US WAR MACHINE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

ELECTING JOE BIDEN IS NOT ENOUGH TO ENSURE A SANER AND LESS BELLIGERENT US FOREIGN POLICY

Truly inspiring critical review of Joe Biden's US Foreign Policy - https://www.stopwar.org.uk/article/the-u-s-war-machine-now-under-new-man...

By Medea Benjamin and Nicholas J S Davis

US MILITARY PERSONNEL BREAK COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS AT SHANNON ON THREE OCCASIONS - ED HORGAN'S DETAILED REPORT

Over the past few weeks at least three aircraft associated with the US military have spent an overnight at Shannon airport and there crews and military passengers have been accommodated in local hotels in Clare and Limerick and in several cases they either ignored Irish Government covid-19 regulations that are strictly applied to Irish citizens, or were inappropriately exempted from these regulations by authorities at Shannon airport.

Since October 2001, up to 10,000 US military aircraft and aircraft on contract to the US military have been refuelled at Shannon Airport the vast majority of which were associated with the US led wars in the Middle East, in which millions of people have unjustifiably lost their lives. Almost two decades later this unacceptable situation is ongoing and additional factors have come to light which could have serious consequences for the health and lives of people in counties Clare and Limerick. Over the past few weeks at least three such aircraft have spent an overnight at Shannon Airport.

On 25th January 2021 a US Navy C40A aircraft registration number 16-5829 arrived at Shannon airport at 19.06pm coming from Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, stayed overnight at Shannon airport and took off for the USA at 11.35am on 26th January. Its crew of five US Navy personnel and 48 US military passengers were allowed enter through Shannon Airport and travel to be accommodated in a hotel in Limerick City, even though they were in breach of Irish Government Covid-19 public health regulations.

US TROOPS BREAK COVID RESTRICTIONS AT SHANNON AIRPORT AND NEARBY HOTELS - VARIOUS ARTICLES

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40228256.html
"On February 8, four days after Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney raised the issue with the US charge d’affaires in Dublin Alexandra McKnight, another flight landed at Shannon with passengers allowed to stay overnight at a local hotel."

https://www.thejournal.ie/us-military-shannon-airport-covid-breach-53551...
"Shannonwatch, a group of campaigners against the use of Shannon Airport by the US military, has said they are unhappy with the news that crew did not adhere to Irish health regulations, stating that there is a “significant” risk of the spread of the virus from travelling US military that use the airport without following the rules."

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/us-military-troops-travelling-i...
“The Irish Government have taken a completely lax approach to monitoring the activities of US military that go through Shannon. It is very important that public health rules are applied across the board – people are making huge sacrifices to suppress Covid,”

https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/us-troops-breach-covid-19-restrictio...
"Edward Horgan of the Shannonwatch group, which first notified Garda about the plane, said that a number of US flights have stayed overnight in the Shannon region in recent weeks. He questioned whether the passengers on every flight had presented negative PCR tests."

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/navy-ignores-covid-regulations-in-ireland...
"Member of Parliament Cian O’Callaghan of the Social Democrats complained that the Irish government too often fails to respond to Americans’ disregard for the rules. It is unacceptable that there isn’t proper adherence to public health measures by anyone. It’s an unnecessary risk, and U.S. troops have to be subject to the same approach as anyone else,” he said."

DAY OF ACTION FOR YEMEN THIS MONDAY – STOP THE WAR NOW!

IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT BULLETIN – 23 JANUARY 2021

DAY OF ACTION FOR YEMEN – STOP THE WAR NOW!

The IAWM is asking all its members and supporters to join with multiple organisations and activists around the world to support the Day of Action for Yemen which occurs on this Monday 25 January.

There are multiple Covid-safe online events happening around the world including the UK’s Stop the War Coalition Global Online Rally at 7pm on Monday which you can register for through this link. The speakers include

Ahmed Al-Babati (British-Yemeni Soldier)
Dr. Shireen Aladeimi
Apsana Begum MP
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Danny Glover (Actor)
Daniele Obono (French National Assembly Member)
Yanis Varoufakis (MeRA25 Secretary-General)
Dr. Cornel West

Over 230,000 Yeminis have been killed in this war which has also resulted in a catastrophic humanitarian crisis whereby 24 million people including 80% of Yemini children (12.3 million) are dependent on and in desperate need of humanitarian aid. The country is in danger of a massive famine which could devastate an entire generation of Yemenis.

This catastrophe was all avoidable.

Western Governments have supported the bombing of Yemen by the Saudi / UAE coalition. The UK based Campaign against the Arms Trade (CAAT) estimates that over £15B. worth of weapons have been sold by the US, Britain, Canada, Spain, France and Italy to Saudi Arabia since the war started.

Why cannot such monies be used to feed the starving and cure the sick instead?

While there may be atrocities and human rights abuses on both sides of the internal conflict within Yemen as documented by Amnesty International in this report - https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/yemen/... - there is no doubt that this horrific war has been exacerbated and prolonged by the interference and support for one side by western governments particularly those of the US and Britain.

This must stop now!

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