Irish Anti War Movement

IRISH MILITARY OUT OF AFGHANISTAN - GAAW MARKS 7TH ANNIVERSARY OF AFGHAN WAR

7 YEARS OF WAR

7 YEARS STRUGGLING FOR PEACE

IRISH TROOPS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN NOW!

                                     

International Appeal - No to war - No to NATO

On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the NATO military organisation, we appeal to all people to come to Strasbourg and Kehl in April 2009, to protest against NATO’s aggressive military and nuclear policies, and support our vision of a just world free of war. NATO is an increasing obstacle to achieving world peace. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has reinvented itself as a tool for military action by the “international community”, including the promotion of the so-called “war on terror”. In reality it is a vehicle for US-led use of force with military bases on all continents, bypassing the United Nations and the system of international law, accelerating militarisation and escalating arms expenditure – NATO countries account for 75% of global military expenditure. Pursuing that expansionist agenda since 1991, designed to advance strategic and resource interests, NATO has waged war in the Balkans, under the guise of so-called “humanitarian war”, and has waged seven years of brutal war in Afghanistan, where the tragic situation is escalating and the war has expanded into Pakistan.

U.S. to sell Israel Air Force new bunker-buster bombs--HAARETZ

Despite reservations in Washington regarding a possible Israeli strike on Iran, the American administration will supply Israel with sophisticated weapons for heavily fortified targets, the U.S. administration announced.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced it would sell the Israel Air Force 1,000 new smart bombs, rumored to significantly enhance the IAF's military capabilities. The deal was approved amid public and secret messages from Washington, with the Americans expressing their reservations about a possible Israeli strike against the Islamic Republic's suspected nuclear sites.

The Pentagon's announcement, which came on Friday, said the U.S. will provide Israel with 1,000 units of Guided Bomb Unit-39 (GBU-39) - a special weapon developed for penetrating fortified facilities located deep underground.

Amnesty Confirms Ireland's Collusion in Rendition Flights

RTE, 24th June, 2008:  Amnesty International says it has collected evidence that three aircraft involved in US rendition flights had links to Shannon Airport.

As part of a week of events to mark International Day Against Torture, the human rights group has published a report on Europe's role in rendition and secret detention.

In their latest report Amnesty International accuses a number of European states of either turning a blind eye to rendition or actively participating in it. The report highlights six cases, three of which have links to Shannon Airport. In the case of one man, Abu Omar, the report says the aircraft that took him from Germany to Egypt eventually returned to the US through Shannon. In the case of another man, Khaled al-Maqtari, the report says the plane which took him from Iraq to Afghanistan had previously stopped in Shannon. And in a third case, Amnesty says the aircraft that took Khaled el-Masri from Macedonia to Afhganistan had also stopped at Shannon.

In response, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the Government is completely opposed to the practice of the rendition of prisoners. In a statement, it said no evidence has ever been produced that any person has ever been subject to extraordinary rendition through Ireland.

US Military to Speak at WAC Conference in Dublin

Archaeology Conference hosts US military

The sixth conference of the World Archaeological Congress to be held in Dublin at the end of June/beginning of July is hosting US military speakers and a session co-organised by the US military.

This is to let people know that the US military is co-organising a session and speaking at the World Archaeological Congress in Dublin at end June/beginning of July. The discussant for the session is Colonel Matthew Bogdanos who fronted the US military's pr team when the world's media focused on the looting of the Bagdhad museum.

The session is on Tuesday 1st July from 11-1pm and details can be found on the WAC 6 website. Go to:

http://www.ucd.ie/wac-6/

Choose 'Programme' from the menu on the left, among the themes click on 'Independent Sessions' and then click on the session title 'Planning for Consideration of Archaeological Heritage During Military Conflict'.

Some of the US military speakers are also participating in another session on the same day from 8.30-10am. To see details, follow the same path as above and under Independent Sessions click on session title 'Working with the Military, Not Evil Just Necessary'.

Dublin City Council Bans Poster In Blatant Act Of Political Censorship

-IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT WILL PUBLICLY DEFY BAN.

In a statement, the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) has condemned as an "outrageous and blatant act of political censorship, the decision by Dublin City Council to refuse permission to the anti-war organization to erect posters advertising a protest against the visit of George Bush to Belfast, due to take place in this Monday June 16th. The poster advertised the Belfast protest, which will take place at Belfast City Hall at 12.30pm on Monday June 16th and the details of buses that will travel from Dublin to the protest.

The IAWM notified Dublin City Council (DCC) in the usual manner required of its intention to erect posters advertising the protest on June 10th. Under normal circumstances, any organization notifying DCC of their intention to erect posters receive an email from a Council official with in a day or two confirming permission to do so.

This is line with the current Council policy on posters that requires advance notification before posters advertising public meetings or demonstrations are erected.

However on this occasion, five days after notification was given, DCC replied to the IAWM with an email from an official who signed the message only "Clare", without any surname, that the Council were refusing permission for the poster to be erected.

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