15 January 2004 Edition

A Tale of Two Cities

15 January 2004

BY DANNY MORRISON Reproduced with the permission of the Andersonstown News Danny McCooey was taken into the hotel through the back. Baha Mousa was taken out of the hotel through the front. Earlier, Danny had his dinner with his family at their Falls Road home, got spruced up - it was a Saturday night - and went into Belfast city centre for a drink with his friend Michael Masterson. Free article

Cormac

15 January 2004

No boundaries on the status quo

15 January 2004

Yes, the 26-County Constituency Commission was independent. Yes, their report has in a bland numerical way assured nominal equality of representation, but was it fair? Was it the right way to underpin democracy in the 26 Counties? This week, ROBBIE SMYTH looks at the new constituency commission report and asks if government constraints meant a stifling of any radical positive redrawing of constituency boundaries. Free article

Fortress Jerusalem endangers Palestinians

15 January 2004

BY MICHAL SCHWARTZ One decade after the beginning of the Oslo process raised the prospect of Palestinian sovereignty in East Jerusalem, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is implementing a program that aims at undermining not merely the option of a sovereign Palestinian political presence in the city, but also its historical role as the hub of Palestinian civic and economic existence. Free article

Raytheon accused of war crimes

15 January 2004

The city of Derry is to feature in a high-profile "war crimes" case against American-owned Raytheon Corp, which operates a software development centre in the city. Raytheon, one of the world's largest arms dealers, is known internationally for manufacturing lethal weapons, including the Tomahawk and Patriot missile systems. This past week a top US anti-arms organisation announced plans to file criminal and civil war crimes charges against Raytheon, relating to the use of Raytheon-made weapons in the war on Iraq. Free article

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McGuinness to address World Economic Forum

15 January 2004

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator and MP for Mid-Ulster, Martin McGuinness will travel to Davos, Switzerland next week to attend the World Economic Forum to address a dedicated session on the Irish Peace Process. Speaking in advance of the visit, McGuinness said: "The World Economic Forum is a gathering of world leaders and key international opinion makers. Free article

Colombia Three result to be delayed

15 January 2004

The three Irishmen who are in jail in Bogotá, Colombia, on trumped up charges of being involved with left-wing guerrilla group FARC, have heard that the judge in their case will not reach sentencing until "after February". Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley and Jim Monaghan were arrested as they tried to leave Colombia in August 2001 and charged with assisting the FARC and using false passports. Their trial finally ended in late 2003. Free article

Flawed electoral law must be revisited

15 January 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member Davy Hyland, along with the party Director of Elections Danny Power and Omagh Councillor Seán Begley, attended the Electoral Commission Open Day in Malone House on Friday to discuss the conduct of the recent Assembly elections. "It has now been widely accepted that the electoral process right from the registration process, through rolling registration and the conduct of the election itself and the count, was something of a fiasco," said Davy Hyland after the meeting. Free article

Government jobs still elude Irish, Catholics, and women

15 January 2004

The NIO has been accused of operating a "no Irish need apply" policy after it emerged that people from the 26 Counties are still being excluded from senior civil servant positions in the Six Counties. It was revealed that applicants born in the South were recently rejected for posts as chief economists in three civil service departments due to their nationality, and that overall, current senior civil service recruitment practices also impede the employment of women and Catholics. Free article

Peadar Ó Doirnín

15 January 2004

Leaving Cert students mightn't thank him, but this famous Ulster poet was born 300 years ago and will be commemorated this year. Beidh file mór de chuid Chúige Uladh le comóradh i mbliana. Rugadh Peadar Ó Doirnín in aice le Dún Dealgan 1704. Bhí sé ina mháistir scoile i bhFoircheall i gCo. Ard Mhacha. Scríobhaí a bhí ann chomh maith a chaith cuid mhaith dá shaol ag caomhnú na lámhscríbhinní Gaeilge agus tá cóip de 'Táin Bó Cuailnge' ina measc siúd. Free article


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