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Scottish delegation to Icelandic Peace Movement

Veronika Tudhope recently visited Iceland as a guest of the Icelandic peace movement. The main events were a talk to local activists to update them on the situation in Scotland, and a candle floating  to commemorate Hiroshima  but there were also plenty of other opportunities for further learning, networking and  bridge building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labour leadership candidates on Iraq and Trident

Voting record of Labour Leadership candidates in House of Commons:

  Iraq 2003 Trident renewal 2007 Trident renewal 2015
Jeremy Corbyn Against Against Against
Andy Burnham For For For
Yvette Cooper For For  For
Liz Kendall Not MP Not MP For

 

Jeremy Corbyn Scottish meetings

Jeremy Corbyn, Vice Chair of CND, will be speaking at four meetings in Scotland this week as part of his bid to be leader of the Labour Party.

 

 

 

 

Mhairi Black speech at Hiroshima commemoration

Mhairi Black MP spoke at Renfrewshire CND's commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  She said:

"There is no war that serves any other purpose than to destroy. But there is something that is different, an extra dimension to nuclear weapons, because when a bomb falls and its victims are taken on instant impact it is horrendous, but when a nuclear bomb falls for those that survive, it's only the beginning.  Gums will bleed, hair will fall out in clumps, skin will begin to erode, children will be born deformed with disabilities, they will be born with instant disadvantages.  And yet, we have not seemed to learn from this." 

Hiroshima / Nagasaki events photos

Gallery of photos from events across Scotland to mark the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the first atomic bombs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nagasaki commemoration events in Scotland

Many events took place across Scotland on 6 August. In addition there will be events over the weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of the second atomic bomb which was dropped on Nagasaki on 9 August 1945.

Scottish Parliament motion on Hiroshima

Bill Kidd MSP has put down a motion in the Scottish Parliament on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Please ask your MSPs to support this.  They can be contacted on https://www.writetothem.com/

"Bomb Ends War" Myth

At the Glasgow CND 70th Hiroshima commemoration, John Ainslie (Scottish CND Coordinator) gave a presentation on the myth of how the bomb ended the war.  This is available as a pdf document. There is also video of the event (talk at 22:25). At 11 pm on 8 August 1945 the Soviet Union declared war on Japan. It can be argued that it was the shock of this that pushed an already defeated Japan into formally surrendering. The photo shows a Japanese officer surrendering to the Soviet Union in 1945.

 

Scotland remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki

23 events will take place across Scotland to mark the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs. They will be held in Aberdeen, Anstruther, Ayr, Coatbridge, Dunbar, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Helensburgh, Irvine, Kilmarnock, Paisley, Peebles, Rutherglen and Stirling.

70 years after the first nuclear explosion it's time to ban the bomb

On 16 July 1945 the first detonation of an atomic bomb took place in the desert of New Mexico. The leader of the Manhattan Project, J Robert Oppenheimer described the test, quoting the Hindu scriptures: "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds". Three weeks later thousands of people died as two atomic bombs destroyed the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For 70 years we have lived in the shadow of the bomb. President Kennedy described our predicament - "Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they aboliish us". After seven decades it is time to act and to ban the bomb. At a major conference on the effect of nuclear weapons in December 2014 Austria issued a pledge to "fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons". This has now been endorsed by 113 nations from around the world.