Edinburgh CND News 2nd August 2017 (with special post on 6th)

On Sunday, people around the world will gather to mark 72 years since nuclear bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. CND groups will be meeting across the country to show that we have not forgotten those who died as a result of the nuclear attacks and we are working to ensure it never happens again.
1. Edinburgh CNDs annual event to remember the tragic dropping of a Nuclear Bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 6th August 6-7pm at the Mound Precinct/Princes Street. We will be near the National Gallery on the ‘busker pitch’ closest to Princes Street. 
All invited. Music, Candles, Crane-making, Speeches, Poems, Banners. Bring umbrellas just in case! 
 +++++++++see also special addition at end
2. On Saturday12th August (3 days after Nagasaki anniversary) we will be leafleting from12 30 at the East End of Princes Street.
The Basle Peace Office and UNFOLD ZERO are  encouraging  the use of new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (‘ban treaty’) and the upcoming United Nations High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament to promote nuclear abolition on Hiroshima Day and August 9 Nagasaki Day. For updates and actions and more information see:
Also sign the ATOM Project online petition calling for a nuclear-weapon-free world. Over 300,000 have endorsed so far. Let’s get to 1/2 a million.
For other Hiroshima Commemoration events in Scotland see: 
 1.The ‘War on Terror’ In An Era Of Crisis: A Critical Response
 August 5th Venue. For details of this and other events see previous post.
2.Planning meeting for the Edinburgh World Justice Festival 9th August 5pm Peace and Justice Centre. This years Festival runs from 30th September to 16th October and Edinburgh CNDs event is on Wednesday 11th October.
1. Peace campaigners have responded to the High Court’s decision to block a bid to prosecute Tony Blair over the Iraq War. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“Today’s decision by the High Court to block an attempt to prosecute Tony Blair for his role in the Iraq war is hugely disappointing and means justice has been left undone.
 “Last year’s Chilcot report showed that Tony Blair had no respect for cabinet procedure, no respect for Parliament, and no respect for international law.
 “Iraq was devastated by the war Blair led Britain into, millions of innocent Iraqis were killed, British soldiers were killed, and terrorism has spread across the Middle East.
 “Chilcot revealed the evidence that must now be used to bring Tony Blair to justice.
 “Only when justice is served can we prevent disasters like the Iraq war from happening again.”
2..This September, CND is supporting a conference taking place in York that will bring together health professionals and peace activists to debate, educate and advocate for social justice and demilitarisation.
As well as addressing plenaries on day one of the conference, CND will lead a workshos on day three: Campaigning against Trident in Parliament, parties and civil society.
The full programme can be found on the Medact web site, where you can also register for tickets.
3. A government watchdog has given a ‘red alert’ after another part of the government’s Trident replacement scheme ran over budget.
Although the government’s own figures include a contingency fund, it’s clear that we will soon reach a point where the cost of Trident surpasses £205 billion.
1. The latest edition of Nuclear Free Scotland is available from SCND http://www.banthebomb.org
2. The August 2017 edition of CND’s Campaign magazine. It has all the information you need on the global nuclear weapon ban treaty adopted at the UN, as well as the upcoming arms fair in London.  Read the magazine Download a copy
3. The August/September Peace and Justice News is out: http://peaceandjustice.org.uk/
4. The latest edition of nuClear News – No.98 August 2017 – is now available for downloading here:
5. LOS ALAMOS: Bulletin 233: Please take action: Congress, White House, nuclear industry renew effort to store, process, and dispose of various nuclear wastes in New Mexico and Nevada                                                                                                                     6. AUSTRALIA: the activities against Uranium mining continue:For the latest update: https://walkingforcountry

SPECIAL POST ON 6th: On this day, 72 years ago, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan – the first use of the most terrible weapons in human history. The bomb is estimated to have killed between 100,000 and 180,000 people, and devastated the city. The horrific results of this attack did not, however, prevent an order to drop an even more powerful atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki three days later. In two blinding flashes of light, the cities were destroyed.

Edinburgh CND is remembering the victims of these attacks today: 6th August 6-7pm at the Mound/Princes Street (buskers spot near National Gallery). See http://www.banthebomb.org for other Scottish events.

This year, the anniversary of the bombings is particularly poignant, as the UN has recently adopted a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, which will be open for signature on 20th September. Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days remind us of the importance of campaigning for a world free of nuclear weapons, and this treaty is a step towards that goal.

August 6
city of 300,000
can we forget that silence?
in that stillness
the powerful appeal
of the white eye sockets of the wives and children who did not
return home
that tore apart our hearts
can it be forgotten?

TŌGE Sankichi, translated by Karen Thornber

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