IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT STATEMENT ON THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATROCITY

IAWM BULLETIN 11 January 2015

1. IAWM statement on the Charlie Hebdo atrocity
2. Letters to papers re Charlie Hebdo atrocity
3. Useful articles on Charlie Hebdo atrocity
4. Donating to the IAWM

1. IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT STATEMENT ON THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATROCITY

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) unequivocally condemns the terrorist murders of Charlie Hebdo journalists in Paris. As an anti-war movement we are opposed, and have always been opposed to terrorism in all its forms. We strongly insist on the right of journalists to practice their trade and, regardless of the content of what they write or publish, nothing can justify their murder in general or this atrocity in particular. It is shocking, as the Committee to Protect Journalists notes, that since 1992 alone, 1109 journalists have been killed in the course of their work.

The Charlie Hebdo atrocity is not a random act of evil. It has an historical and contemporary context which does not excuse it but which has to be understood. Like other terrorist atrocities such as 9/11 in New York and 7/7 in London or even the Birmingham Pub bombing in 1974 (all of which claimed more lives) it is a bitter fruit of the legacy of western imperial interventions, war and racism. It is completely the wrong reaction to the latter - wrong because it is brutal and reactionary in itself, and wrong because it plays into the hands of reactionaries, warmongers and racists. Nevertheless, it is a reaction to these things.

In particular in France it is a reaction to:
a) French imperialism’s long and atrocious history of colonialism in North Africa and elsewhere, but especially in Algeria where the French Government continue to meddle

REMINDER - IAWM PUBLIC MEETING ON THURSDAY 29 JANUARY, DUBLIN

IAWM BULLETIN 28 January 2015

1. REMINDER - IAWM PUBLIC MEETING ON THURSDAY 29 JANUARY, DUBLIN
2. ANTI-WAR LETTERS
3. Donating to the IAWM

1. IAWM PUBLIC MEETING ON THURSDAY 29 JANUARY, DUBLIN

Charlie Hebdo – how should we respond?

Thursday, January 29 at 7:30pm
Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

Obviously anti-war and peace activists, progressives and radicals will condemn the horrible murder of journalists in France but do we need to say more? What role have imperialism, war and racism played in this atrocity? Are the 'world leaders' who gathered in Paris really defenders of freedom?

Speakers:
Harry Browne, Journalist
John Molyneux, IAWM Steering Committee
Mudafar Al Tarwash, Islamic Foundation of Ireland

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See attached poster.

2. ANTI-WAR LETTERS TO NEWSPAPERS IN LAST WEEK
http://irishantiwar.org/node/2253

3. Donating to the Irish Anti-War Movement.
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Irish Anti-War Movement Public Meeting: Charlie Hebdo - How Should We Respond?

29/01/2015 - 19:30
29/01/2015 - 21:00

Obviously anti-war and peace activists, progressives and radicals will condemn the horrible murder of journalists in France but do we need to say more than this ? What role have imperialism, war and racism played in this? Are the 'world leaders' who gathered in Paris really defenders of freedom?

Speakers:
Harry Browne | Journalist
John Molyneux, | IAWM Steering Committee
Mudafar Al Tarwash | Islamic Foundation of Ireland

Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 11 AM Sat 21/02/2015 - The Teachers Club Dublin

21/02/2015 - 11:00
21/02/2015 - 13:00

Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 11 AM Sat 21/02/2015 - The Teachers Club Dublin

The Irish Anti-War Movement will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 21st February 2015 in The Club Parnell Square Dublin starting at 11am. For details of who can attend and submit resolutions at the AGM see below. A full agenda will be available soon.

Agenda

This will be available shortly.

Who can Attend and Vote at The AGM

All members may attend the annual general meeting provided that the current membership fee has been paid in advance of the meeting. All affiliates may send one delegate to the annual general meeting provided that the current affiliation fee has been paid in advance of the meeting.

All members and delegates have one vote each at annual general meeting.

A decision of annual general meeting of the IAWM is binding on the steering committee (SC) and overrides any previous decisions. This constitution may only be amended by annual general meeting. However, amendments to this constitution may be made by the next quarterly delegate meeting held after the annual general meeting of 08 May 2004, which adopted this constitution.

A steering committee shall be elected at each AGM.
Draft resolutions and nominations for the steering committee should be submitted to the Secretary at least 14 days beforehand. The secretary shall publish draft resolutions at least 7 days beforehand.

Submitting Resolutions

Resolutions from members may be submitted in the following ways:

By E-mail:- To the secretary via e-mail info@irishantiwar.org

By Post:- Send the resolutions to The Irish Anti-War Movement, PO Box 9260 Dublin 1.

Deadline

The deadline for resolutions is 12 AM Sat 14th February 2015
Registration

Members may register in the following ways:

Registration can be done on-line by following this link http://www.irishantiwar.org/node/1982 and then clicking on the "Sign up for Annual General Meeting".

Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 11 AM Sat 21/02/2015 - The Teachers Club Dublin

21/02/2015 - 11:30

The Irish Anti-War Movement will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 21st February 2015 in The Club Parnell Square Dublin starting at 11am. For details of who can attend and submit resolutions at the AGM see below. A full agenda will be available soon.

 

Agenda

This will be available shortly.

 

Who can Attend and Vote at The AGM

  1. All members may attend the annual general meeting provided that the current membership fee has been paid in advance of the meeting. All affiliates may send one delegate to the annual general meeting provided that the current affiliation fee has been paid in advance of the meeting.
  2. All members and delegates have one vote each at annual general meeting.
  3. A decision of annual general meeting of the IAWM is binding on the steering committee (SC) and overrides any previous decisions. This constitution may only be amended by annual general meeting. However, amendments to this constitution may be made by the next quarterly delegate meeting held after the annual general meeting of 08 May 2004, which adopted this constitution.
  4. A steering committee shall be elected at each AGM.
  5. Draft resolutions and nominations for the steering committee should be submitted to the Secretary at least 14 days beforehand. The secretary shall publish draft resolutions at least 7 days beforehand.

 

Submitting Resolutions

Resolutions may be submitted in the following ways:

IAWM LETTER PUBLISHED IN IRISH TIMES TODAY RE CHARLIE HEBDO KILLINGS

Press Release 090114

From Irish anti-War Movement

LETTER PUBLISHED IN IRISH TIMES TODAY RE CHARLIE HEBDO KILLINGS

Sir,

the horrific murders in Paris must be roundly condemned. It should be possible to criticise and satirise both public figures and ideology without such actions from young men, alienated and angry as they may be.

It is equally important that the response to the attacks does not lead either to an increase in future terrorist attacks or a rise in attacks on Muslims. Hatred and revenge are not the answer to the grief that the relatives of the victims are experiencing.

The French Government could lead effectively in calming the widespread public anger and grief by reflecting on its own dubious foreign policy, which along with that of other western powers has fostered instability, sectarianism, oppression and hundreds of thousands of Muslims killed and injured, all of which has ultimately led to a rise in terrorism. We should remember that the response of the French Government to the brutal suppression by Tunisian dictator Ben Ali to the calls for democracy by peaceful protesters was to offer to send 300 French paratroopers.

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