IAWM Press Release, 22 March 2016
• SOLIDARITY WITH VICTIMS OF BELGIUM TERROR ATTACKS
The IAWM condemns the terrorist attacks in Brussels today that have left 31 people dead and many more injured and traumatised. We extend our sympathy to the victims relatives and solidarity to the Belgium people.
As with the attacks in Paris last November, and indeed other terror attacks since then that have not witnessed the same level of media interest, we believe it is necessary to break out of the vicious cycle of war, terrorism and more war and more terrorism - in which we have become locked. Security for ordinary citizens is important but we have to analysis why young men are willing to blow themselves up in crowds of people and why the world is now such a more dangerous place than after 9/11.
Jim Roche, IAWM PRO, who was on route to Brussels before the flight was diverted to Amsterdam, said:
“Despite what many will claim, these attacks are ultimately a response to the perpetual warfare waged by western powers in many middle-eastern countries. These last 14 years have seen wars on and in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Palestine and elsewhere, most of these instigated by western powers often with the clarion call of defeating terrorism. Yet, predictably the terrorist attacks have got worse. The best way to stop these terror attacks is to stop making wars in, and selling armaments to, the Middle East and to sincerely help those refugees fleeing such conflicts. Western Governments need to invest in peacemaking instead of war mongering and promoting zenophobic bartering deals over refugees.”
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IAWM BULLETIN 18 MARCH 2016
1. #M19 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST RACISM
PUBLIC RALLY, SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2PM CENTRAL BANK PLAZA, DUBLIN 2.
2. IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT CULTURAL NIGHT, SATURDAY, MARCH 19: "ANTI-WAR ZONE"
3. USE OF SHANNON AIRPORT BY US MILITARY
4. ANTI-WAR LETTERS TO MEDIA
5. DONATING TO THE IAWM
1. #M19 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST RACISM:
PUBLIC RALLY, SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2PM CENTRAL BANK PLAZA, DUBLIN 2.
At a time when racism is on the rise throughout the world, so recently targeted at refugees fleeing wars that have been instigated or prolonged by western powers, it is important that anti-war activists highlight the real reasons behind such racism and argue that a different world of peaceful co-existence is possible. The treatment of refugees trying to get to safety in Europe having fled repression and wars and faced horrific perilous journeys across land and sea, is truly appalling and against the stated ethos of the UN Human Rights Convention and even the supposed ethos of the EU. The newly agreed protocol between the EU and Turkey to send refugees back to Turkey and the recent action of the French police and Government in Calais are just two more shameful and racist inciting acts against vulnerable refugees.
A full list of candidates who signed the Peace Pledge can be found here
The Peace Pledge
Since October 2001, Ireland has provided direct support for unilateral military interventions by the US and its NATO allies, most notably in Iraq and Afghanistan. This support has included the transit of 2.5 million armed troops plus additional military aircraft through Shannon Airport. It has also included the deployment of members of the Irish Defence Forces with NATO missions abroad.
A neutral state is subject to certain rules and obligations under international law, in particular the Hague Convention which states that "Belligerents are forbidden to move troops or convoys of either munitions of war or supplies across the territory of a neutral Power". Ireland should not be facilitating the movement of US military cargo or troops through Shannon Airport. This and the participation of Ireland in military alliances like the NATO Partnership for Peace and European Union (EU) battlegroups should therefore be ended with immediate effect.
This is a re-issue of the Shannonwatch Press Release please contact shannonwatch for details.
Shannonwatch, 23rd February, 2016
A total of 116 candidates have committed to restoring Ireland's neutrality in response to a Peace Pledge drafted by the main peace and anti-war groups in Ireland. These candidates have said they will only support or join a Government that is prepared to end the US military use of Shannon Airport.
"This is a very important commitment in terms of Ireland's foreign policy" said John Lannon of Shannonwatch, one of the organisations behind the Peace Pledge. "It is also in line with the wishes of the Irish people. Polls consistently show that over two thirds of the population want a neutral Ireland that is not involved in wars of aggression or occupation. But by allowing Shannon Airport to be used as a US military base we are contributing to war and human rights abuse. The next government must end this practice and restore Irish neutrality."
All 50 Sinn Fein candidates are committed to supporting the Peace Pledge as are the Anti Austerity Alliance / People before Profit and the Workers Party. A number of candidates from the Green Party, Social Democrats and other parties, as well as Independents, have also signed up.
One of the first to sign the Peace Pledge was Richard Boyd Barrett TD who is also chairperson of the Irish Anti War Movement.
"The fact that not a single candidate from Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fail or Renua has signed the Peace Pledge is telling" said Edward Horgan of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA). "These parties may well have instructed their candidates to refuse to sign anything that helps protect our neutrality or diminish our role in military alliances. In doing so they are contributing to the death and suffering of millions of people, and to the refugee crises we have today."
10/12/2015 - 17:00
10/12/2015 - 18:15
Oppose the bombing of Syria | US out of Shannon | End the vicious cycle of war and terror
DATE: 10 DECEMBER 2015 | TIME: 17:00 | LOCATION: The DAIL
Bombing will not destroy Da’esh (ISIS). The UK decision to extend its bombing of Da’esh to Syria will make the situation worse. The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the bombing of Libya, have resulted in jihadi terrorism spreading. The 8,500 drone strikes on Syria already carried out by the United States, France and Russia have created more Islamist militants than they have killed. As we know from Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, it is never possible to direct attacks solely at military targets: hospitals and whole cities are turned into rubble and many thousands of men women and children left dead and wounded. Disturbingly, all the signs are that the Da’esh base in Sirte, in Northern Libya, is now set to become a further target for more bombing.
The Irish government should refuse to participate in the perpetual cycle of war and terror. It has said it will provide assistance to France. It has invoked clauses in the Lisbon Treaty to justify it coming to the aid of any member state which is a victim of armed aggression, ‘by all the means in its power’. This pulls Ireland into military alliances. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the government will send additional Irish troops to Mali or Lebanon in order to free up French soldiers for their war on Da’esh.
IAWM PRESS BULLETIN 02 December 2015
1. Activists meeting this Thursday 3 December in Teacher’s Club, Dublin.
1. Activists meeting this Thursday 3 December in Teacher’s Club, Dublin
NO MORE BOMBING OF SYRIA - CEASEFIRE NOW!
END ARMS SALES NOW - STOP PROFITEERING FROM WARS
RESTORE IRISH NEUTRALITY - US MILITARY OUT OF SHANNON
NO MORE WESTERN WARS IN MIDDLE EAST
The Irish Anti-War movement, in solidarity with other anti-war events in the UK, France and elsewhere, is assembling outside the Dail at 5pm on Thursday December 10th to demand of this government that it upholds Irish neutrality, refuses to facilitate, or participate in, the bombing of Syria, calls for an immediate ceasefire and withdraws permission to use Shannon by the US military.
To prepare for this and future anti-war activities, there will be a meeting on Thursday December 3rd, at 6.30pm in the Teachers Club, 37 Parnell Square, Dublin. All welcome.
Ireland should play no part in the current war frenzy. The claim that bombing will destroy Daesh (Islamic State) is patently false. Bombs are one of the main reasons why we are facing terrorism in the first place. Bombs predominantly kill innocent people and thus help to draw people towards Daesh both in the region and in the suburbs of European cities, where discrimination, racism and disaffection further fuels hatred of Western governments. The political vacuum left from the bombing of Iraq, which killed up to a million people, has been filled by the horror of Daesh. To repeat the same mistake now simply makes no sense.