IAWM CONCERN OVER MINISTER COVENEY'S PLANS TO DEVELOP MILITARISTIC 'PRODUCT TESTING'

IAWM Press Statement, 24 July 2015

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) expressed deep concern today about plans by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney to allow the international defence industry to have increased access to the Irish Defence Forces for 'product testing', as reported in the Irish Independent on 12 July.

This clearly represents the broadening of Ireland’s involvement in the reprehensible business of arms manufacturing. The independent article noted that the Irish Military has already been involved with US Company MOOG whose products are used in missiles, military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles and launch vehicles.

While Minister Coveney is reported as saying that “the plans wouldn't involve the testing of weapons like guns or rocket launchers” the IAWM stated that the problem with increased access to an already questionable collaboration is that it will inevitably involve the Irish Defence Forces in the development of militaristic products and systems that will have no use other than to kill and maim people.

Glenda Cimino of the IAWM Steering Committee said, "they may sugarcoat this message all they want - call it 'software technology' etc. - but in the end it is still 'neutral' Ireland increasing its participation in the international war and weapons industry.”

The IAWM condemn in particular any involvement by the defence forces in the further development of drone technology. “As everyone knows, the consequence of using drones is often the death of innocent men, women and children, as well as selected 'targets' who may or may not be guilty, but never get their day in court. We have seen the devastating effects of this policy over and over again in such countries as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Gaza,” said Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM.

He continued:

Shannon Airport Protest, Saturday 18 July, 2-4pm

IAWM BULLETIN 17 JULY 2015

1. Shannon Airport Protest, Saturday 18 July, 2-4pm
2. Donating to the IAWM

1. Shannon Airport Protest, Saturday 18 July, 2-4pm

IAWM members are encouraged to attend this important protest to let the Irish Government know that we object to the use of Shannon Airport as a facility to the US Military machine in its perpetuation of continuous wars in the middle east and elsewhere.

Statement from Shannonwatch
As Shannon Airport prepares to stage an air show on July 18th to celebrate its achievements in the world of aviation, peace groups in Ireland issue a reminder that its recent history is not one to be proud of. Since 2001 the airport has been used by the US military as a gateway to wars in the Middle East. These wars have resulted in the death of innocent men, women and children, left millions of people homeless, and destroyed communities and entire countries.

“While it is fitting to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the first commercial transatlantic flight from Shannon Airport and to acknowledge its important role in aviation in Ireland, we cannot ignore the fact that in the last 15 years it has been used to illegally invade Iraq and Afghanistan and has been part of the CIA’s global campaign of kidnapping and torture” said John Lannon of Shannonwatch.

“Shannon became the original airport gateway between the US and Europe and was the birthplace of Duty Free. It is now a gateway to human suffering and war.” added Mr Lannon.

Solidarity with refugees | World Refugee Day | 20 June, 5pm | Dublin

IAWM BULLETIN 19 JUNE 2015

1. Solidarity with refugees | World Refugee Day | Saturday 20 June, 5pm | Dublin
2. Donating to the IAWM

1. Solidarity with refugees | World Refugee Day | Saturday 20 June, 5pm | Dublin

At the Famine Memorial and The World Poverty Stone, Custom House Quay, Dublin.

The IAWM is supporting this event and we encourage members to attend.

See below and the FB link from Memet Uludag of United against Racism.

https://www.facebook.com/events/103696833304956/

FREE RAIF - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL DEMONSTRATION AT SAUDI ARABIAN EMBASSY, DUBLIN THIS WEDNESDAY.

IAWM BULLETIN 15 JUNE 2015

1. FREE RAIF - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL DEMONSTRATION AT SAUDI ARABIAN EMBASSY, DUBLIN THIS WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE, 6PM, 6-7 FitzWilliam Square East, Dublin 2.

2. IAWM STATEMENT ON PRINCE CHARLES VISIT TO IRELAND

3. Donating to the IAWM

1. FREE RAIF - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL DEMONSTRATION AT SAUDI ARABIAN EMBASSY

In May 2014 Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes. He received 50 lashes in public on 9 January 2015. He has not been flogged since, possibly due to an international outcry. Unbelievably the Saudi Arabian Supreme Court has recently upheld the sentence on blogger Raif Badawi. He could now be subject to 950 more lashes.

Western Governments are completely hypocritical about Saudi Arabia. They sell it arms while failing to condemn its appalling human rights record.

We urge our members to come along and support this demonstration called by Amnesty International Ireland.

For details see here - http://www.amnesty.ie/news/free-raif-demonstration-embassy-saudi-arabia#...

2. IAWM STATEMENT ON PRINCE CHARLES VISIT including references to his links to the British arms trade with Saudi Arabia - http://irishantiwar.org/node/2280

3. Donating to the Irish Anti-War Movement.
To set-up a standing order with the Irish-Anti War Movement please go to the following link http://www.irishantiwar.org/files/standing-order-form.doc fill in the form and post to the Irish Anti-War Movement P.O. Box 9260 Dublin 1. Click here to unsubscribe from this newsletter
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Public Meeting - Why are Migrants Drowning - Wed 27/5/2015 7pm - The Teachers Club Dublin 1

Contents

  1. Public Meeting - Why are Migrants Drowning - Wed 27/5/2015 7pm - The Teachers Club Dublin 1
  2. Donating to the Irish Anti-War Movement


1. Public Meeting - Why are Migrants Drowning - Wed 27/5/2015 7pm - The Teachers Club Dublin 1

Over the past few weeks in the Mediterranean and bay of Bengal literally thousands of people have drowned while fleeing persecution and poverty. A military solution is now being proposed to prevent these people from getting to safety.

The Irish Anti-War Movement is hosting a public meting on this issue.

Date/Time: 7PM Wed 27/5/2015
Location: The Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Speakers:

  1. Memet Uludag (Unite Against Racism)
  2. Azad (Syrian Refugee)
  3. Mark Price (Irish Anti-War Movement)

 

 


2. Donating to the Irish Anti-War Movement

2-1. Setup a Standing Order

To set-up a standing order with the Irish-Anti War Movement please go to the following link http://www.irishantiwar.org/files/standing-order-form.doc fill in the form and post to the Irish Anti-War Movement P.O. Box 9260 Dublin 1.

 

IAWM PRESS STATEMENT - EXPOSE PRINCE CHARLES'S LINKS TO ARMS TRADE

IAWM Press Statement on Prince Charles visit to Ireland 18 May 2015

The Irish Anti-War Movement oppose the publicly funded visit by Prince Charles to Ireland given his connections to the British Military and his open support for undemocratic, despotic regimes.

Irish political leaders and the mainstream media are making much of Prince Charles’s impending visit to Mullaghmore as a personal event of closure and an act of reconciliation that will aid the Northern Irish peace process. Many Irish people may likewise see this as a useful act, just as they regarded the Queen’s visit. The problem is that Prince Charles and the British Royalty generally are not benign forces – they play a continuous role in promoting the British military and the arms industry around the world. Prince Charles is Colonel-in-chief of many regiments of the British Army including the notorious Parachute Regiment which killed 13 innocent civilians on Bloody Sunday in Derry.

The Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams, has expressed the hope that the Prince’s visit will be “an occasion to promote reconciliation, respect and understanding". However Prince Charles has never expressed such concern for the victims of the wars waged by the British military in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. Nor has he balked at his role in promoting the British arms industry which arms repressive regimes that have appalling human rights records. Professor Neil Cooper of Bradford University's Peace Studies Department has noted that: "There is a long history of members of the royal family supporting the promotion of the UK arms trade in the Middle East - and especially the Gulf …. It is accepted as part and parcel of the brief."

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