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US Election

Tomorrow is the 2020 US election. Haven’t been following this election with the same intensity as I did in 2016 because my time has been occupied with other things but have been following the polls closely. Suffice to say, I was devastated by 2016’s result. It was quite an experience to stay up all through […]

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Speak Out

This week we remember George Floyd and Iyad al-Hallak both killed due to racism and hate. Such incidents are sadly no deviation, both the US & Israel have been inflicting injustice on these communities with impunity for much too long. The Black Lives Matter movement has had my unwavering support since its welcome emergence in […]

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Legalise and Destigmatise

Image source Ireland goes to the polls this week to vote on whether to repeal the 8th amendment, one of the most controversial pieces of the Irish constitution. Just three years after voting to legalise gay marriage, Ireland has another opportunity to strike a crushing blow against the regressive forces that want to keep the […]

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Top Of The World

Image source The mark of a great champion isn’t merely an ability to win, but the ability to overcome adversity. With his victory on Sunday at the Open, Justin Spieth displayed that ability in abundance. Spieth’s victory comes 15 months after his calamitous loss at the Masters where he squandered a 5 shot lead, which […]

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Jez We Can

Image source This was supposed to be a foregone conclusion, a landslide win for Theresa May and a drubbing for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour. But when the exit poll was released at 10 pm on Thursday evening it sent shockwaves throughout the British establishment that reverberated around the world. Yes, Corbyn didn’t win and yes the […]

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A Pyrrhic Victory For The Tories

Image source Britain goes to the polls tomorrow to determine who will lead the country through their exit from the European Union. Theresa May – leader of the Tories is expected to retain a majority for her party despite a poor campaign. Labour under Jeremy Corbyn are expected to perform much better than initially expected, […]

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Patriots Win In Historic Comeback

Image source There are events throughout history that leave yourself scratching your head in disbelief. The 51st Super Bowl was without question one of those moments. I’ve seen my fair share of Super Bowls and I thought I’d seen it all in 2015 when the Seahawks blew a 10 point lead and were 1 yard […]

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Terror In Quebec

Image source On Sunday evening a mosque in Quebec, Canada was attacked by a gunman which killed 6 people and injured more. The attack comes amidst a period when prejudice towards Muslims is alarmingly high with anti-Muslim extremists like Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen doing well politically. Initially there was some confusion about the […]

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Don’t Lose Hope, America

Image source President-elect Trump. A fact that would have appeared unthinkable not long ago came true in the early hours of Wednesday morning. In a result that stunned not just America but the world, Trump pulled off one of the greatest upsets in political history. As many Americans are still coming to terms with this […]

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Trump Must Be Beaten

Image source This November the US public will elect their 45th president to succeed incumbent president Barack Obama. The choice is decidedly grim – the nominee for the Democrats is former First-Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton who is regarded by many as the quintessential establishment candidate with close ties to Wall Street and […]

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Murray, A Champion Not A Bottler

Image Source Throughout his career Andy Murray has not only had to contend with the difficulties of competing with some of the all-time greats like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic but with the noxious idea that he’s a bottler, that mentally he’s simply not equipped to be a legend of the game. On the contrary, Murray’s […]

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The Real Reason Behind The Plot To Oust Corbyn

Ever since it emerged that there’s a plot to oust Jeremy Corbyn – the leader of the British Labour Party – it’s been conspicuously obvious that the motivation behind it was nothing to do with the outcome of the EU referendum or concerns over Corbyn’s electability. The events of the last few days, in addition […]

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Corbyn Must Stay

Image Source In the wake of the EU referendum which Britain voted to exit the European Union, Jeremy Corbyn has become embroiled in a crisis where several members of the Labour Party shadow cabinet have resigned following the sacking of Hilary Benn. Much of the media who have been hostile to Corbyn since the beginning […]

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The Stuff Of Dreams

Image source At the beginning of the Premier League season Leicester City were 5000-1 odds against winning the league title, to have merely suggested a title challenge would have elicited mockery from the most esteemed journalists in the game, a fantasy that could not be achieved in the real world. Well, to hell with reason, […]

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Spieth’s Shocking Surrender!

