Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

Siege mentality is the biggest threat to Israel

Siege mentality is the biggest threat to Israel

The Gaza blockade and its death toll have become yet another public relations disaster for Israel. But the state could be facing an even bigger threat - its own aggressive paranoia - as it retreats into a political cul-de-sac

Threat from drug trade knows no borders

Threat from drug trade knows no borders

The greatest security threat faced by the nations of the world comes not from terrorism or political crises, but from international drug gangs

IRFU is playing the man, not the ball

IRFU is playing the man, not the ball

Rugby is not just another business, another factory out there in the marketplace - it’s a complex part of who we are, and reflects the wider values of our society.

Arranged marriage is a temporary solution

Arranged marriage is a temporary solution

The British ‘coalition’ is an elaborate political device that suits the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. But the love-in won’t last

Election could signal brighter days for North

Election could signal brighter days for North

The voice of traditional Ulster unionism appears to have been silenced once and for all, following an election to remember

A hash of the ash?

A hash of the ash?

The decision to allow aircraft to fly last week was made under humanitarian, economic and political pressure. Let’s hope the new ‘safe’ levels for ash in the air really are safe

Obama’s crusade to deliver us from nuclear madness

Obama’s crusade to deliver us from nuclear madness

We once faced the prospect of the world’s nuclear nations destroying the human race. Now these powers are working together to fight a new terror - the fundamentalist armed with a homemade nuclear bomb

Post-Paisley era could throw up big surprises

Post-Paisley era could throw up big surprises

For next month’s British general election, the DUP is without Ian Paisley, the rebranded UUP is backing the Tories and Sinn Féin is pursuing an unpopular education policy. Which of them will survive the fight?

A brazen fiction versus our historical truth

A brazen fiction versus our historical truth

In pointing the finger of blame at individuals in the North, when will we recognise that the South also indulged in what Fintan O’Toole has called ‘brazen fiction’?

Red light for Greens’ move against stag hunt

Red light for Greens’ move against stag hunt

I suspect that some Green Party members, at their conference in Waterford this weekend, have been enjoying a growing sense of satisfaction.

The forgotten Irishmen and women with a mission

The forgotten Irishmen and women with a mission

The thousands of Irish missionaries who toiled and died around the globe have been almost written out of Ireland’s cultural memory

Roll up, roll up for the Leinster House circus

Roll up, roll up for the Leinster House circus

Politicians clown around, and the media lap it up. It’s all part of the mutually created delusion that something meaningful goes on in the parallel universe of Leinster House

Israel will yet again escape censure over passport affair

Israel will yet again escape censure over passport affair

Neither Israel nor its lethal secret service, Mossad, will ever admit to any part in the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, or the illegal use of EU passports

The big signing who had to stand in the corner

The big signing who had to stand in the corner

The George Lee fiasco is about the attempt to modernise Fine Gael in the face of its traditional view of political life

Reaching for the Orange card

Reaching for the Orange card

At a time of crisis, with two prime ministers on hand, all the DUP can think about is loyalist parades