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:
IAWM PRESS RELEASE 11 MARCH 2017
1. INTERNATIONAL ANTI RACISM WEEK – MARCH AGAINST RACISM TODAY
1. International Anti-Racism Week - March Against Racism
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’.
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
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!
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
For more information on the IAWM see:
Website - www.irishantiwar.org
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Irish Peace Groups Question Peace Award to John Kerry
27th Oct 2016
Five peace groups have come together to oppose the awarding of the Tipperary International Peace Prize to US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday next (October 30th). Galway Alliance Against War, the Irish Anti-War Movement, the Peace and Neutrality Alliance, Shannonwatch and Veterans for Peace also intend to hold protests at Shannon Airport and at Aherlow House Hotel in Tipperary where the award ceremony will take place.
Speaking on behalf of the five organisations, Edward Horgan of Veterans for Peace posed the question: “What peace has John Kerry achieved and where?”
“The award of peace prizes should be based on truth, integrity and justification” continued Dr Horgan. “Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded in the past to several people who were guilty of starting or being complicit in wars of aggression and human rights abuses. Henry Kissinger is a case in point. Another example is Barack Obama who was awarded his Nobel Peace Prize just before he began authorising targeted assassinations and bombings that killed thousands of innocent civilians.”
“John Kerry and the United States of America claim to be defending the civilised world against Islamic terrorists and dictators” said Jim Roche of the Irish Anti War Movement. ”Yet the reality is that the United States has killed many multiples of the numbers killed by Islamic terrorists in its so-called War on Terror. US led wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria were all initiated without UN approval and with appalling consequences.”
IAWM PRESS RELEASE 18 OCTOBER 2016