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Presentation to SCND AGM 2012

Dr Rebecca Johnson (Director of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy) gave a presentation to Scottish CND's annual conference on 17 November. The presentation was titled: "New International Game Changers: Scotland's Role and Responsibilities". Presentation (7 Mb pdf)

Scottish CND supports YES campaign

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, after a lively debate at its annual conference on Saturday 17 November, agreed to support the YES campaign. The resolution which was adopted says,

“Conference urges all members to give priority to the campaign for a 'YES vote' in the 2014 Independence Referendum which will give the Scottish Government a mandate to negotiate a written constitution with a clause on No Nuclear Weapons in Scotland.

“Conference resolves that SCND affiliates to and promotes the “Yes” Campaign as the most immediate and effective way of getting rid of Trident.”

Dodgy Astute submarines should be scrapped

 

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has called on the Government to scrap the new fleet of Astute submarines, because they are fundamentally unsafe.  A series of major problems with the vessels is revealed in the Guardian.

"The Government should scrap their plans to send more Astute class submarines to Scotland. There are clearly a series of insurmountable design failures with the new boats, many of which have major safety implications. The Navy should not be putting the lives of sailors and the general public at risk by sending these dodgy vessels to sea."

Scottish CND Annual Conference 17 Nov

Dr Rebecca Johnson will speak on "New international Game-changers to Ban Nuclear Weapons: Scotland's Role and Responsibility" at Scottish CND's annual conference from 10 am on Saturday 17th November 2012 in the STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow. There will also be a debate on the approach that Scottish CND should adopt during the independence referendum. Papers

Nuclear War Broadcast

Scottish CND have produced a recording of the message which would have been broadcast over radio stations in the event of nuclear war. The transcript was released in 2008 under the Freedom of Information Act. The announcement is read by Crawford Logan. Listen (mp3)

Barth Eide and SNP NATO debate

 

Angus Robertson has highlighted a recent meeting with Espen Barth Eide, the Norwegian Foreign Minister. The implication is that Barth Eide supports Robertson's proposal that an independent Scotland should be in NATO. The capital city which is most likely to want to see Scotland in NATO is not Oslo, but Washington. It is therefore interesting to note that Barth Eide has been criticised for being too close to America.

SNP CND Q and A on NATO

SNP CND has produced a Question and Answer briefing on NATO for SNP conference

STUC rally

Scottish CND is supporting the STUC march and rally "a future that works" on Saturday 20 October. Assemble in George Square, Glasgow at 11 am and march to a rally in Glasgow Green. We will have "Cut Trident" placards.

No to NATO protest Perth

The No to NATO coalition have organised a protest outside the SNP conference on Friday 19 October. The conference is taking place in the Concert Hall, Mill St, Perth. The protest will be from 12 noon to 5 pm, when the conference is debating a possible move away from the SNP's current opposition to membership of NATO. Buses have been booked from Glasgow and Edinburgh

Cuban Missile Crisis Anniversary

50 years ago the world stood on the brink of nuclear war. Scottish CND has produced a briefing on the Cuban Missile Crisis and its implications for Scotland today. We are also holding an event with speakers and discussion from 10 am on Saturday 27 October in Wellington Church, 77 Southpark Avenue, Hillhead, Glasgow. (leaflet)