EdinburghCND News 6th August (Hiroshima Day)

74 years ago today (6/09) an atomic bomb dropped on the city of Hiroshima, killing over a hundred thousand innocent men, women and children.
Added 09/08; At 3:49 am on the morning of August 9, 1945, the crew of the Bockscar, a United States Army Air Forces plane set off. It carried the ‘Fat Man’ atomic bomb towards its primary target, the city of Kokura in Japan. Clouds and smoke obscured Kokura so the Bockscar headed for its second target, the city of Nagasaki.The bomb was devastating. 22% of Nagasaki’s buildings were consumed by flames. The death toll and destruction was less than in Hiroshima because of Nagasaki’s hilly geography, but as many as 50,000 to 100,000 died instantly and others died slowly and agonisingly as a result of burns and radiation.
1. Tuesday 6th August: HIROSHIMA DAY Commemoration  NEW VENUE:  South Castle Street (bordering Princes Street) from 6pm to 7pm. Followed by regular organising meeting afterwards at Peace and Justice Centre.
Also: tea ceremony commemorating Hiroshima at 3pm at St Mary’s Cathedral, west end Remembering Hiroshima with a Japanese Tea Ceremony
2. Saturday 10th August: 12 30, A. Leafleting at the East End of Princes Street. Education Not Trident and remembering Nagasaki.

B. Edinburgh Stop the War Campaigning stall also 12 30 at east end princes street https://www.facebook.com/events/665631733939468/ Download the petition and use it in your workplace, community group, political party or with your friends.


C. Origami Cranes Workshop 2pm – 4pm Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre EH8 9BH (this will be repeated on other Saturdays in August: see link in 4 below


3. More than 60 remembrance events are set to take place across Britain to mark 74 years since nuclear bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The events honour the 340,000 people who will killed.
The anniversary comes in the week Donald Trump scrapped the INF treaty, sparking fears of a new nuclear arms race (see 5 below)
Watch our video to hear from a survivor of the bombs and help win a world where this horror will never happen again.
(a)NFLA has a media release which supports the Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration events this week and comments on the current concerns over the nuclear weapon issue.
(b) Also today,  Mayor Matsui of Hiroshima delivered this year’s Peace Declaration at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony.
The Peace Declaration is also available online at the City of Hiroshima website:
4. Fringe Events (to be updated with any suggestions)
5.INF Treaty: on Friday, 2nd August, the historic INF Treaty is set to expire, massively increasing the risk of nuclear war in Europe. Meanwhile, tensions are on the rise with Iran following the US’s wrecking of the landmark nuclear deal. And the British government has used the 50th anniversary of the moon landings to announce new military space programmes.
As a landmark nuclear arms control treaty was scrapped, anti-nuclear campaigners handed in a letter to Downing Street  calling on the Prime Minister to guarantee that Britain will not play host to US nuclear missiles.
Some articles on this:
SCND adds: With Donald Trump’s stalling of the Iran nuclear deal, there is a very real danger that there could be a new war in the Middle East that the UK could end up involved in. Both sides in this dispute need to take steps to de-escalate this confrontation. Since Trump start this current crisis, the United States should begin to ease tensions by backing off of the sanctions directed at Iran. (The Scottish Peace Network have some new literature about this topic, get in contact to hear more.) Furthermore, the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty is due to expire tomorrow. This treaty has been a cornerstone of nuclear arms control since 1987 and now President Trump is tearing it up with Russia closely following suit.
The latest edition of Nuclear Free Scotland – Spring/Summer 2019 is available on the SCND website http://www.banthebomb.org
6. Nuclear Power:  The recent heat wave has brought home the reality of the climate crisis, but nuclear power is no solution, with the extreme temperatures shutting down plants in France and a damning new report showing the industry is totally unworkable, despite what the new Prime Minister says.Boris Johnson has written the so-called ‘letters of last resort’ to the commanders of our nuclear weapons submarines. As we approach the 74th anniversary of the catastrophic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the risk of accidental or intentional use of nuclear weapons remains very significant.
New research has found that almost all nuclear power plants built since the nuclear industry’s inception have generated large financial losses. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “The history of nuclear power is seven decades of economic ruin and environmental catastrophe. Toshiba’s decision last year to abandon plans to build a reactor at Moorside in Cumbria and Hitachi’s suspension of work this year on the Wylfa Newydd plant in Anglesey simply reflect the economic reality that this report sets out. “Nuclear power isn’t only expensive, it creates an unsolvable waste problem, and as the TV drama Chernobyl so graphically reveals, nuclear accidents create human misery and environmental destruction. “Our new Prime Minister should learn these lessons and adopt a fresh approach to energy that centres on clean and economically viable renewable technology.”
DIARY DATE: Remember our meeting on 1st October

