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IRELAND'S UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT

IRELAND'S UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT

LETTER SENT TO BROADSHEET NEWSPAPERS

Sir,

Ireland’s previous stint on the UN Security Council in 2001 is nothing to be proud of in terms of promoting world peace.

In 2001, under the then Fianna Fail Government with Brian Cowan as Foreign Minister, Ireland voted for several resolutions that ultimately approved the US led invasion of Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world, in what then Labour TD Michael D. Higgins termed “an illegal war”. Nineteen years later with no end in sight America’s longest war has caused the deaths and injuries of tens of thousands, many of them women and children, and has created deep bitterness, division and sectarianism.

Since then successive Irish Governments have displayed a shocking partisanship that ultimately favours war and militarism that simultaneously destroy both human life and our fragile planet. Over the last almost two decades Fianna Fail and Fine Gael led governments have aided and abetted the US military war machine as it intervened, either directly or through its proxies, in multiple countries such as Iraq, Libya, Syria, Palestine and Yemen, by allowing armed troops, armaments and rendition flights pass through Shannon Airport.

They have equally, despite the optimistic rhetoric, been woefully lacking in their response to the refugee crisis, much of it the result of these wars.

GE2020 IAWM PRESS EVENT and PUBLIC DEBATE - RECLAIM IRISH NEUTRALITY

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 02 FEBRUARY 2020

• RECLAIM IRISH NEUTRALITY

• CLOSE THE SHANNON WAR PORT

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) will host a press event in Buswell's Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin at 11.30 am this Wednesday 5th February to call on the Irish electorate to vote for those candidates and parties that will support the IAWM’s call for the next Irish government to reclaim Irish neutrality, stop the complicity in foreign wars and end the facilitation to the US military at Shannon Airport.

Those attending the press event so far include:

• Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People before Profit (President IAWM)
• Aengus O Snodaigh TD, Sein Féin
• Paul Murphy TD, RISE
• Representative from Solidarity
• et al

The IAWM is calling for people to vote for candidates and parties that will campaign for the above.

Follow this link to see poster that Dublin City Council said they would not permit - https://www.facebook.com/Notowar

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) is also hosting a debate in the ballroom at Wynn's Hotel from 8.30-10.00pm this coming Wednesday night 5th February.

Facilitated by broadcaster Vincent Browne

TOPIC: IRISH NEUTRALITY, FOREIGN POLICY AND THE GENERAL ELECTION 2020

Participants so far include:
Richard Boyd Barrett, People before Profit (President IAWM)
Councillor Nessa Hourican, Green Party
Aengus O Snodaigh, Sein Féin
Et al

Please note: All the main political parties have been invited to participate.

GE2020 IAWM PRESS EVENT and PUBLIC DEBATE - RECLAIM IRISH NEUTRALITY

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 02 FEBRUARY 2020

• RECLAIM IRISH NEUTRALITY

• CLOSE THE SHANNON WAR PORT

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) will host a press event in Buswell's Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin at 11.30 am this Wednesday 5th February to call on the Irish electorate to vote for those candidates and parties that will support the IAWM’s call for the next Irish government to reclaim Irish neutrality, stop the complicity in foreign wars and end the facilitation to the US military at Shannon Airport.

Those attending the press event so far include:

• Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People before Profit (President IAWM)
• Aengus O Snodaigh TD, Sein Féin
• Paul Murphy TD, RISE
• Representative from Solidarity
• et al

The IAWM is calling for people to vote for candidates and parties that will campaign for the above.

Follow this link to see poster that Dublin City Council said they would not permit - https://www.facebook.com/Notowar

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) is also hosting a debate in the ballroom at Wynn's Hotel from 8.30-10.00pm this coming Wednesday night 5th February.

Facilitated by broadcaster Vincent Browne

TOPIC: IRISH NEUTRALITY, FOREIGN POLICY AND THE GENERAL ELECTION 2020

Participants so far include:
Richard Boyd Barrett, People before Profit (President IAWM)
Councillor Nessa Hourican, Green Party
Aengus O Snodaigh, Sein Féin
Et al

Please note: All the main political parties have been invited to participate.

Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456

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For more information on the IAWM see:
Website - www.irishantiwar.org
@IrishAntiWarMvt
Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishAntiWarMovement/

IRANIAN AND AMERICAN SPEAKERS TO CONDEMN TRUMP’S RECKLESS ACTIONS AT DÁIL PROTEST

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 09 JANUARY 2020

• IRANIAN AND AMERICAN SPEAKERS TO CONDEMN TRUMP’S RECKLESS ACTIONS AT DÁIL PROTEST
• NO TO WAR WITH IRAN!
• STOP THIS SENSELESS WARMONGERING!
• US TROOPS OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST!
• US MILITARY OUT OF SHANNON!

