Edinburgh CND News 27th June 2017

OUR NEXT EVENTS
1. Saturday 1st July: Edinburgh CND will be sharing a stall with the May Day Committee at the Radical Fair: 1-5pm at the Augustine United, George IVth Bridge.
2. Tuesday 4th July Edinburgh CND monthly organising meeting 6pm at the Peace and Justice Centre
3. Saturday 8th July Edinburgh CND leafleting 1230 East End of Princes St. This day is also the start of the anti-nuclear events at Coulport (see previous post about the singing). Watch this space for Edinburgh Transport
4. Wednesday 19th July 7pm Edinburgh CND Special Meeting Peace and Justice Centre led by Lynn Jamieson of the SCND executive
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NEWS
STOP PRESS (Thanks ICAN and TP)
1.Any of you who do Twitter please sign on to ICANs Thunderclap about the Ban Treaty.
https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/58394-be-the-resistance-nuclearbanIt makes a Tweet go out to all the accounts signed up to it at once so long as the critical number of accounts is reached. This one will be on 3 July.
                                          2.Also there is an Early Day Motion just lodged about the Ban Treaty.
Ask your MP to sign it
See more at http://www.nuclearban.scot/edm-on-global-ban-at-westminster/

3.ICAN Flickr photos are here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/30835738@N03/
Please use and spread far and wide the photos from action on 28th featuring the leaders of all nuclear-armed states protesting outside the UN! With a bomb!
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1. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has criticised the government for continuing to boycott talks at the United Nations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
Caroline Lucas, Chair of Westminster Parliamentary CND attended the start of the second round of talks, which began on Friday 16 June. More than 130 countries took part in the first round of talks in March. While successive UK governments of all colours have stated support for multilateral nuclear disarmament, no representative from the UK has attended any of the sessions, choosing instead to stand with Donald Trump’s representative as she denounced the efforts.
Caroline Lucas MP, Chair of Parliamentary CND said: “The beginning of the talks in New York demonstrated the significant level of support for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Many of the more than 130 countries involved are incredibly disappointed that the UK government isn’t attending, but it’s reassuring to see UK civil society contributing to the talks. I hope that the UK government will have a change of heart and look forward to working with Parliamentary CND colleagues to bring this about”
 Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary said: “We’re delighted that Caroline Lucas was able to attend the start of the talks in New York. There is huge support for the UK government to attend, but while it is in a state of inertia it is important to send a message to the international community that MPs and civil society stand with them as they work to create a nuclear free world.”
The talks on the draft treaty, which was published in May, are set to continue into July.
You can stay updated by subscribing for the Nuclear Ban Daily or follow the action live on Twitter through @RCW
and at Scottish CND http://www.nuclearban.scot/  Scottish CND is planning report backs from the conference and Edinburgh CND hopes to host one too.
The revised draft of the CPNW is now out.  Read it here:  http://www.icanw.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/A-CONF.229-2017-CRP.1-Rev.1.pdf
Worth the read: it is already generating debate!
UNFOLD ZERO is at the United Nations participating in the negotiations, engaging with governments and organising a number of side events. (Click here for the full list of side events).
They point out that there are three aspects which could impact on the nuclear armed states, if included in the treaty.These are the proposals to prohibit transit, threat of use and financing of nuclear weapons. Ironically, these are turning out to be the most difficult to negotiate, with a number of States resisting the adoption of these measures.
Transit: UNFOLD ZERO has joined with other NGOs and like-minded countries to support a prohibition of the transit of nuclear weapons through the territorial waters and airspace of States parties to the ban treaty.
Countries opposing this measure argue that it’s not possible to verifiy or enforce such a ban. However, New Zealand prohibited nuclear weapons including transit, from its territory (including territorial waters and airspace) in 1987, and has been able to enforce this. So a ban treaty should be able to do the same.
For more information see The ban treaty, transit and national implementation.

Threat of use: The threat to use nuclear weapons is central to the nuclear policies and practices of the nuclear armed States and their allies. As such, UNFOLD ZERO supports the proposal to include a ban on the threat of use of nuclear weapons in the ban treaty. Some States in the negotiations oppose the proposal to prohibit threat of use, arguing that it is hard to define such threat. However, a prohibition on the threat to use force in international relations is part of the UN Charter. The International Court of Justice used this, in conjunction with other customary law, to affirm in 1996 that the threat and use of nuclear weapons is generally illegal.                                                                                    Financing: A considerable number of States support the proposal for the ban treaty to prohibit financing of nuclear weapons. However, some other States in the negotiations argue that such a prohibition is too difficult to implement.                                                       It is likely a specific prohibition on financing will not be agreed, but alternative language would be adopted that prohibits States parties from assisting, encouraging or inducing anyone to undertake activities prohibited in the ban treaty. This could be interpreted as including investments in nuclear weapons corporations. 

2. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament is calling for a halt to the construction of new nuclear power stations in light of a damning report from the National Audit Office.  Commenting on the report, CND General Secretary Kate Hudson said: “It is becoming increasingly clear that successive governments’ obsession with developing new nuclear power stations poses a threat to the economy, consumers and the environment. It’s time for the government to start investing in renewable energy which can power the UK towards a greener, sustainable future.”
The report warns that British consumers have been locked into a “high cost and risky” deal, adding that it isn’t possible to say if the government has “maximised the chances that it will achieve value for money”.
The NAO states that since the original White Paper on nuclear power published in 2008 “the economics of nuclear power have deteriorated: estimated construction costs have increased while alternative low-carbon technologies have become cheaper”. This comes after repeated cuts in government support for renewable energy.
Government involvement in the project is also criticised, as the report notes that by taking a 50% stake in the construction of the plant, the government could have achieved a strike price of £48.50 per megawatt hour. As it currently stands the strike price is a guaranteed £92.50, around twice the wholesale price.
A full report (and audio) of the conference held on 17th June is at http://cnduk.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50a46ed98fb9032bd46d11880&id=bb06e7545b&e=96dcf14be7
 Here’s just a few of the the memorable things we heard throughout the day:                 +”Why are the economic costs of nuclear accidents never factored in by governments?” asked Professor Tim Mousseau.
+An audience member asked “after last week’s fire, we know the government can’t be trusted to keep us safe in our houses, so how can we trust them with nuclear power?”
 +”The silence about routine radioactive emissions from nuclear reactors is a national disgrace,” said conference organiser Dr Ian Fairlie.
 +”Electricity consumption has gone down by 15.2% in the last 10 years. So why do we need nuclear?” asked Andrew Warren.
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OTHER EVENTS
1. Join Edinburgh CAAT and learn how to drum (against the arms trade) – everyone welcome, all ages, from complete novices through to samba pros! The sessions will take place in Edinburgh meadows corner near Lonsdale Terrance TUESDAYS 6.30 to 8.30pm on: 4th July 18th Jul 1st August
 You can come to any or all of the sessions. The workshops are completely free, however any donations for them will go towards the work of Rhythms of Resistance and Edinburgh Campaign Against Arms Trade.
2. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre Events:
i) Maya Evans: Report from Afghanistan. Thurs 6 July. 7 – 9pm.  Univ of Edinburgh Library. Rm 1.07. 
ii) Carolyn Affleck Youngs Walking to Japan Sat 8 July 2 – 3pm. Book Talk
Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre 
followed by
iii) 3- 4pm. Origami Cranes Workshop with Carolyn Affleck Youngs.   
JOIN and SHARE the Facebook Event Here
iv) John Dear: Nonviolent Resistance in Trump’s USA
Thursday 13 July. 6pm Light meal in the Peace & Justice Centre. 6:45pm Talk & Q&A with John Dear. Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace. Followed by
v) P and J AGM
vi) Annual Inter-faith Ocassion for World Peace Tuesday 4 July 7pm. St Mark’s Unitarian Church. Castle Terr. Edinburgh. 
vi) Inspirations for Peacemaking 
Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence Conference
14—16 July 2017. St. Mary’s MonasteryKinnoull, Perth, PH2 7BP
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WORLD NEWS
1. USA: The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) is publishing its blockbuster series on lax safety at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The first parts of the series focus on safety at LANL’s main plutonium facility (Building PF-4). So far two installments have been published (shown in reverse chronological order here):  Safety problems at a Los Alamos laboratory delay U.S. nuclear warhead testing and production, by R. Jeffrey Smith and Patrick Malone A near-disaster at a federal nuclear weapons laboratory takes a hidden toll on America’s arsenal, by Patrick Malone
Los Alamos say look at these important articles and “staying tuned” for the ones to follow. Patrick has been working on this project for the past year and has developed unparalleled insight into the events he chronicles and their background. We helped with this project, as did many others. We think Patrick did a great job overall. We don’t like the titles, and the articles do not get into any of the deeper issues that might have been raised, but that is the nature of mainstream publishing in the U.S. today. 
These articles are also being published in abridged form elsewhere, for example in the Washington PostSanta Fe New Mexican, and 
Albuquerque Journal. Other national outlets will follow. 
2. Australia:  the activities against Uranium mining continue:For the latest update: https://walkingforcountry. ++They have an important event at Parliament House Perth on the 29th
AND NEARER HOME:
1. Potential story about life in the Royal Marines message fromJohn Sutherland
Author – No Place For Gentlemen
I have recently written a book and published it on kindle about my time as a Royal Marines Commando. I talk about my time in training, to my time in Iraq and back home up at Faslane naval base. It reveals many things that should not have been, and how the life wizens and warps men’s characters. If you want to buy it I would be delighted and if you want to talk about the events and occurrences I talk about then even better
Newsletter number 11 also available
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