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Update: we start banning nuclear weapons in one week

March 20, 2017

The ICAN team info@icanw.org via mail36.suw15.mcsv.net
9:36 AM (1 hour ago)

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Dear friends,

As an international community, we have prohibited biological and chemical weapons. We have prohibited landmines, blinding lasers, and cluster munitions.

And in one week, we will start prohibiting the most destructive weapon of them all: nuclear weapons.

This is a historic moment for civil society’s 70 year long fight against nuclear weapons and it is the result of tireless campaigning and activism all around the world. This treaty could be a unique tool that makes real progress towards a world free of nuclear weapons. But those with nuclear weapons will do everything they can to stop us.

What civil society has done in order to get to this point is proof of what we can do when we work together. But we still have a long way to go and the stakes for the world are high — the risk of a nuclear detonation is on the rise.

We need your help to ensure that this treaty will be a strong, effective legal tool, and that it has an impact on nuclear-armed states even if they do not participate in the negotiations. This campaign has succeeded so far because of committed people around the world. That’s why your contribution is so important.

With one week left to go, make a donation – or a monthly contribution – to ensure that we take this chance to get a strong and effective treaty that will be the beginning of the end for nuclear weapons.
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The ICAN team
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Amid Renewed Nuclear Worries, Dozens of Classified Bomb Test Videos Made Public

March 17, 2017

Published on
Thursday, March 16, 2017
byCommon Dreams

‘If we capture the history of this and show what the force of these weapons are and how much devastation they can wreak, then maybe people will be reluctant to use them’
byNadia Prupis, staff writer
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A clip from Operation Hardtack. (Screenshot/LLNL)
Just months after President Donald Trump advocated for “greatly” strengthening and expanding the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, dozens of video recordings of weapons tests, long hidden from public view, became available to watch after being declassified.

An estimated 10,000 films exist; 4,200 scanned; and roughly 750 declassified. Now, 64 have been uploaded to YouTube as part of a digitization effort led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Greg Spriggs, who is hoping to use the videos to analyze the weapons’ data and dissuade their future use.

“We need to be able to validate our codes and trust that the answers that are being calculated are correct,” he said. “The legacy that I’d like to leave behind is a set of benchmark data that can be used by future weapon physicists to make sure that our codes are correct so that the U.S. remains prepared.”

Some footage shows mushroom clouds blooming at high altitudes, while others show shock waves caused by an underground explosion. The clips are titled after the names of the missions, conducted between 1945 and 1962—names like Operation Castle, Operation Hardtack, Operation Plumbbob, and Operation Teapot, among others.

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“It’s just unbelievable how much energy’s released,” Spriggs said. “We hope that we would never have to use a nuclear weapon ever again. I think that if we capture the history of this and show what the force of these weapons are and how much devastation they can wreak, then maybe people will be reluctant to use them.”

The project is expected to take about two more years to complete. And it’s good that his team got to the films when they did, Spriggs added.

“You can smell vinegar when you open the cans, which is one of the byproducts of the decomposition process of these films,” he said. “We know that these films are on the brink of decomposing to the point where they’ll become useless. The data that we’re collecting now must be preserved in a digital form because no matter how well you treat the films, no matter how well you preserve or store them, they will decompose. They’re made out of organic material, and organic material decomposes. So this is it. We got to this project just in time to save the data.”

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Ex-PM Koizumi repeats call for no nuclear power plants

March 12, 2017

POLITICS MAR. 12, 2017 – 06:00AM JST ( 12 )
Ex-PM Koizumi repeats call for no nuclear power plants
Anti-nuclear protesters gather at a rally in front of the Diet building in Tokyo on Saturday.
Reuters photo
SAPPORO —
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Saturday repeated his call for Japan’s complete departure from nuclear energy as the country marked the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

“Nuclear power plants will become a negative legacy for future generations,” Koizumi said at an event organized by a civic group in Sapporo.

The group is seeking the decommissioning of nuclear reactors at Hokkaido Electric Power Co’s Tomari power station on Japan’s northernmost main island.

