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Belfast Film Festival – Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Albania, Maze/Long Kesh and Belfast

Thu 27 March 2014, 9:01pm
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Tweet The annual Belfast Film Festival starts tonight and runs for 10 days showing 121 films. I’ve blogged elsewhere about some of the festival highlights. There’s certainly plenty of local and international films to challenge, entertain or even offend. I thought I’d bring some of the international/conflict/political films to the attention of Slugger readers. Sunday […] more »

“Adding more weapons to this volatile situation could destabilise the entire region…”

Sat 15 June 2013, 6:42pm

Tweet The Northern Ireland First and deputy First Ministers were in a sunny Downing Street garden yesterday, welcoming that suspect package, and extolling the virtues of demonstrating “peacefully, positively, constructively” [Is that with, or without, a Thompson sub-machine gun? - Ed]  Without, probably…  ANYhoo, on the same day Sinn Féin released the text of what appears […] more »

Big Politics Pub Quiz: one day to go!

Mon 19 November 2012, 2:11pm
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Tweet There’s just a day to go before the Great Big Politics Pub Quiz, so we hope you’re busy swotting up from Schott’s Almanac of Political Trivia, BBC Democracy Live, Hansard, 1996 Forum Election manifestoes and your box-sets of The Thick of It / The West Wing (delete as applicable). Some of our legislators will be among […] more »

Big Politics Pub Quiz: one week to go

Mon 12 November 2012, 9:59pm
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Tweet There’s just one week to go before the Great Big Politics Pub Quiz, and as Malcolm Tucker once memorably said: “I’ve got a to-do list here that’s longer than a f#cking Leonard Cohen song.” The politicians are coming down from the hill and they’re headed for The Black Box. Tuesday 20 November, from 7:30pm […] more »

Red Cross reaches besieged Homs. You can help.

Mon 5 November 2012, 9:51am
Qasseer, near Homs, Syria. A doctor in a makeshift hospital carries a baby injured by shelling. Reuters/ICRC

Tweet All war is terrible. But there is something particularly terrible about a city under siege. Think of Derry, Leningrad, Sarajevo. That’s been the fate of Homs in Syria since Spring 2011. It was there that reporter Marie Colvin was killed by Syrian government shelling in February of this year. Who knows how many residents, […] more »

Hopes fading for Syria ceasefire

Fri 26 October 2012, 1:50pm
Residents queueing for bread in Ma'arat Misrin, next to a large crater from a recent air strike, Syria, Sep 2012 © Amnesty International

Tweet A four-day ceasefire to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha has come into effect, albeit patchily, in Syria. The BBC’s Lina Sinjab reported this morning from the capital: Damascus hasn’t had a quiet morning for a long time, but so far, the ceasefire is being honoured. During the Eid holiday people visit cemeteries […] more »

Great Big Politics Pub Quiz 2012

Mon 22 October 2012, 1:17pm
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Tweet For those who missed the Slugger for Syria post, this is an event announcement to confirm that the Great Big Politics Pub Quiz is back, this time to raise funds for the Red Cross / Red Crescent Syria crisis appeal. In Syria the need is desperate and the situation is deteriorating. Syrian Arab Red […] more »

Slugger for Syria

Mon 15 October 2012, 4:51pm
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Tweet “An artillery shell had just landed and the hospital entrance was a grotesque tableau of blood, bodies and tears. A small team of doctors set to work against a soundtrack of bombs and bullets.” So began Ian Pannell’s BBC report from Syria last week. His words and pictures were moving, distressing, enraging: “Two-year-old Ahmed screamed […] more »

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