‘British government, stop your nuclear weapons’


This video from London, England says about itself:

House of Commons Singing No Trident Occupation

On 17 July [2017], as the UK Parliament was debating whether to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system, and Prime Minister Theresa May misled the House by not mentioning that a Trident missile test had gone badly wrong, a small group of campaigners occupied the Central Lobby of the House of Commons, singing No Trident songs continuously for six hours until the final vote.

By Ceren Sagir in London, England:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Anti-Trident activists chain themselves together and demand government bans nuclear weapons

ANTI-NUCLEAR activists chained themselves outside Parliament today to demand the government signs a treaty to ban destructive weapons and disarm Trident.

During Prime Minister’s Questions, campaigners from across Britain echoed the women’s suffrage movement from 100 years ago, calling on Britain to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

The activists from campaign group Trident Ploughshares chained themselves along 13 sections of wrought iron fence stretching from Big Ben to Parliament Square and hung banners reading “Denuclearise the World” and “Trident Terrorises.”

Activist Brian Larkin said the Trump-Kim summit should have been a “wake-up call.”

He added: “Trump and Kim have agreed to ‘denuclearise’ the Korean Peninsula, but Britain, the US and the other nuclear powers can’t expect Kim to give up his nuclear weapons while we keep ours.”

Britain had, along with other nuclear weapons states, promised negotiations to disarm their weapons nearly 50 years ago.

Campaigner Sylvia Boyes said: “We’ve come from all parts of the UK to call on the government to live up to its claims that it supports multilateral nuclear disarmament and sign the treaty.

“For 20 years we have been saying that nuclear weapons are illegal because of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences that their use would mean.

“It’s just ridiculous that Britain won’t sign this treaty. It’s sheer hypocrisy.”

TPNW was agreed at the UN last year by 122 countries who took part in drafting it. It has been signed by 59 countries and ratified by 12 out of the 50 countries it needs in order to come into force.

The Tory government boycotted the talks and has encouraged other countries not to support the treaty.

Campaigner Janet Fenton, who had travelled down from Edinburgh, said: “The Scottish government, civil society groups, faith community leaders and most people in Scotland want nuclear disarmament.

“A majority of our MPs voted against Trident replacement in the debate last summer. The government refuses to listen to our elected representatives, so we’ve come to London to remind Theresa May that Scotland totally rejects the UK’s nuclear weapons.”

Current research states that a nuclear war using as few as 100 weapons would disrupt the global climate and agricultural production putting billions of lives at risk.

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Donald Trump sabotages peace process in Korea


This 24 May 2018 video is called Trump Calls off Meeting with North Korea’s Kim.

How Corporate Media Are Undermining a US-North Korea Nuclear Weapons Deal: here.

By Elizabeth Preza of AlterNet in the USA, May 24, 2018, 6:13 AM GMT:

Trump Blindsided South Korean Allies And His Own Staff With Summit Withdrawal: Report

The news report from North Korea that appears to have set Trump off was assessed as “low-level propaganda.”

President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to cancel, via letter, the planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un came as a surprise to South Korean officials and members of his own administration, the Washington Post’s Anna Fifield reports.

According to a Twitter dispatch from Fifield, who works as Tokyo Post bureau chief, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called an emergency meeting after Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo read the president’s letter to Jong-un before the Senate Thursday.

“We are attempting to make sense of what, precisely, President Trump means,” spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.

As Fifield notes, it’s midnight in Seoul.

NPR’s Steve Inskeep reports Trump’s decision also seems to have blindsided his own administration.

“The news seems also to have surprised much of the administration, too,” he wrote, noting that the statement Trump gave as his reason to cancel the summit (namely that Mike Pence is a “political dummy”) was assessed as “low-level propaganda.”

As CNN’s Jamie Tarabay pointed out, a number of foreign journalists were on the ground in North Korea [to report on dismantling a nuclear weapons test site] when the president’s letter became public.

“Hoping they emerge safely,” Tarabay wrote on Twitter.

How Kim-Trump tensions escalated: The more the U.S. said ‘Libya’, the angrier North Korea got: here.

War danger remains despite North and South Korean leaders holding second summit: here.

