CND- Now More Than Ever: The Story of a Peace Movement by Kate Hudson

By Kate Hudson

A desirable and well timed examine an archetypal campaigning business enterprise. released to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. makes use of interviews with key figures and grassroots activists to relate the highs and lows of 5 many years of CND. From the mass protests at Aldermaston and Greenham universal to years while it had only a 'shoebox-full' of contributors, CND - Now greater than Ever is determined to be the definitive historical past of CND. utilizing first hand money owed from activists stretching again to its origin in 1958 in addition to interviews with sufferers of nuclear fallout, Hudson explores the beginning of our nuclear global and descriptions the nuclear difficulties that also face us at the present time. unlawful wars, NATO enlargement and America's 'Son of superstar Wars' all upload as much as one truth: CND is required. certainly it truly is wanted now greater than ever.

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There was general agreement amongst the Western leaders that this would be an acceptable approach, but this position was not conveyed to the Japanese government. Indeed, records indicate that President Truman kept this out of the Potsdam declaration – the postwar settlement that the Great Powers (the wartime alliance of the Soviet Union, US and UK) worked on – because the US A-bomb test at Alamogordo had just been successfully concluded. The US leadership did not inform the Japanese that its surrender terms were more or less acceptable, because it needed an excuse to use the bomb in order to demonstrate its awesome power in a world where only the US was in possession of this weapon.

Britain withdrew from India, partitioning the country into the two states of India and Pakistan amid a bloodbath claiming countless lives. Dutch rule in the East Indies ended. The Chinese Communist Party came to power in the world’s most populous country in 1949. Ghana was the first colony in Africa to gain its independence, named the ‘Black Star of Africa’ in 1957, under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah. Others followed rapidly. A revolution in Cuba in 1959, under the leadership of Fidel Castro, kicked out the corrupt dictator Batista and engaged in a programme of social and economic reform.

47 36 CND Book 1/7/05 10:08 am Page 37 The origins of our nuclear world The blast also caught the Lucky Dragon, a Japanese fishing boat 85 miles distant, in its radioactive fallout. The boat and the fishermen were heavily contaminated with radioactive fission products; all the men fell sick and one of them died. Given the distance of the boat from the explosion, the death and sickness that followed shocked many people. 48 This realisation considerably fed opposition to hydrogen bomb testing, raising serious fears in people’s minds about the widespread health consequences of the tests.

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