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Scotland Independence

A Rough Week for Capitalism and a Time for New Leaders

Judith Samuelson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Judith Samuelson

How will the change take place? If anything, the global nature of the protests this weekend points out that we are in this mess together -- capitalists, communists, environmentalists and We-the-People.

The United Kingdom Nearly Died for Maggie's Sins

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Why on earth did the Scots, largely quiescent as part of Great Britain for three centuries, suddenly become the mouse that roared? It wasn't because they became besotted watching re-runs of Braveheart or Rob Roy, or even because they coveted more of a share of North Sea oil revenues. No, the Scots got sick and tired of Thatcherite policies imposed from London. Thanks to the partial form of federalism known as "devolution" provided by the Labour government of Tony Blair in 1997, Scotland got to keep such progressive policies as free higher education and an intact national health service, while the rest of the U.K. partly privatized the health service and began compelling young people to go into debt to finance college like their American cousins.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought a surprise: In a time of rampant division, we saw an entire people -- or at least 55 percent of them -- choose unity instead. On Thursday, 3.6 million Scots went to the polls and chose not to change Great Britain to Somewhat Less Great Britain by voting against severing their 307-year union. Now, after the celebratory champagne and haggis (or whatever one drinks with haggis), comes the hard work of ironing out a new division of power. Less surprising was the continued upheaval in the NFL, as yet another player was arrested for domestic violence. On Friday, Commissioner Roger Goodell pledged to "make changes" and "do better." But the uniformly negative response to Goodell's fumbled press conference makes it clear that this NFL season will continue to be defined more by what happens off the field than on it.

Weekend Roundup: Scotland Stays Stitched

Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, the world reeled from a welter of cross currents. Though the "yes" vote on independence lost in the end, the Scottish referendum revealed a passionately dis-United Kingdom. Elsewhere, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India, the other Asian giant, calling for a global economic alliance of the "world's factory and world's back office." On Wall Street, China's Alibaba launched what is expected to be the biggest market valuation of an IPO ever. Pope Francis, meanwhile, mused that we had already entered "a piecemeal WWIII." In an exclusive commentary for The WorldPost, former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown argues that the real quarrel of his fellow Scots is with the dislocations of globalization, not the Union. (continued)

'Think Locally, Act Globally': 6 Takeaways From the Scotland Vote

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Scotland's independence vote has been cast, and its citizens chose overwhelmingly to remain part of Great Britain. But this historic vote should be studied by all those who want to affect political and economic change around the world, because there are important lessons to be learned.

Week to Week News Quiz for 9/19/14

John Zipperer | Posted 09.19.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Now that Scotland's not going anywhere, you have time to take our Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: Jack Ma is now a very...

What Is Next for Scotland After the Referendum?

Richard Kerley | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
Richard Kerley

For almost everybody in Scotland the referendum vote is seen as not the end of the matter; the key question is, "What now?"

Scotland: Who Won? Who Lost?

AP | ROBERT BARR | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) — Who won and who lost in Scotland's independence referendum? ___...

Scotland 'No' Fails To Stop Catalan Independence Push

AP | ALAN CLENDENNING and JOSEPH WILSON | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Despite Scotland's decision to reject independence, lawmakers in Spain's Catalonia region voted overwhelmingly Friday to giv...

David Cameron Pledges To Honor Promises To Scotland

AP | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to live up to commitments to Scotland made ahead of the independence vote, including...

Scots Say No

Reuters | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

By Alistair Smout and Guy Faulconbridge EDINBURGH, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum on Thursday, saving a...

Scots Say No

AP | By JILL LAWLESS | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a...

What Voting Day Is Like for the Scottish Referendum

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Helen I. Hwang

One simple question deserves one simple answer. Should Scotland be an independent country? With a miniature sharpened pencil -- the kind you're given at a miniature golf course -- I could put a big "X" to indicate "Yes" or "No."

Scotland's Polls Have Closed

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the...

New Countries, Who's First?

William D. Chalmers | Posted 09.16.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Sure you had to cancel your travel plans for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia due to the terrible Ebola outbreak and the Centers for Disease Control a...

Nick Robins-Early

Top British Historian On Why Scotland Should Vote 'No'

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.18.2014 | World

Scottish voters are heading to the ballot box Thursday to vote on of the most important issues in the history of the United Kingdom. Among those watch...

Johnny Walker's Trudge Into the Unknown

Michael Radou Moussou | Posted 09.18.2014 | World
Michael Radou Moussou

How the Scottish Referendum alters the notion of culture in the European Union.

Inside Scotland's Historic Vote

Posted 09.18.2014 | World

Scots headed to the polls on Thursday to take part in a historic referendum on whether to end more than 300 years of union with England. At pollin...

Scotland Decides

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the...

Pictures: Scots Take To The Polls

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Polling stations have opened across Scotland today in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England. ...

Scotland Hasn't Declared Independence Yet, But These Artists Have

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 09.17.2014 | World

On Thursday, Scottish voters will head to the polls to weigh in on whether or not the country will become independent of the United Kingdom. A pos...

Scottish Independence: Proudly Small or Proudly Together?

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
St. Gallen Symposium

Weathering the future under the shelter of the UK or setting hope on their own strengths as a small country under the European umbrella, for the first time in centuries there is a real choice which road to take.

Scotland, Let's Chart a New Course for Generations to Come

Rajiv Joshi | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Rajiv Joshi

As a kid, I didn't understand why we could marry, pay tax, leave school and join the armed forces -- but not vote. It's funny to think that 15 years later, with the polls too close to call, 16 to 17 year olds may hold the key to Scotland's future.

Scotland Should Vote Yes for Independence, Yes for the Future of the Scottish People

Anne Stevenson | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Anne Stevenson

The proud words of Scotland's unofficial national anthem, "O Flower of Scotland" are a lot like the American anthem -- if we'd lost the Revolutionary War to the British.

The Controversy Over Scotland's Independence Vote Has Only Just Begun

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 09.18.2014 | World

The campaign pushing for Scottish independence has gathered considerable momentum in recent weeks, with the result of Thursday’s referendum likely t...