PEOPLES, NATIONALITIES, NATIONS, NATION STATES, NATIONALISM AND NATIONALISTS

A young comrade after reading the UK State, Britishness and the ‘Racialised’, ‘Ethnicised’ and ‘National’ Outsiders (http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2016/03/02/britishness-the-uk-state-unionism-scotland-and-the-national-outsider/) has asked Allan Armstrong to clarify the differences between Nationalities, Nations and Nation States. Here is a section of Allan’s book, Internationalism from Below, volume 1, which explores these concepts.   PEOPLES, NATIONALITIES, NATIONS, NATION STATES, NATIONALISM AND NATIONALISTS…

HAMISH HENDERSON, FOLK SONGS AND THE BUILDING OF SCOTTISH LEFT WING IDENTITY

Adam Ramsay of  open democracy has written the following review article after seeing the new film, Hamish, about the life of Hamish Henderson. It was first posted at:-    https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/adam-ramsay/hamish-henderson-folk-culture-and-building-of-scottish-left-wing-identity   HAMISH HENDERSON, FOLK SONGS AND THE BUILDING OF SCOTTISH LEFT WING IDENTITY   For me, he was the polyglot communist who first translated Antonio Gramsci into English.…

SCOTLAND AND THE EASTER RISING

  Celtic Connections Event Friday, January 15th, 17.00 City of Music Studio, Royal Concert Hall   for tickets go to:-  http://www.celticconnections.com/events/Pages/event.aspx?ev=debf3997-126f-4987-8d5c-a5460122d826   Scotland and the Easter Rising, edited by Kirsty Lusk and Willy Maley brings together writers, journalists and academics to reflect on the part played by Scotland in 1916 and its legacies. The Easter…

19th EDINBURGH RADICAL BOOK FAIR, 28th Oct – 1st November

  Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair 2015   The 19th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair   –  the alternative international book festival – will take place from Wednesday 28th October to 1st November 2015 in Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG, Scotland, UK.    Follow us on  @WordPowerBooks  

JOE HILL – ‘THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED’

JOE HILL  – ‘THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED’ featuring Arthur Johnston, Eileen Penman, George Duff, Forgaitherin’ and Ray Burnett Thu 5 Nov | 7pm (2hrs)   The Carrying Stream Festival Scottish Storytelling Centre   Reception: 0131 556 9579 Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR Tickets from the Storytelling Centre: £10 (£8) 19…

LGBT RIGHTS IN IRELAND – A BEACON OF LIBERATION FOR US ALL

Following the inspiring referendum vote in support of gay marriage in Ireland, E&L is posting the article below from Socialist Democracy (Ireland).   The 22nd of May was a truly historic day. The population of the Irish state, long seen as a bastion of Catholic conservatism, voted in an overwhelming majority to amend the constitution…

Plane Wreck at Los Gatos

Words by Woody Guthrie, Music by Martin Hoffman The crops are all in and the peaches are rott’ning, The oranges piled in their creosote dumps; They’re flying ‘em back to the Mexican border To pay all their money to wade back again Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye, Rosalita, Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria; You…

MAY DAY GREETINGS

In the run-up to the General Election next Thursday, this year Emancipation & Liberation is devoting its annual May Day Greetings to  messages of support from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England for Steve Freeman who is standing as republican socialist candidate on an ‘internationalism form below’ in Bermondsey & Old Southwark (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfuPJcSwc6c and https://youtu.be/WuSFclgQ7BU).      …