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Dennis Rodman defies hard power in North Korea, Notebook

Dennis Rodman defies hard power in North Korea

Stephan A. Smith and Skip Bayless, commentators for the U.S. sports juggernaut ESPN, on the network’s First Take program, agreed that Dennis Rodman is a “peace and love” kind of guy. Neither was surprised, however, that the former NBA star created a stir when he attempted “basketball diplomacy” in North Korea.

By | Notebook | Friday, 8 March 2013 at 3:11 pm

Youth Impact on Scotland’s Independence referendum, Notebook

Youth Impact on Scotland’s Independence referendum

Last week students at two of Scotland’s premier universities held significant events for the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014.

By | Notebook | Monday, 25 February 2013 at 4:56 pm

Catalonia is following Scotland towards independence referendum in 2014, Notebook

Catalonia is following Scotland towards independence referendum in 2014

Catalonia took a step towards independence last month, announcing plans for a referendum on the region’s status within Spain. The Declaration of Sovereignty of the Catalan People, passed by the Catalan parliament, marks the start of a “National Transition” for reconsidering Catalonia’s constitutional arrangement.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 2:12 pm

Hilary Clinton’s legacy at the State Department, Notebook

Hilary Clinton’s legacy at the State Department

Former Democratic Senator John Kerry replaces Hilary Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State this week.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 7 February 2013 at 4:41 pm

New energy proposals from Scottish Conservatives temper SNP’s lofty Renewable Energy ambitions, Notebook

New energy proposals from Scottish Conservatives temper SNP’s lofty Renewable Energy ambitions

The Scottish Conservatives recently introduced a new environmental report focusing on the renewable energy ambitions of the governing Scottish National Party (SNP).

By | Notebook | Thursday, 31 January 2013 at 4:15 pm

Everything you need to know: The third option for Scottish independence, Eagle Eye

Everything you need to know: The third option for Scottish independence

As of the Edinburgh Agreement signed last October, Scotland is holding a vote on independence in 2014. Regardless of the result, the polarized referendum campaigns (split between pro-union and nationalist camps) are leaving a gaping middle ground untouched—increased autonomy—which a majority of Scots believe is the next logical step for Scotland’s evolving union with Westminster.

By | Eagle Eye, Notebook | Monday, 28 January 2013 at 5:38 pm

Tough Catalonia and tough Scotland in search of independence?, Notebook

Tough Catalonia and tough Scotland in search of independence?

Following a record-breaking vote —the highest election turnout in 24 years, the Catalan News Agency reports— Catalonia has joined Scotland in taking the first steps towards becoming an independent country.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 at 6:00 am

Plans to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system, Eagle Eye

Plans to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system

Recent issues surrounding the Astute class submarines of the Royal Navy have wide implications for Scotland. Firstly, twenty-five miles west of Glasgow, in Argyle and Bute, four Vanguard class submarines store the entirety of Britain’s nuclear capacity. The submarines were built and introduced in the 1990s, following the end of the Cold War; their launch [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 26 November 2012 at 2:44 pm

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