Let’s collect what we know, and identify what we don’t know about prejudice and how it challenges peaceful relations in our communities.

Mike Hardy

Ahead of the Towards a Better Future conference which kicks off in Belfast on Thursday we have a guest post by Professor Mike Hardy, Director, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, who writes for us on the topic We do not seem to be very successful at living together in our more…

The Captain of the Men of Death

Yet the captain of all these men of death that came against him to take him away, was the consumption, for it was that that brought him down to the grave. —John Bunyan Today, 24 March is World Tuberculosis Day (and here) and the anniversary of the day in 1882 when Robert Koch announced his more…

Today’s Front Pages – Tuesday

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              Still not decided on this feature. It will necessarily be a little out of time this week since Mick is out and about without a computer to his name in Belfast and Dublin. But We’ll consider its value by the end of the week. If we do decide go with more…

Paisley: hundreds of millions…that would ease burdens in Northern Ireland (updated with Donaldson’s comments on Daily Politics)

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This morning’s Independent [not printed in NI, but article available online] carries an interview by David McKittrick with Ian Paisley Jnr on its front page. The DUP’s shopping list has got longer … On the fifth day of electioneering the DUP said to me: stronger controls on immigration and border security, no more bedroom tax, more…

Sure, they’re homophobic bigots, but at least they’re Loyal bigots

A UUP Councillor has inadvertently exposed the dangers presented to political parties when embracing long-term enemies in pursuit of short-term electoral joy. Doug Beattie, a decorated British Army captain, joined the Ulster Unionist Party in 2014 in a move which was seen as a bit of a coup for the minority party of unionism. He more…

Rape prevention advice for men.

What follows is surely the best rape prevention advice ever offered. (Hat Tip: Sarah Silverman). This should be posted in every locker room in the world. The ‘rape prevention’ tips in full: 1. Don’t put drugs in women’s drinks. 2. When you see a woman walking by herself, leave her alone. 3. If you pull more…

Today’s Front Pages – Monday

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                This is a bit of an experiment to see what you think of this round up of front pages. Let us know whether you think we should do this on a daily basis below, or indeed if you have a regional paper you would like us to include.

On Richard III of England, reputation and ceremony

A facial reconstruction of Richard III (lived 1452 - 85, reigned 1483-5)

Another historic day, another display of colourful if at times puzzling pageantry. The ever-present 24-hour social media revealed the English city of Leicester as having ground to a halt yesterday, as the cortege containing the remains of Richard III of England was transferred along the streets to the Cathedral. The actual burial service there is more…

The past is another country

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. —LP Hartley A recent post about the ‘Curragh Incident’ (here) surprised me by the number and content of the replies. It was a short piece about a single event, though one that seems to have made the British government realise that they could not more…

The Democratic Peoples Republic of Northern Ireland

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“I like the idea of democracy. You have to have someone everyone distrusts” – Terry Pratchett   Election pacts, who wants ‘em, who needs ‘em, who gets ‘em? That seems to be the name of the game this week, I’m sure not everybody got what they wanted, but if nothing else, a few party higher-ups more…

Politicians read out mean tweets

Politicians in Australia have taken to Youtube to put some humour on the cruel tweets they recieve. Here is New South Wales Premier, Mike Baird reading out some gems he recieves from the punters On the opposite side of the fence, Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young read out some gems she recieves from the voters Just more…

Adams and child abuse: “if you keep telling a lie often enough, sometimes people believe it”

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An exclusive story in today’s Sunday Independent features an interview with the son of IRA murder victim Brian Stack. Speaking to Mairia Cahill,  the woman who first exposed the cover up of sexual abuse within the Republican Movement, Austin Stack details a host of horrific revelations. Austin Stack claims that Gerry Adams does not “grasp the more…