Faslane comes to Edinburgh: Lessons from the forefront of the anti-nuclear movement

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By Iona Soper In 1982, a small group of activists pitched tents along the treeline across the busy road that feeds into Faslane Naval Base, the home of Great Britain’s nuclear deterrent, Polaris. They planned to stay for two weeks. They could not have guessed that thirty five years later, their small protest would have evolved into the permanent occupation of the land and the establishment of an egalitarian, anarchist, community based protest site which has become a hub for Scottish activism, and the ‘front lines’ of the anti-nuclear struggle. Since its inception, thousands have passed through Faslane peace camp, […]

SCOTTISH AND KURDISH ARTISTS FOR PEACE IN KURDISTAN

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On the evening of 3rd of October 2017, Edinburgh World Justice Festival and Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan organised and event full of art, poems and stories. Artists from Scotland and Kurdistan came together to highlight the human rights issues in Kurdistan. An evening of readings, poetry, music and art along with the remarkable Kurdish food by Rojava Restaurant had just completed the evening.   Participants of this exciting event were: writers Alan Cameron, James Kelman, Tom Hubbard, Harrison Hickman and Ray Evans. Speaker of the event from Dove Tales was Jean Rafferty, Roza Salih (Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan) and Stephen […]

How Welcoming is Scotland?

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The Edinburgh World Justice Festival launched this week, with a strong theme of anti-racism, community activism and inclusion. The first in a series of events was ‘The hate stops here!’ on how to oppose racism in our communities and on the streets, with Hope not Hate running a soon-to-be sell-out event this Friday on ‘How welcoming is Scotland: Views on Inclusivity and belonging. The event, organised by Edinburgh Unite Against Fascism and Muslim Women’s Association Edinburgh was focused on how important is to promote tolerance and social cohesion between communities, especially now when media and politics fuel racism and attacks […]