NSA/USAF Menwith Hill https://www.themhac.uk/bases/nsausaf-menwith-hill en Keep Space for Peace Week demonstration 2018 https://www.themhac.uk/events/tue-10092018-1800/keep-space-peace-week-demonstration-2018 <div data-history-node-id="120" class="node node--type-events node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_landscape_full_width/public/2018-09/Keep%20Space%20for%20Peace%202018.jpeg?itok=ePcAas-S" width="847" height="476" alt="Welcome to the Keep Space for Peace demonstration at Menwith Hill." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-node-landscape-full-width" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-starts field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Starts</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2018-10-09T17:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 18:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-ends field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Ends</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2018-10-09T18:30:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 19:30</time> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As part of the network of global protest at the increasing militarisation of space there will be a peaceful demonstration outside the main gates of Menwith Hill. </p> <p><em>Speakers include Prof David Webb from CND, Colin Archer from Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) and Brigid-Mary Oates from Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign (MHAC).</em></p> <p>Russia, China and the USA are all increasing the use of space for military purposes. The announcement by US Vice President Mike Pence that the US now wishes to develop Space Force adds urgency over the need for peace loving people the world over to say <strong>NO</strong>.</p> <p>Please come and support this demonstration, every person counts. Do note that it can get chilly at Menwith Hill so warm clothes advised.</p> <p>For news about other Keep Space for Peace events please go to:</p> <p><a href="https://en-gb.facebook.com/KeepSpaceForPeaceWeek/">https://en-gb.facebook.com/KeepSpaceForPeaceWeek/</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-bases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bases</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bases/nsausaf-menwith-hill" hreflang="en">NSA/USAF Menwith Hill</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Issues</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/missile-defence" hreflang="en">Missile Defence</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=120&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="Yxx-Y04Ntrw_5KZ7Tca1ImMQvDq3AkVPkrgMCNN5haw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 03 Sep 2018 20:12:09 +0000 Martin 120 at https://www.themhac.uk https://www.themhac.uk/events/tue-10092018-1800/keep-space-peace-week-demonstration-2018#comments MHAC Supporters Meeting 20th October 2018 https://www.themhac.uk/events/wed-10102018-1230/mhac-supporters-meeting-20th-october-2018 <div data-history-node-id="119" class="node node--type-events node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_landscape_full_width/public/2018-08/Menwith%20Hill%20raydomes.png?itok=al88evpR" width="847" height="476" alt="MHAC Supporters Meeting 20th October 2018" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-node-landscape-full-width" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-starts field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Starts</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2018-10-10T11:30:00Z" class="datetime">Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 12:30</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-ends field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Ends</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2018-10-20T14:30:00Z" class="datetime">Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 15:30</time> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Supporters Meeting at Quaker Meeting House at 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9DX.</p> <p>Start 12.30pm with a shared lunch.</p> <p>All supporters welcome to help us plan future activities and review our aims and objectives. There are already plenty of issues to think about and with the possibility of SPACE FORCE even more to think about, so please help us do the right things.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-bases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bases</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bases/nsausaf-menwith-hill" hreflang="en">NSA/USAF Menwith Hill</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=119&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="-J5RGkSB9cm0ESZNAILuBVmryM-M0UyPsvc5jnAFvIs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:32:54 +0000 Martin 119 at https://www.themhac.uk https://www.themhac.uk/events/wed-10102018-1230/mhac-supporters-meeting-20th-october-2018#comments Drone warfare expanding https://www.themhac.uk/news/2018-06/drone-warfare-expanding <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Drone warfare expanding</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/114" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Martin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-06-11T17:05:55+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:05</span> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:05:55 +0000 Martin 118 at https://www.themhac.uk https://www.themhac.uk/news/2018-06/drone-warfare-expanding#comments Independence from America Event 2018 https://www.themhac.uk/events/wed-07042018-1600/independence-america-event-2018 <div data-history-node-id="112" class="node node--type-events node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_landscape_full_width/public/2018-05/independence_day2_2018.jpg?itok=heup8KFi" width="847" height="476" alt="Independence Day 2018" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-node-landscape-full-width" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-starts field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Starts</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2018-07-04T15:00:00Z" class="datetime">Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 16:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-ends field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Ends</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2018-07-04T19:00:00Z" class="datetime">Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 20:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The annual call for <em>Independence from America</em> will be made at the main gates of Menwith Hill on the afternoon of Wednesday 4th July 2018. Speakers, music, stalls and food. A valuable opportunity to meet others seeking a more peaceful world. </p> <h3 style="text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">Speakers will include</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p style="text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">Kate Hudson, General Secretary of CND</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">Shaughan Dolan, from Conscience, the Peace Tax Campaign</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">Chris Bluemel from Trident Ploughshares.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt"> </p> <h3 style="text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt"><strong><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">Music</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></h3> <p style="text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">The East Lancs Clarion Choir and soloist Janet Russell.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">The Commoners Choir</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt"> </p> <h3 style="text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">The big CND symbol, which is touring the country for the celebration of 60 years of CND, will be at the Main Gate.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p>Everyone is welcome to join this peaceful event. Safe play space for children should be available. Close up view of the base behind us but delightful views of Nidderdale in front of us.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-attachments field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Attachments</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-msword file--x-office-document"> <a href="https://www.themhac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-07/4th%20July%20report%20by%20Hazel%20Costello.doc" type="application/msword; length=23552" title="4th July report by Hazel Costello.doc">Report on 4th July Event</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-image-jpeg file--image"> <a href="https://www.themhac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-07/DSC01555.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=1642608" title="DSC01555.jpg">Chris Bluemel of Trident Ploughshares</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-image-jpeg file--image"> <a href="https://www.themhac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-07/DSC01560.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=1724643" title="DSC01560.jpg">Natalie Bennett of the Green Party</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://www.themhac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-07/CND%20symbol.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=1560347" title="CND symbol.pdf">CND Symbol at the Gates of Menwith Hill</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-msword file--x-office-document"> <a href="https://www.themhac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-07/Commoners%20Choir.doc" type="application/msword; length=1173504" title="Commoners Choir.doc">Commoners Choir in full voice</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-msword file--x-office-document"> <a href="https://www.themhac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-07/East%20Lans%20Clarion%20Choir_0.doc" type="application/msword; length=1326080" title="East Lans Clarion Choir.doc">East Lancs Clarion Choir</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-msword file--x-office-document"> <a href="https://www.themhac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-07/Janet%20Russell%20sings_0.doc" type="application/msword; length=335360" title="Janet Russell sings.doc">Janet Russell sings</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-msword file--x-office-document"> <a href="https://www.themhac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-07/Reading%20the%20Declaration.doc" type="application/msword; length=658944" title="Reading the Declaration.doc">Reading the Declaration</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-msword file--x-office-document"> <a href="https://www.themhac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-07/Hazel%20Costello%20intoducing%20the%20event.doc" type="application/msword; length=737280" title="Hazel Costello intoducing the event.doc">Hazel Costello introduced the afternoon</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-bases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bases</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bases/nsausaf-menwith-hill" hreflang="en">NSA/USAF Menwith Hill</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=112&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="DJ7KyjdifaQWkAP_Ctf1FfiID8mJD1d7r-QItNktCRg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:13:10 +0000 Martin 112 at https://www.themhac.uk https://www.themhac.uk/events/wed-07042018-1600/independence-america-event-2018#comments MHAC Meeting on 28th October 2017 https://www.themhac.uk/events/sat-10282017-1230/mhac-meeting-28th-october-2017 <div data-history-node-id="104" class="node node--type-events node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_landscape_full_width/public/2017-10/4th%20July%202017%20at%20Main%20Gates.jpg?itok=WaRnycrH" width="847" height="476" alt="By the Main Gates on 4th July 2017" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-node-landscape-full-width" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-starts field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Starts</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2017-10-28T11:30:00Z" class="datetime">Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 12:30</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-ends field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Ends</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2017-10-28T15:00:00Z" class="datetime">Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 16:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A meeting to review the campaign and clarify how it can go forward effectively. All interested in developing an effective campaign to press for accountability of US military and surveillance activity at Menwith Hill are welcome.