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Why Britain shares America's torture shame

Commentary by Derek Bateman If America’s torture regime was shameful, as even their allies claim, how much of that shame is ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 10 December 2014 | Comments

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A Big Boy Did It …

Commentary By GA Ponsonby The National is set for an indefinite print run.  The first daily newspaper to back ...

Commentary | Saturday, 29 November 2014 | Comments

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All hail the Stupid Party

By Derek Bateman The chorus of whines is alive in the shires of England, and in Scotland the sound of deflating ...

Commentary | Thursday, 27 November 2014 | Comments

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News - Scotland and International

Murphy 'consensus' doctrine falls at first hurdle

By Thomas Connolly Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy's conversion to consensus politics appears to be stuck in first gear after just a week in charge. The performance of his deputy, Kezia Dugdale MSP, in trying to pin responsiblity for the woes of the oil sector on the SNP at First Minister's Questions last week suggested that Labour cannot shake itself ... Read More

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Glasgow sets standard on climate change

By A Newsnet Reporter Glasgow University has become the first in the UK to promise to pull its i... Read More

Scottish Greens welcome 3000 new members

The Scottish Greens are thanking over 3,000 new members who have joined the party since the close of polls on ... Read More

SNP membership surge means party could overtake UK Lib Dems

The wave of democratic engagement resulting from the referendum is continuing, the SNP has said today, as 16,694 new members ... Read More

SSP referendum meeting halted after pro-Union protestors berate locals

  By a Newsnet reporter  A public event to discuss the referendum, arranged by the Scottish Socialist Party, has had to ... Read More

Greens across Europe show support for Yes vote

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum, will today (16 Sep) show the ... Read More

Darlings for Yes

Alistair Darling's plea to Scots to vote No has been given a giant thumbs down - by his own namesakes.  Another ... Read More

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by Peter Thomson

On the spur of the moment my wife and I sped our way from the South West to the metropolis of Glasgow to meet with relatives who were waiting for a flight back to Bristol and had an afternoon to kill.  We were sitting downstairs in the excellent basement restaurant at the Kelvingrove Museum watching the showers come and go, when discussion turned to what we were all up to.

My brother-in-law is a high powered corporate turn around expert and currently he is giving a hand to a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) specialising in listed building restoration where my sister-in-law works as a project manager.  Having been in business consultancy myself conversation came round to the comparison of business cultures and since both of us are ex-services the inevitable comparison between civilian and military work ethic came into play.

by David Malone

In the four years between 2004 and 2007, one of America's largest banks, Wachovia, now owned by Wells Fargo, laundered $378.4 billion of Mexican Drug money.

Just to give you an idea of the scale of Wachovia's criminality, $387 billion is 4147 tons of $100 bills - in four years.  Wachovia executives say they didn't spot it. I can see that. A few thousand tons of 100 dollar bills is the sort of thing that probably can slip behind a filing cabinet.

by Rona Mackay

The Lib Dem election campaign appears to be going into meltdown after the launch of their manifesto yesterday which is entirely constructed on securing a £1.5 billion receipt in return for transferring Scottish Water to the private sector and selling off its debt.

Finance Secretary John Swinney said that the Treasury's Statement of Funding Policy for the devolved administrations meant that any such proceeds could be clawed back by the Treasury.

by Paul Kavanagh

Supposedly there is nothing like the threat of imminent execution to concentrate the mind and to cause us to clutch desperately at any straw of hope, however implausible.  It was much the same at yesterday's launch of the Scottish Lib Dem manifesto.  Tavish Scott led the charge of the Lone Horseman of the Pettit Lips.  With a fixed rictus grin in lieu of an air of confidence came the dead man walking, concentrating intently, clutching a copy of the Lib Dem manifesto in the hope it would magically transform into a Get Out of Jail Free card and he could avoid the hangman's noose.

by Paul Kavanagh

In a damp Clydebank yesterday morning the launch of the Labour manifesto for the Holyrood election did not get off to an auspicious start.  The fire alarm went off at Clydebank College just before the launch was due to begin, and the building had to be cleared by concerned security staff.  The over-sensitive alarm system thought it had detected a destructive fire that would consume all in its path.  But it was actually the puffy red faces and hot air of the massed ranks of Labour councillors and activists posing as members of the public.  Easy mistake to make.

by A.G. Nicol

I would like present some thoughts about the economy, specifically the lessons that may be learned from the UK’s management of its power system post-denationalisation.  While I realise that this may at first seem like an odd analogy, there is more than a passing level of similarity.

Firstly though, I should probably introduce myself.  This summer I will be graduating with a Master’s degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.

Michel Martelly haes been declarit winner in the Haitian presidencial eleccions.  Yestreen the umquhyle singer promised the income o a "new era" in Haiti, bit his bet rival Mirlande Manigat sayed she wis fair "scunnert" bi the result o the pollin.

"A'm gey proud tae hae been caaed tae serva ma kintra.  Me, the badlin, A hae receivit yer confidence," the furmer singer declared in his furst press conference as president eleck o the Caribbean kintra.

by Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House 

The Fukushima accident has highlighted one of the most important issues concerning nuclear power - that of safety and risk.

The risk of containment damage at Fukushima was put at one in a million, per reactor per year The accepted wisdom has been that the consequences of a catastrophic nuclear accident may be large, but that the frequency is low.

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