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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Thursday January 28, 2010 15:54 by Amnesty International - Ireland
Amnesty International Ireland has accused the Irish Government of giving misleading answers to United Nations researchers who yesterday published a detailed report on the use of secret detentions in the name of counter-terrorism. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Tuesday January 12, 2010 20:00 by WAT   text 3 comments (last - tuesday june 15, 2010 07:37)
Witness Against Torture begins the 2010 campaign to shut down Guantanamo and end torture. read full story / add a comment
Keeping a watchful eye ...
clare / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday January 12, 2010 00:45 by John Lannon   text 14 comments (last - friday january 22, 2010 16:55)   image 1 image
On January 10th eight people braved the cold conditions at Shannon to highlight the broken promises of the US president and the Irish government over Guantanamo and renditions. Shannon airport is known to have facilitated the illegal US rendition programme and may even continue to do so. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Monday January 11, 2010 11:48 by Amnesty International - Ireland   text 2 comments (last - monday january 11, 2010 20:56)
Marking the eighth anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo Bay detention centre, Amnesty International Ireland has criticised the Government’s lack of progress in carrying out a promised review of the law on searching suspected renditions flights. read full story / add a comment
Typical State response to a peaceful vigil at Shannon
clare / anti-war / imperialism / feature Tuesday December 22, 2009 13:33 by Shannonwatch   text 8 comments (last - thursday january 21, 2010 19:49)   image 1 image
Every day the war machines roll through Shannon, as the innocent populations of Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere suffer the brutal consequences of neo-liberal occupation. The Gardai react by mounting public displays of strength against half a dozen innocent protestors, while claiming to have no opinions or authority over the cargos and personnel passing through the airport. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Monday December 21, 2009 11:45 by Shannonwatch
Shannonwatch are concerned at the ongoing use of Shannon airport by companies and planes associated with the illegal US rendition program. Since March 2009, five aircraft that have been identified by Amnesty International, the EU Parliament or other sources have been recorded there. One of these planes, a Gulfstream IV with registration N478GS made news in early October when it was met by British military helicopters on a runway at Birmingham International Airport. Six days later it was at Shannon, thus reawakening the possibility that the airport is still facilitating illegal kidnapping and torture. read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / news report Wednesday December 16, 2009 20:38 by Fred Johnston   text 3 comments (last - monday december 21, 2009 19:59)
The Green Party have managed to lose even more credibility, if that were possible, by reiterating their belief that the US military presence in Shannon - which is PERMANENT, lest we forget - is good for the region read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Monday December 07, 2009 13:19 by Shannonwatch
Meet at the small roundabout just before the airport entrance (gantry).

All who oppose Shannon's role in war and human rights abuse - or who want to learn more about it - are welcome. read full story / add a comment
CIA Fugitive Robert Seldon Lady (Bob Lady)
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday November 13, 2009 09:28 by Carolyn Keuhn   text 5 comments (last - saturday november 14, 2009 00:32)   image 6 images
An Italian judge on November 4, 2009, convicted 23 CIA agents and two Italian agents over their role in the 2003 kidnapping of a Muslim cleric. Milan judge Oscar Magi sentenced former Milan CIA station chief Bob Seldon Lady (on left in PHOTO with Luciano Pironi) to 8 years and 22 other agents (PHOTOS) to 5 years in prison for their role in the abduction of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. Also convicted was Air Force Colonel Joseph Romano (COLOR PHOTO), who was responsible for the CIA kidnapping team’s flight to Egypt from a U.S. air base in Italy. read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Wednesday October 07, 2009 23:22 by John Lannon
Peaceful vigil held every month to protest against US use of Shannon airport for renditions, the transit of troops and the provision of supplies to their unjust wars. read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / press release Tuesday September 29, 2009 15:01 by Barry McColgan   image 2 images   video 1 video file
Barry McColgan
National Organiser
Ógra Shinn Féin

Your vote is void, please vote again.

