Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 16

Source:: Craig Murray Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 16 On Wednesday the trap sprang shut, as Judge Baraitser insisted the witnesses must finish next week, and that no time would be permitted for preparation of closing arguments, which must be heard the immediate following Monday. This brought the closest the defence have come to a protest, with the defence pointing out they have still not addressed the new superseding indictment, and that the judge refused their request for an adjournment before witness hearings started, to give them time to… Read the full article:: Craig […]

Hutopia

Source:: Bella Caledonia Hutopia Overtourism and Underforestry. One of the best things about this discussion is the revelation that there are wolves in the Netherlands. Lelsy Riddoch’s virtual book launch of Huts, a Place Beyond …   Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Hutopia

The British Empire is still very much alive and kicking

Source:: Gerry Hassan The British Empire is still very much alive and kicking The British Empire is still very much alive and kicking Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 23rd 2020 The British Empire has never really gone away. Its presence and influence has always been here – sometimes in the background, often in the foreground, being invoked, defended and even celebrated by some. It is there in the ridiculous debates about the UK ‘punching above its weight’ on the global stage, the painful dependency of UK elites on ‘the special relationship’ with Washington,… Read the full article:: Gerry […]

FinCEN, Oligarch Britain and Compromised Politicians

Source:: Bella Caledonia FinCEN, Oligarch Britain and Compromised Politicians Multiple recent revelations expose the swirling nexus of dark money, oligarch influence and gangsterism and make it clear Tory Britain is a cesspit and London is a haven for money-laundering on a vast scale. FinCEN A huge trove of secret US government documents (the ‘FinCEN files’) has revealed for the first time how the big […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia FinCEN, Oligarch Britain and Compromised Politicians

The None Of Your Business Convener

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The None Of Your Business Convener The SNP have historically been swift to suspend any party members when there’s any hint of inappropriate conduct, never mind even a whiff of illegality. It’s been that way since 2015, with the axe falling on elected members as well as candidates in target seats and critical elections, and ordinary activists. Not even a by-your-leave, […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The None Of Your Business Convener

Weir’s No Way

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Weir’s No Way The Electoral Commission appears to have missed yet another deadline for publishing the SNP’s 2019 accounts (we’re waiting on them to return our phone call), so we’ve got a moment to talk about something else relating to the party’s finances. The Scottish press covered itself in as much disgrace over the publication of the will of […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Weir’s No Way

A Better Way to Discover Blogs and Get Inspired

Source:: North British Post A Better Way to Discover Blogs and Get Inspired WordPress is home to millions of sites across countless topics. It’s a big and beautiful world, and we want to make it easier for you to discover new voices. Over the past few months, the mobile team has been working hard to improve the experience of your WordPress Reader on the mobile app. In particular, we’ve been exploring different ways for you to discover new blogs and find inspiration. The new Discover tab on your Reader will recommend blogs and… Read the full article:: North […]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 15

Source:: Craig Murray Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 15 When Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers, the US Government burgled the office of his psychiatrist to look for medical evidence to discredit him. Julian Assange has been obliged to submit himself, while in a mentally and physically weakened state and in conditions of the harshest incarceration, to examination by psychiatrists appointed by the US government. He has found the experience intrusive and traumatising. It is a burglary of the mind. Julian is profoundly worried that his medical history will… Read the full article:: Craig […]

Johnson’s smirk of the union address

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Johnson’s smirk of the union address In his Smirk to the Union address on the bunting channel last night, the performance artiste with the stage name Boris Johnson warned that the threat from the coronavirus was not over, and that “complacency could be our undoing.” That would be the complacency with which a certain Conservative government reacted in the early spring when the UK had advance warning of the pandemic and the British Government did nothing. It would be the complacency of a British government which… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Johnson’s […]

Interview with Alan McGee

Source:: Bella Caledonia Interview with Alan McGee In the first of a new series of interviews we talked to legendary music impressario Alan McGee. We talk about the new film coming out with Ewan Bremner playing Alan, Creation Records, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Primal Scream, Scottish independence and a whole lot of other stuff. Interview with Alan McGee from Bella […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Interview with Alan McGee

A Just Transition for Mossmorran

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Just Transition for Mossmorran MSP Mark Ruskell has secured a members business debate on Mossmorran focussing on the need of a Just Transition board similar to the one announced for Grangemouth. For the debate to go ahead its required that three out of five parties to sign up for it. Motion S5M-22764: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Just Transition for Mossmorran

Labour’s Tory drag

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Labour’s Tory drag When is nationalism not nationalism? When it’s British of course. Stick a union flag on your nationalist tub thumping and as if by magic – watch, and the nationalism has gone! British nationalism, it’s the Cillit Bang of nationalisms. And that’s one of the many reasons why British nationalism is better than any other kind of nationalism, especially that of the Scottish variety. Try as you might, a saltire will never scrub away the taint of nationalism, not like the… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Labour’s Tory drag

Compulsory conciliation

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Compulsory conciliation Senator Claire Chandler is a Liberal Party member of the Australian Parliament. Some recent experiences she’s had send a very serious warning about the likely outcomes of the Scottish Government’s wildly unpopular new Hate Crime Bill. She’s graciously allowed us to publish this column she wrote on the subject. Early this month I received a […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Compulsory conciliation

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 14

Source:: Craig Murray Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 14 Monday was a frustrating day as the Assange Hearing drifted deep into a fantasy land where nobody knows or is allowed to say that people were tortured in Guantanamo Bay and under extraordinary rendition. The willingness of Judge Baraitser to accept American red lines on what witnesses can and cannot say has combined with a joint and openly stated desire by both judge and prosecution to close this case down quickly by limiting the number of witnesses, the length of… Read the full article:: Craig […]

Is it time to use the F-word about Boris Johnson’s disastrous regime?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Is it time to use the F-word about Boris Johnson’s disastrous regime? Even the toxic cocktail of incompetence and neoliberal ideology can’t explain the scale of the British government’s failure. Why has the British government been so incompetent at dealing with COVID-19? Less than a month ago I explored whether its glaring failings would eventually prove unsustainable. In the space of just four weeks the situation in […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Is it time to use the F-word about Boris Johnson’s disastrous regime?