Cancel Rio Tinto: Going beyond symbols to fight a racist system

By Carlo Sands.When mining giant Rio Tinto blew up two sacred Indigenous sites dating back 46,000 years in the Pilbara in Australia’s north-west earlier this year, it was with the consent of the state Labor government.  It shows that while the Western Australian (WA) Labor Party sometimes pays formal respects […]

How to Get Rid of Christopher Columbus

A poem by Kevin Higgins. Don’t get photographed presenting yourtwo thousand names to the Mayor,looking as if you’re graduatingwith a qualification you’ll never use.Don’t ask the Church of Ireland or National Council for the Advancement of Concerned Peopleto intervene.  Do it yourself.But not explosives, no.There’s always a mostly innocentretired car park […]

What The Minister for Housing Proposes: Thinking Outside The Council House

A poem by Kevin Higgins. Easy for the Opposition to hang around overheated TV studios, spouting impossible promises which at this stage soundlike a recorded message from Santa Claus.But out there, in what I like to callthe world, a constituent of mineand his wheelchair recently spentthe coldest night of the yearin a discontinued […]

Do Not Resuscitate Capitalism: Science in a time of pandemic

By Helena Sheehan. Of the many dimensions of the present pandemic that is swamping our lives and suspending our normal reality, one of the most central has been the role of science. Every report on our all-virus-all-the-time news references science. The new media stars are epidemiologists, virologists, mathematicians, physicians and […]

Áras Uí Chonghaile: Visitor centre honouring Connolly’s legacy to open on Falls Road

By Séanna Walsh. We are delighted to introduce and welcome Áras Uí Chonghaile to west Belfast. James Connolly, that giant of Irish political and socialist thinking, is coming home to the Falls Road. The visitor centre is testament to what can be delivered when ambition and vision collide with determination […]

Rights denied: The implications of Brexit for Irish citizens

By Niall Muprhy. On 23 June 2016, 56 per cent of people in the North voted to remain in the European Union (EU). They did so because it is in our best interests politically and economically. The reckless and irresponsible rhetoric that has conditioned the British government’s approach to effecting […]