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Alex Salmond faces another blow as Nato say independent Scotland would have to reapply[PA]
The declaration comes a day after Scottish First Minster Alex Salmond argued that the benefits of using a missile-testing range in the Hebrides would far outweigh concerns over pledges to give up its nuclear weapons.
The nationalists have maintained Scotland would remain part of a wider defence union as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
However the focus on pledges to get rid of Trident missiles, misses the point, according to the source at Nato.
Abandoning a nuclear deterrent would not endear an independent Scotland to the alliance, said the source, and, as a new state, Scotland would have to reapply.
There are member states who would fear the consequences that welcoming Scotland would have on their own nationalist movements
A senior source
The source went on: There is another issue that nationalists seem not to have considered. To become a member an independent Scotland would have to have the unanimous support of all 28 nations.
There are member states who would fear the consequences that welcoming Scotland would have on their own nationalist movements.
Of all Nato member states, 17 have separatist movements.
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By Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch LONDON (MarketWatch) U.K. stocks were hit hard on Monday, as increased tensions in Ukraine stirred the financial markets and spooked investors out of equities. Aggreko PLC declined after a broker downgrade
Scotland Joins Worldwide Gay-Marriage Wins
On Tuesday, Scotland became the 17th country to legalize gay marriage after a bill passed in the Scottish Parliament. The news comes after a big year for gay rights, as 2013 brought the Defense of Marriage Act’s end in the US, Pope Francis’s groundbreaking comments, and a series of countries across the globe taking action to legalize same-sex marriage.
We’re seeing more and more wins for marriage equality around the world, but there’s still a long way to go,especially considering that homosexuality is, sadly, punishable by death in some Asian and African countries. So as we hope to see more acceptance of the LGBT community globally, let’s cheer on the countries that have paved the way for same-sex marriage by legalizing it nationwide.
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BIRMINGHAM Texas A&M junior Deon Lendore received the SEC Mens Runner of the Week honor following the world-leading time he set in the 400 meters this past weekend. Lendore won the event during the Texas A&M Triangular with a time of 45.74 seconds. On a weekend that included Chris Brown of the Bahamas clocking 45.93 in Glasglow, Scotland and Floridas Arman Hall posting a 45.84 on Kentuckys oversized track, Lendore topped both efforts as he broke his own meet record of 45.91 in the 400, lowering the indoor collegiate dual meet record he set in 2013
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Months in Year 1746: January February March April May June July September October December Events 1 – 27 of 27 Jan 3rd – Bonnie Prince Charlies army leaves Glasgow, [NS=1/14] Jan 8th – Bonnie Prince Charlie’s troops occupy Stirling [NS=Jan 19] Jan 14th – Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army leaves Glasgow [OS=Jan 3] Jan 17th – Battle of Falkirk Muir, the Jacobites under Charles Stuart defeat Hanoverian forces.
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You must travel this district to see it. Not that it is small or unimportant. It is neither; but the most of it is concealed from distant view by heights of land surrounding it
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Opponents of gay marriage in Scotland are being marshalled to vote out politicians who supported the measure, in a coordinated election strategy which could unseat up to ten MSPs
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Resolution to SNP Conference: Foreign, Security and Defence Policy Update:
The Foreign, Security and Defence policy of Scotland should be determined by the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament and always reflect the priorities of people living in Scotland.
An independent Scotland will be an outward-looking nation which is open, fair and tolerant, contributing to peace, justice and equality. By mobilising our assets and the goodwill and recognition that Scotland enjoys in the world, we will provide sustainable access to natural resources to tackle need and prevent insecurity in the world for this and future generations.
The SNP reiterates its commitment to non-nuclear defence, international law, the United Nations and supporting multilateral solutions to regional and global challenges.
While conventional military threats to Scotland are low, it is important to maintain appropriate security and defence arrangements and capabilities. This includes a cyber security and intelligence infrastructure to deal with new threats and protect key national economic and social infrastructure.
Scotland is maritime nation with more than 11,000 miles of coastline, including nearly 800 islands, critical under-sea and offshore infrastructure and an area of responsibility extending far into the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean.The SNP recognises our national responsibilities as a northern European nation to work with our neighbours to fulfil current defence and security responsibilities and improve collective regional arrangements. Environmental changes to the High North and Arctic Region raise major regional challenges and responsibilities which Scotland shares.
