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DON'T ATTACK IRAN - IAWM PR

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 19 JUNE 2019

Don’t Attack Iran!

The Irish Anti-War Movement is totally opposed to any attack on Iran.

Like Jeremy Corbyn, former UK ambassador Craig Murray and many others we do not believe that there is credible evidence that Iran attacked tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.

As Craig Murray has pointed out it is highly implausible that Iran would attack a Japanese oil tanker at the very moment the Japanese Prime Minister was sitting down to friendly, US-disapproved of, talks in Tehran on economic cooperation that can help Iran survive US sanctions.

And as he also notes: “The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous was holed above the water line. That rules out a torpedo attack, which is what is claimed. The second vessel, the Front Altair, is Norwegian owned and 50% Russian crewed. It is owned by Frontline, a massive tanker leasing company that also has a specific record of being helpful to Iran in continuing to ship oil despite sanctions. It was Iran that rescued the crews and helped bring the damaged vessels under control. That Iran would target a Japanese ship and a friendly Russian crewed ship is a ludicrous allegation”.

But regardless of this particular dispute it is abundantly clear that a further war in the already war-torn and devastated region would be a catastrophe for all the peoples caught up in it, including ordinary US soldiers. Iran is more than three times the size of Iraq with more than double its population. The idea that Iran could be invaded and subdued is utter madness. It would inevitably involve a prolonged war costing hundreds of thousands, probably millions of lives.

PROTEST AGAINST TRUMP - THE RACIST, SEXIST WARMONGER!

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 04 JUNE 2019

• PROTEST AGAINST TRUMP - THE RACIST, SEXIST WARMONGER!

The Irish Anti-war Movement opposes the visit to Ireland by US President Donald Trump for many reasons but primarily because he is currently the world’s top warmonger. The IAWM is calling on all Irish people who oppose war and racism to protest vigorously during his visit here. We call on those who wish to show their disdain with Trump to join the peace camp in Shannon Airport and the protests happening elsewhere this week including at the Spire in Dublin on Thursday evening, 6 June.

Donald Trump has escalated US militarism abroad, thus making the world a more dangerous place. One of his first actions after being elected was to massively increase US defence spending, money that could be used to alleviate the hardship endured by so many poor Americans.

He gloated at the dropping of the ‘mother of all bombs’ on Afghanistan, which was an empty, ultra-violent gesture that caused many deaths and much environmental damage but had little impact on the Taliban. He continues to send US troops to the USA’s longest running war ever in that country.

He has trampled on the democratic protections built into the American constitution. He has sought to obstruct the will of Congress to stop supporting the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and to go around them illegally to build his border wall.

He oversaw one of the most ferocious military bombardments of the war in Syria – that of the almost total destruction of the city of Raqqa - thus helping to prolong the immense suffering of the Syrian people.

His provocative moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem gave the green light to Israel for yet further suppression of the Palestinians and instigated the killing of over 60 Palestinian civilians in one day at the border in Gaza on 15 May 2018.

JULIAN ASSANGE SHOULD NOT BE EXTRADITED TO THE USA

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 12 APRIL 2019

JULIAN ASSANGE SHOULD NOT BE EXTRADITED TO THE USA

The IAWM condemns the arrest in London yesterday of the WikiLeaks founder and whistle blower Julian Assange.

Julian Assange has been effectively incarcerated in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012. The UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner noted in 2016, that his “Arbitrary Detention should be brought to an end and that Mr. Assange should be afforded the right to compensation”.

It is clear his incarceration took a sinister turn in late 2018 due to pressure by the US Government on the new government of Ecuador to take away his last liberties.

If he is extradited to the US, he could be jailed for espionage for up to 45 years. Some US politicians have even called for him to be assassinated. His extradition, if it happens, will also weaken the right of journalists to investigate and expose war crimes.

The IAWM supports the Free Julian Assange Campaign and we call on Irish politicians to support the call for his release.

Jim Roche PRO of the IAWM said:

“Julian Assange has greatly served the cause of anti-war activism and the struggle for world peace by releasing footage and documents exposing some of the atrocities carried out by the US military and others in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, wars that were illegal, immoral and that caused untold sufferings to millions of people in those countries. He stands in that great anti-war tradition of whistle blowing on the machinations of war mongering governments and a secretive, egregious military industrial complex. The Irish Government should not support his extradition to the US and should speak out for the right of journalists to investigate and expose the kind of facts that Wikileaks brought to light.”