</p> <p>The meeting will start with a shared lunch.</p> <p><strong>Venue:</strong> Carlton Hill Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9DX.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-bases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bases</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bases/nsausaf-menwith-hill" hreflang="en">NSA/USAF Menwith Hill</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=104&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="IYtA5gh2wvnUbKaZFuRzDcAfI_Z3RCb2Q_umKfHweSk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Sun, 01 Oct 2017 17:35:11 +0000 Martin 104 at https://www.themhac.uk https://www.themhac.uk/events/sat-10282017-1230/mhac-meeting-28th-october-2017#comments Keep Space for Peace Week 2017 Demonstration https://www.themhac.uk/events/tue-10102017-1800/keep-space-peace-week-2017-demonstration <div data-history-node-id="102" class="node node--type-events node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_landscape_full_width/public/2017-08/Earth%20from%20space.png?itok=aw21VLmX" width="847" height="476" alt="Keep Space for Peace Week 2017" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-node-landscape-full-width" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-starts field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Starts</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2017-10-10T17:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 18:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-ends field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Ends</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2017-10-10T18:30:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 19:30</time> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Arranged jointly with Yorkshire CND. Peaceful demonstration at the Main Gates of Menwith Hill drawing attention to the urgent need to return space to peace. Speakers, food and music. All are welcome to participate, sharing and learning about the difficult and complex consequences of militarising space.</p> <h1>Report on what happened at this event</h1> <table style="float:left;margin-right:5px"><tbody><tr><td> <p style="width:520px"><img alt="The demostration" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0fcc3d26-77c3-4208-ba28-d883fac3ad7a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/The-demonstration_0.jpg" class="align-left" /></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><img alt="Donald Trump" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="991cddb3-2849-49b8-b3e1-0dffe95957b8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Donald-Trump.jpg" class="align-left" /><img alt="Prof Nick Ritchie" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c5b67325-8dcf-4fb4-8933-01c3ee46cdc1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Prof-Nick-Ritchie.jpg" class="align-left" /></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><img alt="Cyclists arrive" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f98426f4-4eb0-4771-8f1f-6193a90b631e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Cyclists-arrive.jpg" class="align-left" /></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><img alt="Dave Webb" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6d0689a1-f880-4342-8b43-846a6b8abc59" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Dave-Webb.jpg" class="align-left" /><img alt="Jenny Clegg" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="efbc206d-0d9e-4c69-b921-3941c03d1377" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Jenny-Clegg2.jpg" class="align-left" /></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><img alt="UK sign UN Treaty" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="63cdf522-fdb3-4beb-b364-26feb86adba6" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/UK-sign-UN-Treaty.jpg" class="align-left" /></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><img alt="Juneseco Hwang" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ad6f887b-babd-4f07-8adc-2239e98b5641" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Juneseco-Hwang.jpg" class="align-left" /><img alt="Paul Mobbs" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5975526c-3fc9-4b86-b8cf-cb16b24d1cf7" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Paul-Mobbs.jpg" class="align-left" /></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><img alt="Jeju flag from the back" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4a3b5c56-0b5c-43c8-b919-8ad0d0931728" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Jeju-flag-from-the-back.jpg" class="align-left" /></p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p style="font-size:1.4em">Keep Space for Peace week was marked at Menwith Hill by a protest organised by Yorkshire CND, with help from the Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign and Joan West of the East Lancs Clarion Choir.</p> <p style="font-size:1.4em">About 30 people attended the protest, arriving on foot, by bicycle, by minibus or by car, and were lucky to have a warm and mostly dry evening. The event was timed to support the regular Tuesday evening demonstration outside the main gate of the base. YCND supplied soup and refreshments as well as the essential PA system. The police were co-operative and Squadron Leader Geoff Dickson also attended for part of the time.</p> <p style="font-size:1.4em">The first speaker was Jenny Clegg, Senior Lecturer in International Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. She is a specialist in Asian studies and gave a very informative overview of the current political situation in the Far East. She was followed by Juneseo Hwang from South Korea, at present studying at Bradford University, who gave a first-hand account of relations between North and South Korea.