Guido Fawkes is one of the biggest and best of the UK blogs, and it's easy to see why. Needless to say, we particularly enjoy their Wonk Watch and we think many of you will, too.
clickonsean.org is one of our additions to the "Nordie" category. The Provisional IRA were (and are) a nihilist dead end for Irish nationalism, and there's a lot of bodies littered over the twenty-five years it took for some people to realise this. But their bloody sectarian campaign wasn't a virgin birth, and accounts like this show a side to the story you're not going to see reported down South in the Irish Times, the O'Reilly rags or on RTÉ. Read it, no matter what your opinion may be on the National Question. The Levee Breaks and The Northern Irish Magyar go on as rational writing on Northern politics from the other side.
(Update 23/11/05: The Levee Breaks wish it to be known that they don't identify as Unionist. Our sincere apologies)
Disillusioned Lefty is a co-operative effort by two young writers. We don't agree with half of what they write, but it's certainly unorthodox and never a dull read. Keep it up.
London Exile is a new blog covering terrorism and the law in the UK, with occasional reference back to the home country. It's good to see expert legal opinion coming to the Irish boggersphere - we look forward to having to create a separate Irish law category soon.
Pharyngula (by P.Z. Myers) gets included as a US-based antidote to the Creationist trojan-horse that is Intelligent Design. People will no doubt be aware that Christian fundamentalists in Kansas have just mandated the teaching of ID to schoolchildren there, and also rewrote the very definition of science itself to include the supernatural. Irish people may laugh at this as a peculiarly American madness, but it's being pimped in a thinly disguised advocacy piece in the latest Magill. While observant political junkies have come to expect second-hand US wingnuttery within those pages, this still marks the first time (that we're aware) of "the controversy" being promoted on Irish highstreet magazine shelves in a native publication.
Frank O'Dwyer's Rearranging the deckchairs often touches on a subject that we occasionally ponder, too: the continued respectability offered by such as the BBC, Slugger and Tech Central Station (perhaps the last is not exactly a surprise) to a certain pair of bigoted co-bloggers. Keep up the good work, sir.
FI Fie Foe Fum has been around for a while now as a group effort, including your humble blog host himself. We're part of the readership who gave up on the Young Blueshirt 'Freedom Institute' blog earlier this year, when the censorship of non-wingnut commenters reached ridiculous proportions. As they've lost their enthusiasm for it (particularly after the backlash over their Menendez remarks) so our output has wound down too, but hopefully FI "independent journalist" Richard Waghorne will continue to churn out the comedic wingnut material scraped off
The Republic is a regular periodical put out by the Ireland Institute. As they themselves state:
"The Republic aims to provide a forum for discussion, debate and analysis of contemporary and historical issues. Irish and international matters across a range of disciplines will be addressed. Republican ideas and principles will shape and inform the contents of the journal. Our aim is to serve a general rather than a specialist readership."We highly recommend The Republic as an insightful and informative read (their scholarly articles are available in full and for free on their website). We look forward to great things from them in the future.