Scotland demonstrates against Donald Trump


This video says about itself:

Scotland Against Trump: Edinburgh Meadows – Pre March Speeches

11 February 2017

Pre March Speeches including Maggie Chapman co-convener of the Scottish Green Party & and brief few words from David Jamieson from Commonspace.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thousands of Edinburgers tackle Trump on the street

Monday 13th February 2017

THOUSANDS of people took to the streets of Edinburgh at the weekend in protest at the politics and policies of US President Donald Trump.

Saturday’s demonstration saw banner-carrying protesters, who had been bussed into the city from all over Scotland, chanting: “Stop deportation” and carrying placards bearing slogans such as: “No to racism, no to Trump.”

Organised by Scotland Against Trump, the colourful march started from the Meadows before crossing the Royal Mile and continuing over North Bridge.

It was expected to continue along Regent Terrace, past the US consulate, but police prevented marchers from approaching the building. The march ended at the Scottish Parliament, where the demonstrators held a rally.

The event included speeches by human rights groups, trade union representatives and anti-racism campaigners.

After the arrival at Holyrood, Scotland Against Trump said it was time to fight back against Mr Trump’s policies.

USA: HOW THE GRAMMYS GOT POLITICAL The 59th annual Grammys had a political undertone, from host James Corden’s jokes and Katy Perry’s “Persist” armband to Busta Rhymes’ commentary.

Donald Trump, a Scottish poem


This video from Scotland says about itself:

A Scot’s Lament fur her American Fellows (Oan their election of a tangerine gabshite walloper)

29 January 2017

Scathing Trump poem – winner of New Zealand poetry competition

Lorna Wallace (Kilmarnock, Scotland) hopes “President Donald Trump” reads her poem in Burns style.

By Lorna Wallace in Scotland (in Scots language):

A Scot’s Lament fur her American Fellows (Oan their election of a tangerine gabshite walloper)

America, aw whit ye dain?!
How could ye choose a clueless wain
Ti lead yir country? Who wid trust
A man sae vile?!
A racist, sexist eedjit
Wi a shite hairstyle?

Yet lo, ye votit (michty me!)
Ti hawn’ this walloper the key
Ti pow’r supreme, ti stert his hateful,
Cruel regime
.
A cling ti hope that this is aw
Jist wan bad dream.

But naw, the nightmare has come true,
A curse upon rid, white an’ blue,
An’ those who cast oot Bernie
Must feel sitch regret
Fur thinkin’ Mrs. Clinton
Was a safer bet
.

So noo we wait ti see unfold
Division an’ intolerance, cold;
A pois’nous bigotry untold
Since Hitler’s rule

As the free world’s hopes an’ dreams
Lie with this fool.

Alas, complainin’ wullnae change
The fact this diddy has free range
Ti ride roughshod ow’r human beings
That fall outside
The cretinous ideals borne of
His ugly pride.

Awch USA, we feel yir woes
An’ pour oor wee herts oot ti those
Who ken this oarange gabshite isnae
Who they chose,
But jist sit tight; Trump’s cluelessness
Will time expose.

Fur sittin’ there beside Obama
Efter the election drama,
Trump looked like reality
Had finally hit:
Aboot the role of president
He knew Jack shit.

Poutin’, glaikit through this farce,
His mooth wis pursed up like an arse,
His Tangoed coupon glowin’ like
A skelped backside.
Despite all his bravado
Trump looked keen ti hide.

Let’s therefur no despair an’ greet,
Or see this outcome as defeat.
Let’s wait an’ watch this bampot
Flap his hawns an’ squirm
When presidential pressures
Crush him like a worm.

Hawd oan ti values you hold dear,
Don’t let this numpty bring yi fear,
His chants of hatred don’t speak fur
The human race.
Love will endure despite this
Oarange-faced disgrace.

So USA, in ma conclusion,
Know we Scots feel your confusion:
We are also chained ti those
Not of oor choosin
’.
Stand firm fur unity will break
Through Trump’s delusion.

This poem won the Robert Burns Poetry Competition in New Zealand.

Lorna Wallace is 24 years old and currently work in her mum’s fabric and wool shop. She studied English with Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and in her third year (at the beginning of 2014) she decided to set up a poetry blog to go along with her coursework.

Lorna has always loved Robert Burns’ work and can’t think of anything more expressive and heartfelt than the Scots dialect. For her, it conveys a warmth and honesty unlike any other.

In January 2014 Lorna wrote her first ever Burns inspired poem, ‘Tae A Selfie’, which went viral on Facebook and Twitter overnight and was published in the small poetry magazine, ‘Poetry Scotland’. Excerpts were also published in The Times. Since then it’s also been published in the poetry anthology, ‘Funny Ha-Ha: Funny Peculiar’ by Bloodaxe Books.

