Edinburgh CND News 19th February 2017

The next meeting of Edinburgh CND will be on Tuesday 7th March in the Peace and Justice Centre. It will be a special meeting with Veronika Tudhope (one of the Scottish CND co-ordinators) and we are sure that what she has to say will be of interest to many of our supporters. Veronika will be speaking from 7pm and one of the topics will be the continuing work on the Global Ban Treaty http://nuclearban.org. Before that (6.15pm) we will be having a short business meeting to discuss our future activities (including our input into the meadows festival). All are invited to that too.
+++We are interested in hearing from you, if you find the 1st Tuesday of the month a difficult time to get to meetings. Please e-mail edinburghcnd@yahoo.com

Before our next meeting there are 2 other events that may be of interest:

1. Speaking up for Women Internationally. Event organised by the Scottish Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom as part of the Audacious Women festival. Wednesday 22nd Feb 7pm to 9pm Augustine United Church George IVth bridge EH1 1LB. Scottish wilpf also are also showing their ‘Dangerous Women’ Exhibition at ‘The Little Shop of Memories’ Ocean Terminal 1st February to 3rd March.

2. Open day at Faslane Peacecamp 25th February: https://faslanepeacecamp.wordpress.com/
++++ We are also planning another another EdinburghCND trip to the camp in March

Other News:
1. Edinburgh CND has a new recruiting card and we hope to get it out to as many as possible over the next few months.

2. CND (UK) has published a new report which examines the security implications of Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system. The report was published in Parliament on 8th February at a meeting with Caroline Lucas MP (Green), Kelvin Hopkins MP (Labour), Margaret Ferrier MP (SNP), Paul Ingram (BASIC), and Richard Norton-Taylor (writer for the Guardian on defence and security).
Richard Norton-Taylor, Guardian journalist, said:
“Trident, of course, is supremely irrelevant to combating the main threat to Britain’s security, a threat which, according to Cameron, will last a generation. So violent jihadist groups, now manifest by Isis, will still be the main security threat when a new Trident fleet starts to sail in the 2030s. And such groups are not going to be deterred by any nuclear weapon, least of all such intercontinental ballistic missiles as Trident.”
This report looks into the many ways that Trident fails to protect us, with quotes from experts. The nuclear weapons system is vulnerable to emerging underwater drone technology; one of the unique selling points – that they are undetectable under water – soon won’t exist. Our report also shows why it is vulnerable to cyber attack and why it’s not an independent system.
Read the report today and share on social media, using the hashtag #StopTrident
http://cnduk.org/information/briefings/trident-briefings/item/2661-security-not-trident
+++++ On this website you will also find info on a Lobby of the UK parliament on 1st March and demo on 4th

3. Edinburgh CND has been active on the anti-Trump demos in Edinburgh. Here is a report of the one held on Saturday 11th February: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38933037

4. Edinburgh CND has also been active in building the Global Ban campaign http://nuclearban.org.http://banthebomb.org/. Here is a reply from representatives of the UK government that was received by one of our members who wrote urging the government to participate in the talks:
‘ I am replying as the Desk Officer from the Counter Proliferation & Arms Control Centre responsible for international nuclear issues.
The UK is committed to a world without nuclear weapons in line with our obligations under Article VI of the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT). We share the deep concern at the humanitarian consequences which could result from the use of nuclear weapons. We have a strong record on nuclear disarmament – we have steadily reduced the size of our own nuclear forces by well over half since our Cold War peak and the UK stockpile now represents around 1% of the total global stockpile.
However, we firmly believe that the best way to achieve a world without nuclear weapons is through gradual multilateral disarmament negotiated using a step-by-step approach and within the framework of the NPT. We do not believe that now is the right time to start negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, as the right political and security conditions that would allow the nuclear weapon States to relinquish their nuclear weapons do not yet exist. For these reasons, we, along with the other NPT nuclear weapons States and NATO allies, did not support the resolution establishing negotiations on a nuclear weapons ban treaty at the UN General Assembly.
We remain determined to work with partners across the international community to prevent proliferation and to make progress on multilateral nuclear disarmament, to build trust and confidence between nuclear and non-nuclear weapon States, and to take tangible steps toward a safer and more stable world in which countries with nuclear weapons feel able to relinquish them.
Yours sincerely
Counter Proliferation & Arms Control Centre
++++Don’t forget the petition urging UK government participation in the talks: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/175096

5. Another petition worth signing: APPOINT MINISTERS FOR PEACE AND DISARMAMENT
There should be a mechanism that would make it easier to achieve peace than to achieve war, easier to facilitate peace in Northern Ireland than to start a war in Iraq. It is my proposal that all UK governments must include the senior cabinet positions of Ministers for Peace and Disarmament. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/178703
Following the appointment of Fabian Hamilton to the position of Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament – a post created in 2016 by Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn – it is my proposal that from now on all UK governments must include the senior cabinet positions of Ministers for Peace and Disarmament.

