Edinburgh CND News 11th February

+++++Additions 15th February

  1. The Peaton Peace Pirates affinity group of Trident Ploughshares invite you to join us in an event in Edinburgh on Monday 18th February, beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding in the mid-afternoon. https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghCND/ or Contacts: Janet on 07795 594573 David on 07876593016 email: lazybeds@yahoo.co.uk
  2. Update on Hunterston B (see item 5 below)

 

Saturday 23rd February: The third Radical Fair, a  festival for groups campaigning for a fairer Scotland is in the Augustine Church George IVth Bridge EH1 1EL 12 noon – 3.30pm. 

NEWS and Other Events

1. 1.1 Anti-nuclear campaigners will protest Donald Trump’s visit to Britain for a NATO summit in December. CND has announced that it will work with British and international partners to co-ordinate protests in London. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “In the last few days, President Trump began the process of US withdrawal from the INF treaty. This has already sparked a ratcheting up of a nuclear arms race. “The NATO summit will be a crucial opportunity for our movement to oppose Trump’s nuclear warmongering and highlight the dangerous role NATO, as a nuclear alliance, plays in raising international tensions.”
1.2 NATO has it’s 70th Anniversary in April. On Wednesday 27th March Edinburgh CND, Edinburgh Stop the War and Edinburgh Radical Independence Campaign are having a meeting on NATO withdrawal. 7pm Augustine United George IVth Bridge
1.3 Scottish CND also invites discussion of these topics with our European friends; Ann Patterson (Belfast Peace People – Nobel Laureate), Roger Cole (Irish Peace and Neutrality), Dave Webb (CND UK, Keep Space 4 Peace) and Anne Palm (Wider Security Network Finland). Tuesday 12th February 2019 – 7:00pm – Yes Hub (31 Lasswade Road, Edinburgh, EH16 6TD Wednesday 13th February 2019 – 6:30pm – Glasgow              Thursday 14th February 2019 – 7:30pm – Quaker Meeting House (7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL)

2.  2.1 The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that the Doomsday Clock is still very close to midnight. Sara Medi Jones, CND spokesperson, said: “With President Trump’s announcement that the US will withdraw from the INF treaty, it sadly comes as no surprise that the Doomsday clock is still very close to midnight. “The landmark INF treaty saw the elimination of nearly 3000 nuclear weapons and if it is scrapped there is a danger we will see the return of US nuclear missile here in Britain. Tearing up the treaty threatens to ramp up the arms race between the US and Russia, with Britain caught in the crossfire. The British government should immediately make clear that it will refuse to host US missiles if the treaty is scrapped. The response we’ve received so far from the government has not been particularly encouraging. We must make clear it would not be tolerated.
 2.2 Responding to Donald Trump’s decision to begin US withdrawal from the INF treaty. Sara Medi Jones, CND spokesperson, said: “This is a very dangerous decision. The US beginning the process of withdrawal threatens to ramp up a nuclear arms race between the US and Russia. Let’s remember this decision comes after the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, so Trump appears to be attempting to break with all forms of international arms control. From a UK perspective, we could now see a return to US nuclear missiles on British soil like we did in the 1980s. The British government must step up over the next six months to do all it can to save the treaty. It should also guarantee that it will not offer to host US nuclear missiles if the treaty is scrapped – to do so would massively increase the threat of nuclear war here in Europe. NATO’s decision to place the blame solely with Russia is highly irresponsible. Both Russia and the US have concerns that the other side isn’t fulfilling their obligations. These concerns must be discussed and resolved, but it will be much harder to do that now the US is withdrawing.”
Watch our video to find out about Donald Trump’s latest decision.
In these busy and dangerous times, read about CND’s campaigns and how we can campaign together for a better world. We also write about Hitachi’s decision to halt work at two nuclear power stations and its wider implications for UK energy policy.
Read Campaign: February edition
Download Campaign: February edition
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3. Mayors and parliamentarians call on the U.S. and Russiato preserve the INF Treaty. Mayors, parliamentarians, policy experts and civil society representatives from forty countries – mostly Europe and North America –  sent an open letter on 30th January, the Basel Appeal for Disarmament and Sustainable Security, to Presidents Putin and Trump and to the leaders of the Russian and US legislatures, calling on them to preserve the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, prevent a new nuclear arms race in Europe and undertake measures to reduce the risk of a nuclear conflict and support global nuclear disarmament. (Appeal also available in FrenchGermanRussian and Spanish). EdinburghCND supported this.

Will it change their minds? Not likely. But the appeal was also sent to the leaders of US congressional and Russian parliamentary committees in charge of armed forces (defense) and foreign relations. It calls on them to refuse to authorize or allocate funding for nuclear weapons systems which the INF Treaty bans, for example ground-based intermediate range nuclear missiles, or weapons systems which could provide similar capability and be similarly destabilizing, such as air or sea launched nuclear-armed cruise missiles. This could be the key to preserving the arms control measures of the INF Treaty even if it collapses. If the relevant committees refuse to authorize funds for these nuclear weapons systems, it makes it next to impossible for them to be developed. The appeal also outlines a commitment by the endorsing mayors and parliamentarians to build support from cities and parliaments in nuclear-armed and allied States (which includes NATO countries) for nuclear risk reduction measures such as “no first use” policies.                                                                                                                                                     A joint statement is being issued on 13th February by European and North American Vice Presidents and Lead Cities of Mayors for Peace, in support of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on our concerns with the suspension of the INF Treaty on nuclear weapons. It is going on the Mayors for Peace website, NFLA website and you are encouraged to promote it through your own civil society networks.http://www.nuclearpolicy.info – includes links to NFLA Facebook and Twitter pages Mayors for Peace Website: http://www.mayorsforpeace.org

Extra from PNND: We mourn the death on February 6, 2019 of PNND Co-President Paul Dewar (Canada), an amazing humanitarian, educator and parliamentarian. Dewar joined PNND just after being elected to parliament in 2006, and became PNND Co-President in 2015. He played important roles in advancing nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament in the Canadian House of Commons and also at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

 

4. Beyond Nuclear International https://beyondnuclearinternational.org:  4.1. American lawmakers just introduced a Green New Deal Resolution, pushing a progressive climate agenda that also addresses social, economic and environmental justice. But can the deal withstand the propaganda of the nuclear lobby? The US and Russian withdrawals from the INF Treaty could make Europe a nuclear battleground once more and risk sabotage, accidents and deadly mistakes, writes Nobel Laureate, Rebecca Johnson. 4.2.The astronauts who saw Earth from space were forever changed. Now, with a soaring combination of music and visuals, musician, Kenji Williams, takes us there on a virtual journey, with dramatic and sometimes disturbing views of Earth from, and in, space. Meanwhile, President Trump continues his obsession with weaponizing space with his latest Missile Defense plans. These, coupled with the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, could worsen the likelihood of war in space as well as on the ground.

5. Hunterston B update see: https://scote3.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/more-on-hunterston/ NEW: 14/2/2019  EDF who own and operate Hunterston B have still not provided the Office of Nuclear Regulation with an updated safety report following their discovery of an unexpectedly high number of fractures in the graphite barrels that enclose the fuel rods in the nuclear reactors.  The two blogs below report on Ian Fairlie’s most recent meetings.  https://www.ianfairlie.org/news/why-hunterston-b-nuclear-power-station-should-not-be-restarted/  https://realfeed-intariffs.blogspot.com/2019/02/scottish-minister-pressed-to-back.html  In some countries, authorities routinely issue iodine to residents and schools near nuclear power stations https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/01/07/nuclear-safety-group-to-look-at-stockpiling-anti-radiation-pills-in-more-toronto-schools.html https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/pgd-potassium-iodide-65mg.pdf

6. Future Event: An Evening with Prof Paul Rogers. Title: Risks of Conflict and Options for Peace in the 2020s. Chair: Simon Barrow, Director, Ekklesia. Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL Date: Thursday 7 March 2019. Time: Registration: 6.30pm-7pm. Event: 7pm-8.45pm. Event Description: What will be the most likely causes of international conflict in the 2020s, what are the best ways of responding to them and improving the prospects for a less violent world, and what roles can Scotland play?

