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IAWM PRESS RELEASE 070515 - LET’S HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT SINKING OF LUSITANIA

IAWM PRESS RELEASE 07 May 2015 – unpublished letter sent to Irish Times on 04 May 2015

LET’S HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT SINKING OF LUSITANIA

SINKING WAS USED TO PROLONG THE MECHANISED SLAUGHTER OF WW1

Sir,

the sinking of the Lusitania should definitely be remembered as one of the most horrific attacks of World War 1 but only an honest transparent investigation of the ship’s contents, the obfuscation by political leaders after its sinking and how the event was used to escalate the war will bring some closure to the memory of the huge loss of civilian life.

American author David Swanson in his book War is a Lie, claims that the Lusitania was “packed with American-made war material, including ten-and-a-half-tons of rifle cartridges, 51 tons of shrapnel shells, and a large supply of gun cotton, not to mention 67 soldiers of the 6th Winnipeg Rifles”. There has been much reasonable speculation that the ship sank quicker than it would otherwise have done because of secondary explosions caused by the lethal cargo, which was carried in defiance of American laws.

Multiple lies were told about the true nature of the cargo after the sinking. In particular the fact that there were soldiers, armaments and ammunition on board was denied by US Government officials, including President Woodrow Wilson causing his secretary of state to resign. Prior to its sailing, the German Embassy had published a warning in New York newspapers that the ship would be subject to possible attack because it was carrying such war supplies and soldiers.

IAWM Press Statement on judgment against Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly 24 April 2015

IAWM Press Statement on judgment against Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly 24 April 2015

The Irish Anti-War Movement condemns the sentence handed down to Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly who were found guilty this week at Ennis District Court of ‘breaching Shannon airport rules’ when they attempted to search two US military planes at the airport last July. This sentence was issued despite the fact that reliable witnesses said categorically that weapons and ammunition were on board US aircraft, in clear breach of Irish law.

The IAWM supports Wallace and Daly and believes that only a hypocritical society can turn a blind eye to these injustices while condemning those who draw attention to this militaristic evil in our midst. By neglecting proper inspections the Irish government is by default allowing arms and munitions to pass through Shannon and failing in its duty of care. These weapons will inevitably result in the deaths of many people, including innocent civilians, elsewhere. Thus the government is bolstering the militarisation of the planet and supporting the false idea that the imposition of military might, rather than diplomacy, is an acceptable tool in international relations.

There is not one country which shows improvement as a result of US military intervention. On the contrary, we see the seemingly deliberate creation of failed state after failed state, resulting in huge refugee populations of displaced and insecure people, desperate to find a safe place for themselves and their children, often forced into the cruel hands of people traffickers, or death by drowning, in efforts to escape the harsh reality that Western powers have brought about with their military escapades.

IAWM Press Statement on Migrant Deaths in Mediterranean 22 April 2015

IAWM Press Statement on Migrant Deaths in Mediterranean 22 April 2015

The Irish Anti-War Movement condemns the disgraceful response of the EU to the ongoing tragedy of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

The governments of the EU bear direct responsibility for these appalling events. Last November they deliberately cut funding for the sea rescue operation Mare Nostrum and replaced it with the agency Frontex whose priority is border control and which only operates within 30 miles of the Italian coast. The consequences of this callous action were predictably disastrous. It is also clear that this dreadful attitude is caused by these governments’ anxious appeasement of the racist and fascist right across Europe who have whipped up anti- migrant and xenophobic hatred.

There is also a deeper responsibility. The refugee crisis is the result of the catastrophic situation prevailing in Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East – Iraq, Syria, Yemen etc. This situation has mainly been produced and exacerbated by disastrous military interventions, occupations and invasions by NATO and western powers. The Irish Anti-War movement has consistently warned that these interventions and wars would make things worse. Tragically this is the case.

When it served our rulers’ interests to invade Libya or Iraq or Afghanistan they claimed they were doing it for humanitarian reasons and money was no object. Now, faced with a real humanitarian crisis, they look the other way and there is no money.

The Irish Anti-War Movement condemns this hypocrisy. We call for:

1. No repetition of the failed policies of the past – no further military interventions in the Middle East or North Africa and a halt to arms sales to despotic regimes.

