Edinburgh CND: The EWJF continues (and other News: 7th October)

Untitled The Festival Continues:
Wed 10 Oct, 7 – 9pm What price Nuclear War?
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL
Edinburgh Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Statue Of Liberty Mushroom Cloud Atomic Bomb
Statue Of Liberty Mushroom Cloud Atomic Bomb

————                                                                                                                                                 Thu 11 Oct, 6.30 – 8.30pm: Film: Shadow World (exposes the reality of the global arms trade)
David Hume Tower, LG09, George Square, EH8 9JX
Campaign Against Arms Trade Scotland                                                                                   ———                                                                                                                                                        Fri 12 Oct, 7.30 – 9.00pm Just Transitions  Augustine United Church, EH1 1EL
Scot E3 (Employment, Energy and Environment)                                                                   ———-                                                                                                                                                      Sat 13 Oct, 11am – 4.30pm Book Fair and forums
Epworth Halls, Methodist church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX
www.sfbbooks.wordpress.com   We will have a stall at this event. We will also go to the East End of Princes Street from 1230 for our usual monthly leafleting session.

OTHER NEWS:

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1. A new project from Scottish CND with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to highlight the rich Scottish peace heritage with a focus on the nuclear disarmament. This project includes a free training workshop in video making and conducting interviews at an accessible venue with lunch provided. Scotland: A Peace of History will capture the key developments that shaped Scottish CND and the wider Scottish Peace Movement and share them with the whole community in a mobile exhibition and an online resource, marking the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
A large display timeline with pictures and explanatory texts will be produced and recordings with video testimonies will run on a screen accompanying the exhibition. A digital version of the timeline and additional materials will be made available online. With the help of volunteers and liaising with other groups we hope to launch by the end of the year and tour the country in public venues, schools and museums in 2019. The project will offer training opportunities, particularly for volunteers wanting to learn how to make a testimony video. We will include Scottish CND material currently held in our archives but we are inviting members and supporters to get in touch if they hold any relevant or rare materials like press cuttings, leaflets, photos, posters or CND merchandise. The free training workshop will run as part of the project and BAFTA New Talent Winning Filmmaker David Newbigging will teach participants valuable, transferable campaign skills and improve their knowledge of media and digital campaigning.
You can check out the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/286794425262842/
Attendance for this event will require a £10 deposit which is fully refunded on the day of the training. This deposit will be requested upon booking via Eventbrite. Free lunch will be provided and the venue is accessible.                                                                                        The next meeting for the 60th Anniversary Exhibition will take place next Thursday, 11th at 6:30 in the Scottish CND office.
2. CND UK: 
We’ve already seen the Public Accounts Committee warn that the MoD’s nuclear sites are a “ticking time bomb”, a report on nuclear divestment in Scotland, and good discussions at the CND fringe meetings at the Liberal Democrat and Labour Party conferences.annual conference, Towards a nuclear-free future: building change from the grass roots, is coming up on Saturday and Sunday October 20-21 at the historic Wills Memorial Building at the University of Bristol.
At a time of increasing global threats and amid an unstable political situation, conference is the chance to decide our direction for the next year and discuss how we respond to the challenges ahead.

  • Saturday October 20: CND AGM & policy conference

Our policy conference is on the Saturday, with delegates welcomed by Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire. CND members should visit our conference page to register by Friday October 12.

  • Sunday October 21: CND open conference

Open to all, Sunday’s conference, introduced by South West MEP Molly Scott Cato, will include workshops and debates on today’s vital issues – including grass roots campaigning, defence diversification, nuclear power and non-violent direct action.

Mean while: The United Nations Association – UK, the country’s foremost advocate for action at the UN, has issued a red card for Britain’s failure to live up to disarmament obligations and for its dismissive approach to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The body’s new report, the Global Britain Scorecard, explores whether the UK practices what it preaches after Theresa May pledged her support for the UN system. She has previously acknowledged its importance in addressing shared global challenges and delivering benefits to UK citizens and the wider world. Explaining the rationale for the red card, the UNA said:
“The UK has made little progress on its disarmament obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty since the welcomed, but modest, reductions announced in 2010. Rather than working in “good faith” for a world free of nuclear weapons, Britain has failed to participate in multiple initiatives and international fora aimed at making multilateral progress on disarmament, and has failed to follow UN guidance to adopt a constructive approach to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”
Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, said: “We welcome the UNA’s scrutiny of government policy. It’s a national shame that the UK has rejected the nuclear ban treaty out of hand when a majority of the world’s countries are working together to eliminate nuclear weapons. The UK nominally says it supports such multilateral diplomatic efforts, but in practice it is trying to wreck the initiative. “Theresa May’s government should be taking steps in good faith towards nuclear disarmament, but instead it has committed £205 billion to replacing Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system, and stands idly by while Donald Trump develops new ‘usable’ nuclear weapons that raise the threat of nuclear war.”
CND has always said that Trident is an irrelevant, ludicrously expensive weapon of mass destruction. And recent events certainly prove us right. In this month’s edition of Campaign magazine, read about the latest development that shows the project is in free-fall. You can also read about Trump’s latest ridiculous idea and find out what CND got up to at Labour party conference.
Read Campaign: October edition
Download Campaign: October edition
++++++More News from London: This week, activists from around the world are holding actions and protests to demand an end to plans for a US Space Force during the annual Keep Space for Peace week. In June, President Trump made a highly controversial announcement: he directed the Pentagon to develop a ‘Space Force’ – a new branch of the US military, ‘separate but equal’ to the US Air Force – to ensure ‘American dominance in space.’ Read CND Chair Dave Webb’s blog post
Here in Britain, at Menwith Hill outside of Harrogate in North Yorkshire tonight, a demonstration will take place between 6pm and 7.30pm. All are welcome to join. See Global Network Against Weapons website for more events. Future Wars Conference: The Impact of New Technologies 10th November • London The US Space Force will be a major theme of our Future Wars Conference that will explore The Impact of New Technologies, taking place on the 10th November in London.Tickets are available now
3. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre are  working with other groups to get approval for the memorial to be erected in Princes St Gardens in the midst of seven war memorials. Those who have died in war are well remembered in public space – with 37 war memorials in Edinburgh – but opposition to war has been a significant part of our history too. This Memorial will ensure that opposition to war is also represented in public space – and be a space for reflection on alternatives to war.
Approval by the Transport & Environment Committee is a crucial step. In a couple of weeks – we’ll start fundraising for the cost of casting and installing the bronze sculpture and granite bench. You can help get approval for the Opposing War Memorial at City Council next week.
Please take a few minutes today to send a message to your Councillor today about why he or she should support the proposal for the Memorial to go in Princes St Gardens. You can see a description of the Memorial design and read more about it hereHere are the names of the Councillors on the Committee. But you can also contact all your councillors.
Below is some text you can copy and paste and use as a basis for your message. Feel free to add your own reasons why they should support the Memorial.
Click the link below to go to the Write to Them website.  Just enter your postcode and the site will give you the names of your Councillors. Click on the Councillors names to open forms to send them messages.  Go to https://www.writetothem.com/ 

+++++The Crowdfunder will start on Monday 15 October when link will be available. Here is a report on the decision in the Edinburgh Evening News to share: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/peace-tree-memorial-to-honour-those-opposed-to-war-to-be-erected-1-4810908

4. SNP CND are holding a conference with their AGM on 4th November 2018

Albert Halls, Dumbarton Road, Stirling (FK8 2QL)
10:30am

5. nuClear News No.111 October 2018 is now available for downloading:
http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/NuClearNewsNo111.pdf

 6. The September edition of the NFLA Newsletter,  is on the NFLA website – http://www.nuclearpolicy.info/newsletters/nfla-newsletter-september-2018/ 
NFLA representatives attended a ceremony on 8/10 to rededicate Leeds memorial stone for the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association and encourages member Councils to support model resolution on the TPNW (see website)
7. Los Alamos: Several more countries  signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), joining the first 60 such states.

