Labour for Indy?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Labour for Indy? With Theresa May flailing on Brexit and the UK government in crisis, the prospect of another general election is increasingly likely. In such a scenario, Scottish independence will inevitably return to the agenda. Labour’s position on the issue remains firm, but is there scope for it to change? Jonathan Rimmer investigates by speaking to the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Labour for Indy?

A Way out of Madness

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Way out of Madness Remember when people voted No in 2014 because Britain was a source of economic stability and political certainty? The idea that Britain was somehow ‘multicultural’  ‘open’ and outward-looking was actually believed. People arguing for self-determination were somehow ‘separatists’. It seems laughable now doesn’t it? But the main compelling argument that we were ‘Better Together’ was […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Way out of Madness

China: Neo-Liberal Princelings Versus Populists

Source:: Bella Caledonia China: Neo-Liberal Princelings Versus Populists CHINA is the world’s largest economy, with a GDP in 2017 of $23 trillion, based on purchasing power parity. By comparison, the EU (including Britain) clocked up $20 trillion and the United States came in a global third at $19 trillion. America’s diminished economic power explains a lot about Donald Trump’s trade tantrums but how […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia China: Neo-Liberal Princelings Versus Populists

Brillo’s Brexit and the Museum of Communist Terror

Source:: Bella Caledonia Brillo’s Brexit and the Museum of Communist Terror An astonishing week of breakdown and breakthrough, clarity and exposure as forces of clandestine British power are revealed.  At the heart of a nexus of think-tanks and media is Andrew Neil,  the former UK Editor of the Economist, the Sunday Times, Executive Chairman of Sky Television, publisher of the Scotsman and chair of the Adam Smith […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Brillo’s Brexit and the Museum of Communist Terror

War School: the Battle for Britain’s Children

Source:: Bella Caledonia War School: the Battle for Britain’s Children War School looks at what Remembrance means for veterans of Britain’s many conflicts in the century since the end of the War To End All Wars and reveals how government policies are targeting ever younger children for future rectruitment into the armed forces. More details here.     Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia War School: the Battle for Britain’s Children

An Open Letter to BBC Scotland on Steve Bannon

Source:: Bella Caledonia An Open Letter to BBC Scotland on Steve Bannon Dear Ms MacKinnon, Like thousands of licence fee payers across the country I am deeply concerned by BBC Scotland’s decision to support the upcoming News Xchange event featuring Steve Bannon. As an individual synonymous with white nationalism and the rise of racist, hate-fuelled politics I believe Mr Bannon’s inclusion is fundamentally dangerous, and simply by […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia An Open Letter to BBC Scotland on Steve Bannon

Brexit Farce in Detail

Source:: Bella Caledonia Brexit Farce in Detail As the Brexit ‘end game’ nears, here’s a devastating collection of facts about the organisational crisis, panic and flight, bureaucratic log-jam and a government overwhelmed by its own incompetence … Thread by @uk_domain_names: “Ok, it’s high time to look at the REAL effects of Brexit 1/50 # […]” #marr #ridge #pienaar #bbcsp Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Brexit Farce in Detail

Sympathy for the Devil

Source:: Bella Caledonia Sympathy for the Devil In the days leading up to his joint commemoration of World War 1 with Theresa May, French President Macron publicly announced his interest in honouring France’s chief Vichy collaborator  Marshal Philippe Pétain for his role in France’s WW1 war effort. A storm of public protest forced him to abandon the idea, but the subsequent dispute […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Sympathy for the Devil

The BBC, Fake News and Media Literacy

Source:: Bella Caledonia The BBC, Fake News and Media Literacy This is from Jamie Bertlett, author of  ‘The People Vs Tech’, ‘The Dark Net & Radicals’. Secrets of Silicon Valley. Follow him at @JamieJBartlett Thread by @JamieJBartlett: “The BBC is running a ‘fake news week’. To mark the occasion, I thought I’d do a thread. ‘Fake news’ is a very unhelpful term, which describe […]” #Thread Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The BBC, Fake News and Media Literacy

Flipstones

Source:: Bella Caledonia Flipstones “For all my family. For all my friends. Including you.” So goes the most heart-warming dedication to a poetry collection you’re likely to read this year. In his latest book, Flipstones, St Johnstone’s poet-in-residence Jim Mackintosh has caught the imaginations of so many, not only through the dazzling array of subjects on display in his […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Flipstones

Outrage over killing of journalists is essential

Source:: Bella Caledonia Outrage over killing of journalists is essential In the week when the world watched Jim Acosta be attacked by the American president, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad looks at the the threat to journalism – and democracy – all over the world. It was rare for Marie Colvin to be daunted by danger. During Lebanon’s “war of the camps”, she once ran a gauntlet […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Outrage over killing of journalists is essential

Finding Radical Hope in Geopoetics

Source:: Bella Caledonia Finding Radical Hope in Geopoetics This is the Annual Tony McManus Geopoetics Lecture 2018, given by Mairi McFadyen. See slides from the lecture here. For more on Geopoetics go here. For Tony McManus, who we are here celebrating today, the study of geopoetics and living a creative life were inseparable, each enriching the other. He believed passionately that geopoetics, as a world […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Finding Radical Hope in Geopoetics

A Just Transition from Fossil Fuels to Environmental Justice

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Just Transition from Fossil Fuels to Environmental Justice This new series by DeSmog UK A Just Transition: From Fossil Fuels to Environmental Justice charts the prospects and obstacles to the shift away from oil, gas and coal and explores the opportunity to create jobs in new clean industries, written by Christopher Silver and photography by Alan McCredie. Part One: Fife, Kingdom of Coal. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Just Transition from Fossil Fuels to Environmental Justice

Carbeth, home of Scottish Hutting

Source:: Bella Caledonia Carbeth, home of Scottish Hutting Carbeth, that thorn in the flesh of the authorities, that mother of hutting in Scotland, that unruly, community-minded bunch of diverse, hard-nosed and opinionated working people, has yet again been the subject of scrutiny; this time concerning hut prices, values and worth. In the light of a recent post in Reforesting Scotland’s 1000 Huts campaign […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Carbeth, home of Scottish Hutting

Peronism in Trumpland

Source:: Bella Caledonia Peronism in Trumpland One of the primary rules of neoliberalism is to cut government spending and shrink the size of the state, so public services can be privatised for private profit. Profits which, incidentally, usually end up centralised in big US investment banks. Thus US imperialism (via the IMF and World Bank) has spent the last 40 years […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Peronism in Trumpland