Press-Release

Statement on French Intervention in Mali

The Irish Anti-War Movement strongly opposes the military intervention by France and other countries in Mali. Neither France nor any of the other nations directly involved or supporting France (eg the UK) have any right whatsoever to intervene in this way. The fact that France is the former colonial power in Mali, as in much of north western Africa, and therefore doubtless has ‘connections’ and ‘interests’ in the area in no way justifies their action, on the contrary it is merely a further reason why they should cease interfering in the affairs of Mali and African people as a whole.

We reject completely the notion that former colonial powers have some special responsibility for the areas they once ruled (eg France for Cote D’Ivoire, Algeria etc., Britain for Zimbabwe, Kenya etc) except in the sense that the whole historical epoch of European imperialist conquest and exploitation of Africa is the root cause of that continents desperate poverty and plight to today.

The pretext for this latest intervention – the alleged threat of an ‘Al Qaeda terrorist state’ on the doorstep of Europe – would be laughable were it not underwritten by the general climate of Islamophobia cultivated by politicians and the media. Mali is in no sense on Europe’s doorstep and, given its location south of the Sahara and its extreme underdevelopment and poverty, is completely unable to pose any threat to Europe. This pretext has even less credibility than George Bush’s and Tony Blair’s infamous ‘weapons of mass destruction’ claim for Iraq.

SANDY HOOK MASSACRE NEEDS TO BE SEEN IN WIDER CONTEXT OF US CULTURE OF VIOLENCE INCLUDING FOREIGN POLICY

IAWM PRESS RELEASE ON SANDY HOOK KILLINGS, 20 DECEMBER 2012

 
- SYMPATHY WITH THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF THIS HORRIFIC ACT

 
- MASSACRE NEEDS TO BE SEEN IN WIDER CONTEXT OF US CULTURE OF VIOLENCE INCLUDING FOREIGN POLICY

 
- OBAMA SHOULD STOP SLAUGHTERING INNOCENTS ABROAD AS A FIRST STEP IN STEMMING VIOLENCE

 The Irish Anti-war Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today expressing sincere sympathy with the victims, survivors and families affected by the horrific killings at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut earlier this week but noted that the massacre must be seen in a wider context of a culture of violence perpetuated by successive US Governments.
The IAWM statement noted that the US is brimming with violence on many fronts, not least its foreign policy and its treatment of innocent people outside of the USA.

The statement noted:

“America is the only country in the world perpetually at war: in 2011-2012 alone, the US military was killing people in nine different countries, from Afghanistan to Yemen. Since World War II, the US has engaged in over fifty military operations abroad (72 according to investigative journalist John Pilger) killing some four million people. If you consider the total massacres by proxies and surrogates (think Indonesia, Chile, Israel etc.) the number is closer to five million. There are approximately 400,000 Americans currently stationed in almost 1,000 overseas military bases.” 

The statement continued:

IAWM PROTEST AT ASCE GATHERING - stop supporting terrorism and abuse of human rights

IAWM PRESS RELEASE – 06 December 2012

• OSCE members - stop supporting terrorism and abuse of human rights
• Stop drone attacks on civilians
• US, Britain and NATO out of Afghanistan
• Stop supporting Israeli aggression - Justice for Palestine
• What about Bahrain? - Stop supporting Arab dictators
• Peace not war - don’t attack Iran

The Irish anti-War Movement (IAWM) announced this morning that it is holding a demonstration this evening, Thursday 06 December at 6pm, assembling at the Central Bank, Dame St. and marching to as close as possible to Dublin Castle where the foreign Ministers from the OSCE are being hosted. The protest is supported by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and WitnessBahrain Ireland.

The statement noted that the protest is being called to draw attention to the contradictions between the stated aims of the OSCE regarding concerns for human rights and security and the actions of many of the participating countries that include the abuse of human rights, restrictions of free speech and media activity, use of torture, harassment of NGOs, support for dictatorships and the proliferation of warfare and nuclear weapons.

The statement noted that these contradictory actions occur in various forms across the membership of the OSCE from the US to Tajikistan and from Britain to the Russian Federation.

Memet Uludag of the IAWM Steering Committee said:

“There are 57 participating states in OSCE including UK, US, Germany and the Russian Federation. Some of these countries are the very same countries that are occupying Afghanistan, supporting Israel in its daily suppression of the Palestinians and constantly threatening to attack Iran.”

