Analysis Of ÓnaÉ Video

Volunteer of the Real Irish Republican Army armed with an AKM assault rifle

There was a bit of a kerfuffle in the news media over the weekend caused by the military funeral of Tony Catney, a former senior veteran of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army. His funeral cortège in Belfast was escorted by uniformed activists, possibly Volunteers of the so-called New Irish Republican Army or NIRA through the west of … Continue reading

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Going, Going, Gone

Northern Ireland

Up to the 1980s the British Labour Party was generally supportive of ending Britain’s centuries-old colonial interference in Ireland by drawing down the shutters on the last remnant of the beleaguered colony in the north-east of the country. Many in Labour saw themselves as “persuaders for unity” on the island of Ireland, a mantra once as important … Continue reading

The Orange Order – Enough Is Enough

British soldiers of the RIR unit with a flag supporting the anti-Catholic and Protestant fundamentalist Orange Order in Drumcree, 2002

From 1975 to 1982 a British terrorist faction nicknamed the “Shankhill Butchers”, part of the militant UVF, carried out a series of attacks designed to instil terror in the Irish Nationalist community of Belfast, randomly targeting men, women and children living in isolated enclaves around the city. Like Al-Qaeda in Iraq during the intercommunal conflict the … Continue reading

Name The Kincora Abusers

"Belfast Fianna Fáil wish all members of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland a happy 12th of July"

  For the first time an allegation long made in private has been stated in public: a senior member of the largest political party representing the British Unionist community in the north-east of Ireland and a current minister in the regional executive in Belfast was once an associate of Tara, a would-be British terrorist grouping founded in the … Continue reading

Britain’s Legacy In Ireland, 800 Years In The Making

A British Unionist and Orange Order bonfire decorated with sectarian and racist messages, Ireland, July 2014

Pictured above is an “Eleventh Night” bonfire, one of many dozens erected across the north-east of Ireland by usually adolescent members of the British Unionist minority to commemorate a series of 17th century Protestant British victories over Catholic British and Irish opponents during localised conflicts in the pan-european War of the Grand Alliance. In Ireland the primary struggle, … Continue reading

The Calm Before The Storm

"Belfast Fianna Fáil wish all members of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland a happy 12th of July"

The infamous Ku Klux Klan had – and probably still has – burning crosses. The equally infamous Orange Order has burning bonfires. The function of both is the same: celebration, defiance, intimidation. With “only” three ethnically motivated stabbings, scattered and desultory rioting, a handful of inter-communal clashes, minimal damage to property, shorter than previous road and … Continue reading

A Sickness At The Heart Of Britishness

The True "Northern Ireland" In Orange

As Britain witnesses the revelations of a decades old culture of institutionalised paedophilia and sexual abuse within the heart of the state (seemingly encompassing the BBC, the lower and upper houses of parliament, the judiciary, the police and intelligence services, the “aristocracy”, and past – and possibly current – governments in London) it is worth … Continue reading

A Colony Cannot Be Reformed

We Shall Overcome - Civil Rights In Ireland - The 1960s

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… From 29 August to 11 September 2013, I undertook an official visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the invitation … Continue reading

The Unionist Caliphate In Ireland

Peter Robinson with an automatic assault rifle

The mainstream British Unionist parties in the north-east of Ireland, the governing DUP and out-of-office UUP, have issued a statement condemning yet another ban on the controversial annual march by the anti-Catholic Orange Order in the Ardoyne district of Belfast, and have done so in conjunction with the fundamentalist TUV, and the PUP and UPRG, … Continue reading

The Dirty Secrets Of A Dirty War Get Even Dirtier

Joint footpatrol of British UDA terrorists and British Army soldiers

In the “better late than never” category Britain’s Left-leaning newspaper, the Guardian, has published a special investigation by Ian Cobain into the infamous Ballymurphy Massacre of August 1971. During the course of three days rampaging British troops in an isolated Irish Nationalist enclave on the edge of West Belfast murdered ten civilians, 9 men and boys … Continue reading

The Axis Of British Fundamentalism

"Belfast Fianna Fáil wish all members of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland a happy 12th of July"

