English commemoration of Hiroshima, Nagasaki nuclear victims

This video, of a famous Turkish poem, with English subtitles, on a child who died from the Hiroshima nuclear bomb in 1945, says about itself:

Hiroshima child- Fazil Say – Nazim Hikmet, None can hear my silent tread (kiz çocuğu)

Hiroshima Child

I come and stand at every door
But none can hear my silent tread
I knock and yet remain unseen
For I am dead for I am dead

I’m only seven though I died
In Hiroshima long ago
I’m seven now as I was then
When children die they do not grow

My hair was scorched by swirling flame
My eyes grew dim my eyes grew blind
Death came and turned my bones to dust
And that was scattered by the wind

I need no fruit I need no rice
I need no sweets nor even bread
I ask for nothing for myself
For I am dead for I am dead

All that I need is that for peace
You fight today you fight today
So that the children of this world
Can live and grow and laugh and play

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Campaigners remember US atom bomb victims

Friday 02 August 2013

Peace campaigners in Sheffield are to commemorate the dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The United States unleashed the world’s first and only atomic attacks in 1945 on the mostly civilian targets in Japan.

August 6 is Hiroshima Day, with events beginning at Sheffield Town Hall at 10am.

Each year the Sheffield campaigners stage events such as a “peace picnic” in memory of the hundreds of thousands who were killed immediately or died later from their injuries and cancers caused by radiation.

Sheffield Lord Mayor Vicky Priestly will sign a Mayors for Peace declaration and a message will be read from the Mayor of Hiroshima.

On August 11 Nagasaki Day will be marked from 2pm in the Japanese Garden.

Peace activists stood in silence across the world today to honour the 250,000 Japanese killed by US atom bombs in World War II – and call time on today’s deadly nukes.

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue criticized the Japanese government at a ceremony Friday for refusing to sign a statement rejecting the use of nuclear weapons. The statement was offered at an international disarmament meeting in April: here.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki remembered in Ghent, Belgium: here.

We recently returned from a 12 day speaking tour in Japan that took us to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokyo, and Okinawa. Before we joined forces in Hiroshima prior to the August 6 commemorative events, Oliver [Stone] lent support to the activists protesting the South Korean naval base under construction on Jeju, South Korea, less than 500 kilometers from Shanghai. Peter was in Kyoto with participants in American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute’s annual study-abroad class. Being in Hiroshima and Nagasaki around the anniversaries of the atomic bombings was a powerful experience for both of us and a vivid reminder of why whitewashing the past is so critical to perpetuating empire in the present — a project in which the U.S. and Japan have collaborated for the past 68 years: here.

Support the British Nuclear Test Veterans Recognition Campaign: here.

Hiroshima survivors mark anniversary

This video from Japan is called Anti-War, Anti-Nuke Parade in Hiroshima city August 6, 2011.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

50,000 mark anniversary at peace park

Monday 06 August 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

A bell tolled to begin the moment of silence today while tens of thousands marked the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Ageing survivors, relatives, government officials and foreign delegates joined hands in prayer during an annual ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorating the US bombing of the city nearly seven decades ago.

“On this day, in this city, let me proclaim again: there must never be another nuclear attack, never,” said UN high representative for disarmament affairs Angela Kane, reading a message from secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon.

Such weapons have no legitimate place in our world. Their elimination is both morally right and a practical necessity in protecting humanity.”

A US B-29 bomber named Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on August 6 1945, turning the city into a nuclear inferno and killing an estimated 140,000.

Around 50,000 people attended the official ceremony, while thousands of others joined demonstrations, marches, forums and concerts across the city, which is a focal point for the global movement against nuclear weapons.

In separate rallies more than 7,000 people including atomic bomb survivors and evacuees from the Fukushima area staged anti-nuclear demonstrations.

Usually sedate Japan has seen a string of anti-nuclear protests since Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ordered the restart of two reactors in June.

Many atomic bomb survivors, known as “hibakusha,” oppose both military and civil use of nuclear power, pointing to the tens of thousands who were killed instantly in the Hiroshima blast and the many more who later died from radiation sickness and cancers linked to the attack.

“We want to work together with people in Fukushima and join our voices calling for no more nuclear victims,” said 70-year-old atomic bomb survivor Toshiyuki Mimaki.

