A Political Tour of Belfast

Did you know that Belfast is a city divided? Still? I didn’t.

Watching TV as a child and teenager, I can remember a backdrop of both violence and positive change across the world: the end of apartheid, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Oslo accords and the Good Friday Agreement. These resolutions seemed to halt the stream of images and reports of terrorist attacks that began generations before. Growing up, it had seemed “business as usual” for places like Northern Ireland to be violent each and every day. But then Clinton came along and it was all over, right?

Well I cannot speak for the residents of Belfast, but I did find it hard to believe that the Troubles were a thing of the past while looking at the physical barriers that still separate Catholic and Protestant sides of the city in 2014. Yes, in parts of the city there are gates and there

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