7. A Bike for Peace tour will start in Westminster and then go on to Kent, France, India, China, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, the United States and Norway.
The global launch will be in Room W2, Westminster Hall in Parliament (access through the Cromwell Green entrance) from 10.30am – 12pm on Wednesday 27th February.

 

8. Surround Springfields, 27 April 2019 Springfields is the worlds first nuclear fuel manufacturing plant, based in a small village near Preston, carries out civil and military nuclear contracts for facilities across the UK:  Production of nuclear fuel

Storage and processing of waste (including Uranium Hexafluoride DUF6)
Decommissioning of plant and facilities
It is intended for demonstrators to dress as barrels

 

9. Trouble Ahead. UK Nuclear Weapons Programme: Event to be held at the following time, date and location: Tuesday, 30 April 2019 from 14:00 to 15:30 (BST) Palace of Westminster Committee room 6 SW1A 0AA London United Kingdom

10. Australia: Walkatjurra Walkabout click here
11. Bella Caledonia on Twitter for some interesting discussions

 

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Edinburgh CND News 21st January 2019 Updated 3 times!

EVENTS:     

1. Monday 4th February http://peaceandjustice.org.uk/8329-2/   for details of demo on  the INF TREATY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2. (a)Tuesday 5th February: New meeting about the serious nuclear safety issues at Hunterston B in the University of Edinburgh at 4pm The Venue: LG 11 David Hume Tower Learning Hub – LG stands for lower ground – the basement. Get there via steps from the entrance on the east side of George Square or via lifts or stairs at the back of the main foyer of the David Hume Tower 4pm to 5.30pm. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/update-on-nuclear-risk-at-hunterston-b-nuclear-power-station-scotland-tickets-55175764196                       N.B. Ian’s technical report (discussed at the January meeting is available on request edinburghCND@yahoo.com                                                                                                                .  2 (b)Tuesday 5th February: regular organising meeting 6pm to 7pm at Peace and Justice Centre.  5 Upper Bow                                                                                                                              3. Thursday 7th February Edinburgh Stop the War have called a demo against US (and British, EU backed) intervention in Venezuela at 5.30pm,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       4. Saturday 9th February: 12 30, Leafleting at the East End of Princes Street                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Saturday 23rd February: The third Radical Fair, a  festival for groups campaigning for a fairer Scotland is in the Augustine Church on 12 noon – 3.30pm. ECND will have a stall and it is not too late for other groups to book.

(Old)1. Saturday 26 January:SCND’s ‘Scotland: A Peace of History’ exhibition launched in Glasgow in mid December. They’re pleased to say that everybody seemed really pleased with how the timeline has come out and it is planned to have a round Scotland tour this year. The tour will begin in Edinburgh at the Quaker Meeting House.7 Victoria Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2JL The Timeline pop-up event will take place from 3pm-5pm  Saturday 26 January in the Meeting Room upstairs. 
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NEWS:
1. Three Faslane Peace camp campaigners – Sofa, Willemien and Jamie – are up in court this week as part of the ongoing proceedings following the peace camp blockade of Faslane’s South Gate on 7 August last year.
All 3 were charged with breach of the peace. Willemien refused to accept bail and spent a total of 29 days incarcerated last year. The court appearance this week is part of the Intermediate diet, and the ‘final’ date is set for next month. At the AGM last year SCND reaffirmed the pledge to support the peace camp in whatever ways we can. This support is needed now more than ever. Sofa and Willemien remain the camp’s only current full-time residents, and the council is breathing down our neck and talking about ‘bringing the bulldozers in’. You’ll probably see plenty of emails from me in the months to come about different ways that we can support the camp in this struggle. For now, I’d like to invite you to publicise the court dates to your networks and encourage anyone who may be free to join us in Dumbarton to give a little moral support to the campers at their court appearances.
Date 1: (intermediary) Thursday, 24 January (campers have been told to be there for 10am but they’re not sure what time their case will be heard) at Dumbarton Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court.
Date 2: (final + sentencing) Thursday, 21 February (time to be confirmed) at Dumbarton Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court.
The courthouse is located on Church Street, a 5 minute walk from Dumbarton Central train station.
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2. On the 2nd February, President Donald Trump will decide whether the US remains in a flagship arms treaty with Russia that has reduced the chances of nuclear war taking place in Europe.                                                                                STOP PRESS: MPs and celebrities will launch a campaign to save the flagship arms control agreement in Parliament Square on Wednesday 23rd. The launch will mark 10 days before Donald Trump announces whether or not the US will withdraw from the INF treaty. The INF treaty was signed by the US and Russia in 1987 and led to the elimination of almost 3000 nuclear weapons. Tearing up the treaty could lead to the return of US nuclear missiles in Britain and make nuclear war in Europe more likely.
The campaign will call on the British government to take diplomatic steps to save the treaty and guarantee that it will not offer to host US nuclear missiles if it is scrapped 

CND’s new video tells the story of how the treaty was won by an international movement that rose up to stop moves towards nuclear war. They are encouraging our supporters to share the video so that as many people as possible tell the British government to do all it can to save the treaty. US nuclear missiles must not be allowed to return Britain. Share the video on YoutubeTwitter or Facebook by clicking these link   Read about what they’re doing in Campaign magazine. In this edition, they also explain how your local community could officially support the global nuclear banRead Campaign: January edition Download Campaign: January edition

CND are also encouraging local groups and supporters to submit letters to newspapers.With Brexit continuing to dominate the news cycle, a co-ordinated Save the INF letter-writing campaign will help to raise the profile of this crucial issue. This is part of a series of activities  planned to get the message through to a wider audience. Some of the points you might want to raise

  • The 1987 INF treaty showed that diplomacy works. It led to the destruction of nearly 3,000 nuclear missiles.
  • After many year of tensions between the US and the Russia, the INF reduced the threat of nuclear war. Scrapping it will escalate tensions again and make nuclear war in Europe more likely.
  • The British government must speak out in defence of the INF, and use all available diplomatic channels to save it.
  • If the INF is scrapped on the 2nd February, the day of Trump’s announcement, the British government needs to guarantee that it will decline to host US nuclear missiles.

CND’s Save the INF Guardian advertwill be published on the 2nd February, the day Donald Trump announces whether the US will tear up a treaty that has reduced the threat of nuclear war in Europe. The advert will call on the British government to refuse to host US nuclear missiles if the INF treaty is scrapped.If you donate your name will be included in the full-page Guardian advert.                                                Please see the campaign page and resources for further information about the INF.

“Donald Trump” is pictured tearing up a giant copy of the INF treaty – joined by “President Putin” while “Theresa May” stands idly by. Parliamentarians, celebrities and campaigners held a “10 days to save the INF treaty” banner.

UPDATE: 1. Basle Peace Office and PNND add : Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33) held a press conference on Tuesday January 29 at 11:30am US Eastern Time to discuss limiting the ability of President Donald Trump or any U.S. president to launch a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. The press conference was streamed live HERE: https://bit.ly/2Hczrm2Senator Markey, who is Co-President of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, and Rep. Lieu are introducing S.200/ H.R.669, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, legislation that would prohibit the President from using nuclear weapons except in response to a nuclear attack. For more on this, and other initiatives to reduce the risks of nuclear weapons being used, visit the Abolition 2000 working group on nuclear risk reduction.                                                                                                                    2. Seven major peace organisations in France released a joint statement on 24th Jan commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the first resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, Resolution 1 (1) adopted on January 24, 1946.


