3 June 2004 Edition

Putting the gun into development aid

3 June 2004

"To many people in the world today, especially in poor countries, the risk of being attacked by terrorists or with weapons of mass destruction, or even of falling prey to genocide, must seem relatively remote compared to the so-called 'soft' threats - the ever-present dangers of extreme poverty and hunger, unsafe drinking water, environmental degradation and endemic or infectious disease. Let's not imagine that these things are unconnected with peace and security, or that we can afford to ignore them until the 'hard threats' have been sorted out. Free article

Sinn Féin launches 'Positive Neutrality in Action' proposals

3 June 2004

Sinn Féin launched its policy document Positive Neutrality in Action on Friday. Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was joined at the news conference by Sinn Féin International Affairs Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, Dublin EU candidate Mary Lou McDonald and local Dublin candidate Killian Forde. Free article


3 June 2004

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Timpeallacht na Cruinne

3 June 2004

World Environment Day takes place on Saturday 5 June. Are the leaders of the world really serious about doing something positive for the environment, or is it just a big publicity stunt, asks AN DRAOI RUA? Free article

Special Branch still trying to recruit

3 June 2004

Two Belfast men told a press conference on Tuesday 1 June how members of the PSNI Special Branch had approached them and asked them to become informers. Free article

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International team to probe collusion

3 June 2004

A delegation of international human rights activists arrived in the Six Counties on Sunday 30 May to probe allegations that members of the British crown forces colluded with a loyalist gang in a campaign of sectarian killings during the 1970s. Free article

Unionist violence: 'crisis' and 'perceptions'

3 June 2004

No one should dismiss the fear and hurt unionist paramilitary infighting causes within unionist communities. No one should dismiss the efforts of those within the unionist community, the religious and political representatives, who have worked towards bring such violence to an end. But in nationalist communities across the North, the question remains. If it is a "crisis", and most media and political commentators agree on this, when unionist violence is turned against unionists, why are attacks perpetuated by the same paramilitary forces against Catholics treated with less significance? Free article

This week's sectarian attacks

3 June 2004

An explosive device left outside the West Belfast offices of the Community Restorative Justice programme (CRJ) had the capability of igniting and causing serious injuries. Loyalists attacked the home of Dunmurry pensioner Trevor George on Monday night 24 May, breaking three windows in his greenhouse. A group of drunken loyalist youths smashed windows in a number of houses in Ballynahinch. Derry Sinn Féin Councillor Gerry Mac Lochlainn says sectarian attacks into or from the loyalist Fountain Estate are "totally and equally unacceptable". Free article

LVF and UVF end feud

3 June 2004

The Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) announced, in a statement released on Saturday 29 May, that it was calling a halt to its feud with the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). In its statement, the LVF said it would disarm and stand down members of its organisation who had been responsible for starting conflict with the UVF. The unionist paramilitary group called for mechanisms to be put in place to prevent any further feuds between unionist paramilitary organisations. Free article

Planned nationalist daily hits legal setback

3 June 2004

A proposed new daily paper announced by the Andersonstown News Group last week ran into difficulties a day after its launch when its working title, Ireland Today, was challenged by Rupert Murdoch's media empire. Free article

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