Edinburgh CND news 17th May

NEWS:
1. The UK will be joining other NATO states for a summit in July and CND will be present to highlight the dangerous role of the alliance in international affairs. Read more about why we’ll be joining the protests in Brussels in this month’s Campaign magazine.
The magazine also features an update about the ongoing nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting at the United Nations and an article about why CND is supporting the upcoming Trades Union Congress national demonstration. Read Campaign: May edition
Download Campaign: May edition
STOP PRESS: There will be events in Scotland if Trump visits after the NATO summit. Glasgow: evening of Friday 13th July Edinburgh: Saturday 14th July
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 2. President Donald Trump has announced that he is pulling the USA out of the Iran nuclear agreement and reimposing economic sanctions on Iran. In doing so, President Trump has threatened peace, stability and security in the Middle East. The Iran nuclear deal of 2015 led to improved relations between Iran and the international community, and assured the world that Iran would not be developing nuclear weapons.
Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal is a dangerous and irresponsible move, rightly condemned by the international community. The groundbreaking 2015 deal achieved its central aim: Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapons programme. Only a president hellbent on making the world a more dangerous place would consider such a belligerent and counterproductive move. It will be seen as a step towards war and sends a threatening message to the world. The announcement may also shake peace talks taking place on the Korean peninsula. What faith can leaders now place in US involvement in peace deals when they see such a clear example of a US president not fulfilling his country’s agreed obligations?Peace Action and other Abolition 2000 members are organizing a vigil in support of the Iran Deal in Washington Square Park, New York immediately after the  Abolition 2000 International Campaign and Strategy Meeting on Friday May 11.Parliamentary CND has launched EDM 1251 calling on the UK Government to use its influence in Washington to urge the US to reconsider its approach to the Iran nuclear deal and to uphold its commitments to Iran and the wider region. Please ask your MP to sign this important EDM – it only takes two minutes
Members of the Abolition 2000 global network to eliminate nuclear weapons, meeting in Geneva for their Annual General Meeting , have called on peace and disarmament activists to help save the Iran Nuclear Deal – Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
UN Secretary General, António Guterres, speaking on Thursday May 3, urged President Trump not to scrap the Iran nuclear deal, saying that the Middle East would become an even more dangerous place if such an important diplomatic victory was thrown away.
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3. On 14th May: Anti-nuclear campaigners  responded to Gavin Williams’ spending announcement. Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, said: “Today’s announcement by Gavin Williams – that the government is signing contracts with BAE Systems to the tune of £930 million for Trident replacement submarines – is another indication of our government’s gross irresponsibility. MoD spending has run out of control and the government must be called to account for its profligate and irresponsible spending. The £205 billion Trident replacement scheme must be scrapped. The money should be spent instead on addressing the real security threats we face, like terrorism, climate change and cyber warfare.”
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4. Beyond Nuclear International Weekly Digest: (a) Renowned journalist, John Pilger, describes his visit to the Marshall Islands and the terrible legacy of 67 American atomic bomb “tests” during the Cold War. Women and indigenous people play a central, and often unsung, role in the struggle against every facet of uranium power and nuclear weapons. For more on this and other news: visit our Website
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5. nuClear News No.107 May 2018 is now available to download at http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/NuClearNewsNo107.pdf
6. http://www.lasg.org/   For latest press releases from Los Alamos
7. https://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com for their latest news
MEETINGS OF PARTNER ORGANISATIONS
0. Edinburgh Stop the War:Monday May 21st, 7.30pm – at the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow EH1 2JN.
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1. ICAN have a finalised location for the May Scottish  Roundtable Wednesday, 30 May at 7.00pm University of Edinburgh Paterson’s Land Room 1.21.
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2. CAAT if you’re looking to get involved in the fight against the Underwater Defence Technology (UDT) Conference in Glasgow this summer (26th – 28th June), here are some dates for your diary:
(a) picket the Glasgow City Council meeting 17th at 1200 to say no to arms fairs and arms dealers in Scotland. The more the merrier! Feel free to bring banners and placards. Meet outside the City Chambers at 1200.
(b) The next CAAT Edinburgh meeting is next Monday 21st May from 1900 to 2045 at the Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House on Victoria Terrace. We’ll be discussing the upcoming arms fair and CAAT’s #Arms2Renewables divestment campaign. Come and say hello!
(C) There will be a die-in on the Buchanan Street steps in Glasgow from 1100-1200 on Saturday 23rd June, the weekend before the arms fair. This a chance for those who aren’t free during the mid-week arms fair to voice their opposition to the UDT. Congregate at the Donald Dewar statue at 1100.
(d) The Big One: we’ll be joining a demonstration at the SEC in Glasgow on Tuesday 26th June at 1000. This is the first day of the arms fair, which officially starts at 1100. We’re getting there early so we can tell the arms dealers and warmongers what we think of them as they arrive. More details to follow as we liase with the SEC. Please note: this will be a peaceful, non-violent demonstration.
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3.Low Level Radiation and Health conference being held on Saturday June 23rd to Sunday June 24th in Stirling..Overseas speakers will present on the Saturday covering impacts of low level radiation on wildlife and health while there will be a UK campaigning meeting on the Sunday June 24th. The meeting will end on Sunday after lunch. The meeting will start with lunch at 12.30 on the Saturdayand is being held in the Stirling Court Hotel at the University while accommodation is being reserved in the Stirling Central Travelodge, 1 Goosecroft Road, Stirling FK8 1PF, Tel: 02031 950540.
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4. The Peace Academy will take place from 27th to 29th July at the Strathclyde University Students’ Union, with accommodation provided for 100 participants at the SYHA Glasgow. Confirmed speaker Ross Greer MSP supports young people applying to the Peace Academy. Apply to the Peace Academy
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5. Events notified by the Peace and Justice Centre                                                       (a) ‘That’s Not Okay’ Workshop:
Sat 26 May. 10am – 2pm.
David Hume Tower. LG.07, George Square.
With Mil Rai and Emily Johns, Editors of Peace News.  More info Here.                      (b) Conscientious Objectors meeting in Dundee Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Dundee Friday 18 May – 6.30 to 20.15 (lecture starts 7.00 pm prompt)This is a free event and tickets are available through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abertay-historical-society-great-war-dundee-evening-lecture-tickets-44752447776?utm_term=eventurl_text                       (c)War, Conscription and Conscientious Objection 1914-1919 
Conscientious Objectors Awareness Day Event Dundee

Saturday 10.30-3.00 May 19, 2018
Dalhousie Building, Room 1LG03, University of Dundee(
A Free Event – including refreshments and light buffet lunch – tickets booked Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/war-conscription-and-conscientious-objection-1914-1919-tickets-44752516983?aff=erelpanelorg                              (d)Legacies of Resistance: The Struggle Continues Wednesday, 23rd May, 6-8p.m.
The Fairfax Somerville Room, The Scottish Parliament                                                                     +++Stop press (e) Pentecost Peace Vigil at Faslane
May 26, 2018 12:00 pm– 1:00pm. People of all faiths, or of none, are most welcome!
Organised by Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms (SCANA)

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6. Footprints for Peace (Australia) This years big walk:  http://www.walkingforcountry.com
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