The Irish Anti-War Movement will hold a protest at Dáil Éireann this evening at 5.30pm to condemn the assassination of Iranian General Qaseem Suleimani, Iraqi Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others by a US air strike at Baghdad airport on 03 January.

Iranian, American and Irish speakers will join the protest and condemn the escalation towards another war in the region.

Speakers so far include:

• Dr. Roja Fazaeli, Iranian / Irish citizen and academic
• Dr. Harry Brown, journalist, academic and US citizen
• Glenda Cimino, US citizen and member of the IAWM Steering Committee
• Richard Boyd Barrett TD and President of the IAWM

The IAWM regards this act as a blatant, provocative act of war by the US Government against Iran. To assassinate the second most important leader of a sovereign country is unprecedented and while it is the latest in a series of tit-for-tat strikes in the cold war between the US and Iran this reckless act seriously increases the danger of a new war in the middle east. We have already witnessed strong calls for revenge from Iran and we have seen retaliatory missile strikes by Iran against US military bases in Iraq.

If such a war develops it will lead to even more violence being inflicted on ordinary citizens throughout the Middle East who have suffered terribly over the last 20 years from US sanctions, invasion and occupation.

This escalation towards more war clearly puts the spotlight on the use of Shannon Airport by the US military and the IAWM would echo MEP’s Clare Daly’s analysis that the Irish Government has blood on its hands.

IRANIAN AND AMERICAN SPEAKERS TO CONDEMN TRUMP’S RECKLESS ACTIONS AT DÁIL PROTEST

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 09 JANUARY 2020

• IRANIAN AND AMERICAN SPEAKERS TO CONDEMN TRUMP’S RECKLESS ACTIONS AT DÁIL PROTEST
• NO TO WAR WITH IRAN!
• STOP THIS SENSELESS WARMONGERING!
• US TROOPS OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST!
• US MILITARY OUT OF SHANNON!

The Irish Anti-War Movement will hold a protest at Dáil Éireann this evening at 5.30pm to condemn the assassination of Iranian General Qaseem Suleimani, Iraqi Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others by a US air strike at Baghdad airport on 03 January.

Iranian, American and Irish speakers will join the protest and condemn the escalation towards another war in the region.

Speakers so far include:

• Dr. Roja Fazaeli, Iranian / Irish citizen and academic
• Dr. Harry Brown, journalist, academic and US citizen
• Glenda Cimino, US citizen and member of the IAWM Steering Committee
• Richard Boyd Barrett TD and President of the IAWM

The IAWM regards this act as a blatant, provocative act of war by the US Government against Iran. To assassinate the second most important leader of a soverign country is unprecedented and while it is the latest in a series of tit-for-tat strikes in the cold war between the US and Iran this reckless act seriously increases the danger of a new war in the middle east. We have already witnessed strong calls for revenge from Iran and we have seen retaliatory missile strikes by Iran against US military bases in Iraq.

If such a war develops it will lead to even more violence being inflicted on ordinary citizens throughout the Middle East who have suffered terribly over the last 20 years from US sanctions, invasion and occupation.

This escalation towards more war clearly puts the spotlight on the use of Shannon Airport by the US military and the IAWM would echo MEP’s Clare Daly’s analysis that the Irish Government has blood on its hands.

DON'T ATTACK IRAN - IAWM PR

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 19 JUNE 2019

Don’t Attack Iran!

The Irish Anti-War Movement is totally opposed to any attack on Iran.

Like Jeremy Corbyn, former UK ambassador Craig Murray and many others we do not believe that there is credible evidence that Iran attacked tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.

As Craig Murray has pointed out it is highly implausible that Iran would attack a Japanese oil tanker at the very moment the Japanese Prime Minister was sitting down to friendly, US-disapproved of, talks in Tehran on economic cooperation that can help Iran survive US sanctions.

And as he also notes: “The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous was holed above the water line. That rules out a torpedo attack, which is what is claimed. The second vessel, the Front Altair, is Norwegian owned and 50% Russian crewed. It is owned by Frontline, a massive tanker leasing company that also has a specific record of being helpful to Iran in continuing to ship oil despite sanctions. It was Iran that rescued the crews and helped bring the damaged vessels under control. That Iran would target a Japanese ship and a friendly Russian crewed ship is a ludicrous allegation”.

But regardless of this particular dispute it is abundantly clear that a further war in the already war-torn and devastated region would be a catastrophe for all the peoples caught up in it, including ordinary US soldiers. Iran is more than three times the size of Iraq with more than double its population. The idea that Iran could be invaded and subdued is utter madness. It would inevitably involve a prolonged war costing hundreds of thousands, probably millions of lives.

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