The UK-EU Clash Over Northern Ireland will have Grave Consequences
Opinion

The UK-EU Clash Over Northern Ireland will have Grave Consequences

Get your retaliation in first,” is a cynical old saying in Northern Irish politics that means you hit your opponent whenever you can without waiting for a provocation. It neatly captures the violent traditions of the province and explains why the political temperature there is always close to boiling over. Imagine then the pleasure of…

The Irish Republican Brotherhood: A Forerunner of the Irish Republican Army
History

The Irish Republican Brotherhood: A Forerunner of the Irish Republican Army

One of the most controversial, influential, and well-known revolutionary organizations in the world was the Irish Republican Army (the IRA) considered to be both patriotic and terrorist. The Fenians It is of extreme debate the question of its real origin but it is mostly accepted the standpoint that the origins of the IRA are in…

The Rise of Sinn Féin: Dissecting Ireland’s Elections and the State of the Nation
Opinion

The Rise of Sinn Féin: Dissecting Ireland’s Elections and the State of the Nation

In the Republic of Ireland, among the most notable outcome from last week’s general election outcome was a substantial rise in popularity for the left-leaning party, Sinn Féin, whose standing rose by 10.7% as they gained 15 parliamentary seats in the Dáil (Irish parliament) for a 37 seat total. As witnessed across Europe, a fall…

Ireland Needs to Prepare for a Border Poll & Plan for Reunification; the Alternative could be Chaos
Opinion

Ireland Needs to Prepare for a Border Poll & Plan for Reunification; the Alternative could be Chaos

With Boris Johnson laser-focused on delivering a crash-out, no-deal Brexit in October, Ireland needs to stop the foot-dragging and wishful thinking and begin preparing for a border poll and potential reunification. This week, a report by a major UK business group called for the UK, Irish and EU leaders to hold emergency talks in Belfast…

What Past Civil Wars Tell Us About the Future of Syria
Opinion

What Past Civil Wars Tell Us About the Future of Syria

When Syrian government soldiers first recaptured the small village of Deir Hafar from Isis in 2017, they found the black-painted but hurriedly abandoned Islamic “court” strewn with piles of documents. These hundreds of pages contained terrible proof of how the Syrian civilians there had behaved under at least three years of Isis occupation. I arrived in…