Thursday, August 8, 2013


NAGASAKI REMEMBRANCE DAY, AUGUST 9, 2013 (AUGUST 9, 1945).  68th Commemoration.   Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Care. 

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Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Air War Remembrance, Fayetteville, AR, August 11
Special Film August 18, “Nagasaki Journey”
Muse Newsletter to Remember the Victims of Wars 
March 2013 Conf. vs. Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs
Nagasaki Google Search on Nagasaki Nuclear Bombing
Air War Post-Nagasaki:  Laos

Hiroshima Nagasaki Day
The moral questions continue in this continuing age of drone warfare
Sunday August 11
6:30 pm
Walker Park, Fayetteville
Family Potluck Picnic and Program
Music, Poetry, Great short talks by concerned friends
Bring serving ware and seat pillows for comfort
OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology—

OMNI’S REMEMBRANCE OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI, AUGUST 11, 2013, Over 40 Years of Witnessing for the people of Hirsoshima and Nagasaki and all victims of air war, and for banning nuclear weapons.
This year at Walker Park, S. College, Outdoor Pavilion south of Senior Center, 6:30 PM Potluck, Program 7PM.
MC:  Kelly Mulhollan
Music by Kelly and Warren Dietzel
Poetry by Gerry Sloan, Leah Gould, and Vela
Commentary by Lioneld Jordan, Fernando Garcia, Dick Bennett, and Gladys Tiffany
Contact Gladys 935-4422

Nagasaki Journey:
The Aftermath Of the Bomb

 Special Movie Showing and Discussion
Nagasaki Journey”
August 18—7:00 pm
OMNI Center—
3274 N. Lee Ave, Fayetteville

 Film by Christopher Beaver and Judy Irving
Tells the story of three people who witnessed the after-math of this bombing: two Japanese and one American, Victor Tolley, a veteran of the US Marine Corps, part of the American occupation of Japan after World War II.  Vivid stories.

Muse Newsletter, International Network of Museums for Peace, edited by Kazuyo Yamane, to study the causes and costs and preventions of wars, is now available online:
Please click Muse and go down and you will find Muse in English version.

1.                             Muse no.4: Japanese Network of Museums for Peace
Muse no.4: Japanese Network of Museums for Peace. Newsletter: December 2000. The Editorial Office: Grassroots House. Curator: Shigeo Nishimori.

Muse no.1
Muse no.1. Japanese Network of Museums for Peace. Newsletter: July, 1999. The editorial office: Grassroots House. Curator: Shigeo Nishimori. International ...
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PUBLICATIONS ON PEACE MUSEUMS - International Network of ...
Newsletter available as pdf file from this website]. Muse, Newsletter of theJapanese Network of Museums for Peace. Ed. Kazuyo Yamane.


3-5 August 2013, Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Japan)  Via International Peace Bureau (IPB)
The Japan Council against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo) will soon commemorate the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  And in these two A-bombed cities, Gensuikyo is convening the 2013 World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs on August 3 to 9, under the theme: “For a Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World”.  

For a Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World:
We call on your participation in and support to the 2013 World Conference against A and H Bombs

February 14, 2013
71st General Meeting, Organizing Committee

Dear friends,

We will soon commemorate the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  And in these two A-bombed cities, we are convening the 2013 World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs on August 3 to 9, under the theme: “For a Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World”.  We invite all of you to participate in the Conference, send your support to and take actions in solidarity to realize our common desire to create a world without nuclear weapons.

Now, aiming to achieve a nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world, people are raising their voices throughout Japan and across the world.  Their voices must be increased and actions be taken to that end.
Last December in the U.N. General Assembly, the NAC resolution calling for the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments was adopted with a large margin of 175 countries in favor versus only 6 opposing.  The Malaysian resolution calling for a start of negotiations for a nuclear weapons convention was adopted with 135 states supporting, the largest number ever.  There is now another initiative for nuclear weapons abolition.  From the viewpoint of humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons, 35 member states, including the Holy See and some NATO member states, issued a joint statement calling for efforts to outlaw nuclear weapons.

It will soon be 3 years since 189 states parties to the NPT agreed on achieving “the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons” .  The progress towards that goal is delayed by the nuclear weapon states upholding the “nuclear deterrence theory”, claiming that their nuclear weapons are the “guarantee of security”, and their allies’ policy of relying on their “nuclear umbrella”.  Countering such nuclear policies, dangerous moves of developing nuclear weapons are emerging.
However, these moves have no future.  Relying on nuclear weapons is retrogressive to human history.  Abolition of nuclear weapons is a major trend in the world.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in August 2010 called for achievement of the abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020, describing “nuclear deterrence” as “illusions - delusions of security”.  Before that deadline, in 2015, the next NPT Review Conference is to be held, which will verify the implementation of the agreements on “a nuclear weapon-free world” .
Towards the 2015 NPT Review Conference, we must create the united grass-roots movements of the people around the world.  And in Japan, the A-bombed country, we must defend Article 9 of the Constitution and “the Three Non-nuclear Principles”, and raise our voices louder to make the Japanese government meet the people’s wishes and work for a total ban on nuclear weapons and a nuclear-free and peaceful Japan.

