Adomnán, the 9th Abbot of Iona, from the Lex Innocentium 1,317 years ago: “It is the same payment (fine for the crime) for someone who does the injury, and for the one who looks on and does not protect the victim with all his might”.
Adrian Martinez on ‘the iron fist of short term thinking that always sees imposing control as the answer, rather than understanding the real issues that need to be addressed, and building the relationships needed to address them’. The mother of… Read More ›
Away from the headlines, Kurdish rebels are establishing self-rule in war-torn Syria in moves which resemble the Zapatista experience and providing a democratic alternative for the region. By Ulrike Flader This region – which consists of three geographically disconnected enclaves… Read More ›
A Bella exclusive, with thanks to Stuart Platt, from MIT Boston:
By Sindhu Rajasekaran, Indian writer and filmmaker. I spent some of the best years of my life in Scotland. As a student at the University of Edinburgh I was exposed to many radical and liberal ideas that have contributed immensely… Read More ›
Back in June we brought Smári McCarthy to speak about post-Yes constitutional options and learnings from Iceland. If you missed his talk here’s the full length of it. Special thanks to Andrew Crow @EventVideo for help with this…
Yesterday the Sunday Herald published an open letter from 17 leading Scandinavian writers and journalists that endorsed the Yes campaign and attacked Better Together. Today Bella Caledonia is re-publishing the letter alongside a comment piece by Pete Ramand and James… Read More ›
By Mike Small In May 1997 Robin Cook attempted to launch an ‘ethical foreign policy’ for Britain. He wrote: “I invite you today to work together with us in a joint project to make Britain once again a force for… Read More ›
Incredible scenes from Brazil – this from Jerome Roos of Roar magazine June 21, 2013 “We are against a government which spends billions in stadiums while people are suffering across the country” Government U-turn on bus fares fails to stem… Read More ›
By James Foley George Papandreou, the Greek champion of austerity, arrives in Edinburgh today to address the TEDGlobal conference. Elected prime minister on a social democratic platform, like his father and grandfather before him, he remains the head of the… Read More ›
By Callum McCormick Venezuela’s announcement on 8 February of an immediate currency devaluation was neither unprecedented nor unexpected. Despite government officials’ repeated insistence they were not considering it, most Venezuelans accepted that devaluation had become a grim inevitability. With inflation hovering… Read More ›
By Darran Anderson And the village was deserted, the huts gaped black, rotting, all askew within the fallen enclosures. A calamity had come to it, sure enough. The people had vanished. Mad terror had scattered them, men, women, and children,… Read More ›
So Cameron may walk into and flounce out of more EU meetings, he may renegotiate to his heart’s content, he may grandstand and bluster, he may shout loudly and wave a small stick, but all he can get out of it is what the other 27 states agree to…
Chavismo after Chavez: what next for Venezuela?
A recent statement by Professor Noam Chomsky indicates a different take on Israeli aggression than he has had in the past. His statement has been misquoted over the weekend, so, for the record, this is it in full: “The incursion and… Read More ›
by Benoit Renaud, head of Québec solidaire’s co-ordinating committee The people of Québec, the only Canadian province where the majority of the population has French as their first language, have been struggling for decades with the issue of whether they want to remain… Read More ›
by Kevin Williamson A recent meeting at Bute House between Alex Salmond and the UK’s Israeli ambassador, Daniel Taub, has only just come to light. Given the controversial nature of any official links with the pariah Israeli state the Scottish… Read More ›
Hsiao-Hung Pai, author of Scattered Sand: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants spoke at the 16th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair on 27th October 2012. Here’s what she had to say: Until quite recently, media in the West liked to talk about… Read More ›
Sanctions imposed on Iran’s banks and financial institutions could lead to a humanitarian crisis, write Muhammad Sahimi and Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi THE UNFOLDING HUMAN CATASTROPHE IN IRAN Iran still imports a significant amount of wheat, rice and other food products and if the sanctions… Read More ›
Part one of a new Bella series looking at innovation and forms of protest. Crowdsourcing ideas for the independence movement and exploring social media and social change. First up: Casseroles, Montreal…
‘Why don’t you visit Euro 2012 and protest for us?‘ Ukrainian novelist Yuriy Andrukhovych by Sophie Cooke The diamond-encrusted presidential toilet is perhaps the most appropriate symbol of Viktor Yanukovych’s regime. Milan Kundera’s description of totalitarian kitsch as ‘the absolute… Read More ›
By Moira Dalgetty in Athens. Television images of demonstrators being teargassed by riot police in Athens on Sunday night followed the usual rules of media coverage of civil unrest – plenty of graphic images with little or no honest representation… Read More ›
Defending Mary Ann Kennedy’s Global Gathering
How do we create ‘Nue-Camp football’ in Scotland?