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'.

Aug 5 2015
Conventional wisdom about the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan is that it was necessary to bring about a speedy conclusion to the war and save lives. Even today many people genuinely believe that the bomb was necessary to bring about a Japanese surrender and to avoid the need for an invasion of Japan by the US, which might have cost hundreds of thousands of lives. In fact, this just isn’t true. By the time the bomb was ready for use, Japan was ready to surrender. As General Dwight Eisenhower said, Japan was at that very moment seeking some way to surrender with minimum loss of face, and ‘it wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing.’ So if Japan was ready to surrender, why were atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? A significant factor in the decision to bomb was the US’s desire to establish its dominance in the region after the war. Those planning for the postwar situation believed that this required US occupation of Japan, enabling it to establish a permanent military presence, shape its political and economic system and dominate the Pacific region without fear of Japanese resurgence. But Japanese resurgence was no…
Jul 16 2015
Prominent figures in the German peace movement have issued a statement deploring the German government's role in the recent EU Summit on Greece.   Not in my name, Mrs Merkel! Not in my name, Mr Schäuble! We are appalled and indignant about the outcome of the EU Summit on Greece. It has trapped the country into a slave-like dependency on the institutions of the international financial capital. In so doing they have destroyed democracy and the remnants of an economy and increased unemployment, hunger and suffering amongst the whole population. The lead-up to what has happened reminds us of the darkest hours of German history. Describing these methods as blackmail is an understatement when the dignity of the people is being crushed. Following the Summit we believe that there can be no progress - and we are not alone in thinking this, Nobel Peace Laureate Joseph E. Stieglitz, Paul Krugmann and Heiner Flasbeck are of the same opinion. The entire Greek population has been condemned to poverty so that the banks can maintain their profits – and all because of the failed politics of austerity and the political sins of social democratic and conservative Greek governments. The government of Germany…
Jul 9 2015

A Mayor for Peace?

Written by Kate Hudson
London is renowned as a world city, diverse and inclusive, where many communities live and work together harmoniously. I have lived in London for almost 40 years, arriving as a student and then staying on, and it’s been a remarkable experience. And that’s a widely-held view: when I taught at one of London’s inner city universities, many of my students from across Europe and beyond spoke of how London was for them uniquely tolerant and great to live in. London is pretty much a microcosm of how the world could and should be, so it’s vital that we have a Mayor who shares and expresses those values of inclusivity, peace and respect. For me, as a peace and anti-war activist, that means a mayor who stands against nuclear weapons and against war. For how can we have a peaceful city, where all our citizens and residents feel at home, if we have a mayor who supports weapons of mass destruction that can indiscriminately destroy other people’s communities, or who supports conventional war and military intervention against countries where we have no earthly justification for involvement? So as the London Labour party heads towards choosing its candidate it may be of…
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.…
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