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Extract: Imperial ideas and imperial dreams – the cost of vanity during the Great War WWI

Extract: Imperial ideas and imperial dreams – the cost of vanity during the Great War

World War I was a conflict of cultures but also an expression of social values, as the intense involvement of the educated classes showed.

Opinion: ‘When bombing gets close my family come to me… they think I can protect them’

As conflict continues in the Gaza strip, a human rights worker describes the terror of living through the bombardment.

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Opinion: I was diagnosed with prostate cancer 14 years ago – early detection is the key

Prostate cancer is common, and the risk increases with age, but three out of four men diagnosed won’t die as a result of their cancer.

Opinion: Neither nation can survive without freedom and independence for the Palestinians

Israeli peace activist Nurit Peled-Elhanan calls on the international community to help end settlement expansion and bring peace to the region.

Opinion: Proposed transgender laws are good news for lawyers – not couples

Ireland proposes making trans people in existing marriages divorce as a pre-condition for recognition in their new gender.

Opinion: Here I go again, back to Riyadh. My life has changed so much in just ten years…

Back in 2004, my wife and I were anticipating the arrival of our second son and I had just set up my own business. Then the financial meltdown hit.

Opinion: A loved one’s death is devastating, but you must allow yourself to rebuild your life

After losing my husband, I promised myself I would be open to new things and accept my new life.

Opinion: Ageism is far too prevalent, we need a cultural shift in how older people are perceived

Older adults are too often seen as ‘burden’ rather than people who helped build societies and economies.

Opinion: ‘At the heart of Irish law is an inescapable fact… we are second class citizens’

Enshrined into law and sanctioned in social service provision is this attitude: women in Ireland are vessels to be filled and emptied at men’s discretion.

Opinion: ‘Our children wake up crying in the night… Isis has stolen our lives’ Iraq This post contains images

Opinion: ‘Our children wake up crying in the night… Isis has stolen our lives’

Christian families in Mosul are being given four stark choices: convert to Islam, pay a tax for non-Muslims, leave the city, or have their heads cut off.

Opinion: The new Gaeltacht Minister has hit the ground running – despite not being fluent

Joe McHugh has vowed to “fully immerse” himself in the language and tweet his progress. It’s an approach many politicians could learn from.

Opinion: Twinning with China – money maker or moral maze?

Waterford and Haikou City are bonding over the racehorse industry… but should they make it official?

Column: ‘Hell is Coming’ – fragments of horror from World War One World War One This post contains images

Column: ‘Hell is Coming’ – fragments of horror from World War One

One hundred years ago today, a conflict broke out that would change the world forever.

Larry Donnelly: 10 things I still just don’t get about Ireland

I love this country as much as where I was born, but there are some things I just can’t my head around.

Opinion: Why do people continue to do ‘the hardest job in the world’?

Parenting can be very tough – and thankfully more people are being honest about that – but let’s not forget about the good stuff.

Opinion: Following the money – Irish slave owners in the time of abolition

What happened to slave owners in Ireland after slavery was abolished? They were handsomely compensated.

Opinion: The journey for acceptance for transgender people is ongoing – in all parts of society

An increase in documentaries, articles and stories detailing the lives of transgender people is helping to remove stigma, but there is still some way to go.

Opinion: DIY cocktails – how to grow your own mojito

Today there are many variations on the white rum cocktail, but the original recipe is still a classic summer beverage.

Opinion: I admit it, I’m an Apple Parent… are you?

When the need arises to soothe, calm, occupy, or otherwise try to obtain some peace from the kids we break out the tablets.

From Business ETC Aaron McKenna: Massive state intervention in house building? Welcome back to 2007 NAMA

Aaron McKenna: Massive state intervention in house building? Welcome back to 2007

In the normal course of things, Nama would be wound down and consigned to the history books…

Opinion: Voter turnout isn’t a problem, so let’s stop all the hand-wringing

Do we really need to solve the ‘problem’ of low turnout?

Opinion: For drug service reform to work, we need to be brave and innovative

There are key issues to consider in ensuring that addiction services provide both high quality care for service users and value for money for the taxpayer.

Opinion: Young people are not ‘apathetic’ – we prioritise the collective good

We have a political culture in this country that is morally bankrupt and young people are uncomfortable in propping up a system that is unsuited to the purpose intended.

Opinion: The sudden death of a young woman is not any less tragic for her being an addict

Compassion for a fellow human being should not change just because a poor soul happened to be an addict.

Opinion: Is the effort to ‘revive the property market’ pushing creative groups out of the Docklands?

Places like Mabos, one of Dublin’s most vibrant projects, remind us that the city is something we make together.

Opinion: Ireland should be at forefront of modern science – Ireland should join CERN

International project collaboration, such as the pan-EU radio telescope LOFAR, would benefit Irish businesses and tourism, as well as our IT and science graduates.

Opinion: Ring them bells! Why Ireland should never get rid of the Angelus

Twice a day, we should all stop and listen to those bells. Let them serve as a reminder of what happens when we outsource our thinking to anyone else.

From Business ETC Opinion: ‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling opens a legal and ethical Pandora’s box Right To Be Forgotten

Opinion: ‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling opens a legal and ethical Pandora’s box

The ECJ ruling is a godsend for criminals who want to scrub their record clean – and sets a worrying precedent for empowering governments to act beyond their borders.

Opinion: In the name of ‘defence’ we are attacking civilians already under Israeli control

The rocket fire from Gaza on Israeli civilians should not be justified. It threatens the lives of men, women and children.

Opinion: What does it actually take to establish an ‘independent’ policing authority?

The Justice Minister has spoken out about the need for an Independent Garda Authority – but what will it take to achieve that?

Opinion: My son is a little boy who happens to like pink… isn’t that allowed?

“It’s not fair Mama, why do only girls get sparkly things?”

Opinion: ‘It’s a terrible blow to Aids research – and not the first time lives have been needlessly lost’ HIV

Opinion: ‘It’s a terrible blow to Aids research – and not the first time lives have been needlessly lost’

More research into Aids would help to protect the most vulnerable groups in society and also honour those who have died.

Opinion: When you think of a sex worker, you might never think of someone like me

I’m a young, unemployed student. I desperately needed to pay my college tuition, so I signed up to a website seeking a ‘financial arrangement’ with a wealthy man.

Opinion: Struggling to entertain the kids over the summer holidays?

One of the things I love about the summer holidays is the fact that there are no rules – we are at nobody else’s beck and call.

Opinion: The lazy guide to fair-weather gardening

Whether you’re a fair-weather gardener (or just a lazy one) there is a myriad of plants that can be viewed, sampled and enjoyed.

The road to Petras: Why I gave up my job and became an archaeologist

In my mid twenties, I began to yearn for a change. A recurring voice at the back of my head kept whispering about the possibility of another path.

Opinion: We have made no preparations for our ageing population

Ireland’s population is growing older and living longer – and the reality is we are not prepared for the fallout.

Opinion: Cast claustrophobia? It’s very real and it’s very unpleasant.

I tried to talk to my husband, and friends and family about how I was feeling but no-one seemed to understand… truthfully, I didn’t really understand it myself.

Opinion: The reality of mental illness doesn’t fit into a sanitised sound bite

Although clearly well-intentioned, the irony is that in order to reduce perceived stigma the media has given us a palatable portrayal of mental illness.

Aaron McKenna: Gender, geography, age – focus on everything but quality in government reshuffle

Conspicuously absent from the talk about the reshuffle was an evaluation of intelligence, skills, capabilities or temperament.

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