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

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

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

From Ireland To Greece A Policy Of Divide And Conquer

The Irish National Army (Free State Army) bombards the Four Courts using British-supplied artillery and ammunition, the Battle of Dublin, 1922

Reading this account by Ed Vulliamy and Helena Smith in the Observer newspaper of Britain’s fermenting of the civil war in Greece from 1946 to 1949 I was struck by some parallels with the British government’s instigation of the internecine conflict in Ireland between the established Irish Republic and the usurping Irish Free State in … Continue reading

The Popular Armed Struggle

Volunteers of the Irish Republican Army fire a volley of shots in tribute to the so-called Gibraltar Three, unarmed IRA Volunteers Seán Savage, Daniel McCann and Mairéad Farrell who were killed by British Special Forces in 1988

During the 20th and 21st centuries many myths have taken root in popular culture concerning insurgencies and counter-insurgencies. Received wisdom, oft stated by politicians and journalists, claims that no organised guerrilla army can be defeated by a conventional one. Which of course is nonsense. All types of irregular military forces have been defeated or neutralised around the world since the … Continue reading

Waterboarding Made In Britain

John Hume, Irish political statesman and later winner of the Nobel Peace prize, is siezed by British troops, Occupied North of Ireland

Back in June of this year Ireland’s public service broadcaster RTÉ finally got around to examining the long history of Britain’s use of physical and psychological torture against Irish men, women and children in a television documentary called “The Torture Files”. It caused a minor furore in the country before the news media hurriedly moved … Continue reading

Chronology of Irish History 1919–1923

Volunteers of the Irish Republican Army move through Grafton Street, the Battle of Dublin, 1922

Over the last year I’ve been contacted by a few people enquiring if I knew anything about the disappearance of the web-based “Chronology of Irish History 1919 –1923”, an invaluable month-by-month account of significant events from the War of Independence and Civil War created by Séamus Fox of Dublin City University and maintained on the DCU servers … Continue reading

Plenty Of Sinister Fringes To Go Around

Britain's death squads in Ireland

From a report by the “Irish” Sunday People newspaper in July 2004: “At least three Garda officers in the scandal-hit force in Donegal were secret agents for British military intelligence, The Irish People can reveal. Garda Special Branch detectives have launched a secret probe into finding the to date un-named moles who supplied intelligence on IRA … Continue reading

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Photo of Mae Burke, Eithne Coyle and Linda Kearns, Cumann na mBan revolutionaries, taken shortly after they escaped from a British POW camp, in Carlow, Ireland 1921

I’m not quite sure if the political establishment in Ireland is embarrassed, ashamed or terrified by the 2016 centenary of the Irish Revolution but there is definitely something amiss in the way they are reacting to the approaching anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916. After four years of stonewalling from various representatives of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition the … Continue reading

The Irish Slave Mind

Native African workers in the Belgian Congo, men, women and children with their hands cut off by their European masters

Given some recent conversations on ASF I thought this article might be of interest to a number of readers. It discusses the much vexed issue of the Irish “slave mentality”, the aberrant mindset found in a significant number of people on this island nation who place no value in their own linguistic, cultural or national identity but who instead wish to emulate the identity … Continue reading

Ambivalent Language Masks Intolerance

Caoibec - Québec

In light of two recent posts, “The Acceptable Form Of Racism In Ireland” and “Sinn Féin’s Bluff And Bluster On Irish Rights”, and the subsequent contributions in the Comments (for which thanks to all), I thought this short article over on Diaga, “Language Resistance 2 – Ambivalence (Québec)”, makes some excellent points of its own. Meanwhile the … Continue reading

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    Nominated 2014: Best News, Current Affairs, Politics, Mobile Blog Categories; Best Blog Post

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