IAWM PRESS RELEASE 21 MARCH 2017
ON THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE US LED INVASION OF IRAQ THE IAWM CONDEMNS VISIT TO COBH HARBOUR BY USS DONALD COOK WARSHIP
The IAWM condemns the visit today, Tuesday 21 March, to Cobh Harbour in Cork of the US warship USS Donald Cook.
The USS Donald Cook is a destroyer, equipped with many weapons of mass destruction. "DONALD COOK's vertical launching system can launch long-range surface-to-surface Tomahawk cruise missiles, surface-to-air Standard missile variants, and anti-ballistic missile Standard missile variants. The 5-inch gun mount, 20-mm Phalanx mounts, and hull mounted crew-served weapons can engage surface, air, and land targets with precision."
The ship was used to fire Tomahawk Cruise Missiles on Baghdad on 20 March 2003 in support of the so-called “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. Since then Iraq has been devastated with more than one million Iraqi lives lost, many injured and displaced and has witnessed the rise of Da’esh as a direct result of the post invasion policies of the US and Britain.
Ed Horgan, a member of the Steering Committee of the IAWM and of Shannon Watch, noted that:
“This warship is no more welcome in an Irish port, than the US war planes that are being refueled at Shannon airport on a daily basis. The Tomahawk missiles fired from this ship can be fitted with nuclear weapons, so when it visits Cobh, we won’t know if it has nuclear weapons on board or not, because of course it will not be searched by our security forces. This visit is a breach of Irish neutrality because the US is at war in several countries in the Middle East, and Destroyers such as the USS Donald Cook have been used in the past to literally destroy people and property by launching Tomahawk Cruise missiles at cities such as Baghdad.”
Jim Roche, PRO IAWM noted:
"The ‘military industrial complex’ has metastasized into each section of the US government, into each Congressional district. It is like Stage 4 cancer – rigid to the bones of American institutions. The obscenity of it cannot be questioned because of the fog of patriotism."
13/03/2017 - 13:00
13/03/2017 - 14:00
THE REFUGEE CRISIS
Monday 13 March, 1pm
Light lunch provided by TUI Dublin Colleges Branch for all DIT attendees
IAWM BULLETIN 10 MARCH 2017
In this bulletin:
1. International Anti-Racism Week - March Against Racism
Saturday, 11 March 2pm.
Garden of Remembrance to Central Bank
Equality Ireland? Dump Trump (#NotInOurName), End Direct Provision (#EndDP), Equality Now (#EqualityIreland)
All welcome. Bring placards, banners, bring a lot of people.
United Against Racism
This rally and demonstration will have three themes:
Dump Trump. Trump is a racist, sexist, homophobic bigot who has made a speciality of attacking immigrants and Muslims, demeaning women, and stirring up hatred. Enda Kenny should not be going to Washington to present a bowl of Shamrock to Trump. If he wants to go somewhere on St.Patrick’s Day let him visit a homeless hostel or a Direct Provision centre. United Against Racism says to Kenny ‘Don’t go – not in our name!’
End Direct Provision. Direct Provision – the system Our State places asylum seekers in – is a shame and a disgrace. Asylum seekers are not allowed to work and forced to live on €19.10 a week. People fleeing oppression find themselves and their children trapped in centres that are close to being prisons and which segregate and isolate them from wider society. We say ‘End Direct Provision – give asylum seekers the right to work’.
Traveller Equality. United Against Racism has always supported the recognition of Traveller ethnicity. But this is only a first step towards full equality. Travellers continue to be the most oppressed, deprived and discriminated against group in Irish society in terms of health, education, jobs and every other measure. As part of the general housing crisis there is a specific acute crisis in Traveller accommodation. We say continue the struggle against anti-Traveller racism – full equality now!
11/03/2017 - 14:00