The Scottish Referendum: No Tactic Too Cynical

September 18, 2014

The London establishment ought to be careful what it wishes for in Scotland. “England would lose a surly lodger, and gain a good neighbour.” That's the oft-repeated summary of Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, on how the relationship between the two countries would be transformed...

The Scottish Referendum: A Butterfly Rebellion

September 16, 2014

The British state has sent its big guns to Scotland, and found them overwhelmed by a movement of a thousand butterflies. The lairds came to warn us villagers to do as we were told. Then the lords came to warn us villagers to do as we were told. But we were in the fields building a...

Independent Scotland: A Wish for the Chance to Make Our Own Mistakes

September 15, 2014

Scottish independence is the first stage in a process to work toward a better society. The way the debate on the pros and cons of the potential independence of Scotland has developed has been fascinating in a number of ways. The first is the considerable gap between the selectivity and the...

The Scottish Referendum Explained

September 15, 2014

Will Scotland secede from the United Kingdom? Background On September 18, 4 million voters in Scotland will be asked a “yes” or “no” question that could have profound implications for their country, and for the United Kingdom of which it is a part: “Should Scotland be an independent...

Scotland’s Independence: One-Way Ticket to Uncertainty?

December 04, 2013

The SNP has unveiled its independence white paper. But how realistic are its tenets? Scotland joined England over 300 years ago after the Acts of Union were signed in 1707, following Scotland’s failed attempt of colonizing Panama that left the country nearly bankrupt. Now, the citizens of...

Observing the Possibility of Scottish Independence

May 26, 2013

Sarah Eltantawi suggests that the debate on Scottish independence can provide useful insights for the Arab world. Those with attention turned habitually elsewhere in the world may not know the details of the Acts of Union of 1707, unifying Scotland and England. These acts, passed under the...