Irish Try to Wriggle Free of Mother Merkel’s Hair Shirt of Debt

Irish Try to Wriggle Free of Mother Merkel’s Hair Shirt of Debt

Someone has pinched the heart of St. Lawrence O’Toole, and thereby hangs a typical Irish tale filled with metaphors, parallels, and some pretty serious weirdness. Who done it? The suspects are many and varied. Could the heist from Dublin’s Christ Church...
The Irish Elections and the Ghost of Padraic Pearse

The Irish Elections and the Ghost of Padraic Pearse

(Pictured: Padraic Pearse.) “I say to the masters of my people, beware. Beware of the thing that is coming, Beware of the risen people who shall take what yea would not give.”— Padraic Pearse, Irish poet and revolutionary, executed May 16, 1916 for...

60-Second Expert: Ireland

By embracing the wave of globalization sweeping the world in the 1990s, Ireland was able to nurture the fastest growing economy in Europe, dropping unemployment to 5% and raising per capita GDP to one of the highest in the world. But, as the recent collapse of the...
The Celtic Tiger Follows the Asian Tigers to Extinction

The Celtic Tiger Follows the Asian Tigers to Extinction

The financial collapse of Ireland, coming as the latest in a string of disasters, hardly shocks global public opinion. For people engaged in the development debate, however, it is resonant with meaning. With the European Union and the International Monetary Fund now...
Ireland: The Great Famine 2.0

Ireland: The Great Famine 2.0

Two images came to mind as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union began systematically dismantling what is left of the shattered Irish economy. One was a photo in the New York Review of Books of an abandoned, up-scale house in County Leitrim, a...

A Cluster of Fallacies

Well over half the world’s governments agreed last week to “consign cluster munitions to the trash bin of history,” in the words of the Cluster Munition Coalition, the civil society collective that delivered the treaty. Meeting in Dublin, Ireland,...

Securing the Irish Peace

By almost any measure, the Irish peace process has been a resounding success in ending decades of violence that claimed over 3,600 lives in Northern Ireland. Car bombings, political assassinations, and sectarian murders, along with the heartbreaking stream of funerals...

Tehran or Pyongyang?

North Korea claims to have tested a nuclear weapon. Iran refuses to halt its uranium enrichment program. The non-proliferation regime teeters on the brink. Washington’s uncompromising tactics with both Tehran and Pyongyang have failed to achieve anything but the...

African Fantasies

There is so little room in the American consciousness for Africa. “Treat Africa as if it were one country,” Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina advises all would-be chroniclers of the continent in his satirical piece for Granta. “Africa is big:...

How the Irish Can Save the Middle East

History is the story we tell ourselves in the present about the past. But how we punctuate the story—where we put the periods, the commas, and the ellipses—depends not on everything that happened, but on who is telling the story, where we stand in the...