I’m currently watching the Norsemen on Netflix, a pitch-black historical comedy set in a Scandinavian coastal village during the late 8th century CE. Produced by NRK, Norway’s
Lyndon B. Johnson, the Texas-born vice-president who succeeded John F. Kennedy in the turbulent latter half of November 1963, has always held a certain fascination for American
The belief that professional female warriors may have been common in the ancient world is a modern myth or meme which owes much of its
The use of camouflage for military purposes, as we would understand it today, probably began in the late 18th and early 19th centuries as an
In March of 1982 the Ipsos MORI poll rating for Margaret Thatcher, the then prime minister of the United Kingdom, stood at a dismal 16%;
A former killer with the Glenanne Gang, a pro-British death squad which operated in the UK-administered north-east of Ireland during the first decade of the
Though the dictatorial regime of Bashar al-Assad supposedly entered the Syrian civil war with some 5000 tanks, mainly of Russian origin, in reality the number
There is a somewhat pessimistic belief among some Irish revolutionary republicans which can be best summed up as follows: “When it comes to Ireland the
It is a rare thing for a conventional army to admit its military mistakes; to acknowledge that its plans, strategies or tactics are – or
Two related stories about torture or more specifically the clinical nature of physical and psychological abuse when practiced by mature, Western democracies and their institutions.
The journalist and veteran of Middle East diplomacy Alon Ben-Meir has an opinion piece in the Japan Times under the all too accurate headline, “Afghanistan:
In an article last year I highlighting some new research into the suspected Bronze Age battlefield site of Tollense, a river valley in northern Germany where
By the start of June of 1922, Michael Collins, Arthur Griffith and Richard Mulcahy had established themselves as the chief leaders of a breakaway faction
While Sinn Féin has gone to great lengths over the last decade to move away from its armed revolutionary past, replacing shows of strength with
With the United Kingdom’s right-wing press whipping itself up into a frenzy over the alleged sympathy of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for the Irish
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the United Kingdom’s militarised policing force in the Six Counties, has released its 2016-17 statistics for paramilitary-related incidences in the
Over the last one hundred years the five-pointed red star has become a well known symbol of communism and some strands of socialism around the globe.
I rarely pay attention to the mealy-mouthed nostalgia for the ancien régime of British colonial rule which fills the pages of certain newspapers and publications in Ireland.
$117 billion. That is how much money the United States of America has spent on “rebuilding” efforts in the war-torn nation of Afghanistan. The figure almost rivals
Further thoughts on the Freddie Scappaticci or Stakeknife affair from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous but who makes these interesting points. Your post
The more I hear about the Freddie Scappaticci spying or “StakeKnife” affair the more cynical I become. How did the ex-volunteer, a member of the Belfast
As expected the Easter weekend witnessed the usual display of overweight men and women marching in ill-fitting, quasi-military uniforms while professing loyalty to the revolutionary republic declared 101