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  • Kinship

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    As part of my continuing education on Northern Ireland, I came across a most informative perspective in the British Broadcasting Corporation online Wars and Conflict article by Professor Marianne Elliott, Director of the Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool. In her essay The Plantation of Ulster: its impact on the Catholic population,… more

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  • Warmonger

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    Praising the tough diplomacy (Iran-Contra) of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Democratic presidential candidate Barak Obama yesterday promised $30 billion to Israel, support for the continued deprivation of Palestinian human rights, and the elimination of the Iranian threat. more

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  • Change of Heart

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    In his book Winterkill, Craig Lesley’s Umatilla/Nez Perce protagonist makes reference to the hairstyle of what he calls “the dreamers” who lived in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon where I went camping in the pine forests as a kid—the dream world where the now renowned Chief Joseph and his people raised appaloosas and watched… more

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  • Wild Abandon

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    I was surprised to learn of the growing hostility and discrimination against indigenous Irish Travellers — once known as Tinkers — to the degree it has in many respects come to resemble the 1960s Civil Rights struggle in the US. Travellers, as they refer to themselves, are neither Roma (Gypsies) nor foreign in either origin… more

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  • Transmitting Identity

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    In Transmitting Identity (International Journal of Communication 2008), Nancy Morris of Temple University examines the maintenance of collective identity through the broadcast medium of radio. Through her case study of how this backdrop to everyday life can suffuse culture and consciousness, Morris exposes the ability of radio to “fortify or counter existing identities”. As indigenous… more

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