Decolonization Begins With One Word

Ireland in chains

From Vice Magazine, the campaign by Native Australian communities to reassert their cultural, linguistic and territorial rights: “On February 9, members of the National Freedom Movement gathered on the lawns at Parliament House in Canberra to present the Australian minister for Indigenous affairs, Nigel Scullion, with the Aboriginal Sovereign Manifesto of Demands. This document calls … Continue reading

Respecting The Dead And The Living

Volunteers of the Irish Republican Army in surplus US Army combat uniforms, one armed with an American-supplied M16 assault rifle, Occupied North of Ireland, 1970s

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 of the 27th and 28th of June 1970 several ill-armed Volunteers of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army defended the isolated Irish Nationalist enclave of the … Continue reading

Improvised Weapons Of The New IRA Modernise Old Designs

A Volunteer of the (New) Irish Republican Army holding a (N)IRA-manufactured grenade-launcher just before an attack on the British Forces in Belfast, 2014

  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 of north Belfast when it was hit by an explosive projectile that penetrated the vehicle’s exterior “skin” before being deflected by the thicker plating underneath (we do not know if the … Continue reading

North Korea Meets North Ireland

Northern Ireland

Defenders and apologists for the British colonial state in the north-east of Ireland claim that the artificial entity is now a Western-style democracy, regardless of its gerrymandered and totalitarian past. That may be so but the democratic culture found in “Northern Ireland” frequently reminds one more of North Korea than it does of the European Union or United States. From the BBC: “A … 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

Irish Belongs To Everyone On This Island Nation

Scary Eire

  An alternative view on the Irish language and Irish-speakers in modern Ireland from the viewpoint of a member of the British Unionist minority in the north-east of the country, albeit an unusually sympathetic and supportive one. Journalist and academic Ian Malcolm writing for the Belfast Telegraph: “On Remembrance Sunday I wore my poppy and … Continue reading

America Has The Tea Party, Ireland Has The DUP Party

Ireland in chains

Gregory Campbell is one of the better known members of the DUP in Ireland, the once fringe British Unionist party which has dominated one half of the power-sharing regional administration in the north-east of the country since 2007. He currently serves as an MP in the Westminster parliament in London and an MLA in the Stormont assembly in Belfast. In the latter capacity he has … Continue reading

Maíria Cahill And The Republican Network For Unity

A Republican honour guard fires a volley of shots over the coffin of Jim Gallagher, a prominent member of the Republican Network for Unity or RNU, 2010

Last Friday morning the journalist and writer Paul Larkin highlighted on Twitter some evidence that a “Mairia Cahill” from Belfast had formerly served as the chairperson of the RNU or Republican Network for Unity, a republican pressure group – and later political party – founded in 2007 by several former members of Sinn Féin in … Continue reading

Slut-Shaming Maíria Cahill Is Not A Republican Response

Maíria Cahill at an anti-RUC demonstration organised by Ógra Shinn Féin in the 1990s

So the controversy in relation to the allegations made by 33 year old Maíria Cahill, a former national secretary of Ógra Shinn Féin (SF’s youth wing), continues to rumble on. Understandably the general public has been shocked by Cahill’s forceful claims that from August of 1997, when she was 16 years of age, she was subject to … Continue reading

Maíria Cahill And Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin

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 – if not quite common – sexual abuse or exploitation of women. Those engaged in such activities included members and supporters of all the belligerent parties … Continue reading

The Problem With Irish? Not Enough Politics!

Labhair Gaeilge

There is a great article over on Diaga on the importance of persecuted communities with distinct languages and cultures achieving some form of political autonomy if their identities are to survive. I recommend that you read the whole thing but here are some highlights: “Mulling over the Scottish ‘no’ vote last week, it occurred to me just … Continue reading

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

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