Edinburgh CND News 14th November

REMEMBER: 2 meetings onWednesday 15th: These are Edinburgh CND supported events
1. Socially Constructed Radiation Hazards: Nuclear Power and Fracking   4 -5.30pm 
Staff Room, sixth floor Crystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square Edinburgh EH8 9LD
 Dr Fairlie is a radiation biologist, an expert on radiation doses and risks to human health. As a public intellectual, he speaks out plainly against human activities that add to radiation hazards.  The Chernobyl accident in 1986 triggered his studies of the hazards of radiation releases from nuclear facilities. He contributes to the international debates about leukaemia clusters around nuclear plants.  More recently, he has commented on the likely long-term health impact of Fukushima, the radioactive risks of fracking and the health hazards of shells hardened with depleted uranium.  This is a unique opportunity to ask questions of an expert. These topics may not be close to your research interests but they may impact on your life. Nuclear accidents, like atmospheric nuclear tests, have a global impact but small local emissions also have health effects. Dr Fairlie will present some of his work and take questions about the radiation hazards on any of these issues. This is a rare opportunity to ask questions of an independent expert, as most radiation scientists tend to come from nuclear energy or nuclear weapons establishments.
 Fairlie, I. 2014. ‘A hypothesis to explain childhood cancers near nuclear power plants’. Journal of environmental radioactivity 133: 10-17. 
Fairlie, I. 2009. ‘Depleted uranium: properties, military use and health risks’.Medicine Conflict and Survival 25: 41-64
2. Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland invites you to a Stop Funding Nukes public meeting in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL on 2017. Doors open at 6:30 pm and meeting starts at 7 pm.  Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland invites you to a Stop Funding Nukes public meeting in the Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria Street Edinburgh EH1 2 JL on Wednesday November 15 . Doors open at 630 pm and meeting starts at 7 pm.
Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland is a campaigning network and  we are inviting people to the public meeting to discuss developments in campaigning for divestment in nuclear weapons . Programme for meeting – 630 pm – Coffee
7 pm – Welcome and Brief introduction
710 pm- Medical and Humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons- Dr Michael Orgel – Medact Scotland
740pm- International Campaigning – Elizabeth Minor – from Nobel Prize winning peace organisation ICAN
750pm- Susi Synder – from Don’t Bank on the Bomb in the Netherlands on using Global Ban Treaty to boost divestment
820pm- A chance to ask questions of radiation biologist Ian Fairlie who is an expert on radiation doses and risks to human health . 835 pm – brief input on the work of Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland
840 pm – questions and answer session
9 pm – closing remarks and information on forthcoming activities of Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland.
 Anyone who is interested is very welcome to attend the meeting and please pass the word round.
 Activities Around the Nuclear Ban
 CNDUK writes: We’ve seen the British government boycott the nuclear ban negotiations and attempt to trash the treaty. That’s why we must continue to take matters into our own hands. CND has launched the Citizens’ Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
They are inviting all of  supporters to help collect thousands of signatures to show that British citizens support the ban and want the government to sign up. We already know that 75% of British citizens think the government should have supported the negotiations – now we must mobilise that sentiment to pressure the government to sign.
On the 10th December, the Nobel Laureates will take centre stage in Oslo to collect the 2017 prizes. This year’s peace prize will be awarded to ICAN, the global network which supported the 122 states backing the new UN treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. The Nobel Prize is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about the ban. At a time when the British government is boycotting the ban, it’s apt that the Nobel Prize Committee has chosen to award the movement that is challenging the nuclear states that seek to maintain the status quo.
Day of action
For the 9th December CND are planning a day of action. Local CND groups will hold street stalls to invite citizens to sign the treaty. Edinburgh CND will be at the East End of Princes Street from 1230.


The Scrap Trident Coalition in Scotland is inviting people all over Scotland to throw a PEACE IS THE PRIZE! Party, where they choose a way to celebrate the occasion and to share their contribution to the party on social media. The sharing will also stretch beyond our borders and it will be great to show the world just how much it means to us in Scotland to be part of that majority world that is determined to end the nuclear threat for once and for all. Everyone can take some pictures or videos and upload them on Facebook and Twitter and tell the world how you are celebrating, anytime from Friday the 8th December through till Monday 11th. Don’t forget to share with scraptrident on Facebook and Twitter and make sure to use the hashtags #nuclearban #TPNW Watch out for Scottish participation! A special song and some funky images and some interesting locations are already in the pipeline. If you can let us know what your plans will be we can work on getting a bit of media attention on the weekend. We hope you will want to get active for Peace is The Prize and to share your plans and, when the time comes, some messages and pictures. To get details of the song when its ready and to use the new graphics when they are done, get in touch and let Scrap Trident know via a private message on the ScrapTrident Facebook page or by sending an  email to scraptrident@gmail.com.                                                                                                                          Also: UN House will be hosting another event in Edinburgh on Friday 8th December at 5.30 and others are invited to join them, or host other activities – more details on the Scrap Trident websiteThere is also an international Peace Rally planned for Faslane on Sep 18th 2018, so local groups can start to think about how they may take part. SCND would like to hear from anyone interested in helping to organise this.