The ceremony is timed to coincide with today’s UN General Assembly “High-Level Plenary Meeting on Nuclear Weapons to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. http://www.lasg.org/

8. Beyond Nuclear International: (a) There is no “safe” dose of radiation, says the National Academy of Sciences. Our new handbook on radiation and harm to human health explains why. The 2018 World Nuclear Industry Status Report confirms nuclear power’s continued global decline, eclipsed by renewable energy. And a mother in Japan tells the harrowing story of how she fled Tokyo after her daughter showed signs of radiation exposure far away from Fukushima. (b)Two new reactors underway in Georgia, USA, just got the vote to continue. But locals fear more cancers, writes Jeremy Deaton, in a community already awash in radioactive contamination. The nuclear industry, meanwhile, is making a spurious case that it must continue in the interest of US national security — “one claim too many” write Victor Galinsky and Henry Sokolski of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Centre. (c) Information is essential, but it also needs to be understandable and accessible. And of course accurate! That is why Beyond Nuclear is producing a series of concise anti-nuclear handbooks and the first ones — on radiation and health and on why nuclear power can’t address climate change — are ready on our website. But, we absolutely must print these now and get them out to the people who need them. Please help us raise needed funds!
9. UNFOLD ZERO: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a passionate plea last week to nuclear-armed States to re-engage in ‘sincere, substantive and results-oriented dialogue towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons,’ and to ‘reinforce the norm against nuclear use‘ by affirming publicly ‘that a nuclear war cannot be won and therefore must never be fought.’
Guterres made his remarks at a high level meeting on nuclear disarmament held on September 26 to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
++++10. Edinburgh Stop the War’s October meeting 7.30pm on Monday 15th October at the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, EH1 2JN.  The agenda will include follow up on our recent public meeting on the arms trade in Scotland, planning action on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the SACC meeting on Islamophobia which we have cosponsored, Afghanistan and campaigning stalls.  This is an informal – participative meeting – hope to see you there.
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Edinburgh World Justice Festival 2018 is nearly with us

UntitledWORLD JUSTICE – 10 YEARS AFTER THE FINANCIAL CRASH

28 September – 20 October 2018 

It’s time for another Edinburgh World Justice Festival! – 16 informative and inspiring events about the big issues in the world and what we can do about them.  Here’s a summary of the programme – check out the details of the events on www.ewjf.org.uk and Facebook, put them in your diary and share it all with your friends.

#ewjf  #10yearsOn
The following Events may be of particular interest to CND members. NOTE EDINBURGH CND MEETING ON 10th:
Conference: Reimagining the Economy
Sat 29 Sep, 9:45 – 5:30pm Edinburgh Methodist Church 25 Nicolson Square EH8 9BX
EWJF and Jubilee Scotland. ECND will have a stall at this event.

 Followed by                                                                                                                                               Launch party!
Sat 29 Sep, 19:00 – 22:30 Join us for a fun evening
Greyfriars Charteris Centre, 140 Pleasance, EH8 9RR

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Tue 2 Oct, We will be having our usual organising meeting at 6pm in the Peace and Justice Centre. Then some of us will go to the following event:
Join the campaign for climate justice.
7.30pm Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX
Friends of the Earth Edinburgh / Stop Climate Chaos Scotland
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Thu 4 Oct, 7.30pmThe real cost of the Scottish arms industry
Augustine United Church, EH1 1EL
Edinburgh Stop the War                                                                                                             UN: Peacemaker or toothless tiger? How to reform the United Nations and bring about a more peaceful world. 6pm same day 50 George Sq. Room G.06Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre. EDINBURGH CND will be contributing.
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Fri 5 Oct, 7pm How to Sink an Arms Fair
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL
Campaign Against Arms Trade Scotland
Statue Of Liberty Mushroom Cloud Atomic Bomb
Statue Of Liberty Mushroom Cloud Atomic Bomb

Wed 10 Oct, 7 – 9pm What price Nuclear War?
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL
Edinburgh Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament                                                                  ————                                                                                                                                          Thu 11 Oct, 6.30 – 8.30pm: Film: Shadow World (exposes the reality of the global arms trade)
David Hume Tower, LG09, George Square, EH8 9JX
Campaign Against Arms Trade Scotland                                                                                   ———                                                                                                                                                Fri 12 Oct, 7.30 – 9.00pm Just Transitions  Augustine United Church, EH1 1EL
Scot E3 (Employment, Energy and Environment)                                                                   ———-                                                                                                                                              Sat 13 Oct, 11am – 4.30pm Book Fair and forums
Epworth Halls, Methodist church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX
www.sfbbooks.wordpress.com   We will have a stall at this event. We will also go to the East End of Princes Street from 1230 for our usual monthly leafleting session.

