RTÉ – Really Tiresome Emissions

BY EAMONN O’MAHONY If you thought you Brits had it bad paying out £147 a year for your TV licence, then think about us poor Irish who pay out €160 a year for our own poll tax imposed on anyone who watches the telly. We face a similar Stasi inspectorate and bailiffs, similar court appearances and jail sentences if we fail to cough up. Statistics … Continue reading RTÉ – Really Tiresome Emissions

Pervert Havens on the Left

BY JON ALEXANDER By now you should be aware of the arrest of Harvey Weinstein, that is if you follow any branch of mainstream media.  Weinstein is a 65-year-old movie producer, creator of the ‘Miramax’ production company.  He is about as ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Democrat’ as you can get – expressing extremely strong support for Obama and then Hillary Clinton.  He in turn received strong praise … Continue reading Pervert Havens on the Left

Veritatis Splendor

BY PATRICK WIGHTMAN It appears that the words of the French leader Charles de Gaulle ring true today in Catalonia: “Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; Nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.” On the question of Catalan independence, the British press has tried its best to sell the public a “love story”: a democratic people, who … Continue reading Veritatis Splendor

Farage & The Angry Bird

BY JAMIE FOSTER Sometimes one wonders if losing candidates in elections would be better off remaining silent about why they thought they lost rather than speaking out and sounding bitter. Hillary Clinton in her interview with the Sunday Times this week decided to speak out and has confirmed if nothing else that she is out of touch with the voters she was trying to inspire. She … Continue reading Farage & The Angry Bird

Truth Twisters

BY JON ALEXANDER I’m sure you all watched on in horror last week as Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. As a result, their infrastructure has been decimated, much of the region is without power, roads are destroyed and their emergency services stretched to the limit. Yet, the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, spoke out against the current U.S Government’s response, begging the current … Continue reading Truth Twisters

The Might & Rights Of Catalonia

BY MANDY BALDWIN On Sunday, from Catalonia, we heard a mouse roar – and what a mighty roar it was. In an awesome act of courage which should humble all of us, 90% of Catalan people voted for independence. With black-clad, armed Spanish police having closed polling stations, beating elderly women with batons, firing rubber bullets, dragging young girls around the ground like broken dolls, … Continue reading The Might & Rights Of Catalonia

A Postcard from Biarritz

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN As I write this piece from Biarritz on the French Atlantic coast, the September sun is shining and waves are crashing down onto the beach in front of the Hotel de la Plage. A dozen or so surfers attempt to gain traction from the occasionally useable waves. The terrace cafe in which I am sitting is much quieter than a month ago, … Continue reading A Postcard from Biarritz

Why India Loves Shakespeare

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH The modern aficionados of English literature can by no means overlook the Great Bard of Stratford-on-Avon, the globally renowned poet, actor, and playwright. Shakespeare is undoubtedly the cornerstone of the English language, devoid of which the entire edifice would crumble. On 23rd April 1616, precisely 401 years ago, Shakespeare walked into sunset; but the volume of rich, varied works which he left … Continue reading Why India Loves Shakespeare

Tribute to Assassinated Gauri Lankesh

BY MAHIMA SHARMA Gauri Lankesh was a senior journalist in the southern state of Karnataka state in India, who was known to be very critical of politics that diverted from human rights and values. She was much against the Hindutva Politics being practised by the current government of India. Last week she was murdered in cold blood at night at her own house. Seven bullets … Continue reading Tribute to Assassinated Gauri Lankesh