6. The Campaign against the arms trade are also sponsoring an important petition:
A pension scheme managed by Edinburgh City Council for it’s staff is sitting on arms investments worth £128 million. The Lothian Pensions Trust invests in major arms companies including BAE Systems, whose weapons are currently playing a central role in Saudi Arabia’s devastating attacks on Yemen. BAE’s weapons have been used to commit human rights abuses across the globe, from suppressing pro-democracy protests in Bahrain to Israel’s deadly attacks in Gaza. So why is Edinburgh Council investing for the future with them?
Campaign Against Arms Trade and the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre have launched a petition to the City of Edinburgh Council to do everything within its power to require that Lothian Pensions Trust divest from all arms companies. We need 200 signatures to get our petition accepted and appear before the Lothian Pensions Trust to present the petition- and we’re already nearly halfway there! Please add your name today, and share with friends to help Edinburgh Campaign Against Arms Trade group reach their goal. The petition can only be signed by Edinburgh residents aged over 16 and you can sign the petition by clicking onto the link below. https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=2164&qid=1007694

7. The next meeting of the Scottish Peace Network will take place on Monday, February 20, in the Peace and Justice Centre just off of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Their monthly vigil will take place on Thursday, February 23, from 5-6pm at the Dewar´¨s statue on Buchanan Street in Glasgow city centre.

And yet more:
1. The following motion will be going to the SNP conference:
UN NUCLEAR WEAPON TREATY BAN: Conference welcomes the UN Treaty Ban Conference taking place this month (March 2017) to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination; understands that the UK Government voted to oppose this discussion happening as a Nuclear Weapon State without any consultation with Scotland or the Scottish Government.
Conference reaffirms its commitment to ridding Scotland and the world of nuclear weapons; welcomes any new instruments that will add urgency to the need for unilateral nuclear disarmament to create a safe and peaceful environment in Scotland that we all aspire to; and in the event of independence, calls on the Scottish Government to make international, unilateral disarmament of nuclear weapons a top priority of its international relations strategy.

2. Support for independence surges to 49% as the roof caves in on Theresa May’s “Scotland will have to lump it” doctrine
SCOT goes POP!: Support for independence surges to 49% as the roof caves in on Theresa May’s “Scotland will have to lump it” doctrine from James Kelly’s Tweet

3. For the latest news from Australia: https://walkingforcountry.com/

4. A campaign has been started to lift the sanctions against Zimbabwe. Contact
jeanpierrebarrois@gmail.com for more details

Edinburgh CND News 8th February 2017

The International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)has called for a “Week of Action’ from the 10th to 17th February (further details below). As part of this Edinburgh CND will be holding a stall on Saturday 11th at the anti-Trump event at the Meadows: meet 11.45 on Middle Meadow Walk outside Sainsburys (see below)
We will also be leafleting from 1230 at the East End of Princes Street before Women in Black
On Monday 13th there will also be leafleting at East End of Princes Street 5.30 to 6pm (prior to Scottish wilpf meeting) and on Friday 10th a stall from 5pm also at the East End of Princes Street.
More events on http://banthebomb.org and more information on http://nuclearban.org. and below:

The United Nations is starting to negotiate a nuclear weapons ban treaty at the end of March in New York. This presents an opportunity to end the threat of nuclear annihilation and for the nine countries that have nuclear weapons to join the international consensus in favour of scrapping them. The negotiations are supported by a huge majority of the world’s governments but the UK Government say they want multilateral disarmament and they won’t take part. The Scottish Parliament would support the treaty, but is misrepresented by the UK. The international campaign, ICAN, has supported ordinary people across the world as well as at the UN to get the ban treaty this far, and has called for the Week of Action. Everyone should know about the ban, but the UK media are not reporting it so far, so it is up to us. There is now a Scottish working group to support activity here, and provide information and resources. We hope you will join in. Add the Ban twibbon to your profile. http://banthebomb.org
The recent revelation that a Trident missile test had to be aborted after the missile veered off course towards Florida highlights the continuing danger nuclear weapons pose to the world. Coupled with the many erratic statements from President Donald Trump, the time has come for international action to eliminate nuclear weapons everywhere.Contact your MP to arrange a meeting and make sure the voice of those who support a ban on nuclear weapons is heard.
On March 25th – the eve of the conference CND will print an advert in a national newspaper, to raise awareness of this vital development. If you can help fund the advert with a donation, we’ll add your name to it. If 500 people donate £20 each, the ad will be fully funded, but any amount will help towards getting it published. http://www.cnduk.org

Reminder: If you haven’t signed the petition urging UK government participation in the talks: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/175096

+++CND has published a new report this week which examines the security implications of Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system. The Security not Trident report was published in Parliament yesterday at a meeting with Caroline Lucas MP (Green), Kelvin Hopkins MP (Labour), Margaret Ferrier MP (SNP), Paul Ingram (BASIC), and Richard Norton-Taylor (writer for the Guardian on defence and security).

Scotland Against Trump – National demo Saturday 11th, 12 noon at the Meadows, Edinburgh
With the exception of Iran, Trump’s ban targets countries that the US has bombed. He is continuing bombing campaigns across the Middle East. There have already been confirmed US attacks in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, where one US commando was killed and two were injured in a failed US raid. US policy towards Iran has returned to the hostile and aggressive posture that was the norm until recently. Furthermore, 350,000 children are trapped and at risk in the US-supported siege of Mosul.
Since Trump’s election, CND has stood in solidarity with the protests against racism, misogyny, and we now stand in solidarity with those protesting against Islamophobia. Our message of stopping Trump’s nuclear arms race and ending the special nuclear relationship between the US and Britain are a vital part of these new movements. There is a report and 20 photos from last Saturday’s Edinburgh march against Trump’s Muslim ban.Edinburgh March Against Trump’s Muslim Ban | Aotearoa Indymedia
Edinburgh CND has participated in the Edinburgh protests and will also be there on Sat 11th (see above)
Other Actions: Sign the letter from the world to Donald Trump https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/president_trump_letter_phtesttr/
Petition: Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom.
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171928

Other News:
1. Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to news about further reliability issues with the Trident II D5 missiles.
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“It’s time for the government to end its silence about the Trident missile crisis. It’s not enough for officials to send out press statements saying we ‘we have absolute confidence’ in Trident when there is now a catalogue of very serious failures that the government needs to address.
“We are calling for a Trident Inquiry. The public have a right to know the details of these cover-ups and failures.”
Ask your MP to sign EDM 877 calling for a Trident Inquiry
As news emerged over the weekend that Trident missiles have been experiencing issues with navigation for some time, the government remains silent on the failed test and the cover-up that followed.
The Sunday Times reported that a United States test of the Trident missile also failed and was covered up by the US administration.