This effectively is the message being sent out by the incumbent Dublin Government as citizens across the 26 Counties are being asked to go to the polls again on Friday 2nd October to be good ‘wee’ Europeans and deliver the ‘right’ vote this time around on the Lisbon Treaty. read full story / add a comment
Speakers at International Peace Conference, including Patricia McKenna, Joe Higgins and Mary Lou McDonald
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday September 07, 2009 10:00 by Edward Horgan   text 3 comments (last - tuesday september 08, 2009 02:26)   image 5 images
A very successful peace conference was held at Shannon airport on Sat 5 Sept 09 for the purpose of highlighting the interconnections between the establishment of a US forward airbase at Shannon airport, the militarisation of Europe, the abuse of Irish neutrality and the Lisbon Treaty. The attendance of over 80 was mainly for Dublin, so it was great to get such a dedicated group of peace activists to Shannon to show them very clearly to extent to which Irish neutrality has been abandoned at Shannon airport and the extent to which Ireland is complicit in the crimes against humanity being committed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. read full story / add a comment
clare / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Monday September 07, 2009 01:29 by John Lannon
Peaceful vigil - held every month - to protest against US use of Shannon airport for renditions and transit of troops/munitions to their unjust wars. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Friday August 28, 2009 16:31 by Fiachra Ó Luain   text 2 comments (last - saturday august 29, 2009 18:53)   image 2 images
This Tuesday I rang Cape Cod Times journalist Karen Jefferies, who had done an article on my candidacy in the European elections with details regarding the investigations into the misapplication of 3000 of my first preference votes to Declan Ganley's quota. She told me that she had just returned from the Kennedy compound where Ted Kennedy looked to only have a couple of weeks left. It was with great sadness that I received the news the following day that indeed Ted Kennedy had passed away, so I decided to put together the details of my only dealings with the late Senator from Massachusetts.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday August 25, 2009 11:58 by FSB!
Newspaper opinion pieces are naturally partisan in content and often aim for controversialism, but such is the display of imposture in one from Tony Kinsella in the Irish Times of the 24th of August 2009 that it takes a whole plateful of biscuits.

'I don't have to imagine myself back in some dark age in order to be subjected to fact-free arguments. Tony Kinsella is doing it to people right here and now in the early 21st Century. He's wrong if he thinks it's going to go unchallenged or be accepted unquestioningly, though.'
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Peace activists prevented from going to Shannon airport by token security
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday June 28, 2009 13:36 by Edward Horgan   text 3 comments (last - monday june 29, 2009 16:04)   image 3 images
On 26 June, Amnesty Ireland issued a special report "BREAKING THE CHAIN: ENDING IRELAND'S ROLE IN rendition". At the launch of the report, Colm O'Gorman Amnesty Director described as "barely credible" Green Party TD Ciaran Cuffe's statement that he did not believe that Shannon airport was being used by US flights involved in extraordinary rendition.
Meanwhile, business as usual at Shannon, with Omni air troop carriers, Hercules C130 warplane, and National (Murray) Air munitions plane at Shannon on 27 June 2009 read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Sunday June 28, 2009 13:03 by Sean McGowan
For years, recruitment to the British army has failed to meet its targets, but as a result of the growing economic crisis the number of young people joining is on the increase, particularly unemployed youth from working-class communities. That has always been the case: they want young people to die defending the interests of the rich and powerful. read full story / add a comment
clare / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Friday June 26, 2009 14:24 by John Lannon
Members of Amnesty International, Shannonwatch and others will gather at Shannon Town Centre on Saturday 27th at 2pm to mark the launch of a new Amnesty report outlining how CIA planes have been using Shannon Airport. Dressed in orange to represent the rendition cases that can be directly tied to Shannon, they will walk towards the airport. read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Friday June 05, 2009 14:33 by John Lannon
The regular Shannonwatch vigil will take place on Sunday 14th June from 2pm to 3pm. Meet at the roundabout just before the security hut (gantry) on the way into the airport. read full story / add a comment
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national / politics / elections / news report Wednesday June 03, 2009 18:58 by Edward Horgan and Patricia McKenna   text 4 comments (last - friday june 05, 2009 23:05)   image 1 image
Edward Horgan Resigns from Green Party
Veteran UN peacekeeper and human rights activist Dr. Edward Horgan was a prominent Green Party member until he resigned and gave his support for the EU elections to independent candidate Patricia McKenna.

Mr Horgan who was a prominent member of the Greens for many years tore up his Green Party membership card during a Green Party press conference saying that the party had not only let their voters down but also members of their own party.

Patricia McKenna stated; “I welcome Edward’s support, he has a great track record on highlighting human rights abuses and I am honoured that he is supporting my campaign.” read full story / add a comment
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