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I am Bradley Manning

From our friends in Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW). Well done to them for highlighting the case and plight of Bradley Manning ....

Here you have Bradley Manning one thousand days in prison. I hope that in a military court martial that begins in June that the ultimate resolution to it is that Bradley Manning does not have to spend the rest of his life in jail. But I’m not too sure about that….I think the US Government is going to make an example out of Bradley Manning. They want to scare everyone. They don’t want whistleblowers.” Retired US Colonel Ann Wright speaking in Galway 18th February 2013

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Report shows true cost of War in Iraq

This week marked the 10th anniversary of the illegal and unnecessary invasion of Iraq by the US and its allies. The war will ultimately cost the U.S. a staggering $2.2 trillion, far exceeding the initial government estimate of $50 to $60 billion. Hundreds of thousands of people have died as a direct result. Terrorism in Iraq has increased dramatically, with  tactics and fighters being exported to Syria and other neighboring countries. And Iraq’s health care infrastructure remains devastated from sanctions and war.

More than half of Iraq’s medical doctors left the country during the 2000s, and tens of thousands of Iraqi patients are now forced to seek health care outside the country.

Marking 10 Years of US-Imposed Suffering Iraq, and Irish Complicity

Veterans for Peace in Shannon, 10th March 2013

On a cold, wet day in Shannon, members and supporters of Shannonwatch were joined by Veterens for Peace activists from the UK and US. The protest marked the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by the US and its allies. This illegal act, which began on 20 March 2003, was not mandated by the UN and had no legal or moral basis. Yet the Irish government supported it, and gave the US military open access to Shannon Airport.

The Veterans marched from inside the airport to the location of the protest outside. Meanwhile Gardai were out in force despite their industrial action over pay cut, denying some protestors access to the airport.

Minister Gilmore Avoids Telling the Truth About Renditions and Shannon Again

Once again our Minister for Foreign Affairs is misleading the Irish people about Shannon Airport's involvement in renditions. When asked by Sean Crowe TD about rendition and Shannon in the Dáil yesterday his response to the Open Society Justice Initiative report, Globalising Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition was very, very different to his position when he was in opposition.

American peace activist and former US army colonel Ann Wright to visit Ireland and Shannon

Renowned American peace activist and former US Army colonel and State Department official Ann Wright will visit Ireland next week. She will speak at a public meeting in the Teachers' Club, Parnell Sq, Dublin at 8.00pm on Thursday, February 14, and at Richardson's Bar in Galway on Monday February 18th. The Dublin meeting is jointly organised by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) and the Irish anti-War Movement (IAWM).

Earlier on Thursday Ann Wright will meet TDs and Senators who are opposed to the US and British wars and the use of Shannon as a military war port. On Monday the 18th she will visit the airport with local activists, and will see first hand the extent of Ireland's involvement in US wars.