Trump, Mandela and the Scottish Enlightenment: Beyond Borders festival aims to tackle chaos of the world in a tranquil environment
Speakers include former CIA operative Valerie Plame, SNP economic advisor Andrew Wilson and Scottish writer Magnus Linklater
AN ECLETIC line-up of headliners will address some of the most pressing issues of the modern age, as well as paying tribute to the relevance of history at the upcoming Beyond Borders International Festival this summer.
Spain withdraws warrants for Clara Ponsati and other exiled Catalan politicians
Although the Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn all European Arrest Warrants against pro-independence fugitives, national warrants remain in place
FORMER CATALAN MINISTER Clara Ponsati is now awaiting confirmation of her legal status, following the announcement today [19 July] by the Spanish Supreme Court that it has withdrawn all European Arrest Warrants against pro-independence Catalan politicians abroad.
Analysis: How many controversies must occur before Dungavel is finally closed?
The notorious detention centre has been condemned as an affront to human rights for almost 20 years; what will it take to finally be rid of it?
THAT Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre is housed around a retrofitted Victorian hunting lodge, where the Duke of Hamilton would once spend his summers, is oddly appropriate.
Better Than Zero campaign calls for strikes against Amazon to extend from mainland Europe to UK
Thousands of Amazon warehouse workers in Germany, Spain and Poland today went on strike, demanding better working conditions
THE BETTER THAN ZERO CAMPAIGN has welcomed the outbreak of industrial action against the e-commerce megacorporation Amazon across several European nations, and has expressed its hope that such strikes spread to the UK.
Dungavel detainee ends hunger strike ahead of appeal; rooftop protest over conditions on 13 July
Rooftop protest by detainees over conditions at Dungavel on 13 July
A DETAINEE at the notorious Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre has ended a hunger strike embarked upon last week in protest at his treatment by the Home Office, but continues to demand that he be released ahead of his upcoming appeal so he can be with his family, outlining to CommonSpace horrendous conditions in the facility which led to a rooftop protest on Friday [13 July].
Ghost of Franco looms over Spain as fascist sympathisers protest plans to move dictator’s body
Spain’s new government has pledged to exhume General Franco’s remains from their infamous tomb, describing it as a “divisive symbol”
PLANS by Spain’s new government to exhume the body of fascist dictator General Francisco Franco from its state-funded mausoleum have been protested by over 1,000 Francoist sympathisers, who rallied outside of Franco’s tomb over the weekend.
SNP reveals details of National Assemblies to discuss Growth Commission with grassroots, but questions over engagement remain
The national assemblies will be addressed by Growth Commission chair and corporate lobbyist Andrew Wilson, and will then be split into smaller groups for discussions
THE SNP has revealed further details of the three National Assemblies announced at its party conference last month for members to debate and discuss the recommendations of the SNP Growth Commission report released earlier this year.
NUS Scotland president condemns police attempts to gather information about student anti-Trump activists
NUS Scotland president Liam McCabe said any attempt to monitor protests against Donald Trump’s UK visit would encroach on “the privacy of citizens of Scotland, and their right to protest freely”
THE PRESIDENT of the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland has condemned any attempt by authorities to monitor or limit lawful protest, following reports that Police Scotland has been contacting student associations in Edinburgh seeking information about activist groups involved in protests against US President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to Scotland.
‘A great achievement’: Campaigners welcome defence of the right to self-determination from Sturgeon & Catalan President Quim Torra
Following their meeting at Bute House, both leaders agreed that in “21st century Europe issues of self-determination must ultimately be addressed through democratic referendums”
CATALAN ACTIVISTS have welcomed the outcome of the historic meeting between First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Catalan President Quim Torra yesterday [11 June], characterising the symbolic strengthening of ties between the two nations as “a great achievement.”
‘Clara, we are with you’: Catalan President voices support for Clara Ponsati ahead of meeting with Sturgeon
President Quim Torra will also be meeting with representatives of the SNP, the Scottish Greens, Scottish Labour and the STUC
CATALAN PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA has voiced his solidarity with the exiled former Catalan minister and St Andrews academic Clara Ponsati ahead of her extradition hearing on 30 July, hours before Torra’s meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.