Monthly Archives: September 2013

Compromise and Conflict: A Spiritual Dimension

by David Wright Christian Evangelist 29/9/2013     During the troubles loyalists and republicans met at an ancient site in Co. Armagh. They met separately. This was to offer sacrifice and to enlist the help of ancient spiritual forces. The … Continue reading

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Social integration

  BY AINE CARSON Writer and commentator 27/9/2013   THE first time I saw a black man in real life I was really young and he was in my bedroom at about 5am waving a machine gun, ordering me out … Continue reading

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Moving Towards Normality

By Gregory Campbell MP Democratic Unionist Party   23/9/2013 Northern Ireland is moving in the right direction. The institutions at Stormont are providing stable government for Northern Ireland compared to what we faced previously. Our economy is beginning to turn … Continue reading

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‘WHAT’S PAST IS PROLOGUE’

Roger McCallum, Retired Police Officer   21/09/2013 We have heard something about ‘letters from America’ this turbulent summer but I would like to proffer ‘the diplomat from America’ a warm ‘failte’, ‘fair faa ye’ and ‘welcome’ and hope that he … Continue reading

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Loving Enemies

Dr David Mitchell Academic and Political Commentator   19/9/2013   One of the most compelling theories of ethnic conflict is the ‘security dilemma’.   A  security dilemma is a situation in which an actor’s efforts to become more secure paradoxically … Continue reading

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It is Time to Detoxify

  By Mike Nesbitt MLA Leader of Ulster Unionist Party 17/9/2013   I was born in the City of Belfast in 1957, just in time to live through the Troubles. The experience informs my life, probably in more ways than … Continue reading

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Building – Blocks

By Dr. Michael Wardlow Chief Commissioner Equality Commission for Northern Ireland 16/9/2013   I am fascinated by how much the concept of building has become part of our daily discourse. We are told we must build trust before we can … Continue reading

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Respect for Flags

Basil McCrea MLA Leader NI 21 15/09/2013 Does the Union flag represent the United Kingdom or is it a marker in a sectarian battlefield? When the flag of the country hangs tattered from a lamppost, so does our society.  When … Continue reading

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Compromise – why not?

  By Paul Gallagher Injured 1994   Compromise should be easy. What have you got to lose in the end? Life is too short for digging your heels in – (something I have found to my detriment with the recent re-occurrence of … Continue reading

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Haass talks are an opportunity no one can afford to squander

  By Alasdair McDonnell Leader of the SDLP 9/9/2013       In the coming weeks Dr Richard Haass, the US distinguished diplomat will arrive to chair negotiations that will shape our future. These negotiations can only be successful if … Continue reading

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