Lorna’s interest in Burns stems from learning about him in primary school and falling in love with the dialect and rhythm of his writing. She also thought it would be fun to imagine the things he’d write about if he were alive today (cue her poems about selfies, social media, student living and politics).

On Tuesday and Wednesday, protests continued across the US against the policies of the twelve-day-old administration of Donald Trump … The demonstration in Washington surrounded the Supreme Court building. In New York, protesters marched on Trump Tower, where 11 were arrested, including Gwen Carr, mother of the late Eric Garner, who was murdered by New York City police in 2014 for selling individual cigarettes on the street: here.

Screen Actors Guild award winners, artists, athletes and others protest US travel ban: here.

Immigration Ban Separates Breastfeeding 11-Month-Old From Mother For Hours At Airport: here.

CIA’s New Deputy Director Is A Veteran Spy Who Oversaw Black Sites Where Detainees Were Tortured. Her selection for the role may mean Trump is ready to move back to harsh treatment of detainees: here.

Scottish veterinarian stranded at airport by Trump


This video from Britain says about itself:

29 January 2017

I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home’: Sir Mo Farah slams Trump migrant ban as a British woman is left stranded and a Tory MP can’t travel to see his son.

Sir Mo Farah has criticised Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown which he fears may ban him from returning home to his wife and daughters who live in the US.

The President signed an executive order on Friday which prevents any citizen of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days.
One of those countries is Somalia, the birthplace of Britain’s most successful athlete who won double Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016.

The long-distance runner, who is currently training in Ethiopia, lives with his family in Oregon.

Sir Mo wrote on Facebook: ‘On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien.

‘I am a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years – working hard, contributing to society, paying my taxes and bringing up our four children in the place they now call home.

‘Now, me and many others like me are being told that we may not be welcome. It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home – to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice.’

‘I was welcomed into Britain from Somalia at eight years old and given the chance to succeed and realise my dreams. I have been proud to represent my country, win medals for the British people and receive the greatest honour of a knighthood.

‘My story is an example of what can happen when you follow polices of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation.

Sir Mo still does not know if the ban applies to him because even though he was born in Somalia, he now only holds a British passport. Due to return home in a few weeks, he is seeking to clarify the situation with the US authorities.

The sudden ban has affected dozens of other British residents, many of whom have been trapped in transit, unable to fly to the US.

Airlines such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are offering refunds to customers whose travel plans have been ruined.

One woman affected is Hamaseh Tayari, a UK resident with an Iranian passport, who is stranded in Costa Rica after being denied boarding a flight home to Glasgow because it was due to stop-over in New York.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Glasgow vet stranded in Costa Rica by Trump

Monday 30th January 2017

GLASGOW vet Hamaseh Tayari has been left stranded in Costa Rica because of US President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown, it was reported yesterday.

Ms Tayari, who holds an Iranian passport, had been due to fly back to Glasgow via New York at the weekend after a holiday in Latin America.

But she was stopped by the executive order signed by Mr Trump that imposed a 90-day ban on entry to the US for nationals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

An appeal launched on Saturday night raised more than £6,000 to help cover Ms Tayari’s costs of booking alternative flights.

It is hoped that she can return to Scotland tomorrow.

Leftover cash will be donated to the Scottish Refugee Council to support more protests against the president’s policy.

MEXICO’S Jewish community joined the country’s government at the weekend to slam Israel for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tweet applauding Donald Trump’s border wall plan: here.

Nuclear weapons endanger the world


This video from Scotland says about itself:

2nd October 2015 in Buchanan St Glasgow. The Scottish CND launched the Declaration to Respect Scotland and Scrap Trident. This film shows the launch event with peace giants Big Sandy and CiNDy, Patrick Harvie MSP, Cllr Anna Richardson, Gavin Newlands MP and Alison Thewliss MP who shared the launch event.

By Zoe Streatfield:

Britain ‘is tiptoeing towards 3rd era of nuclear standoffs

Monday 14th November 2016

BRITAIN is “tiptoeing towards a third era of nuclear confrontation in Europe,” warned SNP MP George Kerevan on Saturday.

Mr Kerevan told the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) at a meeting in Glasgow that the US’s decision to move its nuclear bombs to Romania following last July’s attempted coup in Turkey was “not about safety but rather a very serious threat to the Russians.”

The East Lothian MP also slammed the influence of Britain’s war lobby saying: “Every day at Westminster the military are there in force, backed up by all the major defence companies.”

The British army and Nato are shifting their focus from “counter-insurgency” to full-on war with Russia, he warned, which could “provoke a crisis.”

Mr Kerevan suggested that a North Atlantic peace movement should be created to prevent Nato’s militaristic build-up.

