Irish Anti War Movement

LETTER ON THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATROCITY AFTERMATH

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT LETTER ON THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATROCITY AFTERMATH

SENT TO IRISH TIMES, IRISH EXAMINER AND IRISH INDEPENDENT

21 January 2015

Editor,

the inclusion of politicians from countries with appalling human rights records, e.g. Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, in Paris last Sunday week vividly represents the cynical efforts of many powerful states to make political capital from the Charlie Hebdo atrocity and is insulting to the memory of the murdered journalists and cartoonists. Israel killed 17 journalists alone in its attack on Gaza last summer. The Turkish state regularly harasses and imprisons journalists. Saudi Arabia publicly beheaded a total of 87 people in 2014 and 10 so far this year, (the most recent a Burmese woman who screamed in terror while being dragged down the street before her beheading) and is publicly flogging Raif Badawi for expressing freedom of thought, a mainstay of journalism.

While the media spotlight, belatedly shines on Saudi Arabia’s despicable human rights record, one aspect missing from the analysis is how the major western powers prop up this reactionary regime, particularly through trade in armaments. The US Congressional Research Service reports that Riyadh signed $66 billion worth of arms transfer agreements with the US in 2011 alone. The Campaign Against Arms Trade reports that Britain, under David Cameron’s premiership, has approved export licenses to Saudi Arabia worth £3.8bn, with £1.6bn of those in 2014 alone. In February last year, frequent visitor Prince Charles frolicked with the Saudi Sheiks while British defence firm BAE sold them 72 Typhoon fighter jets worth £4.4 billion.

Irish Anti-War Movement Public Meeting: Charlie Hebdo - How Should We Respond?

29/01/2015 - 19:30
29/01/2015 - 21:00

Obviously anti-war and peace activists, progressives and radicals will condemn the horrible murder of journalists in France but do we need to say more than this ? What role have imperialism, war and racism played in this? Are the 'world leaders' who gathered in Paris really defenders of freedom?

Speakers:
Harry Browne | Journalist
John Molyneux, | IAWM Steering Committee
Mudafar Al Tarwash | Islamic Foundation of Ireland

Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 11 AM Sat 21/02/2015 - The Teachers Club Dublin

21/02/2015 - 11:00
21/02/2015 - 13:00

Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 11 AM Sat 21/02/2015 - The Teachers Club Dublin

The Irish Anti-War Movement will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 21st February 2015 in The Club Parnell Square Dublin starting at 11am. For details of who can attend and submit resolutions at the AGM see below. A full agenda will be available soon.

Agenda

This will be available shortly.

Who can Attend and Vote at The AGM

All members may attend the annual general meeting provided that the current membership fee has been paid in advance of the meeting. All affiliates may send one delegate to the annual general meeting provided that the current affiliation fee has been paid in advance of the meeting.

All members and delegates have one vote each at annual general meeting.

A decision of annual general meeting of the IAWM is binding on the steering committee (SC) and overrides any previous decisions. This constitution may only be amended by annual general meeting. However, amendments to this constitution may be made by the next quarterly delegate meeting held after the annual general meeting of 08 May 2004, which adopted this constitution.

A steering committee shall be elected at each AGM.
Draft resolutions and nominations for the steering committee should be submitted to the Secretary at least 14 days beforehand. The secretary shall publish draft resolutions at least 7 days beforehand.

Submitting Resolutions

Resolutions from members may be submitted in the following ways:

By E-mail:- To the secretary via e-mail info@irishantiwar.org

By Post:- Send the resolutions to The Irish Anti-War Movement, PO Box 9260 Dublin 1.

Deadline

The deadline for resolutions is 12 AM Sat 14th February 2015
Registration

Members may register in the following ways:

Registration can be done on-line by following this link http://www.irishantiwar.org/node/1982 and then clicking on the "Sign up for Annual General Meeting".

Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 11 AM Sat 21/02/2015 - The Teachers Club Dublin

21/02/2015 - 11:30

The Irish Anti-War Movement will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 21st February 2015 in The Club Parnell Square Dublin starting at 11am. For details of who can attend and submit resolutions at the AGM see below. A full agenda will be available soon.

 

Agenda

This will be available shortly.

 

Who can Attend and Vote at The AGM

  1. All members may attend the annual general meeting provided that the current membership fee has been paid in advance of the meeting. All affiliates may send one delegate to the annual general meeting provided that the current affiliation fee has been paid in advance of the meeting.
  2. All members and delegates have one vote each at annual general meeting.
  3. A decision of annual general meeting of the IAWM is binding on the steering committee (SC) and overrides any previous decisions. This constitution may only be amended by annual general meeting. However, amendments to this constitution may be made by the next quarterly delegate meeting held after the annual general meeting of 08 May 2004, which adopted this constitution.
  4. A steering committee shall be elected at each AGM.
  5. Draft resolutions and nominations for the steering committee should be submitted to the Secretary at least 14 days beforehand. The secretary shall publish draft resolutions at least 7 days beforehand.

 

Submitting Resolutions

Resolutions may be submitted in the following ways:

IAWM CONDEMNS IRISH GOVERNMENT'S COMPLICITY IN U.S. TORTURE REGIME

IAWM CONDEMNS IRISH GOVERNMENT'S COMPLICITY IN U.S. TORTURE REGIME

Press Release Saturday 13 December 2014 From Irish anti-War Movement

 

The Irish anti-War Movement (IAWM) is angered but not surprised by the revelations in the US Senate Report into torture used by the CIA. 

 

John Molyneux, Secretary of the IAWM noted that “this confirms what has long been known – namely that in its so called ‘War on Terror’ the United States has made widespread and systematic use of barbaric interrogation techniques that are, quite simply, torture.”

 

UK Govt admits defeat over claim renditions court case will damage UK-US relations

UK Govt admits defeat over claim renditions court case will damage UK-US relations
 
The British Government admitted defeat in court today over its claims that a renditions case could not be heard for fear of embarrassing the US.
 
Government QC James Eadie told the court that he accepted they had “come second” when it came to arguments over “Foreign Act of State” – the theory that a British court cannot hear cases where the UK has cooperated with another state in wrongdoing.
 
Today’s hearing concerned Yunus Rahmatullah, who was seized by UK forces in Iraq in 2004 before being handed over to the US and ‘rendered’ to Bagram, Afghanistan. Mr Rahmatullah suffered years of torture before finally being released in June this year.
 
The UK long denied any involvement in rendition, before being forced to correct the record in Parliament in 2008, when then-Defence Secretary John Hutton finally publicly admitted that the rendition of Mr Rahmatullah and another man, Amanatullah Ali, had taken place.
 
Today’s hearing also considered written testimony from a former senior US Ambassador, Thomas Pickering, who contradicted the UK Government’s claim that hearing the case would endanger UK-US relations. In written testimony, Ambassador Pickering stated that “I firmly believe that adjudicating Mr Rahmatullah’s case in UK courts is highly unlikely to cause damage to the relations or national security cooperation between the US and UK," adding that the UK Government’s claims “misunderstand the value the United States places on the rule of law.”
 

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