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Scotland Referendum

The Unintended Consequences of Brexit

David de Sola | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
David de Sola

Congratulations, Brexit voters. You got what you wanted and opened the proverbial Pandora's Box. Now you get to own the consequences of your actions.

Democracy at Work -- the Scottish Referendum and Beyond

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Harry Boyte

In most people's minds, "democracy" means elections. The citizen's role is to be an informed voter. Most discussions of Scotland's referendum assume that the moment of vibrant democracy is over. But there are some like Whitman who see much greater promise in democracy.

The United Kingdom Nearly Died for Maggie's Sins

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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.

Weekend Roundup: Scotland Stays Stitched

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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)

What Is Next for Scotland After the Referendum?

Richard Kerley | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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?"

PHOTOS: UK Media Breathes A Huge Sigh Of Relief Over Scotland Vote

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Media

The overwhelming majority of the British media celebrated on Friday morning when the Scottish people voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. The s...

Scots Say No

Reuters | Posted 11.18.2014 | World

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

Johnny Walker's Trudge Into the Unknown

Michael Radou Moussou | Posted 11.18.2014 | 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's Leading Historian Explains Why He Changed His Mind On Independence

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.17.2014 | World

Renowned historian Sir Tom Devine has been a prominent voice for the pro-independence campaign in the lead-up to Scotland's big vote on Thursday. But ...

Scotland on the Eve of Referendum

Dick Simon | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Dick Simon

During 10 days of walking the 96-mile West Highland Way in Scotland, we were inundated by a cacophony of signs from both sides of Scotland's September 18 independence/devolution referendum.

Scotland's Quarrel Is With Globalization, Not the U.K.

Gordon Brown | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

The 20th century challenge was for Scotland to maintain its cultural identity while at the same time cooperating with the four nations of the U.K.. Now the challenge is even greater: to uphold cultural traditions and national identities in a world where there are no such things as nation-only solutions. By answering those who claim that independence can make a difference with policies that show interdependence can make the difference, Scotland can show the way forward by thinking big and not small.

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

Rajiv Joshi | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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.

What Would an Independent Scotland's Foreign Policy Look Like?

Michael Collins | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
Michael Collins

On September 18, Scots will go to the polls and decide whether to remain part of the UK. The debate has mostly focused on economics, with banking, oil and debt dominating the discourse. Largely absent from the discussion has been international affairs.

5 Stories On Scotland's Independence Bid You Simply Have To Read

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

Scotland is just three days away from voting on whether it will become independent from the United Kingdom, potentially breaking up the 307-year-old c...

Britain's Prime Minister Heads To Scotland To Warn Against Independence

Reuters | Posted 11.15.2014 | World

ABERDEEN/LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum th...

Thousands Of Unionists March To Keep Scotland In The UK

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2014 | World

EDINBURGH, Sept 13 (Reuters) - About 12,000 Protestant unionists, including contingents from Northern Ireland, marched through Edinburgh's Old Town ...

Week to Week News Quiz for 9/12/14

John Zipperer | Posted 11.12.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Who wants to leave the UK? Who is leaving Poland? Find out by taking our Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: from dove to h...

British PM Cameron Tells Scots He'd Be 'Heartbroken' If They Left

Reuters | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

EDINBURGH, Sept 10 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that he would be heartbroken if Scots vote in next week's refe...

What the Scottish Referendum Teaches the World

Ziad Haider | Posted 08.30.2014 | World
Ziad Haider

While the movie Braveheart elicits eye rolls in Scotland for its inaccuracies (and marvel at its impact on tourism), William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, two key characters, are central figures in Scottish history.

10 Things You Should Know About Scotland's Independence Bid

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

From China to the Vatican, Scotland's bid for independence is being closely watched around the world. This September, the Scots will simply vote ...

My Scotland, Our Britain, a Future Worth Sharing

Gordon Brown | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

Could Scotland be the pacemaker for nationalist breakaways in Spain, Belgium, Italy and Eastern Europe? And could it demonstrate, as victories for anti-immigrant parties did in last month's European elections, that even the most advanced industrial nations are not immune from nationalist or protectionist movements?

10 Reasons to Visit Scotland This Year

Viator | Posted 07.05.2014 | Travel

This small nation offers untamed and dramatic natural beauty, a turbulent history, great drink and intriguing food. This year, however, is not just a good year, but a great year to visit Scotland.

Memo to Alex Salmond: Independence Is for Life, Not Just for Christmas

David Miles | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
David Miles

Fast-forward to 2014. There is a contradiction and an absurdity at the heart of the SNP's economic claims regarding a currency union and, ultimately, the party's case for independence.