August 2009 (6)
Aug 29 2009 10:50AM
Romanian evictions:  a political matter not a private one...
The recent evictions of Romanians from a house in South Belfast should be considered a political matter concerning civil and socio-economic rights, rather than as a purely private dispute between individuals. Commenting on the latest t...
Aug 24 2009 12:27AM
The Yes Men Fix The World: film review
I reviewed this new comedy / politics documentary film for the BBC's Sunday Sequence programme, along with actor and writer Dan Gordon (you can listen again, here , 22mins 30secs in). I'd never heard of the Yes Men before now – althoug...
Aug 14 2009 9:53AM
Cause for celebration:  Hicham Yezza is free
Some good news: I’ve just heard that Hicham Yezza has been freed from prison. Hicham, a member of staff in the Faculty of Modern Languages at Nottingham University, was arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 on 14 May 2008. As reported...
Aug 12 2009 10:13AM
Snogging, swine flu and Insein Prison
In my day, a snog at the end of the ceilí at Loch an Iúir during Irish language summer camp – Donegal Gaeltacht-style – would get you no more bother than a ribbing from your house mates and a red face when you met the girl at class the...
Aug 11 2009 3:40PM
Why the death penalty is wrong!
As human rights activists we all strongly believe in the values contained within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Therefore when I read an article in the Belfast Telegraph with a rather muddled argument that the death penalty...
Aug 2 2009 10:27AM
A  valedictory post
And so my time has come to leave Amnesty International as a campaigner, I have been involved with Amnesty in Northern Ireland for just short of five years, in a variety of roles. Five challenging, fascinating years which have only conf...