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No US Military Intervention In Iraq / Increase Humanitarian Effort for Thratened Minority Groups

IAWM STATEMENT 10 AUGUST 2014

• NO US MILITARY INTERVENTION IN IRAQ
• INCREASE HUMANITARIAN EFFORT FOR THREATENED MINORITY GROUPS

Clare Daly TD, artist Robert Ballagh, Rev. Patrick Comerford and others to speak at IAWM press event on WW 1 commemorations

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) Press Release, 04 August 2014

MORATORIUM UNTIL TUESDAY 05 AUGUST AT 11.00AM

• Clare Daly TD, artist Robert Ballagh, Rev. Patrick Comerford and others to speak at IAWM press event on World War 1 commemorations
• IAWM statement on WW1 commemorations signed by over 75 people including Christy Moore, Sinead Cusack, Robert Ballagh and others
• The statement calls on the Irish government not to use the occasion of the commemorations to justify the slaughter of World War 1

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today to coincide with the 100th anniversary of World War 1 noting that it will hold a press event in Buswell’s Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin at 11.00am on Tuesday 05 August to launch its new pamphlet "World War 1: What did they die for?", and to formally release its statement on the World War 1 commemorations. The IAWM pamphlet includes essays by Raymond Deane, John Molyneux, Jim Roche and Steve Woods.

The press event will be addressed by Clare Daly TD, artist Robert Ballagh, the Chair of CND the Revd. Patrick Comerford, former MEP Patricia Mc Kenna and writer, historian and secretary of the IAWM Steering Committee, John Molyneux.

The IAWM statement has been signed by over 75 people including Christy Moore, Sinead Cusack, Robert Ballagh, Felim Egan, Raymond Deane, Trevor Hogan, Prof. Kathleen Lynch, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Clare Daly TD and various other people from Irish cultural, academic and political life.

The IAWM statement noted the importance of commemorating the dead, including the 49,000 Irish soldiers, of World War 1 but stressed that the supposed good cause for which they died should be exposed for the imperial slaughter that it was.

IAWM PRESS EVENT RE WW1 COMMEMORATIONS, TUESDAY 04 AUGUST 11AM, BUSWELLS HOTEL, DUBLIN

Irish anti-War Movement (IAWM) Press Release, 01 August 2014

MORATORIUM UNTIL TUESDAY 05 AUGUST AT 11.00AM

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of World War 1, the Irish anti-War Movement (IAWM) will hold a press event in Buswell’s Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin at 11.00am on Tuesday 05 August to launch its new pamphlet "World War 1: What did they die for?", and to formally release its statement on the World War 1 commemorations.

The event will be addressed by artist Robert Ballagh, the Chair of CND the Revd. Patrick Comerford, former MEP Patricia Mc Kenna and writer, historian and secretary of the IAWM Steering Committee, John Molyneux.

The IAWM statement has been signed by over 50 people including Christy Moore, Sinead Cusack, Robert Ballagh, Felim Egan, Raymond Deane, Trevor Hogan, Prof. Kathleen Lynch, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Clare Daly TD and various other people from cultural, academic and political life.

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Full IAWM Statement here:

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT STATEMENT ON FIRST WORLD WAR COMMEMORATIONS
JULY 2014

August 2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Far from being a "war to end all wars" or a "victory for democracy", the war was a military disaster and a catastrophe for humankind which left 16 million dead and 20 million wounded, many horribly so. Britain alone suffered almost 900,000 military deaths and a further 124,000 civilian deaths. Life in the trenches was a living hell. Desertions were punished by firing squad. Those who survived were deeply scarred with many suffering debilitating long-term effects.

The war became a testing ground for new mechanised techniques of mass killing with the development of tanks, gas warfare and aerial bombing that encouraged huge profiteering through the armaments industry. In the US alone, for example, war profits saw the creation of 21,000 new millionaires.

IAWM press event in Buswell’s Hotel at 11.00am on Tuesday 05 August re WW1 commemorations

Irish anti-War Movement (IAWM) Press Release, 30 July 2014

MORATORIUM UNTIL TUESDAY 05 AUGUST AT 11.00AM

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of World War 1, the Irish anti-War Movement (IAWM) will hold a press event in Buswell’s Hotel at 11.00am on Tuesday 05 August to launch its new pamphlet "World War 1: What did they die for?", and to formally release its statement on the World War 1 commemorations.

