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OMNI: UN INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST NUCLEAR TESTS NEWSLETTER, AUGUST 29, 2015

OMNI
UN INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST NUCLEAR TESTS, AUGUST 29, 2015.   NEWSLETTER #4.
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology. 
 (#1 August 29, 2012; #2 August 29, 2013; #3 August 29, 2014).

OMNI NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL DAYS PROJECT

 Embrace a world free of nuclear weapons


IMPORTANT DATES
7-4-45 First test
12-2-09 UNIDANT declared
May 2010 IDANT commenced
6-2 UN Nuclear Abolition Day
August 29, UNIDANT

What’s at stake:  “In all wars, suffering is great.  But until the advent of the atomic bomb, war did not have the capacity to end, for all time, the continuation of human beings as a species or to threaten the continuity of life itself.”  Pilisuk and Rountree, The Hidden Structure of Violence

Here is the link to all OMNI newsletters:  http://www.omnicenter.org/newsletter-archive/   For a knowledge-based peace, justice, and ecology movement and an informed citizenry as the foundation for change.  Here is the link to the Index:  http://www.omnicenter.org/omni-newsletter-general-index/

See:  Nuclear Free Future Month 8-15, http://jamesrichardbennett.blogspot.com/2015/08/nuclear-free-future-month-newsletter.html

 OMNI NUCLEAR FREE AND INDEPENDENT PACIFIC DAY AND MARSHALL ISLANDS NUCLEAR VICTIMS DAY, MARCH 1. NEWSLETTER #1.  March 1, 2012..   See also:  UN  Nuclear Abolition.Day June 2.    US Imperialism, Militarism.

Contents: UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests August 29, 2015



AGAINST TESTING
Connecting with Nuclear Free Weapons Month August 2015, Google Search
US Testing in Pacific Violates Non-Proliferation Treaty NPT
Nuclear Zero Lawsuits vs. Testing
Code Pink, Support the Agreement with Iran
Against Nuclear Weapons Testing, Google Search, August 19, 2015

Department of Peace

Connecting with Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings Remembrance August 9, 2015, and Nuclear Free Future Month, August 2015
CONNECTING WITH REMEMBRANCE 2015
Dick’s Report on Nuclear Weapons Abolition Movement
PBS Films, “The Bomb”: how the USA developed the atomic bomb and how it changed the world, and “Uranium”:  Thank you PBS for the history.
Hiroshima Hibakusha Stories, Remembering the Bombings
Christian Appy in The Nation:  No Need to Say You’re Sorry, Apologies from Japan but
      None from US
Abel Tomlinson, A World Free from Nuclear Fear: OMNI’s Annual Remembrance, the
     Abolition Movement, Republic of Marshall Islands Law Suits 


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NUCLEAR AGE PEACE FOUNDATION NAPF
Dear Dick,  8-19-15
We are pleased to announce that Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, will be awarded the 2015 Nuclear Free Future Award in the category "Solutions." The awards ceremony will take place in Washington, DC on October 28. For more information on the Nuclear Free Future Awards, click here.
1. U.S. Schedules Launch of Minuteman III from California to Marshall Islands
The United States Air Force plans to test-fire a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to the Ronald Reagan Test Site in Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. The test is scheduled for the early morning hours (Pacific Time) of tomorrow, August 19.
Regularly testing its nuclear warhead delivery vehicles – in this case, the Minuteman III ICBM – is an example of U.S. failure to comply with its obligation under Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty to "pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms rate at an early date."
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation just sent out a press release about this U.S. test of its land-based nuclear missile. Click here to read it, and please feel free to use it in any way you can.
2. U.S. Needs "Extensive Consultation"
In its Motion for a 45-Day Extension to File a Response Brief [to the RPI suits appeal], the U.S. government cited the need for "extensive consultation with the State Department and with components within the Department of Justice." To read the full motion, click here.
3. A Wedge for Nuclear Disarmament
Journalist Robert Koehler has published another article on the Nuclear Zero Lawsuits in the Huffington Post and numerous other outlets. Click here to read it.
Thank you so much for your support and for standing together for Nuclear Zero!
Sincerely,
Rick Wayman
NAPF Director of Programs


