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'.

Apr 25 2016

Chernobyl: consequences and lessons

Written by Dr Ian Fairlie
A guest blog from Dr Ian Fairlie to mark April 26th - the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in Ukraine in 1986. In 2005, the International Atomic Energy Agency/World Health Organisation (IAEA/WHO) stated “The magnitude and scope of the disaster, the size of the affected population, and the long-term consequences make it, by far, the worst industrial disaster on record. Chernobyl unleashed a complex web of events and long-term difficulties, such as massive relocation, loss of economic stability, and long-term threats to health in current and, possibly, future generations…” The original independent TORCH (The Other Report on Chernobyl) report in 2006 covered the health evidence up to then. However thousands of scientific articles have been published since. These are discussed by a new TORCH -2016 report commissioned by Friends of the Earth Austria and funded by the Government of Vienna which indicates that the adverse effects from Chernobyl are continuing.   http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/30-years-after-chernobyl/ The new report, TORCH-2016, (93 pages, ~200 references) updates the 2006 TORCH report.  http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/30-years-after-chernobyl/ The accident had many consequences, including economic, ecological, social and political effects. TORCH-2016 focuses on the health effects, and clearly shows they were and are manifold, severe, widespread, and long-lasting. In a word,…
Apr 12 2016
Roger Cole, Chair of Ireland's Peace and Neutrality Alliance, writes a guest blog “We must face the difficult of moving towards a single economy, a single political entity, for the first time since the Roman Empire, we have the opportunity to unite Europe.” Romano Prodi, EU Commission President, 13 October 1999 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Irish Rebellion against the British Union and Empire and it was marked this Easter by the Irish people with a massive show of solidarity and pride. The first time all the leaders of the Rebellion came together was in September 1914. They founded the Irish Neutrality League to bring together all those who opposed the 1914 imperialist war and Irish participation in that war. So the values of Irish independence and neutrality are deeply enshrined in our history. The Peace & Neutrality Alliance (PANA), was founded in 1996, with the intention of carrying on and sustaining that tradition in response to the decision of the ruling Irish cast to destroy Irish independence, democracy and neutrality by integrating Ireland into the EU/US/NATO military structures. One of the consequences of the Rebellion was that we have a Constitution which states that “all power derives…
Apr 6 2016
It’s odd that Paul Mason feels he has to articulate a supposed ‘left-wing’ case for nuclear weapons. Presumably he mistakenly believes that opposing Trident would be detrimental to Labour’s electoral chances. He clearly doesn’t realise the scale of opposition to Trident, across society and across the political spectrum. There is no ‘left-wing’ case for nuclear weapons. There is only an ‘irrelevant’ case, an ‘irresponsible’ case, an ‘illegal’ case, an ‘irrational’ case, a ‘money-wasting’ case, a ‘dangerous’ case... There is no case where nuclear weapons make us safer, or enhance our security. These are weapons of mass destruction, the use - or threat of use – of which is illegal; in 1996 the International Court of Justice advised that: ‘the threat or use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, and in particular the principles and rules of humanitarian law’. Paul Mason’s suggestion that Britain should spell out its conditions for using nuclear weapons would be a major escalation of its nuclear posture and hugely detrimental to world peace. It would be to rebrand them as usable weapons, overturning the recognition over decades that their use is inconceivable. To even consider…
Apr 6 2016
Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) is one of the unions affiliated to CND. Its General Secretary Mark Serwotka writes for CND. The moral imperative to rid our country of weapons of mass destruction coexists with the ethical necessity of protecting our planet, growing a sustainable economy and spreading more equally the proceeds of that growth. Sadly the debate around Trident is too often debased, and we are offered the through-the-looking-glass scenario that the 'extremist' is the leader who says he could never push the nuclear button. Against this background, it has been disappointing to see some in the unions dismissing out of hand the prospects for diversification. There is an unarguable need for major investment in socially productive industries and infrastructure, not to mention the as yet uncertain hi-tech demands of a future economy. Workforces, and their unions, are best placed to identify how their skills and the technology they use can be adapted for more useful and ethical purposes. Essential features of our economy are currently suffering: more than 1.2 million households languish on local authority housing waiting lists, while homebuilding consistently falls woefully short; we lag behind other countries on renewable energy; and the sick joke that…
Mar 7 2016
Today, Tony DeBrum, the former Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, will take the stand at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. He will be making opening statements in the Marshall Islands’ case against the UK: whether the UK is complying with Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty - to pursue negotiations in good faith on nuclear disarmament, including cessation of the nuclear arms race. This may seem an unusual step, but this tiny nation in the South Pacific is one of the chief victims of nuclear weapons. From 1948 – 1956 the United States detonated 67 nuclear weapons test explosions over the Marshall Islands. During this period, the equivalent of 1.7 Hiroshima-sized bombs were detonated daily. Several islands were vaporized, others will remain uninhabitable for thousands of years. Many Marshallese died, babies were born with birth defects never seen before, and residents of the islands are still battling with cancers and other radiation related diseases. The hearings, which continue until March 16th, concern preliminary issues as to whether the case is suitable for adjudication, and also include similar cases against India and Pakistan. All nuclear weapons states were originally served with lawsuits by the Marshall…
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