The event will be addressed by artist Robert Ballagh, the Chair of CND the Revd. Patrick Comerford, former MEP Patricia Mc Kenna and writer, historian and secretary of the IAWM Steering Committee, John Molyneux.

The IAWM statement has been signed by over 50 people including Christy Moore, Sinead Cusack, Robert Ballagh, Felim Egan, Raymond Deane, Trevor Hogan, Prof. Kathleen Lynch, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Clare Daly TD and various other people from cultural, academic and political life.

END

Full IAWM Statement here:

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT STATEMENT ON FIRST WORLD WAR COMMEMORATIONS
JULY 2014

August 2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Far from being a "war to end all wars" or a "victory for democracy", the war was a military disaster and a catastrophe for humankind which left 16 million dead and 20 million wounded, many horribly so. Britain alone suffered almost 900,000 military deaths and a further 124,000 civilian deaths. Life in the trenches was a living hell. Desertions were punished by firing squad. Those who survived were deeply scarred with many suffering debilitating long-term effects.

The war became a testing ground for new mechanised techniques of mass killing with the development of tanks, gas warfare and aerial bombing that encouraged huge profiteering through the armaments industry. In the US alone, for example, war profits saw the creation of 21,000 new millionaires.

PEACE ACTIVIST TO BE JAILED ON FRIDAY 1st AUGUST

PEACE ACTIVIST TO BE JAILED ON FRIDAY

Niall Farrell of the Galway Alliance Against War is to be arrested on Friday, 1st of August on his return from abroad and sent to Limerick Prison for his involvement in a peace protest with Margaretta D’Arcy last September on the runway at Shannon airport. In June they were found guilty of having “interfered with the proper use” of Shannon airport and given a two week suspended sentence and what approximates to a €100 fine. Both refused to pay the fine or sign a so-called peace bond and Ms D’Arcy has since been imprisoned for her failure to comply with the Ennis District Court’s ruling.

Ms D’Arcy (80) and Mr Farrell (61) held the peace protest on the 1st September 2013 as it appeared a US war against Syria was imminent. The two peace activists were involved in a similar action on October 7th 2012, the 11th anniversary of the US war against Afghanistan, in opposition to the use of Shannon’s airport by the US military for which Ms D’Arcy was imprisoned for nearly 10 weeks.

The Gardaí have been in contact with Mr Farrell and the latter has agreed to surrender himself in the proximity of Liam Mellows statue on Eyre Square, Galway this coming Friday 1st August at 1.30pm.

In response to this development the Galway Alliance Against War intends to hold a short peace event at 1pm in front of the monument to Liam Mellows, the leader of the 1916 Rising in Galway, in what the peace group notes is “the centenary year of the 1st World War – that so-called ‘war to end all wars’.”

THE SLAUGHTER IN GAZA – THE SHANNON CONNECTION

IRISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD SUPPORT CEASEFIRE AND NEGOTIATIONS ON BASIS OF HAMAS TEN-POINT PLAN

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE - 25 JULY 2014

• IAWM CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE AND NEGOTIATIONS OF HAMAS 10-POINT PLAN AND CALLS ON IRISH GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT THIS
• CONDEMNS CONTINUED ISRAELI MILITARY ONSLAUGHT AGAINST PEOPLE OF GAZA
• SUPPORTS IPSC PROTEST THIS SATURDAY

The Irish anti-War Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today calling for an immediate ceasefire and direct negotiations of the ten-point plan put forward by the Hamas leadership, which has been endorsed by the PLO. It also called on the Irish Government to support such a move.

The statement noted that the Hamas proposal has the de-facto support of the elected representatives of the entire Palestinian population. All the demands in the Hamas 10-point plan are perfectly reasonable and if implemented would lead to a permanent end to hostilities, a lifting of the siege of Gaza and a much safer and dignified life for both Palestinians and Israelis.

The Hamas ten-point proposal notes the following:

• Withdrawal of Israeli tanks from the Gaza border.
• Freeing all the prisoners that were arrested after the killing of the three youths.
• Lifting the siege and opening the border crossings to commerce and people.
• Establishing an international seaport and airport, which would be under U.N. supervision.
• Increasing the permitted fishing zone to 10 kilometers.
• Internationalizing the Rajah Crossing and placing it under the supervision of the U.N. and some Arab nations.
• International forces on the borders.
• Easing conditions for permits to pray at the Al-Aqua Mosque.
• Prohibition on Israeli interference in the reconciliation agreement
• Reestablishing an industrial zone and improvements in further economic development in the Gaza Strip.

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