Steve Hynd, who is Scottish, details the hows and whys of the huge win by the populist Scottish National Party last week when they won a majority in parliament. The SNP describes itself as center-left, which by US standards would be considered far left. They favor no fees at universities and have already instituted free prescriptions for drugs. Scotland has huge mostly untapped wind, wave, and tidal power and could easily support itself should it vote for independence, something the SNP plans on bringing to referendum within five years.
The SNP, who have been around for decades, won because they a) never gave up, b) clearly stand for something. This is how to win in America too.
The Republican debate was characterized by a surprising amount of antiwar and anti-drug war views. Ron Paul has always championed such views. It’s unclear whether some of the rest believe this too or are just mouthing such views to make Obama look bad (just like how the anti-war movement was mostly anti-Bush.)
Will bin Laden’s assassination boost India’s stature in the region? They’ve already started making overtures to Afghanistan with offers of funding, perhaps to combat their proxy war against China in Pakistan. The US isn’t particularly relevant.
Topics are Pakistan, Libya, Scotland elections, True Finns, Republican debate, more.
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Maybe Qadaffi should be assassinated. But the US shouldn’t do it. Libyans don’t appear to want outside help and may well be able to do it themselves. This is as it should be. But what if US military made available to all photos of Libyan troop movements?
CIA operative Raymond Davis was Â arrested in Pakistan after killing two Pakistanis. It’s not clear what he was doing there or what firm he was contracted from.
US Uncut is modeled after UK Uncut and targets corporations that pay no taxes. They plan dozens of flash mobs this Saturday.
Middle East protests may topple more governments but the underlying problems of poverty, rising prices, and income disparities will remain. Will the outcome for many of these countries be something like Pakistan is now? And who is Raymond Davis, supposed diplomat who killed two Pakistanis with highly accurate shots and is now jailed there? Labor unions and Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin show some steel. This could go national. Let’s hope so.