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Recent months have seen repeated calls for the Child Sex Abuse Inquiry to look at events at the Kincora Boys Home in the mid-1970s (see Spinwatch reports here and here). A key development took place last week when a former... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
There is growing momentum for the the Child Sex Abuse Inquiry to look at Northern Ireland's Kincora scandal, but a key piece of evidence linking Kincora and the Paedophile Information Exchange suggests that access to intelligence documents will be crucial... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
Whistleblower Colin Wallace is willing to testify to an inquiry into child sex abuse, but it will need access to intelligence documents if it is to succeed. Following the announcement of an inquiry into historical child sex abuse on Monday,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
The Independent reported yesterday that Education Secretary Michael Gove 'has been accused of cynically using the “Trojan Horse” schools row to push an ideological anti-Islamic agenda within the Government.' Gove has been pushing a similar agenda for the best part... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
Today's Daily Mail has an important story by the Labour MP for Rochdale, Simon Danczuk, about how authorities allowed his Liberal predecessor, Cyril Smith, to get away with child abuse for decades. It’s now known that on three separate occasions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
Last month, police in Belfast arrested veteran republican Ivor Bell, on the basis of material obtained through a controversial subpoena against the Boston College Oral History Project in the United States. This has intensified an already bitter debate that existed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
Steven McCaffery of The Detail has an interesting post looking at the demographic shifts underlying the stalemated Haass talks in Northern Ireland: The census marked an historic shift, unprecedented in Northern Ireland’s history – but it has barely registered in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
An upcoming Panorama documentary this Thursday on what sounds like the Military Reaction Force: In the early 1970s, the British Army ran a secret undercover unit. Its existence was deniable and its tactics were so controversial that the unit was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at The Green Ribbon
The SDLP's Mark Durkan had some tough questions for the MOD last week about collusion between loyalists and the security forces in the 1970s. Durkan called a Westminster Hall debate to discuss revelations of the involvement of RUC and UDR... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at The Green Ribbon
Spinwatch has published a new report on the Britain-Israel Communications and Research Centre by Hilary Aked, Tom Mills, David Miller and myself: BICOM was established in 2001 in the wake of the Second Intifada and increasing international exasperation with Israel.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at The Green Ribbon
A recent Spinwatch piece from myself and David Miller: A law firm targeting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has close links to Israeli intelligence, US government cables leaked by Wikileaks show. Shurat HaDin—Israel Law Center (ILC) made a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at The Green Ribbon
Hi Paul, agree with everything you say re. Hurst. I should have mentioned Marunchak's Irish role. Will edit it into the article.
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Did corrupt private detectives infiltrate the Metropolitan Police witness protection programme? That was the claim made by Tom Harper of the Independent on 26 June, citing a 2008 report by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.1 The eight-page Soca memo referred... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at The Green Ribbon
My piece for Spinwatch earlier this week on the Bilderberg meeting in Watford: A remarkable collection of politicians, diplomats, industrialists, bankers, royalty and other notables assemble in Watford today for the 61st Bilderberg meeting, a discreet high-level transatlantic policy forum... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2013 at The Green Ribbon
To anyone old enough to remember the 1990s, the latest outbreak of infighting has an air of almost comfortable familiarity, neatly evoked by Jonathan Freedland when he tweeted 'Tory row on EU, Ken Clarke on radio - and is there... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at The Green Ribbon
Originally published at SpinWatch and OurKingdom. There's no doubt that the Queen's meeting with Martin McGuinness this week was gesture politics, and even if the historic handshake was a profoundly meaningful gesture, a certain weary cynicism is understandable after two... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at The Green Ribbon
Originally published at Middle East Monitor. Lorna Fitzsimons believes that Israel's lurch to the right is just one facet of a global democratic crisis, but I would argue that the Israeli rejectionism that she defended during her time as head... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at The Green Ribbon
Originally posted at OurKingdom: Last week, Britain's defence secretary resigned following the revelation that he was using a friend with close links to right-wing lobbyists as an unofficial foreign envoy. While the government attempts to bury the story, Opposition leader... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at The Green Ribbon
Ths post is part of the Peer 2 Peer University Webmaking 101 challenge. The crisis of the university was a key theme of social struggles in the 1960s, one that has returned in recent years with debt-burdened students driving many... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at The Green Ribbon
A Conservative MP got nicely caught out making that argument in the UK recently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3252FSW7OC4
Hi Patrick, if you want to drop me a line my email is tom@tomgriffin.org.
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A recent OurKingdom piece: Was there state collusion in the killing of Rosemary Nelson, the solicitor who was blown up by loyalists at her home in Lurgan in 1999? Two very different answers to that question were put forward in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2011 at The Green Ribbon
My latest OurKingdom piece: I learned of the London riots last week when I got back from a night out in Belfast only to be greeted by scenes of riot police and burning buses in Tottenham on the TV news.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2011 at The Green Ribbon
My latest SpinWatch post: In the wake of the Utoeya massacre in Norway, it is no longer possible to ignore the dangers of the growth in far right, Islamophobic counterjihad ideology. So a new report published by the Center for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2011 at The Green Ribbon
I have been doing a lot of reading lately about the potential of networked information technology to empower ordinary people, partly inspired by Guy Aitchison and Aaron John Peters' essay in the Fight Back! reader on the student protests. There... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at The Green Ribbon