RPI Nuclear Zero Lawsuits
NAPF SUPPORT
Dear Dick,
We are pleased to announce that Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, will be awarded the 2015 Nuclear Free Future Award in the category "Solutions." The awards ceremony will take place in Washington, DC on October 28. For more information on the Nuclear Free Future Awards, click here.
1. U.S. Schedules Launch of Minuteman III from California to Marshall Islands
The United States Air Force plans to test-fire a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to the Ronald Reagan Test Site in Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. The test is scheduled for the early morning hours (Pacific Time) of tomorrow, August 19.
Regularly testing its nuclear warhead delivery vehicles – in this case, the Minuteman III ICBM – is an example of U.S. failure to comply with its obligation under Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty to "pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms rate at an early date."
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation just sent out a press release about this U.S. test of its land-based nuclear missile. Click here to read it, and please feel free to use it in any way you can.
2. U.S. Needs "Extensive Consultation"
In its Motion for a 45-Day Extension to File a Response Brief [to the RPI suits’ appeal], the U.S. government cited the need for "extensive consultation with the State Department and with components within the Department of Justice." To read the full motion, click here.
3. A Wedge for Nuclear Disarmament
Journalist Robert Koehler has published another article on the Nuclear Zero Lawsuits in the Huffington Post and numerous other outlets. Click here to read it.
Thank you so much for your support and for standing together for Nuclear Zero!
Sincerely,
Rick Wayman
NAPF Director of Programs





SUPPORT THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN
97 People Could Take Us to War

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Dear Dick,
This weekend, across the world we commemorated the 70th anniversary of the United States becoming the first and only country to use nuclear weapons, killing over 100,000 people in Hiroshima, and over 60,000 three days later in Nagasaki. Our brothers and sisters from CODEPINK Japan visited Nagasaki to pay tribute to those affected by the bomb and protested the expansion of a US military base in Kyoto. CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin joined Campaign Nonviolence in a somber march to Los Alamos lab in New Mexico, where nuclear weapons are designed.
As we work to rid the world of nuclear weapons, let’s take action now and tell the American Congress that it’s time to build a safer world by supporting the Iran nuclear agreement. Follow these steps:
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1. Check out these lists of 97 Senators andRepresentatives who are still on the fence.
2. Call the Congressional switchboard (202-224-3121) and ask to be transferred to one of their offices.
3. Tell the office that you support the Iran deal and the Senator/Representative should too!
4. Hang up and call the switchboard and ask to be connected to the next office on the "undecided" list!
5. REPEAT!
This historic deal blocks Iran’s pathways to nuclear weapons by implementing inspections and other preventative measures, and it is the best deal to avoid putting us on the path to war with Iran. Can you make some calls today, and invite your friends to as well? Find out if your elected officials are hosting town hall meetings you can attend during August recess on MoveOn.org's new useful website,60 Days to Stop A War
These undecided votes can make the difference between war and peace. This will be the most important foreign policy vote since the Iraq war. Your voice is absolutely critical right now: Call these elected officials and tell them to support the Iran nuclear deal! Their offices are all keeping a daily tally of how many people call in to support or oppose the deal. 

Want to learn more about the deal? Join CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin for a conference call TODAY, Tuesday, August 11 at 3:00pmEST. The call-in number is(712) 775-7031 and the passcode is 989-386.
In pursuit of a nuclear-free world,
Alli, Chelsea, Janet, Jodie, Lia, Lisa, Medea, Michaela, Michelle, Mike, Nancy and Tighe
PS: Join or organize a Picnic for Peace! We’ve teamed up with the National Iranian American Council to host Picnics for Peace across the US on August 30th. We want YOU to host a traditional Iranian-style picnic to promote peace and the Iran nuclear deal! Check out our how-to list and emailMichaela@codepink.org if you want to organize a picnic.
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CONNECTING WITH THE AUGUST 9 REMEMBRANCE

DICK’S REPORT IN FREE WEEKLY AUGUST 6, 2015
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“The Bomb,” 2 hours, July 28
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The Bomb premiered Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
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Learn how America developed the atomic bomb and how it changed the world.
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About the Program
It began innocently enough. In 1938, two German chemists accidentally discovered how to split the nucleus of the uranium atom: nuclear fission. Einstein’s E=mc2 equation predicted that the amount of energy released from just one atom would be enormous.
Physicists all over the world immediately realized that fission might make a bomb of extraordinary power — and that Nazi Germany might be capable of creating one. The fear of Adolph Hitler getting a nuclear weapon led to a race to deter him by developing such a bomb first. Thus began a chain of events that would lead inexorably to Hiroshima, the nuclear arms race, the hydrogen bomb, the Cuban Missile Crisis and some of the greatest fear and tension ever in world history.

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A Closer Look at The Bomb
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The Bomb explores how what started as simple scientific curiosity ultimately resulted in a weapon capable of ending civilization. The invention, says historian Richard Rhodes, “Was a millennial change in human history: for the first time, we were now capable of our own destruction, as a species.”
The program recounts the bomb’s history, as well as the successes, failures and moral dilemmas of the personalities who created it. We learn how it was developed and how it quickly changed everything, from international relations to politics, culture, even sex. 
No less than the discovery of fire, the bomb marks a dividing line in human history between all that came before it, and everything that follows. For the first time, humans acquired the ability to destroy themselves, and we are still struggling to learn how to live with this awesome power. Decades after it first appeared, the bomb has receded in the public consciousness — but it continues to shape our lives. 
We hear from scientists, weapons designers, pilots who dropped nuclear bombs, former Secretaries of Defense and State who wrestled with the bomb’s impact on international diplomacy, witnesses to nuclear explosions, historians, and ordinary men and women who have lived and worked with the Bomb.

