Tariq Aziz, the debonair Iraqi diplomat who made his name by staunchly defending Saddam Hussein to the world during three wars and who was later sentenced to death as part of the regime that killed hundreds of thousands of its own people, has died in a hospital in southern Iraq, officials said. He was 79.
Sat, 06 Jun, 2015
ALBERT REYNOLDS was a unique taoiseach in that he was also a highly successful businessman. Unlike any of the other taoisigh who held the office since the foundation of the State, he came into politics on the back of a career as an entrepreneur.
Fri, 22 Aug, 2014
THE summer holidays! Picnics and barbecues. Sunshine and beaches. Bombs and missiles. On the beach with my son the other day I wonder what it was like for those boys on the beach in Gaza, the bloodied ones running for their lives when the Israelis dropped the second bomb that killed them.
Mon, 28 Jul, 2014
Iraq’s Shi’ite clerical leadership yesterday called on all Iraqis to defend the country from Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of territory, and a UN official expressed "extreme alarm" at reprisal killings in the offensive, citing reports of hundreds of dead and wounded.
Sat, 14 Jun, 2014
I AM conscious of the rush to action in Syria. I served in the FCA in the 1980s. It was brief and a debacle. I loathed firing guns. Our Lee-Enfield rifles kicked like mules. Embarrassingly, I was unable to ever hit my targets. No matter how wide or near the target, I could never perforate it with a bullet. Thankfully, I never hit anything by accident, either.
Wed, 04 Sep, 2013