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Berlin, 1989 by Michael Penhallow Independence: the Nationalist Lottery Scottish Independence: The Die was Cast from the Beginning What happens when the Islamic State isn’t defeated? Shifting Sands in the Peacekeeping Business My Take: Scottish Independence We need a Parliament and Constitution for the Whole Country, not SNP and UKIP Delusion Sport, conflict and massacres Fighting Terrorism Means Fighting Poverty Big Data And Elections: Where Better Together Is Going Wrong
 

Berlin, 1989 by Michael Penhallow

Ronald Reagan did not bring the Berlin Wall down, not even close. How do I know? Because I was there. I remember his speech at the wall, right in front of the Brandenburg Gate. It was June 12, 1987 and despite the media reports to the contrary there were relatively few in attendance. We stood alone in […]

Independence: the Nationalist Lottery

I’m voting ‘No’ this Thursday. I’ve been leaning ‘Yes’ for a while, but as the referendum approaches I’ve found myself changing my mind. There are real potential benefits to a ‘Yes’ vote: I believe that a parliament based on proportional representation will give us better (though more boring) governance over the long term and more accurately […]

Scottish Independence: The Die was Cast from the Beginning

Will Hutton has probably been the most influential writer on the British constitutional state over the last two decades. Last night he issued a call to arms arguing that the party leaders at Westminster have just 10 days to announce a constitutional settlement to ‘save the Union’. Personally I think it’s a bit late in the day for […]

What happens when the Islamic State isn’t defeated?

Since overrunning swathes of Iraq from its strongholds in Syria earlier this summer, it has been made relatively clear how American defense and counter-terrorism officials feel about the Islamic State (a.k.a. IS, ISIS, ISIL). In a word: spooked. The Islamic State is not only well organized but it is incredibly well financed and is now well equipped with American-made weaponry. This […]

Shifting Sands in the Peacekeeping Business

The established templates of international peace operations are under threat, because the core premise of these operations, consent, is eroding . Filipino and Fijian troops serving with the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights were targeted by the Nusra Front last week (30 Aug). A number of Fijians have been captured while the Filipinos managed […]

My Take: Scottish Independence – Romance and Reason

I shared a link last night on Facebook from Better Together about a young playwright in Edinburgh who said he was voting no on the basis that we should as a society be breaking down barriers, not erecting them: Post by Better Together.   A friend of mine in St Andrews who owns a legendary bar in […]

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We need a Parliament and Constitution for the Whole Country, not SNP and UKIP Delusion

This piece was originally published in Huffington Post on 20 February 2014 Apart from 2014 being the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games, and that Scotland plays host to the Ryder Cup, the vote on Scottish independence is also being held 100 years after the outbreak of […]

Sport, conflict and massacres

Related Posts:What happens when the Islamic State isn’t defeated?Who can bring unity to Iraq in 2014? An interview with Joel WingShifting Sands in the Peacekeeping BusinessAfghanistan and Syria: How History is Repeating ItselfSan Remo

Fighting Terrorism Means Fighting Poverty

Three weeks ago, a Taliban commander named Mohammad Ashan turned himself in to Afghan police. Ashan had noticed wanted posters around his native Paktika province promising a $100 bounty for his capture, and he surrendered himself hoping to collect it. Needless to say, he collected nothing and was detained on the spot. Ashan’s comically simple […]

Big Data And Elections: Where Better Together Is Going Wrong

  The term – broadly understood as data sets which are too large and complex for normal software – is now everywhere, from debates about the future of banking to healthcare. For example, Google has claimed to better predict flu outbursts than The Center for Disease Control, just by analysing what the company’s masses of users are […]

Berlin, 1989 by Michael Penhallow

by Michael Penhallow, 10 November 2014

Ronald Reagan did not bring the Berlin Wall down, not even close. How do I know? Because I was there. I remember his speech at the wall, right in front of the Brandenburg Gate. It was June 12, 1987 and despite the media reports to the contrary there were relatively few in attendance. We stood alone in […]

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Independence: the Nationalist Lottery

by Christopher Flaherty, 16 September 2014

I’m voting ‘No’ this Thursday. I’ve been leaning ‘Yes’ for a while, but as the referendum approaches I’ve found myself changing my mind. There are real potential benefits to a ‘Yes’ vote: I believe that a parliament based on proportional representation will give us better (though more boring) governance over the long term and more accurately […]

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Scottish Independence: The Die was Cast from the Beginning

by David Miles, 07 September 2014

Will Hutton has probably been the most influential writer on the British constitutional state over the last two decades. Last night he issued a call to arms arguing that the party leaders at Westminster have just 10 days to announce a constitutional settlement to ‘save the Union’. Personally I think it’s a bit late in the day for […]

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What happens when the Islamic State isn’t defeated?

by Rowan Kane, 05 September 2014

Since overrunning swathes of Iraq from its strongholds in Syria earlier this summer, it has been made relatively clear how American defense and counter-terrorism officials feel about the Islamic State (a.k.a. IS, ISIS, ISIL). In a word: spooked. The Islamic State is not only well organized but it is incredibly well financed and is now well equipped with American-made weaponry. This […]

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Shifting Sands in the Peacekeeping Business

by Kenneth Houston, 05 September 2014

The established templates of international peace operations are under threat, because the core premise of these operations, consent, is eroding . Filipino and Fijian troops serving with the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights were targeted by the Nusra Front last week (30 Aug). A number of Fijians have been captured while the Filipinos managed […]

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My Take: Scottish Independence – Romance and Reason

by David Miles, 24 August 2014

I shared a link last night on Facebook from Better Together about a young playwright in Edinburgh who said he was voting no on the basis that we should as a society be breaking down barriers, not erecting them: Post by Better Together.   A friend of mine in St Andrews who owns a legendary bar in […]

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We need a Parliament and Constitution for the Whole Country, not SNP and UKIP Delusion

by David Miles, 20 June 2014

This piece was originally published in Huffington Post on 20 February 2014 Apart from 2014 being the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games, and that Scotland plays host to the Ryder Cup, the vote on Scottish independence is also being held 100 years after the outbreak of […]

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Sport, conflict and massacres

by David Miles, 16 June 2014

Related Posts:What happens when the Islamic State isn’t defeated?Who can bring unity to Iraq in 2014? An interview with Joel WingShifting Sands in the Peacekeeping BusinessAfghanistan and Syria: How History is Repeating ItselfSan Remo

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Fighting Terrorism Means Fighting Poverty

by Ryan Rappa, 08 May 2014

Three weeks ago, a Taliban commander named Mohammad Ashan turned himself in to Afghan police. Ashan had noticed wanted posters around his native Paktika province promising a $100 bounty for his capture, and he surrendered himself hoping to collect it. Needless to say, he collected nothing and was detained on the spot. Ashan’s comically simple […]

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Big Data And Elections: Where Better Together Is Going Wrong

by Michael Gray, 30 April 2014

  The term – broadly understood as data sets which are too large and complex for normal software – is now everywhere, from debates about the future of banking to healthcare. For example, Google has claimed to better predict flu outbursts than The Center for Disease Control, just by analysing what the company’s masses of users are […]

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Posted in Scottish Independence, WorldComments Off

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