The War Nerd, The Punk And The American Supporters Of Irish Freedom

Speaking of laudable Irish-American journalists, the War Nerd (aka Gary Bercher, aka the protean John Dolan) has recently unlocked his 2015 articles for the Silicon Valley current affairs website, Pando,examining the closure of a much-publicised US Army project known as the Human Terrain System(HTS). This was a counter-insurgency programme initiated during the mid-2000s by a team of social scientists locked into

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The Great Betrayal Of Ireland’s Counter-Revolution

Back in 2014 I wrote about the “Great Betrayal”, the abandonment of an all-Ireland republic, an all-Ireland revolution, and an all-Ireland community through the actions of the Provisionals, the minority Collins-Griffith faction of Sinn Féin and the Irish Republican Army, following the signing of the “Treaty between Great Britain and Ireland” in December of 1921. In violation of

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73% Favour Referendum On The 8th Amendment

The Irish branch of Amnesty International has published the details of a poll it commissioned from Red:C Research & Marketing which seems to show majority support for a more comprehensive introduction of the medical procedure of abortion to Ireland. The survey interviewed 1,004 adults by phone between the 1st and 3rd of February 2016 with another 1,002 surveyed in the same manner between the 18th and

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FG And Labour Make Losses, FF And SF Make Gains, The Rest TBD

Despite the lingering pop-culture image of the radical “Irish rebel”, which was given a momentary fillip by the successful marriage equality referendum of 2015, when it comes to the country’s post-independence politics the broad swathe of the Irish people have invariably favoured a form of cautious conservatism, by which I mean a preference for the familiar and the traditional. In part that is simply

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The British SAS And The Exploding Heads Of The Islamic State In Syria

Ah, war stories. They grow with every telling. To wit, take this tale of daring-do from battle-torn Syria where Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS), a commando-style unit, is allegedly squaring off against the rag-bag militias of the Islamic State (IS). First up is the right-wing tabloid slut-shamers of the Daily Star who are thrilled by reports of an incredible long-distance shot

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Sinn Féin’s Manifesto Promises On Irish Rights

Sinn Féin has launched its bilingual 2016 election manifesto, to predictable scepticism from the right-wing press, and I’m sure most of you have seen analyses of its contents over the last few days. So I thought I’d focus here on the party’s Irish language policies, contained on page twenty-six of the fifty-six page document. “The government parties have done immense damage to

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Fianna Fáil’s New Slogan: Screw Our Republican Dead

With the general election just weeks away, and with all the polls pointing to a minority, Fine Gael-led government of the centre-right, Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, is keeping all his options open. From thejournal.ie: “In a robust interview with Cathal Mac Coille on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today, Martin refused to rule out supporting a minority Fine Gael government.

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