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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 · 3 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 · 2 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

Kincora Boys Home, The Scandal Britain Can’t Bury

The Kincora Boys’ Home scandal represents one of the darker aspects of Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland during the late 1960s, ‘70s and early 1980s. During this period British political, … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Old Gods In New Settings

Here’s an article from Vice magazine on the Ásatrúarfélagið movement in Iceland that I meant to highlight a few weeks ago. I found myself agreeing with quite a few of the … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

Leo Dowling 08.01.1923

The background to the execution by firing squad of Leo Dowling, carried out by the Irish Free State regime in January 1923.

February 13, 2015 · 17 Comments

Celtic Cosmology, Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland

Over the last two decades relatively few studies have been published analysing the cosmological traditions of the Celtic-speaking peoples, at least by academic authors. There was a lot of interest in … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · 14 Comments

Partition Is Wrong In Ukraine But Right In Ireland?

  Apparently ethno-religious separatists carving off regions of clearly defined national territories through violence and the threat of violence, with the partition of those territories, the forced movement or repression … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 49 Comments

The United States’ Perpetual Groundhog Day

The team at Tom’s Dispatch have done another excellent job of highlighting the seemingly perpetual nature of the United States’ military misadventures in the Middle East, a variation on Einstein’s famous (if apocryphal) quote: … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Monster Raving Loony Unionist Party

In the second decade of the 21st century the British people as a whole have little interest and even less regard for the last remnant of the British colony on … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 35 Comments

Special Forces, Special Operations, Special Rules

In a similar vein to yesterday’s post on James Fallows’ controversial critique of the United States’ military in the Atlantic magazine comes this article by Nick Turse over on Tom’s Dispatch examining the remarkable growth … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 11 Comments

Military Secrets And Scandals

For those of you interested in the performance of the United States Armed Forces over the last two decades, especially combating the invasion-born insurgent movements of Afghanistan and Iraq (and … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 26 Comments

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