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OTHER NEWS:
1. Beyond Nuclear International:   (a) Almost 35 years ago to the day, we came close to oblivion. Thanks to one level-headed and stubborn Russian lieutenant colonel, Stanislav Petrov, who failed to sound what would have been a false alarm about a US nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, here we still are. But our luck could run out, writes Jon Schwarz in The Intercept. Where are the movies and TV shows like we saw in the 1980s to scare the wits out of us and spur real action?                                  (b) As the latest hurricane threatens coastal US nuclear plants, John Vidal’s timely article takes an in-depth look at the risks of nuclear reactors operating under climate change conditions, including sea-level rise. Plus the Climate Change chapter of the Beyond Nuclear A-Z handbook on nuclear power delivers the key arguments against nuclear power as a climate change “solution.”
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2. On Saturday 22nd we gathered at Faslane Peace Camp at 12 noon and walked from the Peace Camp to the North Gate of the base for a rally. Look out for all the reports.
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3. September Drones news available here: https://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com
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4. The Don’t Bank on the Bomb guide has now been published here: https://nukedivestmentscotland.org/
The successful launch meeting was held on 20th September
The story has been covered on the front page of The National newspaper this morning (see attached image). News coverage here:http://www.thenational.scot/news/16889891.stop-funding-armageddon-why-nuclear-investment-must-end/ and there’s an op ed here: Stop funding Armageddon – why nuclear investment must end
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5. On September 26, TOMORROW, (A) the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, world leaders will participate in a High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament. ‘The United Nations and its member countries should focus more on disarmament for sustainable development’ says 2016 Children’s Peace Prize winner Kehkashan Basu, who was last week selected by the President of the UN General Assembly to address the UN High-Level Meeting as one of the two speakers from global civil society.
++++++++Watch live on UN WebTV (10am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm).
(B) Also onSeptember 26th, ICAN be bringing a message to BNP Paribas: Nuclear Weapons are unacceptable, divest!
They know that when you choose the end of nuclear weapons it also means choosing to end investments in nuclear weapon producing companies. That’s why they’re using the 26thof September, the UN Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, to demand BNP Paribas choose wisely. They will be doing this by making a Splash Online,following an NFLA media release today 25th September 2018
NFLA highly concerned with nuclear safety at the Aldermaston and Burghfield nuclear weapon sites and seeks action from nuclear regulator
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6. CND travelled to Liverpool for the Labour Party’s annual conference, where they had two successful rings meetings. Living in the age of Trump, one of their main conference themes was calling for an end to the special nuclear relationshipWant to see the advert in the Guardian? Click here
++++++++26th:  CND Campaigners have responded to two announcements at Labour Party conference that commit the party to ending interventionist wars and creating a nuclear-free world. see http://www.cnduk.org
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7. The Public Accounts Committee has today warned that the infrastructure supporting the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet is no longer ‘fit for purpose’. The Commons Committee revealed that MoD decisions to delay maintenance at its 13 nuclear sites had created a ‘ticking time bomb’. Kate Hudson, General Secretary of CND, said:
‘We welcome this very frank PAC report which puts MoD incompetence and negligence in the spotlight. It’s clear that the MoD is overreaching itself financially: it clearly cannot afford to buy a new nuclear weapons system and maintain its other spending requirements. Spending on Trident replacement when it can’t afford general equipment is grossly irresponsible.
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8. News on the recently established Just Transitions Commission: NFLA Website: http://www.nuclearpolicy.info – includes links to NFLA Facebook and Twitter pages

Edinburgh CND News 10th September

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NAE NUKES ANYWHERE! 22nd September

Assemble Faslane Peace Camp 12 pm, Walk to North Gate where there will be a rally

Protest the Trident Weapon System! You can get there by bus from Edinburgh and there is also space to sleep in Glasgow (bring a mat and a sleeping bag) and there will be food and drink at the Rally along with stalls and singers and Indylive will be streaming events, and interviewing the folk – including celebrities and politicians – there on the day.Buses are running from various parts of Scotland and further afield. Lots of interesting meetings while the visitors are here, full details including transport details are posted on nuclearban.scot/Sep-rally

 
EVENTS BEFORE THE RALLY
 

1. Saturday 15 September, 4pm – 6pm: Peace Walk through Holyrood Park to the Salisbury Centre organised by the Peace and Justice Centre. Meet: Outside the Scottish parliamentJoin  for a walk through Holyrood park to the Salisbury centre with storytelling and music on the way and stay for a cup of tea in the centre’s lovely gardens. No need to book in advance – just turn up                                                                         If you can stay with us a little longer, they’d love you to join them  for our bring and share meal at 6.30pm, following a short AGM.Community meal, AGM and peacebuilding in schools workshop. After the shared meal from 7.30pm facilitators from the Peacebuilding for Schools project are offering an interactive taster workshop, for you to get a feel for how the project works. There’s no need to book for this, but it helps  plan. Tell us you’re coming

2. Monday September 17th at 7.30 Edinburgh Stop the War meeting at the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow EH1 2JN.  Report back from the UK Stop the War conference; a working session on our upcoming meeting on Scotland and the arms trade and will discuss ongoing campaigning around Yemen and the wider Middle East. These meetings are informal and agendas are flexible so come along with things you would like to discuss.

 3. Tuesday September 18 at 530pm in the Scottish CND office at 77 Southpark Avenue Glasgow G 12 8 LE .To ensure that the March and Rally at Faslane goes smoothly we require as many people as possible to volunteer to be stewards .
The main jobs of the stewards will be to walk on the outside of the March and help to ensure people get from the starting point of the March at the Peace Camp to the Rally point at the North Gate at Faslane . Anyone who can be a steward at the March and Rally is invited to come.

4. Wednesday 19th September from 7-8.30pm: Edinburgh CND will be having a banner and placard making workshop on  in the Peace and Justice Centre. This is after the meeting of the Cross-Party group at the Scottish Parliament.

5. Thursday 20 September, 6.30pm – 9pm. Stop Funding the End of the World.
University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square. Don’t Bank on the Bomb launch their new report – Stop funding the end of the world: Working to eliminate nuclear weapons through divestment. Supported by EdinburghCND
Click here for more information and to Register.                                                                    6. Also on Thursday :Tim Wallis of Nuclear Ban US, hopefully a speaker from the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Nuclear Weapons, myself and Flavia Tudoreanu from Peace Education Scotland speaking at the event. We are hoping to encourage Councils to develop resolutions to support the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and challenge the UK Government to engage in this debate. The seminar is on Thursday 20th September from 1pm – 3.30pm in Clydebank Town Hall, which is a short train hop from Glasgow Central.

 7. Friday 21st September 12.30: Bill Kidd MSP in conversation with Sharon Dolev (Israel) and Emad Kiyaei (Iran) in discussion on progress in the process towards gaining a treaty for a weapons of mass destruction free zone, and an organisation, METO to negotiate and monitor it. For anyone with an interest in obtaining peace and stability in the Middle East. Registration is necessary. Supported by Edinburgh CND Progressing The Possible.  PLEASE TRY AND BOOK BY TUESDAY 18th
Followed by
8. drop in welcome at the Peace and Justice Centre 2-4pm

 

EVENTS AFTER THE RALLY

 1. Sunday, September 23, 2:00pm There is a widespread support for the idea that Scotland and the UK should become a nuclear weapon free zone. Opposition to the renewal of Trident is an essential step toward this goal, but can Scotland truly be free of nuclear weapons as long as it is included within the NATO alliance? The Scottish Peace Network is sponsoring a forum that will present the views and experiences of those representing the peace and justice movements of several countries who remain within NATO on this vital issue. Speakers include: Dave Webb, chair UK CND; Roser Iborra, Popular Unity Candidacy of Catalonia (CUP); Maalke Bennes, PAX of the Netherlands; Reiner Braun, International Peace Bureau of Germany. Quaker Meeting House at 38 Elmbank Crescent (opposite Charing Cross station)                                                                                                                                              2. In Edinburgh same daySECURITY FEMINISM & THE BOMBUN HOUSE EDINBURGH 19.00 – 2100

3. 22nd to 25th September CND are delighted to announce that they will be appearing at this year’s The World Transformed festival in Liverpool 7 Mann Street, Liverpool L8 5AF. The World Transformed is a festival of politics, arts and music that runs alongside the Labour Party’s Annual Conference, working to build the movements both inside and outside of Parliament. There is growing support across the political spectrum for defence diversification – the need to redeploy highly skilled workers, like those involved in Trident, in socially useful parts of the economy. This is the theme of our talk at the festival and part of our campaigning activities at party conference.

