Hands off Ukraine by ALL Foreign Powers

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE ON UKRAINE – 24 January 2022

HANDS OFF UKRAINE BY ALL FOREIGN POWERS
STOP THE DANGEROUS WARMONGERING IMMEDIATELY

The Irish Anti War Movement condemns the dangerous saber-rattling by the US, Britain and Russia over Ukraine.

The Ukrainian people have a right to self determination and a right to choose which countries they ally with. Such choices should however respect the human rights of all Ukrainian citizens, including those who identify more with Russia than with Europe or the USA. Serious diplomacy is needed to achieve this.
 
The fact is that the current Ukraine crisis has been long festering due to relentless NATO expansionism - mainly driven by the US – which the Russians claim threaten its security. Since the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, NATO has expanded into more and more countries in Eastern Europe and is now on Russia’s border. It has also played a more aggressive role internationally in the Balkans, the Middle East and South Asia - remember the carnage created by NATO in Libya.
 
Several NATO countries [with the notable exception of Germany] are supplying weapons, soldiers and military advisors to the Ukrainian Government while their politicians of all hues are making provocative speeches. The US has sent much 'lethal aid' to Ukraine. Washington has also endorsed a move by the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to send US-made weapons to Ukraine.

The NATO leaders, particularly the US and Britain, are stoking the tension in Ukraine, using Ukrainian citizens as pawns in a game of geo-political brinkmanship between themselves and Russia. All their actions are playing into the ultranationalistic policy of Putin and his cronies in Russia, thus making him more powerful. The western media adds to the hysteria, blaming the whole crisis on Russia as the only bad actor with the obvious subtext being that the US and NATO will fly in to solve everything for the Ukrainians. All this while hypocritical western Governments are tacitly supporting and ignoring horrific atrocities in Yemen and Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem.
 
The IAWM rejects both the saber-rattling of the belligerent parties and the lazy response of the western media. We call for an end to this dangerous situation. Stop the warmongering now!

Why cannot western political leaders advance serious diplomatic proposals to defuse the tension? Why not call for an immediate withdrawal of all military hardware and advisors from the region and assist in allowing the Ukraine to be a neutral state with help from all sides? This would show serious concern for both Ukraine’s territorial integrity and Russia’s security. The Minsk Agreements signed in 2014 and 2015, brokered by France and Germany and overseen by the OSCE called for a ceasefire, a withdrawla of heavy weapons, Ukraine’s control over its border with Russia and a special political status for certain areas of the region [Ukraine: The Minsk agreements five years on (europa.eu) ].

Further adding to the tension, the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier strike group and NATO allies are launching a major military 'exercise' in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday 24 January. In a tit for tat move, Russia is planning an exercise to 'test missiles' off the coast of Ireland in February.

These preparations for war on both sides will undoubtedly make conflict more likely. All of these irrresponsible provocative exercises in warmongering should stop now.

It is beyond comprehension that a small country is being used by several nuclear power countries in this dangerous game of geo-political brinkmanship and that there is even talk of the possibility of yet another military conflagration that would kill and maim multitudes of people and defer the urgent mitigation measures so badly needed in relation to the climate change crisis.

The IAWM calls on the political leaders of the US, Britain, other NATO countries and Russia to step back from the brink. Start earnest meaningful peace negotiations with the aim of demilitarising the region and helping the Ukrainian people to live peacefully and to co-exist in a manner that respects their multilayered cultures. The alternative is unimaginable.

Contact:

Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
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WILL JULIAN ASSANGE BE EXTRADITED TO THE USA?: Max Blumenthal, Kristinn Krafnsson & Nils Melzer; Inside Story, Al Jazeera

Kieran Test goes here

https://www.aljazeera.com/program/inside-story/2021/12/11/will-julian-as...

A must listen discussion following the devastating news of the British High Court judges decision to allow the British Government to extradite Julian Assange to the USA.

Presenter: Kim Vinell

Guests:

Max Blumenthal – Editor of TheGrayzone.com

Kristinn Krafnsson – Editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks

Nils Melzer – UN special rapporteur on torture, professor of international law at University of Glasgow

FREE JULIAN ASSANGE - An Open Letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, TD

Julian Assange Face Picture

 

 

 05 October 2021

Mr. Simon Coveney TD,
Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Iveagh House,
St. Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2.

https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ask-minister-simon-coveney-to-speak-up-for-julian-assange

An Open Letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, TD

Dear Minister,

 

We, the undersigned, appeal to the Irish Government and, in particular to you, as Minister for Foreign Affairs, to lobby by all means necessary, including via Ireland’s current membership of the United Nations Security Council, the British and United States Governments, to release the campaigning Wikileaks editor and journalist, Julian Assange.
Since “9/11” and the subsequent mis-named War on Terror, respect for international law by the US, NATO and other allied countries has virtually collapsed which has led to the most horrific war crimes and abuses being committed. Sadly, Ireland is implicated in this because of the facilitation of the US military at Shannon Airport. Many of these war crimes were exposed by Julian Assange through his publishing organisation, Wikileaks, which is why he is being punished by the US and UK Governments.

