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Trump Apologist Crumbles As False Claims About US Economy Challenged

I must admit to enjoying this televised take down of Brad Thomas, the publicity-seeking Wall Street analyst turned Donald Trump apologist. Appearing …

Donald Trump

Britain’s Revanchist Fantasies Of A Brexit Empire Focus On Ireland

Since the Brexit referendum vote in the summer of 2016 the conservative and right-wing press in the United Kingdom has been at the forefront of those …

Brexit

The UK Retreats From The Imposition Of A Brexit Border In Ireland

The United Kingdom has published its position paper on post-Brexit relations between Ireland and the UK-administered Six Counties and on the face of …

Brexit

Donald Trump Excuses Alt-Right Violence In Charlottesville

Donald J Trump can’t help himself. When offered the opportunity to dig himself out of a hole he chooses to dig deeper. Worse, when someone throws him …

Donald Trump

Israel Upgrades Tank-APC As Middle East Becomes Military Laboratory

Though the dictatorial regime of Bashar al-Assad supposedly entered the Syrian civil war with some 5000 tanks, mainly of Russian origin, in reality …

War

When It Comes To The Irish Otherworld, I’m With Danny Healy-Rae

When you find yourself in agreement with Danny Healy-Rae, the maverick independent TD from Kerry, you know that your day has taken an unexpected …

Archaeology

Britain’s Brexit-Born Indifference And Antipathy To Peace In Ireland

There is a somewhat pessimistic belief among some Irish revolutionary republicans which can be best summed up as follows: “<i>When it comes to Ireland</i> …

Brexit

Fianna Fáil Prepares Ground For A Future Coalition With Sinn Féin

Given the ongoing speculation about the creation of a Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin coalition government following the next general election, if the …

Fianna Fáil

The BBC And The Welsh Language, Self-Interested Discrimination

Several readers, including Marconatrix, have drawn my attention to this discussion about Welsh language rights broadcast on Newsnight, the BBC’s …

Language Learning

2016 Census Of Canada Shows Small Decline In French As A Home Language

Has the French language begun its much prophesied decline as a community tongue on the North American continent? That is the question being asked by …

Population

The Caterthuns, Two Iron Age Hillforts In Scotland

Some of you may have already seen this wonderful drone footage by Kieran Baxter featuring the Caterthuns, a pair of large hill forts about one …

Iron Age

Likelihood Of Future Fianna Fáil And Sinn Féin Post-Election Deal Grows

Despite vociferous denials and protests to the contrary, by both politicians and journalists, since the general election of 2011 the possibility of a …

Fianna Fáil

The War In Afghanistan Is Lost. So Why Is The US Still Fighting It?

It is a rare thing for a conventional army to admit its military mistakes; to acknowledge that its plans, strategies or tactics are – or <i>were</i> – wrong. …

War

Stuart Campbell, Wings Over Scotland And Divided Nationalism In Scotland

Readers of <i>An Sionnach Fionn</i> might be familiar with Wings Over Scotland (WOS), the influential Scottish politics blog founded in late 2011 by the …

Referendums

Anthony Scaramucci Adds To The Insanity Gripping Donald Trump’s White House

One of my favourite cinematic political satires is the Marx Brothers’ 1933 classic <i>Duck Soup</i> and over the last several months the inept administration …

Donald Trump

Sí Gaoithe, An Otherworldly Whirlwind Caught On Camera

When I was growing up my mother regaled me with many stories of her own childhood in West Cork, and one of those tales related to the phenomenon of …

Optimistic Nihilism

From <i>Kurzgesagt</i>, a German-based YouTube channel and design studio with an interesting take on science and culture, a short introduction to their …

YouTube

The Torture Of Suspected Insurgents By The US And The UK

Two related stories about torture or more specifically the clinical nature of physical and psychological abuse when practiced by mature, Western …

Barry Cunliffe Lectures On The Celtic From The West Theory

An interesting talk by the veteran British historian and archaeologist Barry Cunliffe discussing the controversial “<i>Celtic from the West</i>” theory. …

Archaeology

Donald Trump Contemplates An Army Of Western Mercenaries To Wage War In Afghanistan

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,</i> …

Afghanistan

Ireland Dismisses UK’s Suggestion Of A Post-Brexit Electronic Border

Over the last several weeks there seems to have been a certain hardening in the diplomatic language deployed by Ireland in its Brexit negotiations …

The Bronze Age Battlefield Site Of Tollense, Northern Germany

In an article last year I highlighting some new research into the suspected Bronze Age battlefield site of Tollense, a river valley in northern …

Fine Gael Minister Paschal Donohoe Blames Left-Wing Parties For Right-Wing Failures

Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance in the Fine Gael-led minority government, took himself off to the MacGill Summer School at the weekend, …

Neill Blomkamp, Oats Studios’ Sci-Fi Short Films

The South African movie director and screenwriter Neill Blomkamp, the man behind the excellent science-fiction parable <i>District 9</i> and the rather more …

What Links The DUP And Milo Yiannopoulos? The Alt-Right, Of Course

I think it’s fair to describe the “alternative-right” as something of an amorphous political movement. While it has a philosophical hardcore, born …

George A. Romero And Knightriders, A Unique Vision Of A Unique Director

The passing of the director-producer George A. Romero has led to a wave of retrospective articles on the one-time doyen of the genre film industry in …

Michael Collins And The Oaths To The Irish Republic And The Irish Free State

Judging by the emails and messages I’m still receiving, my article at the start of the month criticising the supposedly “constitutional” foundations …

EU Negotiator Calls For Northern MEPs To Be Added To Ireland’s Representation

Guy Verhofstadt, the chief Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament, has suggested that the number of MEPs representing Ireland should be …

Brexit

The DUP, AggregateIQ And Data Mining For The Alt-Right And Far-Right

With the press and news media focusing on the Russian Federation’s alleged contribution to the election of Donald Trump to the White House last …

Welsh Medium Educated Is Boosted While Irish Medium Education Is Blocked

The percentage of children educated through the medium of the Irish language in primary schools across Ireland, excluding the Six Counties, currently …

Education