 

3. Hitachi has announced it will suspend work on the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station in Anglesey. Anti-nuclear campaigners have welcomed the announcement. Sara Medi Jones, Acting General Secretary of CND, said:
“(The) decision is good news because it opens the door to investment in the renewable technologies of the future, and to leave behind dirty and dangerous nuclear power. “Hitachi’s decision proves once again that there isn’t an economic case for new nuclear – certainly not when renewables like offshore wind are cheaper sources of energy. The Japanese firm has also withdrawn from a second plant at Oldbury in Gloucestershire. “There also isn’t an environmental case for nuclear. Governments avoid talking about nuclear waste because there is no solution to it, and the threat nuclear accidents pose to the environment and human health are as real as they were before the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
“Now that Wylfa Newydd has fallen by the wayside, we call on the government to make a plan for investment in renewables to create the jobs and the environment the people of Wales need.”                                                                                                        “The government’s nuclear energy policy is in tatters. Two major international investors have now suspended plans to build nuclear reactors here in Britain. Toshiba withdrew from the Moorside plant just a few weeks ago, and now Hitatchi appears to have reached the same conclusion, that new nuclear isn’t economically viable. “This should be a moment of reckoning for the government, forcing a nuclear policy rethink. Even in France, where nuclear power is dominant in the energy sector, government agencies are waking up to reality. A new report out last month by the French environment agency says there is no economic case for new reactors. “Governments that back new nuclear avoid talking about nuclear waste because there is no solution to it, and the threat nuclear accidents pose to the environment and human health are as real as they were before the Fukushima disaster in 2011.” “With offshore wind now cheaper than nuclear it’s clear there is a clean and workable alternative. We just need the political will to make it happen.”  With Wylfa Newydd suspended, it’s now time to scrap all nuclear power.

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They invite other parliamentarians, mayors and representatives of civil society organisations to endorse the appeal
The Basel Appeal is focused strongly on nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament between USA and Russia and in Europe, preservation of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and on the role of legislators (mayors and parliamentarians) at local, state, national and regional levels. However, the appeal also addresses nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament globally, and so is open for endorsement from around the world.
Please let them know by Tuesday January 22 whether you can endorse the appeal. 
After that they will be sending the appeal to Presidents Trump and Putin, as well as to leaders in the US Congress and Russian Duma and other leaders as indicated at the top of the appeal.                                                                                                                                                  ——————-                                                                                                                                              5. nuClear NewsNo.114 January/February 2019is now available to download here: www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NuClearNewsNo114.pdf

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7. Peace and Justice Centre News: 7.1. Resistance to the First World War Exhibition Event Friday 25 January. 1:30 – 3:30pm. St Mungo Museum. 2 Castle St, Glasgow G4 0RH. This event will showcase the work of WEA Scotland adult learners in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow who investigated the experiences of First World War Conscientious Objectors from their communities.  Booking Required. Email a.campbell@wea.org.uk with “Legacies of Resistance to the First world War:  The Stories of Conscientious Objectors – Event and Exhibition” in Subject line.                    7. 2.Peace in Action: get the skills to change our world  with Dr. Scilla Ellworthy Sat 15 June for 3 days in Findhorn.This course will demonstrate what it would cost to systematically prevent war at local, national and international levels, and the kind of self-knowledge and inner work that are essential to the effectiveness of whatever you decide to undertake. For more information and to book go to: https://www.findhorn.org/programmes/peace-in-action-skills/ 7. 3. Pathways to Peace 8-10 March 2019 Hinsley Hall, Leeds LS6 2BX For further programme information or to book a place http://www.for.org.uk/events/pathwaystopeace/

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8. If you read some of the recent local letters to their more active New Mexico members you will get a more detailed idea of some of the concerns, some regarding issues that are the subject of legislation now pending in the USA.
UPDATE: Bulletins 253 Emergency climate mobilization; a “green new deal”and  254: Preview of problems to come with Los Alamos pit production http://www.lasg.org/:
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9. https://edinburghcaat.org.uk  For CAAT news
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10.FCO Secretary on his misleading claim to Parliament that the government had in 2014 tightened up arms export controls, when CAEC, the committee responsible for scrutinising export control policy, had found they had in fact been loosened  (tweet here).                                                                                                                               ————–                                                                                                                                                            NEW: 11. Drone Network News Jan 2019: https://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com

and 12 Feb 8th joint meeting organised by the NFLA / Mayors for Peace and ICAN UK being held in Meeting Room 2, Level 2, Manchester Central Library. The meeting will be chaired by the Lord Mayor of Manchester.

Edinburgh CND News 3rd January 2019 UPDATED!

A peaceful 2019 to all our supporters. We are not having a formal meeting this month but we will be at the east end of Princes Street from 1230 on Saturday 12th January.

STOP PRESS!!!! Scotland’s nuclear power – the case against restarting Hunterston B, Ian Fairlie. 9th January, 4pm, Room 214, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton St, Edinburgh EH8 9LE (near George Square Gardens) Hunterston B is a nuclear power station in the west of Scotland that started generating electricity in 1976. It was closed in the Spring of 2018 for remedial work following the discovery of an unexpectedly large number of cracks in the graphite bricks around the nuclear reactor core. Its owners EDF (Électricité de France) plan a restart in a couple of months. Ian Fairlie (www.ianfairlie.org)  is an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment. His expert advice warns against this and advocates permanent closure. Come and hear the case. https://www.edinburghfirst.co.uk/venues/appleton-tower/         He is also speaking the same day in the Scottish Parliament between 1 pm and 2.15 pm and the next day at a Scottish CND meeting, Wellington Church of Scotland, 77 Southpark Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8LE, at 2 pm  

++++++First CAAT meeting of 2018 is on Monday 14 January, 7pm to 8.45pm
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, 
Edinburgh, EH1 2JL. See their new website for details of what they did in 2018 and events to come.                             Ben Ladraa recently walked 5000 kms from Sweden to Palestine to raise awareness about the human rights violations taking place under the military occupation of Palestine. Come hear Benjamin talk of his experiences on 17th January  Organised by  EdinbrughAction 4 Palestine.
There are a number of yes hub events week-end starting 11th (including anti-nuclear talk on Friday) see web: http://yescafeedinburghsouth.weebly.com/                                                                                            ———————–

2018: As CND marked its 60th anniversary, global nuclear dangers have proliferated alarmingly and shown just how essential our movement is. Most worryingly, President Trump has announced he intends to withdraw the United States from the crucial Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in early February.                                  On December 5th, CND handed in thousands of signed lobby cards to the Foreign Office, urging the government to protect the INF treaty. Shamefully, we’ve yet to receive an encouraging response.Now the situation has deteriorated dramatically. The US has announced it will begin the process of withdrawing from the INF treaty on February 2nd, meaning we could soon see ground based nuclear weapons on European soil for the first time in over 30 years.
We must save the INF, but time is running out. We have six months from the withdrawal date before it is torn up for good. With your help we want to take out a full-page advert in The Guardian on this crucial date – February 2nd – to write an open letter to the Foreign Secretary urging the government to condemn this move and to do everything in its power to reverse this decision. http://www.cnduk.org ++++On a more hopeful note, communities around the world are declaring their support for the UN global ban on nuclear weapons. Manchester became the first city in Europe to back the treaty at the end of last year, and was followed by Renfrewshire.If communities get together and show their support we can put pressure on the government to engage with the global ban treaty. Can your group campaign for your local council to adopt a motion in favour of a ban? Click here for more information               ——————————–

