SNP "misrepresented" spying watchdog's position as covert surveillance controversy continues
Nicola Sturgeon told to "come clean" over police spying allegations
THE UK's independent spying watchdog has accused the SNP of "misrepresenting" its position over allegations that Police Scotland spied on journalists and their sources.
Journalist investigating Emma Caldwell murder claims he was spied on by police
Police Scotland refused to deny that it had used Ripa powers to spy on journalists
EAMON O'CONNOR, an investigative journalist, has accused Police Scotland of spying on him as he investigated the ten-year-old unsolved murder of sex worker Emma Caldwell.
Hiroshima 70th anniversary: SNP MSP condemns "immoral" Trident
Trident condemned by SNP on anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but failure to oppose Nato nuclear alliance questioned
BILL KIDD MSP has renewed the SNP's call for complete nuclear disarmament and has condemned the UK Government's stockpiling of "immoral" weapons on the Clyde.
The call comes on the 70th anniversary of the US atom bomb on Hiroshima, with another exploding on the Japanese city of Nagasaki a few days later, the only two nuclear weapons ever to be used on civilian populations.
Peter Watkins' The War Game: 50 years since the BBC's banning of harrowing anti-nuclear film
On the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Eoin Wilson commemorates 50 years of The War Game, the psuedo-documentary about nuclear catastrophe that the BBC banned
"THE showing of the film on television might have a significant effect on public attitudes towards the policy of the nuclear deterrent," wrote the chairman of the BBC board of governors, Lord Normanbrook, in a secret letter to the cabinet secretary in September 1965.
"70 years is too long to live under the threat of nuclear war": Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be remembered across Scotland
Events to take place in towns and cities between 6 and 9 August
HUNDREDS of people across Scotland are expected to mark the 70th anniversary of the devastating nuclear bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in events from Aberdeen to Ayr.
Commemorations of the attacks on 6 and 9 August 1945 will include candlelit vigils, film screenings, marches, poetry, music, fasts, and readings of survivors' accounts.
Cecil the Lion, hunting, and the legacy of colonialism in Africa: Q & A with leading academic
Colonial mentality still deeply influences western perceptions of Africa and Africans, Dr Angela Thompsell argues
CECIL THE LION, killed by a Minnesotan dentist on 1 July, was named after the infamous mining magnate, white supremacist and advocate of British colonialism, Cecil Rhodes, after who the former British colony of Rhodesia was named.
From the late lion's naming, to the factors that led to his death, the link between colonialism and white hunting in Africa is worthy of further investigation.
Review: Butterfly Rammy the book
Illustrated book to accompany series of Edinburgh fringe shows exploring art and politics in Scotland
THE BUTTERFLY RAMMY book is an illustrated accompaniment to an ambitious series of shows which will take place between 7 and 30 August during the Edinburgh festival, with a preview night in Glasgow on Thursday 6 August.
My first question, like most people's when they hear the phrase, was 'what is a Butterfly Rammy?'
Getting to 'ken' Scotland: Italian-Egyptian playwright Sara Shaarawi on her Scots contribution to this year's Fringe
Sara Shaarawi talks about art, politics, and caring about the word 'ken'
THE euphoria and sense of hope of the last weeks of the Scottish referendum campaign reminded Sara Shaarawi of the days immediately after Hosni Mubarak's government fell, the Italian-Egyptian playwright tells CommonSpace.
Shaarawi, who has made Glasgow her home, will deliver a piece around the Scots word 'ken' at this year's Fringe festival, as part of the Butterfly Rammy series of shows starting this Friday 7 August and running to 30 August.
Claims "secret police force" within Police Scotland spied on journalist adds to mounting criticism
Claims that Police Scotland is one of two UK forces to spy on journalists
A SECRETIVE UNIT within Police Scotland is alleged to have used special surveillance legislation to spy on a journalist in order to reveal confidential sources, adding to a stream of criticism for the single force.
Sheku Bayoh death: Claims and counter-claims explained
Sheku Bayoh family allege police have repeatedly lied, while police claim officer badly injured
THE circumstances surrounding the death of Sheku Bayoh in police custody have been subject to claim and counter-claim, with the Bayoh family lawyer giving a starkly different version of events from the Scottish Police Federation. CommonSpace explains some of the key claims.
Who was Sheku Bayoh?