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  • Sean Connery on Scottish Independence

    09/16/2014 9:23:34 AM PDT · by all the best · 67 replies
    New Staesman ^ | March 4, 2014 | Sean Connery
    Having been on this journey to independence for more than 50 years, it seems to me that the arguments have been kicked about like a bladder on a beach. But as the 18 September approaches and, one by one, the scare stories are burst, a new sense of opportunity and hope for the future is now in sight. Scotland has an opportunity to make a step change. More than anything else, culture defines a country. It provides international visibility and stimulates global interest more than a nation’s politics, business or economy ever can. So, with our colourful history, strong identity,...
  • In Scotland, 'Aye' Means No to England

    09/16/2014 9:11:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Should Scotland be an independent country?" reads the referendum on which Scotland will vote Thursday. Voters have two choices -- yes or no. Queen Elizabeth II went so far as to tell Scots on Sunday, "I hope people will think very carefully about the future." The queen was savvy to urge Scots to look ahead, not behind. The Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004 after the Scotland Act 1978 allowed for local control. It is a marvel of modern architecture located off Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Its open architecture and use of glass, oak and sycamore display a determination to root...
  • Obama urges Scotland not to ruin America's 'special relationship'..by voting for independence

    09/16/2014 6:48:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 15, 2014 | Tom McTague
    Barack Obama tonight urged Scottish voters not to break apart ‘one of the closest allies we’ll ever have’ by voting for independence on Thursday. The dramatic intervention, just three days before Scotland goes to the polls, will infuriate Alex Salmond - with the battle for independence set to be decided by the smallest of margins. Up to half a million voters remain undecided - with concerns over the future of Scotland’s place in major international organisations like the EU, Nato and the UN still hotly debated.
  • Scottish Independence Leader Appears to Equate Israel, Islamic State

    09/15/2014 7:31:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 9/15/14 | Lazar Berman
    Days before Scotland votes in a referendum on independence from Great Britain, the Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond appeared to equate Islamic State terrorism and Israel’s military campaign this summer against Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. Speaking on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, the separatist leader responded to a question about the beheading at the weekend of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State, describing the murder as an act “of unspeakable barbarism” and later stressing, “The Muslim community of Scotland isn’t responsible in any shape or form for atrocities or extremism in
  • Investors pull Ł17bn from UK as banks ratchet up Scottish independence pressure

    09/14/2014 2:00:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/12/14 | Peter Spence, and Alan Tovey
    nvestors have pulled money out of the UK at the fastest pace seen since the financial crisis of 2008 amid fears that Scotland will break away from the Union, triggering a broader political crisis.
  • George Soros Warns "This Is The Worst Possible Time" For Scottish Independence

    09/11/2014 10:54:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/11/14 | Tyler Durden
    This is the worst possible time for Britain to consider leaving the EU – or for Scotland to break with Britain.
  • Britain says not making contingency plans for Scottish independence

    09/08/2014 3:33:46 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 58 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sep 8, 2014 | reuters
    Cameron's spokesman said: "No. There has been no change here. The government's entire focus ... is on making the case for the UK staying together."
  • Don't let me be last Queen of Scotland: Monarch in talks with PM over UK break-up

    09/08/2014 5:57:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | September 7, 2014 | Jason Beattie and Victoria Murphy
    The Queen is said to be privately horrified at the prospect of Scotland voting for independence from the UK. It is believed the referendum – which could make the monarch the last Queen of Scotland – dominated her discussions with Prime Minister David Cameron on his annual visit to Balmoral at the weekend. The growing panic over the break-up of the UK was fuelled by a YouGov poll which put the nationalist Yes campaign ahead by 51% to 49%. Buckingham Palace aides said the Queen had asked for daily updates on the state of the campaigns.
  • Pro-union camp ‘in chaos’ as poll puts nationalists ahead

