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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

The War Nerd On The Conflict In Yemen

The War Nerd, the nom de guerre of the military blogger Gary Brecher (who in turn is the alledged nom de plume of the itinerant Irish-American writer and poet John Dolan), is one … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

The 2016 Proclamation Of The Irish Republic Inc.

In light of Enda Kenny’s suggestion of a “new proclamation” for 2016, comes this leaked government draft: THE FINE OIBRE COALITION GOVERNMENT OF THE IRISH REPUBLIC INC. TO THE PEOPLE … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 30 Comments

Putting The Éire In Ireland

For the last four or five years of An Sionnach Fionn I have been promoting the potential benefits of “language tourism” for Ireland’s economy. The indigenous culture of this island nation represents a largely untapped … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 16 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

No British Justice, No Irish Peace

  Couple of things brought to my attention. The first is the case of Christy Walsh, a citizen of this republic, who in 1991 was stopped on a street in … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

Irish Journalism On Trial

If you are anything like me you probably enjoyed watching the great and the good of the Irish press corps squirming in front of the Oireachtas’ Joint Committee of Inquiry into … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 2 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

David Cameron Versus Ed Miliband In Sky News Channel 4 Debate

For those who missed it, the big Sky News / Channel 4 television debate in Britain featuring the Conservative’s David Cameron and Labour’s Ed Miliband, as we approach a UK general election whose … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · 42 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

The United States, Whistling Past The Graveyard Of Empires

  To consider the political, diplomatic, military and financial quagmire that Afghanistan has proved to be for the United States one need look no further than the Afghan Armed Forces. … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · 10 Comments

La Rebelle De Raqqa

From France 24, the story of Haya El Ali, a young Syrian woman who befriended female members of the Islamic State in her hometown of Raqqa. Using a camera hidden in her … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Opposing Austernomics, A Moral And Social Issue

It seems that political parties are like buses: you wait for ages for one to come along and then two appear together. Of course the first turned out to be … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Water Charges And A Coalition Of The Doomed

Water charges. The political Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of Labour Party TDanna in constituencies across the country, whose blade may be long enough to cast a shadow over a … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

Britain’s Tribal Grudges Risks Renewed Conflict In Ireland

The Irish have made peace but have the British? That is the question asked by veteran journalist and author Ed Moloney in light of ongoing efforts by Britain to pursue legal … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 22 Comments

Up To 80,000 Protest Imposition Of Water Charges

In light of recent improved polling members and supporters of the governing Fine Gael and Labour Party coalition were predicting a poor turn-out for yesterday’s mass demonstration in the capital against … Continue reading

March 22, 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

Fighting To Speak Irish, Forced To Speak English

@thetwicket @MisneachNYC €billions per annum promoting the ENGLISH language, including compulsory useage, and this indeed is what it gets us — An Sionnach Fionn (@AnSionnachFionn) March 19, 2015

March 20, 2015 · 20 Comments

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