Promote critical thinking skills for better democracy @WFDemocracy Strasbourg 2016

OPINION: Promote critical thinking skills for better democracy: World Forum for Democracy: Strasbourg 2016by Allan LEONARD for FactCheckNI7 November 2016 The 600 seats of the hemicycle of the Council of Europe soon filled with young activists and seasoned practitioners at the 2016 gathering of the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg. I attended as part …

Never use memory (or lack thereof) to justify cruelty: @HMD_UK #HMD2015

Never use memory (or lack thereof) to justify cruelty: @HMD_UK #HMD2015 by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News 27 January 2015 For the Holocaust Memorial Day 2015, the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building, in cooperation with the Institute of Conflict Research, held a seminar event: “The Ethics of Memory and Community Recovery”. The speakers …

Expressing identity, addressing division: @NI_CRC #CRPolicy13

Expressing identity, addressing division: @NI_CRC #CRPolicy13 by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News 20 May 2013 This year’s annual policy conference of the Community Relations Council (CRC) was held in Derry-Londonderry, a fresh change from the usual Belfast venues. Indeed, the Maiden City has demonstrated leadership in community relations for many years. In his introductory …

Book review – Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know (Tim JUDAH)

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I was once asked if I thought the Northern Ireland conflict was difficult to comprehend. Not really, I replied. What confounded me was that as so many people within Northern Ireland understood the various factors involved, why work towards any resolution took so long. Put another way, I found comprehending the geo-political situation of former …