Demonstrators marched around the headquarters of Chugoku Electric Power, a regional utility which has reactors of its own, chanting: “Noda should quit. We oppose nuclear power.”

Weekly demonstrations outside the prime minister’s official residence have drawn thousands, while a rally in west Tokyo last month saw a crowd that swelled to 170,000.

Peace campaigners called on Britain and the rest of the world to disarm all nuclear weapons today on the 67th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima: here.

Hiroshima nuclear horror remembered

This video is called Nazım Hikmet & Joan BaezHiroshima.

By Rory MacKinnon in Britain:

Hiroshima horror remains with us

Sunday 05 August 2012

Solemn mourners will gather tomorrow to mark 67 years since an atomic bomb obliterated Hiroshima – and to warn that the threat of nuclear annihilation is still with us today.

Rallies across Britain and the world are being held to mark the date when the United States government became the only power in history to devastate another people with nuclear bombs – the exhausted civilian population of wartime Japan.

In London demonstrators will gather at noon in Camden’s Tavistock Square, where a Japanese cherry tree stands in memory of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, site of a second bombing on August 9 1945 in the last major act of WWII.

Speakers will include 106-year-old lifelong peace activist Hetty Bower, researcher Peter Burt of the Nuclear Information Service, Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn and Green MEP Jean Lambert.

The 1945 nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were conducted in strict secrecy.

Only Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett evaded military censors to report “a warning to the world” from Hiroshima – the horrifying, slow radiation burns that would bring the city’s death toll to between 100,000 and 180,000.

But Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament general secretary Kate Hudson told the Morning Star that the world could not afford to treat Hiroshima as a thing of the past.

She said activists in Japan were “twinning” the ceremony with the memory of last year’s Fukushima disaster which left nearly 80,000 locals in exile from their irradiated hometown.

Ms Hudson also pointed to the fact that the use of depleted uranium munitions during the Iraq war has been linked by researchers to a swathe of birth defects.

“Every year we remember that the only country that has used nuclear weapons is the United States.”

And she warned that though generations had passed since Hiroshima and the superpower stand-offs of the cold war the danger now is that world powers are becoming complacent about their own nuclear arsenals or accepting them as irreversible, she said.

“So long as nuclear weapons exist there’s still an increasing chance that they will be used – by accident or design.

“It’s criminally irresponsible,” Ms Hudson said.

Other commemorative events are planned outside the capital.

In Brighton and Hove the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom will meet tomorrow evening in Queens Park for a candlelight vigil “to remember the dead from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, nuclear tests and accidents.”

In Derby CND and others will gather at Rolls-Royce’s Raynesway, which manufactures reactors for the Trident fleet of nuclear-armed submarines.

In Glasgow the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Faslane Peace Camp will launch paper lanterns on the Clyde River, 25 miles from where the Trident fleet are based.

Japanese officials pledged to seek a society less reliant on nuclear energy today as the country marked the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki: here.

Events to commemorate the dropping of an atomic bomb on Nagasaki took place at centres across Yorkshire and the north today, writes Peter Lazenby: here.

Radioactive cesium found in Japan’s fish, seawater: here.

Fukushima worse than Hiroshima

This video is called Fukushima guilty of world’s worst sea contamination.

The amount of radioactive caesium that has leaked from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is roughly 168 times that released by the atomic bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, according to Japan’s nuclear agency: here.

Earthquake Shook Virginia Nuke Plant More Than It Was Designed to Handle: here.

Revealed: Ayn Rand’s Script for Hollywood Movie Glorifying the Atomic Bomb: here.

The Drone Summit, the Lunchbox and the Invisibility of Charred Children. Hugh Gusterson, Truthout: “I was at the all-day Drone Summit in Washington, DC, organized by Codepink … And I kept thinking about the lunchbox. The lunchbox belonged to a schoolgirl in Hiroshima. Her body was never found, but the rice and peas in her lunchbox were carbonized by the atomic bomb. Everyone knows, in the abstract at least, that the atom bomb killed thousands of children in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But any visual representation of this fact was deemed out of bounds by defenders of the bombing”: here.

SUPPORT NEEDED: Over 3,000 ppl mostly of age under 30 are suffering from recurring massive nosebleeding in Japan – Takahiro Katsumi: here.