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The Japan Council against A and H Bombs - Action Plan for 2018

The Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo)
Action Plan for 2018 (excerpts)
1. Achieving hundreds of millions of signatures for the “Appeal of the Hibakusha” for the elimination of nuclear weapons
So far, 51.5 million signatures have been collected in support of the Hibakusha Appeal for the elimination of nuclear weapons. This campaign has spread in 42 countries. The mayors of 1017 municipalities in Japan, including 20 prefectural governors, have endorsed the campaign, while the promotion committees have been formed in 24 prefectures (out of 47).
This signature campaign launched by the Hibakusha is making a significant contribution. Ambassador Whyte, the Chair of the negotiation conference of the prohibition treaty requested the Japanese movement to bring many signatures to the conference in June.  In response to the request, 2.96 million signatures were presented to the second round of the negotiation conference by the representatives of Nihon Hidankyo, which contributed to the a…
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Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds

PRESS RELEASE
PERMANENT PEOPLES’ TRIBUNAL ON TURKEY AND THE KURDS
Session on alleged violations of international law and international humanitarian law by the Turkish Republic and its officials in their relations with the Kurdish people and their organisations.
15-16 MARCH 2018 BOURSE DU TRAVAIL - PARIS INFO / registration : tribunal-turkey-kurds.org
Press conference On Tuesday 13th March 2018 from 2-4pm at la Maison du Barreau 2 rue de Harlay 75001 Paris with the participation of
HEVAL ARSLAN, journalist (moderator) GIANNI TOGNONI, General Secretary of People’s Permanent Tribunal CHRISTIAN CHARRIÈRE-BOURNAZEL, Former President of the Paris Bar Council BASILE ADER, Vice-president of the Paris Bar Council TONY SIMPSON, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation ANTOINE COMTE, lawyer of the families of the three Kurdish militants assassinated in Paris in 2013 JAN FERMON, Lawyer and Secretary General of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (Belgium) PAUL MOLAC, French deputee
The session of the Tribunal on Tu…

Nuclear Posture Review: Two letters of protest from Japan

The Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation received copies of the following letters, dated 6 February 2018, from the Japan Council against A and H Bombs. The letters, written in response to the publication of the US Nuclear Posture Review, are addressed to President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. We ask that as many people and organisations as possible circulate these letters as an act of solidarity with anti-nuclear campaigners in "Japan, the A-bombed country".

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To President Donald Trump United States of America 6 February 2018
Letter of Protest against the US Nuclear Posture Review
We, of the people of Japan, the A-bombed country, strongly protest against your nuclear policy formulated in the newly released ‘Nuclear Posture Review’, which brings the US much closer to the actual use of nuclear weapons by modernizing your nuclear arsenals and developing new nuclear weapons.
Trying to justify that nuclear weapons are necessary for security, the Nuclear Post…

Brexit Diary: Generous to a Fault

Generous to a Fault

Hapless Theresa May stepped nervously into the June European Council in Brussels. Her own status at such meetings is now qualified by the UK’s notification to withdraw from the European Union, which takes effect in March 2019. She can no longer participate in Council discussions about Brexit and has to leave the room. Before she departed the dinner table last night, however, Mrs May outlined an ‘offer’ on the rights of European Union citizens residing in the UK once that country has left the EU. The full ‘offer’ is due to be submitted in writing on Monday 26 June.

Of course, citizens’ rights are codified in law and guaranteed by treaty, to which the UK has acceded. Accordingly, millions of people have moved around the European Union, with many of them settling in the United Kingdom to live and work. The UK has legal obligations towards them. Continuity in their rights is required, if and when the UK leaves the EU. 

The initial response to Mrs May’s remarks from group…

Exiled Writers Ink; Nottingham Festival of Literature; DAWN OF THE UNREAD

‘I’m not a line that you draw,’ declaimed Shieraouf. Byron’s spirit lifted in the old George Hotel, as the young poet in exile from Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan spoke her defiance. She forms in verse the most extreme experiences, explaining that ‘19 is different’, not at all humdrum, for that is the number of Yazidi women consumed in fiery cages.

This was a rare night in November Nottingham when Exiled Writers Ink came, originally, from Iran, Israel, Bangladesh and the hills of Iraqi Kurdistan, to give voice to Jewish and Muslim writers. ‘It was a good gig,’ remarked Michael Mehrdad Zand Ahanchian, born a jew in Iran, who has spent most of his life in the United Kingdom, now drilling down into civil wars and turbulence that lie buried deep in most places. Up the road from George Street, where Michael shared his astronomical verse, Standard Hill records an English King’s fatal mistakes.

Shamim Azad clicked the rhythm in Bengali and English, explaining why she is ‘Not a Chameleon’, as…

Dawn of the Unread: book launch

Nottingham's Antenna Media Centre is set to host the launch of the physical manifestation of Dawn of the Unread. For those who may be hearing about this project for the first time, it began as a series of interactive webcomics featuring Nottingham's prominent literary figures, and which consideredour contemporary engagement with books and learning resources. Now the stories have been bound together as a paperback collection, edited by James Walker of local LeftLion magazine. It has been printed by Spokesman Books in association with the UNESCO-accredited Nottingham City of Literature project.


The launch will take place on 11 November, beginning at 7.30pm and ending at 9.30pm.

To purchase tickets, and for further information, see: https://nottsfol.co.uk/event/dawn-of-the-unread/

Lisa McKenzie interviewed by LeftLion

Spokesman Books keenly follows local Nottingham magazine LeftLion. We read with interest Robin Lewis' interview of Lisa McKenzie, whose book Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain may be seen as a spiritual successor to Ken Coates' Poverty: The Forgotten Englishman.

A research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Lisa spent her early life in the St Ann's area of Nottingham, a council estate borne out the experimental 'Radburn' urban planning design. She describes reading Coates' Poverty when she was taking a course in social work, and realising that 'that was what [she] wanted to do. From the point of view of someone who's lived through it.'

Read the interview in its entirety here:

http://www.leftlion.co.uk/articles.cfm/title/lisa-mckenzie-on-class-and-culture-in-st.-ann-s/id/8557 

Poverty: The Forgotten Englishmen is available to purchase online from Spokesman Books here. 

http://www.spokesmanbooks.com/ac…