Stormont’s neglect of the most vulnerable in Northern Ireland has led its children to violence

OPINION Reports of children as young as 12 being coerced to riot by gangs has been the most harrowing aspect of the recent upsurge of violence in Northern Ireland. The sinister and parasitical thugs who groom young people for criminal activity must be roundly condemned, but our political leaders share part of the blame for … Continue reading Stormont’s neglect of the most vulnerable in Northern Ireland has led its children to violence

Hopelessness, segregation and divisive politics have driven Northern Ireland’s peace generation to violence

OPINION As the centenary of the partition of Ireland approaches, the streets of Northern Ireland are facing the 'worst rioting in years'. Many of those leading the violence, some of whom have now been arrested, have been strikingly young. A significant number were born after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement (GFA). What has brought this … Continue reading Hopelessness, segregation and divisive politics have driven Northern Ireland’s peace generation to violence

On the 23rd anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, peace has never been more fragile in Northern Ireland

OPINION Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, that brought desperately-needed peace to my parents' and grandparents' generation. The centenary of the partition of Ireland is also just round the corner. Over the past week, loyalist violence and disturbances have erupted on the streets of Belfast, Derry and other cities in Northern … Continue reading On the 23rd anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, peace has never been more fragile in Northern Ireland

Why integrated education should be non-negotiable in Northern Ireland

OPINION How to bring together a community divided by civil war is a long, arduous and difficult process with no clear blueprint or one-size-fits-all remedy. However, there are certain policies a government can take that would be conducive to reconciling one section of its society with another. One such measure that seems blindingly obvious to me … Continue reading Why integrated education should be non-negotiable in Northern Ireland

The eyes of history are watching: Politika News talks with the movement fighting for the Genocide Amendment ahead of the next parliamentary vote

VIDEO As Parliament prepares to vote on the latest version of the genocide amendment to the Trade Bill, one youth-led movement will be watching developments very closely. The genocide awareness group, Yet Again, has spent months campaigning for the amendment to be passed alongside Holocaust survivors and Uighur survivors of the concentration camps in China's … Continue reading The eyes of history are watching: Politika News talks with the movement fighting for the Genocide Amendment ahead of the next parliamentary vote

State of the Union: a post-Brexit Northern Ireland looks south of the border for answers

OPINION The first week of the United Kingdom’s independent, “taking back control” status has been predictably underwhelming to say the least. Overshadowed by the devastating developments of the coronavirus pandemic, the early hiccups have been (understandably) largely passed over by the media in comparison with the more pressing health crisis. However, in Northern Ireland this new … Continue reading State of the Union: a post-Brexit Northern Ireland looks south of the border for answers

The Murder of Mary Ashford: an interview with women’s history writer, Naomi Clifford

INTERVIEW The Murder of Mary Ashford: The Crime that Changed English Legal History explores the true story of servant, Mary Ashford, from Erdington, who was raped and murdered by Abraham Thornton, whom she had met at a local party. The case stands out in the way it galvanised a group of influential middle-class men, under … Continue reading The Murder of Mary Ashford: an interview with women’s history writer, Naomi Clifford

Abolishing the family and obtaining gestational justice: an interview with Sophie Lewis

INTERVIEW Sophie Lewis is a feminist theorist, scholar, and author of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, which argues for the abolition of the nuclear family as we know it, and against the long-accepted status quo of pregnancy, which sees 300,000 women die a year during childbirth (World Health Organisation). "What other workplace or industry … Continue reading Abolishing the family and obtaining gestational justice: an interview with Sophie Lewis

‘This government is creating an environment for war and collapse’: an interview with Extinction Rebellion’s Liam Norton

INTERVIEW It was exactly a month ago when Extinction Rebellion (XR) grabbed media attention after two of their members, NHS nurse, Ann White, and war veteran, Donald Bell, laid down a protest wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph memorial with a slogan demanding action against what the UN has recognised as a climate crisis. … Continue reading ‘This government is creating an environment for war and collapse’: an interview with Extinction Rebellion’s Liam Norton