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IAWM EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY WITH VICTIMS OF CHEMICAL ATTACK BUT CONDEMNS OVERNIGHT AIRSTRIKE BY TRUMP ON SYRIA

IAWM PRESS RELEASE 07 APRIL 2017

• SUPPORT IRISH SYRIA SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT PROTEST AT RUSSIAN EMBASSY TODAY

• IAWM CONDEMNS OVERNIGHT AIRSTRIKE BY TRUMP ON SYRIA

• AN ESCALATION OF THE WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER

The IAWM supports the protest called by the Irish Syria Solidarity Movement today (Friday) 07 April, assembling at 6pm at Christchurch in Rathgar and marching to the Russian Embassy in Orwell Rd, Rathgar.

It is vital that we show solidarity with the victims of this brutal attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, apparently carried out by the Syrian regime, which appears to have involved chemical weapons, and has now killed 80 civilians. It is also vital that we show solidarity with all the victims of this proxy war.

Assad’s and Putin’s forces along with others have bombed and killed Syrian civilians and caused havoc for the people of Syria.

The IAWM also condemns the overnight attack on a Syrian airbase ordered by Donald Trump. This escalates the Syrian proxy war further and will undoubtedly lead to further civilian deaths and only prolong suffering for the people of Syria. The IAWM believes that there is no military solution to this conflict and that a political solution must be found.

The overnight US airstrike is a cynical attempt by Trump to reassert US influence in Syria and to deflect from the civilian deaths that he has caused in Iraq, Yemen and even in Syria.

The NGO Airwars, which monitors civilian casualties from airstrikes in the Middle East, has claimed that "almost 1,000 non-combatant deaths have already been alleged from coalition actions across Iraq and Syria in March -- a record claim".

During the last part of March alone:

-- US aircraft bombed homes, a school and a hospital in Tabqah, Syria, killing 20 civilians.

-- A US-led coalition airstrike on a school that was housing 50 families displaced by the fighting near Raqqa, Syria, killed at least 33 civilians.

IAWM CONDEMNS LATEST ATROCITY IN SYRIA AND THE HYPOCRISY OF WESTERN AND RUSSIAN POWERS

IAWM PRESS RELEASE 05 APRIL 2017

IAWM CONDEMNS LATEST ATROCITY IN SYRIA AND THE HYPOCRISY OF WESTERN AND RUSSIAN POWERS

The aerial attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, apparently carried out by the Syrian regime, which appears to have involved chemical weapons, is another terrible outrage in the war which has devastated Syria since 2011. More than 72 people are now reported dead, 20 of these children, and over 200 horribly wounded.

Like with so much reportage from Syria it is difficult to untangle the truth of who is responsible for the carnage. This latest atrocity, whether it is a direct chemical attack by the Syrian regime or a conventional attack on a rebel weapons compound holding chemicals as the Russian Government is claiming, only exposes the games of the outside forces involved in Syria's proxy war.

While condemning this attack the IAWM contends that any further military intervention by outside forces can only prolong the horror of this war for the Syrian people and most be resisted by anti-war and peace activists. This appalling attack therefore must not be used as a justification for yet further Western escalation especially following Donald Trump administration's recent announcement of the deployment of 1,000 ground troops in the country.

This latest atrocity only adds to the litany of recent carnage in the region.

Not so avidly reported by the Western media however is the Western backed assault on Mosul across the border in Iraq which is also causing a huge number of casualties. It is estimated that the US-led coalition bombing raids have killed around 1,500 civilians in March alone and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. On 28 March one US strike alone caused the deaths of 112 civilians in Mosul, according to a CNN report.

The IAWM condemns all these attacks and calls for the withdrawal of all foreign militaries from the middle east and for peace negotiations to ensue.

THE IAWM CONDEMNS VISIT TO COBH HARBOUR BY USS DONALD COOK WARSHIP

IAWM PRESS RELEASE 21 MARCH 2017

ON THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE US LED INVASION OF IRAQ THE IAWM CONDEMNS VISIT TO COBH HARBOUR BY USS DONALD COOK WARSHIP

The IAWM condemns the visit today, Tuesday 21 March, to Cobh Harbour in Cork of the US warship USS Donald Cook.

The USS Donald Cook is a destroyer, equipped with many weapons of mass destruction. "DONALD COOK's vertical launching system can launch long-range surface-to-surface Tomahawk cruise missiles, surface-to-air Standard missile variants, and anti-ballistic missile Standard missile variants. The 5-inch gun mount, 20-mm Phalanx mounts, and hull mounted crew-served weapons can engage surface, air, and land targets with precision."

The ship was used to fire Tomahawk Cruise Missiles on Baghdad on 20 March 2003 in support of the so-called “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. Since then Iraq has been devastated with more than one million Iraqi lives lost, many injured and displaced and has witnessed the rise of Da’esh as a direct result of the post invasion policies of the US and Britain.

Ed Horgan, a member of the Steering Committee of the IAWM and of Shannon Watch, noted that:

“This warship is no more welcome in an Irish port, than the US war planes that are being refueled at Shannon airport on a daily basis. The Tomahawk missiles fired from this ship can be fitted with nuclear weapons, so when it visits Cobh, we won’t know if it has nuclear weapons on board or not, because of course it will not be searched by our security forces. This visit is a breach of Irish neutrality because the US is at war in several countries in the Middle East, and Destroyers such as the USS Donald Cook have been used in the past to literally destroy people and property by launching Tomahawk Cruise missiles at cities such as Baghdad.”