Scotland will require military capabilities to fulfil these responsibilities. These will be provided by the Scottish defence and peacekeeping services which will be answerable to the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament. An independent Scottish government led by the SNP will commit to an annual defence and security budget of 2.5bn, an annual increase of more than 500m on recent UK levels of defence spending in Scotland but nearly 1bn less than Scottish taxpayers currently contribute to UK defence spending.
The Scottish armed forces will comprise 15,000 regular and 5,000 reserve personnel, operating under Joint Forces Headquarters based at Faslane, which will be Scotlands main conventional naval facility. All current bases will be retained to accommodate units, which will be organised into one regular and one reserve Multi Role Brigade (MRB). The air force will operate from Lossiemouth and Leuchars.
Regular ground forces will include current Scottish raised and restored UK regiments, support units as well as Special Forces and Royal Marines, who will retain responsibility for offshore protection.
The Scottish armed forces will be focused on territorial defence, aid to the civil power and also support for the international community. The Multi Role Brigade structure and interoperable air and sea assets will provide deployable capabilities for United Nations sanctioned missions and support of humanitarian, peacekeeping and peace-making Petersburg Tasks.
SCRAP TRIDENT: LET SCOTLAND LEAD THE WAY TO A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD A Weekend of Protest and Action. Glasgow Demonstration Saturday 13th April. NVDA Training & Workshops Sunday 14th April. BIG BLOCKADE to SHUT DOWN FASLANE Monday 15th April. Save the Date. Spread the word. For more info see scraptrident.org
Scrap Trident Weekend of Action called initially by the following Groups: Trident Ploughshares Stop the War Scotland (&local groups) Scottish CND (& local CND groups) Radical Independence Conference Faslane Peace Camp Edinburgh Peace Justice Centre Scottish Greens Scottish Socialist Party Socialist Workers Party International Socialist Group Scottish Womens International League for Peace and Freedom Black Triangle
The SNP may have voted at its recent conference to switch to a pro- NATO policy but the question of an independent Scotlands membership of the alliance has not gone away.
For one thing, the vote was very close and many SNP members have spoken out strongly against NATO at the conference and later. We applaud the principled stance of the two MSPs, Jean Urquhart and John Finnie, who resigned over the issue. We also know that there are many SNP members and activists who are appalled by the outcome, who recognise the serious damage that has been done to the partys reputation and who will work for a reversal of the decision.
The issue is also more widely alive as people across the country and beyond hammer out their vision of what an independent Scotland might be like. There is a job to be done in making quite clear just how harmful NATO membership would be to a country hoping to play a peaceful and constructive role in the global community. The No To NATO Scotland Coalition is willing to play its part in that work by continuing to do what it can to keep the vision of a peaceful and peace-loving Scotland to the fore.
No To NATO Coalition Scotland -Press release: 7th October 2012
Members of the No To NATO Scotland Coalition have warmly welcomed the news that Alex Salmond is proposing that the constitution of an independent Scotland should include a ban on nuclear weapons, while calling on the SNP leadership to follow the logic of that principled stance and reject membership on the NATO military alliance. The Coalition has also welcomed the emergency resolution passed at the Scottish Green National Conference proposing a constitutional ban not only on nuclear weapons but on membership of any nuclear armed alliance. Continue reading
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From Democracy Live: The Equality Network; Stonewall Scotland; Quakers; LGBT Youth Scotland and the Scottish Transgender Alliance give evidence
The two sides of the same-sex marriage debate have given evidence to MSPs.
The Equal Opportunities Committee is examining the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.
Pro gay marriage advocates, Tim Hopkins, of the Equality Network, and Colin MacFarlane, of Stonewall Scotland gave evidence.
Kieran Turner, of the Evangelical Alliance Scotland, and John Deighan of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Scotland spoke against legal changes.
The Scottish government introduced the same-sex marriage bill at the end of June.
It is now undergoing scrutiny before committee members and in the Scottish Parliament chamber.
Mr Hopkins and Mr MacFarlane told MSPs on Thursday it was right that churches wanting to conduct same-sex marriages in Scotland should opt in to the system.