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The Road to Genocide

The ancient Christian communities of Syria, having survived the rise of Islam in the seventh century and the fall of Constantinople in the fifteenth may be driven into the sea in the twenty-first.
Nov 19, 2013, 07:03 AM

There will be blood

Hugh Gough
More than any other single figure, Maximilien Robespierre is identified with, and blamed for, the terror and bloodshed of France’s revolutionary years, yet the hostility of contemporaries, historians and political commentators is not wholly justified.
Nov 18, 2013, 16:22 PM

No Partition, No Planning, No Poverty

Breandán Mac Suibhne
Some old familiars are to be encountered in a historical geography of Donegal, but it is more surprising what is not encountered.
Nov 18, 2013, 15:01 PM

Down Under

George O’Brien
Peter Carey’s Ned Kelly is Irish not in a straightforward or obvious way but is rather a metonymy for the citizen-outlier, the alternative history, the exemplary failure, the heroic victim, the road that is not just not travelled but is not on the map.
Nov 18, 2013, 14:52 PM

In Other Men’s Homes

John Swift
For all the mystique and mystification, imperialism, as Orwell recognised, is essentially a money-making racket, while the kernel of racism resides in the pretence that the exploited are not real human beings.
Nov 18, 2013, 14:41 PM

Do the right thing

Manus Charleton
The debate over ethics and the role it might or might not play in economic life sparked by recent comments from President Higgins could be informed by a study of the Irish Enlightenment thinker Francis Hutcheson, who posited an objective source for our feelings of right and wrong.
Nov 18, 2013, 14:36 PM

Dying for Dixie

Enrico Dal Lago
A new study examines the case of the Irish immigrants who found themselves in the southern states at the time of the American Civil War and who circumstances dictated would declare for the Confederacy.
Nov 18, 2013, 14:30 PM

Rebroadcast Voices

Florence Impens
A new collection of translations from Derek Mahon defends the notion of a republic of letters, where writers do not write in the isolation of their own language but in a conversation that goes beyond temporal and geographical borders, as well as beyond cultural differences.
Nov 18, 2013, 14:14 PM