, old and young was something experienced by almost every generation of Irish people during our island nation’s long struggle against colonial occupation. Even in the modern industrial era it was common for military and political prisoners in Ireland to be subject to inhumane and abusive treatment during periods … Continue reading

Scottish Gaelic And Glasgow University

Sign of Albain or Scotland

The University of Glasgow or Oilthigh Ghlaschu is celebrating its historic links with the Scottish-speaking communities of Scotland thanks to a project called Sgeul na Gàidhlig aig Oilthigh Ghlaschu, as reported by the Scotsman newspaper: “ONE OF Scotland’s oldest universities has had a continuous presence of Gaelic speakers for more than 500 years, a new study has found. Researchers … Continue reading

Ireland’s Secret Spy Courts

An Idirlíon

Following on from the revelations that Britain has spent decades monitoring as a matter of routine all telecommunications traffic in and out of Ireland, and with the commercial co-operation of a number of telephone and internet providers, news comes that the centre-right Irish coalition government has now signed into law some of the most secretive … Continue reading

Ireland Third Most Deprived Nation On EU 15 List

Enda Kenny, the great leader of the Irish nation

The Irish news media has spent much of the last week focusing on the issue of homelessness following the dreadfully sad passing of Jonathan Corrie, a forty-three year man found dead in a doorway just meters away from Leinster House, the building housing Oireachtas na hÉireann. Unfortunately much of the reporting has been at the shallow end of the analytical … Continue reading

North Korea Meets North Ireland

Northern Ireland

Defenders and apologists for the British colonial state in the north-east of Ireland claim that the artificial entity is now a Western-style democracy, regardless of its gerrymandered and totalitarian past. That may be so but the democratic culture found in “Northern Ireland” frequently reminds one more of North Korea than it does of the European Union or United States. From the BBC: “A … Continue reading

Sinn Féin And Fianna Fáil 2016

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

    Today’s Irish Times Ipsos MRBI poll makes for some interesting reading, not least with the dramatic surge in support for the category of Independents and Others (the latter term covering several small parties who are unfairly clumped together by the pollsters and news media, a common practice which actively weighs against such parties … Continue reading

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