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After 50 years, Ballymurphy massacre victims declared ‘entirely innocent’

After 50 years, Ballymurphy massacre victims declared ‘entirely innocent’ John McKerr's daughter Anne Ferguson said, “I wondered, with the length of time that had passed, whether it was all going to be worth it. In the end, it is.

Britain’s crimes in Northern Ireland covered up

Britain’s crimes in Northern Ireland covered up The government’s plan to announce a bar on prosecutions of soldiers who killed in Northern Ireland was due on the same day as the inquest report into the Ballymurphy massacre. That saw British soldiers kill ten people in 1971.

Northern Ireland—the impact of imperialism and sectarianism today

Northern Ireland—the impact of imperialism and sectarianism today Continuing division in Northern Ireland is a product of how the peace process was conducted by those at the top, writes Simon Basketter

DUP haters gonna hate

DUP haters gonna hate The 100th anniversary of the sectarian state in Northern Ireland was marked by the announcement that Edwin Poots and Jeffrey Donaldson are bidding to lead the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

The roots of armed struggle in Northern Ireland

The roots of armed struggle in Northern Ireland ​​​​​​​Repression led to uprising and armed struggle, explains Simon Basketter

How sectarian divides helped Britain rule in Northern Ireland

How sectarian divides helped Britain rule in Northern Ireland Throughout its existence, Northern Ireland has been a political slum characterised by repression, sectarianism and poverty.

The partition of Ireland—fighting the empire

19 April 2021
Simon Basketter looks at why Britain split Ireland up during its battle for independence

Northern Ireland riots sparked by legacy of British imperialism

12 April 2021
As Loyalist areas of Northern Ireland face unrest, Simon Basketter explains why the protests are taking place now, and what they mean for Britain’s imperialist interests

International round up: Bigots’ fury at Arab party kingmaker

05 April 2021
Israeli politicians were up in arms at the idea that an Arab party might enter government following elections last week.

Cop drama Bloodlands touches on the Troubles

17 February 2021
Bloodlands sees James Nesbitt star as a cop on the hunt for a serial killer

Bigots in the DUP use Brexit to whip up vile sectarianism

08 February 2021
Tory Brexit and bigotry are making for a potentially dangerous situation in Northern Ireland.

Scared Tories decide not to hold public inquiry into killing of Pat Finucane

01 December 2020
The family of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane say the government’s decision not to hold a public inquiry is an “insult”.

Bloody Sunday soldiers will not be prosecuted

29 September 2020
Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has decided to uphold its decision not to prosecute 15 former British soldiers over the Bloody Sunday killings in Derry 48 years ago.

Letters: Solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement in Ireland

16 June 2020
Almost 70 Black Lives Matter protesters have been issued with fines for attending the socially-distanced rallies in Derry and Belfast on Saturday 6 June. 

LETTERS—We need to fight to bail out people, not rich businesses

20 March 2020
I’ve helped to set up a mutual aid group in Mile End, east London. We’ve distributed leaflets telling people how to access help at food banks, mosques, churches and charities. 

Democratic Unionist Party bigots rejected

17 December 2019
The general election saw Northern Ireland return more non-unionist than unionist MPs to Westminster for the first time.

Historic strike in Northern Ireland NHS

16 December 2019
Thousands of nurses and other health workers in Northern Ireland are fighting for higher pay.

DUP—Don’t Undertake Pact with these bigots

22 October 2019
The bigots of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) tried to recall the Stormont Assembly in Northern Ireland for the first time in two and half years on Monday.

Northern Ireland abortion law changes are a victory—but the struggle goes on

15 October 2019
abortion will be decriminalised in Northern Ireland on 21 October—if a devolved Northern Irish government does not meet before then.

The Troublemaker - Demo for right of soldiers to shoot Irish people in the back

01 October 2019
A few thousand people took to London streets last weekend to support the right of British people to shoot Irish people in the back.

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