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Meet the Panel - Queen Noor Biography

Following the Demand Zero Day screenings of Countdown to Zero on June 21st a live discussion panel will be broadcast to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. High-profile dignitaries, UK parliamentarians, and celebrities will come together to hear a discussion panel starring Her Majesty Queen Noor, Labour Party politician Margaret Beckett, ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and Oscar-winning producer Lawrence Bender. Over the coming days we will be focusing on each panel member.

Her Majesty Queen Noor is an international public servant. She was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby to an Arab-American family distinguished for its public service. After receiving a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University in 1974, she worked on international urban planning and design projects in Australia, Iran, the United States and Jordan. She married His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan in 1978.

Queen Noor is an outspoken voice on issues of international exchange and understanding of Arab, Muslim and Western relations, and conflict prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty and disarmament.  She has also helped found media programs to highlight these issues. Her peace-building work has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.

She is a founding leader of Global Zero, an international movement working for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons. She represented Global Zero at the historic 2009 UN Security Council meeting, which endorsed the goal of global zero, and is an advisor to Countdown to Zero.

Queen Noor is also actively involved in a number of other international organizations advancing global peace-building and conflict recovery such as the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Seeds of Peace, Council of Women World Leaders, and Women Waging Peace. She is also President of the United World Colleges, a Trustee of the Aspen Institute, and a Board Member of America Near East Refugee Aid.

In recognition of her efforts to advance development, democracy and peace, Queen Noor has been awarded numerous awards and honorary doctorates in international relations, law and humane letters. 

She has published two books, Hussein of Jordan (KHF Publishing, 2000) and Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life (Miramax Books, 2003), a New York Times best seller published in 17 languages.

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Meet the Panel - Margaret Beckett Biography

Following the Demand Zero Day screenings of Countdown to Zero on June 21st a live discussion panel will be broadcast to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. High-profile dignitaries, UK parliamentarians, and celebrities will come together to hear a discussion panel starring Her Majesty Queen Noor, Labour Party politician Margaret Beckett, ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and Oscar-winning producer Lawrence Bender. Over the coming days we will be focusing on each panel member.

Margaret Beckett MP is a British Labour Party politician who is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Derby South.

Mrs Beckett was first elected to Parliament in 1974 and held junior positions in the governments of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. She lost her seat in 1979 but returned to the House of Commons in 1983 and became a senior member of the Labour Party. She was elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in 1992 and was briefly its leader in 1994 following the premature death of John Smith, the first woman to occupy either role.

After Labour's victory in the 1997 general election, Mrs Beckett became a member of Tony Blair's Cabinet. Initially the President of the Board of Trade, she was later the Leader of the House of Commons and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In 2006, Mrs Beckett was appointed British Foreign Secretary, making her the first woman to hold the position, and, after Margaret Thatcher, the second woman to hold one of the Great Offices of State.

Margaret Beckett is currently a member of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.

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Meet the Panel - Lawrence Bender Biography

Following the Demand Zero Day screenings of Countdown to Zero on June 21st a live discussion panel will be broadcast to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. High-profile dignitaries, UK parliamentarians, and celebrities will come together to hear a discussion panel starring Her Majesty Queen Noor, Labour Party politician Margaret Beckett, ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and Oscar-winning producer Lawrence Bender. Over the coming days we will be focusing on each panel member, starting off with Lawrence Bender.

Lawrence Bender, producer and political activist, has a career that spans two decades of producing highly successful films.  His films to date, including such hits as Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting, have been honored with 29 Academy Award nominations, including three for Best Picture, and have won 6.  His film An Inconvenient Truth, which raised unprecedented awareness about climate change, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.   His new documentary, Countdown To Zero, which features Tony Blair, Presidents, Musharef, Gorbachev, De Klerk, and Carter among others details the urgent risk posed by proliferation, terrorism, and accidental use of nuclear weapons.  Other films include, From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Anna and the King (1999), The Mexican (2001), Innocent Voices (2004), and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (2004).  Lawrence has also produced, Havana Nights: Dirty Dancing 2; Knockaround Guys; A Price Above Rubies; White Man’s Burden; Killing Zoe; and Fresh.  He also just finished shooting a new film, Safe, which stars Jason Statham and will be released worldwide later this year. 

Bender is also a passionate social and political activist.  In 2003, Bender co-founded the Detroit Project, targeting the gas-guzzling SUV.  He also traveled to the Middle East with the Israeli Policy Forum.  In addition, Bender is on the Advisory Board to the Dean at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and serves on the board of The Creative Coalition.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council.  He is a recipient of the Torch of Liberty Award from the ACLU and is honored as a Wildlife Hero from the National Wildlife Federation.  Bender spends much of his time throwing fundraisers for political and social causes in Los Angeles, where he calls home.

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Demand Zero Day - Add a Twibbon to show your support

With just two weeks until Demand Zero Day and the simultaneous premiere of Countdown to Zero in cinemas across the UK and Ireland we are urging you to show your suppport and join us to demand nuclear weapon disarmament.

if you are a Twitter fan then you can help us spread word of the campiagn by adding a Twibbon to the bottom of your twitter profile image - its easy to do just visit http://twibbon.com/cause/Demand-Zero

Countdown to Zero will open the Global Zero London summit with a Gala screening at BAFTA. High-profile dignitaries, UK parliamentarians, and celebrities will come together to hear a discussion panel starring Her Majesty Queen Noor, Labour Party politician Margaret Beckett, ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and Oscar-winning producer Lawrence Bender. This discussion panel will be broadcast live via satellite and web-stream to cinemas nationwide, as well as a similar number of ‘Ambassador’ screenings in non-cinema venues.

The event promises to be one of the most-talked about premieres of the year and marks a big step in the campaign toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. Join the countdown and demand zero.

 

Lockheed Martin to run the UK’s nuclear bomb base

The controversial US arms dealer, Lockheed Martin will lead a consortium of multinational private firms to run the UK's nuclear bomb base at Coulport on the Clyde.

British defence ministers have decided to give the administration of the highly sensitive job of managing more than 200 Trident nuclear warheads, and arming the Royal Navy's submarines to US arms dealer within the next year.

Trade unionists and disarmament campaigners as well as Scotland National Party (SNP) has condemned the decision and urged for a rethink.

They described the decision as a cost-saving, job-cutting “kick in the teeth to the workforce” that will put nuclear safety at risk.

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