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UNPUBLISHED LETTER TO IRISH TIMES RE MEDIA BIAS IN REPORTAGE OF ISRAELI RESPONSE TO KILLINGS OF ISRAELI TEENAGERS

UNPUBLISHED IAWM LETTER TO IRISH TIMES RE MEDIA BIAS IN REPORTAGE OF ISRAELI RESPONSE TO KILLINGS OF ISRAELI TEENAGERS

The Chickens of War Come Home to Roost in Iraq

Irish Anti-War Movement Press Statement 18 June 2014

The Chickens of War Come Home to Roost in Iraq

The Irish anti-war Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today noting that this week’s events in Iraq, beginning with the capture of Mosul by ISIS and continuing with the country’s descent into civil war, are a clear case of the chickens of the 2003 invasion coming home to roost.

Once again it has been demonstrated that George Bush and Tony Blair’s utterly ill-conceived war and occupation have brought to the region nothing but death, permanent instability and growing sectarian conflict.

The Irish Anti-War Movement believes it is imperative we learn the lesson of the illegal 2003 war and its disastrous aftermath, namely that Western intervention, often presented as aiding or liberating the people of the region, serves only to make a bad situation worse.

John Molyneux of the IAWM Steering Committee said:

“For decades the US, assisted by the Western media, has been using the bogey of ‘Islamic Fundamentalism’ to justify its various military interventions and political manoeuvres. For years it has subjected Iran to sanctions and threats. Now it cynically turns to Iran to try to save its face in Iraq. In the process it exposes the utter hypocrisy of its continuing demonization of Islam and Muslims.”

He further noted:

“The IAWM declares its total opposition to any return to Western military or political intervention in Iraq. The problems of Iraq are for the Iraqi people themselves to resolve. We call on the Irish government to make a clear public statement rejecting any policy of intervention.”

The statement concluded by noting:

“We also urge the proven liar and war criminal, Tony Blair, to abandon his hopeless efforts at retrospective self-justification and his continuous war mongering. In the words of Boris Johnson he should ‘put a sock in it’ and ‘put a paper bag on his head’.”

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IAWM condemns racist campaign against local election candidate

IAWM PRESS STATEMENT – 06 MAY 2014

• IAWM condemns racist campaign against local election candidate

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today condemning in the strongest possible terms the disgusting racist campaign being waged against Memet Uludag, the People Before Profit candidate for Castleknock, Dublin 15, in the local elections.

This campaign includes:

a) defacement of a number of his election posters by sellotaping pieces of bacon to them - a well known racial insult to people who are 'assumed' to be Muslim.

b) systematic destruction of his posters either by cutting them in half or removing them altogether. Over 70 of his posters have now been destroyed or removed.

c) Photographing/filming the candidate and his team when they are out postering in a manner designed to intimidate.

The Irish Anti-War Movement considers these actions a particularly outrageous attack on Memet Uludag's democratic rights as an Irish Citizen and on the democratic process as a whole.

John Molyneux from the IAWM Steering Committee said:

“We are of course totally opposed to racism and Islamophobia in all its forms. The fact that Memet is a long-standing supporter of the Irish Anti-War Movement and a member of our Steering Committee only adds to our indignation and to our solidarity with him at this time.”

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John Molyneux, Steering Committee IAWM

Memet Uludag, Steering Committee IAWM

Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee IAWM

Website - www.irishantiwar.org

@IrishAntiWarMvt https://twitter.com/#!/IrishAntiWarMvt

NEITHER WASHINGTON NOR MOSCOW - NO TO THE WAR MONGERING OF THE US, NATO AND RUSSIA

IAWM STATEMENT ON UKRAINE – 17 MARCH 2014

NEITHER WASHINGTON NOR MOSCOW - NO TO THE WAR MONGERING OF THE US, NATO AND RUSSIA OVER UKRAINE

NO TO THE INCLUSION OF FASCIST ELEMENTS IN UKRAINE’S GOVERNMENT

FOR PEACE AND AGAINST WAR - DE-ESCALATE THE MILITARY RHETORIC AND FACILIATE A PEACE PROCESS AMONG ALL THE UKRANIAN PEOPLE

NATIONAL PROTEST FOR MARGARETTA D’ARCY. ASSEMBLE TODAY 2PM AT THE SPIRE, O’ CONNELL STREET, DUBLIN. MARCH TO MOUNTJOY PRISON.

 

IAWM PRESS RELEASE – 22 FEBRUARY 2014

• NATIONAL PROTEST FOR MARGARETTA D’ARCY. ASSEMBLE TODAY 2PM AT THE SPIRE, O’ CONNELL STREET, DUBLIN. MARCH TO MOUNTJOY PRISON.

• US MILITARY OUT OF SHANNON – MARGARETTA D’ARCY OUT OF PRISON

• US PEACE MUM CINDY SHEEHAN SENDS MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FOR MARGARETTA D’ARCY AND HER COURAGEOUS ACTION FOR PEACE

 

The IAWM issued a statement this morning announcing a national protest for Margaretta D’arcy in Dublin today. The protest will assemble at the Spire on O’ Connell Street where there will be a short rally after which there will be a march to Mountjoy Women’s Prison where Margaretta is being held.

The statement noted:

The protest is supported by a wide range of people and groups including:

Robert Ballagh, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Joan Collins TD, Clare Daly TD, Rev. Patrick Comerford (President CND), Galway Alliance against War, Joe Higgins TD, Jimmy Kelly Unite Trade Union, Mary Lou Mc Donald TD, Eugene Mc Cartan, Paul Murphy MEP, Peace and Neutrality Alliance PANA, People before Profit, Shannonwatch, US Peace Mum and Candidate for Governor of California Cindy Sheehan, Brid Smith DCC Councillor and People before Profit MEP candidate, Ailbhe Smyth Feminist Open Forum and Chair People before Profit ,Dylan Tighe & Donal O Kelly (Artists for Margaretta) and many more.

Cindy Sheehan, US Peace mum and Candidate for Governor of California sent the following message of solidarity, which will be read out at the protest:

Irish links with Israeli military, security firms revealed

From Academics for Palestine

Embargo until Thursday 20 February 11am
Irish links with Israeli military, security firms revealed

Irish academic researchers collaborated in EU-funded projects with Israeli counterparts who make drones, develop high-tech weapons and engage in “counter-terror” activities with the Mossad, it was revealed today.

In all, Irish universities have collaborated with Israel in 257 projects to date, seven of them listed as “security” and 13 as “aerospace”. These EU research programmes are administered by Irish Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.

The information on Irish-Israeli research links was gathered through the examination of publicly available EU documents by members of Academics for Palestine (AfP), a new organisation launched today in Dublin.

The group supports an academic boycott against Israel. Its chair, Jim Roche, said the daily discrimination inflicted on Palestinian academics was enough to justify such a boycott, but added: “The revelations of Irish academia’s collaboration with companies closely linked to Israel’s military-industrial complex are truly shocking.

“What is surprising is that a non-European country, Israel, actually receives more research and development funding from the EU than many European countries do,” Roche said today. “It is not just Israeli universities that avail of this funding, but Israeli security and military companies – and they are often the lead partner in a research consortium.”

“This is, by not very roundabout means, the EU funding the Israeli occupation apparatus,” Dr Andy Storey, UCD lecturer in politics and international relations, said at today’s launch.

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