An interesting article:

CND UK magazine this month looks into how nuclear weapons and nuclear power are both outdated industries, on top of all the other reasons to oppose them. They’re also launching a Day of Action to celebrate the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN, a network of disarmament organisations including CND. Read Campaign: November edition Download Campaign: November edition
Scottish Parliament: The SNP will be holding a briefing and reception for ICAN at the Westminster House of Commons on 29th November, and there will be a cross party parliamentary briefing at Westminster on 5th December – I will send more details on these events as they emerge
Other meetings:
  1. Join Scilla Elworthy, founder of Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct, Scot and internationalist, for a day workshop celebrating a life committed to conflict resolution. 10.30am – 4pm Saturday 18 November, David Hume Tower LG.09, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JX. Attend by donation [see below]. Register: https://peacebuilding18nov.eventbrite.co.uk/ “Many people feel powerless in the face of what they see on TV or read in the news – a world in crisis, with wars and violence…
  2. CAAT Edinburgh next group meeting will be taking place on: Monday 27 November from 7 to 8.45pm at the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow Edinburgh EH1 2JN.  CAAT Nationally is taking legal action to end the UK’s shameful complicity in the devastation in Yemen  but they urgently need your support: caat.org.uk/saudi-appeal Weapons produced in the UK are playing a central role in the attacks: over £4.6 billion worth of arms sales – including £2 billion of bombs – have been licensed by the UK government to Saudi Arabia since the conflict started.
International news (or more Nuclear Ban):
Young academics, professionals and activists working in the field of nuclear disarmament, are invited to Prague for the international youth conference Reaching HIGH for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World. The conference, which will take place from Nov 27-29, 2017 (apologies for incorrect date in an earlier notice) at the historic Charles University, established in 1348 by King Charles of Bohemia. 
Jacinda Ardern, leader of the New Zealand Labour Party and a member of PNND, last month formed a coalition government and became Prime Minister following a hung parliament in the September elections. She is New Zealand’s third female prime minister and, at 37, the country’s youngest leader in 150 years.
Republican U.S Senator Bob Corker, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced last night that on November 14 he will convene a committee hearing on the President’s unilateral authority to launch a nuclear attack, including the first use of nuclear weapons. A number of members both on and off our committee have raised questions about the authorities of the legislative and executive branches with respect to war making, the use of nuclear weapons, and conducting foreign policy overall,” Corker said yesterday (See Trump critic Sen. Corker to hold hearing on president’s authority to launch nuclear attack, ABC News). The most vocal of the Foreign Affairs Committee Members on this issue has been PNND Co-President Senator Ed Markey, who has introduced draft legislation which would bar the president from launching a preemptive nuclear strike, without authorization of the U.S. Congress. NB this is being held at time of writing  (November 14): U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee  hearing on the President’s unilateral authority to launch a nuclear attack, including the first use of nuclear weapons.
PNND invite you to participate in Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, a global campaign to cut funding for nuclear weapons and reinvest these resources in areas of social, environmental and economic need.
Launched at the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in October 2016, the campaign builds on the work done over the years by parliamentarians and civil society on this issue, and highlights new initiatives. The campaign is being led by Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND), World Future Council (WFC) and the Basel Peace Office, in cooperation with the International Peace Bureau (IPB) Global Campaign on Military Spending and Abolition 2000.
Last Friday Nov 10, Pope Francis addressed a high-profile conference on nuclear disarmament hosted by the Holy See at the Vatican, where he denounced the possession of nuclear weapons. Pope Francis told participants that ‘humanity cannot fail to be genuinely concerned by the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental effects of any employment of nuclear devices. If we also take into account the risk of an accidental detonation as a result of error of any kind, the threat of their use, as well as their very possession, is to be firmly condemned.”

End note: Following the unique live shoot of “THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEJK” last July, Sands Films is now engaged in the long post production process. The film promises to be very special and unique, not unlike  Schwejk himself: much loved character with his very own, unexpected and enduring ways of anti-war protest.Meanwhile, life goes on and the studio is very busy with a great many projects and events. (Please keep in touch by joining our mailing list if you are not already receiving our weekly newsletter) and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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