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Pat Finucane, The Assassination Of An Irish Lawyer By British Terrorists

More on the slow unravelling of the secrecy and deception which obscured most aspects of Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland from the late 1960s to early 2000s. The family of Pat Finucane, the Irish … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

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

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

Would Sinn Féin Support Naomi Long In East Belfast?

Following on from my post yesterday examining the announcement that the DUP and UUP will be supporting agreed candidates in four key constituencies for the Westminster election in May, and with an eye on this critical … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

DUP and UUP Agree Candidates For Pan-Unionist Axis

So the blog We In Coming Days got there first with the headline-grabbing news that the main British Unionist parties in the north-east of the country, the DUP and UUP, … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Jean McConville, Gerry Adams And The Truth

The New Yorker magazine has a long, if occasionally flawed, investigation into the 1972 detention and execution – which one can alternatively read as kidnapping and murder – by the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · 9 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

Decolonization Begins With One Word

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 … Continue reading

February 20, 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

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

North Korea Meets North 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 … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · 6 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

Irish Belongs To Everyone On This Island Nation

  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, … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 26 Comments

America Has The Tea Party, Ireland Has The DUP Party

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 … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · 5 Comments

Maíria Cahill And The Republican Network For Unity

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 … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 20 Comments

Slut-Shaming Maíria Cahill Is Not A Republican Response

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. … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · 15 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 Problem With Irish? Not Enough Politics!

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 … Continue reading

September 26, 2014

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