    09/07/2014 2:06:39 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | September 7, 2014 | Parker, Dickie and Gray
    George Osborne was on Sunday scrambling to head off a surge in support for Scottish independence with a promise of more powers for Holyrood, but behind the scenes some senior Tories were preparing for possible defeat. ... Rupert Murdoch, the media tycoon, claimed in a tweet that Mr Salmond’s private polls gave the Yes vote an advantage of 54-46
  • Scottish independence: 'People of Scotland are winning,' says Salmond

    09/07/2014 10:33:30 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 7 September 2014 | bbc
    Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, has dismissed as ''a panic measure" plans to give Scotland greater autonomy, if voters decide to stay in the UK.
  • UK to give Scotland more powers if shuns independence: Osborne

    09/07/2014 2:46:54 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sep 7, 2014 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government will set out plans in the coming days to give Scotland more autonomy on tax, spending and welfare if it rejects independence in a referendum on Sept. 18, British finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday.
  • Poll puts Scottish independence campaign ahead for first time

    09/06/2014 2:47:43 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 118 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 06 Sep 2014 | Edward Malnick
    The campaign to separate Scotland from the rest of the UK is in the lead for the first time ahead of the independence referendum later this month, according to a new poll. A YouGov survey found that the pro-independence campaign, led by the Scottish first minister Alex Salmond, had a two point lead of 51 per cent over the unionists’ 49 per cent. The poll for the Sunday Times is the latest evidence of a dramatic surge for the Yes campaign, which has seen the campaign recover from a 22 point deficit in just one month.
  • Scottish independence: 5 reasons yes is winning

    09/06/2014 1:59:54 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 125 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 4 September 2014 | Mike Small
    None of this is supposed to be happening at all. Better Together is supported by every major media outlet in Scotland as well as in London. It has the full research resources of the British government and the backing of big business. Yet there now seems to be an irresistible momentum towards yes. This week saw polls showing a massive eight-point swing to yes in the last month alone, with women and Labour voters leading the way. Photos of people queueing up to register to vote in Glasgow have been circulating. Maybe they were people queueing up to defend the...
  • Scottish Independence: Yes camp closes the poll gap

    09/01/2014 11:04:23 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 39 replies
    telegraph ^ | 01 Sep 2014 | Press Association
    Support for Scottish independence has risen eight points in a month, according to a new poll. The No camp are now six points ahead of the Yes campaign, down from 14 points in mid-August and 22 points early last month, excluding undecided voters. The latest YouGov poll found that, excluding ''don't knows'', 53% of those questioned planned to vote No, while 47% would back Yes. This compares to 57% for Yes and 43% for No in mid August and 61% for Yes and 39% for No at the beginning of last month.
  • Scottish Independence: Scots Ponder Secession Question in Referendum

    08/25/2014 7:53:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/24/2014 | JASON DOUGLAS AND JENNY GROSS
    EDINBURGH -- Campaigners for an independent Scotland are struggling to convince voters that their ancient nation will be better off if it leaves the U.K. Undecided Scots like Calum Carruthers, a 36-year-old father of two from Dunblane, a cathedral town near Edinburgh, are weighing the potential benefits and risks of ending the country's longtime partnership with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. "Emotionally, my instinct is it would be a good thing," said Mr. Carruthers, who works at a bank. But he added that the economic uncertainty is a huge concern, underscoring the dilemma many Scots are grappling with: "There's an...
  • Scotland will be the wealthiest country ever to have gained its independence

    08/25/2014 12:30:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    yesscotland.net ^ | August 21, 2014 | Angus Millar
    It’s a bold claim – but one that is absolutely correct. Scotland is, according to the Financial Times, one of the top twenty wealthiest countries in the world. Over the past five years, Scotland has been better off than the UK as a whole to the tune of Ł1,600 per person. And we’ve generated more tax per head than the rest of the UK in each of the last 33 years. In fact, we are richer per head than the UK, France and even Japan. It is hard to imagine that any other nation has been as well-placed as wealthy...
  • Who needs a man once an Alaska girl has mastered the chain saw?