7. Preparations are under way for the No Nuclear Day at the DSEI arms fair, on Wednesday 4th September in east London. DSEI is one of the world’s biggest arms fairs and the UK the second-biggest arms exporter.As Kate writes on her blog, “behind every pound made in this trade is the reality of death, brutality, mutilation, and destruction of communities. Behind every company or government celebrating a new order or contract, lies the sorrow of bereavement, of childhood curtailed, of peace denied.” Please see the DSEI page on our website for more information, including how you can get involved on the day. In particular, there are contact details for Trident Ploughshares, who are keen to talk to CND groups about the arms fair and what support roles are needed, including legal observers. Both Trident Ploughshares and Yorkshire CND are organising non-violent direct action training, visit our website for up to date information and contact details.                                                   ————–                                                                                                                                                                                     8. Basle Peace Office and others: We’ve written a letter to the new Prime Minister to express our concerns about Britain’s continued possession of nuclear weapons and the lack of action on global abolition.Please add your name.In just under 90 days Basel Peace Office will join others to count out $1 trillion, the nuclear weapons budget for the next 10 years.

As we count one million mock notes each of $1 million value, we will reallocate this moneyto peace, poverty alleviation, climate protection, health, education and other areas of economic, environmental and social need.
And we will highlight actions people can take to ‘Move the Nuclear Weapons Money’ to better purposes.
Join us to help count the money and to demonstrate what we could do if we weren’t wasting this money on nuclear weapons.
++++The week of Sep 21-27 includes the UN International Day for Peace (September 21), UN Climate Summit (September 23),  UN Summit on SDGs (September 24-25) and the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (September 26).

—————                                                                                                                                       9. Beyond Nuclear International: https://beyondnuclearinternational.orgAn International Forum for a Nuclear-Free World, held in May in Sendai, Japan, has just released a statement calling for a global end to the use of nuclear power. And it noted that nuclear power and nuclear weapons are “two sides of a single coin.” An African American medical doctor, Chip Thomas, lives and works on the Navajo reservation. With the participation of his patients and others in the community, he photographs and records their lives on the sides of buildings. (b) President Trump has his finger on the nuclear button. He could press it and obliterate Afghanistan. But he says he won’t do it. At least for now. Paul Rogers looks at the implications of Trump’s hints at “winnable” nuclear war. Seven young Tunisians call upon their government to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons because “waiting and doing nothing is the worst of solutions,” they write.                          ————-

10. July 2019 NFLA Newsletter. It is also on our website at http://www.nuclearpolicy.info/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NFLA_July_2019_Newsletter.pdf
11. Forward to September: We will have a stall at the Portobello Village Show on Sunday 1st September
12. And a reminder: No to War / No to NATO Scottish Network  – meeting has been arranged on Wednesday August 7 2019 at 5 pm in Scottish CND office
++++++13: Sad news from Australia: The  legal challenge against the Yeelirrie uranium mine had been unsuccessful. Please watch and share the short 2 min video Uranium: West Australia under threat to make uranium mining extinct – not WAs unique species. Buy Kalyu – support Martu campaign against Kintyre
++++++14:Check out meeting in Edinburgh 22/09 on Illegality of Nuclear Weapons. Organised by UN house

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