Val Kilmer, Angela Davis hand out awards

By WND Staff

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An international congress of anti-nuclear activists – including Hollywood actor Val Kilmer and Communist Party USA celebrity Angela Davis – has honored Israeli nuclear scientist-turned-spy Mordechai Vanunu and others in St. Peterburg, Russia.

The names of the 2002 honorees were announced by an international jury comprised of philosopher Joan Galtung; Kilmer; Davis; member of the German parliament Monika Griefahn; writers Kirkpatrick Sale, Till Bastian, Vanamali Gunturu and Peter Stefan Jungk; physicist Alfred Koerblein; historian Robert Venables; Arctic explorer Ann Bankroft; activist of the movement for peace Sue Durr; journalist Carl Grossman; peace activist John Otronto; environmentalist Christine von Weizsacker; and the managing director of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War-Germany, Frank Uhe, reports.

Alexey Yablokov and Deep Ecology activist Francis Macy were awarded with the Lifetime Achievement award. Yablokov and Macy worked together to create the Nuclear Watchdog Network, which unites public organizations monitoring nuclear objects in Russia and Ukraine.

Israeli nuclear scientist Mordechai Vanunu, while working as a technician at Israel’s Dimona in 1976-1985, learned that Israel was involved in the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons. Vanunu blew the whistle. The London Sunday Times published in 1986 a front-page article, “Revealed: The Secrets of Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal,” which was based on interviews with Vanunu. However, the scientist never saw the publication, as five days prior, he was lured to Rome where he was kidnapped by Israeli secret agents. Vanunu was tried secretly and convicted of treason and espionage. The first 11 years of his 18-year imprisonment he spent in solitary confinement. His sentence will be completed in 2006.

Norwegian peace and anti-nuke activist Ole Kopreitan received the Nuclear-Free Future Education Award for his 40 years of fighting for a Europe free from nuclear weapons and energy. He has been arrested for his activities several times. The greatest achievement of Kopreitan’s activity, he says, came in 1975, when the Norwegian parliament decided that Norway wouldn’t use nuclear energy.

New Zealand politician Helen Clark received the Nuclear-Free Future Solutions Award for her historical contribution to nuclear disarmament. She is considered the architect of New Zealand’s present-day anti-nuclear policy. New Zealand’s prime minister since 1999, Clark says she’s proud that her country “is in the vanguard of the universal disarmament movement.” According to Clark, her government will keep on strengthening its alliance with non-nuclear states, hoping to create a world free from nuclear weapons.

A special recognition award was given to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The bulletin was first issued in 1945 by scientists of the former Manhattan Project. Michael Moore, the bulletin’s director, says its main objective is to make archaic the words said by Albert Einstein in 1946: “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything, save our modes of thinking, and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”

The bulletin’s icon became the Doomsday Clock as it ticks toward midnight. The hands of the clock were rearranged 17 times, but now the minute hand has been moved from nine to seven minutes to midnight, the same setting at which the clock debuted 55 years ago.

Angela Davis was once on the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted” list for the murder of a California judge. Lately, she has served as a professor of “history consciousness” at UC Santa Cruz. Kilmer played rock singer Jim Morrison in the movie “The Doors” and is scheduled to play porn star John Holmes in a new movie called “Wonderland,” about Holmes’ role in a quadruple murder.