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Tag Archives: An Cogadh Fada (The Long War)

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Adams And The Problem Of Surviving The Cause

A different take on the post-conflict career of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, guerilla-turned-politician, from the journalist Michael Brendan Dougherty writing in The Week: “If only more militant Irish nationalists had the decency to die. … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · 4 Comments

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

Respecting The Dead And The Living

The Battle of the Short Strand is widely regarded as one of the seminal events in the long history of the 1966-2005 conflict in the north-east of Ireland. Over the course … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

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

Improvised Weapons Of The New IRA Modernise Old Designs

  On the 16th of November 2014 an armoured jeep of the PSNI, the paramilitary police force in the British-administrated north-east of Ireland, was parked on a street in the Ardoyne district … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 21 Comments

The Popular Armed Struggle

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 … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 53 Comments

Waterboarding Made In Britain

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, … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · 6 Comments

Maíria Cahill And Gerry Adams

One of the rarely discussed facets of the generational war which disfigured the north-east of Ireland from the mid-1960s to the late 1990s (or early 2000s) was the widespread – … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 10 Comments

The Many Faces Of The Irish News Media

Jim Cusack, the “security” correspondent of the Sunday Independent newspaper and arch-apologist for British colonial policing in Ireland, has penned a typically bizarre piece attacking the now decades old peace … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Colony Cannot Be Reformed

In case you missed it, from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations: “Press Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing… … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

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