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Tweet Do you know what Nelson Mandela’s jailers used to call him, towards the later stages of his incarceration? They called him, “Mr. Mandela”. Of the many stories and reports that illustrate the extent to which this great man was a leader, a statesman, and, not least, someone who transcended his tribe – without ever […] more »
Tweet (Update below) This would be different… The Irish govt. takes its citizens’ right to privacy extremely seriously; consequently, we have requested a full explanation from the United States… But let’s speak plainly: As a friend and partner of the US, we, like many other countries who expect and rely on the United States taking […] more »
Tweet BBC: “The Miss Ulster competition is being held at the seat of Northern Ireland’s government this weekend.” “The women in Miss Ulster, they’re not just getting judged on their looks, they’re being judged on their personality, on how capable they are of being an ambassador for Ulster.” Right, then. If I’m understanding this logic, […] more »
Tweet I was saddened to learn on Sunday evening that Norm Geras, one of my favourite writers, died last week. Norm was, for this reader, a “Sunday evening blogger”. Where many writers, journalists, and reports can be easily read while on a conference call or during a hurried droid-assisted walk through a train station, Normblog, […] more »
Tweet You can conclude a lot about people’s priorities during a crisis. Take North Carolina’s Congresswoman Renne Ellmers, one of the elected representatives who has forced the shutdown of Washington’s Government. Across the Atlantic in Belfast, the Alliance Party’s Naomi Long and her staff in East Belfast spent their morning doing what might strike you […] more »
Tweet Wondering why Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark has been seen in a neck brace lately? Wark is far from the first TV journalist whose head has been left spinning by Glenn Greenwald, yet they never seem to learn. It’s the routine-like nature of Greenwald’s encounters that’s most engrossing; they never get boring not only despite their […] more »
Tweet From Upworthy: Mr. President (of the House of Deputies), beyond the thousands of excuses and quibbles, we’re talking here of matters of the heart, of feelings, of emotions. Because a kiss and a hug have not and will never hurt anyone. In fact, they are part of what contributes most to making us human. […] more »
Tweet South Belfast has been one of the few shining lights for the SDLP during its years on the sidelines. Where the party, overall, has hemorrhaged seats, members (and, of course, members’ dues), press interest and, consequently, political relevance and leverage since the early 2000s, South Belfast – a majority unionist constituency -has twice returned […] more »
Tweet Congratulations to Kate and William on the birth of their son. May they and he be afforded at least some space to shape lives of their own. The incessant media attention sure to saturate the air and print in the hours and days – and decades – ahead says more about us than them, […] more »
Tweet There’s a title I never thought I’d write, at least not the second half. But amid all the balderdash about impersonal historical forces and “community feelings” that paint a bullshit picture stripped of personal agency; of rioting individuals as the victims of history rather than its authors; of young and not-as-young-as-they-think men at the […] more »
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