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Why I wrote UVF: Behind the Mask – Part Two

Without doubt this has been the most difficult book I have ever written. My other books are on a variety of different subjects, ranging from a history of the labour movement in Northern Ireland to insurgency in South Yemen. Although … Continue reading

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Why I wrote UVF: Behind the Mask – Part One

Next week my book UVF: Behind the Mask will be published by Merrion Press. The book has taken me three years to write but has a much longer gestation, stretching back nearly twenty years. I first began researching the Ulster … Continue reading

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A Personal Reflection on David Ervine

Like many other people who were fortunate enough to meet him, I have several abiding memories of the late David Ervine. My first encounter with him was in early May 2001 in the PUP’s old offices on the Newtownards Road … Continue reading

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Film world’s rare focus on loyalism often hazy

This article originally appeared in the Belfast Telegraph on 25th September 2015. Why do fictional representations of loyalism obscure more than they reveal, asks Aaron Edwards Look fella, it’s a nasty business, but this sort of thing has to be … Continue reading

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An Extract from an interview with Billy Mitchell, 27 Sept 2005

As part of LINC Resource Centre’s commitment to preserving the legacy of their former Director, Billy Mitchell (1940-2006), I was asked to give an interview on my personal and professional connections with Billy. It as a privilege to put my … Continue reading

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The Progressive Unionist Dilemma

I studied Irish Politics as a postgraduate student at Queen’s University Belfast between 2001 and 2006, becoming friendly with a range of unionist and nationalist political representatives who were also studying there at the time. At that stage the unionist … Continue reading

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Establishing trust is necessary to move beyond violence

This article was originally published on EamonnMallie.com on 16 January 2013. By Aaron Edwards That loyalists continue to protest at the decision to remove the Union flag from Belfast City Hall is unfortunate, but not surprising. At risk of sounding … Continue reading

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Review of Ian S. Wood’s ‘A History of the UDA’

This review first appeared in Fortnight magazine, No. 446, September 2006, pp. 28-29, under the title Home Grown Terrorism . I had been lucky enough to be writing for Fortnight since 2003, when Malachi O’Doherty was editor. I contributed reviews … Continue reading

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The unfinished business of the ‘peace process’

In September 2014 I gave a talk on the topic of ‘progressive loyalism and conflict transformation’ at at a University of Ulster symposium on culture and identity in ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland. I made the case that there hadn’t been an … Continue reading

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Rev. John Stewart, the NILP and the UVF

The onset of loyalist paramilitary violence from the late 1960s was not something that progressed naturally from within the Protestant working class community. Arguably, this community was no more predisposed to militancy than any other and, in fact, the purported … Continue reading

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