Jul 11, 2014

Is there a right to secede?

by Peter Singer

If a majority of the voters in a distinct region of a country favor independence, does that mean that they have a right to secede? Paradoxically the EU has made it more feasible for states like Scotland and Catalonia to consider independence.

Apr 22, 2014

Failed gamble in New World still relevant to Scots

A few years before giving up its independence, Scotland took a bold gamble to secure a brighter future, founding a colony on the isthmus of Panama to corner trade between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The 1698 venture ended in tragedy, helping to push ...

Take a walk on the mild side in remote Scotland

Mar 29, 2014

Take a walk on the mild side in remote Scotland

by Cara Anna

I don’t have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It’s true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you’re hearing English or Gaelic. All of that’s fun. But I’m just here to ...

Hearts battle heads in Scottish independence debate

Mar 19, 2014

Hearts battle heads in Scottish independence debate

Scotland’s swithering “middle million” has Britain’s future in its hands. Swithering means wavering, and it’s a word you hear a lot in Scotland right now. Six months from Tuesday, Scottish voters must decide whether their country should become independent, breaking up Great Britain as ...

Dec 17, 2013

Is a U.K. breakup in sight?

by Hugh Cortazz

The white paper that the Scottish government has produced in favor of independence is long on aspirations and short on detailed responses to the problems that an independent Scotland would face.

Independent Scotland would keep queen, dump nuclear deterrent

Nov 27, 2013

Independent Scotland would keep queen, dump nuclear deterrent

An independent Scotland would keep the pound and the British monarchy but establish its own defense force, First Minister Alex Salmond said Tuesday as he unveiled detailed proposals ahead of next year’s referendum. Launching his regional government’s long-awaited blueprint for leaving the United Kingdom, ...

Apr 4, 2013

Scottish writer Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Scottish author Iain Banks revealed Wednesday he has late-stage cancer and is unlikely to survive beyond a year. The 59-year-old, who has written more than two dozen science fiction and mainstream novels, said a CT scan at the beginning of March had revealed “the ...