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ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT TO DEMONSTRATE AT BRITISH EMBASSY (FRI 29TH) AS BLAIR GIVES EVIDENCE ON IRAQ

-IAWM ALSO CONDEMNS BROWN'S INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AS ATTEMPT TO RE-BRAND IMMORAL AGHAN WAR.

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.

Similarly, the British and Irish anti-war movements believe that the international conference on Afghanistan being hosted by Gordon Brown, the day before Mr Blair's appearance at the inquiry, is a cynical attempt to re-brand the hugely unpopular war in Afghanistan as the "good war," when it is one equally as immoral as that fought in Iraq.

Vigil for Gaza at Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin Today at 2.00pm

VIGIL FOR GAZA at Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin this Thursday, December 31st 2009 at 2.00pm followed by PROTEST AND LETTER HAND IN AT EGYPTIAN EMBASSY, 12 CLYDE ROAD AT 3.30PM (both organised by the IPSC) and other solidarity events around the country.

The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) called today for its members and supporters to attend the vigils and protests for Gaza one year on from the horrific military bombardment of Gaza by Israel and in solidarity with the Gazan people and the International Peace Convoy currently stranded in Egypt.

Claudia Saba, Secretary of the IAWM Steering Committee said:

"More than two years have passed since the land and sea blockade on Gaza's 1.5 million inhabitants began, and one year since the deadly Israeli attacks in which 1,415 Palestinians were killed, over 5,000 were injured and 325,000 lost their homes. The military assault, which started just after Christmas 2008 showed up the brutal and militaristic nature of the Israeli state, as pictures of dead and wounded defenceless civilians, many of them children, were broadcast to the world.

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:

Ireland to Gaza: Four Aid Teams To Set off for Gaza - Saturday 5th December

After 6 months of fundraising, 4 teams from all across Ireland will leave their hometowns on Friday December 4th, to travel 4,000 miles to Gaza, to deliver Ambulances and Humanitarian aid to the stricken region. They will then leave Ireland (via Dublin Port) at 9pm on Saturday 5th December. There will be a short 'send off' and photo opportunity taking place at 7pm in the Dublin Port Topaz Service Station (at the intersection of Bond Drive and Promenade St - map here: http://tinyurl.com/ylmr7qk.

In Tyrone, Galway, Dublin, Derry & Cork, volunteers have been working flat out fundraising, and raising awareness of the plight of the people in Gaza. Together, they will bring 2 ambulances, a mini bus, and a truck filled with over 10 tonne of humanitarian aid.

They will travel to London where they will join up with the "Viva Palestina Convoy", organised and led by George Galloway MP. Over 100 vehicles will leave on Sunday December 6th, and will travel through France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and reach the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza for December 27th.

Diary Notice - Press Conference - Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbon - 12.00 Friday September 25th

Diary Notice – Press Conference


IRISH FRIENDS OF PALESTINE AGAINST LISBON
(IFPAL)

Do the EU's 'Shared Values'
inform its
Foreign Policy

 

12.00, Friday, September 25th

UNITE Trade Union Offices,

55-56 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 2

 

Speakers include:
Raymond Deane, Composer and IFPAL
Sean Clinton, IFPAL
Kieran Allen,
UCD lecturer and No to Lisbon campaigner

Chair: Treasa NíCheannabhháin
.

Diary Notice Peace Neutrality Alliance / Irish Anti war Movement Press Conference 22nd Sep 2009 11AM

11.00am Tuesday 22nd of September in the Unite Trade Union Headquarters, 55 Mid Abbey Street, Dublin 1

Irish Neutrality, The Militarisation of the EU and the Lisbon Treaty

Speakers:

  • Frank Slijper of the Dutch Campaign against the Arms Trade
  • Joe Higgins MEP, the Socialist Party
  • Cllr. Richard Boyd Barrett, Chair of the Irish Anti-War Movement
  • Ed Horgan of Shannonwatch and International Secretary of the Peace  Neutrality Alliance
  • Roger Cole, Chair of the Peace  Neutrality Alliance

For more information contact
Roger Cole, PANA Tel: 087-2611597
Michael Youlton, IAWM  Tel: 096 815 9487

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