Irish Anti War Movement

EU SHOULD STOP FUELING THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE - LETTER TO PRINTED MEDIA

Sir,

Minister for European Affairs Paschal Donohue said on RTE News recently regarding the Ukraine that “mechanisms must be developed to lead to a de-escalation of the tension”. Sadly the actions of EU foreign Ministers are only fuelling the crisis.

Both the EU and the US quickly legitimised the Government of dubious legality in Kiev whose first declarations included a dictate to restrict the rights of Russian speaking ethnic groups (now thankfully rescinded) and an application to join NATO. The cabinet includes six extreme ultra nationalists including defence secretary Andriy Parubiy, a founding member of the far-right Svoboda party. Is it any wonder ethnic Russians might be worried? Rather than attempt to calm down tensions, EU Foreign Ministers have barely disguised their favouritism in gleefully acting as the tools of US and NATO foreign policy in Europe in its continued military encirclement of Russia, a policy that is only playing into the hands of Putin and his own extreme nationalist acolytes.

Instead of echoing the rampant militarism of the US, EU and NATO, the Irish Government should call for a genuine de-militarisation and de-escalation of the situation and a facilitation of serious peace talks that recognize the legitimate fears and concerns of all ethnic groups within Ukraine with the aim of the development of a non-aligned, nuclear-free country. Ministers Gilmore and Donohue could start by requesting their EU fellow ministers to openly call on NATO to cancel its planned military exercise, Repent Trident, in Ukraine this July and to declare that they will not ask the Ukrainian government to join NATO. The last thing the people of Ukraine need is for US, British and other troops to be romping around their territory stirring up further ethnic tensions.

Yours etc.

JIM ROCHE,
PRO Irish Anti War Movement,
PO Box 9260,
Dublin 1.

How Not to “Bring Back our Girls”

How Not to “Bring Back our Girls”

The last thing Nigeria needs is a foreign military presence to prop up its corrupt government.”

By Margaret Kimberley May 11 2014 

Bring back our girls. The message is a simple one that resonates with millions of people around the world. Those four words were first seen in a now famous twitter hashtag in the aftermath of the kidnapping of 280 teenagers from a school in Chibok, Nigeria on April 14, 2014. The Boko Haram group which is fighting that country’s government admits to holding the girls captive.

PEACE ACTIVIST ESTA CARTER HAS DIED

PEACE ACTIVIST ESTA CARTER HAS DIED

Esta Carter was a stalwart of the peace movement and a lifelong struggler

against injustice. Originally from England, she made the decision on
retiring to move to Ireland.

Despite being based in Moate, despite her age (she was in her 80s) and her
lack of mobility (for a long time she suffered from severe hip and knee
problems), she made the long trek by bus to the Shannon vigil on the second
Sunday of every month. On top of that she never missed a peace
demonstration in Dublin. Indeed, she travelled to the capital for a demo
that coincided with the official commemoration of the 1913 Lockout. The
demo she was going to was assembling in Pearse St.

However, Esta found herself on the wrong side of O'Connell St and when she
tried to pass through the tightly controlled 1913 Commemoration, she was
almost arrested, because she dared to be carrying a peace placard (one she
had since the war against Afghanistan began in 2001). I remember her
describing the scandalous carry-on of the Gardaí as we drove back from the
Shannon vigil one Sunday last year.

Esta was on the side of the proverbial angels all her life. She deserves
to be honoured and remembered.

TONY BENN RIP

So long to the great inspiring Tony Benn RIP. Great fighter for social justice and against war. The best way we can honour his legacy is to continue the struggles against war, oppression, colonialism, racism and injustice - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/14/tony-benn-dies-aged-88-labour-politiican

Stop the War Coalition statement on Ukraine crisis - 02 March 2014

Stop the War Coalition statement on Ukraine crisis - http://stopwar.org.uk/news/ten-things-to-remember-about-the-crisis-in-uk...

79 year old grandmother & GAAW anti-war activist was arrested this morning in Galway.

SCAOIL SAOR MARGARETTA!!!
Margaretta D'Arcy, 79 year old grandmother & anti-war activist was arrested this morning (wed) on warrant, & has been told that she will have to now commence serving a 3 month prison sentence for protesting against the use of Shannon airport by US military & highlighting the plight of abducted persons in Guantanamo US Torture camp.

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