2.nuClear News No. 92, February 2017 is now available for downloading here: http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo92.pdf

3.Peace and Justice Centre February news with a Women’s Day theme http://peaceandjustice.org.uk/

4. Drones Campaign News Feb: dronecampaignnetwork@riseup. net

5.(a) Faslane peace camp is holding an open day you are all most wholeheartedly welcome to come along and please feel free to share this information with whomever you would like to.
https://faslanepeacecamp.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/open-day-at-the-faslane-peace-camp-25th-of-february-community-is-unity/
https://www.facebook.com/events/591324197732997/
We are visiting on the 12th also.
(b) Starting at 06.30 AM on 2 Feb 5 anti-nuclear activists blocked the morning traffic at the south gate of HMNB Clyde in Faslane. The activists locked-on to one another using arm tubes and formed a blockade on the road leading to the gates. The MoD police cutting team arrived at the scene at 07:00 AM, while MoD officers blocked legal observers’ access from the activists. The morning traffic was directed to the North Gate of the naval base. At 07.30 AM, at the time of the first arrest, the tailback of the traffic stretched from the North Gate beyond Shandon, a distance of over two miles.

6. Benchmark 6 is an old Ministry of Defence term for a worst case accident with a Trident submarine. A Scottish film-maker, David Newbigging, is planning to make a fictional documentary exploring just such a scary scenario, right here, on the Clyde. David approached the Executive of Scottish CND to explain his project and they have agreed to lend it their support. https://socialscreen.co.uk/films/benchmark-6/support

7.Campaign Against Arms Trade is challenging the UK government in a judicial review for supplying arms to Saudi Arabia for the production of a humanitarian disaster in Yemen. The hearings started yesterday, more to follow today and on Friday.
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-high-court-review-saudi-arms-sales-during-yemen-conflict-597910394
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0481zgm
Please write to your MP here, today:
https://www.caat.org.uk/get-involved/act-now/lobby/stop-arming-saudi-arabia
And please sign the petition, too: https://www.caat.org.uk/get-involved/act-now/petition/stop-arming-saudi !

8. We are saddened to announce that Atsuko Betchaku died suddenly last week.
Atsuko was a much loved and valued volunteeer at the Peace and Justice Centre. She organised and ran many peace cranes workshops around Edinburgh remembering Hiroshima and the wish of a little girl called Sadako for future peace and disarmament. The workshops were always a joy, with much laughter, happiness and beauty. The last post she created on her Cranes project website announced the hope that there will be an exhibition of the 140,000 Cranes in Scottish Parliament in 2018. Atsuko’s website is at:https://origamicraneproject.jimdo.com/
Her funeral will take place: Thursday 16 February 3:30pm at Warriston Crematorium

9. The next meeting of the Countering Recruitment of under-18s to the armed forces campaign will be on Tuesday 14th Feb

Edinburgh CND News: 25th January 2017

Following the huge anti-Trump demonstrations in Edinburgh and across the country last weekend, as well as a media frenzy following the news of the Trident missile crisis cover up (see 1 below), it is an extremely busy time for all CND groups. It’s also a huge opportunity to get our message out wider too.
+++++ See our Facebook page for more Trump activities:https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghCND/

The next Edinburgh CND meeting will be on Tuesday 7th Feb 6pm Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre 5 Upper Bow EH1 2NJ. All invited. We will be discussing our future activities including our contribution to the worldwide Week of Action from 10th to 17th Feb (see 2 below).
STOP PRESS: also see 13 below for a Parliamentary debate on the 8th and 14 for a meeting in Inverness on the 3rd

1. Trident is a disaster waiting to happen:
The news that Theresa May covered up a failed Trident missile test in 2016 is a crisis for our democracy as well as a crisis for the security of Britain. Michael Fallon continued the denial.
As CND’s Kate Hudson said to the media: “this is a very serious failure of the Trident system and there’s absolutely no doubt this would have impacted on the debate in Parliament on Trident replacement. The government’s motivation for holding back this vital information is therefore clear.
“Instead of crucial information being given by the government at the appropriate time to inform the MP’s debate, it’s been revealed by a senior naval figure months after it took place.” Write to your MP to demand an inquiry into this crisis.
“Both Parliament and public have the right to the truth, which is why we’re calling for a Trident Inquiry. Thousands of letters have already been sent to MPs to demand that an inquiry is conducted. It’s time for the government act.”
Parliamentary CND Chair Caroline Lucas has tabled an Early Day Motion calling for an inquiry.

2. Last year Scotland held numerous demos to oppose the Trident vote. Now we found out that Theresa May covered up this failed Trident missile test right before the vote. We must challenge the UK’s bad decision. Negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty start in March at The United Nations meeting in New York. The Ban is supported by most member states – but not the UK, and the UK media are not reporting it so far. It is up to us to tell the good news.

