BRADLEY MANNING:Information & Leafleting Speak Out event: 1pm–3pm Sat. 23 Feb. 2013. Venue: GPO O’Connell Street, Dublin.

23/02/2013 - 13:00
23/02/2013 - 15:00

1. BRADLEY MANNING - 1,000 Days in Prison - Enough is Enough!

Saturday 23 February 2013 International Day of Action

So far events are planned in Canada, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, UK, US, Ireland

Dublin: Information and Leafleting Speak Out event: 1pm – 3pm Saturday 23rd February 2013. Venue: GPO O’Connell Street, Dublin.

Everyone welcome to help distribute information leaflets

Former US diplomat cautions against Irish Nato involvement


Ann Wright, a former US diplomat and the highest ranking member of the US military to resign over the Iraq war, has cautioned against Ireland getting involved in Nato.

Ms Wright was special guest at a joint Irish Anti-War Movement/ Peace and Neutrality Alliance meeting in Dublin yesterday. She is most noted for having been one of three state department officials to publicly resign in protest at the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

“I would urge the citizens of Ireland to really push back on this attempt to get Ireland as a part of the Nato forces. We have seen what has happened in Afghanistan and the numbers of Afghans that have been killed in by military operations,” said Ms Wright.

Ms Wright praised Ireland’s record of neutrality but warned it was now being “shopped around” by Nato. “They are trying to get Ireland to join up with them .The secretary general of Nato, Rasmussen, is here today to try and convince the Irish Government to join up with Nato,” she said.

Slippery slope

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, on a visit to Dublin this week, encouraged Ireland to get involved in more Nato projects and to develop its defence forces. Ms Wright described any involvement of Ireland with Nato as a “slippery slope”.

“It’s a much different road than working with UN forces doing peace keeping operations in Lebanon, [as] Ireland has done for a long time.”

Video Archive: "Confronting War Ten Years On" STWC conference, 9th February 2013. London, UK

Tariq Ali from Stuart Platt on Vimeo.


Owen Jones from Stuart Platt on Vimeo.

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14/02/2013 - 20:00
14/02/2013 - 22:00

Col. Ann Wright, the highest ranking officer to leave the US Military in objection to the US war in Iraq, will be the main speaker at a Public Meeting organised jointly by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance and the Irish Anti-war Movement in the Teacher's Club Dublin on Thursday 14 February at 8.00pm. Other speakers include Roger Cole, PANA and John Molyneux, IAWM.

This is one of a series of meetings and engagements that Ann will be undertaking around the country that include events in Belfast, Galway and Shannon.


Report finds Ireland facilitated illegal US rendition programme - EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY, IRISH TIMES, 060213.

Report finds Ireland facilitated illegal US rendition programme


Ireland was one of 54 countries that helped facilitate the CIA’s secret detention, rendition and interrogation programme in the years after the 9/11 attacks, according to a new report.

The report by the Open Society Justice Initiative, a human rights advocacy group, said foreign governments aided the US counterterrorism offensive in various ways including by hosting CIA prisons on their territories; detaining, interrogating, torturing and abusing individuals; assisting in the capture and transport of detainees; permitting the use of domestic airspace and airports for secret flights transporting detainees.

Its Globalising Torture report identified 136 people who had been held or transferred illegally by the CIA, the largest list compiled to date.

It also provided new information about the CIA’s handling of both al-Qaeda suspects and innocent people caught up in its global counterterrorism network.

The report said Ireland permitted the use of its airspace and airports for flights associated with CIA extraordinary rendition operations.

Its evidence against Ireland was based on a number of sources including three high-level reports from the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the United Nations, which expressed concern about the country’s “alleged co-operation” in the CIA rendition programme.

It also cited documents from a legal case brought by extraordinary rendition victims against Jeppesen Dataplan, a company that provided flight planning and logistical support services for CIA extraordinary rendition flights, and which indicated that Ireland allowed use of its airspace and Shannon airport for CIA rendition flights.

‘Moral cost’ 

Movie: Winter Soldier

IFI Dublin - Friday 1st-3rd February 7.10pm Friday, 2.30pm Saturday, 3.10pm Sunday


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