Peace and Justice Centre News: 
22 MSPs Support the Opposing War Memorial
£37,500 raised for the Memorial: Still time to Donate & Help us reach our goal
Upcoming Events:
Burns Supper
Join us for on 26th Jan for an evening, hosted by Peter Macdonald, with Stan Reeves reciting To a Haggis, comedian A.L. Kennedy presenting the Immortal Memory. Local writer and actor Gerda Stevenson will be Addressing the Lassies, with feminist activist Lesley Orr delivering the Reply from the Lassies.
Resistance to First World War Exhibition & Event
Friday 25 January. 1:30 – 3:30pm. St Mungo Museum.
2 Castle St, Glasgow G4 0RH.                                                                                                            —————
ICAN:

Two ICAN meetings are planned for the 8th January both to be held at the SCND office in Glasgow, 77 South Park Avenue G12 8LE this week First, Scottish ICAN Roundtable is at 3.00pm.  It will be followed by a meeting facilitated by Dr Rebecca Johnson at 4.30pm focussed on ICAN in the UK, and all ICAN partner organisations are welcome to both events  (SCND will facilitate the Scottish Round table meeting).   +++++++ apres-meeting note: deadline for submissions to the NPT inquiry is Friday 18th, and it was great to hear that a lot of us will be putting something in. Email EdinburghCND@yahoo.com for suggestions

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A couple of events in England worth catching up on:
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And around the World:
1. Beyond Nuclear International: https://beyondnuclearinternational.org 1. The Navajo nation suffered the injustices of uranium mining and the contamination it left behind for decades. Anna Benally calls for restitution and a health study to give her people answers. In Brazil, a giant thermoelectric project was defeated when the people united against the destruction of mother Earth and turned to renewables instead. 2. Please take action this week by signing the petition to halt the “storing” of unsafe nuclear waste casks on the beach in California. And please consider including Beyond Nuclear in your year-end giving with a generous donation today.
2. Los Alamos Bulletin    252 Fundraising reminder; why LANL cannot be any kind of plutonium factory, in a nutshell  http://www.lasg.org/
3. Australia:Plenty of activities planned for 2019:  Walkatjurra Walkabout 

4. (a)UNFOLD ZERO and their co-sponsoring organisations had a very active year in 2018 advancing a number of UN initiatives and processes for nuclear disarmament including:

they  look forward to our continuing and advancing such action in 2019.

(b) The Basel Peace Office (BPO) extends our very best wishes to you for the new year. We thank you for your actions and support in 2018 and we look forward to a coming year of even more progress for peace and nuclear disarmament. BPO brings together a number of international networks and initiatives for nuclear disarmament including the Abolition 2000 Youth NetworkNuclear-Risk-Reduction working groupClimate-Nuclear NexusMiddle Powers InitiativeMove the Nuclear Weapons MoneyParliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and the World Future Council Peace & Disarmament Program. Please see below, or visit www.baselpeaceoffice.org, to learn more about the programs and activities. Click here to invest in a peaceful and sustainable future by supporting the Basel Peace Office.

(c) PNND also express very best wishes for the new year, our appreciation for the actions you undertook for peace and disarmament in 2018, and our anticipation of another year of progress for nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament.  We will kick off the new year with a European regional conference of parliamentarians and mayors (Jan 14-15 in Basel, Switzerland) on the issue of Nuclear disarmament, climate protection and divestment. And we will contnue to work globally throughout 2019 on issues and actions which are contained in the Parliamentary Action Plan for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World. Further information and reports are available at PNND News, PNND events and PNND updates.

+++++++++BPO invite you to join a Webinar on Preserving the INF Treaty today (January 17) at 7pm Central European Time (Click here to register), and to endorse the the Basel Appeal on Disarmament and Sustainable Security.

 

Edinburgh CND ‘End of Year’ News 2018

Wishing all our supporters a peaceful 2019 with some messages from our own ‘peace convoy’ and some partner organisations:
Last Thursday we took a carload of stuff through to the camp. We got a warm welcome and met two uni teachers who were also visiting, hoping to set up a project there for their students. We were shown round and treated to mince pies and mulled wine.
We had a good chat with the campers and discussed how we can support them more through next year. People are the main need-to stay, to visit, but anything that helps camping and campaigning is useful too-we took a donated chainsaw, food and treats, firewood, clothes, shoes, a card and other stuff. Hopefully in the new year support will be channelled and encouraged more and the camp will get regular visits from a variety of groups. The address is Faslane Peace Camp, Shandon, Helensburgh, G84 and messages of support are always welcome in their snailmail box!
Beyond Nuclear: https://beyondnuclearinternational.org :In the holiday season it seems timely to run a story on the plight of reindeer, made radioactive by fallout from Chernobyl and earlier atomic bomb tests, a problem that is not going away. Nor is radioactive waste, deadly for at least tens of thousands of years and longer, which is why a plan to store it on a beach near San Diego, California, is insanity.
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CND: https://cnduk.org: mailAnti-nuclear campaigners have responded to Gavin Williamson’s final instalment of the Modernising Defence Programme, released today. Sara Medi Jones, CND acting general secretary, said: “Gavin Williamson has called for an additional £340 million for the MoD in next year’s comprehensive spending review. The MoD has already been given an extra £1 billion this year, so this announcement confirms again that spending at the MoD is spiralling out of control.
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PNND on the US withdrawal from the INF treaty: The US alleges that Moscow has developed and deployed a prohibited missile, a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) having a range prohibited under the INF Treaty. The U.S. administration has also expressed concern that China, which is not a party to the INF Treaty, is gaining a military advantage in East Asia by deploying large numbers of treaty-noncompliant missiles. Russia has denied violating the INF, and has responded with allegations that the US is in violation of the INF Treaty by deploying launching systems capable of firing cruise missiles. In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that the U.S. plan to withdraw from the treaty could lead to a new arms race and that any nation that hosts U.S. intermediate-range missiles will “put their own territory under the threat of a possible counterstrike.” For further background see Trump to Withdraw U.S. From INF Treaty, Arms Control Association, November 2018).          There are also criticisms from a number of European Parliamentarians.                      The Basle Peace Office has similar concerns and adds the following more upbeat news:  The Australian Labor Party (currently the main opposition party) adopted a motion at its national conference yesterday giving qualified support to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons(TPNW – or Ban Treaty), an international agreement negotiated in 2017 by non-nuclear States, but opposed by the Australian government and all the nuclear armed and allied States.                                                     —————                                                                                                                                     ICAN: 1) the next meeting of ICAN’s UK Partner organizations will be held in GLASGOW, together with the scheduled meeting of the Scottish ICAN Round Table on 8 January 2019 in Glasgow, from 3.00 – 6.00 pm at the office of  Scottish CND, 77 Southpark Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8LE.  The first half of the meeting will be a Scottish meeting.   2) We strongly encourage ALL members to consider passing resolutions to support the Treaty and encourage the UK Government to engage with this Treaty, and the Irish Government to ratify it through the Dail. Full information is in the report, but can also be found on the ICAN webpage – http://www.icanw.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ICAN-Cities-Appeal.pdf                                                                                                                    —————-                                                                                                                                    CAAT London:   Please read and share our 2018 highlights page to spread the word about the impacts you have enabled over this year.                                                                                                                    —————                                                                                                             No2NuclearPower: Today’s News at: http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/category/news/

Edinburgh CND News 9th December 2018

Last events for 2018:                                                                                                                    

1. Monday 17th December: 7.30 – 9pm   End of year social Join Edinburgh Stop the War for a mince pie and a drink at the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JN https://www.facebook.com/events/198706991039051/