ICAN call for a worldwide Week of Action from 10th to 17th Feb.
SCND and others are working with the Scrap Trident Coalition to make a big impression!
Are you willing to organise a street stall or arrange a photograph opportunity in your local area after work one evening or during the weekend in the week of action?
We have postcards and leaflets to tell the Ban Treaty story (from the SCND and Edinburgh Peace & Justice offices). We need everyone in Scotland to see them. You can ask your local MSPs to get involved and get everyone to register on http://nuclearban.org.
SCND and the Scrap Trident Coalition will post about activities and the contact person in each area. Please let us know if you’d be interested in coordinating a stall. We will offer support.
We are asking everyone to make sure that we can get pictures of the whole week, make Facebook events and share these on Facebook, Twitter etc. If this is new for you we can help you get started. We will use social media to publicise all the activities, and it is really important that ICAN has our photographs with placards or statements supporting the Global Ban Treaty to share in New York!
Reminder: If you haven’t signed the petition urging UK government participation in the talks: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/175096
There is a lobby of MPs organised on Wednesday 1st March to call on the UK government to play a constructive role in the negotiations, and this is your chance to persuade your local MP.

STOP PRESS: (I)Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to the announcement made by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that the Doomsday Clock has moved to 2 minutes 30 seconds.
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “The Doomsday Clock has moved closer to midnight. The twin threats of nuclear war and climate change pose a greater danger to the world in 2017 than in 2016. We agree that the provocative statements made by Donald Trump have broken international conventions and made a new arms race a real possibility.It’s now absolutely vital that Britain supports negotiations for a global nuclear ban taking place at the United Nations this year”. Meanwhile, a few blocks away in Washington DC on the same day as the Doomsday Clock announcement, UNFOLD ZERO and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) held a consultation with arms control experts and disarmament activists on how to reduce nuclear risks and advance nuclear disarmament. The meeting was part of a series of consultations in Geneva, Vienna, New York, Washington, London and other centres, focusing on upcoming multilateral processes, including United Nations negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, the resumption of the Non-Proliferation Treaty review cycle and the 2018 UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.

STOP PRESS: (II) Anti-nuclear campaigners called for an end to the Special Relationship – particularly its nuclear elements – ahead of Theresa May’s meeting with US President Donald Trump. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “There is widespread recognition that President Trump poses an increasing nuclear threat to the world. He has encouraged proliferation and a new nuclear arms race, and calls for a major increase in the US nuclear arsenal. This is a disastrous direction for US foreign and military policy – and for ours too, as we are tied to the US in the Mutual Defence Agreement. Signed in 1958 this is the most extensive nuclear sharing agreement in the world.

3. On Tuesday morning (24th) at 06.45 AM, four anti-nuclear activists blocked the ongoing morning traffic at the south gate of HMBB Clyde in Faslane. Action was recorded by activists from the nearby Faslane Peace Camp, a protest site dedicated to campaigning against nuclear weapons since 1982. The protesters interrupted the morning routines by walking into the line of traffic and pulling a banderol over the road. Edinburgh CND will be visiting the camp in February (watch this space)

4. Audacious Women festival : Scottish WILPF Exhibition at Ocean Terminal
If you haven’t seen the Dangerous Wome Exhibition yet it will be at ‘The Little Shop of Memories’ Ocean Terminal 1st February to 3rd March. If you are not in Edinburgh and would like the Exhibition for a local venue please contact Scottish WILPF.

5. Peace and Justice Centre News:
(a)Burns Supper and Ceilidh Sat 28 Jan 2017. 6pm. Burns Supper. 8 – 11pm Ceilidh.
(b) Alternatives to the local authority debt crisis Friday 27th January. 6 – 8:30pm. Augustine’s United Church on George IV Bridge.
(c) Another reminder: Ask your MP and MSP to sign these parliamentary motions on Military Recruitment of Under 18s (see earlier post on this site).
(d) Paper crane-making every Saturday afternoon from 2pm.

6.January’s Nuclear News at http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/news/21-january-2017

7. Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) are taking the government to Court.
For nearly two years the government has refused to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia, ignoring overwhelming evidence that UK weapons are being used in violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen.
Campaigners put the government under unprecedented pressure – but it has continued to do all it can to maintain its relationship with Saudi Arabia, the UK’s biggest arms customer. CAAT are asking people to write to their MPs.

8. Join Helesnburgh CND Life after Trident Conference on 11 Feb, 1 – 5 pm (Helensburgh Parish Church Halls, Colquhoun Square, G84 8UP).

9.The monthly vigil of the Scottish Peace Network will take place this Thursday, January 26, from 5 to 6pm at Dewar’s statue, Buchanan Street in Glasgow city centre. This year the official Armed Forces Day event will take place in Liverpool on June 24. Stirling is holding its usual military show on Saturday, June 17, this will be raised at their next meeting on February 20.

10. CND is organising an ‘NHS Not Trident’ block at the ‘Our NHS’ march to Parliament on Saturday 4th March. We are anticipating massive interest and a huge turnout, and we want all CND groups to be part of it too.

