The Autonomous Region of Rojava

Away from the headlines, Kurdish rebels are establishing self-rule in war-torn Syria in moves which resemble the Zapatista experience and providing a democratic alternative for the region. By Ulrike Flader This region – which consists of three geographically disconnected enclaves… Read More ›

People Make Gaza

By Dominyka Bačanskaitė “Stop the War” coalition has been involved with doing work around Palestine for a long time, and has now set up an emergency organising committee involving fifteen different organisations to coordinate the work done in Scotland. They… Read More ›

Safer Together?

By Mike Small Just as we reflect on the security madness of British ‘defence’ policy and the huge opportunity for peace and justice that Yes presents to us, it’s worth also thinking about Tony Blair’s mental health. Writing in the… Read More ›

The March for Dignity

By Douglas Stuart Wilson Last Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people converged on Madrid from the four corners of Spain in the so-called March of Dignity, something barely reported by the UK’s never failingly parochial mainstream media: a snippet on… Read More ›

Johnny Foreigners

By Alyn Smith Calm down dear, nobody’s going to be foreign. I’ve been struck over the years, but especially recently, that the No campaign’s “Solidarity” argument is as psychologically revealing as it is weak. There seem to be three strands… Read More ›

Post Chavismo

By Callum McCormick In the aftermath of his electoral success on Sunday night, the new President-Elect of Venezuela made what has to be one of the most downbeat victory speeches in history. Speaking from the balcony of the Miraflores Palace,… Read More ›

Hard Money

By Callum McCormick Venezuela’s announcement on 8 February of an immediate currency devaluation was neither unprecedented nor unexpected. Despite government officials’ repeated insistence they were not considering it, most Venezuelans accepted that devaluation had become a grim inevitability. With inflation hovering… Read More ›

We the People

By Susan Pettie. Susan runs So Say Scotland, a project inspired by Iceland’s grassroots national assemblies movement. The newly created and proposed Icelandic constitution, which we are hearing quite a bit about at the moment, has a preamble that starts… Read More ›

EU 2 Brutus?

So Cameron may walk into and flounce out of more EU meetings, he may renegotiate to his heart’s content, he may grandstand and bluster, he may shout loudly and wave a small stick, but all he can get out of it is what the other 27 states agree to…

Scotland in Europe

By Alyn Smith Scotland and the EU is the Brigadoon issue of Scottish politics: it appears, disappears, reappears, goes quiet, explodes onto the front pages again only to then recede from the nation’s consciousness. It is complicated, and informed comment… Read More ›

Calm Your Jets

by Michael Greenwell When Obama won 4 years ago, a number of people took the huff with me for mentioning these facts that I had found (via Andy Best)… So, Obama’s in and all us ‘liberals’ are happy. Just imagine… Read More ›

Forms of Protest 1

Part one of a new Bella series looking at innovation and forms of protest. Crowdsourcing ideas for the independence movement and exploring social media and social change. First up: Casseroles, Montreal…