Posts Tagged ‘Northern Ireland’

Extra Bonus Podcast - House of Cards Season 2

Extra Bonus Podcast – House of Cards Season 2

In this extra bonus podcast for subscribers Pearse and I discuss the second season of the British House of Cards - To Play the King.  Our review covers numerous parallels between what happens in the series - when a left-wing King rises to challenge Urquhart and how the PM and ...
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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

In this episode I explore The Troubles, beginning with the background of the struggle for Irish independence going back over a century. I outline how the struggle has always gone through its peaceful, political phases and its revolutionary violent phases. In every violent phase the British deep state has responded ...
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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. Thatcher's handwritten notes ...
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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

The US National Archives digital collections include a selection of US embassy cables from the 1970s, some of which 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 adventure' or 'the stuff ...
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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

William Melville was born in the town of Sneem, County Kerry in the South West of Ireland. He first joined the Metropolitan police in 1872 and he quickly rose through the ranks. A friend of the magician Harry Houdini, during the 1880s he headed up the Special Irish Bureau designed ...
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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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