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Nov 22 2013 5:01PM
Northern Ireland: The Choice

"We were not there to act like an army unit, we were there to act like a terror group." That's the chilling admission from a former member of the Military Reaction Force, a shadowy undercover unit of the British Army which operated in...

Nov 14 2013 1:27PM
Deniers, amnesiacs and stonewallers: step aside. Time to deal with the past in Northern Ireland

The deniers, amnesiacs, refuseniks and blockers have been out in force of late. Anne Cadwallader’s book, Lethal Allies , documenting collusion in over one hundred loyalist killings was received with predictable, knee-jerk denials among...

Nov 7 2013 9:20AM
Commonwealth chief (and Queen's University Belfast Chancellor) under fire over Sri Lankan abuses

Kamalesh Sharma, the secretary-general of the Commonwealth - and Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast - is under fire after being accused of withholding crucial legal advice that could have prevented Sri Lanka from hosting the...

Sep 12 2013 5:02PM
Dealing with the past – for Northern Ireland’s future

As Richard Haass, the one-time American peace envoy to Northern Ireland, gets ready to make a return visit - this time like a lone US cavalry man coming to rescue our politicians from themselves – one of the big three issues his Talks...

Aug 19 2013 1:08PM
Peru’s prison conditions – a state of emergency

Whether ultimately found innocent or guilty, Dungannon woman Michaella McCollum Connolly and Scot, Melissa Reid , face the prospect of a lengthy stay in Peru’s overcrowded and under-resourced prison system. In fact there are twice as...

Aug 15 2013 1:42PM
Omagh. Time for truth.

Do you remember where you were when you heard about Omagh? I do. My future wife and I were down South on holiday. When the news came on the car radio – and with every bulletin, it became worse – we could hardly believe our ears. Hadn’t...

Jun 17 2013 7:51AM
G8 must put rights at heart of decisions

Speech delivered by Amnesty's Patrick Corrigan on Saturday from the platform in front of Belfast City Hall as part of the March for a Fairer World, marking the G8 summit, to be held in Northern Ireland this week: "We are here today in...

Jan 21 2013 11:59AM
King 1963: I have a dream. Obama 2013: I have a drone

In 1963 Martin Luther King Jr stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and gave his famous " I have a dream " speech. Today, fifty years on, in tribute to the great civil rights leader, the US marks Martin Luther...

Jan 15 2013 5:12PM
Northern Ireland: time for the 'rights' solution

Over the last six months Northern Ireland has experienced three outbreaks of serious public disorder. In July and September it was over parades. The latest and most prolonged has been, at least on the face of it, over flags. On neither...