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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 · 2 Comments

If It Was Good Enough For Cú Chulainn And Fear Dia

 

May 22, 2015 · 8 Comments

Here Be Dragons, Book Images Of The Internet Archive On Flickr

Susceptible as I am to the marriage of history with technology, being the original antiquarian-technophile, my love affair with the Internet Archive (a digital library offering free access to a legion of books, … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

No, Ireland Did Not Inspire Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings

I love Ireland. I love the Lord of the Rings and most of the other associated works in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth canon. However just because I admire both it does not … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 4 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

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

Oíche Bhealtaine 2015

  It’s May Eve in north-western Europe and at sunset the ancient festival of Bealtaine, marking the start of the summer in the native calendars of Ireland, Scotland and the … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · 4 Comments

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

Seanad Éireann, A Legislative House For All Of Ireland

  Seanad Éireann, the quasi-democratic upper house of the Oireachtas, has an unenviable record for cronyism and patronage, serving down through the years as a salaried, expenses-paid home for various … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 4 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

Channel 4 News On The Kincora Boys Home Scandal

I’ve used the platform presented by An Sionnach Fionn to discuss the Kincora Boys Home scandal on many occasions in the past, and now Channel 4 News in Britain has taken … Continue reading

April 8, 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

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

Independent News And Media, The Ideological Enemy Within

During the revolutionary period in Ireland – by academic convention the six years from 1916 to 1921 – the British government authorised the official execution of forty-one Irish Republican insurgents or their supporters (I say “official” since many unofficial or summary … Continue reading

March 30, 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

Risking The Ire Of Outlander Fans

Scottish blogger Tocasaid has cast a cold eye over the Anglo-American television adaptation of the genre-defying Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon, and drawn the wrath of fans everywhere. Personally I like time-travelling tropes … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · 3 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

30 Years On And Britain Maintains The Kincora Boys Home Cover-Up

In my last post highlighting the demands from campaigners in Ireland that the British authorities in the north-east of the country examine the ritualistic sexual abuse of children in a care-home … Continue reading

March 19, 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

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