The CommonSpace Editorial Team
Chris Bambery: The Catalan exiles have won a victory - now let's get them home and the political prisoners out of jail
Chris Bambery, co-author of new book Catalonia Reborn, analyses the decision of the Spanish Supreme Court to drop the European Arrest Warrant’s for exiled Catalan former Ministers, and says campaigning efforts must now be stepped up to get the political prisoners out of jail and let the exiles go home
CLARA PONSATI and the other exiled Catalan leaders, including the former President of Catalunya, Carles Puigdemont, have won a notable victory after Spain withdrew its European Arrest Warrant on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public money.
Guy Ingerson: Understanding debate, division and diversity in the independence movement
Guy Ingerson, co-convenor of the Aberdeen Greens, argues that a depiction of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as increasingly conservative leaning is far from true – the independence movement has to appeal to diverse demographics within, as well as between, regions
SCOTIA show 2 on precarious work
Campaign group Better than Zero featured in second edition of SCOTIA
SCOTIA is a new live audience show hosted by journalists Robert J Somynne and Michael Gray, alongside film-maker Phantom Power Films.
The second show examines precarious work.
Watch the first show on the housing crisis here.
CommonSpace Forum 30 July: Where now for Catalan Independence?
Click on the EventBrite link to book your place for the 30 July event
ON THE day former Catalan Education Minister Clara Ponsati begins a trial in Edinburgh over an attempt by Spain to extradite her on charges which include the ancient law of Treason for her part in the Catalan independence referendum, CommonSpace hosts a forum to discuss where now for the Catalan independence movement:
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The Nanjing Massacre Museum shows a side to the history of the second world war the West doesn't see
Angus Baird, Masters Student who lived in China for two years as an ESL teacher, writes about his visit to the Nanjing Massacre Museum, which showed him a history of the Second World War that is not understood in Western society, and which still shapes Chinese politics and international relations today
George Dorn: We need to continue the fight against Trump's ideas at home
George Dorn, CommonSpace reader and NHS nursing auxiliary in Glasgow, argues that the difference between Trump’s policies and those of other western leaders are largely presentational rather than of substance, and that after the Trump protests we should continue the fight against those ideas at home
Colette Walker: What has to change to get more women into politics
Colette Walker, women for Indy national committee member and disabled carer, says that there is still huge barriers for women to get into politics which must be overcome – doubly so for disabled women and carers
IN 2018 women all over the UK have been celebrating 100 years since some women were given Suffrage; the right to vote.
There were conditions to this; you had to be at least thirty and own property. Not exactly what I am sure members of the Women's Social and Political Union were entirely happy with but it was a step in the right direction.
An invitation to Donald Trump to come to Dundee's EuropeFest
Cartoonist Greg Moodie (@GregMoodie) writes a letter to US President Donald Trump inviting him to visit Dundee while he’s in Scotland, as EuropeFest kicks-off
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.
Calum Martin: Forget the Puppets - look who's pulling the strings
Calum Martin (@calummartin1), national co-chair of the Scottish Socialist Party, says we shouldn’t let the punch and judy show over the Brexit negotiations distract us from the real problem – the political elite working solely in in the interests of corporate power
"OH LOOK," someone mumbled, "David Davis has resigned again."
"Yeah. Ah well."
It was a moment as Earth-shattering as dropping a sandwich, and I'm sure for someone, somewhere, almost half as heart-breaking.