11.++++++News from Italy: Submarine Crashes Through Streets Of Milan In Creative Publicity Stunt: http://www.boredpanda.com/submarine-crash-milan-mc-saatchi-europ-assistance-italia/

12.More News from Australia:
Last week the Environment Minister approved the Yeelirrie uranium proposal – ignoring the EPA advice that the project doesn’t meet objective under the Environmental Protection Act – as the project could make 11 species extinct!!!!+

13. Trident and its Successor Programme – The Case for non-renewal, employment diversification and contributing to peace
The Jimmy Reid Foundation published the above Report on 24 November, read at http://reidfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Trident-Report-24th-Nov-1.pdf .
Bill Kidd MSP with cross party support has tabled the motion below supporting the findings of the Report. Jackie Baillie MSP has tabled an amendment opposing the motion. The motion will be debated in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 8 February at 5.00pm. There will also be a public discussion afterwards in Committee Room 5 from 6.00pm to about 7.30pm. The lead author of the Report, Professor Mike Danson will be present to facilitate discussion. MSP’s will also be invited to attend. The Committee Room is booked in the name of Bill Kidd MSP.
My purpose in writing to you is to invite you to attend the debate in the Public Gallery and/or participate in the discussion afterwards. Also please forward/facebook/twitter any acquaintance you think may be interested in attending.
If attending the debate arrive no later than 4.30pm to allow time to go through security. If attending the discussion you require a visitors pass and need to email your name to JennyElisabeth.Holt@parliament.scot .

14.The HANT (Highlands Against Nuclear Transport) AGM
When: Friday 3rd February, 19:30 Where: Concourse Room Spectrum Centre
1 Margaret Street Inverness IV1 1LS (Ground floor with disabled access)
Refreshments: will be provided! Everyone welcome – come along to learn about our efforts in stopping the transport of nuclear waste by rail, sea and air!

Edinburgh CND news 20th January

Apologies: this one is rather long (but worth it)

1. Stop Trump’s Nuclear Arms Race protests: assemble 5.30 today (20th) at the East End of Princes Street and march to the US consulate Regent Terrace. There is also a demo at US Embassy London
CND is also taking part in the Women’s March in Edinburgh, London and other cities. Organisers have called the protest “to unite and stand together for the dignity and equality of all peoples, for the safety and health of our planet and for the strength of our vibrant and diverse communities.” Edinburgh assemble 11am outside the US consulate 3 Regent Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5BW

Edinburgh CND will be at both events with our Arms are for Linking banner and some trump masks.
CNDs Kate Hudson said: “Donald Trump has sparked fear across the world with a series of provocative statements. He has called for the expansion of the US nuclear capability, the tearing up of the Iran nuclear deal, and he appeared to welcome a possible arms race in Asia.

2. 2017 is set to be an historic year as negotiations begin at the United Nations on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
However, despite the treaty negotiations receiving the backing of 120 countries, the UK voted against and has not indicated whether it will attend the talks beginning in March in New York.
CND is calling on the UK government to play a constructive role in the negotiations and has called a lobby of MPs to give you the chance to persuade your member of Parliament.
Making progress on international disarmament is particularly urgent given the fast changing international situation, including the growing tensions between the US and China.
We urge as many of our supporters as possible to back this important lobby. The CND team will be in parliament on the day to give any information or support you may need. You can come along in your lunch break of after work if you are nearby. Otherwise why not get a group together and come to parliament?
http://cnduk.us12.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=50a46ed98fb9032bd46d11880&id=d02776de87&e=96dcf14be7

More on both the above campaigns in
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/50a46ed98fb9032bd46d11880/files/January_2017.pdf

and for even more on the global ban:http://nuclearban.org/

If you haven’t signed the petition urging UK government participation: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/175096

3. Stop the War Meetings in Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy:
Edinburgh public meeting What the Trump presidency means for the anti-war movement Monday 23rd January 7.30pm At the Quaker Meeting House
7 Victoria Terrace EH1 2JL There will be plenty of time for an open discussion on the challenges we face in 2017 and what action we can take. Hope to see you there.

Kirkcaldy Public Meeting War and Refugees 26 January at 19:00
Old Kirk, Kirk Wynd, KY1 1EH Kirkcaldy

4. Peace and Justice Burns Supper and Ceilidh
Sat 28 Jan 2017. 6pm Burns Supper. 8 – 11pm Ceilidh.
Full three course Burns’ Supper, with speakers, peace activist and author Alastair McIntoshwith the Immortal Memory, musician and inspiring educator Stan Reeves giving the Address to the Haggis, and political activist, writer and dreamer Zara Kitson responding from the lassies. Dancing until midnight with Hud Yer Wheesht Edinburgh Ceilidh Band, and support acts Various Moons playing Norman MacCaig-inspired tunes, and Kenny Vass singing Burns.
Full licensed bar with organic and local delights and the raffle with Gandolf. Raising vital funds to keep the campaining going for Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre.
Come to the full Burns Supper & Ceilidh or just the Ceilidh
Supper & Ceilidh (supporters) £25 / Standard £20 / Concession £15
Ceilidh Only: Supporters £15 / Standard £10 / Concession £6.50 / Advance concession £5 / under 12 £3.50
Book Tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2

5. CND general secretary Kate Hudson has responded to the announcement that Chelsea Manning will be freed in 2017.
“Chelsea Manning is a heroine and a truth teller of our times, and I’m absolutely thrilled to hear that she will be freed from prison.
“Because of her bravery we obtained yet more evidence of the horrors conducted in our name under the guise of the War on Terror. After her arrest a solidarity movement grew around the world to demand her release. I’m delighted that that day will soon be upon us.”

