Fifty years ago people took to the streets in protest against the denial of basic civil rights in the North. Inequality and discrimination was rife under a one-party unionist regime. Today, while we have achieved much in that the dominance of unionism in politics is no longer absolute we still have an unacceptable blockade on a range of human and civil rights by the DUP, facilitated by the British government.Fifty years on the Orange state is gone and we now have a peaceful and democratic pathway on which to demonstrate the continued denial of rights to sections of society. Civil and human rights continue to be denied to LGBTQ , women, Irish language speakers, and families bereaved during the conflict.One of the greatest acts of discrimination committed against this City was the denial of the North’s second University. This was a sectarian decision that has yet to be redressed. We have made some progress in extending Magee over recent years but there is still a long way to go … [Read more...] about OPINION: Civil Rights – 50 Years on
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Africa Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByThe New York Times July 17, 2018 In his highest-profile speech since leaving office, former President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered an impassioned defense of democracy and international institutions, including the United Nations and NATO, in a veiled rebuke of his successor, President Trump. Mr. Obama spoke at a cricket stadium in Johannesburg, at an annual event honoring Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid South African leader, who would have turned 100 this week. [ Read our main article on Mr. Obama’s speech.] The following is a transcript of Mr. Obama’s speech, which was provided by his office. ________ MR. OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you so much. AUDIENCE: Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can! MR. OBAMA: Thank you. To Mama Graça Machel, … [Read more...] about Read the Transcript of Obama’s Speech Defending Democracy
World Palestinians Israeli-Palestinian Conflict West Bank Gaza Strip Obada Nawawra was talking to friends at a restaurant in Bethlehem. Outside the window, the terraced hills around the ancient West Bank city rolled into the distance. It was early June, and most restaurants were closed for Ramadan; aside from a table of tourists, the large place was nearly empty. As the conversation shifted to the subject of the Palestinian Authority (PA)—the semi-autonomous government based in the Israeli-occupied West Bank—the idle waiters edged closer to Nawawra’s table.The 25-year-old was staking out a historically mainstream position: The PA is an important institution for keeping peace in Palestinian enclaves. “Without the authority,” he said, there would be lawlessness—“more crime and drugs.” A boyish-looking waiter was incredulous: “How is the authority good? Before it, was there more crime? Another waiter, a woman who looked to be in her … [Read more...] about Middle East Peace? Can Young Palestinians’ Rejection of the PA Lead to a Binational State With Israel?
By Martha Ross | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group April 20, 2018 at 11:51 pm When Vanessa Redgrave unleashed her tirade against “Zionist hoodlums” at the 1978 Academy Awards, she became one of the most notorious examples of how things can go horribly wrong when celebrities talk politics on Hollywood’s big night. var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push([’embed’]); The “hoodlums” were Jewish groups who protested the acclaimed British actress for helping to make a pro-Palestinian documentary. Her belligerent, self-righteous rant didn’t go over well. After Redgrave left the stage, author and “Network” screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky came out and blasted Redgrave and other celebrities who think it’s OK to get political at the Academy Awards. He said, “I’m sick and tired of people exploiting the Academy Awards for the propagation of their own personal … [Read more...] about When Oscars speeches get political: the best, worst and most annoying in Academy Award history
POLITICS 04/04/2018 03:47 pm ET While he was alive, most white Americans didn't think Martin Luther King Jr. was helping the cause of civil rights. By Ariel Edwards-Levy 2.8k Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, his status as a civil rights icon isn’t really in question. In recent polls, 85 percent of Americans say he made things better for black Americans, and nearly 70 percent say that his legacy remains relevant today. But during his life, King faced the suspicion and outright animosity that a swath of America has often bestowed on protest leaders, especially those advocating against racial injustice. Back in the 1960s, when King was actually leading protests, just 36 percent of white Americans thought he was helping “the Negro cause of civil rights,” according to historical polling data compiled by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. In a 1966 Gallup poll, more than 60 percent of the public … [Read more...] about In 1968, Nearly A Third Of Americans Said MLK Brought His Assassination On Himself