“Japan can become a much better country with zero nuclear power plants, harnessing natural energy,” Koizumi said, adding it will not be so difficult to replace nuclear energy with renewable energy if technological innovation advances.

After his speech, Koizumi criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy which promotes restarting nuclear plants most of which remain offline and exporting nuclear reactors.

“If the prime minister said ‘zero (nuclear power),’ the situation will greatly change. I don’t know why he can’t understand this,” Koizumi said.

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Significant Symposium

March 2, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sending you the flyer of an important symposium to be held in Switzerland next September.
It could lead to an epoch-making standpoint to consider the production of radioactivity as a crime.
I am attaching a message sent to me from one of the organizers of the symposium.

(Excerpts from the flyer)

“Given the arguments above, the insistence on a civilian nuclear power industry and the holding on to nuclear weapons must be
considered as a crime, as it will inflict the quality of life, the economical status and the rights of people in the future. In fact,
we believe that human rights not only apply to all humans presently living on this globe, but also to those coming after us: the
rights of future generations!”

(Message addressed to me)

“Thanks for this frightening report: what happens in Your country with the lies of TEPCO and the secretive policy of Your Govt. is scandalous. And now this little map which shows an ongoing contamination of the entire Pacific, It is really an „unimaginable“ situation, although the continued leakiage of radioactive water was to be expected. Let us hope, that the discussion on cancelling the Olympics will now become stronger.

Our upcoming symposium in Switzerland „Human Rights, Future Generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age“ seems to come at the right time and I hope, that perhaps You could participate. I include again the flyer for You—–”
“Heaven’s vengeance is slow,but sure”(Lao Tsu).The will of heavens and the earth does not allow immorality to last long.
The political scandal concernig the concession of national land at a political price and the false “under control”,
assertion, will oblige the international community to reassure the safety of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.

Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.

Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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February 24, 2017

Accreditation for the UN conference to negotiate a ban treaty!
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Akira Kawasaki kawasaki@peaceboat.gr.jp via post.freeml.com
Feb 23 (1 day ago)

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核兵器禁止条約交渉会議へのNGOの登録方法について、先にお送りしたRCWのものと基本的に同じですが、ICAN国際事務局からのメールを転送します。川崎哲

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From: Beatrice Fihn
日付: 2017年2月23日木曜日
件名: [ICAN] Accreditation for the UN conference to negotiate a ban treaty!
To: ICAN Campaigners

Hi everyone,

Registration for UN accreditation the first session on 27-31 March has opened, the aide memoir can be found here As always, the UN is slightly complicated, so if you are attending the negotiations in March, please read the following information carefully. The official NGO coordinator for the negotiating conference is Reaching Critical Will, so if you have any questions about the procedure, please contact ray@reachingcriticalwill.org or allison@reachingcriticalwill.org

Registration is done in three steps.

1. Accrediting the organisation you belong to

First, the organisation needs to be accredited before we can start registering individuals. ICAN will of course register, but we encourage partner organisations to register your own organisation, as we’re not really able to coordinate the registration for all campaigners coming in March. So please register your own organisation if possible, but make sure you coordinate with other people from your organisation so you don’t send several different accreditation applications on behalf of the same organisation. ¨

If your organisation can’t or doesn’t want to register, please let me or Daniel know, and we’ll help you get on another organisation’s delegation.

The deadline for applications of accreditation of organisations is 3 March 2017. The application is done through the United Nations Civil Society Network (CSO-Net) by completing an online accreditation form available at http://bit.ly/2m9jfr5. (Your organisation must first be registered on CSO Net, and NGOs with ECOSOC Consultative Status must indidate this.) If your organisation is not already registered in the CSO Net, please create an organisational profile here: http://esango.un.org/civilsociety/showNewProfile.do?method=addNewProfile&sessionCheck=false

Those non-governmental organizations that have requested accreditation as above will be informed by UNODA by e-mail by 10 March 2017 of the outcome of their request. NGOs with ECOSOC consultative status will be accredited to the Conference. All other approved NGOs will be provisionally accredited to the Conference, pending the decision of the Conference on the list of such NGOs. We don’t foresee any problems with any ICAN partner organisation being rejected.

