UK must stop arming Israel or be complicit in War Crimes
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by Bella Caledonia Editor
1d ago
“UK must stop arming Israel or be complicit in war crimes” says Sharyn Lock, a midwife who carries Israeli bullet in abdomen. I am a midwife, but before that I was a human rights volunteer in Palestine. As such, I know what it is like to be targeted by an Israeli bullet. I am raising ..read more
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This is Rigged in Holyrood Palace
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by Bella Caledonia Editor
6d ago
Today nine people with This Is Rigged , carrying flags and banners, have staged a sit-in in the royal dining room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The group currently remains in place and is eating food. At 1.15 PM on the 19th of February, 9 people with the direct action campaign ‘This Is ..read more
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The Scottish Languages Bill: prospects for strengthening and challenges for implementation
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by Bella Caledonia Editor
2w ago
The Scottish Languages Bill now going through the Scottish Parliament will be the most important language legislation for Gaelic in almost twenty years and the first ever for Scots. The bill as introduced is a cautious and incrementalist measure that should bring modest improvements over time as the various strategies, standards, regulations and guidance documents ..read more
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An Open Letter to Ian Maxwell from the Scottish Football Supporters Association
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by Bella Caledonia Editor
1M ago
This from the SFSA is an attempt to inject some much needed independent scrutiny, measures to ensure transparency and accessibility, into the Scottish game. The SFSA are disappointed but not surprised by the misinformation that was put in the public domain by the SFA at this recent meeting at Holyrood. https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeting/health-social-care-and-sport-committee-december-19-2023 ( scroll to 10.40 ..read more
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Happy Holidays
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by Bella Caledonia Editor
2M ago
Taking a few days off. Thanks to all of or readers and writers for the past year. Hope you all have some good holiday time, whatever that means to you. Peace, Mike ..read more
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Who Are Our Cities For?
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by Bella Caledonia Editor
2M ago
In which Simon Constable and Fiona Campbell come to the rescue of Edinburgh’s housing crisis, and save the Edinburgh Festival … Too late for my 2023 Wrapped, Spotify’s algorithm recently suggested that I might want to listen to the Constable Confidential podcast, episode title “Housing Crisis in Scotland and How the Edinburgh Festival Will Never ..read more
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Shut It Down for Palestine
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by Bella Caledonia Editor
3M ago
Three weeks is a long time in politics – or certainly it is for Glasgow City Council. * As part of an international call out to ‘Shut it down for Palestine’, five Glasgow residents disrupted a Glasgow City Council ‘State of the City Economy’ conference. The event featured a panel with two weapons companies based ..read more
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Best Scot at Westminster
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by Bella Caledonia Editor
3M ago
After the Herald’s Scottish Politician of the Year Awards we held a Friday night competition on Twitter asking ‘Can anyone name a single thing he’s done for Scotland?’ There were 22k views of that tweet and the answers included: ‘500 brace of grouse and a couple of beaters’ @haikuthenoo ‘He sells Xmas trees in Dumfries ..read more
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On Chips, Veganism and a Menu for Social Change
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by Bella Caledonia Editor
3M ago
Some reflections on the politics of food, and a menu for social change. “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are” — Brillat-Savarin, 1825 Getting back into fasting after a break is difficult. In the past I would fast for two days in every week, but occasionally challenged myself to ..read more
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Doing your Duty, Sanctions for Disabled People
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by Bella Caledonia Editor
3M ago
The latest government attack on people with disabilities was announced this week. Despite the froth of presenting Rish Sunak as a ‘centrist’ the proposals are incredible. People with mobility and mental health problems will be asked to work from home or lose benefits as part of what a UK government minister described today as doing ..read more
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