The 2013 World Conference will provide an opportunity to rally the voices and activities of the people of Japan and around the world striving to achieve a nuclear weapon-free and peaceful world.  The Conference will be a place to develop joint efforts and deepen solidarity among national and local governments, NGOs and grass-roots movements working together for the survival of humanity.  The Conference will also provide an opportunity for a broad range of generations bearing the present and future of the world.  The solidarity with all nuclear victims, including the victims of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident will be sought for.

We again call for your warm support to the 2013 World Conference.  Let us achieve a great success of the Conference, by developing the variety of grass-roots activities and bringing together your achievements to Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Collecting signatures in support of the “Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons”; Holding A-bomb exhibitions; the National Peace March and many others.
 Japan Council against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo)

GOOGLE Search Results, Page One, August 6, 2013

1.                             Nagasaki - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
On August 9, 1945, Nagasaki was the target of the United States' second atomic bomb... On the day of the bombing, an estimated 263,000 were in Nagasaki...

2.                             Planning Calendar | GBOD | Equipping World-Changing Disciples
6, 2013 | Article. On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. A second atomic bomb was dropped three days later on Nagasaki.

3.                             Oximity: 9 August London Peace Walk: Atomic bomb ...
03-Aug-2013 00:00:00 GMT. Atomic bomb commemoration event on Nagasaki Day. London Peace Walk. Friday 09 August 2013. 7.30pm Meet at Westminster ...

4.                             Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki — This Day in ...
On this day in 1945, a second atom bomb is dropped on Japan by the United States, atNagasaki, resulting finally in Japan's unconditional surrender.

5.                             Pax Christi Nagasaki Day Vigil - Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament › Get Involved  Events
Pax Christi Nagasaki Day Vigil10:00am - 5:00pm, 9th August Westminster Cathedral, London Pax Christi Annual vigil and stall in the Piazza, ... Aug 9 2013 ...

6.                             Nagasaki Day Peace Walk and Floating Lantern Ceremony › Get Involved  Events
Nagasaki Day Peace Walk and Floating Lantern Ceremony7:30 pm, 9th AugustLondon Peace walk leaving at 7:45pm from Westminster ... Aug 9 2013 ...

7.                             Nagasaki Day Memorial | PSR › News & Events  Events
Nagasaki Day Memorial. Home > News & Events > Events. August 9, 2013. Northampton, Massachusetts. Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Location: McConnell Auditorium ...

8.                             Nagasaki Day Morning Peace Vigil at Nellis AFB |
Date / Time: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 7:00am to 8:30am ... That's on Friday, August 9,Nagasaki Day. HALT B-61 LIFE EXTENSION! NO NUKES NOW!

9.                             Hiroshima / Nagasaki Day Archive - Ground Zero Center For ...
Home · Actions Archive for category "Hiroshima / Nagasaki Day". formats. Aug 9-11,2013: Gandhi says: “Never Again” … No Nukes! Published on June 29, ...

Voices from the Plain of Jars
Life under an Air War (SECOND EDITION)
Edited by Fred Branfman with essays and drawings by Laotian villagers 

Foreword by Alfred W. McCoy

New Perspectives in Southeast Asian Studies   Alfred W. McCoy, R. Anderson Sutton, Thongchai Winichakul,
and Kenneth M. George, Series Editors 

“A classic. . . . No American should be able to read [this book] without weeping at his country’s arrogance.”
—Anthony Lewis, New York Times

During the Vietnam War the United States government waged a massive, secret air war in neighboring Laos. Fred Branfman, an educational advisor living in Laos at the time, interviewed over 1,000 Laotian survivors. Shocked by what he heard and saw, he urged them to record their experiences in essays, poems, and pictures. Voices from the Plain of Jars was the result of that effort.

When first published in 1972, this book was instrumental in exposing the bombing. In this expanded edition, Branfman follows the story forward in time, describing the hardships that Laotians faced after the war when they returned to find their farm fields littered with cluster munitions—explosives that continue to maim and kill today.

“Today, the significance of this book’s message has, if anything, increased. As Fred Branfman predicted with uncommon prescience, the massive U.S. bombing of Laos during the Vietnam War marked the advent of a new kind of warfare—automated, aerial, and secret—that is just now emerging as the dominant means of projecting U.S. power worldwide.”—Alfred W. McCoy, author of Torture and Impunity: The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation 

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