Health and Human Rights

This morning, the Summer Institute began with a presentation by Jason Cross on health and human rights. Soon to be a PhD in cultural anthropology, Jason is also a lawyer (Duke Law) and a veteran activist with experience in Europe and Latin America. He described health...

Outlawed

Christina Cowger from North Carolina Stop Torture Now gave a wonderful presentation to Duke University’s Summer Institute on Human Rights about the state’s role in extraordinary rendition and torture. She used this Witness video, which has footage of...

Ebrington Barracks

On Derry’s Waterside, opposite the famous walls of the old city, lies an unusual “star fort” that was for decades the home of British Army troops sent to Northern Ireland. The Ebrington Barracks lies on strategically useful land (King James the...

The Saville Inquiry

Thirty-eight years after the tragedy known as “Bloody Sunday” in Londonderry, a second official inquiry contains  one crucial word: “innocent.” The thirteen men who died that day (another died of his wounds four months later) posed “no...

Tipping point for sectarianism?

One of the most confusing things about Northern Ireland is the contrast between what people say they want and what is. For instance, a report was released yesterday asserting that 80 per cent of people polled  in Northern Ireland would prefer to live in...