On the 24th September at 1pm, CND’s Kate Hudson will chair the session Labour and Trident: do jobs justify making nuclear weapons?

CND add: It seems like everyone has that back to school excitement, with a new energy for the months ahead, including us here at the CND office. The autumn will be a busy period for us as we attend political party conferences, trade union meetings, rallies and our own annual conference. In this month’s edition of Campaign magazine, read about what we’ll be doing as a new parliamentary term, in particular, begins. Read also all about an important rally taking place at the Faslane nuclear base in Scotland.

Read Campaign: September edition
Download Campaign: September edition

4. September 26th is United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Abolition Day). UNFOLD ZERO: The day occurs on the anniversary of the 1983 incident in which a nuclear war was almost initiated by accident (See The Man who Saved the World). The day also occurs when world leaders (Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers…) are in New York for the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). And it is just prior to the deliberations of the UN Disarmament and International Security Committee (First Committee) which occur at the UN through-out October 2018.                                           Nuclear Abolition Day Actions

 

5. 29th September to 16th October: Edinburgh World Justice Festival. http://www.ewjf.org.uk. Edinburgh CNDs meeting will be on 10th October. Watch this space.

6. Monday 1 October from 18:30 – 21:00.  Tim Wallis will be speaking at Friends House in London. The event is called ‘Implementing the Nuclear Ban Treaty in the United States: Latest Update from Tim Wallis.’ Too far to travel? Try: https://www.gazettenet.com/Wallis-and-Elson-17302589

 

7. 24th-30th October. Basle Peace Office and unfold zero: Can you imagine one million notes each worth $1 million? That’s $1 trillion, the amount the nine nuclear armed countries plan to spend on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years. Basel Peace Office encourages you to join Count the Nuclear Weapons Money in New York from October 24-30 (UN Disarmament Week) to help count out one million of these notes and re-allocate the money from nuclear weapons to better purposesThis is one of a number of recent initiatives in the US Congress, and in state and city legislatures, to promote a U.S. No-First-Use policy.

8. A concert in November: https://www.napier.ac.uk/about-us/events/play-for-peace-a-concert-for-cooperation

OTHER NEWS:
1. nuClear News No.100 September 2018 is now available for downloading here:

2. The August 2018 edition of the NFLA Newsletter. It can be found on the NFLA website and has also been linked on the NFLA’s new Facebook and Twitter pages –http://www.nuclearpolicy.info/newsletters/nfla-newsletter-august-2018/

INTERNATIONAL: (NOTE WALES IN FIRST ITEM!)
1. Beyond Nuclear International: A 40-year effort by Traditional Owners and environmental groups in Western Australia to stop uranium mining is heating up. The case is in court but a hostile government has approved the mine. We tell the story of their struggle. And read the poetic description by Marcus Atkinson of Footprints for Peace, of walking in country with Aboriginal elders to learn about and enjoy the beauty of the land while protesting the uranium mines. Darlene Keju campaigned tirelessly for justice and the truth behind the atomic bombs the US “tested” in the Marshall Islands. She saw her home “blown off the face of the earth”. Displacement led to poverty, alcoholism and suicide among islanders. She vowed to help change their lives for the better. Nuclear power can be complex to explain. The Overview section of our new anti-nuclear handbook lays out the nuclear fuel chain in simple terms.
This week the focus is on Iran. The Tehran Peace Museum is run by veterans injured during the Iran-Iraq war, many of them by Iraq’s US-backed use of chemical weapons. Through exhibitions, events, and invitations to visitors from abroad, they bring a message of peace. Writer Vijay Prashad says Trump’s new sanctions against Iran, a result of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, make conflict in the region more likely. That’s also what CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin wants most to avoid. She is determined not to let the Iran nuclear deal collapse.
STOP PRESS: Wales is under nuclear siege! French nuclear builder, EdF, is about to start dredging radioactive mud from the Hinkley C two reactor site in England and plans to dump it 1.5 miles off the Welsh coast! There has been no Environmental Assessment and no independent testing. Cian Ciarán of the Welsh band Super Furry Animals, has brought a case to the Welsh High Court to secure an injunction to stop the dump. You can help support this legal action. Meanwhile, Hitachi is about to bulldoze countryside around the proposed Wylfa B twin reactor site in North Wales and a small modular reactor is slated for Snowdonia National Park at Trawsfynydd.
2.  The Walkatjurra Walkabout has finished with a storm (literally)! An awesome walk into Leonora with lots of support to keep WA nuclear free.  A successful public meeting the following day having CCWA Director Piers Verstegen come into Leonora to support the community and in particular the three Tjiwarl native title holders, Shirley, Lizzy and Vicky on the court challenge that included a visit to the proposed radioactive waste dump.  You can see photos and read about their adventures here.
3. Albuquerque, NM – 29/8 the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB, Board) convened a hearing to examine issues related to Department of Energy (DOE) Order 140.1, “Interface with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board,” approved by the Secretary of Energy on May 14, 2018.http://www.lasg.org/

 

 

Edinburgh CND news 24th August

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The centrepiece of SCND activities this year will be the Nae Nukes Anywhere International March & Rally organised at Faslane on 22th of  September.
Key international campaigners from at least six countries will be coming to Faslane to speak at the rally in an expression of global solidarity for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Please mark it in your diary and come joins us for what we hope to be the biggest demonstration in years at the Faslane gates.
Gather at the Peace Camp at 12 noon & walk to the North Gate to join the Rally.
You can find more details of the demo here. Transport arrangements, including buses from Glasgow & Edinburgh are listed and more will be added.  If you want leaflets/posters to publicise the event please get in touch with us and we’ll send some over.

Beyond Nuclear International: One week is not long enough to remember the horrific legacy of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We continue our coverage this week with author and scholar, Ward Wilson, who argues that the use of atomic bombs on Japan did not shock the country into surrender nor serve as a deterrent. Nagasaki survivors use old traditions to find new ways to tell their story and engage young people.
A Canadian minister’s tweet about women’s rights in Saudia Arabia caused that country to throw a political tantrum. As it purges everything Canadian, a nuclear deal with Westinghouse, now owned by a Canadian company, may go down as well. Meanwhile, a long-planned UN disarmament summit could be canceled by pro-nuclear forces. You can help save it.
See later posts for more details on some of these issues
 

Other Events

0. Sat 1st and Sun 2nd is the Mela at Leith Links.  Edinburgh CND will join Edinburgh Stop the War in leafleting and petitioning people as they arrive.  We’ll do from midday to 2pm each day with lots of leaflets for the 22nd.                                                              Quick update on the Mela following Saturday. This year it’s at the very far end of the links. We did our stall by the path where it goes past the cricket pitch. It went well but we did start too early so tomorrow we’ll start at 12.30 rather than midday and then stay until about 2.30.