    08/17/2014 4:02:20 PM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 104 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | August 16, 2014 | Laureli Kinneen
    NOME -- I used to joke and tell my friends that other than for obvious reasons, I only need a man to operate my chain saw. Because really, I’m an Alaska girl, and can bleed the line when I run out of fuel at the house. I thaw my pipes when they freeze. I can change a flat tire, butcher a caribou and catch, filet, smoke and can a silver salmon. Oh, and shoot a few ptarmigan with a .22 for dinner. You know. Normal stuff. But here’s the thing. I’ve relied on a man for seven years to supply...
  • UKRAINE: "Ukraine is currently going through a crucial time for its independence." Yatseniuk

    07/20/2014 1:51:11 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    censor.net ^ | 20.07.14 18:58
    Ukraine is currently going through a crucial time for its independence. On Sunday, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, during the all-Ukrainian pilgrimage in Zarvanytsia in Ternopil region, to which he joined with his wife, Theresa, with Censor reference to the Government Portal. Along with tens of thousands of faithful, the head of the Government attended the liturgy in the Mari spiritual Center Zarvanicy. Upon completion of the liturgy, He appealed to Ukrainians from all corners of the country and from abroad who have gathered in Zarvanytsia village. "At the moment Ukraine is going through a critical period. So...
  • Leninist Scotland Can Go Its Own way

    07/11/2014 12:13:23 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 42 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 11 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    <p>Watching last night's Question Time, which was in Scotland and devoted half of its time to the question of Scottish independence - it was also the last QT before the September referendum -, confirmed and strengthened my opinion that England would be far better off without Scotland.</p>
  • Declaration of Arms Before Independence

    07/08/2014 6:36:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Most everyone knows about America's 1776 Declaration of Independence. But did you know that on July 6 a year earlier, Congress initiated a Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms? It's true. According to History, on July 6, 1775, just a day after our Founding Fathers issued their Olive Branch Petition to King George III, Congress gave just reason for taking up arms against Great Britain. In the declaration, they wrote they would rather "die freemen rather than to live slaves." Three months earlier, patriot resistance and "the shot heard round the world" had fired off in...
  • Speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence: Calvin Coolidge July 5th 1926

    07/04/2014 8:20:46 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 6 replies
    July 4th 2014 | Cripplecreek
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania We meet to celebrate the birthday of America. The coming of a new life always excites our interest. Although we know in the case of the individual that it has been an infinite repetition reaching back beyond our vision, that only makes it the more wonderful. But how our interest and wonder increase when we behold the miracle of the birth of a new nation. It is to pay our tribute of reverence and respect to those who participated in such a mighty event that we annually observe the fourth day of July. Whatever may have been the...
  • Be proud, America: Ignore the doom and gloom, ours is a great country

    07/04/2014 3:16:57 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Liz Peek
    As a mother, it is almost impossible to imagine sending a child on a long and dangerous journey, alone, into the unknown. And yet that is what tens of thousands of parents in Mexico and Central America have done, hoping their children will find sanctuary in the United States. That tells you a great deal about the terrible violence and poverty in other countries. It also tells you a great deal about the United States.
  • Happy Independence(?) day

    07/04/2014 11:38:55 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 4, 2014 | Dan Miller
    To be independent is to be free -- not to receive free stuff paid for by others but to pursue our own happiness without diminishing the abilities of others to pursue theirs. Under King Obama we have lost much of our independence.Bill Whittle posted this video one year ago, on July 3d. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqZkTsmv4kw] Video link How would you answer the question at the end of the first verse of our national anthem?[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdP1CQEboIo] Video link Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? Illegal Aliens [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jatwPTk1jWM] Video link...
  • You Won’t Believe What These Americans Think We Celebrate on Independence Day (Video)

    07/04/2014 10:58:20 AM PDT · by montag813 · 30 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-04-2014 | TRN
    Radio show host Edward Woodson, took to the streets of South Florida to ask it’s citizens what we celebrate on the 4th of July.We need to seriously examine what we teach our kids in schools, and immigrants in the so-called “civics” tests they are required to take before becoming U.S. citizens. Brace yourselves... WATCH:
  • The American and French Revolutions Compared–Sean Busick

