Analysis: The empire strikes back in Ecuador, and what it means for Scotland
The mass movement for sovereignty in Ecuador speaks to key problems facing democracy in the modern world
TWENTY years after protestors in London and Seattle took to the streets in opposition to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and World Trade Organisation (WTO) these institutions are once again attempting to overthrow democratic rule.
Analysis: 100 years on from independence, Afghanistan is still a pawn in great power games
With the western powers negotiating with the Taliban, 18 years of ceaseless bloodshed has proven to be pointless
THIS week marks the centenary of Afghan independence from British rule (19 August).
The occasion was marked by weekend bombings, claimed by the Islamic State franchise in Afghanistan, even as the US edges closer to a deal with the Taliban.
Beyond the Noise: Imperialism now - how British banks exploit Africa
Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.
IN THIS week's podcast Jamieson is joined by Gyekye Tanoh, Head of Political Economy Unit at Third World Network-Africa, who was in Glasgow to speak to a Global Justice Now Scotland meeting on the West's economic relationship to Africa.
Trump in the UK - what might Scottish independence from US power look like?
Allegiance to the US empire ties Scotland into a global network of anti-democratic force
AS tens of thousands protest around the UK against the visit by US President Donald Trump, his British sympathisers are complaining that he should be respected for what he represents – the most powerful state in the world and the UK’s ‘most important ally’.
Analysis: Libya is another 'intervention' calamity created by the west - is it finally time to learn?
All the UK's major parties backed the bombing of the now wrecked country in 2011
GENERAL Khalifa Haftar's forces are on the outskirts of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, and thousands of people, including US officials, are fleeing as the strong man’s militia attack airports and other infrastructure.
This dramatic and violent twist in post-2011 Libya is just the latest in a country descended into chaos after Nato’s bombing, which led to the demise of Muammar al-Gaddafi’s regime.
Sarah Glynn: As hunger strike rolls on, let’s join the Kurds in a celebration of resistance
As the Kurds celebrate Newroz, there situation remains as dangerous as their resistance heroic
TODAY the Kurds celebrate Newroz, the Kurdish new year. A momentous twelve months has come to a close, and their fate in the year ahead hangs in the balance. For the followers of the liberational ideas of Kurdish leader and radical thinker Abdullah Ocalan, dangers assail them on every front.
Analysis: Micro-politics isn't enough - we must address the partition of Ireland
Debates around the UK border in Ireland and the so called 'backstop' bring the crisis elements of the British state into sharper focus
AMONG the many hurdles facing the Brexit process and the British Government, perhaps the most intractable so far has proven to be the plans for a backstop plan covering a ‘open border’ on the island of Ireland - movement of people and goods across the UK state's border in Ireland.
Analysis: 5 of the worst crimes of Winston Churchill
There's no question of Churchill's racism and crimes against humanity
SCOTTISH Green MSP Ross Greer has drawn the ire of such renowned historians as Good Morning Britain's (GMB) Piers Morgan with his claims that Britain's wartime leader Winston Churchill was a "white supremacist" and "mass murderer".
In the end the GMB presenters seemed to decide that Greer wasn't wrong about Churchill, simply that it was "so offensive" of him to recall the historical record.
Analysis: The world must recognise the Venezuelan coup for what it truly is
Those seeking the downfall of the Maduro government are aligning themselves with Trump and Bolsonaro
WHAT constitutes a coup d'état? To find out, take a look at what’s happening in Venezuela.
The old joke about Venezuelan politics is that nobody is entirely against the idea of a coup, because at some point or another, everyone has tried to pull one off.