Why “Equality under the law” is a prerequisite for a stable, long term and unprocessed peace…

It’s just too good not to reprint Ed Moloney’s latest headline in its entirity: ‘They Haven’t Gone Away, You Know!’ And That’s Okay With Us, Say Brits… Aside from the dark humour involved, he usefully points back to the IMC report of September 2008. Now with regard to the pressure now mounting on Peter Robinson over a statement he made just prior to that report, this is all very pertinent. Here’s the guts of Robinson’s statement: “There is no purpose for having …

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In praise of dissidents – non-violent dissenters with ideas

Lisa McElherron gave – for me – the most heartfelt and memorable talk at this year’s TEDxBelfast event. Belfast has a long history of dissent, and at times their challenge has been used for positive outcomes. Lisa spoke passionately about her life-long admiration for … … those who speak out, who challenge consensus, who speak for those who can’t, and who go against the grain. She finished: Dissent. It’s our word and we want it back. Alan Meban (Alan in …

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PSNI officer’s car targeted with ‘viable device’ in East Belfast

Dissidents are believed to have again targeted the car of a PSNI officer living close to police headquarters. [BBC] The unexploded device was discovered on the Upper Newtownards Road at about 14:00 GMT on Sunday. A controlled explosion was heard across East Belfast this evening. Police and politicians have condemned the attempted murder of the officer and his family who were about to travel with him. Alan Meban (Alan in Belfast)Alan Meban. Tweets as @alaninbelfast. Blogs about cinema and theatre …

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Suzanne Breen’s take on destabilisation, denunciation and condemnation

This morning’s BBC NI news website has a summary of how the editorials in local newspapers reacted to the murder of PSNI Constable Ronan Kerr on Saturday. On the way out of Belfast International Airport this morning, I picked up a free copy of the Irish Daily Mail which contained a comment piece by Suzanne Breen. [Update – Nevin’s turned up the original article on Nuzhound. Thanks.] Headlined “Destabilising any normality in the North is the aim” Breen offered her …

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