We had a successful Edinburgh World Justice Festival (EWJF) event with Alex Lockwood and Rob Edwards on 1st October. Video of the talks are available via our Facebook page and there will be more copies of Alex’s book on sale at the EWJF Book festival:
Saturday 19th October: EWJF Bookfair 10am to 5pm Augustine United Church, 41 George 4th Bridge, EH1 1EL Organised by EWJFCome and browse and buy some great inspiring books from sfbbooks, Lighthouse, Shrub, Scottish Radical Library and Haymarket. There will also be talks, workshops and short films.
There are still a number of events: check out the full programme at
We would particularly like to recommend the following:
1. Wednesday 9th October, 7.30pm War and the Environment
Edinburgh Stop the War public meeting as part of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival. At the Augustine Church, 41 George 4th Bridge EH1
2. EWJF Conference which will put justice at the centre of debates about action on climate change. CLIMATE JUSTICE – the world we want and how to get it
10.30 – 5.30 Saturday 12 October
Epworth Halls, Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square EH8 9BX
Part of Edinburgh World Justice Festival
———— 3. Monday 14th October, 7 – 9pm Women and the Environmentat the Augustine Church, 41 George 4th Bridge EH1 1EL organised by Scottish Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom —————-4. Tuesday 15th October, 6 – 9 pmWar School (war.school/) Campaign Against the Arms Trade in collaboration with Edinburgh Stop The War Coalition, Edinburgh CND, Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre and Peace Education Scotland.facebook.com/events/684046652077780/ ————— 5. Thursday 17th October, 6.30 – 8.30 pmShadow World (shadowworldfilm.com/) The unmissable Shadow World returns to Edinburgh. This year we are joined by Andrew Feinstein: author of the original book, Executive Director of Corruption Watch UK and exANC MP. shadow-world-2019.eventbrite.co.uk/ Both films are free to attend, and both are being held in the University of Edinburgh’s David Hume Tower, LG09, George Square, EH8 9JX. Note they are filling up quickly!
1. Today: 7th October 2019, XR Peace joins the International Rebellion: see previous post and Facebook
Bertha von Suttner
, the first female Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was born in Prague. She lived in a number of Czech, German, Austrian and other European towns during her life campaigning for peace and an end to war. This conference aims to raise awareness about the life and ideas of Bertha von Suttner, and discuss peace-related issues in the context of today’s international politics. The conference will be held in the historic Old Town Hall
(Day 1) and the Czernin Palace/Foreign Ministry
(Day 2). Visit the conference website
for more information including the program
and registration application
UPDATE 10/10 ‘The Nobel Committee has not adhered to the will of Nobel, as inspired by Bertha von Suttner, to give the prize to peace and disarmament activists and organisations,’ said Fredrik Heffermehl, author of the book The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel Really Wanted. Heffermehl says that the prize should have been called the ‘Lay down your Arms’ prize, and focus on the civil society organisations that are working for disarmament and the abolition of war, and that they desperately need the money allocated to the award in order to undertake this vital work.
3.’Gandhi, The Man Who Changed The World’ at the Indian Consulate in Edinburgh on the 8th of October 6pm. Further info from Dovetails (see below).
4. The Scottish Peace Network are organising an event called Opposing Pro War policies and Modern Day Threats such as Climate Change – on Friday October 11- doors open at 630 pm and event starts at 7 pm .
Venue is Room LG 10 David Hume Tower , University of Edinburgh , George Square Edinburgh EH8 9 JX .
5. Saturday 12th October: Edinburgh CND leafleting. 1230 East End of Princes Street
7. Saturday 26th October: Radical Independence Campaign ConferenceA Failed State in a Failed System: Time for Radical Independence RIC National Conference 2019 Glasgow, Radisson Blu Hotel Tickets available here
1. The 2019 version of the Don’t Bank on the Bomb guide is now available at nukedivestmentscotland.org. The media release is here https://nukedivestmentscotland.org/media-releases/ a. It includes a quote from Councillor Steve Burgess (Edinburgh) and Councillor Audrey Doig (Renfrewshire).
The Sunday National has published a news piece.
2.1. CND has responded to a Yougov survey which shows that 70% of Labour Party members support getting rid of Britain’s nuclear weapons system.
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“The overwhelming majority of Labour Party members must be listened to. They rightly recognise that Britain’s nuclear weapons are an enormously expensive and dangerous white elephant. Trident addresses a phantom security threat rather than the real threats like the unfolding climate crisis, which must be at the top of the agenda.
2.2. Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry’s plan to compensate to military victims of Britain’s nuclear tests. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:”Every aspect of nuclear weapons manifests a complete disregard for human life, and the way British veterans exposed to high doses of radiation have been treated serves as a powerful example.”Like many service people today, they were ill-equipped, and they knew little about the fatal and life-changing consequences of the nuclear tests they carried out.CND ran 2 side events at the conference on 22nd and 23rd September
2.3. Anti-nuclear campaigners protested outside the Japanese Embassy in London over plans to dump radioactive water from the ruined Fukushima power plant into the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese government is exploring what to do with over 1 million tonnes of contaminated water which have accumulated since a tsunami struck Fukushima in 2011. The water has been used to prevent the Daiichi nuclear power plant’s reactor cores from melting. The plant operator Tepco expects to run out of storage space by 2022.
Home page – Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
3. Move the Nuclear Weapons Money: As the United Nations First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) starts its 2019 session in New York today (7 Oct), plans are progressing to publicise the colossal waste of money on nuclear weapons by physically ‘counting out’ the global nuclear weapons budget.
