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Oct 23 2014 10:08AM
Paul Conroy explaining why Syria is not only a dangerous place for journalists - at Belfast Festival

War photographers must be wired differently to the rest of us. They feel fear, yet they seem to suppress the instinct to do anything about it. They are calm in the middle of a disrupted and dangerous reality. Paul Conroy opened the...

Oct 2 2014 11:10AM
Panti Bliss: Before I die I want to get married in Belfast!

But how long will she have to wait? Happy Belfast Pride! Thousands will take to the streets of Belfast later today for the city's annual Pride march, Ireland's largest. But Northern Ireland looks set to become an equality backwater for...

Jun 25 2014 2:12PM
Expect more 'local homes for local people' protests in Belfast

Expect to see more 'local homes for local people' protests in Belfast. Why would there not be, when the last one was so successful? Let's face the uncomfortable truth. Nigerian-born Michael Abiona was successfully intimidated from his...

Jun 10 2014 10:03AM
Ulster says no to racism

"I was a refugee from Hitler's Germany in 1939 and I have been so well treated in England and Northern Ireland, and I just want that for everybody" Inge Radford at Saturday's march Saturday afternoon in Belfast saw 8,000 people march...

May 28 2014 3:47PM
I know why the caged bird sings - Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

With the death of Maya Angelou, the world has lost a laureate of liberty. In tribute to Maya, here's her ode to freedom, 'Caged Bird'. A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his...

May 9 2014 1:23PM
#BringBackOurGirls & defend right to education

On April 14, over 200 girls, most of them aged between 16 and 18, were abducted as they slept, from their school in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria. More schoolgirls have been kidnapped since. All of these girls are missing, their...

Apr 17 2014 5:02PM
Good Friday Agreement at 16: politicians must do better

Good Friday 1998 was a day of hope. After thirty years of violence, a new day seemed to be dawning as politicians embraced, then inked an agreement which held out the promise of lasting peace. As the Agreement turns sixteen, it is...

Mar 24 2014 10:55AM
Archbishop Romero, Northern Ireland & the Right to the Truth

The United Nations has declared today (24th March) as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning gross human rights violations and for the dignity of victims. One of the purposes of the Day is to honour the memory of...

Mar 12 2014 6:39PM
Obama and dealing with the past in Northern Ireland

Amnesty International is Washington DC this week - ahead of the visit by Northern Ireland political leaders to brief the US Adminsitration and key political figures in the Congress on what is needed to deal with the past in Northern...

Feb 25 2014 7:43AM
Northern Ireland's victims must not be held hostage to flags and parades

In the teeth of multiple elections, can anyone seriously imagine that Northern Ireland’s political parties are going to agree compromises on emotive issues like flags and parades? Yet given the all-or-nothing approach that has been...

Feb 12 2014 4:37PM
Finucane: 25 years of waiting for the truth

Twenty-five years ago today, loyalist gunmen sledge-hammered their way into the Belfast home of lawyer Patrick Finucane and shot him dead in front of his wife and young children. Since then, compelling evidence has emerged to show that...

Feb 5 2014 9:51AM
Northern Ireland must embrace Haass on 'the past'

Standing on the shore at Newcastle during the recent tidal surges, I watched wave after wave crashing over the harbour wall. The wall, otherwise imposing on a clear day, seemed a puny human artifice as it was battered by the tide and...

Jan 27 2014 11:03PM
Never Again - Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

Speech delivered by Patrick Corrigan at Holocaust Memorial Day event held by North Down Borough Council, Northern Ireland – June 27 2014 Thank you for inviting me to speak here today. It is an honour to address you all and especially...

Jan 20 2014 1:05PM
Human trafficking: Not here, not there, not anywhere

Guest post from Rowena McCaughan, a work experience student from Methodist College Belfast: There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world today who are victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking...

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...