Friday, March 18, 2011

The streets of Belfast

An excerpt from Sean Kay's post on Ireland:
Northern Ireland was very successful at "peacemaking" -- building a new system of governance. But the process of peace-building -- confidence building and integration at the ground level -- remains only in its nascent stage. Key areas of Northern Ireland, especially in parts of Belfast, remain in what is often characterized as a "benign Apartheid". "Peace walls" continue to divide street-by-street Catholic and Protestant communities. Education and public housing remain segregated. The irony is that peace-building in Northern Ireland requires breaking down those walls. But in so doing, also risks sparking street-to-street conflict once again. In effect, Northern Ireland shows that the real hard work to build peace takes generations....

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