Recently the British journalist Colin Freeman while reporting on the crisis in Iraq for the Daily Telegraph, the establishment newspaper in Britain, made this observation on the reconstituted Shia militias now making their muscular presence felt in the Sunni districts of Baghdad: “Waving rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikovs, the convoy of Shia militiamen rolled down the … Continue reading

Nelson McCausland, The Tea Party Escapee

What other nation in Western Europe would tolerate a senior member of a regional government using his personal blog to publicly list individuals and their home addresses when those persons are at risk of a terrorist attack? Yet that is the very situation we have in Ireland with Nelson McCausland, the minster for social development … Continue reading

The Whole Aim Of Newspeak Is To Narrow The Range Of Thought

Colm Keena, the journalist and less-than-sympathetic biographer of Gerry Adams, has an article in the Irish Times newspaper examining the Sinn Féin leader and tangentially the origins of the conflict in the north-east of Ireland. It reads like this: “Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. … Continue reading

British Unionism, Nationalism In Denial

In a glorious example of the Irish political rhetoric known as “whataboutery” the columnist N.R. Greer takes to the pages of the Newsletter to attack the critics of the sectarianism and racism that is at the heart of the ideology of British Unionism in Ireland (and perhaps inevitably so given the origins of political Unionism … Continue reading

The Torture Files

So the News and Current Affairs Department of RTÉ, our self-proclaimed “national broadcaster” (no sniggering, please), has suddenly become aware that there were two sides to the conflict that raged in the north-eastern part of our island-nation during the 1970s, ‘80s and 1990s. Yes, the war wasn’t solely caused by Irish Republicans (actually it truly … Continue reading

The Continuity RUC

In an unprecedented move the Police Ombudsman for the north-east of Ireland, Michael Maguire, is to sue the Chief Constable of the PSNI, the region’s paramilitary police force, over his organisation’s repeated failures to cooperate with enquiries into dozens of killings carried out by British terrorist groupings and others during the 1966-2005 conflict. From an investigation by The Detail: “NORTHERN Ireland’s Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire … Continue reading

Fundamentalism Hates Fundamentalism

When religious fundamentalism combines with politics to create a cultural and societal norm that “the people” are expected to conform to it must also create enemies and victims in order to justify and propagate that norm, whether they are real or not. From the Huffington Post: “The First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson has said he would not trust … Continue reading

The All-Ireland Percentage Vote For The European Parliament 2014

Thought I’d show some of the figures for the All-Ireland vote for the European Parliament being discussed on the blog “We In Coming Days” (with thanks to the contributor Feckitt and SO’T). A useful reminder of the democratic reality on our island-nation which Britain’s imposition of partition continues to impede.

Nigel Farage, UKIP, And The British Terror Vote

Nigel Farage, leader of the right-wing Eurosceptic party currently upsetting Britain’s staid tripartite political system, made a recent flying visit Ireland to express his support for UKIP candidates contesting European and local elections in the north-east of the country. One wonder’s if he is aware that his UKIP organisation on this island nation seems to have been annexed by people closely associated with hardline Unionist groupings, … Continue reading

No Prosecutions For British Death Squad Confessions

In the early 1970s the Military Reaction Force or MRF was a covert unit of the British Army which operated as death squad in and around the city of Belfast, its members orchestrating scores of gun and bomb attacks on the Irish civilian population in co-operation with local British terror factions. Last year former soldiers … Continue reading

Sinn Féin, A Victim Of Its Own Hubris

So Gerry Adams TD, the leader of Sinn Féin, has been released after several days of detention and interrogation by the PSNI, the British paramilitary police force in Ireland. Despite the pressure of SF’s political rivals, north and south, not to mention the country’s ideologically anti-Republican news media no charges were laid against him though a file has been … Continue reading

No Investigation Into 1971 British War Crime In Ireland

The government of Britain has announced its refusal to investigate the Ballymurphy Massacre of 1971, a three-day killing spree by British troops in an Irish Nationalist enclave of west Belfast during the earliest days of the conflict in the north-east of Ireland.  Despite the demands for an independent investigation made by survivors and their families, … Continue reading

Barack Obama, They All Look Irish To Me

President Barack Obama addressing the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall in University Malaysia, as reported by News Straits Times: “…it’s among groups that those of us on the outside, we look – they look exactly the same. In Northern Ireland there has been a raging conflict – although they have finally come to … Continue reading

