IAWM STALL AT THE SPIRE / GPO IN DUBLIN TODAY, SAT. 19 MARCH FROM 12.30PM - STOP THE WARS ON UKRAINE & YEMEN

IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE 19 MARCH 2022

• IAWM STALL AT THE SPIRE / GPO IN DUBLIN TODAY FROM 12.30PM
• STOP PUTIN’S BARBARIC WAR ON UKRAINE
• NO TO ESCALATION BY PUTIN - NO TO ESCALATION BY NATO COUNTRIES
• STOP SAUDI ARABIA’S BARBARIC WAR ON YEMEN
• PROTEST AGAINST WAR IN YEMEN & UKRAINE ON SAT. 26TH MARCH

The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) will have a stall this Saturday at the GPO / Spire, O’ Connell Street in Dublin from 12.30pm calling for an end to Putin’s war on Ukraine and an end to the US supported Saudi war on Yemen. We call on all our supporters to join us at our stall today.

The IAWM continues to condemn Putin’s invasion of Ukraine just as we call for an end to the Saudi led war on Yemen. We call for exactly the same thing for the now 4-week war on Ukraine as we do for the 7-year old war on Yemen – an immediate ceasefire, withdrawal of foreign forces, diplomatic and peaceful negotiations and massive humanitarian aid to refugees and besieged civilians.

The Ukraine war is now in it’s fourth week and while peace talks are ongoing it shows no sign of letting up. We demand a ceasefire and diplomatic efforts to achieve a lasting solution that guarantees peace and security for all peoples and cultures. As President Zelenski has said: “It’s time to meet, its time to talk ….”

Sadly, most western political leaders show scant regard for diplomacy. They match Putin’s obstinacy with further warmongering, ratcheting up the stakes by funnelling all kinds of arms into Ukraine. They do not seek meaningful peace talks - rather a prolonged war of attrition where they will fight Putin to the last Ukrainian. Meanwhile they revel in the opportunities to escalate the militarisation of western society. Such policies, of prolonging the war, will be disastrous for the people of Ukraine and still present the very real risk of wider conflagration and the possibility of a nuclear accident, or worse still nuclear war.

Escalating and prolonging this war will be an absolute catastrophe for the people of Ukraine and beyond. Foreign Governments should be encouraging diplomatic efforts to stop the war. There is absolutely no evidence of this happening which is truly shocking.

The same western leaders display appalling double standards and hypocrisy in relation to Saudi Arabia’s and UAE’s war on Yemen which is fully supported by two large NATO members, the US and Britain. They provide the arms and the advisors that ultimately kill Yemeni men, women and children – a total of 377,000 so far according to the UN. Millions of Yemenis are starving and dying due to a US-backed Saudi blockade which is preventing vital humanitarian aid reaching those in desperate need. Western Governments support and arm the barbaric Saudi regime which executed 81 people last week, 41 of them activists seeking only freedom and democracy.

THERE MUST BE CEASEFIRES IN BOTH THESE WARS NOW FOLLOWED BY MEANINGFUL PEACE TALKS!

Marnie Holborow, Steering Committee Member of the IAWM said:

“NATO and the European Union (EU) are increasingly working side by side in a military response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The Irish Government must speak out against this escalation of the war and of the militarisation of the EU. We believe that the war in Ukraine cannot become a pretext to draw Ireland into the militarisation of the EU. Peace and diplomacy are the only way to stop this war. Ireland, as a neutral state within Europe, is in an ideal position – at the UN Security Council, and within the institutions of the EU – to pursue the case for diplomacy and peace in both the war on Ukraine and the war on Yemen.”

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IAWM STALL AT THE SPIRE / GPO IN DUBLIN TODAY, SAT. 19 MARCH FROM 12.30PM - STOP THE WARS ON UKRAINE & YEMEN

IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE 19 MARCH 2022

• IAWM STALL AT THE SPIRE / GPO IN DUBLIN TODAY FROM 12.30PM
• STOP PUTIN’S BARBARIC WAR ON UKRAINE
• NO TO ESCALATION BY PUTIN - NO TO ESCALATION BY NATO COUNTRIES
• STOP SAUDI ARABIA’S BARBARIC WAR ON YEMEN
• PROTEST AGAINST WAR IN YEMEN & UKRAINE ON SAT. 26TH MARCH

The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) will have a stall this Saturday at the GPO / Spire, O’ Connell Street in Dublin from 12.30pm calling for an end to Putin’s war on Ukraine and an end to the US supported Saudi war on Yemen. We call on all our supporters to join us at our stall today.

