PROTEST AT EU OFFICES, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN, 5PM. TODAY THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2015. REFUGEES ARE VICTIMS OF WAR – LET THEM IN!

IAWM Press Statement, 27 August 2015

PROTEST AT EU COMMISSION AND PARLIAMENT OFFICES, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN, 5PM. TODAY THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2015.

REFUGEES ARE VICTIMS OF WAR – LET THEM IN!

END THE WESTERN-LED WARS AND PLUNDER THAT CAUSE THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Speakers include:
Ruth Coppinger TD, Socialist Party
Cllr. Brid Smith, People before Profit
Cllr. Sarah Holland, Sein Féin, Mayor of South Dublin County Council
Rev. Patrick Comerford, President Irish CND
Caoimhe Butterly, Anti Racist Network
Representative from Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre KRAC
Memet Uludag, IAWM (audio link from island of Kos, Greece)
A Syrian refugee

“The huge investment in war and the arms industry by the US and EU should be diverted to assist a formal programme of organised assistance and settlement of refugees throughout Europe, an Irish Anti-War Statement noted today.

The organisation is holding a protest at 5pm this Thursday evening, 27 August, at the EU Offices on Dawson Street in Dublin to highlight the plight of the war-weary refugees and the shameful response of the EU to the crisis.

The IAWM statement claimed that the UN has noted that the overwhelming majority of people are refugees fleeing from wars in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and beyond. All of these countries have been devastated by wars in which western imperial powers have played a central role. The Irish Government has supported these wars by facilitating the US Military at Shannon Airport and through involvement in the NATO-led ISAF in Afghanistan, the statement noted.

Memet Uludag, IAWM Steering Committee member, speaking from the Greek island of Kos said:

PROTEST AT EU COMMISSION AND PARLIAMENT OFFICES, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN, 5PM. THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2015

IAWM Press Statement, 24 August 2015

PROTEST AT EU COMMISSION AND PARLIAMENT OFFICES, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN, 5PM. THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2015.

REFUGEES ARE VICTIMS OF WAR – LET THEM IN!

END THE WESTERN-LED WARS AND PLUNDER THAT CAUSE THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Speakers include:
Ruth Coppinger TD, Socialist Party
Cllr. Brid Smith, People before Profit
Cllr. Sarah Holland, Sein Féin, Mayor of South Dublin County Council
Rev. Patrick Comerford, President Irish CND
Caoimhe Butterly, Anti Racist Network
Representative from Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre KRAC
Memet Uludag, IAWM (audio link from island of Kos, Greece)
A Syrian refugee

In a statement issued today the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) notes it has called a protest at 5pm this Thursday evening at the EU Offices on Dawson Street, Dublin to highlight the inadequate response of the EU to the humanitarian refugee crisis.

The IAWM statement claimed that the UN has noted that the overwhelming majority of people are refugees fleeing from wars in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and beyond. All of these countries have been devastated by wars in which western imperial countries have played a central role.

Memet Uludag, IAWM Steering Committee member, speaking from the Greek island of Kos said:
“The conditions of refugees in Kos is very difficult. Hundreds of families, children, young-old people are sleeping rough on the streets while waiting for their papers to go to mainland Greece and beyond. The atmosphere at the central police centre is very tense. Refugees are processed very slowly and there are regular moments of protests against the police. The police is extremely harsh towards refugees.

UNPUBLISHED LETTER TO IRISH TIMES REGARDING HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI ATOMIC BOMBINGS

UNPUBLISHED LETTER TO IRISH TIMES REGARDING HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI BOMBINGS

Sir,

It beggars belief that some people still try to defend the indefensible atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Letters, 07 and 10 August).

Extensive scholarship, primarily from the US, ably demonstrates that the Japanese leadership wanted to surrender and had, through various avenues, sued for peace. Much of the US military knew this. General Dwight Eisenhower said, ‘Japan was at that very moment seeking some way to surrender with minimum loss of face. It was not necessary to hit them with that awful thing.’ Two days before the Yalta Conference in January 1945 and seven months before the bombings, General Douglas Mac Arthur presented a 40-page report to President Roosevelt outlining the Japanese peace proposals.

