News in Scotland - Monday

Syria has been caught up in geo-political rivalry leading to the
displacement of over a million Syrians

Scottish News: News in Scotland - Monday


Scottish posties in walkout

Post office workers across Scotland are on strike today to defend their jobs, conditions and to prevent closures. The industrial action by members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) comes after similar action on Saturday across Britain. Unions warn of "prolonged industrial action" aimed at preventing the franchising and closure of post offices and defend jobs and pay.

Armed forces day to be held in Scotland just ahead of referendum

Stirling has been chosen as host for next year's UK Armed Forces Day just months ahead of Scotland's independence referendum. Some pro-independence campaigners have greeted the news with scepticism as the celebrations will be about celebrating Britishness amid the heat of the referendum campaign. The moves comes against a backdrop whereby the UK government will spend millions celebrating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1. Normally, the end of wars are commemorated. The referendum, to be held on Sept 18 next year, will also come just months after the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

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UK crisis: Cameron's conduct threatens press freedom

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has warned the UK government that its action in relation to the US National Security Agency (NSA) leaks could undermine press freedom. The UK government's attempt to destroy leaked documents - at the offices of The Guardian - in relation to mass surveillance was an "act of intimidation" which threatens press freedom according to the world press body which described Mr Cameron's government's actions over the data leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowdon as "deeply regrettable". It went on to describe the detention David Miranda - partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald - under terror legislation as "outrageous and deeply disturbing". "The apparent misuse of this particular element of anti-terror legislation places journalists, and those aiding journalistic work, under suspicion of being terrorists or having involvement in terrorist activities...We respectfully call on you to reaffirm the United Kingdom's commitment to a free and independent press and to realign the various government and police authorities behind this unequivocal message." said WAN-IFRA.

Syria: Britain and US ready to use force despite no evidence Assad's forces used chemical weapons

Western nations are planning to take unilateral military action against Syria based on claims from opposition insurgents that it was President Assad's forces which used chemical weapons. Concerns are mounting that Britain, France and the US - which have backed the insurgents since the beginning of the conflict - will take action without the endorsement of the United Nations. Russia is cautioning that weapons' inspectors be allowed to examine the site of the tragedy in order to try and ascertain which side perpetrated the atrocity and the extent of the human suffering. Syrian authorities have facilitated access to the area for weapons' inspectors. There have been reports that the UK government may seek to take military action without a recall of parliament which has been called for by both the Labour Party and the SNP. Recent reports claim that the weapons' inspectors vehicles have been fired on by snipers.


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