The IAWM continues to condemn Putin’s invasion of Ukraine just as we call for an end to the Saudi led war on Yemen. We call for exactly the same thing for the now 4-week war on Ukraine as we do for the 7-year old war on Yemen – an immediate ceasefire, withdrawal of foreign forces, diplomatic and peaceful negotiations and massive humanitarian aid to refugees and besieged civilians.

The Ukraine war is now in it’s fourth week and while peace talks are ongoing it shows no sign of letting up. We demand a ceasefire and diplomatic efforts to achieve a lasting solution that guarantees peace and security for all peoples and cultures. As President Zelenski has said: “It’s time to meet, its time to talk ….”

Sadly, most western political leaders show scant regard for diplomacy. They match Putin’s obstinacy with further warmongering, ratcheting up the stakes by funnelling all kinds of arms into Ukraine. They do not seek meaningful peace talks - rather a prolonged war of attrition where they will fight Putin to the last Ukrainian. Meanwhile they revel in the opportunities to escalate the militarisation of western society. Such policies, of prolonging the war, will be disastrous for the people of Ukraine and still present the very real risk of wider conflagration and the possibility of a nuclear accident, or worse still nuclear war.

Escalating and prolonging this war will be an absolute catastrophe for the people of Ukraine and beyond. Foreign Governments should be encouraging diplomatic efforts to stop the war. There is absolutely no evidence of this happening which is truly shocking.

The same western leaders display appalling double standards and hypocrisy in relation to Saudi Arabia’s and UAE’s war on Yemen which is fully supported by two large NATO members, the US and Britain. They provide the arms and the advisors that ultimately kill Yemeni men, women and children – a total of 377,000 so far according to the UN. Millions of Yemenis are starving and dying due to a US-backed Saudi blockade which is preventing vital humanitarian aid reaching those in desperate need. Western Governments support and arm the barbaric Saudi regime which executed 81 people last week, 41 of them activists seeking only freedom and democracy.

THERE MUST BE CEASEFIRES IN BOTH THESE WARS NOW FOLLOWED BY MEANINGFUL PEACE TALKS!

Marnie Holborow, Steering Committee Member of the IAWM said:

“NATO and the European Union (EU) are increasingly working side by side in a military response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The Irish Government must speak out against this escalation of the war and of the militarisation of the EU. We believe that the war in Ukraine cannot become a pretext to draw Ireland into the militarisation of the EU. Peace and diplomacy are the only way to stop this war. Ireland, as a neutral state within Europe, is in an ideal position – at the UN Security Council, and within the institutions of the EU – to pursue the case for diplomacy and peace in both the war on Ukraine and the war on Yemen.”

Contact:

Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Marnie Holborrow, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 9889244
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
John Molyneux, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 085 7356424
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‘They draw bombs, tanks and wishes for peace’: Ukraine’s child mental health crisis: Lorenzo Tondo in Lviv, The Guardian, 160322

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/mar/15/ukraine-chil…

Theatre workshops and art classes have sprung up to offer temporary respite from war as doctors warn of widespread trauma.

Beyond the train station, those who work in the arts have responded to the need for therapeutic support. Bohdan Tykholoz, director of the Franko Museum in Lviv, welcomes about 1,000 children every day to the theatre he runs with a team of child psychologists, artists, musicians and teachers. Children are engaged in art and music activities in order to offer them a bit of normality and a space to play.

“The idea was born when my two children and my wife had to leave the country and move to Germany, immediately after the conflict began,” says Tykholoz, who has named the project Fun for Courage. “My wife made a list of things she needed. The first was a hairdryer. The second: papers, markers and coloured pencils – anything they could use to create things they needed the most. When I realised the most urgent need for my children was to create, to draw, I immediately thought of this project. I told myself, ‘if I can’t help my children, because they are far away, I can help other children.’’’

Western hypocrisy over Putin’s war: Letter in Irish Examiner, 120322

https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/yourview/arid-40827236.html

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is an appalling act of aggression and should be condemned

Western hypocrisy over Putin’s war Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an appalling act of aggression and Putin is an autocrat but we should not be so easily convinced that he obeys no logic.

We should applaud not only the Ukrainian people for their resistance but also the courageous anti-war movement in Russia, who risk their lives by protesting Putin’s actions. A peaceful solution and swift end to violence are now a priority.

However, we should not be so easily convinced that Putin is a rampaging madman obeying no logic. Certainly, he is an autocrat who rules through fear. But we also need to acknowledge how the politics and history of the situation, absent from the vast majority of Western media coverage, help make sense of Putin’s motivations.

