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

Volunteers of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army posing for the cameras, armed with American-supplied assault rifles and light machine-guns

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 – or more rarely, her – to cover a high-profile story connected to the conflict in “Northern Ireland”? Throughout the late 1960s to early 1990s most … Continue reading

Terror Breeds Terror

Joint footpatrol of British UDA terrorists and British Army soldiers

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 “20 years of fighting PIRA… and Real IRA operatives, not one to my recollection, ever said they had been radicalized as an Irish nationalist terrorist … Continue reading

Síle Na gCrann

Síle na gCrann, Binn Éadair, Fine Gall, Cúige Laighean, Éire

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? Quite possibly it is just my artistic eye tracing patterns that are not there. In any case, more on the familiar man-made Síle na gCíoch here, not to … Continue reading

The Proto-Indo-European Urheimat

The origins of the Celts in western Europe - the Atlantic homeland of the Celtic-speaking peoples

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 to the subject, as well as highlighting some potentially exciting new studies: “What do you call a male sibling? If you speak English, he is … Continue reading

Kincora Boys Home, The Scandal Britain Can’t Bury

A terrified Irish boy is interrogated by soldiers of the British Army's Gloucestershire Regiment, West Belfast, Ireland, March 1972

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, military and ethno-religious interests converged around a ritualistic paedophile grouping in the city of Belfast, one that exploited young children for the benefit of locally based or … Continue reading

Old Gods In New Settings

Tuatha De Danann - Carn T, Cairn Loch Craobh, Sliabh na Cailli, Loch Craobh, An Mhi, Cúige Laighean, Eire

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 opinions given by the interviewees, unsurprisingly perhaps given my brief look at the Creideamh Sí tradition of Ireland, Scotland and Mann, a similar cultural rather than religious … Continue reading

Leo Dowling 08.01.1923

A British-supplied armoured car of the Irish National Army (Free State Army) on O'Connell Street, the Battle of Dublin, 1922

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

Celtic Cosmology, Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland

Cairn Loch Craobh Sliabh na Cailli Loch Craobh An Mhi Eire

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 such matters in the 1980s and early ‘90s, coupled with tentative suggestions about the composition of native Irish or Welsh beliefs in the composition of the … Continue reading

Partition Is Wrong In Ukraine But Right In Ireland?

The British Occupied North of 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 of communities opposed to the separatists, and ultimately perhaps the retention or annexation of the breakaway zones by those foreign powers who actively encouraged the … Continue reading

The United States’ Perpetual Groundhog Day

American soldiers prepare to storm a building in Iraq

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: One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different result. “It was August 2, 1990, and Saddam Hussein, … Continue reading

The Monster Raving Loony Unionist Party

Celebrating 100 years of terrorising the people of Ireland - the British Brown Shirts?

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 the island of Ireland. There is hardly anyone in Britain, outside of the Far Right or ultra-nationalist Unionist contingents, who genuinely believes that “Northern Ireland” is … Continue reading

Special Forces, Special Operations, Special Rules

Troops from the United States Army on patrol in Iraq

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 of America’s special forces contingents since 2001. As with Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland from the 1970s to late ’90s (and arguably to the present day) a … Continue reading

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