Irish Anti War Movement

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.



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.


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 -

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

Stop the War Coalition statement on Ukraine crisis -

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

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.

Hearing over UK Government snooping threat to fair trial in Libyan torture case

Hearing today over Government snooping threat to fair trial in Libyan torture case
A secretive court will today hold a rare, open hearing in a case brought by Libyan victims of a UK-orchestrated rendition, who are concerned that Government snooping may have damaged their right to a fair trial.
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), which hears complaints against the security services, is set to hold an open hearing at 16.45 GMT today in a case brought by the Belhadj and al Saadi families.  The two families – including young children and a pregnant woman – were subject to kidnap and ‘rendition’ in a joint UK-US-Libyan operation which took place in 2004.
Both families had already brought claims against the UK Government over its part in their mistreatment but, following recent revelations concerning GCHQ’s mass-spying programme, also sought measures from the IPT to ensure that ongoing surveillance of their communications with their legal team does not jeopardise their right to a fair trial.
The right to private – or ‘privileged’ – communication with one’s lawyer is a long-standing British legal freedom.  Were the Government to have access to such communications, it would give them an unfair advantage in any legal claim.
Legal charity Reprieve and law firm Leigh Day last September lodged a complaint with the IPT on behalf of the families concerning the suspected violation of their legal rights.  In December, the Government informed the IPT that a “closed issue” had arisen in relation to the complaint but, due to the highly secretive nature of the IPT, it is not known what the issue is.  However, it heightened concerns that the Government had indeed been spying on legally privileged communications.

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