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The Story of Hiroshima:  HIBAKUSHA STORIES
First-hand accounts from survivors best convey the bomb’s impact on Hiroshima’s people. The following "Voice of Hibakusha" eyewitness accounts of the bombing of Hiroshima are from the program HIROSHIMA WITNESS produced by the Hiroshima Peace Cultural Center and NHK, the public broadcasting company of Japan.
Mr. Akihiro Takahashi was 14 years old, when the bomb was dropped. He was standing in line with other students of his junior high school, waiting for the morning meeting 1.4 km away from the center. He was under medical treatment for about year and half. And even today black nail grows at his finger tip, where a piece of glass was stuck.
The heat was tremendous . And I felt like my body was burning all over. For my burning body the cold water of the river was as precious as the treasure. Then I left the river, and I walked along the railroad tracks in the direction of my home. On the way, I ran into an another friend of mine, Tokujiro Hatta. I wondered why the soles of his feet were badly burnt. It was unthinkable to get burned there. But it was undeniable fact the soles were peeling and red muscle was exposed. Even I myself was terribly burnt, I could not go home ignoring him. I made him crawl using his arms and knees. Next, I made him stand on his heels and I supported him. We walked heading toward my home repeating the two methods. When we were resting because we were so exhausted, I found my grandfather's brother and his wife, in other words, great uncle and great aunt, coming toward us. That was quite coincidence. As you know, we have a proverb about meeting Buddha in Hell. My encounter with my relatives at that time was just like that. They seem to be the Buddha to me wandering in the living hell.
Eiko Taoka, then 21, was one of nearly 100 passengers said to have been on board a streetcar that had left Hiroshima Station at a little after 8:00 a.m. and was in a Hatchobori area, 750 m from ground zero, when the bomb fell. Taoka was heading for Funairi with her one year old son to secure wagon in preparation for her move out of the building which was to be evacuated. At 8:15, as the streetcar approached Hatchobori Station, an intense flash and blast engulfed the car, instantly setting it on fire. Taoka’s son died of radiation sickness on August 28. The survival of only ten people on the streetcar have been confirmed to date.
When we were near in Hatchobori and since I had been holding my son in my arms, the young woman in front of me said, ‘I will be getting off here. Please take this seat.’ We were just changing places when there was a strange smell and sound. It suddenly became dark and before I knew it, I had jumped outside.... I held [my son] firmly and looked down on him. He had been standing by the window and I think fragments of glass had pierced his head. His face was a mess because of the blood flowing from his head. But he looked at my face and smiled. His smile has remained glued in my memory. He did not comprehend what had happened. And so he looked at me and smiled at my face which was all bloody. I had plenty of milk which he drank all throughout that day. I think my child sucked the poison right out of my body. And soon after that he died. Yes, I think that he died for me.
Ms. Akiko Takakura was 20 years old when the bomb fell. She was in the Bank of Hiroshima, 300 meters away from the hypocenter. Ms. Takakura miraculously escaped death despite over 100 lacerated wounds on her back. She is one of the few survivors who was within 300 meters of the hypocenter. She now runs a kindergarten and she relates her experience of the atomic bombing to children.
Many people on the street were killed almost instantly. The fingertips of those dead bodies caught fire and the fire gradually spread over their entire bodies from their fingers. A light gray liquid dripped down their hands, scorching their fingers. I, I was so shocked to know that fingers and bodies could be burned and deformed like that. I just couldn't believe it. It was horrible. And looking at it, it was more than painful for me to think how the fingers were burned, hands and fingers that would hold babies or turn pages, they just, they just burned away. For a few years after the A-bomb was dropped, I was terribly afraid of fire. I wasn't even able to get close to fire because all my senses remembered how fearful and horrible the fire was, how hot the blaze was, and how hard it was to breathe the hot air. It was really hard to breathe. Maybe because the fire burned all the oxygen, I don't know. I could not open my eyes enough because of the smoke, which was everywhere. Not only me but everyone felt the same. And my parts were covered with holes.
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We’ve somehow convinced ourselves that Hiroshima was an act of mercy.

