Monday, June 10, 2002

Threads of the back story to the Short Strand troubles are beginning to emergefrom the Catholic and the Protestant perspective. Looks like the loyalist paramilitaries are in breaking out in many different areas. Even as the peace process ‘continues’ David McKittrick points out that this has brought a split level reality in which the middle classes enjoy a kind of peace and prosperity whilst those caught inworking class areas have to put up with an acceptable degree of lawlessness. Meanwhile …

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Friday, June 07, 2002

John Cole probes the limitations of the current ‘peace‘. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using this spam-proof link if you really need to, and Slugger is @sluggerotoole on Twitter. But above all, remember, …

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Friday, June 07, 2002

The Short Strand has seen most of the disturbances over the long holiday weekend in which there were shootings and several Protestants moved out of their homes. There will no doubt be a number of different interpretations as to the hows and the whys. Father Des Wilson suspects that the trouble is related to the Maskey’s election as Mayor. The major Unionist reaction was David Trimble’s call for a government review of the ceasefires. There has been some heated discussion …

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Thursday, June 06, 2002

The Irish are noted for being true to their identity for generations after they have left the ‘oul sod’, but Brendan O’Neill for one thinks it is time to draw a line under sentimental attachment to the country! adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a …

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Thursday, June 06, 2002

The big news of the day was the amazing result for the  Republic of Ireland. The result sent Ireland’s top pundit deeper into despair after his predictions of his own country’s annihilation at the hand of Cameroon and the Germans crashed and burned, very publicly! Cameroon’s 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia makes Ireland’s job crystal clear. Meanwhile in the North David Alderdice of the Alliance party explains why he backed Maskey to become the first Republican mayor of Belfast. Unionist …

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