A civil war has been ongoing in Ukraine since 2014, when a democratically-elected president, Viktor Yanukovich, was removed from office under circumstances which some call a revolution and others a coup. Obama, American president at the time, declared his intention to isolate Russia in what the US framed as a new Cold War. There is good reason to believe that America was directly involved in the formation of the new pro-Western government in Kyiv. We know that America has armed anti-Russian neo-Nazis and other Ukrainian ultranationalist groups, though the extent of their influence in Ukraine’s politics is not clear.

There is no doubt that disinformation campaigns are central to how Putin operates, but there is an equivalent amount of propaganda in the West too, such as the idea that, since Nato is a purely defensive organisation, Putin has nothing to fear from Ukrainian membership or Nato expansion.

Nato’s actions have been far from defensive, however. Nato’s bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 and its intervention in Libya in 2011, to give just two examples, regardless of how you feel about them, were not defensive actions. Rather, they were intended to further Western interests, install pro-Western governments, and shape geopolitics in ways favourable to the West. This is nothing less than imperialism.

IAWM PUBLIC MEETING ON WAR IN UKRAINE: NO TO PUTIN’S INVASION – NATO IS NOT THE ANSWER

IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE 14 MARCH 2022

• PUBLIC MEETING ON WAR IN UKRAINE
• NO TO PUTIN’S INVASION – NATO IS NOT THE ANSWER
• DEFEND IRELAND’S NEUTRALITY

The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) is holding a public meeting at 7.30pm on Monday evening in Wynn’s Hotel, Abbey Street, Dublin 1. The meeting will also be on Zoom: Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88626113010?pwd=ZXVJNmQxQnRRV1VNS2RJZFlSbkhVUT...
Meeting ID: 886 2611 3010
Passcode: 143642

Speakers include:
Richard Boyd Barrett, TD (PbP)
Catherine Connolly TD (Indp)
Chris Andrews TD (SF)
Roger Cole (Peace and Neutrality Alliance)
Lucia Stipicevic (Croatian National)
and others

While condemning the brutal invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin and supporting the right of the Ukrainian people to resist and defend their sovereign country the IAWM believes that Nato also bears a huge responsibility for creating tensions in Ukraine. The recent ratcheting up of the war by both sides (Russia and NATO) both militarily and rhetorically, the prospect of a long war of attrition and the constant and ever threatening risk of a nuclear incident only prolongs the suffering for the people of Ukraine.

It is the firm belief of the IAWM that a non-military, diplomatic and peaceful solution must be found to end this war.

We stand with those brave Russians civilians who have protested against Putin’s barbaric war and with anti-war protesters internationally who have condemned both the invasion by Putin and the war mongering of their own governments. We condemn the rush by many Irish politicians and commentators to abandon Ireland’s traditional stance of military neutrality. A move towards more militarisation is not the answer to this war.

We are calling on people who seek a peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine to join us at this public meeting to hear and discuss how the anti-war movement can both help the Ukrainian people yet challenge the predominant war mongering narrative from western governments.

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IAWM PUBLIC MEETING ON WAR IN UKRAINE THIS EVENING: NO TO PUTIN’S INVASION – NATO IS NOT THE ANSWER

IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE 14 MARCH 2022

• PUBLIC MEETING ON WAR IN UKRAINE
• NO TO PUTIN’S INVASION – NATO IS NOT THE ANSWER
• DEFEND IRELAND’S NEUTRALITY

The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) is holding a public meeting at 7.30pm on Monday evening in Wynn’s Hotel, Abbey Street, Dublin 1. The meeting will also be on Zoom: Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88626113010?pwd=ZXVJNmQxQnRRV1VNS2RJZFlSbkhVUT...
Meeting ID: 886 2611 3010
Passcode: 143642

Speakers include:
Richard Boyd Barrett, TD (PbP)
Catherine Connolly TD (Indp)
Chris Andrews TD (SF)
Roger Cole (Peace and Neutrality Alliance)
Lucia Stipicevic (Croatian National)
and others

While condemning the brutal invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin and supporting the right of the Ukrainian people to resist and defend their sovereign country the IAWM believes that Nato also bears a huge responsibility for creating tensions in Ukraine. The recent ratcheting up of the war by both sides (Russia and NATO) both militarily and rhetorically, the prospect of a long war of attrition and the constant and ever threatening risk of a nuclear incident only prolongs the suffering for the people of Ukraine.

It is the firm belief of the IAWM that a non-military, diplomatic and peaceful solution must be found to end this war.

