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.
Analysis: 5 key things about the Trump-Putin Summit
CommonSpace analyses why the Trump-Putin Summit was so significant
THE press conference following the Summit in Helsinki between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will perhaps be remembered as one of the most politically remarkable in recent memory, as the US president set himself against not just the US media and foreign policy establishment, but also his own Intelligence services.
4 key reasons why London’s status as a global centre for financial corruption is no accident
As MPs urge action on Russian money laundering in the City of London, CommonSpace looks more closely at the depth of corruption in the City
A REPORT BY the House of Commons foreign affairs select committee has argued that government inaction on money laundering has allowed Russian “kleptocrats and human rights abusers” to hide “dirty money” – but how far will proposed reforms go to addressing systemic corruption in the City of London?
Analysis: After May's speech to parliament on #SyriaStrikes, here's the 4 questions she's still not answered
From the legality of the military action to the effectiveness of the strikes, Theresa May still has plenty of explaining to do
PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY today [16 April] stood before the House of Commons to defend Saturday’s military strikes against Syrian Government facilities alleged to site chemical weapons.
Analysis: A scientist has shown us why 'highly likely' and 'probably' isn’t good enough
Ben Wray says organic chemist Professor Stephen Clark has punched a hole in the ambiguous language used around the Salisbury poisoning – when such language is the basis on which war is justified, we should have grave doubts
THE UK Government has now used the phrase “highly likely” to justify two extremely serious foreign policy positions in just over one month.
On both occasions the phrase was used to express a sentiment about which state carried out a chemical weapons attack
Exclusive: Scientist – Defence Laboratory Chief Executive wrong to say Salisbury Novichok nerve agent could “probably” only be made by a state actor
Scientist points to 1995 chemical attack in a Tokyo Subway by a non-state actor
THE Chief Executive of the UK’s Defence Laboratory at Porton Down was wrong when he stated that the Salisbury Novichok poisoning could “probably” only be made by a state actor, a scientist has told CommonSpace.
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”.
UK’s United Nations ambassador on Russia: "Marx would be turning in his grave"
Following a vote on potential UN responses to the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria, UK ambassador Karen Pierce said Karl Marx “must be turning in his grave”
COMMONSPACE can report, to the surprise of no one but the UK’s ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pierce, that the Soviet Union has fallen and Russia is no longer a communist state.
New calls for Boris Johnson to quit after 'breach of trust' over Salisbury
The foreign secretary has been put on the defensive after false claims regarding the source of the Salisbury attack nerve agent
BORIS JOHNSON faces calls to resign as the UK’s foreign secretary, following the revelation that he wrongly claimed Porton Down experts had identified Russia as the source of the nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning.