Planning officials in Edinburgh City Council state that the demolitions of the listed buildings in Cannongate to make way for luxury flats, offices and a hotel will go ahead: however, activists in the Save Our Old Town campaign vow that opposition to the gentrification is not over yet. A demonstration is planned to take place at the City Chambers on the 6th of February during the final decision on this controversial and high profile development.
Educational day school open to all, with seminars looking into a range of issues including; Islamophobia, the Middle East and military recruitment, to name but a few.
Diversity Films screenings taking place at Platform at the Bridge (Glasgow) in 2008. See http://www.diversityfilms.org.uk/Screenings.html
In the Philippines, one of the poorest countries in Asia, 40 percent of the people live in poverty. Conditions there have sparked a large radical movement, heavily repressed by the government.
After months of silence (comparable to the gap between the Inquiry finishing and the previous administration deciding to overturn it), there's news on the M74 Extension.
And it's good for a change. The shoddy behaviour around the contracts is the subject of a formal complaint to the European Commission's anti- ant-competitive practices body.
By merging the two contracts into one, and by the companies forming a single consortium, (or "cartel", or "conspiracy"), the parties determined to wreak havoc on the southside of Glasgow are falling foul of recently-toughened contract tendering guidelines.
It may be a political move but it apparently threatens the (already seriously ropey) project.
Witness the shitness:
"Negotiations between Transport Scotland and Interlink M74, the consortium of Balfour Beatty, Morgan Est, Morrison Construction and Sir Robert McAlpine, should have finished last April."
"Transport Scotland now having just ten days left to strike a deal by the end of the 90-day statutory period, on 7 February."
"Completion of the project has been pushed back to 2011, and it now remains to be seen whether that will be delayed further."