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Jenny Tsilivakou (@JTsilivakou) reports on the naming dispute between Greece and the neighbouring Republic of North Macedonia, officially resolved last year, but where the dynamics which made it such a hot political issue in both countries are still very much alive
John Davis, Professor of Education at The University of Strathclyde, reviews the Scottish/German collaboratively directed anti-war play The Last Days of Mankind, currently running at Leith Theatre, which involves an international cast of theatre groups, musicians and actors.
Is Scotland still a world leader on climate change? Ben Wray finds that while targets are still being hit, little progress is being made in key industry sectors, while other countries and climate scientists raise their ambitions and expectations.
CLIMATE WEEK begins today [1 October] in Scotland, just as scientists meet in the South Korean city of Incheon for crucial Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) talks ahead of a much anticipated report publication.
With the historic agreement on a Nuclear Ban Treaty at the United Nations, life long peace activist Isobel Lindsay highlights how the Treaty relates to Scotland.
THE UN CONFERENCE to draft a nuclear-ban treaty has just concluded. With 130 states participating, it was established to agree a formal treaty banning nuclear weapons to which individual states can sign up. It creates an international framework which presents a political and ethical as well as legal challenge to the concept and practices of nuclear 'deterrence’.
Russia warns of targeting US airforce following strike of Syrian jet
THE MILITARY CHAOS in Syria has been raised further as Russian officials warned they would take measures to target the US airforce, after the Americans shot down a Syrian military jet.
The US and Russia have both intervened in the Syrian civil war, with America opposed to the government of [Bashir al-Assad] and the Russians determined to maintain his position in the region.
Indigenous leaders want Beothuk tribal remains stored in Edinburgh brought home
THE REMAINS of two tribal figures stored in an Edinburgh museum should be returned to their ancestral homeland, according to Indigenous leaders in Canada calling for government intervention.
Chief Nonosbawsut and his wife Demasduit died in Newfoundland in the early 19th century, at a time when the Beothuk tribe was being wiped out by colonial expansion.
CommonSpace interviews Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs, on efforts to secure Scotland’s relationship with Europe following the vote in England and Wales for Brexit
“WE DID HAVE A PLAN,” Fiona Hyslop tells me in her ministerial office in the Scottish Parliament. In her role as cabinet secretary for external affairs, a plan was certainly needed last June as the Brexit vote demanded a ramped up programme for making Scotland’s case to the rest of the world.