Shannon

Galway Launch with Harry Browne: booklet Shannon: War & Renditions & GAAW postcard campaign

23/11/2012 - 18:00
25/11/2012 - 21:00

GALWAY ALLIANCE AGAINST WAR PRESS RELEASE

IN A BOOKLET: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MILITARISATION OF SHANNON AIRPORT

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway Cornstore, Galway City  will host the launch of the booklet Shannon: War & Renditions on Friday – 23rd November – at 6pm. Presiding at the launch will be the journalist and broadcaster Harry Browne. This informative booklet was produced by the peace monitors at Shannon airport, Shannonwatch.

At the same event a new postcard campaign by the Galway Alliance Against War opposing the transport of “Killer Drones” via Shannon airport will be unveiled.

The postcards are for sale and can be used to send to the Irish government or for personal use. 

Booklet can be viewed online: http://www.shannonwatch.org/sites/shannonwatch.org/files/docs/Shannon_Watch_Book_LR.pdf

ENDS

For further information: Niall Farrell 091-792297 or 087-9159787

"Arrest of Galway Alliance Against War Activists is an Attack on the entire Irish Peace Movement"

 

"Arrest of Galway Alliance Against War Activists  is an Attack on the Irish Peace Movement"
 
An attack has been made on the peace movement in ireland- again. This morning, Tuesday 20th November, 2 activists from the Galway Alliance Against War  peace group were arrested on ridiculous charges of criminal damage.
Margaretta D'Arcy, a woman of 78 years of age, and GAAW PRO Niall Farrell were nominated by the Galway anti-war group to participate in the international global week of action against drone-warfare by holding a peaceful protest on the runway of Shannon warport in County Clare on 7th October this year. It is known that US armed forces use the civilian airport as a transport hub for their troops and weaponry, but the exact nature of their warfare cargo is not known as no planes are ever searched. There is no reason to expect that chemical weapons such as white phosphorous and the dreaded killer drones are not transported through Shannon.
 
The 2 participants of the action staged the protest on the Shannon airport runway with placards denouncing the use of drones and also the use of Irish airports and airspace in the "War on Terror". They had been in situ for sometime and yet the incompetance of the airport security meant that they were not spotted. As they feared that they could pose a potentially serious safety risk to incoming flights they contacted airport security to alert them. They were subsequently removed from the runway.

"Shannon Airport, War and Renditions" Launch of Booklet 12-10-2012

Time to ask on anniversary of 9/11: who pays and who profits from endless US wars?

JOHNNY BARBER - COUNTERPUNCH

On average, one US soldier dies everyday. Not an enormous sum, unless it is your mother, father, son or daughter that has perished. Few Americans notice. Afghan loses are not reported.

ELEVEN YEARS LATER, we are still at war. Bullets, mortars and drones are still extracting payment. Thousands, tens of thousands, millions have paid in full. Children and even those yet to be born will continue to pay for decades to come.

On a single day in Iraq last week there were 29 bombing attacks in 19 cities, killing 111 civilians and wounding another 235. On Sept 9th, reports indicate 88 people were killed and another 270 injured in 30 attacks all across the country. Iraq continues in a seemingly endless death spiral into chaos. In his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination for President, Obama claimed he ended the war in Iraq, well… not quite.

The city of Fallujah remains under siege. Not from US troops, but from a deluge of birth defects that have plagued families since the use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus by US forces in 2004. No government studies have provided a direct link to the use of these weapons because no government studies have been undertaken, and none are contemplated.

Dr. Samira Alani, a pediatric specialist at Fallujah General Hospital, told Al Jazeera,

Shannon Vigil, Sunday 9th September 2pm - 3pm

09/09/2012 - 14:00

Shannon - usual location (meet at small roundabout before airport entrance)
 
The ongoing peaceful protest against the military misuse of Shannon Airport continues on Sunday 9th September at 2pm.
 
With the threat of war against Iran still looming, there is a grave danger that Shannon and Ireland will be bullied or brainwashed into supporting another illegal invasion. The consequences of such a war would be catastrophic - just as they were for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
Meanwhile August saw three US K35 mid-air refueling tankers land at Shannon, with another on September 1st. The airport is clearly being retained as a US military base, despite the fact that troop numbers are down in recent months.
 
Join us on Sunday 9th to demand an end to this misuse of our civilian airport.
 
For more information see www.shannonwatch.org or phone 087 8225087

Julian Assange has done us all a service. He needs support

EAMON MCCANN - BELFAST TELEGRAPH

Sympathy seems in short supply for Julian Assange, the Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks currently holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Swedish authorities want to talk to Assange about allegations of sexual assault in Stockholm. He says he fears that, if he travels to Sweden, he might be extradited to the US on charges of espionage arising from WikiLeaks' publication of 250,000 classified diplomatic documents.

Assange's supporters insist the allegations are spurious. The robust feminist and anti-war campaigner Naomi Klein says: "Rape is being used in the Assange prosecution in the same way that women's freedom was used to invade Afghanistan. Wake up."

Whatever the truth of what happened in Stockholm, Assange's apprehensions about what might happen in the US are far from fanciful.

The head of the US Senate's intelligence oversight committee, California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, told the Sydney Morning Herald last weekend that, "I believe that Julian Assange has knowingly obtained and disseminated classified information which could cause injury to the United States ... He has caused serious harm to US national security and should be prosecuted accordingly."

In light of that, and given seemingly permanently heightened US anxieties about 'homeland security', Assange's nightmare glimpse of himself shuffling in a jump-suit in Guantanamo Bay can hardly be dismissed as an invented ploy for evading the Swedish police. So it's puzzling that few in the mainstream media seem concerned about his plight.

Assange's team worked for almost a year, with others, sifting through and annotating the leaked archive prior to launching publication in November 2010.

His partners were the New York Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais and Der Spiegel - publications held in the highest esteem, not least by themselves. (Hundreds of the leaked State Department cables have since been published in the Belfast Telegraph.)

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