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Showing posts with label Scotland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scotland. Show all posts

Monday, March 11, 2019

Ten Things a Scotsman Noticed about America

There is a booming cottage industry of YouTube vloggers who share and celebrate the cultural differences between the United States and other nations and cultures.  Some of the most prominent, well-subscribed vloggers are British, and their commentaries are a fascinating window into the United States and our cultural differences and similarities.  Since a major theme of our humble blog has been to promote and celebrate the bonds that unite the English-speaking peoples, as Churchill understood the term, we are going to begin posting some of the more interesting and insightful of these.

We start with a very engaging Scotsman, Shaun from Edinburgh, whose enthusiasm and interest in the United States has resulted in his adopting the term "y'all."  We hope you will enjoy!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Robert Burns Day - "The Peoples Poet" - BBC Documentary

Writer Andrew O'Hagan asks what made Robert Burns one of the world's favorite poets. He travels through the landscape of modern Scotland in a poetic journey to the places that inspired Burns and to discover the story of his wild and dramatic life.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Kosovo Independence Fueling Nationalist Movements in EU

The Basque Country straddles France and Spain

Pakistan's Daily Times sees the European Union as a catalyst to European separatist movements and believes that if Kosovo declares independence from Serbia after Monday's UN-set deadline for reaching a settlement, a "powerful precedent will be set for separatist movements across Europe" -- from Spain to Scotland.

The Daily Times reports:

There is a real risk that the quasi-dogma of the intangibility of borders which has existed since the end of the Second World War will fall," French political scientist Jean-Yves Camus of the Paris-based IRIS institute told AFP.

"This would benefit movements which seek to rewrite the map of Europe based on ethnic, linguistic or cultural criteria," added Camus, a specialist on separatist movements in Europe. Kosovo's ethnic majority leaders are widely expected to unilaterally declare independence from Serbia in early 2008 but have vowed not to do so without US and European Union approval. "In the West, this solution will set off separatists in Europe. Look at Scotland, Catalonia, the Basque Country," Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published in the French newspaper Le Figaro earlier this year.

As in other separatist regions of Europe like Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium, and northern Italy, supporters said Catalonia deserved extra powers because it makes a bigger contribution to the economy.

For many nationalists, membership in the 27-nation European Union has only served to make separation seem more viable. The emergence of similar lifestyles and English as a common language in Europe, combined with the disappearance of borders and the lack of democratic legitimacy of EU bodies, had fuelled "the development of micro distinctive identities," said Camus.