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Experiences in Scotland

November 12, 2017

A slogan I heard while recently in Scotland still rings in my mind “Scotland is the only country on Earth which has the potential to disarm a nuclear state” There are several events over decades which led up to the realization of this statement as well as motivations for saying it now, and while in Scotland for a brief five days last week we explored some of these. A return trip to Scotland to dig deeper in to the history of nuclear arms there is an exciting venture which holds a lot of fascinating prospects. Joining me on the Journey was the young woman Channy Wild who is active with the International Peace Bureau youth network. She possesses an incredible vivacity and we are excited to have her involvement with A Hand Through The Smoke. We visited the Faslane Peace Camp which sits just outside Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, home of the trident nuclear submarine force for the UK. On the land in this quiet corner of coastal Scotland sits a nuclear armament with the explosive force one thousand three hundred times the strength of the Hiroshima bomb. When choosing the site for the trident force England didn't want it near any major metropolitan centers; ironically it now sits just twenty five miles from the largest metropolitan center in Scotland, Glasgow. The peace campers have devoted themselves to a life of direct action at the base. Much of the Scottish Parliament supports the United Nations nuclear weapons ban, and while in Edinburgh we visited the Scottish Parliament building where Channy had a fantastic conversation with chief whip of the Scottish National Parliament, Bill Kidd as well as Scottish CND organizer Janet Fenton. Both conversations offered incredible insights to some of the problems trying to be solved in Scotland today. Much of this will be highlighted in our film. You can visit Scottish CND's website here: http://www.banthebomb.org A surprise to us and a real treat was to attend the Scottish Independence Convention at Usher Hall in Edinburgh where there were many great speeches some of which touched on the trident problem and a nuclear free Scotland. At the convention we also got to witness an invigorating speech by Anna Arque, ambassador from Catalonia, who got the crowd of two thousand on their feet and cheering. Now it is time to make use of the coming winter and to sit and begin putting the pieces of this great puzzle together, and to plan the forays in to other parts of the world where people have been affected by the nuclear weapons industry. Keep an eye out for new content on our youtube channel.

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