‘Would one among them urge English cities, towns and villages to drape themselves in the Ulster Banner, aka St Patrick’s Saltire, to send the message – “Stay”?’ Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown delivers a speech at Scottish Labour campaign headquarters in Glasgow. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Opinion: Miliband’s madcap flags proposal has been but one sign of panic in the No camp

‘The majority of people in Gaza and the West Bank believes that Hamas won the latest battle in the long-running war between Palestinians  and Israeli authorities.’ Above, Hamas supporters take part in a rally celebrating what organisers say was a victory by Palestinians in Gaza over Israel following a ceasefire, in the West Bank city of Ramallah.   Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Opinion: The figures signal the failure of Israel and its allies to persuade the Palestinians by punishment

‘Understandably the DUP is ever alert for incidents which can be construed as evidence of bad faith by the Shinners’. Photograph: Getty Images

Opinion: ‘Go On Home’ was originally recorded by the Wolfe Tones

‘In this context, all inhabitants of Gaza and indeed the entity itself can be – and have been – declared legitimate targets.’ Above, the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an offensive, in the east of Gaza City on July 26th.   Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Opinion: The doctrine provides a basis for deploying massive force and showing reckless disregard for civilian life

‘Despite Ms Halappanavar’s death, far from being enhanced, women’s rights will be diminished.’ Above, a protest outside the Dáil about abortion legislation following the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Opinion: In both jurisdictions, a frantic ‘pro-life’ rearguard action has persuaded politicians to back off from meaningful change(...)

‘Given the ideology he espouses, Bruton cannot acknowledge either that the Rising was a genuine strike against imperialism, whereas the Great War was a clash between rival robber gangs, with the proles as expendable fodder.’ Above, a British army soldier stands guard over Irish republican prisoners in a temporary hospital at Dublin Castle following the Easter Rising, 1916. Original publication: ‘The Graphic’, published May 13th, 1916. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Opinion: There’s an overlap between views of John Bruton and cheerleaders for the IRA’s 1971-1998 campaign

‘Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had made the same point in a CNN interview seven days earlier. “All civilian casualties are unintended by us but actually intended by Hamas. They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can . . .They use telegenically-dead Palestinians for their cause. They want the more dead the better’.” Photograph: Sebastian Scheiner/AP

Opinion: Netanyahu spokesman’s words closely follow pollster Luntz’s language

The Kincora boys’ home in Belfast

Opinion: Questions may arise about Hague’s judgment in accepting advice not to publish Welsh report

A member of the Orange Order wearing a sash and draped in the union flag marches in Belfast. Figures suggest  the order is a weak and declining organisation. Photograph: Reuters

Electoral politics in Northern Ireland plays out not between but within communities

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