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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: November, 2013
By: Editorial
Title: North and South
Policing is a rough and ready business, even in a soundly-based functional democracy in a liberal state with an adversarial system of law. In Northern Ireland, which has never had democratic government, it is necessarily much rougher and readier. For half a century it was a system of Protestant communal authority slightly related to law. Then, for a further quarter of a century, it was a system of Whitehall authority, unrelated to Six County politics, operating in a war situation.

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: October, 2013
By: Editorial
Title: The Buck Stops . . . where?
When Britain decided to divide Ireland and hold part of it within the UK, it arranged that the remaining British quarter of Ireland should be undemocratically governed. It placed the Unionist/Protestant community in the North over the Nationalist community, in a form of government that consisted of little more than a system of Police and Militia control. The whole arrangement was excluded from the democratic political life of the state, though remaining entirely under its sovereignty.

After 50 years this system exploded under pressure of an absurdly moderate reform demand by the minority. The ruling Unionist body, both the formal police and the popular Loyalist movement associated with it, launched a wild assault on the Catholic minority. This provoked the Catholic community, which until then had on the whole been quiescent under oppression, into defending itself so vigorously that it found itself in a condition of insurrection. Insurrection then organised itself into war and ensured that the system imposed by Britain in 1921 could never be restored.

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From: Church & State: Editorials
Date: October, 2013
By: Brendan Clifford
Title: Historic Destinies
Some Fine Gael TDs who voted for abortion complain that they are being denied Communion in the Catholic Church, and their complaints are treated by the Sunday Independent as having legitimate grounds. But it is well-known that the Catholic Church regards abortion as a form of murder. So we cannot see what their legitimate ground for complaint is.

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Editorials
Date: September, 2013
By: Editorial
Title: British Vote on Syria
August 29th was a day of infamy. Britain refused an opportunity for doing good in the world by making war. The Government wanted to make war on Syria. It was constitutionally entitled to do so without consulting Parliament. Britain remains an absolute monarchy in this respect, with the Prime Minister exercising the power of the Monarch. But the Prime Minister, in breach of precedent, referred the decision to Parliament, and Parliament, to its disgrace, refused to commit the state to war.

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: August, 2013
By: Editorial
Title: Egypt And Syria:  the sins of democracy?
Democracy must be reaching the end of its shelf-life as a manipulable illusion.  It has served Western Imperialism well.  But can it survive its Egyptian fiasco?

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