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Havana in mourning:
The Guardian, by Stephen Gibbs, Jonathan Watts and Ted Francis
Date: 30th Nov 2016

Revolution … is sacrifice,” echoed the trembling voice of an elderly Fidel Castro around the streets of Old Havana at dawn on Saturday, as Cuban state radio began replaying his speeches, the day after his death.

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Tears in Havana
Scottish Review, Alan Fisher
Date: 30th Nov 2016

She was surprised by the tears. She didn't think she would cry. She told me of the woman she saw earlier who was weeping. It was a lot of emotion she said, almost dismissively.

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The Trump Tax Cut versus Universal Basic Income
Evonomics, by Tom Streithorst
Date: 30th Nov 2016

Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump because she did not provide a solution to the grave economic problems facing the American middle and working class. Hillary pretended the economy was getting better, and of course in some ways it was.

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Community Choices Fund
Scottish Government
Date: 30th Nov 2016

In February 2016, the Scottish Government announced a new £2 million Community Choices Fund to support participatory budgeting (PB) in 2016/17 as a tool for community engagement.

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Groundhog Day? Explaining 50 years of Failed Renewal
Bella Caledonia, by Douglas Robertson
Date: 30th Nov 2016

“Yet the political problem here runs far deeper, for throughout the last 50 years neither the eradication, nor ever the amelioration of poverty – the elephant in the scheme – has ever been an explicit ambition of government renewal policy

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#ShiftThePower: the rise of community philanthropy
Alliance, by Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight
Date: 30th Nov 2016

In this special feature on community philanthropy, we propose a new paradigm called ‘durable development’.

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Our Democracy: Act as if we know it
Independence Live
Date: 24th Nov 2016
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Leonard Cohen Makes it Darker
New Yorker, by David Remnick
Date: 24th Nov 2016

When Leonard Cohen was twenty-five, he was living in London, sitting in cold rooms writing sad poems.

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International author rallies Scotland behind Basic Income revolution
Common Space
Date: 24th Nov 2016

Campaigners gather to plan an overhaul of the welfare and work system in Scotland

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New homes scheme to increase affordable housing aims to build community spirit in Maryhill
Evening Times, by Caroline Wilson
Date: 24th Nov 2016

A scheme which aims to increase affordable housing, cut fuel poverty and foster community spirit is being planned for the north of Glasgow.

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Changing times
Daily Record
Date: 24th Nov 2016

The Scottish League of Credit Unions has traditionally been the champion of the smallest, most local of credit unions. The kind that often operate out of a committee member’s front room and are wholly dependent on volunteers.  

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Still much progress to be made on land reform
Herald Scotland, by David Ross
Date: 24th Nov 2016

Much has been made of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen being on course to become Scotland’s largest private landowner as he collects Highland estates to pursue his goals for environmental improvement.

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Scottish Government anti-poverty tsar calls for tax rises
Press and Journal, by Andrew Liddle
Date: 24th Nov 2016
The Scottish Government’s anti-poverty tsar has said taxes need to rise to tackle inequality.
 
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The left must pledge to tame rampant capitalism and champion diversity
Herald Scotland, by Neal Ascherson
Date: 24th Nov 2016

All over the world, left-wingers have their faces in their hands. (And by left-wingers, I mean everyone who believes that humans were made to co-operate rather than compete.) 

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"Democracy"
Leonard Cohen
Date: 17th Nov 2016
It's coming through a hole in the air, 
from those nights in Tiananmen Square. 
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Heaven—Haven
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89)
Date: 16th Nov 2016

A nun takes the veil

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Time to reform Scotland’s unloved councils
Edinburgh News, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 16th Nov 2016

The Scottish Government plans to “transfer” £100m of council tax spending directly to schools. It’s a bold, populist move that will bypass structures of local governance but probably succeed for the same reason Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton last week

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If Scotland were 100 people, they would be......
BBC
Date: 16th Nov 2016

If you were to imagine Scotland as 100 people, who would they be?

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The Wee Govan Pipers
The Media Co-op
Date: 16th Nov 2016

They’re 10 years old. They're Scottish, Chinese and Nigerian. They can reduce a grown policeman to tears.

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‘Going On To Happy’ Team Foster Care
Media co-op
Date: 16th Nov 2016
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‘A Strong Man’ Devised
Men’s Group at Maryhill Integration Network
Date: 16th Nov 2016

‘A Strong Man’, made by refugee men who fled from their homes in countries including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan and Syria to seek sanctuary in Scotland

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Leonard Cohen obituary
The Guardian, by Adam Sweeting
Date: 11th Nov 2016

Canadian singer, songwriter, novelist and poet revered for works including the song Hallelujah 

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It was the rise of the Davos class that sealed America’s fate
The Guardian, by Naomi Klein
Date: 10th Nov 2016

They will blame James Comey and the FBI. They will blame voter suppression and racism.

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Board Recruitment
SportsScotland
Date: 10th Nov 2016

We are recruiting to fill upcoming vacancies on the sportscotland Board. 

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Green MSP calls for return of free-to-air TV broadcasts of Scotland matches ahead of Auld enemy clash
Herald Scotland, by Andrew Whitaker
Date: 10th Nov 2016

Scotland football matches should be shown on free-to-air television, a Green MSP argued ahead of this week's World Cup qualifier with England.

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Structure rather than behaviour: on the causes of poverty
London School of Economics, by Glen Bramley
Date: 10th Nov 2016

Whether poverty is caused by behaviour or economic factors is an ongoing debate, with the Right usually supporting the former, and the Left the latter. Drawing on a recent study,

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More than 200,000 children growing up 'in poverty'
BBC News
Date: 9th Nov 2016

More than 200,000 children are growing up in poverty in Scotland, a new study has suggested.

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The core of Andy Murray’s genius is there is nothing fake on court or off it
The Guardian, by Kevin Mitchell
Date: 9th Nov 2016

Pick up any dictionary and check the definition of honesty. There will be references to integrity, loyalty, candour, right-mindedness, authenticity

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Big Society was thriving in Wick long before it became a political slogan
The National, by Alyn Smith
Date: 9th Nov 2016

David Cameron – remember him? – talked a lot about the Big Society. 

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Edinburgh’s Sophie wins Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Third Force News, by Susan Smith
Date: 4th Nov 2016

The founder of Remade in Edinburgh has won UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year 

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The SNP has forgotten how to fight for social justice
The Guardian, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 2nd Nov 2016

When the SNP finally wakes up and realises that it had better fire the starting gun soon on the second independence referendum, it will be faced immediately with some decisions that will have a significant bearing on the final outcome.

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Raise The Anchor
Crowdfunder
Date: 2nd Nov 2016

Raise and conserve the anchor and chain from The Floating Church, an important link to Scottish history and the Scottish Free Church.

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Back to basics
Red Pepper, by Barb Jackson
Date: 2nd Nov 2016

I started organising for a basic income during the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) for unconditional basic income in 2013.

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In pictures: Trail showcases Glasgow murals
BBC Scotland
Date: 2nd Nov 2016

A new Mural Trail has been devised aimed at showcasing artwork which has been appearing on walls around Glasgow.

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Britain set for new wave of prefabs to help tackle housing crisis
The Telegraph, by Ben Riley-Smith
Date: 2nd Nov 2016

Britain is to get a new wave of prefabs as ministers plan to offer help to build 100,000 ready-made homes to try to solve the housing crisis, the Telegraph has learnt.

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