British government’s extremism on nuclear weapons

This video about Japan is called Hiroshima & Nagasaki After the Atomic Bombings: Documentary Film – People, Radiation.

By Richard Bagley in Britain:

Britain the rogue state at Vienna anti-nuke conference

Monday 10th November 2014

Country isolated as even US joins summit

Britain stood isolated in the eyes of the world yesterday after “special relationship” ally Washington announced it will join an international conference on nuclear weapons that the Tory government is poised to boycott.

The US State Department decision to attend the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons summit in Vienna is a major embarrassment for the Foreign Office just days after Undersecretary of State Tobias Ellwood suggested in the Commons that “the goals of the conference are unclear” and no permanent UN security council member would go.

He was left red-faced yesterday as the US stated its belief that the event — set to include over 150 countries — would see “real prospects for constructive engagement with conference participants.”

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament general secretary Kate Hudson welcomed Washington’s stance and urged Britain to follow suit in order to prove its claim to support global steps to abolish the WMDs.

She said: “After ignoring previous invitations, countless questions in Parliament over the past year, and an early day motion signed by over 60 MPs it is high time the British government did the right thing and accepted the invitation.

“It is clear that the majority of states around the world are fed up with the faltering process of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

“The conference in Vienna is unequivocally part of the kind of multilateral process which the UK government consistently says it supports, but when it comes to the crunch you can’t see them for dust.”

Islington Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn challenged the British government last week on its boycott but was batted down by Mr Ellwood.

Mr Corbyn pointed out that 128 nations attended the 2013 conference in Norway, 145 went to Mexico earlier this year and the New Zealand government, on behalf of 155 nations, have urged universal attendance at this conference.

“Britain should be there and should not boycott it,” he added.

SNP MP Angus Robertson backed his call, asking: “What message does it send to the rest of the world and to rogue regimes that seek to have nuclear weapons that the UK is prepared to boycott such a conference?”

But Mr Ellwood declared: “We do not believe that a ban on nuclear weapons is negotiable.”

Unsafe nuclear weapons base in Scotland

This video says about itself:

25 May 2014

We follow the walkers on Scottish CND’s Spring Walk from the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh through Glasgow to the Trident base at Faslane, and explore how a Yes vote in the referendum will affect the likelihood of nuclear disarmament.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Faslane sees 15 per cent rise in health and safety slips

Monday 27th October 2014

SCOTTISH CND issued a stark warning yesterday that “major problems” are imminent if safety breaches continue to escalate at the Faslane nuclear base on the Clyde.

The peace campaign’s alert came after a report published by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed that the number of health and safety incidents at Faslane rose by 15 per cent in 2012-13, from 59 to 68 incidents.

Scottish CND campaign co-ordinator John Ainslie said: “If the safety record continues to decline, then it is only a matter of time before there is a major problem.”

The most serious breach was an accident which exposed workers to radiation in August 2012.

Roughly half of the incidents were rated category C by the MoD, meaning that they could potentially have caused radioactive contamination.

In the last five years there have been 316 “nuclear safety events.”

Other safety breaches include over 70 fires and more than 3,000 “near miss” industrial accidents.

SNP defence spokesperson Angus Robertson MP described the revelations as “chilling” and called on the MoD to “address these breaches and tighten procedures.”

Why is the media silent on the continuing shakeup in the US nuclear command? Here.

MASSIVE NUCLEAR PROBLEMS REVEALED IN PENTAGON REPORTS Safety repairs are expected to cost billions. [NYT]

Ukrainian government threatens nuclear weapons proliferation

This video from the USA is called Noam Chomsky (2014) “How To Solve Nuclear Proliferation?”

As if the continuing Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster, and the non-nuclear weapons are not already killing far too many people in Ukraine

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tuesday 16th September 2014

Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey warned on Sunday night that his country could restart its own nuclear programme.

The minister said that the programme would be revived if Kiev does not receive satisfactory military support against what he alleged was a nuclear threat from Russia.

“If we fail to defend Ukraine today, if the world does not help us, we will have to get back to the creation of such weapons which will defend us from Russia,” he threatened.

Mr Heletey stressed that his country sought military support from Nato, the United States and Britain in particular.

And he claimed that his country was already receiving arms from Nato.

Those claims were repeated by another senior official but were later denied by four of the five Nato countries he mentioned.

Meanwhile, government troops resumed shelling rebel-held Donetsk.

Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the city, its council reported yesterday — the worst violation yet of the ceasefire that took effect on September 5.

The city had been heavily shelled on Sunday, damaging both residential and administrative buildings, the council said.

Observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe said that they had been only 650 feet away from where four shells burst in the embattled city.

Nevertheless, prisoner exchanges continued despite the hostilities and another 73 Ukrainian soldiers were freed late on Sunday night in an exchange with the rebels.

Donetsk rebel leader Andrei Purgin confirmed that 73 rebels had been released in return.

USA: ‘MAJOR RENEWAL IN NUCLEAR ARMS’ “It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. A recent federal study put the collective price tag, over the next three decades, at up to a trillion dollars. This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for ‘a nuclear-free world’ and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy.” [NYT]