- Published on Friday, 07 August 2015 11:32
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.
- Published on Friday, 07 August 2015 11:18
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/
- Published on Friday, 07 August 2015 09:48
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.
- Published on Monday, 03 August 2015 11:23
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.
- Published on Thursday, 16 July 2015 12:52
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.
- Published on Monday, 13 July 2015 13:31
Two months have passed since the General Election and the MPs are settling in and starting to make progress with their policies. With 57 of the 59 Scottish MPs opposing trident replacement it seemed like a good time to send a delegation from SCND to Parliament to meet individual MPs to attend various meetings at the House of Commons.
John Ainslie and Veronika Tudhope attended the debate. Margaret Ferrier and Kirsten Oswald, spoke with confidence and conviction against the convoys, highlighting dangers to Scots living along the route, and beyond. The minister’s reply was disappointing, hingeing upon the premise that nuclear weapons are a necessary part of Britain’s security and any objection arises out of the SNP’s opposition to Trident, rather than any real concerns about safety.
- Published on Monday, 13 July 2015 09:49
Big Sandy and CiNDy took to the streets of Glasgow city centre to promote our message of "Bairns not Bombs"