2. Saturday 15th December: 2.1 In Glasgow: Scottish CND received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund a mobile ‘Peace of History’ exhibition to chart the history of Scottish CND since we were founded 60 years ago. It is being launched at 12:30pm on Saturday December 15th in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, G3 7DN (Granville Street entrance). The exhibition will be available for people to view until 4:00pm and then it will travel around the country next year. If you would like it to come to your area, let us know at scnd@banthebomb.org. 2.2 In Edinburgh: Scotland Against Criminalising Communities Conference. Islamophobia 2018 – Scottish Conference Sat 15 Dec 2018 11:00am to 5:00pm Quaker Meeting House,7 Victoria Street, Edinburgh,EH1 2JL

NEWS

  1. CND on the INF Treaty:

mailAnti-Anti-nuclear campaigners visited the Foreign Office on 7th to hand-in thousands of letters addressed to the Foreign Secretary calling on the government to save a pivotal nuclear arms control agreement.
President Trump recently announced that he intends to withdraw the US from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. The nuclear treaty saw the elimination of nearly 2,700 short- and medium-range missiles and has played a crucial role in ensuring that US nuclear missiles are not situated in Europe.
The letters, signed by thousands of members of the public, call on the government to condemn the decision by President Trump as other Europeans countries have done. Standing by and allowing crucial nuclear arms control agreements to be torn up places the whole world in great danger.
President Trump’s announcement that he intends to withdraw the US from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Force (INF) poses a serious threat to diplomatic attempts to curb the deployment of nuclear weapons.
This withdrawal from the INF treaty is part of a wider pattern of the US disengaging from essential international nuclear treaties. Earlier this year, the US withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, removing its support for a treaty which sought to denuclearise Iran.
The British government needs to step up and defend the INF. If you haven’t already, you can still  use our lobby tool and write to the Foreign Secretary to demand that action is taken to save this crucial treaty. The treaty is less than 60 days away from being torn up following an announcement by the US government. President Trump had already announced that he intended to withdraw the US from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia. This is a vital nuclear treaty which has ensured the destruction of nearly 2,700 short- and medium-range missiles and has played a crucial role in ensuring that US missiles are not situated in Europe Sara Medi Jones, CND acting general secretary, said: “This ultimatum by Trump is unhelpful, and frankly reckless. While we call on both Russia and the US to fully comply with the terms of the INF, threatening to withdraw from the treaty in two months rather than proposing negotiations to resolve the outstanding issues is a risky decision. extra read recommended by ICAN: https://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/International-Relations-Committee/NPT-and-Nuclear-Disarmament/npt-call-for-evidence.pdf 

STOP PRESS: URGENT ACTION:   Save the INF nuclear treaty. President Trump has now set a date for withdrawal from the historic 1987 INF nuclear weapons treaty. This threatens a new nuclear arms race and makes nuclear war more likely.  Please contact your MP via the link: https://cnd.eaction.org.uk/inftreaty  And the Foreign Secretary: https://cnd.eaction.org.uk/lobby/savenucleartreaties

 

2. CND on Trident: 2018 has seen the Trident replacement programme lurch from crisis to crisis. 2.1 Read about the latest problems – safety fears at the Faslane naval base – in this issue of Campaign magazine. You can also read about how arms companies are getting involved in our children’s education. CND slams Faslane safety record  Read Campaign: December edition
Download Campaign: December edition 

2.2.Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to the government’s latest Trident spending announcement. Sara Medi Jones, CND acting general secretary, said: “Trident is bankrupting the Ministry of Defence. This extra £400 million for Trident adds to a growing body of evidence that replacement of Britain’s nuclear weapons system is running over budget. “A National Audit Office report earlier in the year suggested a £6 billion black hole in the MoD budget, and last month’s report indicates a £7 billion to £15 billion black hole over the next 10 years. “Business as usual cannot be an option – the consequences for other defence sectors and wider public spending are just too serious. In writing blank cheques for Trident replacement – ring-fencing an amorphous budget no matter what the impact on other areas of spending – it is bankrupting the MoD and putting the security of Britain at risk.

p.s. CND presents and more news: https://cnduk.org  Last minute Christmas Shopping?

3. Nuclear Ban news Manchester becomes first European city to support global nuclear ban  The first Scottish Council, Renfrewshire, will be the next to pass a resolution on the 13th December. ICAN add; Catalan Mayors for Peace Vice President Granollers passed a resolution the day before so we were the second European city but we won’t quibble!                                                                                                                NFLA Website: http://www.nuclearpolicy.info – includes links to NFLA Facebook and Twitter pages  including  NFLA media release, for immediate release, 11th December (now on website) 2018NFLA elects new Chair as the problems of new nuclear arise againMayors for Peace Website: http://www.mayorsforpeace.or

 

4.  Beyond Nuclear International:  4.1STOP PRESS: (a) Our beautiful “blue marble” is in trouble. Climate change is upon us and world leaders have let us down. Worse than that, the current US administration is actively trying to restore and boost the fortunes of fossil fuels and nuclear power. Nuclear subsidies — which could keep dangerous old nuclear plants running for as long as 80 years — rob renewables of essential support while lining the pockets of nuclear corporations that cannot hold their own financially. This only makes climate change worse. Beyond Nuclear plays a crucial role in working to stop the diversion of millions of dollars from needed renewable energy toward failing nuclear power plants. Your donations help support those efforts and more. Nuclear power is too slow to make any impact on climate change but instead heightens the risk of a catastrophic accident while accumulating ever more lethal radioactive waste that no one knows how to store safely. The time for debate is over and the time for action is upon us.                                                (b)Children and young people are rightly angry that their future has been compromised, if not destroyed, by the failure of governments to act adequately or in time on climate change. One group of young people is suing the US government despite multiple efforts to delay or derail their case. The rebels of the 1970s included Austrian anti-nuclear activists who cut and pasted the famous Asterix books into new versions telling an anti-nuclear story — eventually halted due to copyright infringement but not before appearing in multiple languages.                                                                                    4.2 The UN Special Rapporteur who earlier criticized Japan for exploiting the workforce at Fukushima, allowing unnecessary risks and exposures, has now said that Japan should stop sending evacuees home to radiation exposures 20 times higher than permissible before the nuclear disaster. We have his story. And as the Climate Conference (COP 24) gets underway in Poland, Linda Walker delivers a compelling list of reasons not to “nuke the climate.”

                                                                                                                                                            5. Conscientious Objectors Memorial update Alison Johnstone MSP (Co-Convenor Scottish Greens) has lodged a motion in support of the Memorial which has been signed by a dozen MSPs and which was debated just after 5pm Wednesday 5 December. Please come along to Scottish Parliament to be in the public gallery during the 7 minute debate and meet with Alison either just before or after the debate.   Please ask your MSPs to support The Crowdfunder has raised over £17,000 so far. This brings total fundraising so far to over £35,00 and will enable us to commission Engineer’s drawings, seek planning permission and run workshops to involve folk in the project. http://peaceandjustice.org.uk

STOP PRESS: The meeting of the Steering Group of the Opposing War Memorial Committee will take place Tuesday 18 Dec at the Peacee & Justice Centre from 5 – 6pm. The debate at Scottish Parliament Alison Johnstone MSP’s motion in support of the Memorial was a great success. 22 MSPs signed the motion and 8 MSPs, from all parties, spoke in support.

 

6. Los Alamos Bulletins    250 and  251  http://www.lasg.org/

7. PNND Latest news:
  1. Report on the affirmation made by the UN Human Rights Committee that the threat and use of nuclear weapons is a violation of the Right to Life (as codified in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights);
  2. Invite legislators and civl society leaders to endorse the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign, which calls for nuclear weapons budgets and investments to be re-allocated to better purposes, such as combatting climate change and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals;
  3. Highlight parliamentary events at COP 24, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, Dec 2-14, including the launch of a new international parliamentary network for renewable energy.

