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Is the third sector losing its way?
Difficult questions were put to those in community and voluntary organisations at an Imagine! Belfast event this week. When does valid criticism end and self-flaggelation begin? Scope has a look.
Political policing - a new map for murky terrain
This week the Committee for the Administration of Justice launched a paper designed to inform people about the whys and wherefores of public order policing - useful for a factual approach to oversight of the PSNI. Scope takes a look.
A more inclusive and mature public discourse – Imagine!
The Imagine! Festival of Ideas and Politics returns to Belfast next month for its second year. Scope speaks to organiser Peter O’Neill about the gap it fills in public debate.
Equality, austerity and peace in 2016
Scope looks at the Equality Coalition's recent report into a shrinking public purse, stagnant economy and the risk of violence - and concludes a relapse is currently unlikely but 2016 will be a big year for NI generally.
Let's get serious about the peace walls
Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that it is time for investment in interface communities.
Equality, austerity and the threat of violence
If people lose faith in what society offers then violence can rear its head. Scope looks at recent efforts from the Equality Coalition into whether there is a risk of a Troubles relapse as the public purse tightens and our economy splutters.
Uncertainty and the Stormont House Agreement
Provisions for dealing with the past within the Stormont House Agreement have come in for much public criticism. Scope looks at whether confusion on the issues is related to a lack of honest dialogue with the public.
Shroud education: sharing and the future
Shared Education is the big new thing for helping society come together and improving schooling. But what are we supposed to expect?
Crisis Fund: can a little go a very long way?
Earlier this year OFMdFM released a small amount of funds to help vulnerable ethnic-minority migrants in crisis. Scope speaks with fund administrators the Red Cross about its success.
The other Villiers in Ireland: famine, internment, rebellion
Theresa Villiers is not the first of her family to hold high office in Ireland.
It's just a ride - the economic impact of perception
Another 12th of July, more phantasmagorical news footage of screaming, hatred and violence – what now for Brand Northern Ireland?
Inside the Orange Heritage Museum
Scope visits the newly-opened Museum of Orange Heritage on Belfast’s Cregagh Road.
Who Plans Belfast?
Our revelations about the 1971 secret report into peacelines finally vindicates Scope, which was derided by the NIO when we published Derek Alcorn’s piece in 1982. The orginal article is reproduced below.
The Interface: will the walls ever come down?
The war may be over but the battle scarred front line is still there. Scope asks what the future holds for interface communities.