was the worst year of the Troubles. Nearly 500 people died and 5,000 were injured. There were almost 2,000 explosions and over 10,000 shootings. 1972 was also the year when Stormont, Northern Ireland's own Parliament and Government, was suspended and direct rule from Westminster began.
The internment order was not rescinded until December 1975.
(above 1971 photo of the internment camp at Long Kesh, outside Belfast, courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London)
...2007 (today), International Day of the World's Indigenous People is celebrated. Established by the U.N. General Assembly in 1994, the goal in this 2d decade of commemoration is the "strengthening of international cooperation for the solution of problems faced by indigenous people in such areas as culture, education, health, human rights, the environment, and social and economic development, by means of action-oriented programs and specific projects, increase technical assistance, and relevant standard-setting activities." For law in this area, check out Historical Indigenous Peoples' Land Claims: A Comparative and International Approach to the Common Law Doctrine on Indigenous Title, a hot-off-the-presses article by our colleague, Jérémie Gilbert.