2. An immediate increase in Ireland’s, and other EU states’, willingness to accept refugees.

3. An immediate and large scale increase in sea rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

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IAWM Press Statement on Migrant Deaths in Mediterranean 22 April 2015

IAWM Press Statement on Migrant Deaths in Mediterranean 22 April 2015

The Irish Anti-War Movement condemns the disgraceful response of the EU to the ongoing tragedy of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

The governments of the EU bear direct responsibility for these appalling events. Last November they deliberately cut funding for the sea rescue operation Mare Nostrum and replaced it with the agency Frontex whose priority is border control and which only operates within 30 miles of the Italian coast. The consequences of this callous action were predictably disastrous. It is also clear that this dreadful attitude is caused by these governments’ anxious appeasement of the racist and fascist right across Europe who have whipped up anti- migrant and xenophobic hatred.

There is also a deeper responsibility. The refugee crisis is the result of the catastrophic situation prevailing in Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East – Iraq, Syria, Yemen etc. This situation has mainly been produced and exacerbated by disastrous military interventions, occupations and invasions by NATO and western powers. The Irish Anti-War movement has consistently warned that these interventions and wars would make things worse. Tragically this is the case.

When it served our rulers’ interests to invade Libya or Iraq or Afghanistan they claimed they were doing it for humanitarian reasons and money was no object. Now, faced with a real humanitarian crisis, they look the other way and there is no money.

The Irish Anti-War Movement condemns this hypocrisy. We call for:

1. No repetition of the failed policies of the past – no further military interventions in the Middle East or North Africa and a halt to arms sales to despotic regimes.

2. An immediate increase in Ireland’s, and other EU states’, willingness to accept refugees.

3. An immediate and large scale increase in sea rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

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HYPOCRISY OF WESTERN LEADERS REGARDING SAUDI ARABIA

Letter sent to all three Irish broadsheets on 24 January

Editor,

"never in the history of diplomacy has so much hypocrisy been exercised by so many western leaders for a deceased, despotic tyrant. Shame on them all, including our own elected leader who allowed the Irish flag to fly at half mast. Saudi Arabia enslaves women, publicly flogs dissenters and officially beheads people with impunity while the main western powers buy its oil, arm it to the teeth and praise it as a "valued" ally. The Irish Government should dissociate the Irish people from this repressive regime, call for an end to western arms sales, an end to beheadings and for the immediate release of prisoner of conscience and flogging victim Raif Badawi.

Yours etc,"

JIM ROCHE
PRO IAWM

Contact:

Jim Roche, PRO, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 087 647 2737
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 087 086 124 9456

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IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT LETTER ON THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATROCITY AFTERMATH

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT LETTER ON THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATROCITY AFTERMATH

SENT TO IRISH TIMES, IRISH EXAMINER AND IRISH INDEPENDENT

21 January 2015

Editor,

the inclusion of politicians from countries with appalling human rights records, e.g. Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, in Paris last Sunday week vividly represents the cynical efforts of many powerful states to make political capital from the Charlie Hebdo atrocity and is insulting to the memory of the murdered journalists and cartoonists. Israel killed 17 journalists alone in its attack on Gaza last summer. The Turkish state regularly harasses and imprisons journalists. Saudi Arabia publicly beheaded a total of 87 people in 2014 and 10 so far this year, (the most recent a Burmese woman who screamed in terror while being dragged down the street before her beheading) and is publicly flogging Raif Badawi for expressing freedom of thought, a mainstay of journalism.

While the media spotlight, belatedly shines on Saudi Arabia’s despicable human rights record, one aspect missing from the analysis is how the major western powers prop up this reactionary regime, particularly through trade in armaments. The US Congressional Research Service reports that Riyadh signed $66 billion worth of arms transfer agreements with the US in 2011 alone. The Campaign Against Arms Trade reports that Britain, under David Cameron’s premiership, has approved export licenses to Saudi Arabia worth £3.8bn, with £1.6bn of those in 2014 alone. In February last year, frequent visitor Prince Charles frolicked with the Saudi Sheiks while British defence firm BAE sold them 72 Typhoon fighter jets worth £4.4 billion.

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