In December 2017, after a three-hour Dáil debate and almost no media coverage, the Irish government voted to join PESCO, or Permanent Structured Cooperation, a European Union framework introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, which aims to “deepen defence cooperation amongst EU Member States”.

Ireland’s military expenditure falls somewhere around 0.3% of GDP. Last year, that amounted to a figure of about €946 million. It is expected to rise by €48 million this year, 2019. An increase to the EU average of 1.3% would mean the country would be spending up to €4 billion a year on defence. …


By the time I hit the button to cancel my TYT membership last year, Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian’s Russiagate coverage could only be described as Rachel Maddow lite.

Uygur aggressively pushed the Trump-Russia narrative, bought into insane conspiracy theories, parroted nothing-burger “bombshells” from mainstream reporting, and just generally did his fair share to ramp up Russia paranoia for two years.

“He did a deal with the Russians!” Cenk bellowed in March 2017, all but promising his huge viewership that Trump would be dragged out of the White House by cops before the end of that year.

Fast-forward to 2019.


Just want to share some photos from a fascinating place I recently visited while in Ljubljana.

Metelkova is an autonomous social centre located at the site of an abandoned military barracks. The area has been squatted in since 1993. Squatters and protesters occupied the buildings to prevent the government from tearing them down. Since then, the area has been built up into a really interesting alternative cultural centre by artists, musicians etc.

A former prison for political prisoners at the site has been turned into a hostel where guests sleep in creatively refurbished cells with the original prison bars on…


A European think tank based in Prague has published a list of some 2,327 people who have been guests on RT (Russia Today) and branded them “useful idiots” simply for appearing on the channel.

According to the think tank, the people on the list (politicians, journalists, activists, actors, musicians etc.) are Kremlin dupes either “due to unawareness of RT’s political agenda” — or indeed “explicit support” of that nefarious agenda. The author of the report, Monika Richter, laments that these people have lent “their names and credibility to a pseudo-news network and proxy agent of the Kremlin”.

A deep…


I have a suggestion.

Can we please stop acting like Sean Spicer is the first White House press secretary who ever lied?

Today while watching The View (I know, I know) I actually heard a presenter suggest that the job of the WH press secretary is to “give the truth — to tell the truth to the American people”.

I nearly spat out my drink. (Don’t start watching that show, it will destroy your brain cells.)

I don’t know what level of delusion must be required to believe that the WH press secretary’s job is to tell the truth, but…


This isn’t huge news today, but it’ll likely be a big topic of political conversation in March 2020, so let this be a warning.

The Democrats are trying to rig the 2020 primary already.

How?

California Democrats are planning to move the California primary up from June to March.

Why does that matter?

An early California primary would “allocate California’s massive haul of delegates just after the nation’s first contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina”.

In other words, by allocating their haul of delegates early on, California would end up with, potentially, a much larger say in…


[Friendly suggestion: please read this in full before sending me angry tweets and/or emails.]

Before we get into this, I want to make a few things clear:

  1. I am not an anti-vaxxer.
  2. I am not a doctor, scientist — or any form of medical professional.
  3. I am not advocating for or against the HPV vaccine.

I need to make those three points clear at the outset because if I don’t, I’ll be accused of all three by people who like to react before reading. …


This past weekend, a bunch of American neo-Nazis took to the streets of Charlottesville, waving tiki torches and shouting “Heil Trump” and other such inanities.

One of them drove a car into a group of counter-protesters and killed a 32 year-old woman.

It is hardly news that the US, like many other nations, is still battling its history. In America’s case, it’s the contested history of slavery and the Civil War.

Nazi marches aren’t something that started happening this weekend. They have been happening for decades. White supremacism is not some new phenomenon popped up with the rise of Donald…


On Twitter yesterday, journalist Peter Hitchens asked BBC Newsnight’s diplomatic editor Mark Urban to provide evidence for the assertion that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was actually responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta in 2013.

Here’s the conversation that ensued.

Urban fails to answer, so Hitchens asks again.

Danielle Ryan

Independent journalist, columnist, media analyst.

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