Jim Roche, PRO IAWM noted:

INTERNATIONAL ANTI RACISM WEEK – MARCH AGAINST RACISM TODAY

IAWM PRESS RELEASE 11 MARCH 2017

1. INTERNATIONAL ANTI RACISM WEEK – MARCH AGAINST RACISM TODAY
2. IBRAHIM HALAWA

1. International Anti-Racism Week - March Against Racism
War and racism are inextricably linked as racism is so often used to promote or justify war.

The IAWM is supporting the following event this Saturday which has been organised by United Against Racism UAR.

Saturday, 11 March p.m.

Garden of Remembrance to Central Bank

Equality Ireland? Dump Trump (#NotInOurName), End Direct Provision (#EndDP), Equality Now (#EqualityIreland)

All welcome. Bring placards, banners, bring a lot of people.

United Against Racism

This rally and demonstration will have three themes:

Dump Trump. Trump is a racist, sexist, homophobic bigot who has made a specialty of attacking immigrants and Muslims, demeaning women, and stirring up hatred. Enda Kenny should not be going to Washington to present a bowl of Shamrock to Trump. If he wants to go somewhere on St.Patrick’s Day let him visit a homeless hostel or a Direct Provision centre. United Against Racism says to Kenny ‘Don’t go – not in our name!’

End Direct Provision. Direct Provision – the system Our State places asylum seekers in – is a shame and a disgrace. Asylum seekers are not allowed to work and forced to live on €19.10 a week. People fleeing oppression find themselves and their children trapped in centres that are close to being prisons and which segregate and isolate them from wider society. We say ‘End Direct Provision – give asylum seekers the right to work’.

STOP BOMBING SYRIA – IAWM PEACE MARCH 19TH NOVEMBER FROM RUSSIAN EMBASSY TO US EMBASSY

IAWM PRESS RELEASE 18 NOVEMBER 2016

STOP BOMBING SYRIA – PEACE MARCH 19TH NOVEMBER FROM RUSSIAN EMBASSY TO US EMBASSY

The Irish Anti-War Movement is holding a Peace March for Syria between the Russian and U.S. Embassies this Saturday 19 November in order to highlight the intense suffering of the Syrian people and the willful perpetuation of the war by Russia and the U.S. and other western powers.

The event will begin with a rally at the Russian Embassy, 184-186 Orwell Rd, Dublin 14 at 2.00pm followed by the peace march to the US Embassy on Elgin Road arriving approximately at 3.30pm.

Speakers so far include former MEP Patricia Mc Kenna, Richard Boyd Barrett TD (President IAWM), Shannon Peace Activist Ed Horgan and a Syrian refugee. There will also be speakers from Turkey and the US.

The IAWM note that Syria has become a living hell as Russia, the U.S. and other world and regional powers continue to bomb it in an attempt to compete for dominance while shamelessly killing civilians and flooding the region with arms. The IAWM says this must stop now and is calling on all peace and anti-war activists to join it in this Peace March this Saturday to highlight the role of both Russia and the US as the two key players in the military conflagration which has devastated Syria.

The IAWM is calling for a permanent cessation to the bombing in Syria.

Syria’s civil war has created the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Since 2011, when the war began, half the country’s pre-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed, wounded or forced to flee their homes. Syria has become a living hell with:

• Almost 500,000 dead
• 4,800,000 have fled as refugees
• 6,100,000 are internally displaced
• 13,500,000 are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

The war is now heading into a sixth year and could lead to a worldwide conflagration.

The IAWM says: JOIN US IN OUR EFFORTS TO STOP THIS WAR NOW!

FORMER CIA PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR TO SPEAK AT DUBLIN MEETING TOMORROW

IAWM PRESS RELEASE 31 OCTOBER 2016

Ray Mc Govern, a former CIA Presidential Briefer and Russian expert turned peace activist will speak at a public meeting jointly organised by the Irish Anti-war Movement and the Peace and Neutrality Alliance tomorrow evening.

The meeting will take place in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin at 8.00pm Tuesday 01 November. All welcome.

With his extensive insider experience of US foreign policy and his knowledge of Russia, Ray will give an interesting insight into the current Middle East wars.

Ray Mc Govern is a former CIA Officer (1963-1990) turned peace activist. He served under five US Presidents, from JFK to G. Bush Senior, advising in particular on Russian affairs. He is a founding member of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. In 2006 he began speaking out on behalf of the anti-war group ‘Not in Our Name’ and he returned his Intelligence Commendation Medal in protest against the CIA’s involvement in torture. In 2011 he was arrested for a silent protest during a speech by current US Presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton. He has openly supported Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

His web site is: www.raymcgovern.com

Ray is available all day Monday and Tuesday for media interviews.

For info please contact:

Roger Cole, PANA:087 2611597
John Molyneux, Secretary IAWM; Tel. 085 7356424
Jim Roche, PRO IAWM: Tel. 087 6472737
Ed Horgan: Tel. 085 8519623

For more information on the IAWM see:

Website - www.irishantiwar.org

@IrishAntiWarMvt https://twitter.com/#!/IrishAntiWarMvt

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