Image source With 9 holes to go at Augusta National Jordan Spieth looked on course to win consecutive Masters titles and his 3rd major championship in 12 months. With 4 consecutive birdies on the final holes on the front 9 he established a 5 shot lead. Many thought the remaining 9 holes would be a […]

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Reflections On Obama’s Cuba Visit

Image source The shot of Air Force One coming into land in Havana was iconic and the perfect way to begin this new chapter in relations between the US and Cuba. There are moments in history you don’t want to miss, and this momentous visit by Barack Obama was undoubtedly one of them. The reestablishment […]

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Obama In Havana

Image source Barack Obama visits Cuba this week which marks the first time in 88 years that a sitting US president has visited the island. With increasing pressure exerted on the US by several Latin American countries and with mediation from Pope Francis, Obama has taken steps to normalise diplomatic relations, has eased trade restrictions […]

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Saudi Starts 2016 With Beheadings

After Saudi Arabia beheaded 43 people, you would have thought it was the perfect opportunity for US Republicans to identify the Saudi government as one of the main exponents of a toxic, fundamentalist form of Islam. After all one of the main features of the presidential campaign has been particularly inflammatory rhetoric from the Republican […]

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A Month Of Terror

In the last month the world has been beset by a series of attacks by ISIS. The worst attack was on October 31st when a Russian passenger jet was downed by a bomb over Sinai, in Egypt, 224 people lost their lives including 214 Russian people. This was followed by a suicide attack near Beirut, […]

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Obama’s Hypocrisy Reaches New Heights

On Monday, during a speech at the UN general assembly, US president Barack Obama castigated Iran and Russia for their support of Bashar Al-Assad’s government in Syria and for their complicity in the killing of children. The US government’s position on Syria is that Assad must go and there must be a transition to a […]

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Corbyn’s Victory

Image source On Saturday, avowed socialist and anti-imperialist Jeremy Corbyn won the election for the leadership of the British Labour party. Corbyn achieved an emphatic victory by securing 59.5% of votes beating other Labour candidates Andy Burnham (19%), Yvette Cooper (17%) and Liz Kendall (4.5%). This follows the defeat Labour incurred in the British general […]

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A Great Rivalry 

image source GAA has always been a sport of great rivalry: Cork and Kerry, Kerry and Dublin, Galway and Mayo, Armagh and Tyrone and Dublin and Meath, but what’s undoubtedly become the most intense rivalry in recent years is Dublin and Mayo. The modern rivalry started in 2006 with the All-Ireland senior semi-final, Dublin went […]

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Terrorism

In the space of 24 hours, two separate nefarious crimes were committed by Jewish extremists. The first was an anti-LGBT attack perpetrated by an ultra-orthodox extremist where he stabbed 6 people at an LGBTQ rally. The second was ghastlier, an arson attack against a Palestinian family by illegal zionist settlers, an 18 month old child […]

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Syriza’s Capitulation

Image source On Monday, just over a week after the Greek people overwhelmingly voted no to a bailout package that would include more harsh austerity, Greece and its creditors came to an agreement which will prevent a Greek exit from the Eurozone but which includes harsh measures which will compound the economic situation in Greece. […]

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Stand Your Ground, Syriza.

Image source In January the Greek electorate voted anti-austerity party Syriza into power. Since then they haven’t deviated from their pledge to resist austerity but their commitment has been met with extreme hostility from the EU and Troika which of course many foresaw. On Monday the Greek government were forced to impose capital controls to […]

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The Appeasement Of Prejudice Has Got To End

As we draw nearer and nearer to the same-sex marriage referendum the homophobia emanating from the No Side is intensifying, as they endeavour to persuade the electorate to perpetuate a homophobic law. Because they are devoid of any reasonable arguments against providing access to marriage equality to the LGBTQ community, they have resorted to the […]

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Netanyahu Greeted With Praise And Approval By Congress

Source Following the death of Boris Nemstov in front of the Kremlin, Western media and US politicians didn’t miss the opportunity to demonise Russian president Vladimir Putin, implying he was directly responsible for or complicit in his death. A multitude of people also superciliously derided Russian Today for its propaganda. Ironically only days later notorious […]

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Paul Murphy And The Anti-Water Charge Protests

On Friday Paul Murphy was interviewed by Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late show. Murphy, a former member of the European parliament was elected to Dail Eireann in October and has been stridently opposed to the imposition of a water charge on an already beleaguered citizenry. He’s participated in and organised anti-water charges protests and […]

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Chapel Hill Tragedy

On Tuesday the 10th of February three Muslims were victims of a nefarious murder carried out by a man in North Carolina. Some are adamant the attack was motivated by Anti-Muslim prejudice, while others insist their faith had nothing to do with the murder. The three victims of this repellent crime were students brimming with […]

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US’s Love Affair With Saudi Arabia

Whenever a tyrant dies the response you’d anticipate from governments who are ostensibly democratic is a scathing condemnation of their role in perpetuating injustice or a display of consolation and compassion to the victims of their tyranny. Contrary to that expectation America & the UK both abdicated their commitment to peace and expressed effusive praise […]