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Toward A World Free From Nuclear Fear
By Abel Tomlinson | August 20, 2015
On August 9th, 1945, the United States dropped the nuclear bomb Fat Man on the city of Nagasaki, Japan. Together with the previous nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, 340,000 civilians were killed, according to Tufts professor Tadatoshi Akiba.
On August 9th, 1945, the United States dropped the nuclear bomb Fat Man on the city of Nagasaki, Japan. Together with the previous nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, 340,000 civilians were killed, according to Tufts professor Tadatoshi Akiba.
On August 9th, 1945, the United States dropped the nuclear bomb Fat Man on the city of Nagasaki, Japan. Together with the previous nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, 340,000 civilians were killed, according to Tufts professor Tadatoshi Akiba. Half of those died on the first day, many instantly incinerated. Much more died in following years from radioactive environmental contamination.
We are told that the ends justified the means. It was acceptable to kill large civilian populations to save American lives. However, the fact remains that this was intentional targeting of civilian populations for a political objective.
The dictionary defines terrorism as: “The use of violence or the threat of violence, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political goals.” According to this, the nuclear bombings and napalm bombing of around 100,000 Tokyo civilians are among the greatest singular acts of state terrorism in history.
These bombings also happened after Japan indicated they were prepared to surrender, so why? Some believe it was to intimidate Russia with new weapons, or racism.  General Curtis Lemay, who led the fire-bombings, said, “Killing Japanese didn’t bother me… I suppose if I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal…”
World War II was arguably a just war. However, we must accept that war typically involves state terrorism. In most wars, especially WWII, all sides become hellish mass murdering monsters, especially when bombs are involved.
There is rarely ever a clean, “smart” bomb. Innocent men, women and children almost always die. Most bombs are dropped in or near cities and villages, and most kill civilians every time. However, in the case of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, civilians were the intended target.
To mark the 70th anniversary of these bombings, the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology recently held its annual remembrance at the UA Fulbright Peace Fountain. OMNI members and musicians were joined by speakers Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Marine veteran Bill Williams, and Carmen Chong Gum, Consul General for the Marshall Islands.
According to the Marshallese Education Inititiative, the Northwest Arkansas region has a population of 12,000 Marshallese immigrants. This is the largest enclave in the US, largely due to poultry industry employment. Immigrants can obtain indefinite work visas here due to a 1986 military compact.
Many left their homelands to escape more extreme poverty and because the US detonated 67 nuclear bombs in their territory, making some islands uninhabitable. This included Castle Bravo, the largest bomb ever detonated by the US, which was 1,000 times larger than Hiroshima. The 60 mile blast radius incinerated 3 islands. Before bombing, the US evacuated the people. According to Gum, many lived in exile for 33 years before they were allowed to return in 1980 after a partial cleanup of some islands.
Gum also mentioned the Guardian article about Runit Dome. It is a massive concrete enclosure containing 111,000 cubic yards of radioactive waste from the US bombing, which is cracking and leaking. It is also becoming submerged due to rising sea levels caused by climate change, and the possibility of a catastrophic spill is high considering increasing storm intensities.
However, our government claims it has honored its obligations, and the Marshallese are now responsible for the toxic dome. Yet, their population is 53,000 with a GDP of $190 million, mostly from US aid, and has no capacity to deal with the costly and dangerous radioactive mess we left.
Gum also spoke about the Nuclear Zero Lawsuits being brought by the Marshallese government. The lawsuits claim nuclear nations failed to move toward nuclear disarmament in compliance with the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), signed by 191 nations.
Article VI of the NPT states that signatories must “pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures (for) nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.”
Laurie Ashton, lead attorney for the case in US Federal Court, commented, “This case asks the question whether the President… is above the law… of the NPT, a legally binding treaty… (T)he United States has the world focused on nonproliferation measures across the globe, (but) is in flagrant breach of its obligation to negotiate complete nuclear disarmament…and is instead actually modernizing its nuclear arsenal with…a budget of approximately $1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars).”
Considering our compounding environmental problems, it would seem wise to eliminate nuclear weapons immediately. Population continues growing rapidly while the world’s capacity to sustainably provide food and potable water for everyone is increasingly strained.
It is our duty to lead nuclear bomb abolition now while we have relative stability and remain the most powerful nation. Unfortunately, we have little peace leadership. Obama mentioned a world free of nuclear bombs early on, but has since committed to the trillion dollar upgrade. Nobel Peace Prize revoked. According to Scientific American, a trillion dollars is beyond the cost of transforming a majority of our nation to solar energy.
For a more peaceful world, we must grow grassroots power like Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. Some politicians listen to the grass under foot. Strong grass can reach their faces.
Like the Nuclear Zero Lawsuits, peace pie in the face cannot be ignored.


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UNIDANT 2014 Google Search
Space Alert! Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
Lambert, US President’s Power and the Danger of Nuclear Weapons, The
    War Crimes Times (Summer 2014)
OMNI’s Nuclear Weapons Abolition Newsletter
OMNI Hiroshima-Nagasaki 2014


END:   UN INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST NUCLEAR TESTS NEWSLETTER, AUGUST 29, 2015

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