Tag Archives: Conflict Resolution

Ballymurphy 1971…No Words Are Necessary

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Charlie Meets Gerry

If “Prince Charles” was at my front door, I would not go out and meet him. I dont think I can be more clear that I am not a big fan of the English “Royal Family” or Monarchy in general. … Continue reading

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Nathan Bedford Forrest And Raymond McCreesh

Conflict Resolution is a terrible thing. As I have always said, the best way to resolve a conflict is to have one side completely destroy the other. It is not exactly a moral stance. But the alternative …resolving a dispute … Continue reading

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Malachi O’Doherty And The Royal “We”

What exactly is the Good Friday Agreement and Parity of Esteem? We were told that nobody won and nobody lost. We are all entitled to our Identity….British, Irish and I understand those terms….and “Northern Irish” (no I dont know what … Continue reading

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Dresden…1945-2015

When is a War Crime NOT a War Crime? “Dresden”…I am not sure what makes it different. As a general rule, the Winners dont commit War Crimes. If Nazi Germany had won the Second World War, there would have been … Continue reading

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Paid By Commission

So ….in May, Westminster Elections take place. And I daresay  fifteen of the seats are “safe”. At most three seats are marginal….Fermanagh-South Tyrone, South Belfast and East Belfast. The First-Past-The Post System and only one successful candidate in a constituency … Continue reading

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“On The Runs”….Again

So Tony B Liar is summoned before the Greater England Parliament committee to give evidence about those “On The Run” letters. This was all supposed to be secret. Then there was the unfortunate business when John Downey appeared in a … Continue reading

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The Politics Of Irish Stamps.

The Decade of Centenaries. The odd thing about Stamp Collecting (besides the eccentricity of people who collect stamps) is that it can be extremely “political”. In the case of Ireland this is hardly surprising. An Irish Stamp Album is in … Continue reading

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Helpless In Gaza

Israel-Palestine is a subject I have avoided for years. For a serious newspaper columnist or a humble Blogger, its a thankless task to try and analyse that particular conflict. History is about “nuance” and the partisans of Israel and Palestine … Continue reading

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At Last…An Answer For Carlos

Carlos has been on my mind a lot this past two weeks or so. He was one of the post-graduate students I met at Texas State University in February last year. I was lecturing on the Troubles with particular reference … Continue reading

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