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

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 

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 lawyer assassinated in 1989 by gunmen from the UDA-UFF (the largest British terrorist faction in the country), is bringing a case to the courts in Belfast demanding a… Read More Pat Finucane, The Assassination Of An Irish Lawyer By British Terrorists

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

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 opinion at The Mirror (not to mention watching last night’s debate on the dreadful Nolan Show, Ireland’s very own Poundland Vincent Browne) a thought struck me. Both Conor Murphy… Read More Would Sinn Féin Support Naomi Long In East Belfast?

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

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, have formed a limited electoral alliance for the forthcoming Westminster elections in May. Agreed candidates from both parties will run in four constituencies to “maximise” the pro-British vote: East Belfast (with… Read More DUP and UUP Agree Candidates For Pan-Unionist Axis

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 of the suspected British Army informer Jean McConville, during one of the worse years of the 1966-2005 “Troubles”. The thirty-eight year old recently widowed mother of… Read More Jean McConville, Gerry Adams And The Truth

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

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 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… Read More Decolonization Begins With One Word

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 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… Read More Improvised Weapons Of The New IRA Modernise Old Designs

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 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… Read More North Korea Meets North Ireland

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 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… Read More The Popular Armed Struggle

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, 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… Read More Irish Belongs To Everyone On This Island Nation