</p> <p style="font-size:1.4em">Dave Webb, convenor of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and member of Scientists for Global Responsibility, talked about the links between Menwith Hill NSA base and other US bases in Europe and throughout the world. He was followed by Professor Nick Ritchie who lectures on International Security and International Relations at York University. He was able to give further information about the recently agreed Global Ban on Nuclear Weapons and joined with everyone at the protest in regretting the failure of the UK government to sign up to this ban.</p> <p style="font-size:1.4em">Finally, those attending the protest were very pleased to welcome Paul Mobbs, from Croughtonwatch, who spoke about the new role of Croughton in US information gathering, links with Menwith Hill and the use of both bases for drone warfare.</p> <p style="font-size:1.4em">Very many thanks again to Cath, Matt and all at YCND, and to Joan West for her wonderful tent!</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-bases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bases</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bases/nsausaf-menwith-hill" hreflang="en">NSA/USAF Menwith Hill</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=102&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="F9wTP5enL8AmVIRvOmgO7TVSiZzXEZgCZECe7Mia3jg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:35:33 +0000 Martin 102 at https://www.themhac.uk https://www.themhac.uk/events/tue-10102017-1800/keep-space-peace-week-2017-demonstration#comments Rex vs Higgins Court Case & Outcome https://www.themhac.uk/reports/2017-08/rex-vs-higgins-court-case-outcome <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Rex vs Higgins Court Case &amp; Outcome</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_landscape_full_width/public/2017-08/Car%20and%20Baraba%20P%20at%20Nessfield%20Gate.png?itok=_lKvLIXW" width="847" height="476" alt="Court case concerning the injuries to Barbara Penny on 11 August 2015" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-node-landscape-full-width" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/114" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Martin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 08/19/2017 - 21:37</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:#16191f">The trial of Steven Wayne Higgins took place in Leeds Crown Court from Monday 14 August to Thursday 17 August 2017. Mr Higgins was charged with causing Grievous Bodily Harm to Barbara Penny while she was peacefully demonstrating at NSA/NRO Menwith Hill (Nessfield Gate) during the weekly Tuesday pm demonstration on 11 August 2015.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:14.0pt">A charge of Causing Grievous Bodily Harm means that the intention to cause harm or alarm has to be demonstrated. In bringing the prosecution the Crown Prosecution Service considered that the intention to cause harm or alarm could be demonstrated on the available evidence. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:#16191f">Judge Cahill (Circuit Judge for North East Yorkshire) heard the case. Barbara Penny, Tim Harberd and Lindis Percy were all demonstrating at Nessfield Gate on 11 August 2015 and gave evidence at the trial.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:#16191f">A poor quality video of the incident was shown to the court which clearly shows Barbara Penny being struck by a car that only stopped after the impact. There were several problems with the video, not least being that it was not possible to be assured that it was being shown in real time, so things occurring on the video may have actually happened more quickly or more slowly than could be seen.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:#16191f">On Thursday 17 August, the Judge addressed the jury on the law and evidence heard. Judges should be – and usually are – scrupulously fair and independent when summing up for the jury. She then directed the Jury to retire and appoint a Foreman / woman. She also directed the Jury to come to a unanimous decision.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:#16191f">The Jury left the court at 11:45 am and had made their decision by 12:15 – that is, in 25 minutes at the most.</span></span> <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:#16191f">When they returned to court and the Judge asked them if they had come to a decision as whether Steven Higglns was guilty or not guilty, the Foreman said "NOT GUILTY".</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:#16191f">The witnesses who were present at the Nessfield Gate know what happened and know the truth as to what happened at the demonstration and what was said in court. The weekly demonstration at Menwith Hill - started in 2000 by the Campaign for the Accountability for American Bases - continues and needs <u>your</u> support.</span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:37:05 +0000 Martin 101 at https://www.themhac.uk Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign https://www.themhac.uk/news/2017-08/menwith-hill-accountability-campaign <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/114" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Martin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2017-08-11T09:45:21+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:45</span> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:45:21 +0000 Martin 100 at https://www.themhac.uk https://www.themhac.uk/news/2017-08/menwith-hill-accountability-campaign#comments Demonstration to draw attention to the DSEI Arms Fair https://www.themhac.uk/events/tue-09122017-1800/demonstration-draw-attention-dsei-arms-fair <div data-history-node-id="99" class="node node--type-events node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_landscape_full_width/public/2017-08/Arms%20sales.png?itok=yppul_mq" width="847" height="476" alt="Stop the DSEI Arms Fair" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-node-landscape-full-width" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-starts field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Starts</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2017-09-12T17:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 18:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-ends field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Ends</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2017-09-12T18:30:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 19:30</time> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#202020">Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) is the world leading event that brings together the global defence and security sector to innovate and share knowledge. DSEI represents the entire supply chain on an unrivalled scale.