6. Faslane Peacecamp Wishlist:
Following Edinburgh CNDs visits we include something that we can all do to help the peace camp:
If anyone has anything just lying in the shed or is taking any of this to the dump then just drop it in to us and we can make use of it
WISHLIST:
ply and chip board, 4x4s 4x6s, Firewood Wood, Wooden Pallets for building, Chicken wire, Tarpaulins, Rope, Wood Nails & screws, Fencing, Binoculars/telescope, Wheelbarrow, Shovels, pick axes, Wood burners, Leisure batteries/car batteries, Still saw (petrol), axes, metal bins, Sledge hammer, Petrol chainsaw, Any tools at all!, Canoes/kayaks & paddle, A boat, Bicycles, Brushes/brooms, Climbing gear, Ladders (as high as a base fence), Paint (all colours, Paint brushes, Quilts/bedding/mattresses, Candles, Bicycle/car pump,LED battery lights, Sturdy pots and pans, a good sized Frying pan, Wooden spoons,Tin plates, bowls, cups, Tin box’s (bread box), woodcarving tools, Camo clothes, boots, thick socks, Night vision, Anvil,AA & AAA batteries
People to come for Direct Action
And Visitors!!!

7. Quakers in Scotland and other peace groups have been working on the progression of a joint petition through Scotland’s Public Petitions Committee. This petition calls for greater scrutiny, transparency and guidance around armed forces visits to schools.

8. Next CAAT Edinburgh meeting:
Wednesday 12th April 2017, 7-8.45pm, Quakers Meeting House
CAAT are urging contributions to the Edinburgh Labour Manifesto at http://www.edinburghlabour.com/edinburgh_labour_draft_manifesto_2017 by 28th January!
Minutes of Jan meeting now available.

9. Minutes of the recent Scottish Peace Network meeting are available. The monthly vigil of theScottish Peace Network will take place on Thursday, January 26, from 5-6pm at the Dewar’s statue on Buchanan Street in Glasgow city centre. We will bring a banner, placards and flyers.
May Day 2017: Planning already underway in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Contact us for details.

10.News from Australia:
A bigger update soon and let you all know what is happening, but for now we just wanted to let you know that Yeelirrie just got Ministerial approval – that’s the one that the EPA rejected.
http://www.epa.wa.gov.au/proposals/yeelirrie-uranium-project

Edinburgh CND News 6th Jan 2017: Note important update for Sat 21st

Wishing all our supporters a peaceful new year:

Edinburgh CND will be leafleting at the East End of Princes Street on Saturday 14th January at 1230.

A New Year Message from CND

Don’t forget that this is the year of the UN talks to initiate a treaty to prohibit all Nuclear Weapons. The following letter appeared in the National on 6th Jan:
‘I strongly agree with Joseph G Miller’s letter in Wednesday’s National (‘Shame on UK for voting against nuke treaty bid’). It’s a scandal that the BBC hasn’t covered recent developments at the UN where 123 countries voted in favour of a resolution to negotiate on a treaty to prohibit all nuclear weapons. The UK voted against this resolution, contradicting the noises the government make about being in favour of multilateral disarmament. Scotland had no vote despite having hosted these obscene weapons for decades with all the attendant risks.
Mr Miller finishes his letter hoping the Scottish electorate will wake up to the dangers of nuclear weapons. I can assure him many of us have. Some are Peace Campers at Faslane, some campaigners with Scottish CND and its local groups, some the activitists of Nukewatch monitoring the bomb convoys. Join us!
The next elections are for local councils in May, I urge voters to quiz your candidates about the risks of nuclear warheads being driven along our roads and what they plan to do about the danger we are all put in by this’.

Remember: You could help persuade the UK government to support this coming World Conference on Nuclear Weapons by signing our petition.
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/175096

+++++STOP PRESS: https://www.facebook.com/events/115723635598426/ for Women’s event on Sat 21st
Join us to say Stop Trump’s Nuclear Arms Race on the day of the US President-elect’s inauguration. We’ll be at the Wellington Statue East end of Princes street on 20 January from 5 30pm. There will be a London event at the same time.
The last few weeks have seen international tensions grow as US President-elect Donald Trump has made an alarming series of statements, the consequences of which could spell nuclear annihilation.
Breaking with decades of US presidential policy, Trump has spoken in favour of nuclear proliferation – suggesting that more countries should develop their own nuclear weapons. Referring to Japan and South Korea countering North Korea, he said he’s fine about a nuclear arms race in East Asia. There can be few more dangerous developments.
But dangerous statements and actions abound. Before Christmas he said “the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability”, and at the end of the year he was reported as saying “let it be an arms race” in a telephone call to the MSNBC presenter Mika Brzezinski.
He has already stated that he wishes to end the nuclear deal with Iran. His decision to end decades of agreement with China by phoning the Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen raises the spectre of a conflict too terrible to contemplate.
Our movement must confront this situation as a matter of urgency: the real world effects of this provocative approach to international relations by Britain’s main ally – the most powerful military force in the world – can already be felt.

OTHER EVENTS:

1. Visits to Faslane: Saturday 7th January and a Sunday in February. Contact edinburghcnd@yahoo.com for further details

2. A night of celebration for the life of John Ainslie – giant of Scottish CND and the peace movement in Scotland – will take place from 7.30 pm in St Peters Church Hall, Glasgow, G11 5PS (Chancellor St. entrance) on Friday January 13th.
The event is being organised by Scottish CND and is open to our members and supporters and people from the wider Peace Movement who wish to attend. Supporters from CND groups or networks across the UK are also very welcome to attend. There will be some light snacks available and refreshments, but people can bring their own bottle. Donations will be welcome to cover the food costs.
The programme for the night is as follows:
7.30 pm: Opening remarks and welcome – Arthur West – chair of Scottish CND
7.45 pm – 8.30 pm: Songs, music and contributions from various people on the life of John Ainslie
8.30 pm: Break and a chance for some food and drink
9 pm: Brief readings from John’s reports down the years
9.15 pm Celidh music and dancing
10.30 pm Closing remarks
John Ainslie’s nephew – Ross Ainslie will be playing a few songs. He is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians playing pipes, whistles and cittern.
Maeve MacKinnon, who is an outstanding Scottish singer, will also be performing at the event. Maeve is the daughter of former Scottish CND chair Alan MacKinnon

