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Flood of compassion

This morning, I read this piece on hurricanes, climate change and human responsibilities in Social News by Max Fanni Canelles. It made me think of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s recent visit to Derry, the walled city in Northern Ireland, as a guest of the organisation ‘Children in Crossfire’ which is marking 20 years of international development work. The anti-poverty organisation was founded by Richard Moore, who was blinded after he was injured by a soldier firing a rubber bullet at him from ten feet away in Derry on 4 May 1972. He was ten years old. The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 has become a symbol of peaceful resistance to oppression throughout the world. And here

Labour Party in NI must face realities

Boyd Black’s recent column (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/northern-ireland-needs-the-chance-to-vote-labour-36110905.html) ignores some of the central issues facing Labour Party for Northern Ireland. I'm no economist, so I won’t find fault with Boyd’s figures - though I must point out that his guesstimate that LPNI members pay as much as £75-80,000 annually into central Labour funds sounds like wishful thinking, rather than the hard-headed analysis of a former senior Economics Professor at QUB. Before I wander off the point, there is a lot more needed to make Labour NI fit for purpose than merely following the money - not least of which is a recognition of the multic

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