IAWM SAYS STOP THE SLAUGHTER IN GAZA - IRISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONDEMN ISRAEL

IAWM PRESS RELEASE – 19 November 2012

• STOP THE SLAUGHTER IN GAZA

• END ISRAEL’S PUNISHING BLOCKADE OF GAZA

• IRISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONDEMN ISRAEL

The Irish Anti-war Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today calling for an immediate end to the bombing of Gaza, for an end to the six-year old punishing blockade and for the Irish Government to stop pussyfooting and to condemn Israel for its latest attacks and the continued siege of the territory.

The statement noted that on the sixth day of Israel's barbaric assault on Gaza, 100 people have been killed, including at least 13 children and 9 from one family four of them children, hospitals are overwhelmed by the hundreds more who have been wounded, 1,350 sites have been attacked and two media centres bombed injuring eight journalists including one who lost his leg.

The statement condemned Barack Obama's response - "There's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders" – as total hypocrisy coming from a president of the United States whose first term was characterised by raining down missiles on citizens from outside its borders -- in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia -- and was comfortable enough with that to make jokes about his use of pilotless drone attacks. (See http://bit.ly/Sg2Ift)

The statement noted that Barack Obama, David Cameron and William Hague have all given their unqualified support to Israel, whatever carnage and mass slaughter is inflicted on the people of Gaza, supporting Israel's "right to defend itself" -- by using the world's fourth most powerful military to bombard a defenceless population of 1.7 million Palestinians trapped in a strip of land half the size of County Carlow.

IAWM CALLS ON IRISH GOVERNMENT TO CONDEMN ISRAELI ATTACK ON CIVILIAN SHIP

IAWM PRESS RELEASE – 20 October 2012

- IAWM CONDEMNS ATTACK BY ISRAEL ON THE MV ESTELLE

- CALLS ON IRISH GOVERNMENT TO CONDEMN ISRAEL

 

The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today condemning the attack by the Israeli navy on the Swedish ship MV Estelle in international waters
and the kidnapping of its crew and passengers.

 

 

The attack occurred 17 Nautical Miles north of the Egyptian port El Arish. Contact was lost with the ship at 9.15am this morning when Israeli war ships surrounded the peaceful ship and the assault began.

 

 

The statement noted that there were many parliamentarians on board including the following:

 

Former Member of Parliament Manly James,
Canada
Member of Parliament Hagen Aksel,
Norway
Member of Parliament Britton Sven,
Sweden
Member of Parliament Kodelas Dimitios,
Greece
Member of Parliament Sixto Ricardo,
Spain
Member of Parliament Diamantopoulos Evangelos, Greece
Full list of individuals onboard: http://shiptogaza.se/en/news/sailors-onboard-estelle

 

See Jim Manly’s pre-recorded video message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8egYBdf-Zo


The passengers also included Israeli peace activist Yonatan Shapira, who had been a combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force and had refused to take part in the bombing of Palestinian cities. Shapira and other activists made their way to the Estelle in a motorboat, evading vessels of the Greek Coast Guard that sought to bar their way.

For interview with Yonatan Shapira see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZYblGxoD8A&feature=plcp

Launching of new booklet - “Shannon Airport, War and Renditions” - Friday 12 October 2012, Buswells Hotel, Dublin.

IAWM PRESS RELEASE – 11 October 2012

PRESS CONFERENCE

Time and date: 11.00am Friday 12th October.

Place: Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2.

Purpose: launching of new booklet - “Shannon Airport, War and Renditions”

A new booklet entitled “Shannon Airport, War and Renditions” is being launched on Friday 12th October at 11am in Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin. The booklet, which is been jointly published by Shannonwatch, the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) and the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM), outlines the legal instruments being violated as a result of US military and CIA use of Shannon. It covers aviation, human rights and international humanitarian law, as well as the ongoing failure to respect Ireland’s history of neutrality.

According to the booklet’s author John Lannon, the publication is an important timely reminder of the extent to which Shannon Airport has contributed to suffering and human rights abuse for over a decade. “The consistent disregard for national and international laws has meant that Shannon has been directly involved in the suffering and death of innocent people - from men tortured in Guantanamo Bay, to children in Afghanistan who are injured or orphaned by airstrikes and roadside bombs.”

“While the number of troops passing through Shannon has declined in 2012, the Irish government has not taken any steps to end the US military use of Irish airports or airspace. The use of Shannon Airport to support the US occupation of a foreign state is indefensible, as is its role in the CIA’s kidnapping and torture operations.”

“Even more worrying is the likelihood that Shannon may now be playing a part in US drone attacks in Pakistan and other parts of the world.”

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