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Graffiti and Murals from Northern Ireland: Taking a Walk in Belfast in Autumn of 1998

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A few days ago I watched Steve McQueen’s “Hunger”, the British-Irish historical drama about the 1981 Irish hunger strike which took place in protest to the inhumane conditions inside the infamous Maze Prison – quite a relevant topic considering our current predicament.

After finishing the movie and taking a moment to catch my breath, I remembered that I had a few pictures from my trip to Ireland that I wanted to share.

In autumn of 1998 I made my way to Northern Ireland. I was in Belfast a few months after the signing of the Belfast Agreement (Good Friday Agreement). When I arrived in the city, I was told that it wasn’t the best of times to be there. There had been some outbreaks of violence and tensions were running high. I was warned that it wasn’t safe to venture the city and that I should stay in the well-known areas.

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From Belfast to Basra: Terrorizing Civilians is What Occupying Forces Do

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The latest no shit story is that “soldiers from an undercover unit used by the British army in Northern Ireland killed unarmed civilians.”

“Before it was disbanded 40 years ago, after 18 months, plain-clothes soldiers carried out round-the-clock patrols of west Belfast – the heartland of the IRA – in unmarked cars.”

Former members of the unit stated that “they also carried out drive-by shootings of nationalists, even though there was no independent evidence any of them were IRA members.”

We were not there to act like an army unit, we were there to act like a terror group.”


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This news will, of course, not surprise the Irish nor anyone unfortunate enough to have first-hand experience of living under occupation – or anyone remotely aware of history for that matter.

A more recent occurrence of terrorism by occupying forces was documented in Iraq in 2003.… Read the rest

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WeAreChange Vlog: Burning Pope Effigies & Black Taxi Tour in Belfast

WeAreChange toured around Belfast to learn about the troubles that have been deep rooted in the country and city’s history. We were told how the trouble between the Catholics and Protestants began and were shown many of the historical and places of significance, including a 50 foot wall that divides the two communities. We were shown around by people that grew up from both communities and they shared with us their experiences.

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Fake Store Fronts in Belfast to Boost Economy?


WeAreChange goes to Belfast see for themselves the way Northern Ireland has decided to handle the economic hardships in their neighborhoods. Through various cities, the Northern Irish government has spent around £2 million on plastering up photos of fake storefronts where businesses once operates. These have been here for over a year but governments in multiple other cities have decided to do the same to put up a false sense of a thriving economy for the G8. This is another example of governments attempting to mask the problems of recession since the bank bailouts instead of actually doing something about it.

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Waxy Monkey Frog Skin Could Treat Cancer

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Belfast Telegraph reports:

A little-known frog from South America could hold the key to lifesaving treatments for up to 70 devastating medical conditions, Northern Ireland researchers have found.

Scientists from Queen’s University in Belfast have discovered the poetically-named Waxy Monkey Frog could be used in the fight against cancer.

They also found that the Giant Fire-bellied Toad, native to China and Vietnam, has the potential to treat an array of diseases including diabetes and stroke.

It will bring hope to the 8,500 people in Northern Ireland diagnosed with cancer each year and more than 3,500 people here who are told each year they have diabetes.

The Queen’s boffins stumbled upon the amazing breakthrough – which could revolutionise the treatment of billions of patients around the globe – purely by accident.

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