A SONG FOR BERNADOTTE? by Donal Kennedy

There’s a forest in Israel dedicated to Eamon de Valera, by the Jewish community in Dublin in 1966 when Dev had still another nine years left. There’s another dedicated to Count Folke Bernadotte. Both New York and Israel have forests dedicated to Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg, who disappeared in 1945. The Jewish Community in Ireland has […]

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PUT THE GENERALS IN THE DOCK by John Patton

The buck stops at the top; that is the accepted chain ofresponsibility and accountability in organisations, institutions and in life.Slobodan Milosevic,  David Duckenfield,  Ratko Mladic : what links these names is that all were indicted for unlawful killings which occurred while they were in command. As the  Duckenfield trial is ongoing and sub judice, I […]

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Can a bad person make good art?

Hooray for Brian Boyd!  In this morning’s Irish Times,  he has strolled into a minefield which lesser mortals avoid, usually preferring to lean on the outer fence and hurl insults instead. What Boyd has done is ask a shocking question: after allegations of child abuse,  should anyone listen to Michael Jackson’s music?  From there he’s […]

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LAPDOG BITES BULLDOG (32) by Perkin Warbeck

                                           It was only a matter of time, or rather, to be  relevantly American about it, a bunch of time  before one major pulpit-pounding  Preacherman  began to get all medieval on the asinine outbursts of  another major pulpit-pounding Preacherman, albeit of a different era, continent  and persuasion. And in The Unionist Times too. For The […]

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Position and pain in politics

A politician’s lot is not a happy one. Whether they’re going up or down, they are the target of attack and scorn, and if it wasn’t that the money is so good, few would answer the call. Take Karen Bradley.  She had her script written out and everything, this’ll please the DUP, yes, yes, I […]

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Press Release: BREXITEERS IN CROWN COVER UP IN N. I.; PLEA FOR US RESPONSE

AMERICAN BREXIT COMMITTEE P. O. BOX 27296 PHILADELPHIA, PA 19118 The latest outrage from Northern  Ireland  Secretary Karen Bradley came this week in the House of Commons.   In an exchange with   her coalition partner, a  Democratic Unionist MP  from N. I.  she stated that  soldiers accused of killing civilians in NI “…did not commit crimes.”  Minister of Defense Gavin Williamson is to put the […]

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Journalists, the PSNI and being grateful

I recently watched a short video clip. As they stood on either side of lawyer Niall  Murphy ,  Stephen McCaffrey and Trevor Birney cut a sorry, even tragic sight. Barry looked like a middle-aged school-boy who’d been subjected to months of bullying; Trevor resembled a boiler that was at a temperature where explosion could occur […]

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LAPDOG BITES BULLDOG (31) by Perkin Warbeck

                                                                                                                           Perkin   Warbeck  Like many a memorable sporting occasion before it the sport-themed party at The Great FOTsby’s  went into extra-time. None of us white-knuckled time-serving extras  gawking in  through  the railings  of West Egg had leaving on our minds, glued as we were to the goings on inside, the preferred stock talking, the  […]

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