News in Scotland - Friday

Angus Robertson, the SNP's Westminster's leader, has said of David
Cameron's Commons defeat over Syria: "We’ve finally learned the
lessons from Iraq.”

Scottish News: News in Scotland - Friday


Foreigners targeted in Glasgow by UK government

A controversial Home Office campaign which includes an invitation to "ask about going home" has been branded as "shameful". A poster seen in Glasgow, at the immigration centre which serves Scotland, says "let us help you go home." The public inquiries office in Glasgow is reported to be inundated with images of aeroplanes while seats have signs suggesting: "Ask about going home." and "Is life here hard? Going home is simple." The campaign has been widely condemned across Scotland. James Dornan, SNP MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, said the campaign is "xenophobic". He is reported as saying: "I am writing to Theresa May to find out if she thinks this type of manipulative messaging to people in very difficult situations is appropriate or not. Did she authorise this campaign? And if not, does she approve of it? And will she commit to ending the use of this inflammatory language immediately?"

Davidson targets youth vote in referendum

The leader of the Scottish Tories, Ruth Davidson, has predicted that young Scots will vote 'no' in next year's independence referendum. In a speech titled "A Union for the Next Generation" the Tory leader claimed that the SNP vision of independence or connecting directly with nations internationally without the filter of Westminster - was out of date in the modern world which she said is "increasingly interconnected and interdependent". Ms Davidson raised fears of "barriers" and "drawing a new border" arguing that the SNP vision is "downright old fashioned".

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Glasgow satellite could change understanding of universe

A space mission in 2015 involving a satellite constructed with a key component created by the University of Glasgow will utilise technology in order to detect gravitational waves. The waves are caused by violent space events such as the stars exploding and will be analysed by the LISA Pathfinder satellite which will be launched by the European Space Agency (ESA). The crucial part of the satellite called the optical bench was built at Glasgow University scientists, led by Dr Harry Ward, and forms the heart of the mission which will cost £340mn and involve other nations and include NASA.

Westminster parliament “finally learned lesson from Iraq”

Prime Minister David Cameron was defeated in the House of Commons in his attempt to solicit backing for military strikes on Syria. Chancellor George Osborne today said that he hoped it was not "the moment where we turn our back on the world's problems". Airstrikes would, according to leading charity Christian Aid, deepened the humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighbouring countries causing civilian deaths and threatening critical relief efforts. In the debate before the vote David Cameron described the Syrian government as war criminals despite widespread scepticism that there is compelling evidence over who was to blame for the atrocity. Labour leader Ed Miliband said he had not ruled out support for military action and criticised Cameron for his "reckless and cavalier" approach which, he claimed, lost him support. The failure of Cameron to gain parliamentary support for another military strike in the region came after former senior security advisor to the UK government, Baron Alan West of Spithead, warned that the UK and US had to produce "hard evidence" of their claims of Syrian government culpability. He added that the strikes could spiral out of control and help al-Qaeda-linked insurgent groups who form part of the insurgent opposition which is US-backed. Baron West asserted that such evidence was needed as since the Iraq war people do not accept such information from the government at face value anymore. He added that all the intelligence should be shared with the Russians and compare with their intelligence which they assert shows the insurgents were behind the attack and try to get to the truth. With such evidence an approach to the UN security council would stand a better chance of success. After the vote Education Secretary Michael Gove shouted “You’re a disgrace” at Tory and Lib Dem rebels, according to the SNP’s Angus Robertson. He added “He [Gove] had to be persuaded to calm down by a number of his colleagues,”...“I retorted, ‘It’s called democracy’, because that was what happened. We’ve finally learned the lessons from Iraq.” Nobel Peace Prize winner President Obama will now decide if the US will unilaterally attack Syria.

Irish poet Seamus Heaney dies aged 74

Seamus Heaney, the world-renowned Irish poet, has died in a Dublin hospital at the age of 74. The Irish poet won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 was designated a Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 1996. Born in Co Derry, Northern Ireland, Heaney was respected across Ireland and by all political divides.

Israeli soldiers who danced to 'Gangnam Style' with Palestinians disciplined

A group of Israeli soldiers on patrol in the West Bank on Monday have been disciplined after being caught on film dancing with Palestinians in a dance hall to the hit song 'Gangnam Style'. Israeli military authorities described the incident as 'serious'. The film reportedly shows one soldier on the shoulders of a Palestinian and others joining hands and dancing with Palestinian revellers in Hebron.


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