3. Peace and Justice Burns Supper and Ceilidh
Sat 28 Jan 2017. 6pm Burns Supper. 8 – 11pm Ceilidh.
Full three course Burns’ Supper, with speakers, peace activist and author Alastair McIntoshwith the Immortal Memory, musician and inspiring educator Stan Reeves giving the Address to the Haggis, and political activist, writer and dreamer Zara Kitson responding from the lassies. Dancing until midnight with Hud Yer Wheesht Edinburgh Ceilidh Band, and support acts Various Moons playing Norman MacCaig-inspired tunes, and Kenny Vass singing Burns.
Full licensed bar with organic and local delights and the raffle with Gandolf. Raising vital funds to keep the campaining going for Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre.
Come to the full Burns Supper & Ceilidh or just the Ceilidh
Supper & Ceilidh (supporters) £25 / Standard £20 / Concession £15
Ceilidh Only: Supporters £15 / Standard £10 / Concession £6.50 / Advance concession £5 / under 12 £3.50
Book Tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2

4. The next meeting of the Scottish Peace Network will take place on Tuesday, January 10, at 2pm in the electron club which is on the first floor of the Centre for Contemporary Art on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow city centre

STOP PRESS 5. CAAT Edinburgh quarterly meeting
17th January 2017, 7pm – 8.45pm
at Quakers’ Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL will discuss current campaigns, including the national and local campaigns on Yemen, action on arms companies’ presence in Scottish schools and other ideas for action from several sub-meetings that have taken place since the last quarterly meeting.4

STOP PRESS 6. More on CND wish to all CND groups and members (see first item) a happy and peaceful 2017. Despite the serious challenges we face, we are feeling very positive about the year ahead for our campaign. It will be exciting to follow developments at the UN with a global nuclear weapons ban being negotiated – starting in March. But no matter what this year brings, we will continue to work hard together to campaign against all things nuclear. They also suggested using their new materials http://www.cnduk.org/shop/index.php?cPath=3&osCsid=4t61eusiamka2kjlv1oss2seo4

Edinburgh CND News 27th December

+++Edinburgh CND will not be having a formal meeting in January. We will be visiting Faslane on the 7th and attending a memorial for John Ainslie on the 13th. Further details to follow.

Don’t forget to sign the e-petition to urge the UK government to take part in the UN talks. See update below:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/175096

In Historic Vote, UN General Assembly Mandates
2017 Negotiations to Ban Research, Development, Testing, Stockpiling, Use of Nuclear Weapons
“Most significant nuclear disarmament development since Cold War”
Contact: Greg Mello, 505-265-1200 (office), 505-577-8563 (cell)
Trish Williams-Mello, 505-265-1200 (office), 505-577-3366 (cell)
The resolution was carried by a large majority despite the late hour on a Friday evening two days before Christmas, with 113 member states voting in favour, 35 against, and 13 abstaining.
According to a press release this evening from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which has been coordinating NGO support for a nuclear ban treaty, the US attempted to block funding for negotiations last week:
At a UN budget committee meeting earlier this week, the United States attracted the ire of other nations when it objected to a funding request for the planned four weeks of negotiations on the treaty, to be held at UN headquarters in New York. But under intense pressure from supporters of nuclear disarmament, it eventually withdrew its objection, and the committee authorized the request.
For background on the vote see: “UN votes to outlaw nuclear weapons in 2017” (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Oct 27, 2016) and “Historic UN vote to mandate negotiation of treaty banning nuclear weapons” (Los Alamos Study Group, Oct 24, 2016). A concise explanation and FAQs about the upcoming negotiations can be found in a December summary by ICAN. Selected further background is here and at ICAN.
The resolution’s operative paragraphs mandate “a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination,” to occur “from 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July 2017, with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives.”
Crucially, treaty negotiations would occur under General Assembly rules – that is, without a consensus requirement or veto option, “unless otherwise agreed by the conference.” Creating a negotiating forum without a de facto veto rule has been a major goal of the resolution’s sponsors.
L.41 requires the spring 2017 negotiating conference to “submit a report on its progress to the General Assembly at its seventy-second session [autumn, 2017], which will assess the progress made in the negotiations and decide the way forward” – by majority rule, again.
The ban treaty envisioned by the resolution would stigmatize and prohibit nuclear weapons, closing the “legal gap” stemming from nuclear weapon state practice and their associated assertion in diplomatic and legal fora that nuclear weapons are completely legitimate weapons – for these states only.[1]
Please see our ban treaty web page http://www.lasg.org/BAN/BAN_open.html for in-depth background. The International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), in which the Study Group is a US partner organization, has provided an excellent, concise overview of the negotiations to come as well as highlights of this year’s campaign action

Ask your MP to sign the EDM 578 text below.
That this House notes that the UN Open-ended working group on Nuclear Disarmament concluded with the submission of a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly which calls for a conference to be convened in 2017 with a view to negotiating a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination; welcomes this proposal as a positive steps towards achieving the aim of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and of successive UK Governments of a world without nuclear weapons; and calls on the Government to participate fully in these discussions at the UN and encourage all other nations to do the same

STOP PRESS 1. LASQ also urges caution rather than panic over the Trump Nuclear tweet: Bulletin 228: Trump Tweet Hysteria
2. UNFOLD ZERO is organising a number of private meetings on the UN High Level Conference with governments, as well as open consultation meetings with non-governmental organisations in Geneva, London, New York, Vienna, Washington and other locations in early 2017.At these meetings they will discuss strategy and campaign activities to build success for the UN High Level Conference. For more information see UN to hold High Level Conference on nuclear disarmament.

