The CommonSpace Editorial Team
Mick Napier: There should be no place for supporters of Israeli Apartheid in Refugee Festival Scotland
Mick Napier of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign argues that the Scottish Refugee Council’s decision to partner with the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, which actively co-operates with and supports the Israeli Government, does all refugees a disservice
THE Scottish Refugee Council’s statement of vision and aims states that it is committed to “campaign and advocate for the rights of refugees” and to “working in partnership where that will benefit refugees”.
Summer CS Forums: Social security and automation; Richard Murphy on a Green New Deal for Scotland
Michael Eaude: Remembering Bob Smillie 82 years on
Michael Eaude, author of Sails & Winds, a cultural history of Valencia (Signal, April 2019), remembers Bob Smillie, a Scottish anti-fascist volunteer during the Spanish Civil War who died in Valencia, aged just 20, 82 years ago today, who was commemorated last month in the city he was laid to rest
Robert Alcock: Open letter to Ruth Davidson
Robert Alcock, one of five Extinction Rebellion Scotland activists to lock themselves to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday [4 June], writes an open letter to Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who chose not to come in person to unlock him. Alcock asks Davidson to join him on the Climate Citizens’ Assembly, starting 20 June.
DEAR Ruth Davidson,
Hilary Long: GDP is no match for happiness
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at New Zealand’s move away from economic growth to a “wellbeing budget”, and how Scotland could tackle its deep-seated social and economic problems and become a happier society by doing the same
I LISTENED with interest to Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, speaking about her national budget and how spending will be dictated by what best encourages “the wellbeing of citizens” rather than based on productivity and economic growth.
Open Letter: Expand and Strengthen Freedom of Information Legislation
The following open letter, submitted by Severin Carrell, Rob Edwards, James McEnaney, Ally Tibbitt and 36 others to the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee in its call for evidence for its review of the 2002 Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, is being published jointly by CommonSpace and The Ferret. The deadline for submissions to the Committee has been extended to 21 June.
CS Letters: From words to actions on Climate Emergency
CommonSpace has run a week of coverage on the Climate Emergency from 28-31 May
THANKS to the many contributors to our special week of coverage on turning words into actions on the Climate Emergency. It’s clear that there is a new energy around the issue of climate change that is inspiring people to think and write in a new way about the enormous challenge Scotland and the world faces.
SRM: A climate geoengineering 'distraction', or 'crazy not to take it seriously'?
Mikey Jarrell (@MikeyJarrell), freelance science communicator and writer, examines the tension in the scientific community over SRM, a climate geo-engineering technique which is moving towards the spotlight
THE emerging field of solar radiation management (SRM) suggests an unorthodox solution to climate meltdown, but at an ethical price. While many researchers have said that they wish they weren’t involved, their work could be key to the survival of our ecosystem.
Ander Larunbe: The view from the Basque pro-independence left in a year of elections
Ander Larunbe looks at the spate of recent elections in the Basque Country, and the strong performance of the Basque pro-independence leftist coalition EH Bildu
THE YEAR 2019 has been marked by electoral cycles in the Basque Country: a Spanish General Election in April, regional elections, local elections and European Parliament elections in May.