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RUC Chief Superintendent Harry Breen And The British Terror Gangs Of Mid-Ulster

In the wake of 2013’s Smithwick Tribunal investigation into the violent death of Harry Breen, the Royal Ulster Constabulary chief superintendent …

War

Britain Moves Towards Amnesty For War Crimes By Its Forces In Ireland

As I predicted back in March, the United Kingdom is slowly moving towards a general amnesty for all members of the British Forces who served with the …

War

Some More Questions On The Freddie Scappaticci Or Stakeknife Controversy

Further thoughts on the Freddie Scappaticci or Stakeknife affair from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous but who makes these interesting …

Propaganda

Freddie Scappaticci, StakeKnife And Britain’s Dirty War In Ireland

The more I hear about the Freddie Scappaticci spying or “<i>StakeKnife</i>” affair the more cynical I become. How did the ex-volunteer, a member of the …

Intelligence

Brendan Howlin, The Labour Party And A Reunited Ireland

My view on our mainstream political parties discussing the reunification of Ireland has always been: put up or shut up. It is all well and good …

Brexit

Understanding Fake News, Tim Pool

Do not live in an echo chamber of your own politics, of your own likes and dislikes projected back at you. That is the most important thing any …

Journalism

Joint Authority Or Sovereignty Over The North, A Good Friday Agreement Mark II?

There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks about the possibility of establishing joint-authority or sovereignty between Ireland and the …

Brexit

A List Of Current Irish Republican Parties And Organisations

I was recently asked by a US historian with a fresh interest in Irish revolutionary politics if I could list for him the main parties and …

Ireland

Caoimhín De Barra Discusses The Myths Of Irish Language Funding

At the start of the year Caoimhín de Barra, the Assistant Professor for Irish History and Culture at Drew University, New Jersey, published a …

Language

Theresa May And Britain Heads For A Brexit-Mandating General Election

Theresa May, the right-wing prime minister of the United Kingdom and a politician who couldn’t find her country’s legacy colony on the island of …

The Republican Network For Unity, Óglaigh Na hÉireann And An Easter Message

As expected the Easter weekend witnessed the usual display of overweight men and women marching in ill-fitting, quasi-military uniforms while …

Ireland

Destroyer Of Cities, Homer, JRR Tolkien And George RR Martin

When I was fifteen or sixteen I read a copy of the book In <i>Search of the Trojan War</i> by the British historian Michael Wood and was struck by the term</i> …

Ancient History

The Massive Ordnance Air Blast Attack In Afghanistan

At 11.17 am on Saturday the 15th of June 1996 the Irish Republican Army detonated a large truck-bomb on Corporation Street in the city of …

War

Lib Dem Tim Farron Accuses The Scots Of Abuse While Abusing A Scot

Not only do the people of Greater England believe that all of the world’s historical empires were bad except for <i>their</i> empire but they also believe …

Theresa May

The Force Awakens: A Bad Lip Reading

Another satirical swipe from the guys and gals at <i>Bad Lip Reading</i>, featuring lots of Han Solo mumbling and some Mark Hamill (as Han …

Star Wars

The DUP Tries Some Irish Outreach As Speculation Over Another Election Grows

With the multiparty and intergovernmental talks to restore the peace-brokered northern assembly “parked” until after Easter, speculation is growing …

Democracy

The Unionist Dilemma In Ireland, Self-Interest Versus Nationality In A Post-Brexit Europe

Jonathan Powell, the former chief of staff to prime minister Tony Blair and the lead negotiator for the United Kingdom during talks with Sinn Féin in …

Brexit

3D Modelling The Archaeology Of Ireland

The Discovery Programme, a national archaeological research body supported by the Heritage Council, has been publishing some fantastic 3D models for …

Archaeology

An Army Humiliated, The British Military In Ireland, Afghanistan And Iraq

In retrospect it seemed inevitable that the Irish Republican Army would emerge largely undefeated from twenty years of conflict with the British …

War

Mad Dogs And Englishmen: Brexit Britain Threatens War With Spain

It seems that the empire-nostalgic British have finally gone off the deep-end as right wing commentators – and former government minsters – take to …

Brexit

An Undefeated Army, The IRA And The Irish-British Peace Process

I have argued in several recent articles that the United Kingdom’s continued inability to accept the unvarnished history of the Irish-British …

War

The TUV And The De-Briticisation Or Decolonisation Of Ireland

Jim Allister, leader of the hardline Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV), recently had this to say about the establishment of genuine cultural and …

Ireland

The Nerd Crew Episode 3

Another episode of the tongue-in-cheek Nerd Crew from Red Letter Media, featuring news on DC Films’ <i>Justice League</i> and a brand new “no strings …

DC Comics

A Pan-Unionist Axis Will Be Seen As Electoral Gerrymandering By Northern Nationalists

With the Democratic Unionist Party gnashing its teeth and pointing fingers of blame at Sinn Féin, it seems unlikely that the regional power-sharing …

Democracy

Britain Struggles With The Good Friday Agreement And Peace In Ireland

On January 23rd, 1973, the United States’ president, Richard M. Nixon, described the multiparty treaty in France which ended the Vietnam War as</i> …

Brexit

Irish Resistance To Apartheid: Sinn Féin And The ANC, The IRA And MK

A number of readers have asked for some background details explaining the close relationship between the <i>African National Congress</i> and <i>Sinn Féin</i> …

South Africa

The ANC Statement On The Passing Of Martin McGuinness

This statement issued by the African National Congress (ANC) on the death of Martin McGuinness is an important reminder of the close links between …

Europe

Bill Clinton’s Remarkable Tribute To Martin McGuinness In Full

The former president of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, joined a host of other national and international dignitaries at the funeral of …

Bill Clinton

The Socialist Party Takes A Poke At The Socialist Workers Party

Three weeks ago I published a short, tongue-in-cheek article highlighting the rarely discussed relationship between the <i>Socialist Workers Party</i> (SWP) …

Democracy

The Gaelic Gestapo. Shaping The Language Of Hate In Scotland

To name a thing is to control a thing. Words have a power beyond the immediate and obvious. The process of naming shapes perception and …

Linguistics