Nuclear Weapons

Five UK Churches have issued a statement to support and encourage those meeting in New York to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons. They have also expressed their shared disappointment that the UK Government has refused to take part in these talks, despite its longstanding international commitments to work towards a nuclear weapon free world.

Ekklesia 25th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 26 March 2017

Nuclear Terror

The greatest challenge to global security is the nuclear threat from rogue states, led by North Korea and Iran. There will be no progress in ensuring global nuclear stability without cooperation between the United States and Russia. This should be a major priority for Presidents Trump and Putin. Much has been made of states trying to secure their borders against terrorist threats. While it is essential that borders are secured, terrorism is tackled and hatred confronted, we cannot ignore the greatest contemporary threat of all, nuclear attacks. It feels remote and unlikely, but is a very clear and present danger.

Washington Times 23rd March 2017 read more »

Posted: 25 March 2017

Nuclear Weapons

Civilian staff at the Faslane and Coulport naval bases have begun a series of strikes in a dispute over workers’ rights. Members of the Unite union – who work in roles involving radiation monitoring, weapons support, cleaning, logistics, maintenance and repairs – are taking action over what they claim is a “systematic campaign to undermine workers” by employer Babcock Marine.

Scotsman 24th March 2017 read more »

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Posted: 25 March 2017

Nuclear Bases

Supermarket security staff could be drafted in to protect Britain’s nuclear bases in a bid to save cash. The country’s biggest union Unite fear the privatisation of the Ministry of Defence Guard Service (MGS) would lead to severe security problems at nuclear bases such as Faslane and Coulport.

Daily Record 23rd March 2017 read more »

Unite 22nd March 2017 read more »

Posted: 23 March 2017

Nuclear Testing

It was a nuclear disaster four times worse than Chernobyl in terms of the number of cases of acute radiation sickness, but Moscow’s complicity in covering up its effects on people’s health has remained secret until now. We knew that in August 1956, fallout from a Soviet nuclear weapons test at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan engulfed the Kazakh industrial city of Ust-Kamenogorsk and put more than 600 people in hospital with radiation sickness, but the details have been sketchy. After seeing a newly uncovered report, New Scientist can now reveal that a scientific expedition from Moscow in the aftermath of the hushed-up disaster uncovered widespread radioactive contamination and radiation sickness across the Kazakh steppes. The scientists then tracked the consequences as nuclear bomb tests continued — without telling the people affected or the outside world. The report by scientists from the Institute of Biophysics in Moscow was found in the archive of the Institute of Radiation Medicine and Ecology (IRME) in Semey, Kazakhstan. “For many years, this has been a secret,” says the institute’s director Kazbek Apsalikov, who found the report and passed it on to New Scientist.

New Scientist 20th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 March 2017

Nuclear Weapons

President Trump has egged on a new arms race. Russia violated weapons treaties to upgrade its nuclear arsenal. North Korea is developing long-range missiles and practising for nuclear war — and the US military is considering preemptive attacks on the isolated nation’s military facilities. Meanwhile, nuclear terrorism and dirty bombs remain a sobering threat. Though these events are unlikely to trigger the last-ditch option of nuclear war, let alone a blast in your neighbourhood, they are very concerning. So you might be wondering, “If I survive a nuclear-bomb attack, what should I do?” Michael Dillon, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher, crunched the numbers and helped figure out just that in a 2014 study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Likewise, government agencies and other organisations have also explored the harrowing question and came up with detailed recommendations and response plans.

Independent 19th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 20 March 2017

Nuclear War

Scientists are testing how 20 million people would react to a nuclear attack in New York City. Experts at the Center for Social Complexity in Virginia have been awarded a $450,000 (£363,000) grant to study the aftermath of a blast in the Big Apple. The money is being used to develop a computer model to simulate how up to 20 million people or “agents” would respond in the first 30 days after the bomb,

Mirror 18th March 2017 read more »

Daily Mail 18th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 19 March 2017

Nuclear Disarmament

Liberal Democrat members have today voted for proposals to maintain a credible minimum nuclear deterrent, keeping the Trident Successor Programme but ending continuous at-sea deterrence. The proposals would mean the UK’s submarines would patrol at irregular intervals, meaning the UK’s adversaries would not know when our submarines were at sea so the deterrent is maintained. The party also called on the Government to redouble diplomatic efforts to support moves towards global nuclear disarmament.

Lib Dems 18th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 19 March 2017

Weapons Convoy

An anti-nuclear protestor who brought an armed Ministry of Defence convoy to a halt is facing jail. Brian Quail (78) lay underneath an armoured personnel carrier as the convoy passed beneath Stirling Castle en route to the Royal Navy’s base at Coulport on Loch Long. His actions caused the 800-metre string of vehicles to come to an immediate halt, blocking a crucial roundabout beside Stirling fire station and causing traffic chaos for nearly 30 minutes at the start of the evening rush hour. After a three hour trial, Justice of the Peace Michael Bromby found Quail guilty and fined him £200 – a penalty Quail immediately said he would not pay, putting him at risk of jail.

Daily Record 17th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 March 2017

Nuclear Weapons

Jeremy Corbyn faced a fresh split over Labour’s policy on Trident on Thursday after his shadow defence secretary said she would be prepared to use the nuclear deterrent. The Labour leader put himself on a collision course with his shadow cabinet last year by declaring that he would never launch a nuclear strike if he was prime minister. But Nia Griffith said it was “absolutely vital” that politicians should be prepared to use Trident – “otherwise it’s not a deterrent”. She also revealed that the Labour leader’s office had not checked her views on Trident before offering her the job last year.

Telegraph 17th March 2017 read more »

JEREMY Corbyn faces further divisions within the Labour Party after Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith said she would be willing to use Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

Express 18th March 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 March 2017