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The Execution of Charles I of England.  Photo Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Execution_of_Charles_I_of_England.jpg
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Opposing monarchy

The esteem accorded to the UK’s 94-year-old monarch has much to do with her longevity. People well into their eighties and nineties tend not to provoke visceral antipathy to their very existence. It takes a Margaret Thatcher or General Pinochet to achieve that level of distinction.   Sean Sheehan   […]

The X in Malcolm X
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The X in Malcolm X

When Cassius Clay, a descendant of a slave, became heavyweight boxing champion of the world in 1964 he rejected his slave name (‘I didn’t choose it and I don’t want it’) and, before becoming Muhammad Ali, referred to himself as Cassius X.  Another Black American, Malcolm Little, also rejected his […]

Suffering in Syria
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Suffering in Syria

Syria has been in a state of war for ten years and President Bashar-al Assad is still in charge of the country. The increasing evidence of his military victory has come at a devastating price: over 400,000 Syrians killed and a refugee crisis named by the UN as the largest […]

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Best not to think about it

Anna knows only too well that growing old means losing partners, friends and acquaintances. Her birthday party – and she won’t have many more – forms the opening chapter of “Beyond the Storm”.   Sean Sheehan   Diana Finley’s absorbing novel goes on to unfold the story of Anna’s life […]