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Letter from America

We had planned to write the obligatory column about the departure of George W. Bush from the White House, but you've heard all the shoe jokes by now. And we'll wait and see whether Barack Obama carries through on his promises to close Guantanamo, end the practices of warrantless wiretapping, torture and rendition, and begin the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Faslane Nuclear Accident

Exercise carried out in 1997


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

Brief update from New York

As you all know, one of our co- organisers, Flavia, is in New York taking part in the negotiations for the Global Ban Treaty at the UN as part of the civil society contingent. Flavia and her colleagues in the five- strong Scottish delegation report that the discussions are awesome, detailed and intense.

Daily updates from them are available on 

More general Daily updates from the negotiations are available from Reaching Critical Will 


Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at 2017 SNP Conference

Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP conference speech:

Let\'s Have a Real Debate on Trident

If the Government is really committed to a proper debate on whether to replace the UK\'s aging nuclear weapon system, Trident, it should publish a con

NATO want First Strike Nuclear Option

The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the "imminent" spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical Manifesto for a new Natoby five of the west's most senior military officers and strategists.

Calling for root-and-branch reform of Nato and a new pact drawing the US, Nato and the European Union together in a "grand strategy" to tackle the challenges of an increasingly brutal world, the former armed forces chiefs from the US, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands insist that a "first strike" nuclear option remains an "indispensable instrument" since there is "simply no realistic prospect of a nuclear-free world".

The Manifesto has been presented to the Pentagon in Washington and to Nato's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. The proposals are likely to be discussed at a Nato Summit in Bucharest in April.

Obama and McCain on nuclear weapons

leftThe Centre for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation has published a summary of the views of the two candidates in the Presidential election on security issues, including nuclear weapons. McCain has not expressed an opinion on the proposed new warhead, the Reliable Replacement Warhead.  Obama has opposed a "premature decision" on the warhead. McCain has previously opposed ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty but there are signs that his approach may have changed.

Nuclear Waste Containers Likely To Corrode

Thousands of containers of lethal nuclear waste are likely to fail before being safely sealed away underground, a devastating official report concludes. The unpublicised Report is by the Environment Agency, which has to approve any proposals for getting rid of the waste that remains deadly for tens of thousands of years.

The document effectively destroys Britain's already shaky disposal plans just as Ministers are preparing an expansion of nuclear power. It shows that many containers used to store the waste are made of second-rate materials, are handled carelessly, and are liable to corrode. The Report concludes: "It is cautious to assume a significant proportion will fail." It says computer models suggest up to 40 per cent of them could be at risk.

Britain's leading expert on nuclear waste yesterday called the report "devastating" and Peter Ainsworth, the Conservative Environment Spokesman, said he would write to Ministers to urge them to "make changes to ensure public safety". He added: "Such a warning from the Environment Agency must be taken extremely seriously. The failure of just one container could prove catastrophic."

Nuclear submarines banned from Highland Loch

The Ministry of Defence have a long-standing arrangement to berth nuclear-powered submarines in Loch Ewe, but they have not been permitted to visit there since 2008 because there are major flaws in the safety scheme for dealing with any nuclear accident in the area.

Between 13 and 15 May 2008 Exercise Highport took place at Highland Council's emergency bunker in Inverness, with some activity on-site at Loch Ewe and at a second berth in Broadford Bay. The exercise tested the arrangments for responding to a nuclear incident and found them wanting.