This event will highlight the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign
people can take to cut nuclear weapons budgets, end investments in nuclear weapons corporations and re-direct these budgets and investments to better things.Over the next four weeks, governments meeting at the UN will debate and vote upon a number of nuclear disarmament resolutions. However, the impact of these resolutions is likely to be minimal as long as there continues to be strong financial interests in maintaining the nuclear arms race.
There are about 26 nuclear weapons corporations
earning nearly $100 billion per year amongst themselves. ‘They have vested financial interests in producing more and more nuclear weapons,’
says Dr Keith Suter
(Australia), Economics Futurist and member of the Club of Rome
, ‘and they exert intense political power on decision makers to protect these interests.
The money counting will be used to highlight actions that can be taken by individuals, universities, cities, parliaments and others
to cut nuclear weapons budgets, end investments in nuclear weapons, and invest instead in a sustainable future.
The main counting will take place in New York during UN Disarmament Week
(October 24-30, 2019). However, there will also be some small ‘satellite countings
‘ in other locations around the world.
4. Nuclear Free Local Authority (NVLA) on the potential resolutions to consider in support of the ICAN Cities Appeal and the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
An information briefing is available which offers members three possible resolutions:
4.1. A simple endorsement of the ICAN Cities Appeal.
4.2. A resolution which mentions your membership of NFLA / Mayors for Peace and support for the ICAN Cities Appeal.
4.3. A broader and more political resolution supporting the ICAN Cities Appeal and challenges current UK nuclear weapons policy.
The briefing also includes all the current global towns and cities that have passed resolutions to support the ICAN Cities Appeal according to the Nuclear Ban website.
NFLA also congratulated Fife Council becoming the 5th Council in the UK to pass a resolution to support the Treaty.
Other NFLA information sources:
4.4 NFLA Newsletter for September 2019, which summarises what we have done this month.
4.5 NFLA Policy Briefing 192, which summarises the key discussion and actions from the NFLA Steering Committee of the 13th September.
4.6 NFLA New Nuclear Monitor 59, which provides a copy of our response to the fourth round of public consultation on the proposed Sizewell C reactor in Suffolk.
4.7 The flyer for the NFLA All Ireland Sustainable Energy Forum taking place in Dublin City Hall on the 18th October – registration for this is now open to councillors, council officers and NGO representatives.
4.8 The flyer for the NFLA / TASC / BANNG and Stop Hinkley joint public meeting in the Firstsite Gallery, Colchester on the 26th October – registration for this is now open to councillors, council officers, NGO representatives and interested members of the public.
4.9 NFLA Policy Briefing 193 and a media release summary of the NFLA’s assessment of Brexit from the perspectives of nuclear, energy, environmental and climate change policy.
5.1.ICAN Scottish Partner organisations and MSPs attended a press and photo call outside the Scottish Parliament at 12.45 on Thursday the 26th September to highlight the special Opening for Signature for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) at the UN in New York. Politicians and campaigners also handed in a letter to Number 10 Downing Street tomorrow to mark the UN’s Nuclear Abolition Day. The United Nations General Assembly hosted a High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament at the UN Headquarters on that day from 11am until 6pm. UN Member States are represented by their Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers or UN Ambassadors. In addition, the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs has selected two representatives from civil society to speak.
The letter, coordinated by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), urged the government to honour its commitment to a world without nuclear weapons. The letter said “In an increasingly dangerous world, where the threat of nuclear war is rising, this goal has never been so important.”
“The UK cannot claim to support this goal whilst prioritising the replacement of Trident, at vast expense and considerable opportunity cost to other forms of security and spending beneficial to our country.”
5.2.3 Recent analysis that UNA-UK put out contains a letter exchange that shows (sigh…) the UK’s continued undermining of the TPNW, against the judgement of the recent Lords report.
6. It’s party conference season at the moment, but it won’t be long now until it’s time for CND’s own conference, on the weekend of October 19-20. There are many important topics to discuss as part of our AGM and policy conference on the Saturday. See our AGM and policy conference for information, including online registration if you haven’t yet done so.
On Sunday, CND and the International Peace Bureau will jointly host an international conference — 21st Century Security: challenges and solutions
. Please join us and hear activists and experts from around the world provide a global take on the problems we are facing. We will be gathering to learn from the experience of activists from across Europe and beyond – and to plan collective strategies to address global problems. We
will explore topics including climate change, nuclear disarmament in the age of Trump, the rise of China, potential conflict with Russia, resource wars, and building a different future.
7. Beyond Nuclear International: https://beyondnuclearinternational.org
7.1 When we speak about the world’s deadliest nuclear disasters, we routinely mention Chernobyl and Fukushima, but we forget Mayak and Church Rock. Charles Digges reminds us of “the worst nuclear disaster you’ve never heard of” when a deadly nuclear explosion at Mayak in the Ural mountains occurred on September 29, 1957, leaving permanent radiological contamination that still affects people today. Perry Charley will never forget the Church Rock tailings spill. He continues to seek protection for his Navajo people from the ravages of uranium mining, while providing a glossary of nuclear concepts for which the Diné have no words.
7.2 (14/10) The Extinction Rebellion, born in Britain, is on the streets en masse around the world. Part street theatre, part rage for survival, participants face mass arrest and harassment. What is XR and is it working? We provide a glimpse. Those living downwind of the US atomic tests have been unevenly compensated, excluding those at the epicenter of the very first test, Trinity. Will this injustice ever come to an end?
8. Los Alamos Study Group Bulletin 263:
Los Alamos doubles down on plutonium and growth overall; “How dare you!” http://www.lasg.org/
9. 2nd October was the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi. The day is commemorated around the world as the UN International Day for Non-violence
This special day was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 by UN General Assembly Resolution 61/271
with the objective to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness
“. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence”
and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence