Activism

Edinburgh City Council yesterday voted to recognise the occupation in Edinburgh's financial quarter in St Andrew Square in a motion put forward by Green candidate Maggie Chapman.

Occupy Edinburgh continues to camp out in St Andrew Square, the heart of Edinburgh's historic financial district. Participants are acting out of solidarity with the global Occupy movement which is seeking action on the iniquities caused by the bank bailouts and to stop the financial and ecological debt that is being diverted onto future generations.

Professor Yasir Suleiman CBE FRSE
Professor of Modern Arabic Studies, University of Cambridge

It started with Adusters magazine's poster, inspired by the Arab Spring, suggesting that Americans Occupy Wall Street on 17th September. "Bring tent" said the poster. They did, in huge numbers. And they stayed. Surprising media commentators and the authorities, the movement continues to grow globally.

Ten years ago it was widely publicised that minerals such as coltan and cassiterite used in electronics, particularly cell phones, were funding violent militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo

According to the Marine Conservation Society, Scotland had the highest average litter levels in the UK of six out of the seven sewage-related debris items: condoms, cotton bud sticks, nappies, tampons/tampon applicators, toilet fresheners, and sanitary towels/pantyliners/backing strips.

The joint winners of the 2011 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award were announced yesterday. The winners of the award that honours productions fighting for human rights were Sold (view photos), directed by Catherine Alexander at the Pleasance Courtyard, and The Wheel, directed by Vicky Featherstone at the Traverse.

The Festival of Politics 2011, which runs from 20 - 27 August, presents a diverse programme of events bringing together politics, media and the arts through performance, discussion and debate.

Plans to demolish the auditorium of the former Odeon Cinema on Clerk Street and build an "arts hotel" were given the thumbs down by Edinburgh city councillors yesterday.

All hands on deck for this community clean-up of the popular, sandy Belhaven Beach. This volunteer event is being run by Surfers Against Sewage, with support from Barefoot wines, as part of a UK beach cleaning tour of 14 beaches between May and September.