FROM Kate Devlin
Scotland Votes Down Independence Despite recent polls showing it too close to call, Scottish voters decided yesterday to keep the United Kingdom together by a margin of 55 percent to 45. The concession by Alex Salmond, says it all. He was the leader of the independence movement. Salmond has resigned as First Minister of Scotland. Kate Devlin is political correspondent for the Herald of Glasgow.
Lead-up to the Scottish Independence Vote Britain’s three political parties don’t agree on much, but they are united in wanting Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom. Prime Minister David Cameron warns that independence would lead to a “painful divorce.” Will Scotland vote to go it alone on Thursday? Kate Devlin is political correspondent for The Herald of Glasgow.
Scotland Poised to Vote on Independence It’s been 307 years since Scotland and England became the United Kingdom, but generations of Scots have never lost their yearning for independence. In 1997, they established their own Parliament but, for many, that isn’t enough. In less than two weeks, all residents 16 and over will have a chance to create a separate county. Just one vote could make the difference. We’ll hear what that means for Britain’s identity crisis, and for independence movements in Spain, Italy and other countries in the European Union.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?