Scotland against National Front nazis


This 2014 reggae music video is called Al Campbell – National Front. It is a song against the British nazi party of that name.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Scotland: Anti-racists to protest against neonazi march

Saturday 25th March 2017

ANTI-RACIST campaigners will gather in Edinburgh today to protest against a march called by the National Front during a Sikh festival taking place in the city.

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) Scotland warned that the “tiny and vicious group of fascists” in seeking to capitalise on the horrific attacks in Westminster this week to promote their hatred and division.

UAF Scotland spokeswoman Margaret Woods said that the far-right had been stopped by mass movements in the past and that “the fascists are small in the UK as anti-fascists have been on guard.”

Scotland has a proud history of organising against the far-right, and only recently campaigners ensured that a neonazi Blood and Honour gig due to take place in Edinburgh was cancelled.

Ms Woods said: “UAF Scotland stands with all who oppose fascism and their engine of racism,” and called for mass mobilisation against the fascists.

SNP MP Tommy Sheppard, who will be speaking at the event said the fascists “can fuck off,” and said it was vital to “confront racist ideology wherever it raises its head.”

Syrian refugee artist donates work in Scotland


This video from England says about itself:

27 August 2014

‘Syria’s Apex Generation’, an exhibition featuring recent works by artists Nihad Al Turk, Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Othman Moussa, Mohannad Orabi, and Kais Salman. Curated by art historian and Ayyam Gallery Artistic Director Maymanah Farhat, the exhibition will spotlight a new school of Syrian painting in the midst of expansion despite the disintegration of the Damascus art scene, its original centre. This multi-venue group show will be held at Ayyam Gallery’s London location from 7 August until 12 September.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Syrian artist donates work to thank supporters

Thursday 23rd March 2017

A SYRIAN artist who came to live in Scotland as a refugee has donated some of his work to a charity auction to thank those who helped him.

Nihad Al Turk, who had won awards for his artwork in Syria, came to Edinburgh in 2015 on the first flight for refugees from Lebanon.

With support from The Leith School of Art (LSA), Mr Al Turk created a mural to mark Refugee Week.

His work features mythological creatures, used as metaphors for his experiences of war in Syria.

Speaking through an interpreter, he said: “I worked hard for many years to build my career as an artist at home. But the war meant all that was lost and it became too dangerous to stay there.

“My aim is to start all over again and build my reputation in this new country that has been so kind to us.”

He has donated three works to an auction to raise funds for LSA outreach programmes.

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.