By Gerry Hassan This is a fascinating and fast moving period of politics, at a global, European, British and Scottish level, challenging many of the most deep-seated and unexamined assumptions held across the political spectrum. In the last week we… Read More ›
Archive for October 2011
STVs Scotland’s Greatest Album has missed out on some classic music. But it’s okay, we’re here to help…
By Gerry Hassan Does the recent Ian Davidson-Eilidh Whiteford controversy matter? Is it a storm in a political teacup? Or does it reflect something wider and more sinister in our culture? First, there are the alleged words of Ian Davidson,… Read More ›
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Mick Hucknall. Pedlars. Dungavel. Sam Cam. Question of Sport. Sandi Toksvig. The Big Society. Autumnwatch. Seb Coe. Paul Dacre. Royal Wooton Bassett.
by Kevin Williamson The distinctly un-Christian attempts to evict the Occupy London Stock Exchange protesters from outside St Paul’s Cathedral have been an eye-opener, revealing ungodly facets of the modern day church’s worldly affairs. Take the St Paul’s Board of… Read More ›
Saturday 29th October 1pm – 5pm, Kinning Park Complex – Glasgow Meeting is free, but donations to Kinning Park welcomed An open meeting for practitioners, groups and individuals involved in independent/radical/critical/activist/rebellious/oppositional media, to discuss the development of a broader support network,… Read More ›
By James Hamilton I read in openDemocracy about the London Rebellious Media Conference from my home in Athens, Georgia, an oasis in one of the reddest Republican states in the US. I was equally inspired by its attendees’ amazing commitment and effort, and dismayed by… Read More ›
On the Difference between Legitimacy and Democracy: We are Men, We Are Not Devo.
by Kevin Williamson Party conferences are usually of minor passing interest to anyone beyond the party faithful. The stage-managing is drearily transparent; the debates are anything but; the set piece speeches by the Great Leader & His Loyal Lieutenants are… Read More ›
The article below appeared in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph. It is written by John McTernan – former Political Secretary to Tony Blair and a high profile Labour Party moderniser. We republish it here in case any of our readers were unfortunate… Read More ›
China’s presence in Africa has come in for withering criticism of late. Hillary Clinton has warned of a creeping “new colonialism” in Africa from foreign investors and governments interested only in extracting natural resources to enrich themselves. But that’s exactly what the West – and the IMF/World Bank – did for decades. Only now, following the global recession, Western investment in Africa is drying up
Paddy Clark reports exclusively for Bella on construction of a community centre from mud bricks in Fasayl, Palestine.
Tonight 400 people, including many vunerable adults and approximately 100 children are homeless, two are in hospital and many more injured and traumatised for a piece of land that the council tarmaced over, dumped hardcore onto and let go to waste.
By Gar Alpervitz At the heart of the spectrum of emerging institutional change is the traditional radical principle that the ownership of capital should be subject to democratic control. In a nation where 1 percent of the population owns nearly… Read More ›
Politics in the service of people and planet; not run by corporations for profit. This is local, national and global democracy. That is what we demand – something only we can make.
Doug Daniel on the questions needing answered by those advocating Devo-Max
‘Love Life’ is Bella’s Agony Aunt column because the personal is political and the ‘state we’re in’ is complicated.
And there are those that say we should stop talking about Thatcher…
Time for Scotland to be faithful to Stein and
our European football legacy.
By Nine @supernowoczesna. Nine writes for various outlets. See listings here. In July 2009, three young Americans were imprisoned by Iran for espionage after hiking in Northern Iraq, or South Kurdistan. Accounts vary regarding whether they crossed the unmarked border… Read More ›
A consultation on the issue of same-sex marriages and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships has been launched by Scottish ministers. The Scottish Government said its initial view was that same-sex marriage should be introduced. Nicola Sturgeon said a recent Scottish… Read More ›
We would like to distance ourselves from this sick association. The Tories are waging a war on the disenfranchised. They are the enemy…
Internationalism From Below – from John Maclean to Tahrir Square? Talks, films and discussion with: Allan Armstrong, Unity, Maud Bracke, Camcorder Guerillas and Deryck de Maine Beaumont. 7pm-10:00pm, Wednesday 12th October 2011, Kinning Park Complex 43 Cornwall Street Glasgow FREE… Read More ›
One thing that helped a lot was a smattering of people from Spain and Greece and Tunisia who had been doing this sort of thing more recently. They explained that the model that seemed to work was to take something that seemed to be public space, reclaim it, and build up an organization headquarters around that from which you can begin doing other things.
We are at the end game of what started back in the 1970s, the theft of Scotland’s fish. In those pre- ro-ro days us islanders, who didn’t buy the life-style on the back of a housing boom in the South East, all felt a bit dislocated from the Mainland and the big decisions that happened there out-with our control. We never expected to wake up years later and see our industries and our communities fighting for the basics of their survival, the public right enshrined in statute, to fish.