We stand with those brave Russians civilians who have protested against Putin’s barbaric war and with anti-war protesters internationally who have condemned both the invasion by Putin and the war mongering of their own governments. We condemn the rush by many Irish politicians and commentators to abandon Ireland’s traditional stance of military neutrality. A move towards more militarisation is not the answer to this war.

We are calling on people who seek a peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine to join us at this public meeting to hear and discuss how the anti-war movement can both help the Ukrainian people yet challenge the predominant war mongering narrative from western governments.

Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456
Marnie Holborrow, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 9889244
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
John Molyneux, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 085 7356424

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Public and Online Meeting - Stop Putin's War - NATO not the Answer - Defend Ireland's Neutrality

Stop Putis War in Ukraine

Date / Time:

Location: Wynns Hotell Abby Street Dublin

Zoom Details

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88626113010?pwd=ZXVJNmQxQnRRV1VNS2RJZFlSbkhVU…
Meeting ID: 886 2611 3010
Passcode: 143642

Speakers:

  • Catherine Connolly TD
  • Richard Booyd Barrett TD
  • Roger Cole (Peace and Neutrality Alliance)

 

Diplomacy Remains the Only Option in Ukraine: JEFFREY D. SACHS in Project Syndicate, 090322

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/diplomatic-compromise-ukra…

Although Vladimir Putin's perfidious war against Ukraine has united America and its allies behind the objective of crushing the Russian economy, there is no good reason to think that righteousness will bring an end to the bloodshed. The history of conflicts in the nuclear age has made clear that compromise is the only safe option.

Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine is horrific and barbaric. Yet it could still be ended with a diplomatic solution in which Russia withdraws its forces in exchange for Ukraine’s neutrality. Putin signaled his openness to this possibility in his recent call with French President Emmanuel Macron: “this is first and foremost about demilitarization and neutrality of Ukraine, to ensure that Ukraine will never pose a threat to Russia.” Translated into action, this could mean that NATO and Ukraine would forswear Ukraine’s future membership in the Alliance if Russia immediately withdraws from Ukraine and forswears future attacks.

UKRAINE: NO TO ESCALATION BY PUTIN - NO TO ESCALATION BY NATO COUNTRIES; IAWM STALL AT SPIRE, 1PM SAT. 12 MARCH

IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE 12 MARCH 2022

• IAWM STALL AT THE SPIRE DUBLIN TODAY FROM 1PM
• STOP PUTIN’S WAR NOW - SUPPORT RUSSIAN ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS
• NO TO ESCALATION BY PUTIN - NO TO ESCALATION BY NATO COUNTRIES

The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) will have a stall this Saturday at the Spire, O Connell Street in Dublin from 1pm calling for an end to Putin’s war on Ukraine.

The IAWM continues to condemn Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and we call on the Russian Federation to withdraw its military immediately.

On the 17th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine the war is entering a new phase as Russian tanks and artillery begin to surround Kyiv, Putin’s military attacks cities in west Ukraine and he invites Syrian mercenaries to join his fight against Ukrainians. The latter is particularly worrying given their brutal record in their own country. It could also reflect the fact that the Russian military has lost so many soldiers so far, including some of high command.

The war has all the hallmarks now of descending into a prolonged war of attrition with increased indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, imminent sieges of cities, street to street fighting, complete destruction of buildings, horrendous conditions for refugees and the ever-present threat of a nuclear accident or conflagration.

We condemn this brutal escalation by Putin, we acknowledge the right of Ukrainians to defend their country and we call for a ceasefire and for meaningful peace talks.

The provision of further weaponry and volunteer fighters by western countries is not the answer. It also represents a further escalation of the war. It is clear from the declarations by western leaders after the Versailles Conference yesterday that they are set on using Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine as an excuse to both prolong the war and hence the suffering of Ukrainians and to increase militarisation generally.

THERE MUST BE A CEASEFIRE NOW!

STOP THE MAD RUSH TO A WAR OF ATTRITION!

Escalating and prolonging this war will be an absolute catastrophe for the people of Ukraine and beyond. Foreign Governments instead should be encouraging diplomatic efforts to stop the war. There is absolutely no evidence of this happening which is truly shocking.

Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM said:
“We condemn this escalation by Putin as we also condemn the escalation by western powers. The war on Ukraine is looking more and more like a proxy war between Putin’s Russia and the west, particularly the US. On our anti-war stall today, we will be calling clearly for an end to this war, for a meaningful ceasefire and for serious peace negotiations to address the ongoing disagreements between Ukraine and Russia. We will also be pointing out the double standards of western leaders in relation to other ongoing wars particularly that in Yemen.”