Politics

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.

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.

There are few speakers who attend the Edinburgh Book Festival who can command an audience the way Roy Hattersley does.

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.

Josie Long has been bringing quality stand-up to the Fringe for the last three or four years, winning the if.comedy award for Best Newcomer for her 2006 show, 'Kindness and Exuberance'. Her performances are generally marked by these gentler attributes, making her stand out from the usual vitriolic comedians that marks a lot of the newcomers to the Fringe comedy circuit.

The Speigeltent at the Edinburgh International Book Festival was near stowed for what promised to be a lively debate on whether, after the election of a

Less than a quarter of the electorate turned out for yesterday's City Centre ward by-election. The seat was narrowly held by the SNP party candidate Alasdair Rankin.

This Edinburgh City Council by-election in the City Centre Ward was created by the resignation of Cllr David Beckett who is leaving the country to study at Harvard University.

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.