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#202020">DSEI 2017 will have five key sector-focused Zones: Air, Land, Naval, Security &amp; Joint, all showcasing the latest equipment and systems. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#202020">Attend DSEI 2017 to develop relationships with an audience of over 34,000 including Defence</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#202020">Ministers, International Military and Armed Forces, key industry players and private sector companies. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#202020">The DSEI Strategic Conferences take place on 11 September (Day Zero) with the main exhibition and free seminar programme running for four days from 12-15 September 2017, ExCeL, London. </span></span></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#202020">If you are concerned that DSEI will make the world a much more dangerous place <strong>you</strong> are welcome to demonstrate with us at Menwith Hill on Tuesday 12<sup>th</sup> September 2017 from 6pm to 7.30pm. "Open Mike" should be available for you to have your say. Other demonstrations will be happening around the country.</span></span></span></em></p> <p>The Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign hosts some "themed demonstrations" through the year. This is one of them.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-bases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bases</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bases/nsausaf-menwith-hill" hreflang="en">NSA/USAF Menwith Hill</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=99&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="ckwpeAMdlIinC--7gtztwJF3HltnZiNYcGwYBYkfOVc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:34:30 +0000 Martin 99 at https://www.themhac.uk https://www.themhac.uk/events/tue-09122017-1800/demonstration-draw-attention-dsei-arms-fair#comments Independence from America Day at Menwith Hill, 4th July 2017 https://www.themhac.uk/reports/2017-08/independence-america-day-menwith-hill-4th-july-2017 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Independence from America Day at Menwith Hill, 4th July 2017</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_landscape_full_width/public/2017-08/4th%20July%202017%20at%20Menwith%20Hill%203.png?itok=HADxjmtr" width="847" height="476" alt="Group at Menwith Hill on 4th July 2017" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-node-landscape-full-width" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/114" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Martin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/01/2017 - 14:59</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>About 100 people attended the demonstration at Menwith Hill on Tuesday 4<sup>th</sup> July, at which the Declaration of Independence from America was read and a letter given to the RAF Liaison Officer, Geoff Dickson, to be handed in to the US Chief of Station, Miriam Garrant.</p> <p>Those attending the demonstration came from as far away as Korea, as well as from Yorkshire, Lancashire, London and Manchester. The purpose of the demonstration is to draw attention to the fact that the base at Menwith Hill, run by the National Security Agency of the USA, is not accountable to anyone in this country. The citizens of the United States who work at Menwith Hill are able to carry out surveillance of all kinds of communications, from telephones to Social Media, without having to explain their activities to citizens of Great Britain. The information which they gather from these intercepts can be used by the USA or sold to third parties. It can be used for political, military or economic advantage, without the knowledge or consent of anyone in the UK.</p> <p>Maya Evans of Voices for Creative Non-Violence spoke passionately about her experience in Afghanistan working with children affected by war. Drones have been used to target civilians in Afghanistan and their use may be planned and controlled by staff at bases like Menwith.</p> <p>Dave Webb, Chair of National CND, spoke of the hope for nuclear disarmament from the talks on a Global Ban currently taking place in New York. (see latest edition of Peace News for the positive outcome of these talks which ended with 122 countries signing the accord).</p> <p>Music at the event was provided by the East Lancs Clarion Choir, by Catherine Warr and by the band Bassa Bassa. Roger Harrington gave a very moving solo performance about a Leeds soldier shot for desertion in World War 1.</p> <p>Regular demonstrations against the base at Menwith take place on Tuesday evenings from 6 – 7.30pm and everyone is welcome to join these demonstrations. Keep Space for Peace Week will be marked by an event outside the main gate at Menwith Hill, run jointly by Yorkshire CND and by the Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign (successor to CAAB). The event will be from 6-8pm and there will be speakers, food and entertainment.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-attachments field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Attachments</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-msword file--x-office-document"> <a href="https://www.themhac.uk/sites/default/files/2017-08/Reading%20the%20Declaration%20of%20Independence.doc" type="application/msword; length=568320">Reading the Declaration of Independence.doc</a></span> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:59:58 +0000 Martin 97 at https://www.themhac.uk