Brexit’s Radical Right Agenda

Source:: Bella Caledonia Brexit’s Radical Right Agenda Political change – even full-scale revolution – does not happen overnight. Irish independence was presaged by myriad failed rebellions. The 2014 referendum was a product of decades, slowly preparing voters for an independent Scotland as a viable alternative to the union. A similar process has been happening in the UK, and especially England. Quietly, almost […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Brexit’s Radical Right Agenda

A Tale of Two Traps or “What the Hell are We Supposed to do Now?”

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Tale of Two Traps or “What the Hell are We Supposed to do Now?” As the Mother of Parliaments packs up its ineptitude for the last summer holiday its members are going to get before they and the rest of us need a Visa to pop over the Channel to the seaside, the sense of futility and uselessness that has afflicted the group of 36 SNP MPs since last […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Tale of Two Traps or “What the Hell are We Supposed to do Now?”

The Widenin Sheuch

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Widenin Sheuch Folk hae aye jooked atween Scotland an Ulster: the watter didnae sinder folk, it cleeked them thegither. I mind folk fae Ulster caain the North Channel “The Sheuch” tae mak the distance seem quare an wee, like ye near cud skite stanes owre. There are sae mony connections ye wudnae know whaur tae stairt: aiblins […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Widenin Sheuch

Brexit Britain and Nuclear Decommissioning

Source:: Bella Caledonia Brexit Britain and Nuclear Decommissioning As we head over the cliff to a Disaster Capitalist No Deal – it’s good to take stock of the British state we’re tied to. What food, energy and key infrastructure points do we have to mitigate against any coming shocks? The Office for Budget Responsibility July report is just out and makes for some […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Brexit Britain and Nuclear Decommissioning

The United States of Arms

Source:: Bella Caledonia The United States of Arms U.S. weapons exports from 1950 to 2017. Data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Arms Transfers Database. Units are expressed in trend indicator values (TIV). Each dot on the map = one TIV. Visualization by Will Geary. The United States of Arms from Will Geary on Vimeo. Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The United States of Arms

To Infinity and Beyond

Source:: Bella Caledonia To Infinity and Beyond The A’Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland has been announced, to some fanfare, as the host of the UK’s first Spaceport (whatever that is). The Indy reports, in a sentence that requires some deconstruction this will mean “paving the way for “space tourism’ that could be worth £4bn to the UK economy.” The announcement raises a number […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia To Infinity and Beyond

Learning from Assynt – 25 Years On

Source:: Bella Caledonia Learning from Assynt – 25 Years On …”Because to colonise the land, the agents of the landed classes had to colonise the soul. They had to take power outwardly and inwardly. They did that by methods that the Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, called “cultural invasion” – Alastair McIntosh on 25 Years from Assynt Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Learning from Assynt – 25 Years On

How is it possible to have infinite growth on a finite planet?

Source:: Bella Caledonia How is it possible to have infinite growth on a finite planet? Our world is a diverse place, brimming with millions of ideas. But isn’t it strange: when it comes to economics, for some reason we’ve all ended up settling for the same system, a single story. Capitalism. Capitalism is everywhere. It dominates nearly every country on the planet. We talk a lot about what capitalism is […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia How is it possible to have infinite growth on a finite planet?

Aamer Anwar Message to Trump

Source:: Bella Caledonia Aamer Anwar Message to Trump Speech by Aamer Anwar at the Meadows festival of resistance anti-Trump rally today. Donald Trump what can I say that hasn’t already been said Trump is a racist who glories in obscene wealth, boasts of sexual assaults on women, has a cabinet full of white supremacists, Islamophobes, and conspiracy theorists. He is a billionaire property […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Aamer Anwar Message to Trump

Hand in Hand Spearfishing Democracy

Source:: Bella Caledonia Hand in Hand Spearfishing Democracy The images of Theresa May being led us steps by the POTUS just reek of a craven diminished human being acting like a child. Trump’s visit has thrown up two simultaneous phenomena; the elite prostrating itself to global power and the people expressing their disdain for this collection of thieves and liars clinging to office. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Hand in Hand Spearfishing Democracy

Trump in Dundee

Source:: Bella Caledonia Trump in Dundee Dear Mr. Trump, I’m a big fan of your work. Especially your later stuff. You are the obvious natural successor to those other great leaders, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush – the perfect combination of dodgy and thick. You’ve got it all. Since the first day of your tangeroid slithering into Barack’s old gaff, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Trump in Dundee

NATO and its Shared Values

Source:: Bella Caledonia NATO and its Shared Values The arrival of the Trump political circus has Europe’s diplomatic and military networks in a bit of a lather. The first performance will be at the NATO HQ in Belgium on Wednesday with a ritual kissing of “Snow White’s” ring by NATO’s 28 Dwarves. The finale next Monday is the anticipated and for some much-dreaded […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia NATO and its Shared Values

Let Them Eat Cake

Source:: Bella Caledonia Let Them Eat Cake The Sun reports that in a cunning move “Ministers have drawn up secret plans to stockpile processed food in the event of EU divorce talks collapsing – to show Brussels that “no deal” is not a bluff. Theresa May has ordered “no deal” planning “to step up” — with the government poised to start unveiling some […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Let Them Eat Cake

Give Trump the Welcome He Deserves

Source:: Bella Caledonia Give Trump the Welcome He Deserves Graphic artist Stewart Bremner is providing a range of free posters for the Trump visit. You just click ‘Add to Cart’ to download the printable version, so you can make your own copy to take to your protest. You can choose from one of twenty free designs here. This is a free A3 poster to […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Give Trump the Welcome He Deserves

Not Spoken Here

Source:: Bella Caledonia Not Spoken Here After David Mundell’s attempts to re-brand Scotland out of the Scottish Office, we speculated about what a further de-Scottishification process might look like – “Welcome to the Beautiful Beautiful Banks of Lake Lomond” – “Go in search of the Lake Ness Monster” – “read about the Massacre of the Valley of Coe” etc. Thankfully Andy […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Not Spoken Here