Andrew Givan

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From Corbyn’s rise to Brexit and the collapse of trust in Westminster, this is Britain’s Vietnam: a conflict without end<p>“You can tell a true war story by the way it never seems to end,” wrote Tim O’Brien in his novel about Vietnam, The Things They Carried. “Not then, not ever. In a true war story, …

Middle East

Catalan academic facing extradition from Scotland granted bail

Clara Ponsatí, the Catalan academic facing extradition from Scotland to Spain for alleged sedition, has been granted bail by a court in Edinburgh pending a full hearing later this spring.<p>Ponsatí appeared in the dock at the city’s sheriff court flanked by custody officers after she was formally …

Europe

Labour denies it is sitting on key antisemitism measure

Labour’s leadership has denied that it is sitting on one of the key recommendations made in the Chakrabarti report on tackling antisemitism in the party.<p>According to a progress chart prepared for the party’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) by the outgoing senior team at the party’s …

Red Cross

MPs call for government to block Melrose's £8bn hostile takeover of GKN

One of Britain’s oldest engineering firms is to be taken over by a company that has been labelled an asset-stripper, prompting calls for the government to block the £8.1bn deal on national security grounds.<p>GKN, which was founded in 1759 and has 59,000 staff including 6,000 in the UK, succumbed to a …

Great Britain

The anti-semitism paradox damaging Labour

The supposed “anti-semitism crisis” in Britain’s Labour party is revealing an interesting paradox at the heart of modern discussions of anti-semitism.<p>…

Anti-semitism anywhere is to be deplored – but the political context of the latest smears against Corbyn reveal malicious intent

THE Jewish Socialists’ Group expresses its serious concern at the rise of anti-semitism, especially under extreme right-wing governments in central …

Leonard says Scottish Labour should ‘look for coalitions on the left’

SCOTTISH LABOUR should ditch alliances with rightwingers and “look for coalitions on the left,” party leader Richard Leonard said at the …

The left must unite against cynical smears aimed at undermining Labour

THE self-proclaimed “leaders of British Jewry” attempting to disinter bogus accusations that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is somehow soft on …

Sarah O’Connor cannot work or claim benefits and doesn’t have the documents or money to apply for a passport<p>Sarah O’Connor moved to Britain from Jamaica 51 years ago, when she was six, and has lived here ever since. Last year she was challenged by the benefits agency to prove she was in the country …

Immigration

German police detain former Catalan president under European arrest warrant<p>The former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is to appear in court following his arrest in Germany, which triggered a wave of protests in Catalonia where thousands of separatists confronted police.<p>Puigdemont, who has been …

Europe

Greek ex-minister Yanis Varoufakis launches political party

Greece’s former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, acting on his promise to take mainstream politicians to task, has announced the formation of his own party.<p>Varoufakis, 57, said the grassroots party would seek to “bring realistic hope” to the debt-ridden country. It will be known as MeRA 25 and …

Europe

Banding Together Against U.S. Bases

Guam and Okinawa have a shared history of exploitation by their governments — and a shared threat from new military installations

Renaming the 1948 War: Partition, Dispossession, and Fragmentation

Controlling the Discourse Israel has been brilliant over the years in shaping and misdirecting the public discourse on the future of Palestine. Among …

REVEALED: Britain's 'secret' arms sales to Middle East human rights abusers

LanguageUndefined The UK has increased by 20 percent the use of opaque 'open licences' in dealings with controversial governments

Facebook as Google for Criminals

"Once more, we should be surprised at the surprise. The Guardian video of Christopher Wylie, the so-called whistle-blower in the Cambridge Analytica …

Scotland's council representation most undemocratic in the EU, campaign group says

A leading democracy campaign group has warned of a democratic deficit in Scottish local authorities<p><b>A CRISIS OF REPRESENTATION is facing local</b> …

Robin McAlpine: Nicola Sturgeon is alienating the indy movement and trampling on decades of SNP foreign policy over Russia

CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says Nicola Sturgeon has linked arms with Theresa May on British foreign policy over …

No Spirit Of Liberty – The Salisbury Case, Corbyn And The Need For Dissent

Fifteen years ago this month, the US-led 'Shock and Awe' offensive began against Iraq, supposedly to disarm the country of its 'weapons of mass …

The Power of Documentaries

In survey after survey, when people are asked what they would like more of on television, they say documentaries

US smooths Israel’s path to annexing West Bank

Seemingly unrelated events all point to a tectonic shift in which Israel has begun preparing the ground to annex the occupied Palestinian territories

For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in …

Christopher Wylie

Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures

Gerry Hassan on the need for maximum ‘dissent, heresy and imagination’. Culture in Scotland is in difficult times: public spending cuts, the lost …

Where the books weren’t burned: Baghdad’s ancient library

<b>BAGHDAD</b> - Librarian Abdulsalem Abdulkareem moves softly between the bookshelves of the al-Qadiriyya library, sliding silky fabric covers from glass …

Middle East

100 days after Trump's US embassy move, Palestinians still protesting

LanguageUndefined Palestinians have marched almost daily against the the US president's decision to move his country's embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinians have seen Trump's 'deal of the century' - and want nothing to do with it

LanguageUndefined The US has made it clear that Palestinian approval is not required for new peace plan, a copy of which Saudi officials delivered to …

Robin McAlpine

CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine is worried about the nature of online discussion and information-sharing - is it as …

Social Media

Review: Cavern Of Anti-Matter, 'Hormone Lemonade'

<i>Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.</i><p>For most bands, beginning an album with a 16-minute track would be a statement, maybe even a dare. But, listening to "Malfunction," …

Reading to children introduces them to a better, more spacious world. We must nourish it<p>World Book Day coincided this year with the release of two surveys, one showing that fewer than half the parents in the UK read to their children daily, and another revealing that household spending on digital …

Books