Irish Anti War Movement

UNPUBLISHED LETTERS TO IRISH TIMES RE SAUDI ARABIA EXECUTIONS AND ISRAEL AND GOLAN HEIGHTS

Dear Sir,

your editorial (05 January) on the escalating tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia following the latter’s execution of dissident Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, and 46 others, concludes by noting that “the non-Muslim world can do little but watch on and despair”.

Not true at all. The non-Muslim western powers could immediately stop arming such a despotic regime. The combined sales of arms from the UK, France and Germany to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in 2014 alone totalled $3.3 billion, weapons that are likely being used for indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Yemen and possibly even making their way into the hands of Da’esh operatives. Such military support from western Governments, combined with their reluctance to criticise human rights abuses, de-facto grants Saudi Arabia the imprimatur to carry out atrocities - including executing a Shia cleric - that inevitably exacerbate regional tensions.

Yours etc.

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

Dear Editor

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT PUBLIC RALLY: NO MORE BOMBING OF SYRIA

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

ALL WELCOME!

https://www.facebook.com/events/431546310364458/433034716882284

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.

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT PUBLIC RALLY: NO MORE BOMBING OF SYRIA

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

ALL WELCOME!

https://www.facebook.com/events/431546310364458/433034716882284

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.

Irish Anti-War Movement Activist Meeting

03/12/2015 - 18:30
03/12/2015 - 20:00

The Irish Anti-War movement, in solidarity with other anti-war events in the UK, France and elsewhere, is assembling outside the Dail 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 6.30 in the Teachers Club, at 37 Parnell Square, Dublin . All welcome.

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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

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.

Public Meeting – After Paris: Stop the Terror, Stop the Wars

26/11/2015 - 20:00

IAWM BULLETIN 24 November 2015

In this bulletin:

1. IAWM Public Meeting – After Paris: Stop the Terror, Stop the Wars
2. Donating to the IAWM

1.  Public Meeting – AFTER PARIS: STOP THE TERROR, STOP THE WARS

Date / Time: Thursday 26th November, 7.30pm

Venue: Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place, Dublin 1 (off Marlborough Street, Parnell Street East end)

Speakers include:

Richard Boyd Barret, TD
Clare Daly TD
Mick Wallace TD
and others

As suffering and tension escalate in the Middle East and around Europe it is more important than ever to end the vicious cycle of wars, terror, more wars and more terror. Further bombing in Syria as a response to the horrififc Paris terror attacks is not the solution. It will not work and will only kill and wound more civilians, make many homeless, create more refugees, lead to further sectarian division, quite likely strenghten Daesh and deepen the hatred within the Middle East towards western powers and all things western. An alternative to war and terror must be found.

Come along to this important meeting to hear some suggestions as to how we can stop the new mad rush to war by western political leaders.

 

 

2. Donating to the Irish Anti-War Movement

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Janet Fenton (Scottish CND) Talk About Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Trident and the Corbyn Phenomenon

09/10/2015 - 19:30
10/10/2015 - 00:00

Shannonwatch are delighted to host a talk by Janet Fenton of Scottish CND in Limerick's Pery Hotel, Glentworth St. on Friday 9th October at 7.30pm. The talk will cover the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, the UK Trident programme, and nuclear non-proliferation campaigning. Janet will also talk about the 'Corbyn phenomenon' as a follow up to the extraordinary levels of political engagement that occurred during the Scottish 2014 independence referendum.

Janet is an international campaigner with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She has been active in nuclear disarmament campaigning. Her work to address the humanitarian and developmental consequences of nuclear weapons looks at the particular relevance for women and girls, and examines the ways in which gender structures stand in the way of disarmament. She is an active supporter of the Humanitarian Pledge, initiated by the Austrian Government, which aims to fill the legal gap in the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons, and now signed by 117 countries.

Janet will speak at a number of events in Ireland in the course of a 4 day visit which is hosted by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA).

For more information phone 087 8225087 or email shannonwatch@gmail.com

 

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