Aug 18, 2014

Polls suggest defeat in Scottish vote

With just a month to go until Scotland votes on independence from Britain, polls suggest the plan will be defeated, leaving First Minister Alex Salmond and the “yes” camp in an uphill battle to secure victory. Salmond has struggled to convince a majority of ...

Sunshine on Leith

Jul 23, 2014

Sunshine on Leith

by Kaori Shoji

Who wouldn’t want a man that walks 500 miles (and 500 more) just to be with you? In 1988 the Scottish band The Proclaimers released their album “Sunshine on Leith” featuring the song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” which had all the buoyant freshness ...

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 ...