Take Action for Doctors in Bahrain - Put Pressure on Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI)

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has maintained its links with Bahrain despite the arrest of health care professionals for treating injured protesters.  The RCSI has done nothing to vindicate the rights of even its former students who were arrested and forced to confess under duress.  Instead the RCSI has chosen to side with the authorities in Bahrain.

The King of Bahrain is STILL a Fellow of the RCSI!

YOU CAN ACT TO STOP THIS

Please write to, ring and e-mail Professor Eilis McGovern President of RCSI

A sample letter is below.

Shannon Watch Article - Private Companies Profiting from Torture Flights

A New York business dispute between two aviation companies has revealed how the U.S. contracted out their illegal and inhumane renditions to a network of private American companies. Court files show how these private contractors flew between the US, Shannon and other foreign airports, Guantanamo Bay and landing points near secret CIA-run prisons.

The companies included DynCorp, a leading government contractor that secretly oversaw a fleet of luxury jets, and Richmor Aviation. The latter operated the rendition plane N85VM/N227SV which landed in Shannon quite a bit between 2001 and 2005 and was involved in the rendition of an Egyptian cleric, Abu Omar. In addition the Seatle Times reports that

On Nov. 8, 2002, a Richmor Gulfstream, Tail No. N85VM, took off for Shannon Airport in Ireland, then to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, on a flight that paralleled the arrest that month of USS Cole bombing suspect Abd al-Nashiri.

Irish Government acted "to protect U.S. interests and property"-Shannonwatch

Fri, 26/08/2011.
Full article (with links) available online at http://www.shannonwatch.org/blog/irish-government-acted-protect-us-interests-and-property.

Recently released cables from the U.S. embassy in Dublin show once again how little respect the Irish government had for national and international laws, Irish sovereignty and human rights. Protecting U.S. interests and property seems to have been their overriding concern, rather than the people being tortured and bombed by the CIA and U.S. military.

Cost of War $3.7 Trillion and Counting, (258,000) or Many More Dead

Note: The figures given for the dead here are disputable as there may be 1,000,000 dead in Iraq.
 
By Daniel Trotta, Reuters

30 June 2011

http://www.readersupportednews.org/news-section2/306-10/6441-cost-of-war-37-trillion-and-counting-258000-dead

When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America's wars.

Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the US Treasury and ignores more imposing costs yet to come, according to a study released on Wednesday.

Amnesty Video from Syria

Torture Doesn't Matter Any More it Seems. shannonwatch blog

By Shannonwatch

  
Two things that happened this week demonstrate the Irish state's ongoing acceptance of torture. The first was a written correspondence we received from a Department of Justice and Equality official stating that assertions of complicity in torture did not warrant inclusion in a major human rights report. The second was a prime time interview on the state broadcaster, RTE, in which the U.S. use of waterboarding was presented unchallenged.

 

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