The PANA AGM will take place on Saturday 7th December in the Teachers Club from 11.30am-1.00pm before the public meeting. Speaker: Jana Jedlicková
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THE SHANNON AIRPORT VIGIL 13/10/13 Connolly Media-Group http://vimeo.com/77093252 Shannon Watch
On the 13th Oct 2013 the yearly trip to Shannon airport was held by PANA to demonstrate against the use of the airport as a hub for American troops and equipment since 2001.
Since 2001 the Peace & Neutrality Alliance in Ireland has campaigned against the use of Shannon Airport by US troops during war in accordance with international law as stated in the Hague Convention of 1907.
Support the Irish peace movement’s campaign to terminate the use of Shannon Airport by US troops on their way to and from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Peace & Neutrality Alliance was established to advocate an independent Irish foreign policy, maintain Irish neutrality and promote a transformed United Nations as the organisation through which Ireland should pursue its security concerns.
It is open to all groups and individuals that accept our objectives.
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Since 1996 PANA has campaigned against the integration of Ireland into the US/EU/NATO military structures,
and in particular, the use of Shannon Airport by the US military on their way to and from their wars in Afghanistan,
Iraq and Pakistan.
In 2009 Ed Horgan, International Secretary of PANA was granted a 10 year visa to visit the USA. In January 2010 it was revoked after Ed had received an invitation to speak at a conference in Duke University, North Carolina on torture and extradition. After intensive lobbying Ed was granted a 3 month visa to attend the conference. This was a victory for the Irish and US peace movements. It was a defeat of those in favour of war and who seek to destroy free speech.
(Powerpoint presentation of Ed's address to the conference).
Part of that campaign is to for the first time actively seek to increase our individual membership. Please download
this membership form, print out a few and distribute to your friends. These horrific wars will continue and the use
of Shannon Airport in them will continue forever unless there are people willing to join PANA and/or other peace
groups in large enough numbers to end them. Its up to you.
The EU Parlament recently (12/9/2013) approved a Report entitled: "EU Structures: State of Play and Future Prospects"
which called for a fully fledged EU Military Headquarters, stronger EU Battle Groups, more financial expenditure
on military equipment and closer relations with the NATO, a nuclear armed military alliance.
How the MEP's voted (including Irish MEP's) can be seen on: www.votewatch.eu
On July 1 for a six month period over 150 Irish soldiers are taking part
in a 3,000 strong German led EU Battlegroup that can be sent anywhere in the world
including Syria or Iran to take part in a war if the EU Council of Ministers decide to do so.
The PANA discussion document "The Battle Groups of the European Empire" provides an analysis of how this happened and how the people of the different nations living in the emerging Empire need to work together to oppose it.
Irish CND policy paper now available
Irish CND's new policy paper on Irish financing of companies involved in the nuclear weapons industry, Ireland, Irish finance and the Nuclear Weapons Industry, was launched to mark UN International Day of Peace on September 21, and has been widely welcomed internationally by other organisations campaigning for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The report calls for changes in legislation to prohibit investment by Irish state bodies (such as the National Pensions Reserve Fund) in companies involved in the nuclear weapons industry. In tandem with this, Eoghan Murphy TD has introduced a Private Members Bill which would give effect to several of the reports key recommendations, The Nuclear Weapons (Prohibition of Investments) Bill 2012. For more information, see http://irishcnd.org/node/81.
The international journal for independent thought, ethical standards, moral responsibility,
and for the promotion and respect of public international law, human rights and humanitarian law 28 March 2013 - No 13
The growing links between NATO and the EU were a key feature of the NATO conference in Chicago.
One of the best sites based in the USA is STOP NATO run by Rick Rozoff.
PANA strongly recommends the site.
The Peace Movement vs. EU and NATO
Speech of the Executive Secretary WPC Iraklis Tsavdaridis at the public meeting organized in Dublin by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) of Ireland on 24th March 2011
Reality Radio: Ireland's New Politics
As Ireland undergoes a major political shift, Kate Hudson interviews Roger Cole from the Irish Peace and Neutrality Alliance about what the post-election changes mean, including the impending end to US military flights via Shannon airport. Download podcast here:http://realityradio.org.uk/ireland-s-new-politics
LISBON NATO Counter Summit November 2010 by Michael Youlton
An information article about the Lisbon Counter-Summit and a preliminary analysis of the new NATO Strategy document discussed and agreed in Lisbon. Lisbon-activities_and_strategy_document.pdf
Rae has been involved in anti-nuclear, anti-militarism and peace campaigning for more than three decades. She is a long time activist in CND UK (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), whose ‘logo’ is recognised as a peace symbol throughout the world. In her campaigning work she has been particularly concerned to build up links with international campaigners and nuclear resisters, both in Europe and the United States. One of the main issues she has written and spoken about has been the dangerous expansion of NATO and the rise of militarism within the European Union.
The Irish Media
Since 1996 PANA has opposed the Irish political/media elite's decision to integrate Ireland into the EU/US/NATO military structures. PANA has always found it very difficult to get any coverage in the media. This lack of willingness to give PANA any coverage was very obvious especially during the 2nd referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, the key purpose of which was to accelerate the militarisation of the EU and to make the links between the nuclear armed military alliance NATO and the EU even stronger. The analysis below by Stephen Booth of Open Europe on the concerted effort to influence Irish journalists goes a long way to explain the reasons why. This exclusion of PANA by the corporate media has continued most recently with their decision to give the PANA conference on an Independent Foreign Policy no coverage.
"Selling the Lisbon Treaty, especially to Irish journalists – At least €351,765 was spent on Irish journalists and Lisbon related seminars in the run up to the referendum. There was clearly a concerted effort to reach all Irish media before the referendum, which makes a mockery of the Commission’s claim that it would not interfere in what was a national referendum. E.g.:
DUBLIN-SEMINAR FOR STUDENT JOURNALISTS 14-16/10/2009-EUROPEAN JOURNALISM CENTRE - €17,604.21
DUBLIN - TRAINING SEMINAR FOR YOUNG JOURNALISTS - EUROPEAN JOURNALISM CENTRE - €17,660.17
DUBLIN - TRAINING SEMINAR REGIONAL JOURNLISTS JULY 2009 – EJC - €18,699.63
DUBLIN-TRAINING SEMINAR FOR REGIONAL MEDIA 2009 -EUROPEAN JOURNALISM CENTRE - €18,699.63
DUBLIN-TRAINING SEMINAR FOR AV JOURNALISTS MAY 2009 - EUROPEAN JOURNALISM CENTRE - €25,815.07
DUBLIN - VISIT OF JOURNALIST STUDENTS TO BRUSSELS 14-16/10/2009 - AMEX €12,000.00
DUBLIN-VISIT OF AGRI/RURAL AFFAI RS JOURNALISTS TO BRUSSELS 23-25/02/2010 - AMEX €10,539.00
DUBLIN - VISIT OF IRISH CRIME JOURNALISTS TO HAGUE 26-27 AUGUST 2009 - AMEX €10,500.00
DUBLIN-VISIT OF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENTS TO BRUSSELS 05-07/05/2010 - AMEX €9,658.25
DUBLIN - VISIT OF AUDIOVISUAL JOURNALISTS TO BRUSSELS - AMEX €8,877.75
DUBLIN - VISIT OF REGIONAL JOURNALISTS TO BRUSSELS 1-3 JULY 2009 - AMEX €7,812.66
IRISH JOURNALISTS POST-ELECTION VISIT TO BRUSSELS 24-26/06/2009 €4,318.83"