What is CABLE?

CABLE is a monthly online magazine offering high-quality analysis of international affairs. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, CABLE stands out for its bold analysis and opinion pieces, interesting interviews, and strong images.

The CABLE team is eclectic in its outlook. We’re interested in everything from trade, development and energy issues to diplomacy, human rights and conflict. As a Scottish publication, each edition of CABLE carries features which will have a ‘local’ interest for a Scottish readership. However, our network of international contributors ensures that we also cover issues from across the world. CABLE is aimed at anyone with an interest in international affairs.

As a monthly publication, we’re freed from the imperative to pursue news stories. This format allows us to take a more reflective approach to current events, and to analyse issues in a wider context. We are enthusiasts of long-form content – each edition of CABLE carries articles of up to 4000 words, thus allowing our contributors more scope in their writing.


Why the name ‘CABLE’?

In thinking up a name for our magazine, we were looking for a pithy, memorable title which alludes to the practice of international affairs. We decided on the name ‘CABLE’ – as in diplomatic cable. The name of our magazine is thus a nod to the enduring need to communicate in politics and international affairs.


Who produces CABLE? 

CABLE is produced by a small, dedicated team, some of whom write regularly for the magazine. The Editor of CABLE is John MacDonald. Contributing Editors are Norrie MacQueen and David Pratt. The rest of the team are: Lyndsey Croal (communications, writer, editorial); Lindsay Hastings (Lindsay runs our popular 7 Questions feature); and Lindsay Mackenzie (writer, editorial). Our technical support is provided by Green Corrie Consultants.


Can I contribute to CABLE?

The CABLE team welcomes approaches from any writer, photographer, social media, web, or business expert who thinks they can enhance our work. If you think you can add something to CABLE, please contact us.

We’re very happy to receive pitches from writers who can make a quality contribution to our output. The best guide to the kind of content we publish is to look at what we have published previously. Please take time to look through our website. Pitches to our editorial team should be sent through our Contact Us form.


Do I have to pay to read CABLE?

CABLE was created to encourage greater analysis of international affairs in Scotland. We want as many people as possible to read our work. We therefore maintain open access to our website. It is not compulsory to pay to read CABLE. However, you should pay to read!


Why should I pay to read CABLE?

Producing CABLE is a full-time endeavour. It is time-consuming. It is costly. We need to generate income to maintain a modest core of staff, and to offer reasonable payment to journalists who may wish to write for us. It’s important to us that talented people are paid when they exercise their talents on our behalf. We also have a wide array of expenses to meet, ranging from administration and website support, to travel costs and equipment. CABLE is Scotland’s only dedicated international affairs magazine. If you value what we do, please support us by subscribing.


You can subscribe to CABLE for less than £1 per week. We invite you to be as generous as possible in supporting Scotland’s monthly international affairs magazine.