Edinburgh World Justice Festival 2018 is nearly with us


28 September – 20 October 2018 

It’s time for another Edinburgh World Justice Festival! – 16 informative and inspiring events about the big issues in the world and what we can do about them.  Here’s a summary of the programme – check out the details of the events on www.ewjf.org.uk and Facebook, put them in your diary and share it all with your friends.

#ewjf  #10yearsOn
The following Events may be of particular interest to CND members. NOTE EDINBURGH CND MEETING ON 10th:
Conference: Reimagining the Economy
Sat 29 Sep, 9:45 – 5:30pm Edinburgh Methodist Church 25 Nicolson Square EH8 9BX
EWJF and Jubilee Scotland. ECND will have a stall at this event.

 Followed by                                                                                                                                               Launch party!
Sat 29 Sep, 19:00 – 22:30 Join us for a fun evening
Greyfriars Charteris Centre, 140 Pleasance, EH8 9RR

Tue 2 Oct, We will be having our usual organising meeting at 6pm in the Peace and Justice Centre. Then some of us will go to the following event:
Join the campaign for climate justice.
7.30pm Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX
Friends of the Earth Edinburgh / Stop Climate Chaos Scotland
Thu 4 Oct, 7.30pmThe real cost of the Scottish arms industry
Augustine United Church, EH1 1EL
Edinburgh Stop the War                                                                                                             UN: Peacemaker or toothless tiger? How to reform the United Nations and bring about a more peaceful world. 6pm same day 50 George Sq. Room G.06Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre. EDINBURGH CND will be contributing.
Fri 5 Oct, 7pm How to Sink an Arms Fair
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL
Campaign Against Arms Trade Scotland
Statue Of Liberty Mushroom Cloud Atomic Bomb
Statue Of Liberty Mushroom Cloud Atomic Bomb

Wed 10 Oct, 7 – 9pm What price Nuclear War?
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL
Edinburgh Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament                                                                  ————                                                                                                                                          Thu 11 Oct, 6.30 – 8.30pm: Film: Shadow World (exposes the reality of the global arms trade)
David Hume Tower, LG09, George Square, EH8 9JX
Campaign Against Arms Trade Scotland                                                                                   ———                                                                                                                                                Fri 12 Oct, 7.30 – 9.00pm Just Transitions  Augustine United Church, EH1 1EL
Scot E3 (Employment, Energy and Environment)                                                                   ———-                                                                                                                                              Sat 13 Oct, 11am – 4.30pm Book Fair and forums
Epworth Halls, Methodist church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX
www.sfbbooks.wordpress.com   We will have a stall at this event. We will also go to the East End of Princes Street from 1230 for our usual monthly leafleting session.

1. Beyond Nuclear International:   (a) Almost 35 years ago to the day, we came close to oblivion. Thanks to one level-headed and stubborn Russian lieutenant colonel, Stanislav Petrov, who failed to sound what would have been a false alarm about a US nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, here we still are. But our luck could run out, writes Jon Schwarz in The Intercept. Where are the movies and TV shows like we saw in the 1980s to scare the wits out of us and spur real action?                                  (b) As the latest hurricane threatens coastal US nuclear plants, John Vidal’s timely article takes an in-depth look at the risks of nuclear reactors operating under climate change conditions, including sea-level rise. Plus the Climate Change chapter of the Beyond Nuclear A-Z handbook on nuclear power delivers the key arguments against nuclear power as a climate change “solution.”
2. On Saturday 22nd we gathered at Faslane Peace Camp at 12 noon and walked from the Peace Camp to the North Gate of the base for a rally. Look out for all the reports.
3. September Drones news available here: https://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com
4. The Don’t Bank on the Bomb guide has now been published here: https://nukedivestmentscotland.org/
The successful launch meeting was held on 20th September
The story has been covered on the front page of The National newspaper this morning (see attached image). News coverage here:http://www.thenational.scot/news/16889891.stop-funding-armageddon-why-nuclear-investment-must-end/ and there’s an op ed here: Stop funding Armageddon – why nuclear investment must end
5. On September 26, TOMORROW, (A) the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, world leaders will participate in a High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament. ‘The United Nations and its member countries should focus more on disarmament for sustainable development’ says 2016 Children’s Peace Prize winner Kehkashan Basu, who was last week selected by the President of the UN General Assembly to address the UN High-Level Meeting as one of the two speakers from global civil society.
++++++++Watch live on UN WebTV (10am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm).
(B) Also onSeptember 26th, ICAN be bringing a message to BNP Paribas: Nuclear Weapons are unacceptable, divest!
They know that when you choose the end of nuclear weapons it also means choosing to end investments in nuclear weapon producing companies. That’s why they’re using the 26thof September, the UN Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, to demand BNP Paribas choose wisely. They will be doing this by making a Splash Online,following an NFLA media release today 25th September 2018
NFLA highly concerned with nuclear safety at the Aldermaston and Burghfield nuclear weapon sites and seeks action from nuclear regulator
6. CND travelled to Liverpool for the Labour Party’s annual conference, where they had two successful rings meetings. Living in the age of Trump, one of their main conference themes was calling for an end to the special nuclear relationshipWant to see the advert in the Guardian? Click here
++++++++26th:  CND Campaigners have responded to two announcements at Labour Party conference that commit the party to ending interventionist wars and creating a nuclear-free world. see http://www.cnduk.org
7. The Public Accounts Committee has today warned that the infrastructure supporting the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet is no longer ‘fit for purpose’. The Commons Committee revealed that MoD decisions to delay maintenance at its 13 nuclear sites had created a ‘ticking time bomb’. Kate Hudson, General Secretary of CND, said:
‘We welcome this very frank PAC report which puts MoD incompetence and negligence in the spotlight. It’s clear that the MoD is overreaching itself financially: it clearly cannot afford to buy a new nuclear weapons system and maintain its other spending requirements. Spending on Trident replacement when it can’t afford general equipment is grossly irresponsible.
8. News on the recently established Just Transitions Commission: NFLA Website: http://www.nuclearpolicy.info – includes links to NFLA Facebook and Twitter pages

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