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Scotland Decides ’14: if No Wins, What Happens Next?

September 12th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Karly Kehoe, Neil Blain and Trevor Salmon, The Conversation

Will the heady blend of Westminster love-bombing, ominous corporate warnings and a saltire flag over Downing Street be enough to persuade the Scots to come back into the fold? We have already looked at what will happen if they vote Yes. Now we we ask our panel what would will happen if they opt for No.


If Scotland votes No, there will definitely be another referendum. You can’t have half the population saying they want independence and expect them to disappear. The timing would depend on how Westminster responds to the result. Scotland must be given a genuine form of devo max. If it just brushes it aside and makes token gestures, the second referendum would come a lot sooner.

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Unintentional Self-Parody: The Failed Banks Warn Scotland Against Independence

September 11th, 2014
in Op Ed

by William K. Black, New Economic Perspectives

I do not know whether the Scots should vote for independence. I assume that the odds are they will vote against it. I do know that the reasons advanced for voting against independence by business interest are false. Indeed, the opposite of what they claim is far more likely to be true. What I find a joy to behold, however, is the suggestion by the banksters that the Scots should get their economic advice about independence from a group of failed and often fraudulent parasites and that they should avoid any action that creates "uncertainty" or would cause them to act as a Nation rather than a U.K. province. There is a serious effort to make independence from the Brits sound like the path of economic madness.

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WMDs, Germs, and Economies: Part I

September 10th, 2014
in Op Ed, syndication

Written by

Some people make history; some people record history; some people read history; while still others ignore history and remain completely ignorant about it. Why are we so different? Are we unequal at birth?

To ultimately understand human inequality, Jared Diamond wrote a book of historical significance: Guns, Germs, and Steel, for which he has certainly made history.

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Battle for Mosul Dam: A New Age of Water Wars Beckons

September 8th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Jonathan Bridge, The Conversation

Exactly a year ago, the world was wrestling with the possibility of another US-led military assault on an Arab state, following the horrific gas attacks in Damascus, Syria.

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We Still Don't Have a Good Way to Measure Global Corruption

September 8th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Paul Heywood and Jonathan Rose, The Conversation

Corruption is an urgent global problem, one that cosats the developing world dearly and badly slows its development down. But until recently, figuring out just how big the problem is, and what to do about it, has been fiendishly difficult.

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