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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

Tiocfaidh Ár Phéig!

  Author Sara Baume writing in the Irish Times: “There are plenty of arguments against the inclusion of Sayers in the canon of great Irish women writers, foremost being the … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Bill O’Reilly And America’s Reporting Of The Troubles

Do you remember the days when editors or producers working in the newsrooms of New York, Washington or Los Angeles would contact their London-based “European correspondent” and ask him – … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 25 Comments

Terror Breeds Terror

Following on from my brief post criticising the agenda-loaded commentary by certain media-friendly “experts” on matters military and intelligence-related, in particular the claim by the right-wing British security journalist Paul Beaver that in … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Síle Na gCrann

Remarkable the things one can find in nature when one is out an’ about. However, can anyone else see it? An organic Síle na gCrann? Or should that be Síle an Chrainn? … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Proto-Indo-European Urheimat

I know that quite a few ASF readers share my interest in the historical origins of the Indo-European peoples but this recent article from Science Mag is a fair introduction … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

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