One of the key events Parliamentary Meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference  hosted today (Sunday December 9) by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Policy parliament.
Parliamentarians, climate experts and representatives of parliamentary organisations discussed parliamentary actions to ensure implementation of the Paris agreement on Climate Change, including those outlined in IPU’s Parliamentary Action Plan on Climate Change.                                                                                                For more information about divestment from nuclear weapons and fossil fuel industries see Move the Nuclear Weapons Money and  350.org Go Fossil Free divestment campaign

8. Added bit: Lloyd Russell-Moyle MPhas written a little explanation about the grabbing the mace in case you’re interested.

Edinburgh CND News 18th November (Updated 28th November)

+++28th November: see 4 updates especially re INF see news item 1
EVENTS
Tuesday 4th December: Edinburgh CND AGM and Annual Festive meeting (donations of food and drink welcome but not compulsory) 6pm to 8pm, Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh. All Supporters Welcome.
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Other events: 1. Sunday 18th November, 6:30 to 9:30, Radical Voices at the Black Fox by the Shore Constitution Street, Leith.  The theme is Peace is Possible.                                           2. Monday 19th November monthly meeting of Edinburgh Stop the War at the Peace and Justice centre.                                                                                                                                             3. Tuesday 20th November: Opposing War Memorial performance of This Evil Thing (see below) https://this-evil-thing.eventbrite.com STOP PRESS Two Israeli conscientious objectors will be speaking Read the full article here.  
4. Saturday 24th November STUC annual anti-racist demo in Glasgow
5. Saturday 8th December  Yemen protest and CND leafletting East end of Princes Street 11am to 1pm    
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NEWS                                                                                                                                                          
1. From CND UK
1.1 President Trump has announced plans to withdraw the US from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). We must protect the INF, an agreement CND fought for – and won – 30 years ago. As the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war, the INF treaty helped pull us back, eliminating over 2,500 nuclear missiles and de-escalating US-Soviet tension.
If we allow this agreement to be torn up, we could soon see the return of ground-launched nuclear missiles to the UK, a scenario which would make anuclear war fought on European soil far more likely.
CND condemns the Defence Secretary’s support for Trump’s action and calls on our government to express strong opposition to this dangerous move. This week an urgent question was asked in Parliament and EDM 1744 was tabled on this crucial issue. Now we’re following this up and mobilising MPs to press the government to respond. Can you help us?
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CND: We are running out of time to save the crucial anti-nuclear treaty the INF. Showing blatant disregard for international cooperation on arms control, President Trump has announced he plans to withdraw from the treaty, risking a dangerous return to cold war-style nuclear escalation.
We still need your help. Trump is intent on trashing this vital treaty, and shockingly the UK government is doing nothing to stop him.
The British government needs to step up and defend the INF. If you haven’t already, please use our lobby tool to write to the Foreign Secretary to demand that action is taken to save this crucial treaty.
On Wednesday, CND will visit the Foreign Office to deliver your letters. We are trying to collect as many letters as possible before our visit, so please encourage your contacts to sign.

Together we can make sure that our calls for a safer world are heard.

SUGGESTED URGENT ACTION:   Save the INF nuclear treaty
Please contact your MP and the foreign secretary via the links below:

 

1.2 Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to a letter from the defence ministerthat has revealed 505 safety incidents at the Faslane naval base in the last 12 years. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “When the MoD took the decision to censor annual nuclear safety reports which had previously been made public, we feared that safety at Faslane was worsening. “While we welcome a return to a degree of transparency, the figures in the defence minister’s letter confirms our fears, revealing a catalogue of accidents in the last three years. Many of these incidents involved the Trident submarines which carry Britain’s nuclear weapons.

                                                                                                                                                                  1.3. One hundred years ago, in November 1918, the world’s first global, industrialised war was drawing to a close. It was described at the time, as ‘the war to end all wars’. But those lessons were not learnt, countless millions more have died in war since then, and our own world today – already suffering many ‘conventional’ wars and the crimes, brutality and displacement that they bring – faces the increasing danger of nuclear war. When leaders trash treaties that reduce the risk of obliteration, make plans for new generations of ‘usable’ nukes, or speak glibly of ‘pressing the nuclear button’, our role is to present an alternative to hatred, to war and destruction. On the centenary of the ending of the First World War, politicians should use the commemoration as an opportunity to reflect on the horrors of conflict and on the possibility that a future war could turn nuclear.

1.4. Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to the Chancellors of the Exchequer’s 2018 budget. Sara Medi Jones, Acting General Secretary of CND, said: “This is yet another budget that prioritises war and nuclear weapons over people and their needs. While millions use foodbanks, the government has announced an extra £1 billion for the Ministry of Defence. “The elephant in the room is Trident. The Chancellor should have announced today that he is scrapping Trident, but instead the government continues along a path that will see over £205 billion spent on replacing Britain’s nuclear weapon system. “Hammond began his speech saying the last eight years of cuts were not driven by ideology, so why is it that at every budget the only thing we can be sure of is more money for weapons of mass destruction? “If Trident is scrapped, the £205 billion saved could employ 150,000 new nurses and build 120 state of the art hospitals. The money could also be used to build 650,000 new homes.”

Here are just three alternative proposals the Chancellor could have announced today.

  • Climate not Trident: 100,000 wind turbines could be built if just half of the money spent on replacing Trident was invested in renewable energy.
  • Homes not Trident: The average cost of building a new house in Britain is £150,000. This means that the government in partnership with civil society could build over 650,000 houses with the money it is planning to spend on Trident.
  • NHS not Trident: An extra £205 billion could employ 150,000 new nurses and build 120 state of the art hospitals. Or we could use the money to support our ageing population by providing occupational care at home allowing people to live independently for longer. As Kate Hudson says in her latest blog post “one thing is certain, whatever the Chancellor of the Exchequer says, the British economy is being deprived of the investment it needs to grow and flourish, and that our society is being denied the funding it needs to ensure the health, welfare and happiness of its citizens.”
1.5. This is a particularly busy time foranti-nuclear campaigning, but here at CNDwe’ve also found time for a fanstastic new collaboration with our friends at Teemill: two awesome new garment designs! Available as T-shirts, sweatshirts or hoodies, these will make the perfect Christmas gift. Also crushed missile T-shirt is still available                              
1.6. Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to Toshiba’s scrapping of plans to build a nuclear power station in Cumbria. Sara Medi Jones, Acting General Secretary of CND, said: “Nuclear energy isn’t just dirty and dangerous, this announcement shows once again it’s not economically viable.
1.7. Other News: Saturday, 17 November 2018 at 12 noon
Join the CND banner outside the BBC at All Saints Church, Langham Place
London W1A 1AA
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 2. Beyond Nuclear International: Artist Mary Lou Dauray found inspiration in the spectacular landscapes of her world travels. But climate change and Fukushima changed her vision. Her paintings now reflect the runaway destruction — as well as the abiding beauty — of our world. Through her art, she hopes to inspire change. In India, uranium mining takes a drastic toll on the poor and disenfranchised. Journalists Krishna Shree and Rajesh Serupally found anger and desperation among those affected, but denials from nuclear companies.
Last week was in the USA. The critical mid-term elections on November 6 — and their aftermath — will fill the airwaves. After much thought, we opted not to load new content to the Beyond Nuclear International site this week.
Nuclear power is demonstrably useless — and even a hindrance — in saving us from climate change. M.V. Ramana and Robert Jensen show us why. Consequently, we were deeply disappointed by the wrong turn taken last week by the respected Union of Concerned Scientists. Their new report supports subsidies for aging and even new nuclear power plants, arguing that if reactors close, carbon emissions will rise. The majority of major environmental groups strongly oppose this position, which is disproven by evidence where shuttered nuclear plants have been replaced by renewable energy. Our stories this week make the case against nuclear bailouts in the name of carbon reductions.                                                                                                                             STOP PRESS: American podcaster and activist, Libbe HaLevy, survived the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear disaster. She was a mile away when it happened and it was “not the vacation I had intended,” as she writes in her new book, Yes, I Glow in the Dark!, an in-depth and personal look at the dangers of nuclear power. Peter Weish emerged from Austria’s nuclear sector to become a leader in the nuclear power opposition movement. He has strong views about the way forward to a peaceful world.

