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The Significance of the Wikileaks Afghan War Diary for Ireland

The Afghan War Diary released by Wikileaks earlier this week provides startling insights into the war in Afghanistan. Thanks to their release, we now know that coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians, that the CIA’s paramilitary operations are expanding in Afghanistan, and that the Taliban has been able to use the same portable missiles that helped defeat the Soviet occupation in the 1980s against U.S./NATO aircraft.

We also know that neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are probably fuelling the war. Western commanders suspect that Pakistan's military spy service guides the Afghan insurgency that fights U.S./NATO troops, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion in aid from the U.S.

U.S. Army at Shannon Airport - Unjustifiable On Any Level

Speech given at Public Meeting 'US Army Out of Shannon; Troops Out of Afghanistan', Wynn's Hotel Dublin 27 May 2010. Organised by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) and the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM)

John Lannon, Shannonwatch

“We’d all prefer if there were no wars …”

This is a quote from a Clare Fianna Fail TD, speaking on a local radio show in early May 2010. It was a few days after Omni Air International, the main airline company transporting U.S. troops through Shannon, stopped using the airport. They did so because of the volcanic ash from Iceland which was drifting in and out of Irish airspace. As a result of the pull-out, 30 workers were laid of at the airport and this prompted local media interest and discussion.

Shannonwatch Member Granted Visa to Attend US Conference

Shannonwatch member Edward Horgan will speak at a conference on rendition and torture in Duke University in North Carolina this week. In January of this year the U.S. revoked the ten year visa which he had been granted in 2009, but at the last minute he was granted a 3 month visa and will be attending the conference.

Black Hearts for Valentine's Day at Shannon

Valentine's Day was marked at Shannon Airport by a vigil calling for Love not War. Around 25 people gathered in the sunshine outside the airport entrance, displaying black hearts and calling for an end to the U.S. military use of Shannon. Demonstrators ended the hour long vigil by giving their black heart 'Valentine Cards' to the Gardai who stood behind the metal barriers which they had erected to block access to the airport.

Announcement of Women's Peace Camp 2010

There will be a Gathering of Women At Shannon Airport For the sixth year of the Women’s peace camp.

This year the camp will be part of the international women's day celebrations and will be held from 2 pm on SAturday MARCH 6th, ending with an action-rally at 2pm Sunday March 7th.

(Children & Men are Welcome. Sorry, No Dogs.)

The camp will be set up adjacent to the small roundabout just before the airport entrance (gantry).

  • Drumming, Knitting, Storytelling, Patchwork-quilting.
  • A Spring Cleanout to use up all our Bits & Pieces, Shreds & Patches.

End Ireland’s complicity in the oppression of Afghan Women.

Global Injustices and Violations of Civil Liberties Go Hand in Hand at Shannon

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.

Typical State response to a peaceful vigil at Shannon