  1. Tuesday 4th September: Monthly Edinburgh CND meeting 6pm at the Peace and Justice Centre
  2. Saturday 8th September a) Leafleting 1230 East end of Princes Street    b)UK Stop the War Conference  in London. c) Crane-making at the Peace and Justice Centre 2-4pm
  3. Radical Voices is happening this Sunday, 9 September.  The usual venue has changed its name again!  The former Constitution Bar is now called The Black Fox by the Shore, and we will be there on Sunday, 6:30 to 9:30. Theme is International Solidarity in memory of Anne Scott
  4. Saturday 15 September.  Peace Walk Edinburgh From Scottish Parliament to Salisbury Centre Walk Starts at 4pm.  6 – 6:30pm P&J Annual General Meeting. 6:30 – 7:30pm. Bring and share meal at the Salisbury Centre: 7:30 – 9pm. Speakers to be confirmed.  A great chance for our members and supporters to meet up, share good food and conversation and hear some great speakers. Come for some or all of the day. Let us know you are coming
  5. Other events are planned for the period 15th to 22nd September including a MEDACT AGM and a joint seminar being organised by the NFLA Scotland Forum, the UK and Ireland Mayors, Provosts and Leaders for Peace Chapter (part of Mayors for Peace) and ICAN UK groups. The latter will be held on Thursday 20th September in Clydebank Town Hall, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland from 1pm – 3.30pm. These are to build for the 22nd demonstration. Edinburgh CND will be placard making on the 19th at the peace and justice centre.
  6. UN Peace Day (September 21) and/or Nuclear Abolition Day (United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, September 26). Nuclear Abolition Day 2018 occurs as world leaders (Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers…) are in New York for the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In less then two months the United Nations General Assembly will decide whether to hold the UN High-Level Conference (Summit) on Nuclear Disarmament, which has been planned for five years, or to yield to the pressure from pro-nuclear forces and cancel the event. You can help keep the UN on track for nuclear abolition.                               Sign the Avaaz petition United Nations: Step up for nuclear abolition            Forward the petition to your networks;                                                                          Send a letter to your government (Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, UN Ambassador).
 Other News:
1. News from CND UK:
Thank you to all of you that supported the Together Against Trump demonstration last month. CND was proud to be one of the organisations who supported a march that showed most of us oppose his policies of hatred and war. Read in the magazine about the challenge for us as a movement now and why we must build on the success of this protest and win the war being waged.
In this month’s magazine, read also about the creeping militarisation of the European Union, and how it’s happening behind closed doors.
Read Campaign: August edition Download Campaign: August edition

We’ve three stops left on the Now More Than Ever CND symbol tour, and we’re thinking about what comes next for the symbol once it has finished its journey.
We had a great two-day event take place in Norwich this past weekend, and more are on the way in Cardiff, Chesterfield and Nottingham in September.
It’s been really inspiring to see you all spring into action, and very encouraging to hear your reports back that the symbol has gone down so well.                                                               CND now has a new fundraiser: see website.
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2. SCND It’s been 73 years since the atomic bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan. This has caused extreme suffering and by 1950 over 340,000 people had died as a result of the two bombings.
Last week Hiroshima Survivor Mr Masashi Ieshima visited Scotland to participate in the Youth Peace Academy organised by SCND Education. He spoke at the conference attended by 70 youth participants, visited the Faslane Peace Camp & Nuclear Base and addressed the festival goers at Mugstock. In his speech he said: “Humans cannot coexist with nuclear weapons. Let us work together for a world of peace.”
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3. Message from the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre: 

Please help us spread the word about our desk space to hire. Hiring out desks helps us to cover the cost of the day-to-day running of the Peace & Justice Centre. It also helps us to fulfill our aim to be a hub for grassroots organisations working for peace. Meeting space is also available at the Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre on a pay as you can basis for grassroots organisations.                                                                                                                —————–                                                                                                                                          4. News from Los Alamos Albuquerque, NM – On August 15, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) announced a “major reform” which would slash its Washington, DC staff by 46% while increasing its field staff by 80% and place the entire staff under a single “Executive Director of Operations.” The new structure would go into effect October 1.         http://www.lasg.org/                                                                                                    —————–                                                                                                                                   5.The Walkatjurra Walkabout has enjoyed the first fourteen days of walking with Traditional Owners to protect country and stop uranium mining despite freezing overnight temperatures and long hot days. http://www.walkingforcountry.com

And some things to Watch: 
1. Quakers in Britain have relaunched our podcast as ‘A Quaker Take’ and in the first episode we discuss peace education and nuclear weapons with peace poet Antony Owen, CND peace educator Owen Everett, and Quaker staff Ellis Brooks and myself. I thought I’d share the link with you in case any of you are interested in listening to it over the weekend: https://soundcloud.com/qwitness/peace-education. I could’ve sounded more articulate!
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2. Uranium Film Festival Must see: Anointed (w/ Subtitles) – by Dan Lin & Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner about atomic bomb test legacy will screen in Berlin with Uranium Film Festival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEVpExaY2Fs  & http://www.uraniumfilmfestival.org 
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3. ‘The Man Who Saved the World recreates the tense moments in 1983 when Stanislav Petrov, duty officer at the Soviet nuclear early warning center Serpukhov-15, was confronted with an emergency that could have led in minutes to a nuclear war. Petrov defied protocol, but this probably prevented a nuclear war.
The film also chronicles his spectacular journey to the United States three decades later, as a new nuclear confrontation is brewing between the USA and Russia.
Click here for the trailer.
Contact PNND if you would like to organise a screening. Special discount rate for screenings to commemorate UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Edinburgh CND news 7th August