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More than 15,000 people are now crowded onto tiny Ebeye in the Marshall Islands, forced into exile by the US government to make way for the Cold War atomic tests and the US missile “defense” system on Kwajalein. A powerful photo essay records their plight. Meanwhile, the US vets forced to witness those US tests, and “clean up” afterwards, have suffered numerous illnesses along with ignominy.  Today is “#GivingTuesday,” and that apparently means that if all of us ask for money on the same day, we have more chance of raising funds.
On ‘Giving Tuesday’ Like Mother’s Day, we think that every day should be #GivingDay, if you believe in and care about a cause.
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3.PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTRE: 
Have raised over £8,000 for the Opposing War Memorial in just two weeks bringing our total fundraising so far to over £25,000!
They have still to raise £33,000 in 26 days to meet our target. People from many countries have donated. We have received about 90 donations ranging from £5 to £5,000. Many thanks to those of you who have donated already.

If you haven’t yet contributed, can you make a donation to help create this lasting tribute to those who have refused to take part in war and/or attend the fundraiser on 20/11?
Other News: Conscience: Taxes for Peace Not War. Inaugural meeting of Edinburgh Chapter was held on 31st October
Chrys Salt – Home Front/Front Line Sunday, 18 November 2018 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House
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4. nuClear News No.112 November 2018 is now available for downloading here:
http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/NuClearNewsNo112.pdf
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 5. October edition of the NFLA newsletter. It can also be found at the NFLA website –

+++++28th NOV UPDATE: Manchester City Council passed a great resolution today to support the nuclear ban treaty and call on the UK govt to take clear steps on nukes.

This makes it the first European city to formally endorse the TPNW and endorse ICAN’s cities appeal.

ICAN Cities Appeal, November 2018
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6. UNFOLD Zero and Basle Peace Office: 6.1 24th to 30th October was UN Disarmament Week, when member states vote on a range of disarmament decisions and resolutions. Decisions are binding on the United Nations. Resolutions are indications of governments’ positions and intent – they are not binding but can be very authoritative and influential if supported by key countries. The deliberations and votes took place in an environment of increasing tensions between nuclear armed States, and also an increasing divide between non-nuclear countries and those countries which rely on nuclear weapons for their security.
Here is a short summary:

  •  Reducing nuclear danger submitted by India received 127 votes in favour (mostly non-aligned countries). It failed to get support of nuclear-armed or European countries, primarily because it only calls for nuclear risk reduction measures by China, France, Russia, UK and USA – leaving out the other nuclear armed States – India, Pakistan, DPRK and Israel.
  •  Decreasing the operational readiness of nuclear weapons systemssubmitted by a group of non-nuclear countries, was much more successful receiving 173 votes in favour, including from most of the NATO countries and from four nuclear armed States (China, DPRK, India, Pakistan).
  • on the Treaty on the Prohibition Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was supported by 122 countries. This is more than the number who have signed the Treaty (which is 50).
  • Humanitarian consequences of Nuclear War and the Law
  • Un High-level conference                                                                                                For more information see 

6.2 STOP PRESS: In their historical meeting in June 2018, USA President Trump and North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un announced an agreement under which each country commits to:

  • ‘…establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity’;
  • ‘…join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula’; and
  • ‘…recovering POW/MIA remains including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.’

In addition, Kim Jong-un committed to ‘work towards complete de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.’ Following the signing of the joint agreement, President Trump announced that a first step by the USA in implementing the agreement would be to cease the US-led war games exercises off the coast of the DPRK. The US/DPRK agreement came on the back of a peace process between North and South Korea initiated by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Members of Abolition 2000, the global network to eliminate nuclear weapons, had been pushing for such a diplomatic process, especially in 2017 when tensions between USA and DPRK were at their highest for decades. See Abolition 2000 actions and responses on USA/Korea peace agreement.                                               ++++++28th NOV UPDATE:                                                                                                       UNFOLD ZERO :On October 30, 2018, the UN Human Rights Committee adopted a new General comment No. 36 (2018) on article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), on the right to life, which concludes that the threat or use of nuclear weapons is ‘incompatible with respect for the right to life’ and ‘may amount to a crime under international law.’ The General Comment replaces earlier Comments on the Right to Life adopted by the Committee in 1982 and 1984.

7. Next meeting for the SCND exhibition group is on 22nd November at 6.30pm in the SCND Office Glasgow

8. Edinburgh CAAT: contact edinburghcnd@yahoo.com for news. Next meeting Monday 19th November 7pm in the Quaker Meeting House Edinburgh
9. In Australia? Hope to see a lot of you out on the Walk this year and if you cant make it but would like to support the Walkatjurra Walkabout then click here

Edinburgh CND News 23rd October (updated 7th November)

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EVENTS:
1. Tuesday 6th November:  We will be having our usual organising meeting at 6pm in the Peace and Justice Centre.
2. White Poppy Sales :1pm Thursday 25th October at the University of Edinburgh (George Square/Appleton Tower junction).
5pm Wednesday 31st Octoberat the east end of Princes Street
5pm Thursday 8th Novemberat the east end of Princes Street
Poppies will also be on sale on Saturdays 1pm to 2pm as part of the Women in Black Vigil at the east end of Princes Street and at the Women’s STUC in Dundee 29th and 30th October
3. Scottish CND AGM is on 10th November 2018 at Renfield St Stephen’s Centre, Glasgow, G2 4JP. Registration from 10:00am see http://www.banthebomb.org for more details
4. Sunday 11th November: events to commemorate all those who helped bring about the end of the 1914-18 War including in Edinburgh and London
5. SAT, 17 NOV AT 10:00 (all day) Just Transitions Conference: Employment, Energy, Environment Charteris Centre, 138-140 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RR organised by Scot.E3
6. Tuesday 20 November, 6.30pm – 9.30pm Memorial to Conscientious Objectors Fundraiser: see News section no 4
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NEWS:
STOP Press 24/11: 1. Anti-Trident protestors have blockaded all entrances at one of Britain’s nuclear weapons factories, AWE Burghfield in West Berkshire. The direct action has halted traffic to and from the site this morning. The protest is highlighting the role AWE Burghfield plays in the maintenance and replacement of Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system.The Burghfield bomb factory, administered by the Atomic Weapons Establishment, builds and maintains nuclear warheads.The Trident Plougshares activists have blocked access to the site with a car with two people locked to it at one point and with a line of people with their arms in lock-on tubes at another.
Separately, campaigners from local CND group Hereford Peace Council will today travel to Parliament on a ‘peace train’, bringing with them petitions from thousands of supporters who want the government to get rid of its nuclear weapons and join the UN’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

2. Just days after President Trump announced US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, NATO is to launch its biggest military exercises since the Cold War tomorrow, lasting until November 7th. Taking place in Norway, these exercises will simulate the collective response of NATO to an imagined attack on an allied partner, as outlined in Article 5 of the NATO treaty. The UK has committed more than 250 vehicles and 500 soldiers to this exercise. CND General Secretary Kate Hudson said:‘While the foe in this imagined scenario is claimed to be fictitious, the decision to launch these drills in Norway, a country which shares an Arctic border with Russia, sends a provocative message of NATO’s intended dominance in the region to Russia.

