Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “Every day seems like a step closer to a US-led war on Iran. It’s clear now that US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year was in fact a step towards a declaration of war. Military intervention in Iran will inevitably have devastating humanitarian consequences and there are no just arguments for it. Why are our leaders incapable of learning the obvious lessons from Iraq and the other disastrous Middle East wars? A movement must quickly gather pace to say no war on Iran, back the Iran nuclear deal, and oppose any British involvement in this war. We must act now to prevent catastrophe and countless innocent deaths.”
2. Tuesday 2nd July: Regular monthly organising meeting 6pm at Peace and Justice Centre. NOTE new address: 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX
The service will be followed by burial at the Barbour Cemetary and then refreshments at the Green Kettle, Garelochhead (see link in news item 3 below)
However, the Court’s verdict will not be the end of the struggle: the Government is expected to appeal the decision, and will doubtless be looking for ways to minimise the impact on its relationship with Saudi Arabia. We would urge you to write to your MP in support of the verdict. Your support is essential for demonstrating that the Government is acting at odds to the public opinion. And don’t forget to keep up the pressure on your public servants in Holyrood to end their support for our local arms dealers. If you want to learn more about local and national arms trade issues, the next Edinburgh CAAT meeting is next week: Monday 1st July, 7pm to 8.45pm
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL
The issue of Nuclear Power is becoming more serious with EDF wanting to reopen Hunterston Power Station: Kate Brown will be speaking about her book on Chernobyl on Friday 19 July 2019 15:00 – 17:00. Room 1.20, Dugald Stewart Building, 3 Charles Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AD Booking is Required. Chernobyl- Survival & the Future: Professor Kate Brown
3. From CND: (a)The UK will shortly have a new Prime Minister, but we’re stuck with the same old policy on Trident. The UK is committed to spending £205 billion – and counting – on nuclear weapons at a time when there’s no money for hospitals, schools or housing. This waste of money on Trident has to stop, and so we want to take this message to the heart of the establishment – to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. Throughout September, for the four weeks culminating in the conference, we plan to launch a fleet of buses on the city, emblazoned with a CND slogan. We want to make the case against Trident impossible to ignore. Can you help us flood the streets of Manchester with our anti-Trident message? (b) STOP PRESS (June Newsletter):It’s been a worrying start to the summer, with the US seemingly desperate to start a war on Iran, which Kate analyses on her blog, and a recent nuclear convoy exercise showing that Britain is unprepared for a nuclear accident. We’ve also been greatly saddened by the deaths of Walter Wolfgang and Jim Taggart. It all shows the importance of our continued campaigning, and we were pleased to see tens of thousands demonstrate against Donald Trump . We were also buoyed by the landmark judgement that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are unlawful. CND with other anti-nuclear groups will be hosting the No Nuclear Day on Wednesday September 4th, to highlight and protest against arms firms’ profiting from their involvement with immoral nuclear weapons. See http://www.cnd.uk for more including conference, Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Global Dangers Tour.
PNND is cooperating with Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, a global campaign to cut nuclear weapons budgets and investments, and reallocate these to instead support peace, climate protection and sustainable development.
But for most of the countries possessing nuclear weapons their level of peace remains far below the global average, and in some cases has declined even further.
The United Kingdom is ranked at number 45 on the Global Peace Index, France is ranked at number 60, China at 110, USA at 128, India at 141, Israel at 146, DPRK at 149, Pakistan at 153 and Russia at 154.
Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the GPI presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to date on peace dynamics, trends, and key factors in developing peaceful societies. The Index also makes correlations between levels of Positive Peace and economic indicators, demonstrating the economic value of peace. +++++++++(B) UNfold zero adds update introducing the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money global nuclear-weapons divestment campaign, highlight recent developments that support the divestment campaign including the UN Global Compact revised investment exclusion criteria and UN Human Rights Committee General Comment 36, and we note some recent divestment initiatives in US cities including in Charlottesville and New York. The nuclear weapons industry has incredible political power, and uses this to stimulate the nuclear arms race and expand the already colossal nuclear weapons budgets. In order to reverse this power, a global Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign is promoting and supporting nuclear weapons divestment. The campaign partner organisations are working in cooperation with similar campaigns on divestment from fossil fuels and conventional weapons industries. To date, four federal governments have adopted nuclear weapons divestment policies as a result of initiatives by parliamentarians and civil society – Norway in 2006, New Zealand in 2008, Switzerland in 2012 and Lichtenstein in 2016.
The campaign has also gathered momentum with nuclear weapons divestment policies adpted by a number of by states, cities, universities, religious institutions, banks, pension funds and private investors. +++++(C) Basle Peace Office: Basel Peace Office is a co-sponsor of Move the Nuclear Weapons Money which campaigns to cut nuclear weapons budgets and investments in nuclear weapons corporations, and redirect these budgets and investments to peace and sustainable development.
The campaign has been boosted by the UN Global Compact adding nuclear weapons to its list of excluded investments, and the UN Human Rights Committee adopting General Comment 36 in which it affirms that the threat or use of nuclear weapons violates the Right to Life. In addition, some activists are referring to the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons(‘Ban Treaty’) and the International Court of Justice 1996 nuclear weapons case to convince their cities, universities, governments, pension funds and banks to end their investments in nuclear weapons.
We are also looking for volunteers to help make kites and staff our stall. Could you help out for an hour or two? Email the office to express an interest.
(b) Workshop: The Ambiguity of Violence as Resistance Friday, 28 June 2019. 10:00am to 6:00pm. Godfrey Thomson Hall, Thomsons Land
Holyrood Road EH8 8AQ Edinburgh. For More info and to Register go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-the-ambiguity-of-violence-as-resistance-tickets-62254788749
(c) Annual Inter-Faith Occasion for World Peace Tuesday 2 July. 7:15 – 9pm.
St. Mark’s Unitarian Church, Edinburgh EH1 2DP ———————