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The Troublemaker—Para proud of role of soldiers who kept a skull for an ashtray

The Troublemaker—Para proud of role of soldiers who kept a skull for an ashtray Henry Thornton, from south Armagh, was shot as he travelled along Belfast’s Springfield Road in August 1971.

Massacre in Ballymurphy at the hands of the British state

Massacre in Ballymurphy at the hands of the British state After decades of campaigning a new inquest into the killings has begun. Simon Basketter says British attempts to crush Catholic resistance in Northern Ireland lay behind the massacre

Thousands join rallies against racism in Belfast and Derry

Thousands join rallies against racism in Belfast and Derry Thousands of anti-racists rallied in Belfast and Derry last Saturday after a spate of racist attacks in Northern Ireland.

Lies behind Belfast flag riots

The Loyalist riots in Belfast have moved on to their traditional target—Catholics.

Latest report into Finucane murder is a whitewash

A report into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane has concluded there was "no overarching state conspiracy", even though there were "shocking" levels of state collusion.

Working class unity can challenge the sectarian riots in Belfast

Belfast and other parts of Northern Ireland have been gripped by an explosion of protests, riots and roadblocks at the hands of Loyalist paramilitaries.

The Kincora scandal: child abuse and cover-up in 1970s Belfast

13 November 2012
The Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast was opened in 1958. The home’s warden Joe Mains at once started to abuse the boys in his care. Mains recruited Raymond Semple and William McGrath in the 1970s and they joined in the daily brutal abuse.

Thousands take to the streets to protest against cuts

23 October 2012
The biggest protests of the year took place in Britain last Saturday. You wouldn’t know it from the mainstream media, much of which failed to report the action. But around 200,000 people marched through London while up to 15,000 demonstrated in Glasgow. Another 10,000 protested in Belfast.

Class anger against cuts on streets of London, Glasgow and Belfast

20 October 2012
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1932 outdoor relief strike: when the North of Ireland fought as one

17 October 2012
The unemployed of Belfast rose up 80 years ago against poverty. They united against sectarian division—and won.

Map of Belfast showing link between poverty and violence

18 September 2012

Violence is at the core of the Northern Irish state

18 September 2012
Sectarian rioting broke out earlier this month in Northern Ireland. It followed a series of provocative Orange Order marches going past the St Patrick’s Catholic Church, just on the outskirts of Belfast city centre.

Shadow Dancer captures the atmosphere of 1990s Belfast

28 August 2012
Shadow dancer is an intense and hard hitting thriller set in 1990s Belfast, in the fraught months leading up to the end of the Troubles.

Transport round-up

24 April 2012
Bus drivers in Belfast forced their bosses to reinstate a suspended colleague last week by abandoning their vehicles for an hour.

Tories reject public inquiry in the murder of Pat Finucane

12 October 2011
Tory prime minister David Cameron ruled out a public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

Belfast: ‘700 nurses picketed’

11 October 2011
A strike by health workers in Northern Ireland last week gave a glimpse of what Britain will look like during the coordinated strikes on 30 November.

Hundreds of pickets shutdown Belfast hospital

05 October 2011
Thousands of health workers struck for 24 hours in Northern Ireland today, Wednesday, in a battle against cuts.


26 July 2011
Visteon strikes again Visteon, the Ford daughter company formed in 2000, used KPMG to close three plants in the UK with only a few minutes notice in 2009. It only paid redundancy money after workers occupied the factories in Basildon, Enfield and Belfast for six weeks.

Bobby Sands: ‘Our revenge will be the laughter of our children’

03 May 2011
Bobby Sands was a young working class man from Belfast whose death 30 years ago shook the establishment. After his 17th birthday, he never saw a Christmas outside prison. He died aged 27, an MP in the British parliament.

Video of tremendous Belfast Pride

06 August 2010
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