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Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424

ATTACK ON MOSQUE IN CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 15 MARCH 2019

ATTACK ON MOSQUE IN CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

The IAWM strongly condemns the attack against civilians in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand which has left 49 dead so far and many more wounded. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to the victims and their loved ones at this awful time.

These mass killings have clear echoes of the attack in Norway by Anders Breivik in 2011. They were inspired by a racist, xenophobic ideology which is aided by the policies and utterances of Trump in the US and many EU Governments and groups who have castigated refugees and migrants many of whom are from the Muslim community because of the wars being waged in the Middle East.

Jim Roche PRO of the IAWM said:
“We can only end these terrorist attacks by ceasing to fuel the racist, xenophobic ideology that inspires them, by helping all refugees and by building a peaceful world instead of one of perpetual warfare.”

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Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Memet Uludag, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 087 7919307
Michael Youlton, Chair, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 815 9487
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456
Fatin Tamini, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 0267721

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IAWM SAYS LOOK BACK IN ANGER - REMEMBER ALL THE DEAD OF WW1

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 09 NOVEMBER 2018

LOOK BACK IN ANGER THIS SUNDAY AND REMEMBER ALL THE DEAD OF WORLD WAR 1

Supported by:
Sinead Cusack Actor, Felim Egan Artist, Frank Mc Donald Journalist & Writer, Raymond Deane Composer, Stuart Dunne Actor & Artist, Sean Harrington Architect, Rev. Patrick Comerford President CND, Patricia Mc Kenna former MEP, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Clare Daly TD, Aengus O Snodaigh TD, Brid Smith TD, Joan Collins TD, Eamonn McCann former MLA for PBP, Councillor Tina Mc Veigh, former Councillor Enda Fanning, Goretti Horgan Ulster University, Marcin Wojcik Lecturer DIT, Ms. Deirdre Judge and more.

The Irish Anti-War Movement will hold a dignified vigil at the entrance to the Irish National War Memorial in Island Bridge, Dublin on this Sunday morning 11 November from 10am to 11am.

This is to coincide with the World War 1 Armistice People’s Remembrance organised by the Royal British Legion that is taking place in the Memorial Garden from 10.45am.

Our vigil will remember all the dead of WW1 – Irish, British, German, Turkish, soldiers from the colonies etc. and the millions of civilians that died – and we will ask one simple question - What did they die for? This is the title of our pamphlet published four years ago at the centenary of the beginning of the war along with a statement signed by many prominent Irish people. We encourage people who attend to wear white poppies as a symbol of peace.

WW1 was the opposite of a "war to end all wars" and a "victory for democracy". It was instead a military disaster and a catastrophe for humankind which left 16 million dead, 20 million horribly wounded and millions of civilian refugees. Those who survived were deeply scarred with many suffering debilitating long-term effects.

IAWM VIGIL THIS SUNDAY TO REMEMBER ALL THE DEAD OF WORLD WAR 1

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 09 NOVEMBER 2018

LOOK BACK IN ANGER THIS SUNDAY AND REMEMBER ALL THE DEAD OF WORLD WAR 1

Supported by:
Sinead Cusack Actor, Felim Egan Artist, Frank Mc Donald Journalist & Writer, Raymond Deane Composer, Stuart Dunne Actor & Artist, Sean Harrington Architect, Rev. Patrick Comerford President CND, Patricia Mc Kenna former MEP, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Clare Daly TD, Aengus O Snodaigh TD, Brid Smith TD, Joan Collins TD, Eamonn McCann former MLA for PBP, Councillor Tina Mc Veigh, former Councillor Enda Fanning, Goretti Horgan Ulster University, Marcin Wojcik Lecturer DIT, Ms. Deirdre Judge and more.

The Irish Anti-War Movement will hold a dignified vigil at the entrance to the Irish National War Memorial in Island Bridge, Dublin on this Sunday morning 11 November from 10am to 11am.

This is to coincide with the World War 1 Armistice People’s Remembrance organised by the Royal British Legion that is taking place in the Memorial Garden from 10.45am.

Our vigil will remember all the dead of WW1 – Irish, British, German, Turkish, soldiers from the colonies etc. and the millions of civilians that died – and we will ask one simple question - What did they die for? This is the title of our pamphlet published four years ago at the centenary of the beginning of the war along with a statement signed by many prominent Irish people. We encourage people who attend to wear white poppies as a symbol of peace.

WW1 was the opposite of a "war to end all wars" and a "victory for democracy". It was instead a military disaster and a catastrophe for humankind which left 16 million dead, 20 million horribly wounded and millions of civilian refugees. Those who survived were deeply scarred with many suffering debilitating long-term effects.

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