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The DUP Orders UK Conservative Party Government To Push For Hard Brexit

The finance minister of the United Kingdom, Philip Hammond, is regarded by most commentators as one of the less enthusiastic members of the British …

Brexit

Donald Trump Is The Silvio Berlusconi Of American Politics

While hyperbolic comparisons with Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini have become commonplace when discussing the wayward presidency of Donald Trump, a more …

Donald Trump

Liam Cosgrave, A Fine Gael And Free State Reactionary To The Last

The recent passing of the former Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader, Liam Cosgrave, had led to much eulogising by the conservative press, elevating an …

Fine Gael

The Legacy of Ada Lovelace

A guest post by Gráinne Shannon, a well-travelled senior software programmer, writer and poet. Her day job inspired the award-nominated <i>Orla’s Code</i>, …

Ada Lovelace

Official Review Concludes, Ireland Engaged In Mass Surveillance Of Virtually Entire Population

Back in January 2016 the former Chief Justice of Ireland, John L Murray, began his review of the country’s rarely discussed surveillance laws after …

Surveillance

An Sionnach Fionn, Best Current Affairs & Politics Blog In Ireland

Just a quick post to let readers know that <i>An Sionnach Fionn</i> was awarded the top prize in the <i>Current Affairs & Politics</i> category at last Thursday’s …

Ireland

When It Comes To America’s Guns, The Las Vegas Strip Shooting Will Change Nothing

The confusion experienced by foreign journalists and news media when dealing with the complex firearms’ debate in the United States is highlighted in …

Guns

William Morris And JRR Tolkien

JRR Tolkien’s admiration for the historical romances and epic poems of the late 19th century British writer and illustrator, William Morris, has been …

J.R.R. Tolkien

Theresa May’s Disastrous Speech, Complete With P45, Coughing And Falling Slogan

When Theresa May made her speech this morning at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, very few people indeed could have expected her …

Brexit

Le Vingtième Siècle. La Vie Électrique By Albert Robida

I’ve discussed my interest in the late 19th century French writer and illustrator, Albert Robida, in a number of previous posts, but I thought I’d …

Geek

Spanish Police Attack Voters During Catalan Independence Referendum

It’s turning into a day of shame for Spain as the reactionary government in Madrid seeks to deny the Catalan people the ultimate democratic right: …

World Politics

The British Government Is Culpable For House Expulsions By British Terrorists In Belfast

On the 5th of June 2017, just four days before the general election in the United Kingdom, a group known as the Loyalist Communities Council issued a …

Democratic Unionist Party

Ruth Russell, An American Journalist In Revolutionary Ireland

In early 1919 the pioneering woman journalist, Ruth Russell, visited Ireland to report on the brewing republican revolution for the <i>Chicago Herald</i> …

Ireland

The FBI, The IRA, And Warren Hinckle, Gonzo Journalist And Editor

The name Warren Hinckle will probably be unknown to most ASF readers but for a time he was one of the most famous left-wing journalists in the United …

Journalism

An Sionnach Fionn, Another Year In The Blog Awards Ireland

Just a quick post to let everyone know that <i>An Sionnach Fionn</i> had made it through to the list of finalists in this year’s Blog Awards Ireland …

Ireland

Women Warriors In Celtic And Medieval Ireland

With the controversy over the supposed identification of the grave of a “female Viking warrior”, known to archaeologists as Bj 581, continuing to …

History

Seven English Language TV Channels In Ireland Vs. The Lone Irish Language Channel

At the present moment in time, there are two national television networks broadcasting in the English language across Ireland. Their output ranges …

Northern Ireland

Lord Dunsany, An Early Influence On Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd And The Gray Mouser?

In discussing the early to mid-twentieth century origins of the seminal sword an’ sorcery series, <i>Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser</i> by Fritz Leiber, I was …

Jewelry

Fafhrd And The Gray Mouser, And The Tuatha Dé Danann

Despite their elevated status among devotees of fantasy literature I have yet to read any of the short stories and novellas in the venerable sword …

Science Fiction

Was Leather Armour A Real Thing? Not For The Celts, Romans And Vikings

I’m currently watching the <i>Norsemen</i> on Netflix, a pitch-black historical comedy set in a Scandinavian coastal village during the late 8th century CE. …

Archaeology

The Exaggerated Myth Of Terrorist Incompetence

In the aftermath of the latest terror attack in Britain, the international press has published a wide range of articles examining why the improvised …

Three Lectures On The Scandinavian Worldview In The Viking Age

Following on from a recent post on the supposed existence of warrior women among the Vikings, here are three lectures by Professor Neil Price of the …

Lyndon B Johnson And The Vast Resources Committed To The Vietnam War

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 …

Did Celtic And Viking Female Warriors Exist?

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 popularity to …

The Ferryman, A British Troubles Play Where The Irish Are The Troublemakers

It is a remarkable trick for a violator to present the violated as the aggressor. To turn the victim into the victimiser. But that is the sleight of …

Britain Rejects Joint-Authority, Embraces Gerrymandering

It seems that the Democratic Unionist Party has successfully completed its hijacking of the United Kingdom’s foreign relations. Or at least, its …

The Sealand Dynasty Of Babylonia And Mesopotamia

In the middle of the 2nd millennium BCE the region of Mesopotamia, the ancient Middle East, was split between a number of rival city-states, kingdoms …

Ancient History

Networking The Cogadh Gaeil Ré Gaill, The War Of The Irish With The Foreigners

The Medieval text known as the <i>Cogadh Gaeil ré Gaill</i> or “War of the Irish with the Foreigners” describes the successful four-decade campaign by Brian …

The Impossibility Of Camouflaging A Main Battle Tank In A City

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 …

The DUP’s Stormont Proposal Is About The Restoration Of Unionist Supremacy

Despite several months of talks – and non-talks – the Democratic Unionist Party still doesn’t get it. There will be no return to a unionist hegemony …

Democratic Unionist Party