Please note: A second accreditation period will be opened prior to the session of the Conference in June/July 2017, only for those organisations that did not apply for accreditation prior to the March session. The accreditation of NGOs granted in time for the March session will remain valid for the June/July session.

2. Registering individual participants

NGOs that receive confirmation of accreditation must then register their representatives who will to attend the Conference. This is also done via CSO Net. The registration of individual representatives will be open from 13 to 17 March 2017 at http://bit.ly/2lJlG6w.

Once you’ve completed the registration of individual representatives, you need to download the personal registration form and the confirmation letter from CSO Net. You must print these documents out and bring to New York.

3. Picking up the badge at the conference

Once you are in New York, you will be able to pick up your your badge on 27-28 March at the United Nations Pass and ID Office located on 320 E 45th Street, New York, NY on 27 and 28 March (9:00am – 11:00am; and 1:00pm – 3:00pm). You will need to bring the printed personal registration form and the confirmation letter, as well as valid photo identification to the Pass and ID Office.

Representatives arriving after 28 March must contact Ms. Haruka Katarao, E-mail: haruka.katarao@un.org, Tel. +1 (212) 963-4178, or Mr. Hong Tan, E-mail tan1@un.org, Tel. +1 (212) 963 7062 to arrange for issuance of a security identification badge.

Once the badge is issued, you will be able to get in to the UN and access the negotiating meetings.

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So, to recap. Your organisation need to apply for accreditation before 3 March (please coordinate with other colleagues from the same organisations, so you don’t double up), the organisation need to register the individual people that are coming to New York between 13 to 17 March.

And if you haven’t done so yet, please register for the ICAN campaigners meeting on 25-26 March in New York, so we can budget for catering etc. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHEuZrXx2PHmicM6qQneRAtQGKIIcWi8GRiFZm-THYDxjKVg/viewform?mc_cid=d367a28712&mc_eid=a6d9a999e1

Looking forward to seeing many of you in New York!

Beatrice

“Massive blast” rips through nuclear plant — “Smoke billowed from building as explosion led to massive fire”

February 11, 2017

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“Massive blast” rips through nuclear plant — “Smoke billowed from building as explosion led to massive fire” — Expert: Incident “very serious” — “Number of people have been left feeling unwell” (VIDEOS)
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[ICAN] Norwegian activities for ICAN Global Week of Action

February 8, 2017

Akira Kawasaki kawasaki@peaceboat.gr.jp via post.freeml.com
7:50 AM (6 hours ago)

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世界行動週間におけるノルウェーでの動きです!
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———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Thea katrin Mjelstad
Date: 2017-02-08 22:31 GMT+09:00
Subject: [ICAN] Norwegian activities for ICAN Global Week of Action
To: ican-campaigners@googlegroups.com

​Hi everyone,

First of all, we just want to say that the Thunderclap is a great idea and we’re trying to spread it as much as we can!

In Norway, we have some fun plans for the ICAN Global Week of Action. A lot of it is aimed at social media and to spread information about a nuclear weapon ban. These are the activities we have planned for the coming week:

We have worked together with a Norwegian illustrator who have made some really cool cartoons for ICAN to use on Facebook during the action week (and as we want after the week). We will post a new photo every day with information that is relevant for the photo. Quite many Norwegian youth NGOs and youth parties have agreed to use one of the cartoons as their Facebook cover during the Global Week of Action. We have already translated them into Spanish, English, French and Dutch (working on Swedish and German). If anyone wants them translated into another language, just send us the translation and we’ll fix it 🙂 You’ll find one of them below. Send us an email if you want to see them all.
We are making some short videos that we can spread at social media during the week, with different subjects and information.
We are arranging an event on the 15th of February, where we will show the documentary “Embracing Hiroshima”. The documentary follows a large cast of international dancers, singers and musicians on its journey across Japan to perform the piece “Will this moment ever let go?,” about the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
And just to let you know, a very good article was posed recently by Agenda, a Norwegian think thank that focuses on Norwegian domestic politics and international affairs. The article concludes with saying that Norway as a NATO country can support a ban. Agenda is hosting an event about the article and the issue in general tonight with a panel of Grethe Østern (Norwegian Peoples Aid), Sveinung Rotevatn (Liberal Party) and Michale Tetzschner (Conservative Party).

