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    The meaning of civilisation

    When Ibrahim Al Sabe reached Eftalou beach, on the legend-suffused island of Lesbos in Greece, he was soaking wet, but indescribably happy to be alive. The engine of the rubber dinghy, carrying 45 Syrian refugees, had stopped working five times during the four-mile journey. The boat started to fill with water and almost went under. […]

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    Lyrical bees

    In the Sticks: Loss of habitat and food threatens a one-time harbinger of Spring – Shirley Clerkin  250 total views, 1 views today

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    What’s your beef, horse?

    The media, politicians, the IFA and the CAP promote beef rather than plant foods, to the detriment of health, the environment and the poor – Frank Armstrong  234 total views, no views today

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    Must try harder

    Investigative journalism in the North is ill-served on-air and in print – Anton McCabe  242 total views, no views today

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    Uncool Britannia

    This magazine took a surprisingly benign stance on the mediocre legacy of Enda Kenny, despite the facts that he embraced neither the substantive equality nor the sustainability that animate this magazine. The main reason for this was that it is clear that our times have thrown up much worse. In Donald Trump and the Brexiteers […]

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    More than averagely trusting

    The Jobstown trial has inspired a lot of commentary on both the power of social media to influence outcomes, and the credibility (or lack of same) of ‘mainstream’ media. Perhaps predictably, most of the commentary seemed to reinforce already existing viewpoints. Social-media users sympathetic to the protestors and their cause were more likely to regard […]

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    Varoufakup

    Michael Smith reviews ‘Adults in the Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment’, by Yannis Varoufakis. Yanis Varoufakis is (or was) “the most interesting man in the world” according to Business Insider; a “very, very clever person” according to Martin Wolf of the Financial Times. After all he landed Danae Stratou, allegedly the inspiration for […]

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    Movies transform into media events

    ‘Transformers’ came out ten years ago this month. It’s not exactly a milestone event in the history of film, but it has left its mark. For those who have not seen it, it is a highly kinetic science-fiction action movie featuring a war between rival races of shape-changing robots, with Earth as their main battlefield. […]

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    Interview: Ronit Sela, Israeli human-rights activist in Palestine

    June marked 50 years since the Six Day War between Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. Since then the region has been in turmoil. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) is the oldest civil society organisations in the region. Its work is to promote human rights in both Israel […]

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    ‘The Supreme Court’ by Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

    Review by Máire Moriarty. Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Irish Times journalist and former legal affairs correspondent, has written what is in effect a biography, the first, of the Supreme Court, bringing to life its stories through its judges and litigants. Clearly he has had unprecedented access to many of the most prominent judges and their papers. […]

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    National Planning Framework: toothless 

    The government is preparing a ‘Plan’ for the development of the country. It is intended that ‘the Ireland 2040 Plan’ will be a “high-level document that will provide the framework for future development and investment in Ireland. It will be the overall Plan from which other, more detailed plans will take their lead, hence the […]

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