Other News:
News from Australia: It’s been another big year with Walks happening through Karlamilyi in the Pilbara along with the annual Walkatjurra Walkabout through the Goldfields. This was followed by the annual ANFA meeting in Kalgoorlie. We have had lots of public meetings in Fremantle and Perth with Traditional Owners coming from all over W.A to voice their concerns and to also meet with many Politicians.
Thank you to all the people who have supported this through out the year. It would never happen without the ongoing generosity and support from you all.

Marshall Islands: The Arms Control Association, a prominent Washington, DC-based group promoting arms control policies, has announced the finalists for its annual Arms Control Person of the Year award.
One of the finalists is the government of the Marshall Islands and its former Foreign Minister Tony de Brum, “for pursuing a formal legal case in the International Court of Justice in The Hague against the world’s nuclear-armed states for their failure to initiate nuclear disarmament negotiations in violation of Article VI of the 1968 nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law.”
Voting is open now through January 5, 2017, at this link: https://www.armscontrol.org/acpoy.

Edinburgh CND news 16th December

1. Faslane Peacecamp are having a declutter and EdinburghCND have offered to help.
We are making 2 trips: one this Saturday (17th) and one in the new year.
If you are willing and can help with either please email edinburghcnd@yahoo.com

2. The situation in Yemen is terrible and getting worse. Edinburgh CND is supporting the protest on Saturday 24th December from 1pm – 2.30pm at the Wellington Statue East end of Princes Street: Stand up for Yemen: stop the UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia https://www.facebook.com/

3. The United Nations will start negotiating a global nuclear ban treaty in March. A world without nuclear weapons is within our reach. But the UK voted against these negotiations, and will try to obstruct progress, if we don’t act now. Your help is vital in getting the UK to support a global nuclear ban. We need to raise enough funds to continue lobbying the government, print thousands of global ban briefings, and send CND delegates to the UN conference in March.

One of our members has started an e-petition asking the Government to participate in this coming UN conference and it has now been published and is available to all UK citizens and residents to sign. Here is the link: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/175096
After signing please tell your relatives, friends and colleagues, put it on Facebook, Twitter etc – whatever you can do to publicise it as widely as possible. We only have a couple of months to get things moving before the conference.
For more on the UN conference and other related issues see:
http://cnduk.org/cnd-media/campaign-magazine

4.SCNDs December mag is also available http://www.banthebomb.org/index.php/publications/magazine/1897-nuclear-free-magazine-december-2016

5. Another important petition “Presiding Officer of Scottish Parliament: Ban arms traders/dealers from the Scottish Parliament.” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.
Our goal is to reach 200 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:
https://www.change.org/p/presiding-officer-of-scottish-parliament-ban-arms-traders-dealers-from-the-scottish-parliament?recruiter=3359575&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

6. To help build Youth CND see: http://www.yscnd.org/

7. Opinion has changed. Nuclear disarmament is mainstream. The problem is one of ‘operationalising’ those sentiments, putting pressure on politicians to understand and honour them.” So says Carol Turner, longstanding Labour party member and CND activist, author of Corbyn and Trident: Labour’s continuing controversy. Buy the book: http://www.cnd.org

8. Peace & Justice Bring & Share Festive Lunch. 20 December. 12noon – 2pm.
At the Peace and Justice Centre.5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh. EH1 2JN.
Come along and meet the P&J staff, volunteers and Management Committee. There will be Mulled Wine!
Don’t forget the Cranes Workshops on Saturdays and Burns Supper in January (see earlier posts)

9. Latest NuClear News: http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo91.pdf

10. Don’t Bank on the Bomb meeting latest minutes are available: email edinburghcnd@yahoo.com for a copy

11. UNFOLD ZERO encourages you to vote for the 2016 Arms Control Person(s) of the Year, organised by the Arms Control Association. Among the nominations are a number of people that have made a considerable impact on nuclear disarmament through the United Nations. They include: The government of the Marshall Islands and former foreign minister Tony de Brum. Mr de Brum is also a Council Member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear non-proliferation and Disarmament, one of the UNFOLD ZERO co-founding organisations. The Marshall Islands played a lead role in the historic 1996 International Court of Justice (ICJ) case on the illegality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. Then, in 2014, Mr de Brum initiated lawsuits in a U.S. Federal Court against the United States, and in the ICJ against the nine nuclear armed States in an attempt to compel them to implement their obligation to achieve complete nuclear disarmament. Over 5 million people signed a petition endorsing these cases.

12.The monthly vigil of the Scottish Peace Network will be held on Thursday, December 22, from 5-6pm at the Dewar’s statue on Buchanan Street in Glasgow city centre,

13. Trump Selects Former Texas Governor Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy
Albuquerque – The Trump transition team has selected former Texas governor Rick Perry as his administration’s nominee for Secretary of Energy.
+++++++++Trump demo in Edinburgh Friday 20th January 5.30pm Wellington Statue East end of Princes St