Author Archive | Jenny Holland

Piece: A DIY manifesto for promoting Northern Ireland

Last week Game of Thrones actor Kit Harrington got lots of attention after he affectionately criticised the Northern Irish tourism strategy of over-promoting the bad things that have happened here. In particular he poked fun at the relentlessly upbeat and proud promotion of as the city that built the Titanic, which of course was an more…

Abortion: a common secret holding women hostage to man-made law

I recently re-watched a documentary called Daughters of the Troubles, a piece of work from the late 1990’s produced and directed by American filmmaker Marcia Rock, and written by late Belfast author Jack Holland (more commonly known to me as Dad.) It tells the story of the Troubles and the working class communities they most more…

Tonight Charlie Hebdo bleeds: are we paying attention yet?

Violence is endemic to humankind. There is no group of people or period of history that has been spared at least some level of violence. When you are at the business end of gun, you probably do not really care what the motive is. But the rest of us should. The staff of Charlie Hebdo more…

Beware the modern-day moral crusaders

The moral high ground is a slippery place Last Sunday’s episode of geo-political thriller Homeland was a particularly interesting and timely examination of moral relativism. Taliban commander Haizan Haqqani stages a terrifying siege of the American embassy and in the midst of the massacre claims the moral high ground accusing, the Americans of atrocities in the more…

From ‘civic unionism’ to ‘devo-brats’

  It’s been a sad few weeks for those of us who crave a new story line in Northern Irish politics. First came the lovely speech from Gregory “Toilet Paper” Campbell, which provoked several low-brow responses from the Shinners in return. Then this week it was the news that yet another attempt to shake up more…

New York or Belfast? I choose Belfast

Comparing Belfast to New York is a bit like comparing a Ferrari to a bus. But it’s something I do often, having recently moved back to Belfast after living in the self-appointed ‘capital of the world’ for close to 15 years. My most recent trip down memory lane was prompted by the closure of yet another more…

Toufic Allouch from Tripoli, Lebanon, Dario Terzic from Mostar, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Ardiana Osmani of Mitrovica, Kosovo, and Imam Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa, Kaduna, Nigeria at victims’ group Healing Through Remembering. Photo credit Kevin Cooper Photoline NUJ

Small but significant steps in overcoming old hatreds

Progressive Unionist Party city counsellor John Kyle was at an event Monday night to welcome a delegation of visitors from cities living through or coming out of violence and conflict. Iraqis, Palestinians, Jews, Lebanese, Bosnians and Nigerians, as well as Northern Irish Protestants and Catholics came to Belfast under the aegis of Forum for Cities more…

Lessons from the past

Last week I spied an interesting fact in the New Statesman’s piece on Richard Nixon. “By March 1970 the US was dropping 130,000 tonnes of bombs every month on North Vietnam, eastern Cambodia and Laos with the aim of disrupting the safe havens used by the People’s Army of Vietnam and the Vietcong, and holding more…

Cameron begs, Scotland forgives

The results are in and Scotland voted no to independence. There is little point in asking ‘what if’, but one scenario we can all agree was never going to happen was it all ending with British tanks on the streets of Glasgow and Edinburgh. When was the last time a matter as serious as secession more…