Posts Tagged ‘Northern Ireland’

ClandesTime 111 - The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear

ClandesTime 111 – The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear

The bombing in Manchester this week was an especially horrific act of terrorism. 22 people were killed and dozens more were injured – many of whom were children or teenagers who were exiting an Ariana Grande concert. This week I examine some of the questions I have about this bombing, ...
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Disinfowars 12 - The Troubles

Disinfowars 12 – The Troubles

The War on Terror in Ireland lasted 30 years and killed thousands. In many ways it was the operational prototype for the modern War on Terror, and can be considered part of Operation Gladio. In this episode I explore The Troubles, beginning with the background of the struggle for Irish ...
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Thatcher, the Army boots and Yes, Minister

Thatcher, the Army boots and Yes, Minister

The latest batch of documents released by the UK National Archives includes a file on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's visit to Northern Ireland in December 1982.  Buried within the documents is an exchange about the quality of Army overboots provided to the Bessbrook barracks in County Armagh. Complaints about the ...
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Who is Samantha Lewthwaite? - Porkins Policy Radio

Who is Samantha Lewthwaite? – Porkins Policy Radio

Pearse of PPR arranged this roundtable discussion with filmmaker Jon Ryman, inspired by his documentary White Widow: The Samantha Lewthwaite Conspiracy.  We discussed the mysterious case of Samantha Lewthwaite, from her birth in Northern Ireland to her marriage to alleged 7/7 bomber Germaine Lindsay, her departure for East Africa and ...
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US Embassy Cables on James Bond and Ian Fleming

US Embassy Cables on James Bond and Ian Fleming

While searching around the US National Archives digital collections I came across a total of 20 US embassy cables from the 1970s that mention James Bond and Ian Fleming.  Most of them are records of ongoing covert affairs across the world that simply liken what's going to 'a James Bond ...
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ClandesTime 006 - The War on Terror Chapter XVIII with Pearse Redmond

ClandesTime 006 – The War on Terror Chapter XVIII with Pearse Redmond

Guest Pearse Redmond of the PorkinsPolicyReview website joined me to reflect on the Westgate shopping centre attack, the US Special Forces raids that was the immediate response to the attack, and how the war on terror is being rewritten once again to help justify a re-colonisation of the African continent ...
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Profile: William Melville

Profile: William Melville

Born: 25 April 1850 Died: 1 February 1918 Intelligence involvement: Superintendent of Scotland Yard Special Branch (1893-1903), Secret Service Bureau (exact dates unknown) Culture involvement: Was the subject of much of Patrick McIntyre's memoir about Special Branch. Subject of an acclaimed biography 'M: MI5's first spymaster'. Possible basis for the ...
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Fresh calls for Pat Finucane Inquiry

Fresh calls for Pat Finucane Inquiry

I was alerted to this story via an anonymous text message I received last night from an unknown number, but yesterday the head of the opposition in the UK parliament, Labour party leader Ed Miliband, called for a public inquiry into the assassination of Belfast human rights lawyer Pat Finucane ...
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