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Peace Vigil

The next monthly vigil of the Peace Network will take place next Thursday, February 22, from 5 to 6 pm at Dewar's statue on Buchanan Street in Glasgow city centre. Scottish CND will have a stall just before the vigil - from 3 pm.

 

We just held a vigil in Paisley with a good turn out and a positive response. This is our third year of vigils at Dewar's statue and we hope to build on the success of the Paisley vigil. The weather is getting warmer and the days longer so JOIN US. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientists Call On US To Reduce Nuclear Stockpile

A group of 95 scientists says the United States should significantly reduce the country's collection of nuclear weapons.

The 95 National Academy of Sciences members said  the current U.S. weapons stockpile was going against U.S. security. Most of the experts are from prominent U.S. universities and as a group have received 32 Nobel Prizes.

The group, coordinated by the Union of Concerned Scientists, suggested that the United States cut back its arms stockpile to 1,000 explosives, compared to the 4,500 to 6,000 it has now. It also reportedly requested that the country surrender first use of the nuclear explosives.

Richard Garwin, who made plans for the first hydrogen bomb, was one of the scientists to sign the proposal..

 

Taxpayers Pick Up the Tab at Sellafield

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The consortium with a £20bn contract to clean up Britain's Sellafield nuclear plant has been handed a blank cheque by the Government to pay for future accidents there.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority wants the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to grant indemnity to Nuclear Management Partners Ltd.—the consortium that won PBO status in the Sellafield contract—against uninsurable claims arising from a nuclear incident that fall outside the protections offered by the Nuclear Installations Act and the Paris/Brussels Conventions.

“It would not be viable for any of the bidders to proceed without an indemnity because any fee earning benefits of the contract would be overwhelmed by the potential liabilities,” Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks informed the House of Commons..

100 nuclear safety lapses at Faslane

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Safety blunders at the nuclear bomb bases on the Clyde have rocketed to a record high, shutting down submarine reactors, spilling radioactivity and contaminating workers.

An internal Ministry of Defence (MoD) report has revealed that there were exactly 100 nuclear safety lapses at Faslane and Coulport, near Helensburgh, between June 2006 and May 2007. This was 40% higher than the previous year and nearly three times higher than in 2000-01.

Safety at the bases - home to the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system - has been condemned as "an absolute disgrace" by the Scottish National Party. The MoD, however, insisted that safety standards were improving.

The MoD's latest annual review of "nuclear safety events" at the bases included dropping a reactor control rod, breaching reactor containment and 32 power failures.

Two of the most serious incidents occurred on Trident submarines in September and December 2006. In both cases, radioactive cooling water spilled from a faulty hose pipe. On one occasion it contaminated a worker's shoe.

The second of the incidents was categorised as having had "high potential for actual radioactive release to the environment". The first, along with 19 other incidents, was defined as having had "actual or potential for a contained release within building or submarine".

A People's Budget for Peace

While the Government has been squandering billions on overseas wars and nuclear weapons, Scotland’s for Peace has asked organisations and individuals to suggest how they think this money should be spent. A wide range of proposals have been received for the People’s Budget for Peace. Amongst those who have submitted ideas are: Article 12 in Scotland, Campaign Against the Arms Trade (Edinburgh), Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, Church & Society Council of the Church of Scotland, Communist Party of Scotland, Educational Institute of Scotland, Iona Community, Jubilee Scotland, Justice & Peace Scotland, Midlothian Trades Council, Oxfam Scotland, Quakers Scotland, Scottish Islamic Council, Scottish Refugee Council, Socialist Labour Party and T&G (Unite).

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)

General election - can we vote against Trident?

The General Election is on Thursday 8th June. Today is your last chance to register to vote. 

When deciding who to vote for Scottish CND are urge you to remember that nuclear weapons are not history and that Scotland could be in the firing line if the UK supported any conflict which involved nuclear weapons.

John Jappy

Scottish CND has received the very sad news that John Jappy passed away.
 
"John Jappy made a massive contribution to Scottish CND and the wider peace movement down the years.
I am very sad to hear he has passed away and we are grateful for his commitment down the years."
Arthur West - Chair of Scottish CND
 
If you want to read John's blog please visit this page.

MPs Attack £3bn Cost Overruns on Defence Projects

Massive cost overruns and delays on major procurement projects for the armed forces were attacked bya Committee of MPs who called on the Ministry of D

USA Need Nuclear Weapons for rest of 21st Century

The commander of US strategic forces claims the United States will need nuclear weapons as a deterrent for the rest of the 21st century and should move now to field more modern weapons.

Air Force General Kevin Chilton said new, more reliable nuclear weapons would enable the United States to reduce the large inventory of non-deployed weapons it keeps as a hedge.

"As we look to the future -- and I believe we are going to need a nuclear deterrent for this country for the remainder of this century, the 21st century -- I think what we need is a modernized nuclear weapon to go with our modernized delivery platforms," he told reporters.

The administration has requested 10 million dollars for the program in its 2009 budget request even though the US Congress turned down a similar request in its previous budget submission.