The Life of C.L.R. James

The Life of C.L.R. James

The British radical left and their prodigious publications in the 1970s were quite influential on young northerners like myself and introduced a new generation to voices like Frantz Fanon, Albert Memmi, Patrice Lumumba, Julius Nyerere, and Aimé Césaire, to name but a...

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Rewriting History or Parallel Lines?

Rewriting History or Parallel Lines?

Sam Thompson writes and occasionally lectures on history. A former RUC officer, he wrote his first novel, Nights in Armour, under a nom de plume, which I reviewed back in 2017. An updated version of the novel was published by Mercier Press in 2019. Sam now describes...

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Rewriting The Troubles

Rewriting The Troubles

This week's Andersonstown News reviews Patrick Anderson's book on Ireland and Algeria* with its indepth account of the propaganda war during the conflict and which continues to this day, especially with the electoral rise of Sinn Fein. The book is reviewed by Roy...

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Curious Journey Continues

Curious Journey Continues

The writer and journalist Roy Greenslade reviewed Curious Journey in the Andersonstown News to coincide with a new issue of the book with a fresh introduction placing in context our most recent conflict with the Tan War and Civil War. THE title of this book could not...

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Campaign for Basque Prisoners

Campaign for Basque Prisoners

A report from a Basque comrade on protests around the continued imprisonment, after thirty years, of three political prisoners. The north of the Basque Country, or the so called ‘French part’, came to a standstill yesterday as a series of demonstrations took place to...

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Turning ‘Consent’ On Its Head

Turning ‘Consent’ On Its Head

Ciarán Quinn, Sinn Féin’s Representative for North America, writes about the issue of consent to constitutional change and how unionists are trying to create a precedent for blocking change and turning its meaning on its head - A couple of weeks ago I had an exchange...

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In Search of Madness

In Search of Madness

My review of Professor Brendan Kelly's book, In Search of Madness – A Psychiatrist’s Travels Through the History of Mental Illness, was published in the Weekend Section of last Saturday's Irish Examiner. Here it is: ‘At the age of 20, Helen presented to the hospital...

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All at sea on Father’s Day

All at sea on Father’s Day

My friend Glenn Bradley thought he would refresh with a little Father's Day kayaking before the arrival of the family. But then things took a sinister turn... My wife Jo and I awoke early both enthused with a good night’s sleep. The sea air at our holiday home gifts...

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Run Rose Run

Run Rose Run

My review of Dolly Parton's debut novel (in collaboration with James Patterson) was published in the Weekend Supplement of the Irish Examiner, 7 May. Here it is: A vagabond waif, a young woman with a gun in her bag, walks into a Nashville dive, The Cats Paw Saloon,...

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The Scariff Martyrs

The Scariff Martyrs

Among all the protagonists to the recent conflict in the North there is one side, above all others, which urgently needs to ‘draw a line through the past’, as if that were ever possible. It’s not that it seriously believes that the stroke of a pen or a piece of...

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