Why Obama deserves Nobel Peace Prize

  http://mrulster.podomatic.com/swf/joeplayer_v18b.swf Wendy Austin presents topic on Barack Obama being awarded Nobel Peace Prize. Panellists: Mairead Corrigan, Allan Leonard, and Charlie Wolf. When BBC Radio Ulster rang me this morning to tell me the breaking news that the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize had just been awarded to US President Barack Obama, I said I was […]

Applying Obama to NI

Applying Obama to NI

I was among hundreds at the Queen’s University organised event to watch the live broadcast of President Obama’s inaugural address, and I couldn’t help but filter his words through my world of Northern Ireland. Of course, others have pondered whether the people Northern Ireland — or for that matter, Ireland, the UK, France, Germany or […]

What Obama’s victory can teach us in Northern Ireland

It has been a long night and a long, two-year campaign for Barack Obama to get elected as the 44th President of the United States of America. After an all-night session with multiple tv channels and frantic tab-clicking a battery of websites throughout the vote count, I’ve shut out the distractions for a moment to […]

Book review –  A Garden of Paper Flowers (Rosa EHRENREICH)

Book review – A Garden of Paper Flowers (Rosa EHRENREICH)

I had the privilege of participating in a study abroad programme while enrolled at Boston University. I attended St Catherine’s College, Oxford for the Michaelmus term, 1989. I experienced the peculiarities and uniqueness that is Oxford. No one describes this better than Rosa Ehrenreich in A Garden of Paper Flowers. I immediately identified with her reactions to the arcane customs, traditions […]

Book review – Born Fighting (James WEBB)

Book review – Born Fighting (James WEBB)

There’s no denying the fighting spirit of the Scots-Irish, particularly as James Webb describes the defence of the frontier in the Appalachian Mountains. However, Webb goes too far in defining this attribute as somehow ethnically unique. Webb also overplays the Scots-Irish role in the American War of Independence. One giveaway passage is, “Although the trained minds of New England’s Puritan culture […]

BBC Radio Ulster – Seven Days – America Right Nation

BBC Radio Ulster programme, Seven Days, reviews and discusses topic about book, The Right Nation: Why America is Different, written by John Micklethwait and Adrian Woolridge. Expert contributions by John Micklethwait and Nick Cohen (The Guardian). Panellists were Fionuala Meredith, Newt Emerson, Brian Ashworth (“an American Christian missionary living in Bangor”) and Allan Leonard (“a […]