By Mike Small The Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont last night delivered a speech that has put her on the front pages of every newspaper and set the Twitterati alight, Continue reading
By Robin McAlpine “All fixed, fast frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. Continue reading
By Ewan Morrison I’m standing before a vast crumbling structure surrounded by broken security fencing; A Danger-Keep-Out sign lies crushed and rusted on the tarmac of what was once an Continue reading
By Ross Croall Throw off the shackles of the so-called ‘debate’ on climate change – environmental problems are real, and they are here to stay. Forget about global warming for Continue reading
In an exclusive new essay for Bella Caledonia, author Ewan Morrison has some critical words to say about the direction taken by the global Occupy Movement. OCCUPYING A NON-PLACE by Continue reading
By Mike Small From Alan Grant (Batman), to Mark Millar (Kick-Ass), Frank Quitely (New X-Men) and Grant Morrison (St Swithin’s Day) Scotland has had a major impact on the comic Continue reading
By Gerry Hassan This is not another article on football. The Rangers crisis has filled the airwaves and media this week. For the second time this year Scotland has gone Continue reading
By Justin Kenrick Great post Clare – many thanks. It points to the liberating possibilities that accompany recognising what holds you down, and the creativity and responsibility that comes with Continue reading
Equality needs to be hard-coded into the new Scotland.
Tim Kasser – who spoke at St Andrews University Sustainability Institute on Tuesday night:
Should Transition remain above and beneath and beyond politics, or is there a way of fusing the genius of Transition’s focus on the primary importance of place, and the genius of the Occupy movement’s focus on the crude fact that the very few are destroying the planet we all depend on?
By Douglas Strang In ‘The Great Tablecloth’, the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda conjures for us the sensual pleasures of the plate – “In the blue hour of eating, / the Continue reading
Is it really enough to say ‘but we’d lose our place at the top table’ if what we do with that place at the top table is reduce worker’s rights and veto a Tobin Tax?
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
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
By Ewan Morrison Given that we live in an era in which, as one politician once claimed- ‘it’s your duty to shop’ and at which time that civic duty of Continue reading
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.
“The Collapse is Coming…and Goldman Rules the World”
The 2008 world financial crisis was terrible for Iceland. At the end of the year the country declared bankruptcy. Contrary to what could be expected, the crisis resulted in Icelanders recovering their sovereign rights, through a process of direct participatory democracy that eventually led to a new Constitution….
By Justin Kenrick Most of the serious commentators on climate change see us as having already gone past the point of no return. This is not because the emissions in Continue reading
“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
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
This is Natalie Jeremijenko on the art of eco-mindshift, from Pat Kane’s new Radical Animal site. Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist/engineer whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and Continue reading
For more than three decades ground-breaking scholar and activist Susan George has written expansively on the effects of neo-liberal economics on the poor. Product & Bella interviewed her. Your latest Continue reading
By Mike Small “Margaret Thatcher is lying sick in a private hospital bed in Belgravia but her political children have just pushed her agenda further and harder and deeper than Continue reading
David Harvey’s must-see animated lecture on the crisis of capitalism.
Toni Prug (of Hack the State) is coming up to talk in Glasgow this weekend – at the CCA on Saturday and at Govanhill Baths on Sunday. The one at Continue reading
As a nation reels from what can only be described as ‘a kick in the polls’ by the London Meeja and their cross-party paymasters, Christopher Harvie writes on bankers, historians, Continue reading