    07/04/2014 10:03:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/4/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    On this Independence Day, it is valuable to revisit this topic. There is no doubt that we on the Right are the followers of the American tradition, while those on the Left follow the French. This alone explains a lot. Here, then, is Sean Busick’s superb essay… One of the many differences between the American and French Revolutions is that, unlike the French, Americans did not fight for an abstraction. Americans initially took up arms against the British to defend and preserve the traditional rights of Englishmen. The slogan “no taxation without representation” aptly summed up one of their chief...
  • On America's birthday, do we still believe in America?

    07/04/2014 9:09:50 AM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | July 4, 2014 | Newt Gingrich
    the Gallup numbers show that in 2006 the United States was one of the top countries in the world when it came to satisfaction with freedom. By 2013 it had dropped out of the top 25% of all countries. A country in which 4 out of 5 people believe their government is corrupt is a country teetering between a populist uprising and a collapse into cynicism, passivity, and fatalism. These results suggest we will either renew our commitment to the rule of law, the punishment of corruption and the insistence on honest self-government or we will cease to be America...
  • DAD, WHAT'S UNABHÄNGIGKEITSTAG?

    07/04/2014 5:13:44 AM PDT · by nathanbedford · 20 replies
    Vanity | July 4, 2014 | Nathan Bedford
    DAD, WHAT'S UNABHÄNGIGKEITSTAG? "Is that when the thirteen colonies broke away from England?" My ten year inquired out of nowhere at 6 AM German time this morning. "Yeah, why do you want to know, eat your breakfast," I mumbled, too sleepy to be very curious. "Because I am afraid my teacher will ask me, since I am wearing this T-shirt and I'm the only American in the class." With an effort, I adjusted my gaze upward to his white T-shirt. It was brand new. Prominent on his breast was an image of the flag and below that: OLD NAVY FREEDOM...
  • If Only Thomas Jefferson Could Settle the Issue

    07/03/2014 5:35:14 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 39 replies
    NY Times--front page ^ | July 3, 2014 | JENNIFER SCHUESSLER
    A Period Is Questioned in the Declaration of Independence Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read the Declaration of Independence, reacquainting themselves with the nation’s founding charter exactly as it was signed by the Second Continental Congress in 1776. Or almost exactly? A scholar is now saying that the official transcript of the document produced by the National Archives and Records Administration contains a significant error — smack in the middle of the sentence beginning “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” no less. The error, according to Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced...
  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    07/03/2014 5:31:34 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 103 replies
    Happy Independence Day FReeper FRiends!!!I am posting this on Thursday so we can have some silliness before the Holiday weekend.  Today is the anniversary of the day America broke up with England  To celebrate, I found a little song someone wrote on Tumblr:Cuz if you liked it then you shouldn’t have put your rules on itIf you liked it then you shouldn’t have put that tax on itDon’t be mad once you see our freedom hitIf you liked it then you shouldn’t have badly governed itWo oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh, wo oh...
  • Iraq Kurdistan independence referendum planned

    07/01/2014 12:10:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/01/2014
    The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Region has told the BBC he intends to hold a referendum on independence within months. Massoud Barzani said that Iraq was already "effectively partitioned". While the Kurds would play a part in a political solution to the crisis caused by jihadist-led Sunni Arab rebellion, independence was their right, he added. Meanwhile, the first session of Iraq's new parliament has been adjourned after deputies failed to elect a new speaker. Acting Speaker Mahdi al-Hafez called off proceedings after most of the Sunni and Kurdish members of the House of Representatives did not return after a...
  • Movies, Music and TV for INDEPENDENCE DAY?! [Vanity]

