Anti-War Events in Next Few Weeks

Anti-War Events in Next Few Weeks
(Organised by The Irish Anti War Movement; IAWM)

1. STREET STALLS
2. MEETINGS AND SCREENINGS
3. NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION

5th Anniversary of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
- End War, Occupation, Torture and Irish Complicity
- US Troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan
- Don't Attack Iran
- US military and Torture Flights out of Shannon
- Justice for Palestine

1. STREET STALLS
Every Saturday at 2.30pm - 4.00pm at Bank of Ireland, College Green.
For updated details contact;
Mark Price; 086 3454332
Michael Youlton; 086 8159487
Kieran O Sullivan; 087 618 7680
Marnie Holborrow; 087 9889244

If you are against war and torture come along and help us with this stall every Saturday.

2. MEETINGS AND SCREENINGS

Saturday 23 February, 11.00am, Savoy Cinema, O Connell St., Dublin 1.
'BATTLE FOR HADITHA’; being screened as part of Dublin International Film Festival. This is not an official IAWM event but all members of IAWM are invited to attend. The IAWM will be leafleting the event outside.

Synopsis; (Piers Handling, Toronto Film Festival Programme)
Iraq is front and centre in many films in recent years, none more so than this harrowing new work by documentarian Nick Broomfield. The film is a highly realistic, vérité-like fictional rendering of an incident that took place in the village of Haditha, a hotbed in the middle of the Sunni Triangle where much of the insurgency has taken place. In November 2005, a roadside IED (Improvised Explosive Device) killed one US Marine and wounded two others. Enraged fellow Marines exacted revenge by killing twenty-four Iraqis: men, women and children. Four Marines were subsequently charged with murder.

In Battle for Haditha, Broomfield sets out to recreate the incident, imagining the circumstances that provoked the violence and led to the massacre. Two realities, two cultures, two groups of men slowly intersect. The film starts innocuously enough, when we are introduced to American soldiers, streaking across the desert in their armoured Humvees. They drop into a local store to check out DVDs (!) and find themselves talking to a young male clerk whose fate is soon to be entwined with their own. Broomfield then switches his focus to the Iraqi reality, as two men pile into the back of a pickup truck for a quick lesson in the primitive mechanics of the IED. He meticulously details the daily routines of the two sides, foreign and local, juxtaposing the monotony of patrols with the waiting game played by the bombers. What we see is not a simple black-and-white reality. Ordinary people in extraordinary situations do violent and unexpected things.

Broomfield walks a tightrope, somehow managing to step back from the emotions of the event to find compassion and humanity – and their opposites – on both sides. At the same time, he shows the mind-numbing, brutal results of the violence that is unleashed. The film grimly renders the harsh realities of this quagmire where innocent civilians, simply trying to get by, are caught in the crossfire, victims of Americans who kick down their doors, and Iraqis who do the same thing. Broomfield forces us to follow him down this road through the sheer power of his imagery. We are spellbound: this is what it must be like to be there.

Monday 11 - Friday 29 February, Galway
Student members of GALWAY ALLIANCE AGAINST WAR (GAAW) will be holding 3 documentary/talk nights. These will include:

Documentary: The Road to Guantanamo.

Short: The Spanish journalist killed in the Palestine Hotel, Baghdad.
Followed by a debate on freedom of speech in war.

Short: The Iraqi Oil Workers Union tour of USA with the US Labour movement (the resistance of the Iraqis to privatization)

Dave Lippman dvd: trailer to his show, plus his tour of Palestine.

For more information contact 5dette@eircom.net

Tuesday 04 March - GAAW Public Meeting:
5th ANNIVERSARY OF US INVASION ON IRAQ, "WORLD AT WAR"
Speaker; Denis Halliday (Former UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq)
Time/Venue TBC
more information from: gaaw1@eircom.net

Thursday 06 MARCH, Main Theatre, Liberty Hall, Dublin 1.
Public Meeting;5th ANNIVERSARY OF US INVASION OF IRAQ, WORLD AGAINST WAR
Speakers; Denis Halliday, (Former UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq), Haifa Zangana (Iraqi Writer and Activist) and Richard Boyd Barrett (Chair IAWM)

Saturday 07 March, 8.00pm, Victoria Hotel, Patrick St., Cork.
Public Meeting; 5th ANNIVERSARY OF US INVASION, WORLD AGAINST WAR
Speakers; Denis Halliday (Former UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq) and IAWM Speaker

3. NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION
Saturday 15 March, WORLD AGAINST WAR Global Day of Action
Assemble 1.00pm, Parnell Sq., Dublin 1. Further info to follow later.

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