But the US politicians thought differently. Roosevelt dismissed Mac Arthur’s recommendations with the remark, “MacArthur is our greatest general and our poorest politician.” Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson described the atom bomb as the ‘master card’ in US diplomacy towards the Soviet Union. Churchill and Roosevelt had decided as early as September 1944 that the new deadly weapon should be tested on Japan and that their ally, the Soviet Union, should not be informed before its use. They derided the efforts of eminent atomic scientist Niels Bohr who attempted to convince them to share the knowledge openly with their allies if only to prevent a post-war arms race. This gives the lie to the propaganda version that the decision about bombing was taking in extremis to force surrender.

IAWM Press Statement on refugees crisis and refugee Walli Ullah Saf, 02 August 2015

IAWM Press Statement on refugees crisis and refugee Walli Ullah Saf, 02 August 2015

In a statement issued today the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) criticized EU Governments’ responses to the refugee crisis at Calais and the current treatment by the Irish Government of Afghan refugee Walli Ullah Safi.

The condition in which the refugees in Calais are being kept while denied entry to Britain is sickening according to Glenda Cimino of the IAWM Steering Committee who said that “human beings already traumatised, needy and in desperate circumstances, are being treated in an appallingly inhumane manner, in a 'supposedly civilised' part of the world. It is shocking that EU Governments are prepared to spend a fortune on police and barbed wire, but yet cannot give these people a facility to wash their hands, clean food and safe passage.

The IAWM condemns the scaremongering language of British Prime Minister David Cameron who referred to a ‘swarm’ of refugees trying to enter Britain through Calais. The simple facts are that EU countries have taken a minuscule number of refugees compared to countries in the Middle East. It is despicable that EU leaders are using this issue for their own political ends.

IAWM CONCERN OVER MINISTER COVENEY'S PLANS TO DEVELOP MILITARISTIC 'PRODUCT TESTING'

IAWM Press Statement, 24 July 2015

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) expressed deep concern today about plans by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney to allow the international defence industry to have increased access to the Irish Defence Forces for 'product testing', as reported in the Irish Independent on 12 July.

This clearly represents the broadening of Ireland’s involvement in the reprehensible business of arms manufacturing. The independent article noted that the Irish Military has already been involved with US Company MOOG whose products are used in missiles, military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles and launch vehicles.

While Minister Coveney is reported as saying that “the plans wouldn't involve the testing of weapons like guns or rocket launchers” the IAWM stated that the problem with increased access to an already questionable collaboration is that it will inevitably involve the Irish Defence Forces in the development of militaristic products and systems that will have no use other than to kill and maim people.

Glenda Cimino of the IAWM Steering Committee said, "they may sugarcoat this message all they want - call it 'software technology' etc. - but in the end it is still 'neutral' Ireland increasing its participation in the international war and weapons industry.”

The IAWM condemn in particular any involvement by the defence forces in the further development of drone technology. “As everyone knows, the consequence of using drones is often the death of innocent men, women and children, as well as selected 'targets' who may or may not be guilty, but never get their day in court. We have seen the devastating effects of this policy over and over again in such countries as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Gaza,” said Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM.

He continued:

Shannon Airport Protest, Saturday 18 July, 2-4pm

IAWM BULLETIN 17 JULY 2015

1. Shannon Airport Protest, Saturday 18 July, 2-4pm
2. Donating to the IAWM

1. Shannon Airport Protest, Saturday 18 July, 2-4pm

IAWM members are encouraged to attend this important protest to let the Irish Government know that we object to the use of Shannon Airport as a facility to the US Military machine in its perpetuation of continuous wars in the middle east and elsewhere.

Statement from Shannonwatch
As Shannon Airport prepares to stage an air show on July 18th to celebrate its achievements in the world of aviation, peace groups in Ireland issue a reminder that its recent history is not one to be proud of. Since 2001 the airport has been used by the US military as a gateway to wars in the Middle East. These wars have resulted in the death of innocent men, women and children, left millions of people homeless, and destroyed communities and entire countries.

“While it is fitting to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the first commercial transatlantic flight from Shannon Airport and to acknowledge its important role in aviation in Ireland, we cannot ignore the fact that in the last 15 years it has been used to illegally invade Iraq and Afghanistan and has been part of the CIA’s global campaign of kidnapping and torture” said John Lannon of Shannonwatch.

“Shannon became the original airport gateway between the US and Europe and was the birthplace of Duty Free. It is now a gateway to human suffering and war.” added Mr Lannon.

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