Michael O'Dwyer Connolly

All posts by Michael O'Dwyer Connolly

Long-time geopolitics and history enthusiast.

The Iran Deal and a 1914 Déjà Vu

In a recent turn of events that can only be described as one of the most aggressive ‘diplomatic’ moves of this century, the United States of America withdrew from the JCPOA (otherwise known as the Iran deal) and issued a...

1920s Soviet abortion poster advertising abortion as safer than pregnancy for poor or rural women.

The Silent History of State-Sponsored Abortion

In light of the upcoming referendum on the eighth amendment, a discussion that is sorely lacking is that on the origin of abortion and its history abroad. Surely before making a momentous legal decision that will forever change the societal...

Examining Europe’s Recent Elections

The past month or so saw three major elections and many fascinating political events that came hand in hand with them. On the other side of the continent Vladimir Putin’s Russia-first mandate is stronger than ever following the presidential election...

An Illegal, Dangerous and Pointless Attack

In the early hours of the morning on the 14th of April 2018 Syria came under attack yet again, this time from a combined strike by the United States, the United Kingdom and France. Not only was this attack completely...

Why Russia’s Election Matters

Many Western pundits these days like to ask the question: do Russia’s elections actually matter? After all, the incumbent Vladimir Putin is virtually guaranteed to win. The short answer to this question is yes. However short answers are boring, and...

Crimes Against the Commuter: Troubled Trains and Befuddled Buses

Photo Credit: Ciaran Cooney - eiretrains.com Effective public transport – something that all of us, irrespective of our ideological positions, should be able to agree that every modern country needs. Public transport is absolutely integral to the daily running of...

The Death and Rebirth of the Russian Economy

In the years before its collapse, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics had an underdeveloped and horrifically mismanaged economy. The Russian Federation inherited the vast majority of this mess in 1991. With the collapse of the USSR, many well-to-do figures...