An Sionnach Fionn

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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 …

South Africa

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 …

Martin McGuinness

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) …

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 …

Martin McGuinness, From Revolutionary To Statesman, 1950–2017

Though not entirely unexpected, the announcement of Martin McGuinness’ premature death through illness is still shocking in its own quiet way. For …

War

Saint Patrick’s Day Belongs To The Global Irish, Past And Present

On this Saint Patrick’s Day, that most American of Irish festivals, I don’t think I can surpass the thoughts and musings of the itinerant author John …

History

Prime Minister Theresa May Supports Clandestine Amnesty For War Crimes In Ireland

In an unprecedented move the prime minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, has launched a stinging attack on law officials who are investigating …

Europe

The Real Cost Of Irish Language Act In The North Would Be £2 Million A Year

Conradh na Gaeilge, the prestigious Irish language advocacy organisation, has released a series of legislative proposals it believes will bring …

Government

An Sionnach Fionn In The Top Ten Irish Blogs For 2017

A quick post to let you know that <i>An Sionnach Fionn</i> has been ranked Number Four in the updated Top Ten list of Irish blogs by the London-based public …

Top 10

Initially, A United Ireland Would Be Neither Federal Or Confederal

As the Irish Times has noted, talk of a reunited Ireland is very much in the air. This is reflected in the announcement by the Fianna Fáil leader, …

Europe

Early 2017 Polls Are Trending Fianna Fáil And Sinn Féin

There is a lot of unwarranted scepticism about the effectiveness of electoral polling at the moment. Observers point to supposedly “unexpected” …

Elections

The Socialist Party Rebrands Its AAA Front Organisation As Solidarity

The Revolutionary Socialist League began as a small breakaway body of Trotskyist intellectuals closely associated with the Labour Party in Britain …

World Politics

Wikileaks Reveals Vault 7, A Compendium Of CIA Spying Technologies

Following the latest round of revelations from Wikileaks on the extraordinary surveillance capabilities of the US and UK intelligence services, I …

Cybercrime

Melanie Philips And The Revanchist Politics Of Brexit Britain

The supremacist nature of British, or rather, <i>Greater English</i> nationalism is summed up in this extract from a series of oddly contradictory and …

Arlene Foster And The DUP Strikes Back With Demands For A Pan-Unionist Axis

Given the poor overall result for unionism in the regional election to the assembly at Stormont, many commentators expected Arlene Foster, the …

Northern Assembly Election Results 2017, A Win For Progressive Nationalism

The final results from Thursday’s vote for the regional assembly in the north-east of the country has ushered in a new political era for the United …

Europe

#AE17 Northern Assembly Election Results

Still early in the count, lots of transfers and recounts to go, but so far the overall vote has increased significantly in the regional election to …

Elections

On The Issue Of Abortion In Ireland, You Cannot Be Both Pro-Choice And Anti-Choice

Perhaps it is my analytical mind, a beneficial side-effect of a career in the IT industry, but for me the question of abortion has a clear and …

Abortion

Donald Trump Acts Presidential In Reset Change Of Tone. Not!

Donald Trump’s unorthodox style of presidency continues to defy the expectations of the press in the United States as the new administration turns it …

Donald Trump

The Role Of Cavalry In Medieval Warfare

Interesting article from the Swiss researcher Jack Gassman examining the role played by cavalry troops in Medieval warfare, using primary and …

Medieval

A Press Report From Trump’s Washington, Sorry, Hitler’s Berlin, 1933

Popular comparisons between the presidency of Donald J Trump in the United States and the premiership of Adolf Hitler in Germany are, of course, …

Adolf Hitler

The Socialist Party, Anti-Austerity Alliance, The Confederation Of The British Isles

Since I had a slightly tongue-in-cheek poke at the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), the Trotskyist grouping behind the People Before Profit Alliance, I …

The People Before Profit Alliance. Made In Britain?

The Ireland correspondent of the UK’s Guardian newspaper, Henry McDonald, writing in today’s edition on the Stormont assembly election in the …

Europe

Armed Drones Of The Islamic State In Syria And Iraq

After we moved forward, #Iraq forces shot down this weaponised IS drone that had been buzzing over us earlier. Pic credit our driver Alaa. …

Iraq

DUP Laundered Brexit Money For Mysterious Constitutional Research Council

After much speculation, the controversy embroiled Democrat Unionist Party (DUP) has finally come clean and named the British lobby group it spent …

Brexit

Forty Years Of 2000 AD

The seminal British sci-fi and fantasy comic, <i>2000 AD</i>, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week so I thought I’d feature a few videos marking the …

Limited Use Of The Welsh Language Will Be “Allowed” In The British Parliament

Over the last twenty years the political terminology of the United Kingdom of Great Britain has undergone a subtle but significant change. The Labour …

Europe

The War On Terror Has Simply Generated More Terror

From the excellent TomDispatch, this analysis of the so-called “War on Terror” in the Middle East by the United States and its erstwhile allies (from …

Leo Varadkar And The Irish Independent’s Prurient Tabloid Journalism

As citizens and voters, do you need to know if your politicians are married or in a relationship? Do you need to know the identity and background of …

Journalism

The Alliance Party Using Facebook To Sockpuppet The News Media

The greatest political challenge for the pro-union Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) is one of identity. Ostensibly it is a British unionist …

Democracy