Knitting against nuclear weapons

This video from Britain says about itself:

2 April 2013

Jaine Rose of Wool Against Weapons talks about plans to create a seven mile long knitted peace scarf to stretch between Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield, Berkshire, where UK nuclear weapons are made.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

ATOMIC WEAPONS: “Radical knitters” will gather in Leeds on Friday to contribute to a seven-mile long scarf for an anti-nuclear protest.

Campaigners across Britain are staging “knit-ins” to add sections of the scarf — organised by Wool Against Weapons — which will be unravelled between the nuclear weapons factories at Burghfield and Aldermaston in Berkshire on August 9, the anniversary of the 1945 nuclear attack on Nagasaki.

The Leeds event starts at 12pm outside City Art Gallery.

Military radioactive waste on Scottish beach

This Scottish TV video says about itself:

15 May 2014

There are claims that the MOD tried to block the publication of a report into the radioactive contamination in Dalgety Bay in Fife.

By Rory MacKinnon in Scotland:

Military ‘risked public health’ with Fife beach radioactive dump

Friday 16th may 2014

MILITARY officials were condemned yesterday for risking the health of people on a beach near Fife contaminated with radioactive waste following the leaking of a suppressed report.

Campaigners said the Ministry of Defence had known for months it should be warning people off the beach at Dalgety Bay, contaminated with sold-off military landfill used by the county council to shore up the eroding coastline, unaware of its toxic composition.

The clinker and ash which has made its way into the area includes bits of instrument dials coated in radium.

The Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (Comare) report, leaked this week, slammed the ministry’s “unacceptable” refusal to reveal all the dumping sites, which pose “an unknown risk to the general population.”

Residents should have been warned not to let their children play on the beach, the experts said.

Comare told the MoD to start planning the clean-up, otherwise tides would wash in more radioactive materials, grinding them into ever-finer particles posing an ever-greater health hazard.

“The overall trend will almost certainly be that the landfill will be relentlessly eroded in the long term,” the report warned.

The Scottish government is said to have approved the publication of the report in January, but the Department of Health stepped in after military officials complained.

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s John Ainslie condemned the ministry’s “total lack of transparency” over the investigation.

“It reveals the long-term nature of the contamination at the Fife site and calls for remedial action, not just continuous monitoring,” he said.

Scottish Public Health Minister Michael Matheson added: “The people of Dalgety Bay have waited too long for the MoD to take action and must not be forced to wait any longer.”

A STRETCH of coastline near Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria has been given “good beach” status despite being contaminated with radioactive material, sparking criticism yesterday from campaigners: here.

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Get nuclear weapons out of Scotland

This video is called Scotland: Thousands rally demanding nuke-free Scotland.

By Bill Kidd in Scotland:

Freedom from the shadow of nuclear arsenal

Tuesday 29th April 2014

BILL KIDD MSP joined anti-nuclear campaigners on the march toward a Scotland without Trident

On a really miserable day outside the Scottish Parliament, a sturdy band of around 50 mostly older anti-nuclear campaigners gathered along with myself and a number of other well-wishers and, with the rain bouncing up to their knees, they headed off up the Royal Mile on a six-day march to the gates of Faslane naval base.

I next met up with them in George Square in Glasgow where a couple of thousand gathered for a march round the city centre and back for a rally addressed by a platform of all-women speakers. Among them was the Deputy First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon.

To resounding cheers Ms Sturgeon reiterated the words of Alex Salmond a few days earlier that under no circumstances will the Scottish government’s commitment to have Trident nuclear weapons and all nuclear-powered submarines removed from Scotland be part of a horse-trading deal over the continued use of sterling, or indeed for any other shoddy deal.

Indeed Ms Sturgeon stated that ending the stationing of nuclear weapons in Scotland was part of the DNA of the SNP and that she herself had joined SCND before she became a member of the Scottish National Party.

Again people in attendance from all parties and none cheered this commitment, before Cllr Martha Wardrop, of the Scottish Green Party, followed up by stating clearly that the only way Scotland’s people would see the back of Britain’s nuclear weapons system on the WET BUClyde would be by voting Yes for independence in the referendum on September 18.

The Deputy First Minister stayed for around 40 minutes after the rally to mix with the crowd, signing autographs and talking anti-nuclear politics with anyone who wanted to hear more about the approaching end of Trident in Scotland.

Indeed people were delighted to hear again that the removal from Scotland of Britain’s so-called independent nuclear deterrent would most probably result in it having nowhere to go.

My third meeting with the walkers was a couple of days later at the gates of Faslane where songs were sung, sandwiches eaten and I made a speech in which I once again emphasised the international dimension of our cause.

It was here that Scots, whatever their national origin, as well as some visitors from abroad nodded and applauded the concept that independence for Scotland can mean freedom from the shadow of Trident and the nuclear menace it holds.

This way we can make our contribution to UN secretary-general Ban-Ki Moon’s Five-Point-Plan for a world without nuclear weapons.

Members and supporters of all political parties and none can work together for a safer nuclear-weapons-free world and, even after Scottish independence, that work will of course continue.

But many people can see that if an opportunity is presented and snubbed then maybe, for some, the journey is more important than the arrival.

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Marshall Islands sues nuclear weapons countries

This video says about itself:

Collateral Damage: Atomic Testing in the Marshall Islands

Between 1946 and 1958, the U.S. detonated 67 nuclear devices in and around the Marshall Islands. The impact of these tests on the Marshallese people was profound – in terms of both actual radioactive exposure and the displacement of people from their home islands due to contamination and to accommodate the U.S. military.

This clip is excerpted from Episode 6 of “UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?“, a ground-breaking documentary series that looks at how the social, economic and physical environments in which we are born, live, and work profoundly affect our longevity and health.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Marshall Islands sues nine nuclear powers over disarmament failure

Thursday 24th April 2014

Pacific group takes case to the Hague over global failure to pursue disarmament

The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands began a legal battle today to demand the world’s nine nuclear-armed powers meet their disarmament obligations.

It accused them of “flagrant violations” of international law.

The island group, which was used for 67 US nuclear tests, filed a case with the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

It claims the nine countries are modernising their nuclear arsenals instead of negotiating disarmament.

The countries targeted include the US, Russia, Britain, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea.

The last four are not party to the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, but the lawsuit argues they are bound by its provisions under “customary international law.”

“Our people have suffered the catastrophic and irreparable damage of these weapons and we vow to fight so that no one else on earth will ever again experience these atrocities,” Foreign Minister Tony de Brum said.

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