Banks Threaten to Leave Scotland if People Vote for Independence

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 5:59 am

Some of the biggest banks in Scotland are threatening to leave if the people vote for independence from Britain. In a move designed to pressure the people of Scotland to stay within the UK, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group have said they will relocate if Scotland votes for independence in an upcoming referendum. The banks have said thousands of jobs will be lost and that it will be more difficult for people in Scotland to get a mortgage.

 

Polish Security Services Raid Magazine Offices After Publication Of Secret Recording Transcripts

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 1:59 pm

So much for press freedom. After Polish weekly magazine Wprost published transcripts from a secretly recorded conversation by Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski their office was raided by Polish security forces looking for the recordings. A prosecutor along with armed state security agents raided Wprost’s offices and seized records. According to the editor of the magazine “physical force” was used in an attempt to seize his laptop.

They are just getting into this whole “smack talk” idea

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 1:30 am

You’d think China could learn a thing or two from North Korea, but trash talking from the late 1940s is I guess all they had left from the Chang-era.

Adventures in Twitter: Crisis & Recovery; Watching as UK Runs to Parliamentary Elections

By: Saturday April 12, 2014 12:00 pm

Yesterday it felt like I’d stumbled onto a political battlefield and I’m still trying to make sense of it all. Not an actual or even virtual battle. Yet, in what I saw was still a struggle in how difficult it often is, to simply make sure good information gets to the people who can make a change.

#WithSyria: Banksy Launches New Campaign for 3rd Anniversary of Syrian Civil War

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 4:00 pm

March 15th marks the third anniversary of the start of the Syrian Civil War and street artist Banksy is adamant that the day not come and go quietly.

Banksy orchestrated the #withsyria campaign in solidarity with the Syrian civilians whose lives have been uprooted by the conflict and in memory of the over 100,000 men, women and children who have died over the last three years.

RIP: Venerable Labour Party Politician Tony Benn

By: Friday March 14, 2014 2:42 pm

Anthony Neil Wedgwood “Tony” Benn a legendary socialist activist and previous UK cabinet minister died today at age 88. After having a long career within government supporting democratic socialist policies Benn endeavored to leave public service in order to offer a compelling vision of a democratic society as a private citizen. His advocacy and passion for his beliefs was respected even by his political opponents in the center and on the right.

MENA Mashup: Arab Spring, Iran, P5+1, and Syria

By: Saturday January 11, 2014 7:52 am

So the ball is now in the P5+1′s court(s).

Of Nobel Prizes, Past and Present

By: Saturday September 7, 2013 10:15 am

Reading the 2009 announcement from the Nobel Peace Prize committee and Obama’s Nobel Laureate lecture, and then listening to the news today is an exercise in mental whiplash.

As the fourth anniversary of that announcement approaches, Obama might want to return his Nobel medal to Oslo. It’s not as if it means a lot to him any more.

Alone and Delusional on Planet Earth

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 5:45 am

In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice: someone from General Keith Alexander’s outfit, the National Security Agency, tracks down H.G. Wells’s time machine in the attic of an old house in London. Britain’s subservient Government Communications Headquarters, its version of the NSA, is paid off and the contraption is flown to Fort Meade, Maryland, where it’s put back in working order. Alexander then revs it up and heads not into the future like Wells to see how our world ends, but into the past to offer a warning to Americans about what’s to come.

Late Night: Well YEAH

By: Monday September 2, 2013 8:00 pm

Our “special relationship” can’t quite be quantified to most ordinary Britons, not the way, say, a bunch of coffins can.

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