Kate Hudson's blog

Kate Hudson's blog

Dr Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary
Kate Hudson has been General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament since September 2010. Prior to this she served as the organisation's Chair from 2003. She is a leading anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigner nationally and internationally. She is also author of 'CND Now More than Ever: The Story of a Peace Movement'.

Jul 1 2015
The International Coordinating Committee of the 'No to War No to NATO' network has issued the following statement today: Solidarity with the Government of Greece is Commitment to Peace! The EU wants to force the democratically elected Greek government into giving up their election pledges and their renunciation of neoliberal policies which have impoverished the Greek people to an extent unparalleled in Europe. The EU is doing so with brutal political and economic force, with the entire machinery of government and media propaganda and lies, employing deep-rooted prejudices against a destitute population. Nonetheless, the Greek government pursues a policy of peace: By cutting military spending by more than €200 million - if the institutions allow it By unveiling the former Greek government’s decade-long corrupt practices with Western politicians and military corporations By introducing more human asylum policies By rejecting the sanctions against Russia and by tentatively attempting to develop cooperative relations with her We know that the political powers within the EU (and NATO) that wish to bring this Greek government of social alternatives to their knees are the same ones that massively advance the militarization of Europe, foster interventionist policies in the EU (and NATO) and threaten the poorest…
Jun 26 2015

The US: via Spain into Africa

Written by Kate Hudson
For those concerned about a military build-up in Europe, most eyes have been on eastern Europe and the Baltic states. NATO expansion, new bases and intensified exercises have proceeded there apace, but there are also military developments elsewhere in Europe, with a different strategic orientation. In recent weeks, the Spanish government has agreed to allow the US to have a permanent military presence at the Morón de la Frontera Air Base near Seville. Currently around 850 US troops are stationed there, on the basis of a bilateral agreement originally signed in 1988, but this can now be increased to a possible 3,000 troops, with 2,200 US marines due to arrive at the base. There will also be an increase in military aircraft from 14 to a possible 40. The US presence at the base has been increasing incrementally. For many years no US troops were actually stationed there, but following the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in 2012, US troops arrived in April 2013. Then last October the US asked to use this base, together with the Rota naval base, also in Andalusia, as a stopover point for US missions relating to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.…
Jun 15 2015
Congratulations to Jeremy Corbyn MP! His inclusion on the ballot paper for the Labour leadership election is a great day for the cause of nuclear disarmament in Britain. Jeremy stands four-square against Trident and its replacement and has a record second-to-none on campaigning for peace and global disarmament. Jeremy speaks not only for the anti-Trident members of the Labour Party – whose views would have been completely unrepresented if he hadn’t made it onto the ballot – but also for the majority of the British population. It is a damning indictment of the British political system overall, and of party politics in particular, that leaderships can be so cut off from the views of their voters and society at large. For many years now polls have consistently shown that a majority of the population opposes Trident, but that has had no expression in the policies of the major parties. The Labour leadership has clung to Trident, wrongly assuming that to reject it would be a vote loser, fearing that the Tories would portray them as ‘soft on defence’. This is symptomatic of the weakness and lack of political confidence from the Labour leadership in recent years – failing to set…
Jun 12 2015
Written by Sara Medi Jones Sara is a CND Campaigns Officer who represented CND at the NPT Review Conference After a month of statements, meetings and secret negotiations, the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference ended on May 22nd without any agreement. These summits are held every five years and should result in a consensus 'final document'. But this time, the 191 states which have signed the NPT failed to agree on a statement. The fundamental and persistent clash at the Review Conference was the lack of disarmament progress by the nuclear weapon states, with the non-nuclear weapon states pushing for concrete targets. However, it was another issue which ultimately scuppered the talks. Diplomats identified the main obstacle as the failure to move forward with a weapons of mass destruction free zone in the Middle East. Washington accused Egypt of being 'unrealistic', while Cairo in turn blamed the US, UK and Canada for rejecting their demand to set a date for a conference to make progress on this, with or without Israel's participation. Prospects for a strong statement from the conference had looked bleak anyway, with original draft texts being rejected by the nuclear weapons states for being too strong.…
Jun 8 2015

Refuse cruise

Written by Kate Hudson
I have rarely heard anything quite so absurd and dangerous as the idea of bringing cruise missiles back to Britain. But that’s the latest bright idea that the Pentagon’s trying to palm off on us. Even Defence Secretary Philip Hammond sounded less than enthusiastic. He said he hadn’t yet seen a detailed case for the proposal but he warned against making “unnecessary provocations” against Russia, which has a “sense of being surrounded and under attack”. That’s hardly surprising. Can the Pentagon really think that racheting up the military threat against Russia will result in the restoration of good relations with Moscow? That it will help solve regional tensions in Ukraine? That seems like topsy-turvy land to me. Russia is already surrounded by NATO countries and US and allied bases. So how is piling on more threat actually going to help? Worst of all, the cruise idea is only one part of the latest US thoughts on how to make the world a far more dangerous place. Last Friday, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter met with US military commanders and European diplomats at US European Command HQ in Stuttgart. Following the meeting, Associated Press reported that the Pentagon has been actively…
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