The Irish Media In Panic Mode

Reading Ireland’s national and regional newspapers the worried expectations of the media establishment that Sinn Féin and various smaller parties will make unprecedented gains in the upcoming European and local elections, and largely at the expense of the country’s traditional ruling parties, is almost palatable. Hardly a day goes by without an anti-SF report or … Continue reading

Moderate British Unionism – A Political Oxymoron

Below is a video of Chris McGimpsey, a Unionist former member of Belfast City Council for the UUP and the anti-Catholic Orange Order, attending a demonstration at the infamous Twaddell Camp in west of the city. Yes, that same madrasa of militant British nationalism in Ireland where five weeks ago masked men in paramilitary uniforms drove military-style … Continue reading

NI21 Gets Its Irish On

By all accounts Ireland’s newish British Unionist party, NI1921, is in grave difficulties following a series of internal squabbles over policy direction and the dominance of the organisation by its only recognisable faces, former UUP politicians Basil McCrea and John McCallister. A liberal, centre-right party attempting to make room for itself in the same electoral … Continue reading

Five Thousand March For Irish Rights In Belfast

Last Saturday up to five thousand people took part in An Lá Dearg i mBéal Feirste, a march through the city of Belfast in support of Irish language rights in the north-east of Ireland. Despite the disruptive presence of a small crowd of protesters from the British Unionist community (who waved British flags while making … Continue reading

An Lá Dearg I mBéal Feirste

Following on from the mass demonstration held in Dublin eight weeks ago during which 10,000 people marched across the capital in support of Irish language rights another demonstration is planned for Belfast this Saturday, the 12th of April 2014. Gathering at 2pm outside Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiach, the Falls Road, in the west of the … Continue reading

Arrested For Speaking Irish In Europe’s Darkest Corner

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is on an official state visit to Britain, the first by an Irish head of state in some nine decades of independence. This follows the first official visit by Britain’s head of state, Elizabeth II, to Ireland and is yet another step in the ongoing choreography of the … Continue reading

Britain’s Very Own Own Crimea In Ireland

Military jeeps driven by masked men wearing combat fatigues drive through the darkened streets of a city while hysterical crowds scream “Bring out the guns!” before confronting local paramilitary police. A week later over a hundred masked and uniformed men invade a local community, ransack homes, setting some on fire, driving people onto the streets … Continue reading

Only A General Amnesty Will Yield The Truth

As the impact of the arrest of the veteran activist Ivor Bell continues to reverberate within Republican circles there is a lot to agree with in this analysis by Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe: “Ivor Bell is awaiting trial in Belfast on charges he aided and abetted the murder of Jean McConville, a widowed … Continue reading

Anna Lo And British Government Agree On Colonial Ireland

With all the outrage vented over the last 24+ hours by some of the more historically-myopic members of the British Unionist community in the north-east of the country in relation to Anna Lo’s “anti-colonial” newspaper interview I thought I’d post the British government’s own official view on the matter from “Scotland analysis, Devolution and the … Continue reading

Liberal Unionist Anna Lo Supports A Reunited Ireland

When a senior politician from a party representing the moderate British Unionist or pro-Union vote in the north-east of the country publicly acknowledges the colonial origins of “Northern Ireland” and the logic of Irish reunification then you know that we are truly progressing towards a better future. From the Irish Times: “Unionist parties moved quickly … Continue reading

The Crimea-Of-The-West

Meanwhile in the “Crimea-of-the-West” militants from the British separatist minority in the north-east of Ireland have staged another of their weekly demonstrations at the so-called Twaddle Twaddell Protest Camp in the city of Belfast. Several marching-bands carrying British military and terrorist banners gathered on the Crumlin Road to take part in a parade headed by military-style … Continue reading

British Spooks Seek Irish Hookups

It seems that the Irish-based spooks of MI5, Britain’s Security Service, are growing ever-more brazen now that the dangers of staring down the business-end of a Browning automatic pistol have (almost) gone away. From a statement by Phoblachtáigh do Aontiú or the Republican Network for Unity (PA – RNU), an independent Irish Republican political party: “British … Continue reading

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