Irish Anti War Movement

Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie: new lie, Russian invasion of Ukraine

G4S Guantanamo contract ‘breaches UK policy’

G4S Guantanamo contract ‘breaches UK policy’
 
The government is being asked to take action against British firm G4S, after it emerged the company has won a £71m contract to provide a range of ‘base support’ services at Guantánamo Bay.
 
Legal charity Reprieve, which assists Guantánamo prisoners such as British resident Shaker Aamer, has submitted a dossier of evidence to the UK’s responsible business watchdog, the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines (UK NCP). The submission argues that by providing ‘essential’ services at the prison, G4S will be contravening British government policy that the prison must be closed, as well as the OECD’s guidelines for responsible business conduct.
 
Support services form an important part of a complex regime of mistreatment at Guantánamo, and the broad scope of the G4S contract – which includes ‘vehicles’, ‘custodial’, and ‘limited facilities support’ – has raised concerns that G4S will be directly complicit in abuses such as force-feeding.
 
Last week, several detainees protesting their detention without charge alerted their Reprieve lawyers to a new crackdown by the Guantánamo authorities. Mr Aamer was reportedly beaten, while another detainee’s hand was broken.
 
The British government maintains that the prison must close, and that Mr Aamer should be returned home to London. Prime Minister David Cameron has said that Guantánamo “has actually helped to radicalise people and make our country and our world less safe”, while elsewhere the prison has been called “a shocking affront to democracy.”
 

Events For Gaza Sat 9th August 2014 (Taken From IPSC)

Saturday 9 Aug – [Dublin] Freedom & Justice for Palestine – National Demonstration – 2pm, Assemble at The Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

Saturday 9 Aug – [Ennis] Protest for Gaza – 12pm, O’Connell Square, Ennis

Saturday 9 Aug – [Cork] Vigil for Gaza – 1pm, Daunt Square, Cork

Launch of World War I Pamphlet

 

Mass Boycott Action for Gaza - Irish Anti War Movement

 

The Irish Anti War Movement has called a mass boycott action for next Thursday, 07 August in Dublin City Centre.

Assemble at the Spire at 5.30pm.

This protest will afterwards join the Gaza Action protest also on Thursday.

Contact John Molyneux for more info; 0857356424

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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.

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