Notable Books


Aotearoa/New Zealand at the World Court
Kate Dewes and Rob Green 
48 pp., $5
The Raven Press, May 1999, Christchurch, New Zealand
Available from LCNP

"This publication is a record of the passion felt by peaceful people who trusted in the rule of law and the eventual triumph of reason. It is a tale of commitment by ordinary people who persuaded governments of both major political parties to pursue the cause before the World Court."
David Lange, former Prime Minister of New Zealand

This book describes how New Zealanders, while strongly allied to both France and the US throughout the 20th century,  became passionately anti-nuclear as a result of the health effects of French and US nuclear testing in the Pacific and led campaigns to take first the nuclear testing issue and then the issue of the legality of nuclear weapons threat and use to the International Court of Justice.

The 1974 nuclear testing case was instrumental in forcing France to abandon atmospheric testing despite their apoplexy at the case being taken and their distaste for legal restraint against them. France later bombed an anti-nuclear boat in Auckland, New Zealand to prevent it from taking further action against French underground testing, but was eventually forced to abandon such testing as well.

The authors are optimistic that, in the same vein, the 1996 International Court of Justice opinion on the legality of threat or use of nuclear weapons will be instrumental in moving the nuclear weapon states to eventually abandon nuclear deterrence policies and move towards complete nuclear disarmament under a nuclear weapons convention.

Pacific Women Speak Out:
For Independence and Denuclearisation
Edited by Zohl de Ishtar 
78 pp.,  $10 plus $2 shipping
The Raven Press, 1998, Christchurch, New Zealand
Available from LCNP

Since 1945, over two thousand nuclear weapons have been detonated, causing devastation and suffering worldwide. Pacific Women Speak Out, a book containing the testimonies of 11 Pacific women, was launched at the United Nations on March 1, 1999, the 45th anniversary of the Bravo nuclear test in the Marshall Islands. The book, relates the devastating effects of nuclear testing, uranium mining, war, genocide and colonialism which is still being perpetuated against Pacific peoples by powerful countries including Indonesia, France, the US and Australia.

"The story of the Marshallese people since the nuclear weapons tests has been sad and painful. Allow our experience, now, to save others such sadness and pain."  Darlene Keju-Johnson, Pacific Women Speak Out

This Is My Homeland
Stories of the effects of nuclear industries
by the people of Serpent River First
and the north shore of Lake Huron
Edited by Lorraine Rekmans, Keith Lewis, and Anabel Dwyer
Serpent River First Nation, 1999, $15 US, $20 CA
"A lot of the people that worked at the mines, that are my age, are dying of cancer."     Junior

The North American Great Lakes Basin contains thousands of sites contaminated with radiation. In the Serpent River watershed, 250 million tons of tailings from 12 uranium and thorium mines and mills and a uranium refinery continue to inflict grave harm. The Rio Algom and Denison Mining Companies mines and mills produced yellowcake for U.S. nuclear weapons and Canadian nuclear power plants. The land for the mines and mills was seized in 1954 from the Serpent River First Nation in violation of the 1850 Robinson Huron Treaty.

In This Is My Homeland, the people of Serpent River talk about the health and environmental effects of the mining, the deception of the mining companies and governments, and their campaigns to regain justice against such tremendous odds.

"Many of us have been silent for a long time. We have been told to be quiet because we do not know all the details of the scientific information possessed by the experts. What has happened? Why are we listening to lunatics? What good is a nuclear bomb? What country and what people are we hoping to defend? The poisons that seep into our water system and the tailings dust in the air around us will kill us slowly and silently. Who will be left to defend if we all die of  radiation poisoning." -
Lorraine Rekmans,  This Is  My Homeland

Order from Chief Earl Commanda and Council, Serpent River First Nation, P.O. Box 14, Cutler, Ontario POP 1BO, Canada.

 

 

 

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