Trump and Kim agree to work towards the denuclearisation of Korea: here.

Explosion danger at Dutch military bases


This video is about the big 29 October 1983 demonstration against nuclear weapons in The Hague, the Netherlands. Over 550,000 people marched.

Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant, 1 May 2018:

Residents of areas around military bases and employees of the military have been unnecessarily at risk for years, because safety on Dutch ammunition grounds was not in order. As a result, there was an increased risk that ammunition could explode, for example in the case of lightning strikes. This is evident from internal Defense Department documents and the Inspectorate of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW), which the Volkskrant obtained after an appeal to the Public Access Act (Wob). …

During visits to thirteen ammunition depots, the SZW Inspectorate, formerly the Labor Inspectorate, found 89 shortcomings. This happened, for example, in Pesse, ‘t Harde and at the air force bases Volkel and Woensdrecht, partly because of the incorrect storage of ammunition or the absence of warning signs.

In Woensdrecht air base, the government had a plan to have United States nuclear cruise missiles. A massive peace movement succeeded in preventing that. If that would not have prevented, then a conventional ammunition explosion in Woensdrecht might have escalated into a nuclear explosion. At Volkel military base are still United States nuclear weapons. There such a nuclear explosion might still happen.

Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky discuss nuclear war


This video from the USA says about itself:

Daniel Ellsberg and Noam Chomsky Discuss Nuclear War

26 April 2018

Intercept Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed moderated a discussion between Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg on the topic of nuclear policy and war. Chomsky, a laureate professor of linguistics at the University of Arizona, and Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers whistleblower and author of “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner”, appeared onstage together for the first time.

Vegan carrot cake recipe, video


This video from England says about itself:

Cooking with [Labour MP] Chris Williamson – Vegan Carrot Cake

12 April 2018

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. To celebrate, I learnt how to bake a carrot cake with the help of some trendy vegan bakers in London.

British physicist Stephen Hawking, RIP


This video says about itself:

The Theory of Everything – Official Trailer (Universal Pictures) HD

The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age.

He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen’s body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both of their lives.

From Reuters news agency today:

LONDON (Reuters) – Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while working under the shadow of a likely premature death, has died at 76.

* His children Lucy, Robert and Tim:

“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”

* Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web:

“We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking.”

* Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge:

“Professor Hawking was a unique individual who will be remembered with warmth and affection not only in Cambridge but all over the world. His exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge and the popularization of science and mathematics have left an indelible legacy. His character was an inspiration to millions. He will be much missed.”

In 2016, a United States American Christian religious fundamentalist threatened to murder Stephen Hawking for not being a religious fundamentalist, but an atheist.

Stephen Hawking campaigned against Tony Blair’s Trident nuclear arms plans; continued by Blair‘s Conservative successors Cameron and May.

Hawking maintained a generally left-wing political stance throughout his life, declaring that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a “war crime”: here.

This 2014 video is about the book by Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time.

This video says about itself:

Memorable scene from Star Trek TNG, Season 6, Episode 26 The Descent (part 1). Lieutenant Commander Data is playing poker with the most famous physics scientists of our recent history, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. Simulated on the holo-deck.

TRIBUTES ARE POURING IN FOR LEGENDARY PHYSICIST STEPHEN HAWKING Who died from complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 76. [HuffPost]

A brief history of Hawking’s scientific legacy. Professor Stephen Hawking changed the way we understand the universe and leaves a legacy of theory ranging from black holes to the quantum effect on time. By Professor Raymond R. Volkas, University of Melbourne.

NATO governments support Saudi dictatorship


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Western Governments Whitewash Saudi Dictator Mohammed bin Salman as “Reformer”

12 March 2018

While the U.S. and European governments claim Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is dedicated to “reform”, analyst Ali al-Ahmed says this is propaganda that covers up his crimes in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

This video says about itself:

Will Trump Help Saudi Arabia Build a Nuclear Program?

12 March 2018

Media reports say the U.S. is considering selling nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. Analyst Ali al-Ahmed is skeptical, and says Trump has just removed the fig leaf of concern for human rights abuses by the Gulf dictatorship.