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Briefing: Trump across the pond? Another firebrand is shaking up UK’s Labour.

CS Monitor, August 18. 2015

Aspiring Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a world apart from Donald Trump politically, but he’s causing the same sort of issues within his party that the US billionaire is within the GOP.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

LONDON — A major political party, humbled in its last attempt to win the country’s highest seat, is searching for new leadership ahead of the next election. But what had originally looked like an ordinary contest between unremarkable candidates has been hijacked by a fringe contender advocating policies that the party establishment views as political suicide.

European debate: Should laws target prostitutes or their clients?

CS Monitor, August 7, 2015

Feminist advocates differ on the best way to protect female sex workers. A number of European countries and Canada have passed – or are considering – new laws.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

LONDON; AND DUBLIN, IRELAND — Prostitution is under intense scrutiny in several countries, with feminist-inspired attempts to criminalize the buying of sex being added to statute books in Europe as well as in Canada.

Will Britain leave EU? How lessons from Greece could sway voters.

CS Monitor, August 5, 2015

Horror over the Greek crisis is fueling left-of-center British euroskepticism – for decades largely the preserve of Conservatives. A referendum on the EU has been promised for next year.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

LONDON — Euroskepticism in the UK was for decades the preserve of Conservatives, with pro- and anti-EU divisions tearing the party asunder in the 1990s. But the recent showdown between EU officials and Greece may be shifting that dynamic – with implications for Britain’s vote next year on whether to remain in the European Union.

In UK, heated debate as migrants’ numbers grow across the Channel

CS Monitor, August 3, 2015

Public support for allowing migrants from Calais to enter is very low.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

KENT, ENGLAND; AND PARIS — Scenes of asylum seekers camped near the French port of Calais trying to enter the UK have ignited a conversation across the English Channel about how welcoming a country Britain is – and should be – for migrants.

‘Conservative’ Ireland set to approve same-sex marriage. What changed?

CS Monitor, May 22, 2105

Ireland’s reputation as a devoutly Catholic and conservative country is being defied by the prospect of becoming the first nation to approve gay marriage by referendum. But it’s not as odd as one might think.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

DUBLIN, IRELAND — Same-sex marriage seems like a foregone conclusion in Ireland.

A referendum held today will, if passed, make Ireland the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. It will also, due to a quirk of jurisprudence, place recognition for it directly into the constitution.

Northern Ireland could play rare role in British elections: kingmaker

CS Monitor, April 29, 2015

With neither the Conservatives nor Labour likely to win a majority in the May 7 elections, a coalition is almost certainly in the cards – and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party a possible partner.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND — As Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband battle it out in the run-up to the May 7 British general election, their titanic traditional parties have been challenged by new faces.

Which country does the most good?

CS Monitor Weekly, April 25, 2015 (dated May 4, 2015)

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A statement regarding “Understanding Charlie”


On Monday April 20 an e-mail was circulated to participants at an academic symposium, “Understanding Charlie: New perspectives on contemporary citizenship after Charlie Hebdo”, due to be held at Queen’s University Belfast in early June saying the event was to be cancelled. I was among those who received the e-mail because I was due to give a paper at this event. The reasons given were that the vice chancellor considered the symposium a “security risk” and was concerned about the potential for damage to the reputation of the institution.

The tragic irony of censoring Queen’s University’s Charlie Hebdo discussion

Little Atoms, April 21, 2015

Censorship by the Vice Chancellor of Queen’s has done far more damage to the university’s reputation than an academic discussion on citizenship after Charlie Hebdo ever could.

How should a country’s ‘goodness’ be measured?

CS Monitor Daily News Briefing, April 10, 2015

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