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international / anti-war / press release Thursday February 23, 2012 12:37 by Vetarans for Peace   text 5 comments (last - saturday february 25, 2012 08:58)
A national organization representing thousands of military veterans is calling on the US Army to abandon court martial proceedings against Private Bradley Manning, the accused Wikileaks whistleblower. The young soldier, who has been imprisoned for 21 months, will be formally arraigned today (Thursday, Feb. 23) at Fort Meade, Maryland. Army prosecutors say they will file 22 charges against PFC Manning, including “aiding the enemy,” a crime that can be punished by the death penalty or life in prison. read full story / add a comment
John McDonnell: war warning
international / anti-war / press release Friday February 17, 2012 11:58 by pat c   text 4 comments (last - saturday february 18, 2012 12:51)   image 1 image
I was present in the Commons on January 24, when foreign secretary William Hague made a statement on European Union sanctions against Iran. In response to a question, he said that, while the UK was “not calling for, or advocating, military action”, it is “the job of our armed forces to prepare for many contingencies” and “all options remain on the table”. This was reflected on the Labour front bench by shadow foreign secretary John Spellar, that well known progressive politician (there’s no irony in Hansard, but I hope it’s not the same in this meeting). Spellar reflects the same attitude - that we should be ready for military action read full story / add a comment
galway / anti-war / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 08, 2012 22:33 by Galway Alliance Against War   text 2 comments (last - tuesday february 14, 2012 17:06)
The regular bulletin from the Galway Alliance Against War read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / opinion/analysis Monday February 06, 2012 22:07 by Declan Cullen
Will the victims of 9/11 ever receive justice? read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / news report Saturday February 04, 2012 08:33 by Ciaron O'Reilly   text 3 comments (last - monday february 20, 2012 12:48)   image 1 image
By the time I lived in community with Phil Berrigan, he was a wise old man. He had served many years in U.S. prisons for his nonviolent resistance to the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons - initiating the draft board raids and plowshares movements. After I moved on, he would serve many more years. He was in the very best sense disillusioned with popular American pretensions. He suffered from few illusions. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / press release Thursday January 26, 2012 13:48 by Yassamine Mather   text 75 comments (last - monday february 20, 2012 11:55)   image 1 image   2 attached files
Make your voice heard against war and repression, urges Hands Off the People of Iran chair, Yassamine Mather

The war drums against Iran are beating ever louder. The new embargo on Iranian oil, to come into force on July 1, is only the latest in a long list of measures imposed by US and EU imperialism. It bans all new oil contracts with Iran, and cuts off all existing deals. Also, all of the Iranian central bank’s European assets are to be frozen.

We are told that the sanctions are designed to weaken the regime and “force Iran back to the negotiating table” over its nuclear programme. This is clearly nonsense:

In reality, the ‘nuclear danger’ is used by imperialism as an excuse to deal with an increasingly unstable situation in the Middle East. Imperialism has recently lost a number of friendly regimes in the region (like Egypt) and needs to reassert control in this oil-rich area. War is also a useful distraction from economic misery and the current crisis of capitalism. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / opinion/analysis Thursday January 19, 2012 19:19 by J. C. Phelan   text 3 comments (last - monday january 23, 2012 17:15)
The Biological Weapons Convention meets amidst allegations that the US has violated the treaty read full story / add a comment
antrim / anti-war / opinion/analysis Thursday January 19, 2012 18:31 by Pepe Escobar   text 2 comments (last - tuesday january 24, 2012 13:50)
Let's start with red lines. Here it is, Washington’s ultimate red line, straight from the lion’s mouth. Only last week Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said of the Iranians, “Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No. But we know that they're trying to develop a nuclear capability. And that's what concerns us. And our red line to Iran is do not develop a nuclear weapon. That's a red line for us.”