“We need a campaign to get the tactical nuclear weapons out of Europe altogether, return to the conventional forces treaty and remove the anti-ballistic missile shields,” he said.

Scottish CND secretary Janet Fenton warned that nuclear weapons were “the greatest threat we face” as their use would kill millions and “completely poison the planet.”

She welcomed the passing of a “landmark resolution” by the United Nations last month which “brings an end to two decades of absolute paralysis” on multilateral disarmament — though Britain voted against it.

The resolution triggers a UN conference in March aimed at negotiating a treaty which would outlaw nuclear weapons.

American nazi band not playing in Scotland


This video from the USA says about itself:

Teenage Sisters Singing: Neo-Nazi Beliefs Have Changed as These Two Girls Grew Up

20 July 2011

Two girls who used to play in a neo-Nazi band explain what drove them to change. For more, click here.

By Zoe Streatfield in Britain:

People power forces neonazis to cancel gig

Tuesday 18th October 2016

ANTI-RACIST campaigners claimed victory yesterday after a neonazi concert due to be held in Scotland later this month was cancelled.

US white power band Bound for Glory were booked to perform in Falkirk this Saturday but cancelled the gig due to fears that anti-racist activists would target the event.

The cancellation was announced on Sunday by organiser Vicky Pearson, who said the concert had to be called off due to a combination of adverse media attention, the likelihood that the US band members would be refused entry into Britain and fears that the venue would pull out.

A spokesman for anti-racist and anti-fascist campaign group Hope not Hate said: “While obviously we will remain vigilant to ensure that she [Ms Pearson] is true to her word, we can celebrate a huge victory for people power.”

Labour MSP Neil Findlay, who also pushed for the gig’s cancellation said: “This is really good news — groups like this have no other purpose than to spread division and hate.

“We must always to be vigilant to ensure they don’t play in any of our communities.”

More than 1,700 people contacted their MPs and MSPs over the weekend expressing their disgust at the event.

However, more than 500 tickets had been sold for what was believed to be the biggest-ever white supremacist gig in Scotland.

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson had pledged to write to Westminister Home Secretary Amber Rudd recommending that she refuse the entry of the band to Britain.

Mr Matheson said: “There is no place for hatred of this kind in Scotland.”

Last week The Washington Post published a story about Derek Black, son of Don Black, the founder of the white nationalist website Stormfront. The story is about a boy who grew up taught to hate other races and religions. He became a leader for his family’s cause. Then he went to college, and everything changed. Eli Saslow, the reporter, tells Derek Black’s story with an empathetic eye. We spoke to Saslow about this story by phone on Thursday. This interview has been condensed and edited: here.

American neonazis in Scotland


No nazi gig in Scotland

By Peter Lazenby and Zoe Streatfield:

Rudd urged to block visit by US nazi band

Saturday 15th October 2016

Anti-racists fear violence at Edinburgh gig

ANTI-RACIST group Hope Not Hate has called on Home Secretary Amber Rudd to ban a US neonazi rock band from entering Britain for a concert.

White power band Bound for Glory (BFG) is due to play in Edinburgh next Saturday and it is feared that hundreds of neonazis will attend, mainly from outside Scotland.

The group has organised an online petition, sent a letter to Ms Rudd and urged the Scottish government to ban the concert.

Hope Not Hate director Nick Lowles warned: “This will be the largest white power concert ever to take place in Scotland.”

A neonazi concert in Cambridgeshire last month was attended by 600 fascists.

Bound for Glory were refused entry to Britain in the 1990s, with the lead singer blaming “the Jewish-controlled government.”

Mr Lowles said: “Most of those attending the BFG gig will be from England and Germany, with as few as 100
people actually coming from Scotland.

“This means that over 400 nazis will be staying in the city and, with the movement’s history of violence, this is a clear threat to the diverse communities of Edinburgh.”

He said the concert was being organised by London-based Vicky Pearson — who has been involved in the Blood and Honour neonazi music scene — and her Scottish-based boyfriend Thomas Stenhouse.

Volunteers running the Morning Star’s weekly sales stall in Glasgow are regularly confronted by neonazis shouting “Sieg heil.”

Volunteer Tommy Morrison said: “Sometimes they are mob-handed. They try to cause trouble and cause fights.”

He appealed for more volunteers to staff the stall.

Regular volunteer and Communist Party member Keith Stoddart, a pensioner, chased off a fascist last Saturday.

“A young guy from National Action ran up to the stall and grabbed a flag and ran away.

“I ran after him — the guy stopped, gave a nazi salute, and shouted ‘Race traitors’ and ran off.

“I wanted to engage with him and explain how fascist and racist beliefs damage our communities, not just get the flag back.”