Self-Determination and the Man to Blame/Credit (delete as applicable)

Exactly a century ago, an American politician, whose career seemed to epitomize the old cliche about biting off more than you can chew, had his great moment. Nine months after the declaration of war on the Central Powers, America’s president, Thomas Woodrow Wilson addressed Congress, setting out his preferred formula for an honourable peace settlement for Europe and the wider world as soon as the fighting could stop. In his 8 January 1918 speech, Wilson compared and contrasted his ideals …

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Mandela legacy for NI: A real, hard fought and never-ending quest to improve society for all

Professor Brandon Hamber recalls the day in 1990 when he travelled to Nelson Mandela’s welcome home rally in Soweto and reflects on the relevance of Mandela’s vision of reconciliation to the people of Northern Ireland. Days after Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990 I went to a massive welcome home rally at Soccer City – the stadium on the outskirts of Soweto that would host the World Cup final two decades later. The day was one of unparalleled elation. I remember people …

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