The Hooded Men, British Torture-Centres In Ireland

The Irish Times has a laudably detailed article examining the historic issue of the “Hooded Men”: Irish citizens detained by the British and unionist authorities in the north-east of Ireland during the period of internment – imprisonment without charge or trial – in the early 1970s. Unlike some two thousand others who were carted off to… Read More The Hooded Men, British Torture-Centres In Ireland

British Spies In The IRA, Myth Versus Reality

Just a quick heads-up for those who have access to the series “Twentieth Century British History” from the Oxford Journals. A recent edition features an article titled “The Influence of Informers and Agents on Provisional Irish Republican Army Military Strategy and British Counter-Insurgency Strategy, 1976–94” by Thomas Leahy of King’s College, London. In it the researcher pretty… Read More British Spies In The IRA, Myth Versus Reality

Jeremy Corbyn And The Self-Deluding British Press

Watching the right-wing and nationalist press in the UK gnashing its teeth at the thoughts of left-wing MP, Jeremy Corbyn, becoming the next leader of the British Labour Party is laughable. It almost certainly won’t happen. Labour in Britain, like its counterpart in Ireland, is devoted to holding the political centre-ground with a strong strain… Read More Jeremy Corbyn And The Self-Deluding British Press

A Sordid Tale Of British Gunmen, Bombers And Policemen

In his final exploration of the evidence sourced for the RTÉ television documentary “Collusion”, a feature-length programme examining the links between the UK military and intelligence services garrisoned in the north-east of Ireland during the period of the “Long War” and their allies in the so-called “Loyalist” terrorist gangs, veteran Irish journalist Ed Moloney begins with a story that coincidentally illustrates the easy relationship that existed between the… Read More A Sordid Tale Of British Gunmen, Bombers And Policemen

Shoot-To-Kill, Britain’s Summary Executions And Assassinations In Ireland

Sometimes I do wonder if the dozens of Irish and British journalists who spent most of their careers loftily dismissing the evidence of Britain’s criminal counter-insurgency war in Ireland as “republican propaganda” have any regrets now that the veracity of those allegations has been proven to be correct? Or do those newspaper columnists, press editors and… Read More Shoot-To-Kill, Britain’s Summary Executions And Assassinations In Ireland

The Reorganisation Of The IRA In The Early 1970s

Irish journalist and author Ed Moloney, now resident in New York, has an interesting article over on his Broken Elbow blog examining possible evidence of the reorganisation of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army into a “cellular” command and control structure primarily based upon Active Service Units (ASUs) at a date much earlier than previously thought. “Way… Read More The Reorganisation Of The IRA In The Early 1970s

The British Army’s “Tuzo Plan” Of 1972

Over on the Broken Elbow blog the veteran Irish journalist Ed Moloney has a detailed examination of the British Army’s so-called “Tuzo Plan“, named after its originator General Sir Harry Craufurd Tuzo. If the strategy had been implemented in 1972 it would have seen the UK Forces in Ireland and their counterparts in the British terror factions co-operating… Read More The British Army’s “Tuzo Plan” Of 1972

Collusion Or The Secret History Of The British “Jihad” In Ireland

One might well regard it as forty years and several hundred deaths too late but RTÉ, Ireland’s public service broadcaster, seems to have finally recognised the need to investigate and report on the details of Britain’s historic “dirty war” in the north-east of the country. Perhaps it is the passing of an older generation of British-sympathisers within the corporation, men and women who formerly… Read More Collusion Or The Secret History Of The British “Jihad” In Ireland

Britain’s Army Of Serial Killers In Ireland 

In the late 1980s and early ‘90s British terrorist groups in the north-east of Ireland began to justify their attacks on the Irish nationalist population in the contested region – and elsewhere – by briefing the domestic and international news media with intelligence information supplied to them by the UK’s “security forces”. Literally thousands of documents… Read More Britain’s Army Of Serial Killers In Ireland 

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 set by most seasoned observers of American international journalism. Frankly it was like watching a British TV news broadcast from the 1970s or ’80s, one informing the viewers back… Read More American Reporting On Ireland Plays Like An Episode Of The Sons Of Anarchy

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 history in nations or regions far away from their own (and as we know, the devil is in the detail). As a general rule of… Read More Gerry Adams, CBS’ 60 Minutes And The Journalism Of Stereotype

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 of the national government in Dublin: “Those who keep an eye on such developments are no doubt familiar with the clashes between the Irish Defence… Read More British-Backed Separatists In Ireland’s Ulster Region Renew Offensive

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 vengeance against former insurgents of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army and those who represented or supported them. Moloney argues that these actions: “…amount to a British default… Read More Britain’s Tribal Grudges Risks Renewed Conflict In Ireland

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 in Belfast during the 1960s and 1970s, abuse that is widely believed to have involved members of the UK intelligence services, paramilitary police, armed forces,… Read More 30 Years On And Britain Maintains The Kincora Boys Home Cover-Up

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. Get shot in the back by a Paddy more extreme, like Michael Collins did, and someday Liam Neeson could be playing you. Get executed by the… Read More Gerry Adams And The Problem Of Surviving The Cause

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 – 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… Read More Bill O’Reilly And America’s Reporting Of The Troubles

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 “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… Read More Terror Breeds Terror

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, 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… Read More Kincora Boys Home, The Scandal Britain Can’t Bury