Today's murals reflect growing diversity in Northern Ireland

The murals serve as a reminder of the contrast between past and present. Less sanguinely, they also call attention to the ominous possibility that the past may not be wholly past.

Thwarting terrorism takes insight into recruits

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The first image on the screen is disturbing: An emaciated Iraqi infant gazes listlessly at the camera. Cut to video clips of rulers from other Arab countries kowtowing to visiting U.S. government officials. Then come scenes of violent attacks against Muslims in the West Bank, Gaza, Kashmir and Indonesia. Images and sounds of destruction crash relentlessly, one into the other, in a steady stream of horror.