Edinburgh CND activist Anne Scott, passed away on 29th July. She will be missed by many. Her Funeral / Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday 23rd August 1pm: Warriston Crematorium 36 Warriston Road Edinburgh EH7 4HW    Dress code: campaign t-shirts (at Anne’s request) Flowers: Anne requested only a small arrangement of flowers in Suffragette colours for the service which have been organised.
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EVENTS:
2. CND stalls to promote the Nae Nukes Rally & the nuclear ban treaty: 
NEW! Friday 17th  August: Scottish CND will be at the East End of Princes Street from 1230 to run a street collection and stall  from 12 noon – 4 pm
i. Saturday 18th  August: Edinburgh CND will be at the East End of Princes Street from 1230 (PLEASE NOTE THIS REPLACES THE 11TH)
ii. Tuesday 21st August: Scottish CND stall 1200 – 2 pm, east end of Princes Street – opposite  Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
iii. We will be leafleting other Fringe events with a Peace theme. including:
+++++ (i) Conchies! A new play about a group of conscientious objectors August 13 – 18, 6.15pm Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh; (ii)  ‘Letters for Peace
Featuring  Mr McFalls Chamber String Trio.  
15th – 17th of August. Out of the Blue Drill Hall. Dalmenny St. Leith. 8pm and (iii) Friday 17th (for a few days only) at 1pm ‘Gie`s Peace’ at the Storytelling Centre. RECOMMENDED (iv) NEW: Scottish Storey Telling Centre“Peace is the only battle worth waging.” Albert Camus. How can writing build peace & combat the voices calling for conflict? Find out at The Battle for Peace reading at ft. Ruth Aylett, Colin Donati & Finola Scott tomorrow night at 8pm.
++++3. Edinburgh Stop the War are meeting 7.30pm on Monday 20th at the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow EH1 2JN.  We’ll be planning events and activities over the autumn.  These meetings are informal and agendas are flexible so come along with things you would like to discuss.
NaeNukesRally: On 22nd September 2018 we celebrate with international campaigners. Play your part and assemble at Faslane Peace Camp and walk to rally at the North Gate. To book a bus from Edinburgh: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bus-from-edinburgh-to-faslane-for-the-22nd-september-international-rally-tickets-46794651061?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button To keep up to date with these events see: Scottish CND:  http://www.banthebomb.org  and Nuclear Ban Scotland  http://www.nuclearban.scot/sep-rally/
1. A entertaining event on a very serious subject is taking place on Wednesday August 15 at 7.20pm in the Stand New Town Theatre at  96 George Street Edinburgh EH2 3DH
Yer Tea’s Oot is a evening of entertainment for nuclear disarmament and will have some comedy , music and a premiere of the latest short film starring renowned Scottish actor David Hayman.
Tickets for this event are  £14  however if you are going with your pal or partner – a two tickets for the price of one offer is available (contact us for the code)
Tickets are likely to be in big demand – so here is information about the various ways you can about getting tickets for Yer Tea’s Oot –
i Booking online – at www.outstandingtickets.com
ii By phoning – 0131 558 9005
iii In person – by going into the New Town Centre at 96 George Street Edinburgh EH2 3DH
NEWS:
1. UNFOLD ZERO and the Basle Peace Office report: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week warned member states and UN staff that the United Nations is $140 million short of its budget and could run out of cash, due to late and non-payment of UN dues by member states. In a letter sent to UN members, Guterres said that the UN had “never faced such a difficult cash flow situation this early in the calendar year. An organization such as ours should not have to suffer repeated brushes with bankruptcy. But surely, the greater pain is felt by those we serve when we cannot, for want of modest funds, answer their call for help.”Move the Nuclear Weapons Money has called for re-allocation of a portion of nuclear weapons budgets to assist the UN cash crisis. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the cost to extend the lifetime of each US Trident nuclear missile is $140 million, the same amount as the UN shortfall. The Basle Peace office and PNND add:
We encourage groups to build political pressure and government action for global nuclear abolition.
  1. Invite participants at your event to sign the Avaaz petition, United Nations: Step up for Nuclear Abolition. 
Nuclear-armed states are trying to scuttle the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament. We can not let them win. The conference could increase numbers of countries signing the Nuclear Ban Treaty and build pressure on nuclear armed States to prohibit the use of nuclear weapons and take steps to reduce stockpiles and achieve complete nuclear disarmament. Click here to sign the petition. For more information see the UNFOLD ZERO article United Nations: Step up for Nuclear Abolition
  1. Encourage participants at your event to support nuclear weapons divestment.
Corporations manufacturing nuclear weapons have financial interests and are the most powerful lobby to keep the nuclear arms race running. Together we can move cities, universities, churches, banks and even governments to curtail the power of these corporations by ending investments in them. For more information, including examples of nuclear divestment, see Move the Nuclear Weapons Money
For more activities and action ideas, please see the 2018 Nuclear Remembrance and Action Week Guide.
3. Setsuko Thurlow is an outspoken — but softspoken — survivor of the August 6, 1945 bombing of Hiroshima. Her story deeply moves audiences — and helped win the Nobel Peace Prize. Children in Hiroshima who received a gift of drawing materials from a church in DC, unexpectedly created colorful visions of joy, not tragedy. Now those drawings are part of a new film. And Martin Forwood tells us why the adrift UK Moorside new nuclear project is about to shipwreck. For more news see: Beyond Nuclear International
4. CND UK and ICAN remind us: On the anniversaries of history’s two deadliest bombings, we must continue telling the stories of the hibakusha – those who survived. And we must continue campaigning to prevent another Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Kate Hudson explains: Conventional wisdom – especially in the US – suggests it was necessary to drop the bomb on Japan in order to bring about a speedy conclusion to the war and save lives. Even today many people genuinely believe that the bomb was necessary to bring about a Japanese surrender and to avoid the need for an invasion of Japan by the US, which might have cost hundreds of thousands of lives. But extensive scholarly research in the US, using primary sources from the time, shows that this just wasn’t true.

Read the full article on the CND website

On the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Mayor Matsui of Hiroshima delivered this year’s Peace Declaration at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. Please find attached a letter from Mayor Matsui and the Peace Declaration in PDF format for your reference. It would be most appreciated if you would kindly help us foster and expand international public opinion through widely sharing the Peace Declaration.
The Peace Declaration is also available online at the City of Hiroshima website:
http://www.city.hiroshima.lg.j p/www/contents/1317948556078/i ndex.html
A video clip of Mayor Matsui delivering the Peace Declaration will be posted on the same page soon.
Mayor Matsui’s letter also asks you to help us increase the member cities of Mayors for Peace. The recruitment packet is available online at the Mayors for Peace website in multiple languages. We ask for your kind cooperation in expanding the Mayors for Peace network.
http://www.mayorsforpeace.org/ english/outlines/join.html
5. Nuclear Free Local Authorities media release, 
As the 73rd anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic weapon attacks nears, NFLA encourages its members to show their solidarity for a nuclear weapons free world
August 6th and August 9th 2018 will be the 73rd anniversary of the atomic weapon attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which led to the direct and longer-term deaths of over 220,000 people in the two cities. Many Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) members, in solidarity with the Mayors for Peace organisation led by Hiroshima and Nagasaki, will organise their own local events next week. (1)
The atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki destroyed 90% of both cities and killed 110,000 people instantaneously. Around the same amount died days and months later due to the impact of radiation from the bombs on their bodies. Since 1946, the two cities hold annual Peace Memorial Ceremonies to remember those who died and for the survivors, known as ‘hibakusha’. The aim of each annual ceremony is to call for no future use of nuclear weapons and ‘no more hibakushas’.
NFLA was established on the 5th November 1980 pledged to the same aim, and over the past near four decades has worked across the world, and with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to call for a nuclear weapons free world. It links in with Mayors for Peace, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and national groups like CND (in its 60th year of activity) to help to realise that aim.
6.140,000 origami cranes workshop: Remembering Nagasaki
August 11, 2-4pm and most Saturdays Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre
5 Upper Bow, EH1 2JN
7. On Saturday 18th August at 14:30 there will be a special screening of the landmark feature documentary Carry Greenham Home capturing the women’s anti-nuclear protests at the Greenham Common Peace Camp – a shining example of non-violent feminist action, that changed both lives and laws. Hippodrome Cinema Bo’ness at 2.30pm.
8. Los Alamos Bulletins   249   http://www.lasg.org/
9. News from Australia http://www.walkingforcountry.com

