Pete Cannell: On its 70th anniversary, it's time to lay NATO to rest
Pete Cannell, anti-war activist in Edinburgh, says that on the 70th anniversary of NATO, a peaceful future where humanity tackles the crises of the 21st century would be one without the western military alliance
TOMORROW, 4 April, is the 70-year anniversary of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) coalition.
Usman Ali: Why an Armed Forces question should be part of the 2021 Scottish Census
Poppyscotland’s Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager Usman Ali makes the case for why the Scottish Parliament should agree to include an Armed Forces question in the next Census in 2021.
SCOTLAND is proud of its Armed Forces community – and rightly so. They serve and sacrifice so much for us, so when they need our help and support, there should be no doubt. We should help and support them unconditionally. And Poppyscotland certainly does.
Anti-war activists hit back at Trump's threats to NATO members over military spending
The US president reportedly threatened to exit NATO over member states’ military spending
UNITED STATES president Donald Trump has today (12 July) threatened to split from NATO in a bid to press leaders to commit to increased military spending targets – a move anti-war campaigners have urged Prime Minister Theresa May to reject.
"The only ones that will benefit from the drive for ever-greater military spending are the arms companies that stand to make a killing from it,” said Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).
Call for Scottish MPs to resist attempt 'to make Britain militarily great again', as committee proposes £20bn extra for Defence
Three per cent of GDP on Defence would make the UK the biggest Defence spender in Europe by far, with Greece in second at 2.4 per cent of GDP
A NEW parliamentary report published today by the House of Commons Defence Select Committee has called for a significant hike in funding at a cost of £20 billion per year, a figure described as “staggering” by the SNP’s CND convenor, Bill Ramsay.
Only 1 in 5 support airstrikes on Syria - as May set to launch missile attack without vote in Parliament
Public and parliamentary opinion against intervention as government presses ahead with plans for missile attack
JUST 22 per cent of Britons support the UK Government’s plans to begin missile strikes on Syria, a YouGov poll has found.
Commissioned by The Times newspaper, a new poll shows support for UK airstrikes against Syria is down by two points from 25 per cent in 2013, when MPs voted against military intervention in the ongoing civil war. 43 per cent of voters now say they oppose airstrikes, while 34 per cent say they ”don’t know”.
Campaigners against early military recruitment welcome committee decision to report on schools visits
MSPs will produce a report on armed forced visits to schools and safeguarding guidelines
A REPORT ON armed forces visits to schools and safeguarding procedures will be published later this year, the Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee has confirmed.
The decision follows a petition from UK-wide campaign group ForcesWatch and Quakers in Scotland, who have welcomed the promised report as an opportunity to explore and address their concerns about recruitment practices in schools.
Linda Pearson: Why we may see the cost of Trident renewal rocket even further
Writer and activist Linda Pearson digs a little deeper into the true cost of Trident
IN July 2016, Westminster MPs gave a green light to the renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system. The Trident successor programme will see massive amounts of taxpayer money transferred to arms companies, instead of being spent on socially beneficial projects.
Legal, humanitarian and democratic: Common Weal's new model of defence in an independent Scotland
New paper from the pro-independence think tank advocates safeguards to constrain a Scottish military from “national or economic aggrandizement”
AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND should have a “triple-lock” on the deployment of its military, a new report from the pro-independence think tank Common Weal has argued.
Bill Ramsay: 4 reasons the SNP should reconsider its Nato relationship at annual conference
SNP CND convener Bill Ramsay urges SNP members to raise the issue of Nato membership at the autumn conference - with a stipulation
THE outcome of the General Election suggests that an explicit approach to politics beats the implicit.
From an SNP perspective, a few declaratory statements around the immorality and costs to the public purse of nuclear weapons wont be enough in my view to see off the Corbyn challenge. Rather, what the SNP requires is a clearly laid out road map of Trident removal.