IAWM Bulletin

Former Guantanamo Detainee Moazzam Begg - Speaking in Dublin Today

Contents

  1. Former Guantanamo Detainee Moazzam Begg - Speaking in Dublin Today.
  2. Valentine’s Day Vigil at Shannon Airport.
  3. Public Meeting: Can Palestinians and Israelis Live in One State.
  4. Donating to the Irish Anti-War Movement.


1. Former Guantanamo Detainee Moazzam Begg - Speaking in Dublin Today

Moazzam Begg will give us his personal story of torture and detention as well as his life as an activist that he has embarked on since his release.

Speakers:

  • Moazzam Begg - Former Guantanamo Detainee.
  • Zachary Katznelson - Reprieve.
  • Sophie Weller - The Centre for Constitutional Rights.
  • Colm O'Gorman - Amnesty International Irish Section.

Venue: Irish Aid Centre on O'Connell Street Dublin 1.

Date & Time: Monday 8th February 2010 7pm

Note: Reprieve and CCR are the two organisations who have organised legal representation for the men in Guantanamo. 


2. Valentine’s Day Vigil at Shannon Airport

 

Friday Demo at British Embassy, Saturday Holocaust Survivor Speaks Out on Gazza, and Haiti

Contents

  1. Friday 29th Demo At British Embassy as Blair Gives Evidence On Iraq
  2. Holocaust Survivor Hajo Meyer Speaks Out on Gazza
  3. Haitian tragedy compounded by long, ugly history of exploitation
  4. Haiti’s never-ending tragedy has American roots
  5. Donating to the Irish Anti-War Movement 


1. Friday 29th Demo At British Embassy as Blair Gives Evidence On Iraq

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) will hold a demonstration this Friday January 29th at 5pm outside the British Embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin. The protest has been organised to coincide with the appearance of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair before the Chilcott inquiry, where he will answer questions about his role in launching the war on Iraq in 2003.

The protest will coincide with a series of protests taking place in Britain at the Chilcott inquiry and on the previous day (Thursday 28th) at the international conference on Afghanistan, hosted by current British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

The IAWM, like its British counter-part, the Stop the War Coalition, believe any serious inquiry into Mr Blair's role in the Iraq war could only conclude that he told multiple and deliberate lies to justify an aggressive and illegal war.

Anti-War News and Things You Can Do To Oppose War This Week

Contents

  1. Congratulations to Derry Anti War Coalition regarding the Viva Palestina Convoy and getting Raytheon out of Derry
  2. National ‘Boycott Israel’ Day of Action, Saturday, 16th January 2010 (Organised by the IPSC)
  3. Photo Exhibition: ‘Defending Hope In Gaza’ (Organised by Front Line Defenders)
  4. IPSC Event Screenings of ‘Erased: Wiped Off the Map’ (aka To Shoot an Elephant)
  5. Valentine’s Day Vigil at Shannon Airport

 

Events for Gaza this Week & 10 Million Spent on Shannon Security.

Contents

  1. €10 Million: Shannon Security Bill for US Troops
  2. Events for  Gaza This Week

 

€10 Million: Shannon Security Bill for US Troops

ALMOST €10 million has been spent in just three years on protecting US troops passing through Shannon airport on their way to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Department of Justice figures show the cost of providing Garda security at the airport was €8.6m between 2006 and 2008. This includes €2.8m on Garda overtime, more than €1m in expenses and subsistence claims by the gardaí and €4.8m in salaries.

During the same period, the cost of army patrols at the airport was €964,702, according to Defence Minister Willie O’Dea, bringing the total cost of security at the airport to close to €10m.

The latest figures show more than 243,000 US troops passed through Shannon airport in 2009 – or 665 per day. This brings to more than one million the number of military who used the airport en route to US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since the start of 2006.

Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín O Caoláin said the cost to the taxpayer is a "disgraceful situation" and something that should be properly debated in the Dáil.

Anti War Events for New Years Eve and New Years Day

 

Events for New Years Eve

  • BRIDGE THE GAP – HUMAN CHAINS NATIONWIDE
  • LOBBY THE EGYPTIAN EMBASSY AND THE IRISH DEPT. OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Events for New Years Day

  • “The Bravest Woman in Afghanistan” to Speak to Galway on New Year’s Day

Irish Anti-War Movement Statement on Gaza

  • IAWM STATEMENT / LEAFLET ON GAZA

 

Events for New Years Eve

1. BRIDGE THE GAP – HUMAN CHAINS NATIONWIDE

Thursday, December 31st 2009 at 2.00pm followed by PROTEST AND LETTER HAND IN AT EGYPTIAN EMBASSY, 12 CLYDE ROAD AT 3.30PM

The IAWM is supporting this event on New Year’s Eve that has been organised by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity campaign (IPSC) and is calling all its members to attend if possible.

The Impact of War on Global WARming

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Global warming is receiving increasing attention at home and internationally. Copenhagen’s high profile world summit on climate change in December 2009 is being attended by 192 countries and 100 heads of state who will discuss emissions cuts and financial measures to combat climate change.

While it’s good that carbon emission cuts from industry are being discussed, an item that is not prominent on the agenda is that of the obvious harm that war does to the planet. Fuel-intensive combat, oil well fires, the boom in cement consumption due to reconstruction efforts and security needs, and heavy use of explosives and chemicals all contribute to global warming in a massive way.

Here are some facts on the Iraq war and the impact that this war alone has on the environment:

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