    07/01/2014 7:32:59 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 12 replies
    7/1/14 | Self
    With a natural 3 day weekend coming for the 4th of July, Independence Day 2014, we have plenty of time for some of our favorites in movies, music and TV! What are you, my fellow FReeping Patriots, going to be enjoying? In your answers some of your fellow readers might find missing gems so offer up your favorites, famous and not.An EASY query for the scholars, what are the other non-floating Federal Holidays?
  • The American Flag Daily: Caesar Rodney's Ride

    07/01/2014 6:07:32 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 6 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 1, 2014 | JasonZ
    With the Delaware delegation deadlocked on the question of approving the Declaration of Independence in the Continental Congress, Caesar Rodney rode 70 miles in a thunderstorm the night of July 1, 1776 to arrive in Philadelphia as the vote for independence began the next morning. Rodney cast the deciding vote for Delaware in favor of independence, and would eventually sign the Declaration on August 2, 1776. Rodney's ride is depicted on the back of the Delaware quarter, issued in 1999.
  • Israel's Netanyahu calls for supporting Kurdish independence

    06/29/2014 1:16:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6-29-2014 | Writing by Dan Williams; editing by Ralph Boulton
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced support for Kurdish statehood on Sunday, taking a position that appeared to clash with the U.S. preference to keep sectarian war-torn Iraq united. SNIP----- "We should ... support the Kurdish aspiration for independence," Netanyahu told Tel Aviv University's INSS think-tank, after outlining what he described as the collapse of Iraq and other Middle East regions under strife between Arab Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims. Kurds, Netanyahu said, "are a fighting people that has proved its political commitment, political moderation, and deserves political independence".
  • Kurdish independence now being supported by … Turkey?

    06/18/2014 11:28:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/18/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via Ace and HuffPo, I’m suspicious that a story potentially this big has been confined so far to a Kurdish news outlet. If you’re looking for signs of an impending partition of Iraq, which all of entire western media is, they don’t come any bigger. Where’s the Drudge siren?A few days ago, I tweeted that with Iraq in chaos, the Kurds might as well declare independence and upend the regional table entirely, to which maybe 50 people instantly replied, “What about Turkey?” Well, what about them? The Kurds of Iraq have the right to decide the future of their...
  • Republic of Iceland Seventy Years Old Today

    06/17/2014 12:38:58 PM PDT · by Leifur · 7 replies
    Iceland Review ^ | 17.06.2014 | ALËX ELLIOTT
    Today is 17th June, Iceland’s national day. It is a public holiday and one of the biggest festival days of the year. There are many official and unofficial events in practically every city, town and tiny village across Iceland. A parade featuring a brass band, the scouts and police in ceremonial uniform are widespread; as are speeches by local officials and a reading by Fjallkonan – the mountain woman. The mountain woman wears an ornate version of the Icelandic national costume, with gold trimmings. Symbolically, she is the spirit of the nation. In Reykjavík, the ceremony takes place on Austurvöllur...
  • Donetsk People's Republic declares independence and requests accession to Russian Federation

    05/12/2014 11:39:38 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Interfax via RTBH ^ | 5-12-2014 | Interfax
    Leadership of the "Donetsk People's Republic" has declared independence of the region and has sough accession to Russia. "Upon the results of the referendum held on May 11, 2014 and based on the sovereignty declaration of the Donetsk People's Republic, we, people of the Donetsk People's Republic, declare that from now on the Donetsk People's Republic is a sovereign state," co-chairman of the "Donetsk People's Republic" government Denis Pushilin said at a news conference on Monday. "We ask to consider the issue of accession of the Donetsk People's Republic to Russia," Pushilin said. SNIP-- After the collapse of the Soviet...
  • Happy Independence Day, Israel!