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1. President Trump has announced plans to withdraw the US from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). This is a hugely destabilising development that threatens global and – in particular – European security.

Signed by Reagan and Gorbachev in 1987, the treaty banned ground-launched nuclear missiles and led to nearly 2,700 missiles being eliminated. It meant that the cruise missiles sited at Greenham and Molesworth were removed and countless more across Europe. Tearing up the INF Treaty will end the restraints on nuclear arsenals achieved in the 1980s. It will open the way for the return of cruise-type missiles to Europe: they have only one purpose – that a US nuclear war against Russia will be fought in Europe. We understood that in the 1980s and we mobilised against it – and the INF Treaty was in large part the result of that. Hundreds of thousands protested against cruise missiles; the iconic Greenham peace camp was part of that movement. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “This is a reckless move by Trump. Tearing up the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty will mark the end of the restraints on nuclear arsenals achieved in the 1980s. The danger is that we will see spiralling arsenals on a Cold War scale.  “We utterly condemn the Defence Secretary’s comment that the British government’s support for the US administration at this time is ‘absolutely resolute’. Britain should be voicing strong opposition to this dangerous move rather than fanning the flames that can lead to nuclear war.

  • We stand resolutely against this return to the nuclear escalation of the Cold War and we call on all peoples once again to reject these moves.
  • We condemn the Defence Secretary’s support for Trump’s action and call on our government to express strong opposition to this dangerous move.
  • This is just the latest in a growing list of rash US positions: trashing the Iranian nuclear deal, planing to build ‘usable’ nuclear weapons and outlining a greater range of scenarios in which to use them .
2. CND is also delighted to launch its new collaboration with Britain’s foremost political artist Peter Kennard: a campaign T-shirt based on Peter’s iconic Crushed Missile artwork. As Peter explains: “World leaders in their macho madness announce that they would press the nuclear button. We have to campaign to crush and destroy all nuclear weapons before they do press the button and destroy us”.
3. Politicians, academics and activists gathered in Bristol 20th and 21st October for a two-day CND conference on how to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. see http://www.cnduk.org  and will be gathering Saturday, 17 November 2018 at 12:00
Join the CND banner outside the BBC on Great Portland Street
4. Memorial to Conscientious Objectors;

Along with a range of other peace organisations Edinburgh and are supporting  a Memorial to Conscientious Objectors and all who oppose war in Edinburgh. Conscientious objection and opposition to War is a significant part of Scotland’s history. 80,000 people marched to oppose the First World War in Glasgow in 1914. There were nearly 20,000 COs in Britain – 1434 in Scotland – yet they are scarcely recognised in public spaces. There are memorials to COs in London and other places but not yet in Edinburgh.                                                                                                                                           Civil society groups, faith groups and educators came together to make sure the voices of those who refused to fight are heard in Scotland’s capital city. A CO Memorial in Princes St Gardens will ensure that this history is recognised in a site that is visited by millions of people. To donate to the Memorial visithttps://chuffed.org./project/opposing-war-memorial                                                                                                                     We commissioned artists’ submissions and chose a design by a local artist for a bronze tree and bench that will create a space for reflection on alternatives to war in the midst of eight war memorials. In October theTransport and Environment Committee of City Council unanimously approved the design proposalNow we need to raise the funds to complete the projectSo far we have raised over £19,000. We need to raise £149,000 more for technical drawings, fabrication and installation of the sculpture. We hope to raise a total of £59,000 from individual donations and the rest from grants. Please take a few minutes to visit the crowd funder site, view the video and make a donation to support this enduring monument to those who said no to war:https://chuffed.org./project/opposing-war-memorial  Every donation counts, large or small. Alternatively you can donate by Bank Transfer (and save Card processing fees) toBank of Scotland Account Name: Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre
Account: 00207018 / Sort Code: 80-11-30 
Be sure to use Reference: Opposing War If donating by Bank Transfer pleaseemailadmin@peaceandjustice.org.ukto request a Gift Aid form and make your donation go further AND tell us if it’s ok to acknowledge your donation by name on the website

Click here to view the video about the wonderful design that will be noticeably different and represent a respectful counterpoint to all the war memorials nearby. Share the Crowdfunder page and help spread the word so lots of people will be able to help.
This Evil Thing
Written and Performed by Michael Mears
Performance in aid of the Opposing War Memorial in Edinburgh
Tuesday 20 November, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
St. Thomas of Aquin’s RC High School Edinburgh EH3 9ES Tickets £10
5. Beyond Nuclear International: focuses this week on atomic testing, by the Russians in Kazakhstan and by the French in Algeria. Both countries endure an ongoing disaster in public health and environmental contamination. We feature those who have spoken out, sought compensation and cleanup, and who have become voices for global peace.
Activists in Wales were abandoned by their political leaders when they tried to stop mud — which scientists say could contain plutonium — being dumped just off shore. Nuclear Age Peace Foundation president, David Krieger, says our peace treaties have failed us and we need cooperation among diverse movements. The International Uranium Film Festival returns to Navajo next month. Despite its niche subject area, it enjoys unexpected popularity and no shortage of material.
6. UNFOLD ZERO:  report on the exciting Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign, including new endorsements, a benefit concert on October 20, and postponement of the Count the Nuclear Weapons Money action.                                                                     Nuclear weapon States should slash nuclear weapons budgets, reallocate these funds to the Sustainable Development Goals and take action to reduce the risk of nuclear war and to achieve nuclear disarmament, according to a number of governments speaking at the start of the 2018 UN session on Disarmament and International Security this week. Basle Peace Office adds: The 2018 UN session on Disarmament and International Security opened on October 8 with strong calls on the nuclear armed countries to slash nuclear weapons budgets, reallocate these funds to the Sustainable Development Goals and take action to reduce the risk of nuclear warand advance nuclear disarmament.
During the next four weeks governments will debate, and then adopt, resolutions at the UN General Assembly on a number of disarmament and international security issues.

The session opened with statements from the UN High Representative on Disarmament Affairs, the Head of the Non-Aligned Movement and representatives of many UN member countries.

7. ICAN: latest report of activity with the UK and Ireland Mayors, Provosts and Leaders for Peace – the constituent Chapter of the Mayors for Peace organisation available on request. Meanwhile countries and regions continue to support the Un Treaty.
8. Next meeting of SCND Timeline exhibition group is on Monday 29th of Oct, 6.30 pm – in SCND office (see earlier posts). STOP PRESS: MINUTES NOW AVAILABLE

9. 10th November, CAN BE WATCHED LIVEFuture Wars: The Impact of New Technologies conference will take place at Birkbeck College in London. It will be a fascinating event, with a host of experts laying out the new threats that we need to organise against and face down — including the militarisation of space, cyber warfare, hacking, and killer robots and drones. But we’ll also discuss new tech ethics and alternative visions of security. Following last year’s CND Council decision to hold it, Future Wars is shaping up to be an essential event for peace campaigners, and we really look forward to seeing you there. You can register online on Eventbrite. Extra Comment: CND condemns the Defence Secretary’s support for Trump’s action and calls on our government to express strong opposition to this dangerous move. This week an urgent question was asked in Parliament and EDM 1744 was tabled on this crucial issue. Now we’re following this up and mobilising MPs to press the government to respond. Can you help us?   
Contact your MP today

10. The Walkatjurra Walkabout is already talking about next years walk and the many other projects and events coming up to support the court case to stop Yeelirrie and to keep Western Australian free from uranium mining..  There may be a few changes next year and one of them may be that we walk from Leonora to Yeelirrie.  We will update you more as plans unfold.

 

11. Why is Saudi Arabia under fire over Jamal Khashoggi, but not Yemen?