Archive for the 'Current Affairs' Category

Oppression: A Response to Rory O’Neill’s Abbey Theatre Speech

I am moved to write this post after watching Rory O’Neill’s speech in the Abbey Theatre. O’Neill’s speech follows on from comments he made about homophobia on the Saturday Night Show which prompted RTE to pay out €85,000 to the Iona Institute Catholic lobbying group. O’Neill’s description of oppression in Ireland is familiar to many of […]

From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: A Legacy of Racially Motivated Murder in the U.S.

I join the masses in shock and horror at the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman was on trial for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on the 12th February 2012 in Florida. Martin was a 17 year old black teenager and was unarmed when he was shot twice by Zimmerman. The […]

A Complaint Against the Journalism of Kevin Myers

I have posted below, the letter which I emailed to the Irish Independent regarding the journalism of Kevin Myers. If you wish to lodge a similar complaint please feel free to copy and paste my letter or use it as a template to draft your own version. I sent my letter to independent.letters@independent.ie on the […]

A (Dis)United State: Arizona’s Educational Catastrophe!!!

There are a number of words and phrases that come to mind when I think about the current state of Arizona’s education system. These include white supremacy, racism, segregation, intellectual colonialism, neocolonialism, harassment…I could go on. Education Officials in Arizona have been quick to defend the recent removal of a multitude of texts from the school curriculum, […]

Further Border Intrusion in the Rio Grande Valley

The US Mexico border fence which the acclaimed Chicana writer and theorist Gloria Anzaldúa describes as “una herida abierta [an open wound],” continues to disrupt and divide the lives of those who dwell in it’s surrounds. An article in the New York Times titled, “Border Fence Upends a Valley Farmer’s Life,” describes how a new push […]