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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UN Anti Racism Day Rally (#M21 Ireland) - Sat 21/03/2015 11:30 at Central Bank Plaza Dame Street Dublin 2

21/03/2015 - 11:30

#M21Ireland – A broad, democratic initiative for the ‘UN Anti Racism Day Rally’, called and organised by a number of anti-racist groups, civil society associations, NGOs, trade unions and others. The Irish Anti-War Movement is proud to be a supporting organisation.

Assemble 11:30 at Central Bank Plaza, Dame Street, Dublin 2, followed by a march to Garden of Remembrance.

 

Anti-Racism Protest Poster

Hopefully with the busy city centre our message of anti-racism and diversity will have a huge exposure.

Further details/updates TBA

For details on the campaign please go to https://www.facebook.com/M21Ireland

21st March 2015 UN INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST RACISM RALLY – IRELAND

M.A.R – March Against Racism

Multiple anti-racist, civil society, NGO’s, migrant and faith community groups, trade unions have come together to organise the March 21st rally.

21st March 2015 is the “UN INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST RACISM”, a day when the people across the globe show their opposition to racism and discrimination. This annual event declared as a memorial by the United Nations in response to the murder of 69 anti-apartheid demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, in 1960. Proclaiming the day in 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

Various events and negative developments around the world show us the importance of fighting against every type of racism, hatred at every level and promote unity and solidarity among people.

IPSC EVENTS FOR ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK

IAWM BULLETIN – IPSC EVENTS FOR ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK

IAWM members are encouraged to attend some of these excellent events over the next week organized by the Ireland Palestinian Solidarity Campaign:

1. Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, performances, films, multimedia displays and protest actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe. Last year was incredibly successful with over 200 cities taking part in 30 countries. IAW aims to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Once again the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to be hosting a series of events in Ireland between the 7th and 14th March 2015.
- Click here for full details: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2015/

Public Meeting - The new War on Terror - is there a clash of Civilizations?

21/02/2015 - 14:30

Location: The Teachers Club Parnell Square Dublin

Date & Time: 21/02/2015 14:30

Speakers:

  • Richard Boyd Barrett TD
  • Rev. Patrick Comerford, President Irish CND
  • Ed Horgan, Shannonwatch
  • Patricia Mc Kenna, People's Movement
  • US Peace mum Cindy Sheehan (via Skype)

 

 

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