Edinburgh CND News 2nd August (updated on the 4th)

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On 6th August 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by US air forces. This was the first time a nuclear weapon had ever been used; it killed up to 180,000 people and destroyed 13 square kilometres of the city. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing between 50,000 and 100,000 people. Members of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament will mark this 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday 6th August.

EdinburghCND will be holding 2 events in Edinburgh on Thursday 6th August to mark this anniversary. At 12 noon paper lanterns will be floated in the pond outside the Scottish Parliament. From 6 pm to 7 pm there will be a vigil at the Mound / Princes Street. This is our main event and we invite all our supporters to bring candles, posters, words, songs………. (or just themselves) https://www.facebook.com/events/405131616358532/

A member of Trident Ploughshares will be fasting outside the Scottish Parliament from (early on) 6th to 9th August. Please join her, even if only for a short time.                                                                                                                                         On SATURDAY 8th AUGUST there will be CND leafletting at the East End of Princes Street from 1230 to 1pm and from 1-5pm Trident Ploughshares holding a vigil near the top of the Royal Mile on  from 1-5pm.  There will be SINGING from 1-2pm

Other events (for more details see also earlier newsletter or come along to our meeting on the 3rd at ACE):                           6 – 19 August. 10am – 5:30pm. Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Bomb Exhibition.11 Gayfield Sq. (Venue 116). EH1 3NT. Saturday 8 August.6 – 8:30pm.  X Years Later. Film & Discussion. Free Event. Retiring Donation.                                         Sunday 9 August. 6 – 8:30pm. White Light / Black Rain. Film & Discussion. Japanese with English subtitles. Free Event. Retiring Donation. Both films at   11 Gayfield Sq (with exhibition) and there is an exhibition of photographs and artwork by survivors of the atomic & Hydrogen bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Leith Community Education Centre
12A Newkirkgate, EH6 6AD Edinburgh (6th-20th)

This major anniversary is likely to be the final one before a renewed debate in the UK on the possession of nuclear weapons as the government approaches a decision point on the replacement of the Trident system – expected in early 2016. In London, a special film screening of the classic anti-nuclear film, The War Game, including a discussion with the film’s original editor Michael Bradsell, on Thursday 6th August. Across the UK events will be organised by local CND groups, See above for Edinburgh events. CND spokespersons are available for interview and the media are invited to contact CND to discuss covering this important anniversary in light of the major decision on Trident replacement.    See http://www.cnduk.org for more details of these events                                   MPs remember Hiroshima – will you join in? Members of Parliament took time before the recess to take part in a CND Hiroshima commemoration. You can see the photos on our facebook page. Will you take part? Take a photo of yourself with a No More Hiroshimas poster and upload it onto facebook or twitter, using the hashtag #nomorehiroshimas.

15 minute Radio 4 broadcast on the Hiroshima bomb  Under the Mushroom Cloud http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b063zt9r  and The ‘sanitised narrative’ of Hiroshima’s atomic bombingb By Rupert Wingfield-Hayes BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33754931

Labour leadership election Momentum is building behind CND Vice-Chair Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign to become leader of the Labour party, with Unison becoming the latest trade union to endorse his candidacy. As Jeremy is the only candidate opposed to Trident replacement, Labour CND is asking you to consider becoming a Registered Supporter of the Labour Party so that you can vote for him. If you are a member of an affiliated trade union this is free, otherwise it will cost £3. The closing date for registering is August 12 and full details are available on the Labour CND website. See also http://jeremycorbyn.org.uk/

Philosophy Football Tshirt for CND To mark the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombings, Philosophy Football have teamed up with CND to launch an exclusive T-shirt. All profits come to CND, so buy yours today and help us raise £1,000 for the campaign against Trident replacement! Just £19.99, but you can help us raise more by buying yours at the solidarity price of £24.99. Order your T-shirt online or call 01273 472 721

UK Nuclear News No.76 August 2015 is now available for downloading here: http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo76.pdf

The next meeting of the Scottish Peace Network will take place on Tuesday, August 4 at 7pm in Glasgow at the Friends Meeting House. This is located at 38 Elmbank Crescent, opposite the Charing Cross train station. They will be discussing and planning for events in the coming months.

John Pilger will be appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Sunday August 9th at the Assembly Rooms. Journalist, film-maker and author, John Pilger is one of only two to win British journalism’s highest award twice. For his documentary films, he has won an Emmy and a BAFTA. His epic Cambodia Year Zero is ranked by the BFI as one of the ten most important documentaries of the 20th century. http://arfringe.com/show/2095/john_pilger_power_And_propaganda_%28q_and_a%29

Documentary about Dr Kissinger It’s narrated by Scottish actor Brian Cox:
The Trials Of Henry Kissinger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwGtctUYhRI

In Australia: With less than a month to go now, its time to start getting ready for the Walkatjurra Walkabout:

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