Went up to the Phoenix Picture House last night to see Gomorra, the film based on Roberto Saviano’s novel of the same title. I’d read in the Guardian that the film – which is based on the dealings of the real-life Camorra Neapolitan mafia – had earned him death threats, and see that he’s now…

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NI students believe women rape victims cause their own attacks, says Amnesty

Another reason why extension of abortion rights to Northern Irish women is so important: the widespread, appalling attitude that NI rape victims (the ones who, you know, don’t have automatic access to abortion) can be responsible for their attacker forcing himself upon them.  Last month (2008), Amnesty International interviewed 715 NI students across four Ulster…

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MOTHERLAND

On Sunday night (Mothers’ Day), my mum and I went to see Motherland, the most moving piece of political theatre I’ve ever seen. Directed by Juliet Stevenson, the piece was intended to be a one-off: Stevenson spoke at the beginning of how she and fellow actors Harriet Walter and Paola Dionisotti (and co-creator Natasha Walter)…

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