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The Demise of the Nation State – Scotland on the Euphrates – By Uri Avnery

The Demise of the Nation State – Scotland on the Euphrates

20/09/14 –  Uri Avnery

TWO COUNTRIES competed this week for first place in news programs all over the world: Scotland and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

There could not be a greater difference than between these two countries. Scotland is damp and cold, Iraq is hot and dry. Scotland is called after its whisky (or the other way round), while for ISIS fighters, drinking alcohol is the mark of unbelievers, who should lose their head (literally).

However, there is one common denominator of both crises: they mark the approaching demise of the nation-state.

MODERN NATIONALISM, like any great idea in history, was born out of a new set of circumstances: economic, military, spiritual and others, which made older forms obsolete.  Continue reading

Tartan: Its Journey Through the African Diaspora’

CIAD presents ‘Tartan: Its Journey Through the African Diaspora’

By ARC Magazine Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

 The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD) presents its first major project titled ‘Tartan: Its Journey through the African Diaspora’, which tells the story of how tartan travelled around the world and through its influence led to aspects of material culture being developed  in certain parts of Africa and the Diaspora. The project looks at how these cultures adapted, adopted or absorbed this influence to bring significance to fabrics such as madras cloth. Madras cloth was created in India and then sold to people in the Caribbean, the fabric has been used in the development of many islands national dress.

How two votes could diminish Britain’s role in the world forever (+video)

How two votes could diminish Britain’s role in the world forever (+video)

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The UK is set for a major shift in its place in the world, as Scots vote on independence this fall and PM David Cameron looks to hold a referendum in 2017 on leaving the EU.

LONDON – By Staff writer / May 15, 2014 Christian Science Monitor

When the Cutty Sark regularly plied the oceans of the world in the 19th century, no one doubted where Britain was moving. The tea clipper was just a single part of the massive political and economic might of the forward-looking British Empire.

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The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained

The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained