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Scottish Independence

What's Really Behind the SNP's Revival of the Referendum?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 09.19.2015 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

This week, Nicola Sturgeon, and Alex Salmond launched a coordinated campaign to revive the question of Scottish independence. Salmond has decided that last year's referendum had not been, after all, a once-in-a-generation event, as he had previously claimed, and Sturgeon is already counting the final days of the Union.

Understanding Scotland's Historic Election Result

Jennifer Erickson | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Jennifer Erickson

The reality is that Scottish voters chose something markedly different than their English neighbors. But since more than 80 percent of UK voters live in England, the reality is that the UK will once again get the government that England votes for.

Thousands Sign Petition For North England To Join Future Independent Scotland

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.14.2015 | World

An online petition calling for the north of England to join Scotland if it wins independence from the United Kingdom has been gathering signatures qui...

Are the Ghosts of the 20th Century Returning?

Kemal Dervis | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Kemal Dervis

BARCELONA - For decades, political debate in Europe between conservatives and the left focused largely on economic institutions and policies. In this bi-polar system, the parties differed on the nuances of economic policy, but broadly agreed on democratic values, the European project, and the need to adapt to and manage globalization, rather than reject it wholesale. But, with the growing success of appeals to identity and renewed ethnic or religious nationalism, that is changing. Are the ghosts of the early and mid-twentieth century returning?

British PM Rules Out Another Scottish Independence Vote

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | World

LONDON, May 10 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday ruled out giving Scotland another independence referendum despite spectacula...

Nationalist Party's Triumph In Scotland Raises Possibility Of New Independence Referendum

Reuters | Angus MacSwan, Andy Bruce and Alistair Smout | Posted 05.08.2015 | World

EDINBURGH/ABERDEEN, May 8 (Reuters) - Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon on Friday held out the possibility of a new independence referendum ...

Building Your Own Castle

Graham Milne | Posted 06.14.2015 | Books
Graham Milne

Writing, like any profession, is a road forked with unexpected turns and sudden drops and stops. On occasion, when you reach what you expect is the successful end, you discover abruptly that the princess is in another castle.

HuffPost's International Editors Select The Biggest News Stories Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale & Talia Lavin | Posted 12.23.2014 | World

From the Ebola crisis, to the disappearance of flight MH370 and the brutal beheadings in Syria by members of the Islamic State, 2014 was a remarkable ...


AP | Amory Blaine | Posted 10.02.2014 | Training

BRUSSELS (AP) — If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pi...

UK's Pro-Union 'Better Together' Unveils Future Plans

John Mirisch | Posted 11.23.2014 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

"Divide or unite" remains the question, and while "Six Californias" failed to make the ballot this time around, the organizers might take a page out of "Better Together's" book next time around, because -- let's face it -- there is a very fine line between what divides us and what unites us.

I'm With Stupid: The Predictive Prowess of Deep-Fried Poultry

Todd Hartley | Posted 11.19.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

By the time you read this, Scotland will have decided already whether to secede from the United Kingdom and form its own independent country. I can hazard an informed guess, though, and for that I have KFC to thank.

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.

Political Read: Scot-Free? Scotland, America and the World

Howard Fineman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Scotland's story is also America's story more than we tend to realize, and the Scots' decision today will say more about the world at large than we might think.

Scotland's Newspapers Go All Out For Referendum

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Media

Today's the big day! All across Scotland, people are voting on whether or not to declare independence from the rest of the United Kingdom, and this mo...

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. ...

Scottish Independence: Proudly Small or Proudly Together?

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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.

On September 18, the Silent Majority in Scotland Should Say No With Pride

David Miles | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
David Miles

For those of us who consider British-ness and Scottish-ness to be important elements of who we are as individuals, there is a horrible sense of foreboding about the current debate and the likely consequences of separation.

On Secession:

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Paul Schwennesen

As Scotland lurches toward its historic vote for independence this week, it brings to mind a similar moment, seven score and fourteen years ago, when the American South voted, en file, to secede from our Union.

Paige Lavender

Obama Tweets Message Against Scottish Independence Ahead Of Vote | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama reiterated his stance against Scottish independence with a tweet on Wednesday. Obama said he hopes the UK remains "strong, r...

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.

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...

Quebec Separatists Look For Lesson From Scottish Referendum

AP | BENJAMIN SHINGLER | Posted 09.17.2014 | World

MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week to see if the Scottish independence movement has learned from their failed attem...

Scottish Independence and Our Political Natures

David Miles | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
David Miles

The only mention of Scotland in Avi Tuschman's Our Political Nature is a reference to the dangers of inbreeding among Hebridean bumblebees, yet the author's anthropological examination of what divides groups in societies offers plenty of food.

"Sí" and "Aye," Entwined

Christine Stoddard | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

My light olive hand clutched a pencil. The florescent lights might as well have been a spotlight. Before the test began, I was faced with every multicultural child's fear: the question of choosing my race or ethnicity.

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.