Edinburgh CND News 23rd July 2018

August 5th: Many of you will have heard that Edinburgh CND activist Anne Scott, passed away on 29th July. She will be missed by many.
We will be remembering her tomorrow (6th) at our Hiroshima Commemoration 6pm to 7pm at the Mound/Princes Street
1. Edinburgh CNDs annual commemoration of the dropping of a Nuclear Bomb on Hiroshima will be held on Monday 6th August 2018 from 6pm to 7pm at The Mound , bordering Princes Street  Edinburgh, EH1 2, United Kingdom. Join us to protest all nuclear weapons. Bring banners, songs, poems, yourself, friends.
Extra info on general actions from UNFOLD ZERO and the Basle Peace Office: the 2018 Nuclear Remembrance and Action Week Guide.
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2. The following day Tuesday 7th August will be our  regular organising meeting, 6pm, Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh. We are planning for 2 major events: our event at the Edinburgh World Justice Festival on Wednesday 10th October and the big Faslane Rally on 22nd September.
 Play your part on 22nd September. Assemble at Faslane Peace Camp and walk to rally at the North Gate.
3. Saturday 11th August: monthly leafleting, 12.30 pm at the East End of Princes Street.

4. THE STAND’S NEW TOWN THEATRE (VENUE 7) – WEDNESDAY 15TH AUGUST – 7:20PM As we say round here: ‘If they drap the bomb, yer tea’s oot!’. A cabaret evening of top entertainment that also tells the story of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Scotland’s part in that and the winning of the Nobel Peace Prize in the context of 60 Years of disarmament campaigning in Scotland. Including a specially-commissioned short film by David Hayman, music and comedy. Supported by Scottish CND.

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OTHER NEWS: 
1. Why we Marched Against Trump By KATE HUDSON CND General Secretary
Last Friday’s demonstration was a remarkable upsurge of popular feeling against the policies of Donald Trump. It was a powerful rejection of the extraordinary human, social and economic damage being inflicted across the USA and the consequences of these developments across the globe.
His presence in the White House means open season for racism, homophobia and misogyny. The support and succour that he brings to the far right internationally is enormously dangerous; this is a political development that must be challenged at every level.
For peace and anti-nuclear campaigners, the threats are very marked and we need to ensure that they are widely understood. There are many reasons to oppose Trump, but his nuclear policies present dangers that no one can avoid.
When he builds his wall, we can tear it down. When he puts children in cages, we can break them open. But when he presses the nuclear button, there will be no second chance. We are all confronted with annihilation. Read Kate Hudson’s full article on the CND website
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2. Peace and disarmament activists from the World Future CouncilBüchel is EverywhereNukewatchAbolition 2000 Youth Network, and other organisations gathering at the Büchel airforce base in Germany weekend OF 13th to 15th, claim that the U.S. nuclear weapons deployed at the base and at other NATO countries inflame the conflict between NATO and Russia, provoke nuclear counter measures and increase the risk of a nuclear exchange by miscalculation or accident.
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3. The next meeting of the local Edinburgh CAAT group will take place on Monday 23 July, 7pm to 8.45pm at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh.                                                                         As a result of the demonstrations held against the Glasgow Arms Fair (the Undersea Defence Technology conference held at the SEC at the end of June) Glasgow City Council have committed to a new human rights based ethical policy to ensure events such as this are not hosted in Glasgow again. Huge congratulations and thanks to everyone who supported the demonstrations. We’ll continue to keep the pressure on the council to ensure they abide by their commitments.  Check out our photo gallery from the demonstrations
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4. Events at the Youth Peace Academy open to all members & supporters Youth Peace Academy. Applications are not officially closed, but we might be able to make some space for last minute registrations. Note the following activities: Speech from Hiroshima Survivor Mr. IESHIMA Masashi Fri 27th, 4.30 pm, University of Strathclyde Students’ Association, 90 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JH, Vertigo Room (level 8) Social gathering with Live Ceilidh by The McHart Ceilidh Band (finger buffet provided, drinks available at the bar) Sat 28th, 7 pm, 35 Avenuepark St, Glasgow G20 8TS Bus tour of the Faslane Peace Camp & Faslane Base with workshops on non violent direct action & convoys. Sunday, 29th of July, 10 am – 3 pm Leaving from  SYHA Glasgow Youth Hostel, 7-8 Park Terrace, Glasgow, G3 6BY at 10 am, returning to Glasgow City Centre at 3 pm.  Please get in touch by email or phone (0141 3571529) if you want to book your space at any of these events!

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5. CND stalls to promote the Nae Nukes Rally & the nuclear ban treaty Tuesday August 7 – 12:30 pm – 2 pm, Donald Dewar statue in Buchanan Street Glasgow
Tuesday August 14 – 12:30 pm – 2 pm, -in front of war memorial at Paisley Cross, Paisley
Tuesday August 21 – 12:30 pm – 2 pm, far end of Princes Street – opposite  Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh 
Tuesday August 28 – 12:30 pm – 2 pm, at Desperate Dan statue – – across from Caird Hall, Dundee 
Tuesday 11 September –  Bridgegate (near Brownings the Bakers), Ivine

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6. Origami Peace Cranes: Workshops on the second Saturday of each month from 2 – 4pm at the Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre.  So far we have gathered about 80,000 paper cranes from Scotland, England, Belgium and Japan. But we need many more people to join in to reach the goal of 140,000 paper cranes by August of 2019 when there will be an  exhibition of the cranes.                                                                                                      —————————-                                                                                                                                    7. 7.1 The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission claimed it canceled a study that would have looked at cancer incidences among children living around US nuclear power plants, because it was “too expensive.” But we uncovered the real reasons. And an international delegation found 12 compelling arguments to talk Vietnam out of starting a nuclear power program, for now. 7.2 On July 16, 34 years apart, Americans in New Mexico were dosed with radiation, then ignored and forgotten. Those downwind of the July 16, 1945 Trinity nuclear test finally got their Senate hearing on Capitol Hill. We went with them. The 90-million gallon radioactive waste spill at Church Rock, New Mexico, on July 16, 1979, permanently poisoned the Puerco River, used by Native American tribes still suffering the effects today. STOP PRESS 7.3 It takes courage to stand up to nuclear authorities in Russia but Fedor Maryasov and Andrey Talevlin continue to do just that. Oleg Bodrov reports on their success and the risks they still face. A “reserve” sounds like a protected space but the wild animals of Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania are threatened by a uranium mine that would destroy their health, habitat and future.More news athttps://beyondnuclearinternational.org                      

