This is the first of a two part article by Rebecca Nada-Rajah, our correspondent who has just completed a 4 month, 7000 km cycle journey to Iran. Specially for Bella, Continue reading
As the Scottish Govt wavers about it’s previously crystal clear stance on nuclear power – and powerful lobby groups circle – it’s worth reading this by Jonathon Porrit about why Continue reading
After recent exchanges we thought this was useful…from George Marshall, an explanation of the ‘position’ of climate sceptics, reproduced from chapter 3 of Danny Chiver’s new book “The No-Nonsense Guide Continue reading
A spectre is haunting Europe. The spectre of climate change…
“The real dirty secret is that if the deficit ever completely went away, it would cause a major catastrophe.” – David Graeber As the US plays tug of war in Continue reading
You’ve got to admire the good sense of those good people at The List, who chose our very own Bella to (almost) top this list of Scotland’s best websites. See Continue reading
As Hope Not Hate unveil the connections to the English far-right, we look at where Breivik came from. By Kate Higgins The shocking and tragic events in Norway bring home in Continue reading
By Justin Kenrick Mapping our route, based on a more accurate understanding of what it is to be human… If what we need is – in part – to create Continue reading
Real Journalism Now outline 10 guidelines: “a manifesto of minimal standards, of ten simple and fundamental guidelines; and we sent out a call inviting our colleagues to join us in debating, defining, and in some cases returning to, the aims and basic principles of journalism.” In the Murdoch debacle this is where Scottish journalists should be looking for inspiration…
Scotland has its own civic culture which must be nurtured and developed in a direction which is decided by the Scottish People themselves, through their political and civic institutions and through the right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in that they may freely determine their political status and purse their economic, social and cultural development. It must be for our people to determine their own political future through our own Scottish Parliament and for us then to freely enter into treaties of international law which will see us take a future position of cooperation and equality of development opportunities with all the people of the World in an end to colonialism, imperialism and exploitation.
In advance of his Fringe show (National Library of Scotland 4-28 Aug), Darran Anderson from 3AM magazine interviews Kevin Williamson (see also the Not in My Name site here) 3:AM: Continue reading
By Mike Small There’s been a lot of mumbling recently (mostly from Tories) that ‘this Hackgate story is over’ and ‘everyone’s a bit bored now’. News that Andy Coulson will Continue reading
First Woolies, then News of the World, now Star Trek. What’s up next? Anyone for the Euro?
What’s the potency of the Transition Movement?
Last week delegations from civic groups campaigning for independence across Europe met to establish a network of stateless nations and discuss potential for common working. The Scottish Independence Convention, Welcome Continue reading
“Economic ‘failure’ was used as an excuse for the IMF to privatise services, decimate societies and prop up or restore dictators across swathes of Latin America, Africa and elsewhere; and this approach is currently being used across southern Europe and is likely to reach the rest of us very soon…”
By Mike Small If the arrest of Rebekah Brooks yesterday is a ploy to confuse or interrupt parliamentary questions then the police are off the leash, and this denoument isn’t Continue reading
Should those active in political parties who see the need to reign in corporate power, focus not on party building but on building a broader movement of which their parties are a part? Should they focus less on electoral strategy than on culture shift strategy, and on connecting this to addressing the democratic deficit?
In the new issue of Scottish Left Review, Elaine C Smith questions the democratic deficit in our media. The new political landscape we find ourselves in now in 2011 after Continue reading
By Justin Kenrick In a famous interview, the BBC’s political editor Andrew Marr asks Noam Chomsky whether he thinks Marr is “self-censoring”. Chomsky replies by saying, in effect: No, there Continue reading
By Justin Kenrick It is the expectations we have of each other (the assumption about what is the norm) that shapes what is possible. Until, that is, some event disrupts Continue reading
A review of Beyond the Corporation, Humanity Working by David Erdal, The Bodley Head, London, ISBN 978-847-92109-3 by R. Eric Swanepoel (writer and coordinator of the campaign for a Cross-Party Continue reading
By Justin Kenrick In a strange 1984 kind of way, most people know the term through the phrase ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’. (i) Neo-liberalism’s mistake: The so-called ‘Tragedy of Continue reading
This is the second in a series of ‘Case for the Commons: the kinder Society we want’ posts – the third will try and answer the question: What is the Continue reading
By Christopher Harvie Rupert Murdoch has apparently taken to the skies to protect the UK part of his media empire from the consequences of its misdeeds. There seems a certain Continue reading
By Michael Gardiner In a recent Scottish Review article, Kenneth Roy takes the opportunity of the announcement of the late Edwin Morgan’s will to expose what he sees as a Continue reading
I suspect that in the past the idea of an independent Scotland has been such a ludicrous concept for British nationalists that it has blinded them to the fact that the SNP is not a joke party in the vein of a Wessex independence movement or a Yorkshire independence party and that’s part of the reason why Labour in particular has failed to recognise the threat to their hegemony in Scotland and to find a strategy to keep the SNP out of power in Holyrood…
Continuing our series of ‘Letter Bombs’ – this as Ellie Dooks takes on Labour’s hapless Brian Donohoe MP: Below is an email I sent to MP Brian Donohoe this evening Continue reading
This is the first in a series of ‘Case for the Commons: The kinder Society we want’ posts – the second will argue that international agreements have failed and will Continue reading