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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Wednesday April 11, 2012 07:32 by Ciaron O'Reilly   text 8 comments (last - tuesday may 08, 2012 18:54)
Hi Folks,
Today, I'll be joining British SAS Iraq War Veteran Ben Griffin http://veteransforpeace.org.uk/ , his family and other activists in deploying to rural Wales for a series of events around the Welsh National Theatre's performances of Tim Price's new play "The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning".
http://tinyurl.com/82wo88w read full story / add a comment
Put Marian Price Back Thief !
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Sunday April 08, 2012 07:50 by BrianClarkeNUJ   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Gunter Grass published a poem on Wednesday of this week in which he said that Israel's nuclear program and not Iran’s is a threat to world peace. The poem calls for Germany to stop supplying Israel with submarines, and warns against an Israeli strike on Iran. The following is a translation of it; read full story / add a comment
galway / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Saturday April 07, 2012 21:30 by Galway Alliance Against War   text 1 comment (last - monday april 09, 2012 12:58)
GALWAY ALLIANCE AGAINST WAR
APRIL 2012 BULLETIN

GAAW PEACE EVENT
The Funeral of Irish Neutrality:
14th April 2012, Eyre Sq., Galway at 2pm
Cortege will proceed to Labour Party Conference at NUIG
Dress Code: Black

GAAW SUPPORTED PEACE EVENT
Shannon Peace Vigil
Sunday, 8 April 2012
14:00 until 15:00
Meet at small roundabout just before Shannon Airport

Shannon Airport continues to operate as a staging post for US military forces occupying Afghanistan. Join us in Shannon on Easter Sunday to say enough is enough - end Shannon's complicity in war.

Contents
1. John Arden
2. The Labour Party Conference & the Death of Irish Neutrality
3. Wikileaks: News from the Middle East
4. War Criminals: The ICC & US Courts
5. Remembering Gallipoli & the Futility of War read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Saturday April 07, 2012 08:33 by LCW   text 9 comments (last - wednesday april 11, 2012 08:23)   image 5 images
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27 people associated with the Catholic Worker communities based in Harringay, Rickmansworth and Oxford, undertoook a five hour contemporary Stations of the Cross procession through downtown Westminster/ London on Holy Thursday. read full story / add a comment
galway / anti-war / imperialism / news report Wednesday March 14, 2012 22:09 by Galway Alliance Against War   text 1 comment (last - thursday march 15, 2012 11:56)

The Galway Alliance Against War has welcomed the news that the Red Arrows, the British RAF’s military display team, will not perform at the finale of the Volvo Ocean Race this coming July. read full story / add a comment
Tarpley address crowd of over 50,000 in Damascus. Down with NATO!
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Tuesday March 13, 2012 23:40 by Taking the blue pill   text 25 comments (last - monday april 16, 2012 22:52)   image 1 image   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
For the past six months and longer once Libya had fallen to the NATO sponsored 'rebels', we have faced a continuous media onslaught about Syria with reports of protests, shootings, killings, attacks, bombing and so forth. The backdrop to the narrative is that this is part of the Arab Spring which started last year and it is a good thing overall. So many people are probably wondering what really has been happening, given that this is the same media that was cheer leading the Iraq war almost 10 years ago even though at least a million+ are now dead as a result. And yet somehow they want to imply that they are doing the right thing now. We should also recall that this is the same media that is promoting austerity and encouraging us to accept the blame for the mad years of the bubble and as a consequence we should pay up the €90 billion bailout and in the process see all the state services stripped to the bone. They are presenting the uncomplicated truth surely read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday March 11, 2012 20:49 by lefty   text 5 comments (last - monday march 26, 2012 07:43)   image 3 images
Western forces shot dead 16 civilians including nine children in southern Kandahar province on Sunday, Afghan officials said, in a rampage that witnesses said was carried out by American soldiers who were laughing and appeared drunk. Media are trying to spin the incident and limit the damage by claiming just one soldier was responsible. The old "one bad apple" excuse. But The whole corrupt applecart is in danger of being overturned as a result of this latest atrocity, in the wake of the "Koran burning" incident which so far has led to 23 deaths (guardian) read full story / add a comment
galway / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Friday March 09, 2012 23:32 by Galway Alliance Against War   text 3 comments (last - monday march 12, 2012 18:10)
Galway alliance against war - march 2012 bulletin

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Gaaw supported peace events

Sunday 11th march between 2-3pm
Mark the 9th anniversary of the start of the criminal iraq war
1,455,590 iraqis were slaughtered in us war and occupation of iraq

Peace vigil organised by shannonwatch at shannon airport
(please assemble at roundabout before airport)

Sunday 11th march radisson blu galway @ 8pm
Ó ghaillimh go gaza gig
Dónal lunny & friends
In aid of galway/palestine children’s charity concert
Tickets for the concert are €20/€10 and will be available on the door on the night.
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galway / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday March 05, 2012 21:40 by GALWAY ALLIANCE AGAINST WAR   text 5 comments (last - thursday march 08, 2012 19:34)
The Galway Alliance Against War has learnt that the British military display team, the Red Arrows, will perform during the Volvo Ocean Race Finale in Galway on July 1st. Another “war outfit” has also been invited, but has not yet confirmed. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Wednesday February 29, 2012 11:39 by Ciaron
Theresa is serving 6 months for crossing the line at the School of the Americas, Ft Benning, Georgia, USA last November on the anniversary of the slaying of 6 Jesuits & 2 Salvadoran co-workers (mother & daughter). They were murdered by Salvadoran troops recently returned from training at S.O.A. Ft Benning. There was a solidarity vigil last November at the U.S. embassy Dublin while the nonviolent resistance wa taking place to close this School of Assasins at Ft. Benning. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday February 24, 2012 12:54 by LCW   text 5 comments (last - wednesday february 29, 2012 00:50)   image 7 images   video 2 video files
Seven Catholic Workers, a Quaker, a doctor and a priest were detained and searched following the marking of the M.O.D. Buiding in Whitehall in an anti-nuclear weapons action on Ash Wenesday read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / 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 / imperialism / 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 / imperialism / 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 / imperialism / 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 / imperialism / 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 / imperialism / 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 / imperialism / 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 / imperialism / 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 / imperialism / 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
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