The Troubling Decline of International Law

Source:: Craig Murray The Troubling Decline of International Law While it is true that rogue states – most notably the USA – have always posed a threat to the rule of international law, I see no serious room to dispute that the development of the corpus of international law, and of the institutions to implement it, was one of the great achievements of the twentieth century, and did a huge amount to reduce global conflict. The International Court of Justice, the Law of the Sea Tribunal, the European Court… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The Troubling Decline […]

Common Weal report offers solutions to indyref2 stalemate

Source:: The National Common Weal report offers solutions to indyref2 stalemate A MAJOR new report is offering ways to break the deadlock on Scottish independence and suggests how it can be achieved even if Boris Johnson keeps telling Scotland “no”. Read the full article:: The National Common Weal report offers solutions to indyref2 stalemate

Ian Blackford warns Brexit crisis will ‘seal fate of the Union’

Source:: The National Ian Blackford warns Brexit crisis will ‘seal fate of the Union’ IN his strongest condemnation yet of the Tory Government’s determination to remove Scotland from the European Union, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has warned that Brexit will “seal the fate of the Union”. Read the full article:: The National Ian Blackford warns Brexit crisis will ‘seal fate of the Union’

Nicola Sturgeon to deliver indyref2020 update after PM's rejection

Source:: The National Nicola Sturgeon to deliver indyref2020 update after PM’s rejection NICOLA Sturgeon is expected to deliver her update next Wednesday on plans to hold an independence referendum later this year. Read the full article:: The National Nicola Sturgeon to deliver indyref2020 update after PM’s rejection

At a time of global coronavirus crisis, the UK's focus is shameful

Source:: The National At a time of global coronavirus crisis, the UK’s focus is shameful ‘WAKE UP SATAN’S BRAIN WASHED CATTLE” instructed the sign displayed on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street as I made my way to the office. On Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year, it was nice of the chap holding it to give us all a wee laugh. I’m not sure where Satan keeps his brain-washed cattle, but to be on the safe side I’m going to leave them well alone. Read the full article:: The National At a time of global coronavirus […]

We must be prepared for threats from the US

Source:: The National We must be prepared for threats from the US I SHARE the view of many readers that Westminster will do everything within its power to deny Scotland independence no matter how foul. They know the cost of losing us, and so the deceit, false promises and lies we witnessed in 2014 will be multiplied many times at indyref2. Read the full article:: The National We must be prepared for threats from the US

Unionist parties are in denial about their collapse in Scotland

Source:: The National Unionist parties are in denial about their collapse in Scotland READING the pundits within and outwith English Labour in the UK press, about its needs to revive and the ways and means to do it, one is struck by the Anglo-centric focus. Read the full article:: The National Unionist parties are in denial about their collapse in Scotland

Where Now for Ocean Optimism?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Where Now for Ocean Optimism? I grew up on the beautiful Moray coastline and spent my early days walking at Findhorn, rock-pooling at Hopeman and watching dolphins at Spey Bay. It is these memories that I draw on when topping up my own personal ‘Ocean Optimism’. After graduating from Aberdeen University in Marine and Coastal Resource Management I spent my […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Where Now for Ocean Optimism?

Wellbeing and Indexes

Source:: Bella Caledonia Wellbeing and Indexes JOHN McLAREN AND HOW NOT TO MEASURE WELLBEING THIS week the FM gave a speech at The Wealth of Nations 2.0 conference explaining why governments should seek to maximise wellbeing rather than GDP. The Scottish Government already has a strategy for doing this. So, it was an odd coincidence that most of the anti-independence press […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Wellbeing and Indexes

Michael Russell calls heckling SNP MPs a 'form of discrimination'

Source:: The National Michael Russell calls heckling SNP MPs a ‘form of discrimination’ Scotland’s Constitutional Relations Secretary has called on the Speaker of the House to “stamp out” the heckling of Scottish MP at Westminster, branding the behaviour “a form of discrimination”. Read the full article:: The National Michael Russell calls heckling SNP MPs a ‘form of discrimination’

Ian Blackford: UK now facing a post-Brexit 'constitutional crisis'

Source:: The National Ian Blackford: UK now facing a post-Brexit ‘constitutional crisis’ THE SNP’s leader at Westminster has used a point of order to say that the country was now facing a “constitutional crisis”. Read the full article:: The National Ian Blackford: UK now facing a post-Brexit ‘constitutional crisis’

Notes From Underground #9: Crossing the Threshold

Source:: Bella Caledonia Notes From Underground #9: Crossing the Threshold This is the ninth in a series of weekly essays from Dougald Hine. Notes From Underground is for anyone who has been sitting with what we know and what we fear about the climate crisis – it’s an invitation to a deepening reflection on the context of the new climate movements, the wave of awareness […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Notes From Underground #9: Crossing the Threshold

FMQs: Hecklers removed from Holyrood chamber linking SNP to IRA

Source:: The National FMQs: Hecklers removed from Holyrood chamber linking SNP to IRA FIRST Minister’s Questions was suspended for a brief period as security removed two men from the public gallery in the Holyrood chamber. Read the full article:: The National FMQs: Hecklers removed from Holyrood chamber linking SNP to IRA

We cannot simply wait for the PM to change his mind

Source:: The National We cannot simply wait for the PM to change his mind ADVICE being meted out to Scotland in its 700th anniversary year of the Declaration of Arbroath is to accept the illegitimacy of the conduct of the English Parliament at Westminster, apparently in the name of legitimacy – ie, a contrived legitimacy that applies to Scotland so as to enable the illegitimacy of Westminster’s conduct to proceed. Read the full article:: The National We cannot simply wait for the PM to change his mind