Karen Dietz: Remembering the Indy Choir
Contributing to our week of coverage marking five years since indyref, Karen Dietz of the Indy Choir explains how the group got started and it’s involvement in the 2014 Yes campaign
AS A MUSICIAN and leader of choirs I wanted to do something to advance the cause of Scottish independence. I didn’t think I would be any good at knocking on doors. Then it came to me – I would start an independence choir.
Analysis: People power in Hong Kong exposes the instability of 'one country, two systems'
People power is winning in Hong Kong, as the city-state’s governing system – based on the old British colonial model but with Chinese state control bolted on – comes under severe strain
HONG KONG’S rulers have been under siege for over three months - from their own people.
Escalation: Where next for the climate action movement?
All social movements face major strategic debates, but few so urgently as today’s climate action movement – David Jamieson speaks to climate activists and academics about where next for the movement
THE international climate movement has come a long way in a very short time.
Consciousness about the destruction modern industry has wrought on the planet through global warming and wider environmental destruction has been growing for decades – often the thankless burden born by isolated scientists and marginalised political radicals.
Analysis: Europe's far-right seek to make gains through a watered down Euroscepticism
The far right are likely to make significant gains in this week’s European elections
THIS week’s European elections (Thursday 23 May) are being billed as among the most important for the future course of the EU, and the wider politics of the continent, in decades.
The established power brokers are in crisis, the far right is on the rise, but is there much evidence of more progressive developments across the continent?
Bearing in mind the complexities of politics across Europe and the unreliability of polling, we can trace some key developments.
Analysis: 'Cultural Marxism' and why the Right cannot escape its essential racism
The idea of an elite conspiracy against western civilisation is the only way for the right to make sense of a world they rule but which is in chaos
TORY MP Suella Braverman raised eyebrows (26 March) when she told a meeting of rightwing Tory members and supporters that "we are engaged in a war against cultural Marxism".
The party-aligned Bruges group, of which Braverman is a member, is deep in the factional crossfire over Brexit. But the phrase, spoken in anger, is a reminder of the ontology of mainstream rightwing thought in the Tory party and the UK.
Campaigners and politicians rally to defend Dundee student at risk of deportation
- Blind international student threatened with deportation after his removal from PhD course.
- Students, academics and campaigners complain he did not recieve adequate support from university.
- Campaign of support now spans the UK and has included intervention by local politicians.
UCU President elect accuses Dundee University of "disability and racial discrimination" over student's case
'We need to stand up': The Scottish kids taking part in historic global school strikes
Children across Europe and the world are taking part in school strikes to highlight the threat to their generation from climate catastrophe
SCOTTISH school students will take part in an international wave of strikes on Friday [15 February] demanding action from politicians to stop the destruction of the environment and tackle global warming.
Primary and secondary school pupils will participate in the strike, which will involve leaving classes for an hour to protest outside their schools.
Beyond the Noise: Is Russia behind the indy movement?
Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.
THIS week, Jamieson is joined by Scottish socialist activist Jonathon Shafi to discuss the proliferation of claims of Russian and other foreign power influence over the chaos of UK and Western politics.
- 2:24 What argument does the idea of Russian intervention in Western affairs provide defenders of the status quo?