How strange, the way those red lines continue to retreat. Once upon a time, the red line for Washington was “enrichment” of uranium. Now, it’s evidently an actual nuclear weapon that can be brandished. Keep in mind that, since 2005, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has stressed that his country is not seeking to build a nuclear weapon. The most recent National Intelligence Estimate on Iran from the U.S. Intelligence Community has similarly stressed that Iran is not, in fact, developing a nuclear weapon (as opposed to the breakout capacity to build one someday). read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / opinion/analysis Thursday January 19, 2012 01:58 by Declan Cullen   text 4 comments (last - friday january 20, 2012 22:51)
The international banks are pushing for a war in Iran big time because they don't have a Central Bank in Iran,
in the same way as they didn't in Libya, .............. read full story / add a comment
Hercules C 130 num. BD 5379, US NAVY warplane at Shannon 8 Jan 2012
international / anti-war / news report Sunday January 08, 2012 19:21 by Edward Horgan   text 5 comments (last - saturday january 14, 2012 14:01)   image 5 images
Twenty five peace activists were again far outnumbered by security forces at Shannon airport at the January peace vigil. Inside the airport three OMNI Air Troop carriers were under army and garda protection, at taxpayers expense. Garda and army personnel were not complaining of course, with their Garda overtime and army security allowances. The taxpayer may wish to question however, why Ireland is incurring such expenditure, in addition to waving many of the air navigation fees due to US military traffic over and through Ireland. This military air traffic is also breaching Irish neutrality on a daily basis. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / news report Tuesday January 03, 2012 00:52 by Justin Morahan   text 5 comments (last - friday january 06, 2012 10:30)
The monstrous crimes committed by President George W Bush (US) and Prime MInister Anthony Blair in their unjustified invasion of Iraq has not resulted in any action against them in the Hague. In a tribunal in Malaysia, however, they have not been so lucky. read full story / add a comment
Two DC 10 troop carrier warplanes at Shannon 30 Dec 2011
international / anti-war / news report Friday December 30, 2011 17:29 by Edward Horgan   text 3 comments (last - monday january 02, 2012 15:37)   image 4 images
Three OMNI air troop carrying warplanes at Shannon on 30 Dec 2011, are now under heavy guard by a combination of Shannon airport security, Gardai and the Irish Defence Forces. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / press release Thursday December 29, 2011 15:07 by thecatholicworkerfarm   image 5 images
16 Catholic Workers closed and occupied the Main Entrance of Northwood Military Headquarters. Scott and Maria Albrecht, Henrietta Cullinan, John Lynes and Rachel Wood pitched tents, knelt and prayed in front of the main gate for 2 hour while others vigiled holding signs. read full story / add a comment
Omni Troop Carriers - Shannon Dec 2011
national / anti-war / feature Wednesday December 28, 2011 00:30 by Galway Alliance Against War   text 8 comments (last - wednesday january 04, 2012 06:47)   image 2 images
The Irish government has been complicted in the murder of innocent people for almost a decade now via the wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are completely hypocritical when for so many years they condenmed the acts of murder in the North, but now not only remain slient about these mass murders in far off lands but actively support it through the apparatus of the state in the form of providing resources -Shannon Airport, policing to go with it and of course welcoming back in 2004 the war criminal Bush and more recently Obama. We are supposed to cheer when the US and NATO drop daisy-cutter 4,000 lb bombs or when drones fire missles and say oops! when innocent civilians get killed.

And to counter the propaganda spewed a few weeks ago about the so-called ending of the war in Iraq. It is not over. There are still troops there. And contary to statements at the time of only 64,000 killed as if that was just a few, the figure is well over one million people, as estimated by internationally peer reviewed Lancet study that was done twice to confirm the initial findings.

We are so immersed in the propaganda that we have all forgotten our true values and the difference between right and wrong. Fortunately there are a few individuals willing to stick by their convinctions.

Below we reproduce a handwritten communication we received from one of the members of the Peace Team that sabotaged a US troop transporter at Shannon warport last Tuesday morning, 20th December 2011. We have verified that this person participated in this action. read full story / add a comment

galway / anti-war / opinion/analysis Monday December 26, 2011 15:41 by Galway Alliance Against War
GALWAY ALLIANCE AGAINST WAR ****** DECEMBER BULLETIN 2011

FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!!
FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!!
FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!!
FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!!

CONTENTS
1) EXCLUSIVE REPORT ON THE PEACEFUL ACT OF SABOTAGE AT SHANNON WARPORT
2) SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS: IN PALESTINE
3) LIBYA: AN ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE
4) NORTH KOREA: AN ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE
5) REPORT ON AN ALTERNATIVE CONFERENCE ON AFGHANISTAN
6) EDWARD HORGAN REPORTS FROM THE CONGO
7) BUSH & BLAIR FOUND GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES
8) FOR YOUR DIARY read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / opinion/analysis Friday December 23, 2011 22:31 by Pól Ó Cionsalígh
This year ending (2011) and the new year starting (2012) marks the tenth anniversary of the illegitimate, illegal and unjust wars of aggression and colonial occupation being waged against the people of Afghanistan and Iraq that destabilised the Middle East and indeed the whole world and things are worse than ever there :-( read full story / add a comment
Cover of Harry Browne's book on the Pitstop Ploughshares
clare / anti-war / news report Wednesday December 21, 2011 17:00 by Trevor   text 20 comments (last - thursday december 29, 2011 14:36)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
A sketchy report on the Irish Anti-War Movement website states that a U.S. troop carrier plane was attacked and sabotaged at Shannon airport. From other sources I understand that that Omni used this aircraft as a spare and that was parked in a relatively remote area of the airport when disarmed a day or so ago by having its hydraulic or fuel lines severed. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / news report Monday December 19, 2011 08:46 by Free Bradley Manning!   text 3 comments (last - monday december 19, 2011 18:35)
Bradley Manning's Military Tribunal Article 32 (pre-military trial hearing) began a Ft. Meade Maryland on Friday Dec 18th.,continued through the weekend and continues into this week. A callout for solidarity action on Bradley' 24th. birthday - Saturday Dec 17th. was answered in 40+ locations throughout the United States and around the world. In London 60 folks gathered in solidarity with Bradley outside the U.S. embassy. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / news report Wednesday December 14, 2011 12:17 by Veterans for Peace   text 2 comments (last - thursday december 15, 2011 22:20)
Tuesday Dec 14th. Veterans for Peace UK and supporters held a vigil for Bradley Manning at the U.S. Embassy in London. Bradley begins a pre-trial hearing on Friday at Fort Meade, Maryland/USA. Bradley faces charges that could lead to a lifetime in prison. We call for you to join us and others in solidarity with Bradley- Saturday 17th of December, 1400hrs at the U.S. Embassy. Please join us or initiate solidarity actions in your locale. read full story / add a comment
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