We wish everyone good luck for the ICAN action week!

Best,
Anne Marte, Frode and Thea

Global week of action for a treaty banning nuclear weapons

February 3, 2017

The ICAN team info@icanw.org via mail153.atl171.mcdlv.net
3:02 PM (23 hours ago)

Dear friend,

In less than 8 weeks, negotiations of a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons will start at the United Nations in New York. You can follow the preparations for the negotiating conference through our live blog here.

In order to rally governments to support the negotiations and to raise public awareness about the process to prohibit nuclear weapons, ICAN is organizing a global week of action on 10-17 February. During this week, ICAN campaigners around the world will organise events and activities.

And we want to make sure we start the week with as much noise as possible. We have therefore organised a Thunderclap, and we need your help with it!
Click here to join our Thunderclap
A Thunderclap is a way of organising that one single message can be mass-shared by people from all over the world on social media at the same time. We want to reach out to a huge audience with one important message at the start of our global week of action – nuclear weapons are a threat, and we’re going to ban them!

If you have a Facebook account, a Twitter account or a Tumblr account, you can participate in this action.
We need at least 500 people to participate in this action, so click on the link and sign up to let the world know that a treaty banning nuclear weapons is coming!

Last week, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight and said that the world has become more uncertain and dangerous.

Nuclear weapons are a huge threat to our humanity, and banning these weapons of mass destruction is not only more urgent than ever – but also feasible.

We will not leave the fate of our world to the whims of a few world leaders. We are grateful that you are a part of the movement that will make sure nuclear weapons are outlawed soon.

The ICAN team

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Make it illegal for Trump to start a nuclear war.

January 26, 2017

Meredith, Global Zero globalzero@globalzero.org via mail.salsalabs.net
2:27 PM (1 hour ago)

Friend,

On the heels of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved up the Doomsday Clock to 2.5 minutes to midnight. The Clock tells us how close the world’s top scientists think humans are to destroying the planet. This is the closest we’ve been since 1953, when the U.S. and Soviet Union were testing hydrogen bombs.

In a statement explaining their decision, the scientists specifically pointed to Donald Trump’s dangerous positions about the use and spread of nuclear weapons. [1]

Help us #RollBackTheClock and demand Congress stop Trump from starting a nuclear war.

We’ve already seen Trump make good on a lot of campaign promises. He’s issued 12 executive orders in 6 days, from censoring scientists to starting his “border wall” to laying the groundwork for a ban on Muslims and refugees. That tells us two things: He won’t hesitate to use the power of the presidency, and every dark promise of the last 18 months must be taken seriously.

When it comes to nuclear weapons, nowhere are his promises darker or his power more absolute.

We’ve plunged into uncertain, dangerous times, and anxiety about nuclear war is higher than ever. But with bold leadership and a rising tide of resistance, we can stop Trump and roll back the Doomsday Clock.

Starting with last weekend’s Women’s March, powerful protests have erupted around the world in response to Trump’s agenda. Our resistance is only beginning: Just this week, two brave members of Congress proposed urgent legislation (“Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act,” H.R. 669 & S.200) that can stop Trump from launching a nuclear war on his own. The law requires a Congressional declaration of war before nuclear weapons can be used, except in response to an incoming nuclear attack. In other words, it would limit Trump’s ability to impulsively light the world on fire and move us back from Doomsday.

Click here to urge your member of Congress to support the “Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act.”

We have a lot of work to do, and at 2-and-a-half minutes to midnight, time is not on our side. We can immediately limit Trump’s power and rein in this threat — but only if we act quickly and with resolve.

Onward,
Meredith Horowski

P.S. — If you can chip in right now, it would be a huge help in the many battles ahead.

[1] – “Thanks to Trump, the Doomsday Clock Advances Towards Midnight,” New York Time: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/opinion/thanks-to-trump-the-doomsday-clock-advances-toward-midnight.html

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Huge crane collapses on to Japan nuclear plant – Damages spent fuel pool building

January 23, 2017

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