A bleak headline from a story in the Irish Independent, reporting the words of the Fine Gael minister of justice, Frances Fitzgerald: “Ireland is also under threat from terror and must prepare, says minister” Except that is not exactly what she said, as the rest of article makes clear: “There is no particular information that we… Read More Irish Neutrality Versus The Anti-Islamist Armchair Generals
Every year, on the 11th of November, hundreds of far right and neo-fascist campaigners in France, including the former leader of the Front national, Jean-Marie Le Pen, make their way to the small island of Île d’Yeu, just off the coast of the western Pays de la Loire region, to lay flowers and wreaths at the grave of Philippe Pétain, the head… Read More 1916 Is Over And The Good Guys Won
Today’s Irish Times newspaper carries a deeply offensive article examining the period of 1939-45 in France and what the author of the piece characterizes as the “armed rebellion” of the French Resistance against the mandated administration of the country by Nazi Germany and it’s collaborationist partners during World War II. In particular the journalist questions… Read More Condemning Rebellion In Occupied France And Ireland
The National Review Online, the web-version of the right-wing American current affairs magazine, has published a series of “leaked” emails from the Al Jazeera news network under the somewhat disingenuous headline “Leaked Newsroom Emails Reveal Al Jazeera Fury over Global Support for Charlie Hebdo“. In fact the emails don’t reveal any such “fury” but rather… Read More Those Leaked Al Jazeera Emails On Charlie Hebdo
Like many other people around the world I have been shocked by the events that have taken place in Paris over the last 24 hours with the presumed “terrorist” attack on the home of the French satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo. In contemporary western Europe such awful occurrences remain the exception rather than the rule, perhaps explaining why… Read More Je Suis Charlie
In 1941 the Vichy regime in France ordered the partition of the north-western Celtic nation of Brittany as part of administrative restructuring during its collaborationist rule with the Nazis. Nearly a fifth of the territory of the Bretons, including the historic capital city of Nantes, was incorporated into an artificial region called Pays de la… Read More In Support Of A Reunited Brittany
Paddy Ashdown is a former British marine commando and intelligence officer with MI5, the ex-leader of the Liberal-Democrat party (which is now the minority partner in Britain’s coalition government), and a senior European and UN diplomat. So his view on the conflict in the British Occupied North of Ireland and how it relates to his… Read More Paddy Ashdown, IRA Volunteer
Since the 1940s when the fascist government based in southern France partitioned Brittany into two separate administrative regions with the objective of countering Breton resistance to the Vichy regime the Celtic nation has been fighting to reunite its two halves. Now the crisis-ridden French president, François Hollande, has announced new plans which will further cement that… Read More Support The Reunification Of Brittany!
This article on the resilience of the indigenous language of the historic Basque nation in north-eastern Spain and neighbouring France is filled with the sort of optimism that one rarely hears in relation to the Irish language. From The Blue Review, a publication of Boise State University in the United States: “Steve Mendive is a history/government… Read More Some Basque Lessons
Il était une fois… or “Once Upon a Time…” is an ongoing animated series produced by the multi-talented French television-maker Albert Barillé and his Procidis studio in Paris. Since the late 1970s the franchise has devoted itself to charting the broad evolution of humankind for a children’s audience with each series devoted to one… Read More Cultus Obscuram, Once Upon A Time… Space
Once again the political establishment in France has shown its opposition to any recognition of the cultural rights of the historic nations that currently lie within the administration of the French Republic. From a report in EurActiv: “French centre-right MEPs voted against a resolution on endangered regional languages, passed by a large majority in the… Read More France Says No – Again!
The artist Albert Robida is one of my favourite writer-illustrators from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, not least for his fantastical vision of a future Europe represented in a trilogy of “scientific romances” called Le Vingtième Siècle (1883), La Guerre au vingtième siècle (1887) and Le Vingtième siècle – La vie électrique (1890).… Read More Albert Robida, Fantastic Futurist
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This is terrible news that comes on top of previous acts of cultural terrorism carried out by extreme ideologues in the Moslem world. From the Guardian: “Islamist insurgents retreating from Timbuktu set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless historic manuscripts, according to the Saharan town’s mayor, in an incident he described as a… Read More Cultural Terrorism In Timbuktu
The Agence Bretagne Presse carries the results of the first round of votes to the French parliament from Brittany (in French, of course). Nationalist politics in Brittany is incredibly fractious and has been since the 1970s. The Unvaniezh Demokratel Breizh (UDB) remains the largest party but it is a regionalist one (à la Plaid Cymru) and largely competes as part of shifting… Read More The French Elections 2012 – The Breton Connection
Just a quick post to note the strange events in the Basque Country, both Spanish- and French-ruled, where despite the declared cessation of operations by ETA (the Basque guerilla organisation) authorities in Spain and France have in fact intensified their counter-insurgency efforts. This has been coupled with a refusal to enter into any meanigful negotiations with the Basque nationalist movement, despite several separatist parties making significant electoral gains… Read More No Peace For The Basque Country
France prides itself on being a nation that embodies the principles of democracy and freedom with a republic born through bloody, revolutionary struggle (and not once but several times). It is part and parcel of its collective image of itself; and one that it tries to project to the world. In the minds of many… Read More Brittany And Europe’s “Rogue State” – France
The Irish-based French blog Couleurs irlandaises has another look at the Irish language in contemporary Ireland, including a mention of your’s truly, un blogueur militant Le renard blond (actually, I do believe I am more Le renard blanc. But then again, a fox by any other name…). Though I don’t agree with all of its conclusions it remains challenging stuff and is well worth reading for any… Read More Les Irlandais Autochtones
A late post on some news from December of last year as the Celtic League carries a story with major implications for the partitioned Celtic nation of Breizh (Brittany). “The French Parliament has voted in favour of a change in the law that could herald the reunification of Brittany. In the evening of Wednesday 21st December 2011 the… Read More Brittany And Cornwall – The Return Of The Celtic Nations
So far I’ve carried little news on our Celtic cousins in Breizh (Brittany) and I’ve been taken to task for it by a number of you. The difficulties faced by the Breton people in the struggle to assert their national identity and culture in the face of a hostile French state means relatively little news of a Celtic Nationalist… Read More At Home Amongst The Bretons