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 Continue reading
By Doug Strang Opening Kandinsky in Govan: Art, Spirituality, and the Future, at the Pearce Institute, curator Alastair McIntosh cited Damien Hirst’s piece ‘For the Love of God’ as an Continue reading
By Kate Higgins There is no denying that whoever wins the Scottish Labour leadership contest is taking on a big job. In no particular order, the leader has to get Continue reading
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 Continue reading
by Kevin Williamson The US has a $14 trillion national debt and most folk haven’t a clue how it happened, not what can be done about it. Many naively think Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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 Continue reading
MYTH #1: SCOTLAND WOULD LOSE ITS INFLUENCE UNDER INDEPENDENCE This myth is about telling Scots that as an independent nation, we would become non-entities on the global stage. No one Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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.
Dear young man who died on the fourth day of this turbulent 2011, dear Mohammed Bouazizi, I want to write you about an astonishing year — with three months yet Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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
By Peter Burnett There is a very quiet page on Facebook called ‘Free Stephen Birrell’. There may be a few legal or human rights reasons that Birrell, sentenced for eight Continue reading
Wassily Kandinsky (1866 – 1944) was a Russian painter, printmaker and art theorist, so what’s he doing in Govan? Alastair McIntosh, the organiser of the three day festival celebrating ‘art, Continue reading
By Ray Bell Recently The Guardian decided to tackle what it called “the disunited kingdom”, with a series of articles and an opinion poll. This is probably long overdue, The Continue reading
A radical situation is a collective awakening. . . . In such situations people become much more open to new perspectives, readier to question previous assumptions, quicker to see through the usual Continue reading
Amidst the disputed ComRes survey for The Independent on Sunday, Matt Chorley and Brian Brady have produced the best (only?) credible broadsheet analysis of Scottish politics by an English paper Continue reading
‘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.
Here’s our rough guide to events in the months ahead. If you want your event added leave a comment with details or email us and we’ll include you… ‘Invitation to Continue reading