    05/05/2014 9:17:40 AM PDT · by joenrogers · 7 replies
    Yom HaAtzmaut 2014 begins at sundown, Monday, May 5th, and ends at sundown on Tuesday, May 6th
  • Moldova breakaway region urges Russia to recognise independence

    04/16/2014 12:50:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Global Post ^ | 04/16/2014
    Lawmakers in Moldova's pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniestr on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on Moscow and the United Nations to recognise its independence. Transdniestr, a strip of land bordering Ukraine, broke away from Romanian-speaking Moldova following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Some analysts suspect Russia is eyeing the territory, which consists mostly of Russian speakers, in the wake of last month's annexation of Crimea. The resolution adopted unanimously by Transdniestr's self-appointed parliament on Wednesday called on the international community to recognise the region as a "sovereign independent state". "According to the universally recognised norms of international...
  • Siberia to Separate from Russia, Become Part of USA

    01/03/2012 6:19:11 PM PST · by beebuster2000 · 90 replies
    Pravda ^ | Jan 3, 2012 | Pravda. ru
    The idea to separate Siberia and annex the territory to the United States of America has been engrossing the minds of Siberian separatists for a long time already. Surprisingly, or maybe not, they find the support from across the ocean. Many, if not all Siberians, may think at times that the Siberian regions with their natural riches live poorly just because they have to give away a big part of their incomes to other territories of the Russian Federation. "The referendum will be held with the help of the US administration. The US has successful experience in obtaining independence. After...
  • Spain Rules Catalonia Independence Referendum "Unconstitutional"

    03/27/2014 1:15:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/27/2014 | Tyler Durden
    With Scotland moving ever closer, Crimea having chosen their own path, and Venice overwhelmingly voting for secession from Italy, the Spanish government has put its foot down on the Catalonia's planned independence referendum. As Time reports, In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonia’s planned independence referendum to be unconstitutional. Of course, just as in Crimea, this is being ignored by the Catalan government - a region seen as the powerhouse of the Italian economy - who exclaimed "this will have no effect on the process." Via Time, ... In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonia’s planned independence referendum to...
  • Spain Says Catalonia Can’t Vote for Independence, But Catalans Will Go Ahead Anyway

    03/27/2014 11:49:09 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Time ^ | 03/26/2014 | Per Liljas
    In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonia’s planned independence referendum to be unconstitutional, but secessionists in the Spanish autonomous region (called a “community” in Spain) have vowed to proceed regardless. Although stifled under the yoke of the Franco dictatorship, Catalonia has long felt cultural and linguistic disctinction from the rest of Spain. In recent years, it developed into a powerhouse of the nation’s economy. However, amid the country’s financial crisis, Madrid has been urging national unity.
  • Venice votes to split from Italy as 89% of the city's residents opt to form a new independent state

    03/23/2014 4:45:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/23/2014 | By HANNAH ROBERTS IN ROME
    Venetians have voted overwhelmingly for their own sovereign state in a ‘referendum’ on independence from Italy. Inspired by Scotland’s separatist ambitions, 89 per cent of the residents of the lagoon city and its surrounding area, opted to break away from Italy in an unofficial ballot. The proposed ‘Repubblica Veneta’ would include the five million inhabitants of the Veneto region and could later expand to include parts of Lombardy, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The floating city has only been part of Italy for 150 years. The 1000 year–old democratic Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia, was quashed by Napoleon and was subsumed into...
  • Two choices in Crimean referendum: yes and yes

    03/07/2014 9:54:31 AM PST · by gwjack · 11 replies
    Kiev Post ^ | March 7, 2014 | Kata Gorchinskaya
    Voters in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea who vote in the March 16 referendum have two choices – join Russia immediately or declare independence and then join Russia. So the choices are “yes, now” or “yes, later.”
  • Sean Connery says Scotland should vote for independence from Britain

    03/03/2014 10:56:16 AM PST · by kingattax · 56 replies
    CSMonitor/AP ^ | March 3, 2014
    Film star Sean Connery is urging fellow Scots to vote for independence when a referendum is held in September. The longtime independence advocate says in The Sun on Sunday newspaper that the opportunity to separate from the rest of Britain is too good an opportunity to miss. He says independence would galvanize the film and creative industries, creating new jobs in Scotland. Connery no longer lives there and said the decision should be made by the people who choose to live and work in Scotland. He said a vote for independence would bring renewed focus on Scottish culture, heritage and...
  • PETER HITCHENS: We ask the Scots to be 'loyal' - but we're the ones betraying Britain

