Two arrests have been made in connection to the death of journalist Lyra McKee, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said in a statement posted on their website Saturday morning. McKee was shot earlier this week while covering riots in Northern Ireland.
“This morning we arrested two teenagers, aged 18 and 19, under the Terrorism Act and conducted a number of searches as part of the ongoing investigation into Lyra’s murder,” Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy told reporters, adding she was killed by indiscriminately fired shots Thursday night in Derry, also referred to as Londonderry.
Just before she was killed, McKee tweeted a picture of a plume of smoke in the distance: “Derry tonight. Absolute madness.”
Ahead of the shooting, police were conducting searches in the area, looking for firearms and explosives they believed were being stockpiled for a series of planned attacks by dissident Republicans. During the searches, a crowd gathered and Molotov cocktails were thrown at officers. Two vehicles were also hijacked and set on fire. As the crowd grew amid the chaos, shooting began.
Cell phone video allegedly shows a masked gunman with a handgun firing into the crowd, according to the BBC. McKee, who was near a police vehicle, was shot and wounded; she was taken to a local hospital, but died of her wounds.
Tensions are on the rise in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has seen a spike in conflict in recent months, but tensions can be traced back more than 50 years. These tensions came to a violent head during a period referred to as the “Troubles,” which saw paramilitary groups fighting in the streets. The battles were over a longstanding divide between “Unionists,” a largely Protestant group identifying with and loyal to the United Kingdom, and “Nationalists” or “Republicans,” mainly Catholics, who want to see Northern Ireland united with its southern neighbor, the Republic of Ireland.
Open fighting between paramilitary groups loyal to each side of the conflict ended with the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. The pact made Northern Ireland a part of the United Kingdom and allowed paramilitary groups to participate in the democratic process in exchange for disarming. Unionists and Nationalists were both given a seat at the government table.
In recent years, the Brexit referendum has complicated the Good Friday Agreement. As Vox’s Jen Kirby notes, “the Good Friday Agreement worked on the assumption that the UK and Ireland would be in the EU together.”
During the Troubles, the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland was a militarized zone, Kirby explains:
The Irish border became both an actual and symbolic battleground during the Troubles. British authorities destroyed civilian crossings to make it harder to go back and forth, over fears the IRA was finding safe haven in the Republic of Ireland. The border became heavily fortified with watchtowers and checkpoints and armed officers — and that became a target for the IRA. The border became a visible and visceral reminder of the turmoil.
After the Good Friday Agreement, the border was opened; now, questions over what the border would look like post-Brexit have put stress on both the Brexit process and Northern Ireland.
Derry, Northern Ireland’s second-largest city, suffered a bomb attack in January of this year. Months later, the same group that claimed responsibility for the January bombing said it had sent mail bombs across the United Kingdom, as well. The PSNI believes this group to be a new dissident — and militant — faction of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), and believes it is behind McKee’s death.
Who was Lyra McKee?
McKee, who called herself a “ceasefire baby,” was tirelessly committed to covering the conflict in Northern Ireland. Just last year, she signed a book deal; her first book was to be an investigation into the disappearances of children during the Troubles.
The journalist was considered an important voice in her field. In 2016, Forbes named her one of the 30 under 30 in European media. After her death Thursday night, a Guardian op-ed called her a “rising star of 21st-century Irish journalism and was both fair and fearless in that endeavour.”
In 2014, McKee went viral after publishing a piece called “A letter to my 14-year-old self,” which the Guardian has posted after her death. The letter highlights the struggles McKee faced in identifying as LGBTQ youth in Northern Ireland — where same-sex marriage, unlike in other parts of the UK, is still not recognized. In a TED talk about her struggles with her sexuality, she said, “The first lesson I learned about being gay was that it was evil and I was going to hell for it.”
McKee’s partner, Sara Canning, said in a statement after the news of her death broke, “The senseless murder of Lyra McKee has left a family without a beloved daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a great aunt; has left so many friends without their confidant, victims in the LGBTQIA community without a tireless advocate and activist, and it’s left me without the love of my life; the woman that I was planning to grow old with.”
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
Research Says That People Who Blush Are More Generous and Trustworthy
Some people feel uncomfortable when they blush, because they believe that this reaction of their body makes them appear timid and insecure. However, the reality is very different, because blushing can make us look more sincere and trustworthy to other people.
Today, we at Bright Side would like to tell you why blushing is not a sign of weakness, as many used to think.
Humans are the only ones that blush.
Humans are the only species known to blush, according to the findings of Darwin. After observing the gestures of monkeys, while conducting his studies on evolution — he defined this reaction as “the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions,” that probably happens because of a social defense mechanism that humans create against feelings like guilt or shame.
It makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.
The truth is that, although it could be a social defense mechanism that speaks to our discomfort, we are more attractive when our cheeks begin to turn pink. This gesture reflects a bit of vulnerability, and it’s for that very reason that it also creates a sense of intimacy that is striking to the opposite sex. In addition, it makes us look radiant, which is why, when putting on makeup, we apply pink powder on our cheeks.
People who blush are more trustworthy.
According to a study that has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who blush easily are people who are considered to be trustworthy and more generous, compared to those who don’t react in the same way. The researchers of this study also claim that other forms of moderately expressing embarrassment and social vulnerability are true signs of virtue, since it’s not possible to reproduce these reactions voluntarily.
Other gestures that reveal our emotional state
In a series of experiments, 60 college students were videotaped recounting embarrassing moments. The results indicated that blushing generates trust in other people and that’s why we shouldn’t try to hide it. This investigation includes people who react with gestures like a downward gaze, covering their face, laughing involuntarily, and blushing at the slightest provocation.
Why we blush when we feel embarrassed
Our face turns red because when we are in an embarrassing situation, the body releases adrenaline, which is what causes the redness of the skin, as it increases the blood flow to the blood vessels. This process is linked to our sympathetic nervous system and, for this reason, we can’t control it. We can also feel our heart rate speed up, our breathing increase its frequency, and in some people it can cause them to start sweating.
When it comes to blushing, it’s impossible to lie.
Blushing is something that we, human beings, are unable to avoid. It’s a set of involuntary bodily functions that are unleashed when we are exposed to a situation that embarrasses us, although not always in an unpleasant way. But it always shows that something matters to us and that, if we’ve done something wrong, we do have the desire to fix it. Because of this, this reaction is linked to honesty. So, if you see your partner blushing, you should believe in what your eyes are seeing.
Do you blush very often? Do you find it embarrassing or is it something that doesn’t worry you too much? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
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