Smack and Snowflakes #2

Ultra violet lit public toilets, designed to prevent drug users clearly seeing the veins in their arms to inject into,…

Geopolitics

We all knew that one day Lyra McKee would make international headlines but never could any of us have imagined that those headlines would tell how she was cut down in the line of duty to become the latest victim of the Troubles

This was Lyra McKee’s foreword to a collection of essays called ‘Paper Trailers’ – a series of personal reflections collated and published by Ciaran MacAirt, a writer, researcher and victims’ campaigner in Belfast. From the very minute I met Lyra when she was just 16 I could tell she was a born storyteller. What motivated…

That’s me in the corner… well, tagged on at the end anyway.

The Friday discussion was part of the three-day Greater Kansas City Peacebuilding Conference. The theme this year was “Human Rights: The Foundation of Peacebuilding.” Sarah Margon from the Open Society Foundation, formerly of Human Rights Watch, led off the day by discussing why journalism matters to human rights organizations, and vice-versa. She said journalism is…

Human Rights

We all knew that one day Lyra McKee would make international headlines but never could any of us have imagined that those headlines would tell how she was cut down in the line of duty to become the latest victim of the Troubles

This was Lyra McKee’s foreword to a collection of essays called ‘Paper Trailers’ – a series of personal reflections collated and published by Ciaran MacAirt, a writer, researcher and victims’ campaigner in Belfast. From the very minute I met Lyra when she was just 16 I could tell she was a born storyteller. What motivated…

That’s me in the corner… well, tagged on at the end anyway.

The Friday discussion was part of the three-day Greater Kansas City Peacebuilding Conference. The theme this year was “Human Rights: The Foundation of Peacebuilding.” Sarah Margon from the Open Society Foundation, formerly of Human Rights Watch, led off the day by discussing why journalism matters to human rights organizations, and vice-versa. She said journalism is…

Tech & Science

Culture

When Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in May 1979, Martin McGuinness promised her a ‘long, hot summer’ … the IRA chief of staff had already identified his target: Lord Mountbatten

Forty years ago today, Martin McGuinness, chief of staff of the IRA since 1978, was on the verge of realising the ambition he had vowed to fulfil when he took command. He had set his sights, he told the army council and GHQ staff, on creating “a liberated zone along the border.” On August 27,…

Health & Welfare

What is it the Falsified Medicine Directive? Is it enough to face the illegal pharmaceutical market?

Every year more and more patients use falsified medicines (FM), and this is not dreadful only for the pharmaceutical sector, but especially for the consumers.  As a matter of fact, FM could have a wrong dosage – either too high or too low – or even can be made with toxic ingredients. According to the…

Glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide, between debates and uncertainties

The European Union member countries have renovated for five years the authorization for using the glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide, since years subject of concerns and worries. Years of criticism on the use of the chemical compound in agriculture, considered by many carcinogenic to humans. Even the International Agencies (like the European Food Safety Authority EFSA,…