    02/16/2014 12:29:03 PM PST · by mojito · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/15/2014 | Peter Hitchens
    I think we have lost Scotland. I felt it the other day, a disturbing sensation like that moment when the tow-rope parts, the strain too great for its rotten, decayed fibres to bear. The sulky, puzzled feebleness of the London politicians’ arguments sounds desperate and defeated. Alex Salmond has already won the September referendum. [....] But this does not stop me seeing what has happened. And I am amazed that so few have noticed the real problem. The leaders of the United Kingdom cannot argue for Scotland to stay in a country they themselves are working so hard to abolish....
  • If Scotland Votes for Independence, It’s Going to Need an Army

    01/22/2014 9:59:25 AM PST · by DesScorp · 53 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 1-22-2014 | Peter Vine
    This year voters in Scotland will decide whether to remain within the United Kingdom. Scottish sovereignty rides on two things: any eventual negotiations between London and Edinburgh and the gradually evolving position of the Scottish National Party, the primary backer of the independence bid. And if it happens, the resulting military reform is going to be a mess. If the vote is yay, the most optimistic date for negotiations is March 2016, but it isn’t out of the question that sticking points could push this back. Defense could be one of those points. In its white paper on a newly...
  • Letter Tied to Fight for Independence Is Found in Museum’s Attic

    01/01/2014 8:13:35 PM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Jan 2014 | James Barron
    It was lying in a drawer in the attic, a 12-page document that was not just forgotten but misfiled. Somehow it had made its way into a folder with colonial-era doctor’s bills that someone in the 1970s decreed was worthless and should be thrown away. Luckily, no one did. For when Emilie Gruchow opened the folder last summer and separated it from the doctor’s bills, she recognized it as a one-of-a-kind document. Ms. Gruchow, an archivist at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, was an intern at the museum in Upper Manhattan when she made her discovery. The mansion served as George Washington’s...
  • The Slavery Party, by Frederick Douglass

    12/09/2013 10:07:43 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 14 replies
    Original Sources | May, 1853 | Frederick Douglass
    The Slavery Party(title reference) The Slavery Party, full text, from a larger untitled speech. May, 1853. MR. PRESIDENT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: The resolution upon which I propose to make a few remarks respects the present condition and the future prospects of the whole colored people of the United States. The subject is a great one, and opens ample scope for thought and feeling. I feel a diffidence in undertaking its consideration for two causes: first, my own incompetence to do it justice; and the second is, the peculiar relation subsisting between me and the audience I am to address. Sir,...
  • Scottish independence plans dismissed as a ‘work of fiction’ as Alex Salmond insists…

    11/26/2013 4:44:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:30 EST, 26 November 2013 | Jason Groves and Gerri Peev
    Alex Salmond was accused of producing a “fantasy” manifesto last night as he tried to shore up faltering public support for his dream of Scottish independence. The Scottish National Party leader unveiled a 670-page “blueprint” setting out the case for independence ahead of next September’s landmark referendum. … Opinion polls over the last year have consistently shown a majority in Scotland are against independence, although a significant number of voters remain undecided, making the outcome uncertain. Mr. Salmond said an independent Scotland would keep the pound, the Queen and popular BBC programs such as Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders and CBeebies....
  • Overcoming the Modern Tories

    11/21/2013 12:10:38 PM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 4 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | 11-21-13 | Nelson Hultberg
    In 1776, the Tories timidly hid behind closed doors where it was safe and popular. They wallowed in pessimism and lamented that nothing could be done. The British were too strong. Why make a big fuss? But the rebels – men like Samuel Adams and John Hancock, Patrick Henry and Paul Revere – would have none of it. They possessed only a rag-tag army, but they knew they had moral truth on their side, and that the British Gargantua would fall precisely because of that. Entrenched authority has to justify itself morally and philosophically. And that is something that today’s...