Julian Assange has spent ten years incarcerated, firstly in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and for the last two years in solitary confinement at Belmarsh Prison in the UK. Though a British Court refused to extradite him due to fears he would not survive the US penal system, this is now being challenged by the US Government. If the appeal succeeds, Julian Assange faces a sentence of 175 years, likely to be spent in extreme isolation.

Throughout his incarceration, visits by his family, supporters and his legal team have been, and continue to be, severely curtailed and often spied upon. He has been denied the right to a fair hearing in the UK because of the tactics of the US prosecutors, including submitting last minute fresh indictments, which were allowed by the UK judge.
There is no proven case against Julian Assange. The US admitted under oath as far back as 2013 that it had not found any evidence that anyone had come to harm as a result of WikiLeaks’ publications. A key informant for the FBI, on which the US based strong aspects of its indictment against Assange, subsequently admitted publicly that he fabricated his evidence. Recent media reports alleging that the CIA planned to kill or kidnap Assange in London raise further questions about the US Government’s vendetta against him. His trial should have long since collapsed for numerous reasons not least the ban on political extradition in the US/UK Extradition Treaty and the fact that the CIA has spied on Assange’s defence counsel.

This is clearly a politically motivated case simply because Julian Assange exposed US military and other war crimes, human rights abuses and corruption in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The documents released by Wikileaks were published widely by mainstream media outlets such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and many others.

Julian Assange is in effect a political prisoner. His continued incarceration and threatened extradition to the US, therefore, is a threat not only to him but to all journalists, editors and publishers, to the cause of investigative journalism, to press freedom and to freedom of speech generally. It is ironic that Western countries, which claim to be defenders of freedom, are acting in this way.

Julian Assange’s treatment by the Ecuadorian Embassy and by the UK Government has been condemned as close to torture by multiple social justice and human rights groups. Since being forcibly removed by British police from the Ecuadorian Embassy over two years ago, his physical and mental condition have seriously deteriorated at the inhumane high security and Covid-ridden Belmarsh Prison. Professor Nils Melzer, the UN Rapporteur on Torture, has described how “Mr. Assange has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to persistent and progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological torture.”

We condemn the ongoing treatment of this brave journalist and the overhanging threat of extradition to the US. We add our call to multiple organisations from around the world such as the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Council of Europe, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, Reporters Without Borders, the International Federation of Journalists, various medical organisations, thirty-three elected politicans on the island of Ireland and multiple others who have called for Mr. Assange’s immediate release.

We specifically call on the Irish Government to live up to its claim to be a defender of human rights and therefore to act forthrightly to intervene with President Biden to drop the US Government appeal, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to release Julian Assange immediately and with Prime Minister Morrison to meet Australia’s consular responsibilities to Julian. It would be going against everything we in Ireland claim to stand for if the Irish Government, which is familiar with miscarriages of justice in British courts, failed to speak up in defence of Julian Assange.

Julian Assange has suffered enough, simply because he exposed, through his journalism, extensive governmental deceit, corruption, war crimes, state-sponsored killings, extraordinary rendition [kidnapping], military cover-ups of unlawful killings, and ultimately the true wholescale horror of the disastrous, futile wars led by the US and British Governments. He spoke truth to power and has been vindicated. It is beyond time for him to be released and allowed to enjoy life in peace with his family. We appeal to you to do everything within your power to ensure this happens.

Yours sincerely,

SIGNED:

Jim Roche, PRO, Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM)

Máiréad Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

Jenny Bassett, Free Assange Ireland (FAI)

Roger Cole, Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA)

Dette McLoughlin, Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW)

Dr. Edward Horgan, Chairperson, Veterans for Peace, Ireland Chapter

Dr. John Lannon, Shannonwatch

Frank Keoghan, Secretary, People’s Movement

Joe Murray, Director, AFRI Action from Ireland

Barry Sweeney, World Against War, Coordinator Ireland Chapter

REVELATIONS OF CIA CONSPIRING TO MURDER JULIAN ASSANGE JEOPARDISE US PROSECUTION CASE; THE CANARY, 021021

https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2021/10/02/revelations-of-cia-consp...

The US prosecution of Julian Assange has been dealt another blow following revelations that the CIA plotted the kidnap and rendition or murder of the WikiLeaks founder. The revelations also directly implicate Mike Pompeo, former CIA director and secretary of state, and US president Donald Trump.

Separately, there’s evidence of how cyber activists foiled a 2012 attempt by British police to break into and enter the Ecuadorian embassy where Assange had sought asylum.

Politically motivated
Meanwhile, Assange is still held in Belmarsh Prison, even though UK tribunal judge Vanessa Baraitser blocked his extradition to the US on health and safety grounds – meaning risk of suicide. But her ruling regarding the charges raised equated to a “ringing endorsement of the US prosecution case”.

AUKUS: The Route To A More Dangerous World: Marnie Holborow, REBEL NEWS, September 22, 2021

IAWM Steering Committee member, Marnie Holborow,,analyses the AUKUS military trade deal and defence partnership involving the US, UK and Australia in the wider context of imperialism and capitalism and argues it will lead to a more unstable world.

http://www.rebelnews.ie/2021/09/22/aukus/

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