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9. Los Alamos Study Group: House Version of Defense Bill Would Advance Los Alamos Plutonium Bomb Factory; Ben Ray Lujan, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Steve Pearce work together to turn LANL into national “production center”  http://www.lasg.org/
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10. News from Australia http://www.walkingforcountry.com

Edinburgh CND News 11th July

Saturday July 14th,Starting midday at the Scottish Parliament and then going via the US consulate to the Meadows for a festival.  No to TrumpThis is the day that  Trump is visiting Scotland: after his attendance at the NATO summit in Brussels and visiting Teresa May.    Edinburgh CND will have a banner on the demo and will be sharing a peace stall at the Meadows. Join us.                                                                                                                                             You can download the leaflet for the demo from https://scotlandstopwar.org/2018/06/23/leaflet-artwork-for-trump-demos/   If you’d like bulk copies email edinburghstw@tiscali.co.uk or you can collect from the Augustine Church on George 4th Bridge c/o Kirsty, Jubilee ScotlandCheck out the Scotland Against Trump Facebook Page for up to date information. https://www.facebook.com/events/628616174183456/

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 There is also a big demo planned for London on the Friday.
Statement from Scottish CND:
There is no surprise that we are offering support to the Anti Trump rally organised by STUC at the end of this week. Nuclear weapons in Trump’s hands has been a major concern for all our members and supporters. Scottish CND will have a stall and a speaker at the Glasgow rally and a presence at the national protest in Edinburgh. Glasgow CND and Edinburgh CND are also supporting these demonstrations. Please join us if you can.
While some steps in the right direction have been made by Trump and his administration (North Korea summit) we have to keep in mind that many of his statements and actions are contributing to moving us closer to nuclear war.
For example inflammatory posts on Twitter like having a nuclear button which is much bigger and more powerful than North Korea’s to pushing withdrawal from the Iran Deal. In these difficult times of conflict we call for world leaders to act with diplomacy and use tactful words and language to help with the peace making in our modern world . Moreover, we call nuclear weapons states to align to the rest of the countries who reject nuclear weapons and sign and ratify the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
In London, Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, said:
“Trump is the President who’s torn up the Iran nuclear deal, he’s threatened to kill millions with nuclear weapons in North Korea, and he’s unveiled new ‘usable’ nukes, increasing the possibility of nuclear war.
“When he dropped the ‘mother of all bombs’ on Afghanistan it signaled that he won’t stop with threats. We have to recognise that a nuclear bomb could be next.
“His visit to Britain comes after an appearance at the NATO summit in Brussels where he is calling on member states to spend even more money on nuclear weapons and war.
“It’s crucial that Trump’s visit is defined not by Theresa May’s open arms, but by opposition to his dangerous policies. That’s why thousands of us will take to the streets in central London on Friday to make that message loud and clear.”
There is no denying the impact that US President Donald Trump has had on the international stage. His visit to the UK this week is expected to attract tens of thousands of protesters, furious at his policies and attitudes. CND will be joining the Together Against Trump demonstration in central London, as well as supporting dozens of protests across the country. Read about why we’re protesting in this month’s Campaign magazine.As well as tearing up the Iran nuclear deal. Trump threatened to kill millions with US nukes in North Korea. He recently announced new ‘usable’ nukes to expand the possibility of nuclear warfare, and he’s visiting Brussels this month to demand that NATO members spend even more on nuclear weapons and war.
One minute Trump’s posing as the peace broker, the next minute he’s preparing for war. His presidency threatens the security of the world and it’s time for our movement to confront him.
This month’s edition of Campaign also looks at Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Will this bring de-nuclearisation and peace to the peninsula?
Other News:
1. Latest Peace and Justice Centre News: Peace and Justice News – Peace and Justice
The P and J will be holding their weekly Crane Making at the Carnival against Trump on 14th
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2. Statement from the Basle Peace Office:

Parliamentarians and nuclear disarmament activists are calling on U.S. President Trump and Russian President Putin to use the opportunity of their July 16 summit to step back from the nuclear brink and make progress on nuclear disarmament.  ‘Trump and Putin should consider ‘No-First-Use’ commitments, better military-to-military communications (re-establishing and upgrading hotlines instead of scrapping them), lowering the alert status of US and Russian weapons that are maintained in a state of immediate readiness to launch, and an end to provocative and potentially dangerous military exercises close to each other’s borders,’ says John Hallam, Co-Chair of the Abolition 2000 Working Group on Nuclear-Risk Reduction. ‘In addition, the leaders should reaffirm the joint statement of Gorbachev and Reagan made in 1986 that “A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”                                                                                                                                   3. PNND added: More than 300 parliamentarians from Europe, Russia, other former Soviet countries, Canada and the United States adopted a declaration in Berlin today expressing deep concern about unresolved conflicts and nuclear weapons threats in the region, and proposing measures that should be taken to rebuild peace and security in Europe. (Declaration in English, French or Russian.)
The parlaimentarians were in Berlin for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which was held just prior to the NATO Summit in Brussels and the Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki

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4. News from Beyond Nuclear: Golden Misabiko cares about human rights. That’s why he’s fought to stop uranium mines in Congo. His government imprisoned and tortured him and tried to poison him. He lives in exile. But still he fights on. Despite the apparent truce after the US summit with North Korea, nuclear super powers still talk about fighting nuclear wars. Shouldn’t we be more worried — and engaged — asks Rashmee Roshan Lall? Have you got a great story? Tell us about it!                                                               They aren’t above serving up radioactive pizza to make a point, but this Cumbrian couple have spent decades sounding the alarm about the dangers of the English reprocessing plant. At the other end of the nuclear fuel chain, uranium miners in Niger have suffered previously unknown diseases, contaminated water and radioactive dust blowing across their desert homeland. Beyond Nuclear International
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5. Nuclear ban tour – stall dates to promote ban & demo Tue 7 Aug, 12.30 – 2 pm – Glasgow City Centre, Tue 14 Aug, 12.30 – 2 pm Paisley, Tue 21 Aug, 12.30 – 2 pm Edinburgh, Tue 28 Aug, 12.30 -2 pm Dundee, Tue 11 Sep – 12.30 – 2 pm Irvine

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6. News from Australia http://www.walkingforcountry.com
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7. News from UK Parliament: The government’s part-aid funded Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, worth over £1bn and growing, is being used finance a M&C Saatchi PR campaign to support IMF-demanded cuts in Tunisia. Austerity and associated unemployment played a role in sparking the 2011 Arab Spring in Tunisia and is also now making the country vulnerable to civil unrest once again.

 Tweet of Guardian story here: https://twitter.com/lloyd_rm/status/1014124294522265600Astonishingly, the independent aid watchdog ICAI has said that that due to gaps in monitoring evaluation and learning, ICAI cannot be sure that CSSF programming is not risking aggravating the very conflicts it seeks to address – ICAI 2018 report, paras 4.77, 4.79.