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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"

Download the Excel spreadsheet here: EU_budget_2009_and_journalism.xls


Report by Edward Horgan,
International Secretary, PANA,
to the AGM on 5 October 2009

Video of the address to the Oireachtas Committee on the Lisbon Treaty by Roger Cole of PANA, Patricia McKenna of the People’s Movement, Tony Coughlan of the National Platform And Joe Higgins of the Socialist Party
Oireachtas Committee presentation to the Committee on the Lisbon Treaty

Let us support democracy and reject EU superstate
OPINION: A long Irish tradition favouring neutrality and independence should encourage us to vote No in second vote on Lisbon, writes ROGER COLE
The Irish Times, Thursday, August 13, 2009

'We need a total opt-out from 'EU militarisation'
OPINION:The elite's desire for wars has created a strong and growing global peace movement, writes ROGER COLE.
The Irish Times, Friday, April 10, 2009

Lisbon 'alliance' is a step too far
A neutral state cannot legally or politically sign up to the Lisbon Treaty mutual assistance clause because it violates neutrality.
by KAREN DEVINE - The Irish Times Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Protecting neutrality in a militarised EU
A protocol to the Lisbon Treaty giving exemptions for neutral states from the EU's security and defence policy is the only effective way to retain active or military neutrality
by KAREN DEVINE - The Irish Times, Tuesday, November 27, 2008

Tug of war between public and political elites
There is a gap between what the Government thinks neutrality means and what some of the electorate think it means. Part II of this three-part examination of neutrality looks at divergent definitions of the policy, which are not unique to Ireland
by KAREN DEVINE - The Irish Times, Tuesday, November 26, 2008

Neither friend nor foe: the Irish position
Some people voted against the Lisbon Treaty because they said they believed it fatally undermined neutrality. Others because they feared the creation of an alleged EU army into which their children would be conscripted. This is the first of three substantial articles, written by an expert in the field, which seek to explain the origins and evolution of neutrality, why the Irish public and Government appear to differ over Irish neutrality and what impact the Lisbon Treaty could have on Irish neutrality
by KAREN DEVINE - The Irish Times, Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Lisbon Treaty and its implications for CFSP/ESDP
Briefing Policy carried out
by Gerrard Quille,
Policy Department of the Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union

EU Major new report by Statewatch and the Transnational Institute
NeoConOpticon - The EU Security-Industrial Complex
by Ben Hayes

Irish arguments against the Treaty of Lisbon
by Karl Albrecht Schachtschneider
- download PDF

What the Lisbon Treaty will or will not do to Irish neutrality
Donegal Democrat, 17 September 2009
Edward Longwill

DIE LINKE Demands by the Left concerning Lisbon-Judgement
Working Group on Europe of the Working Party on International Affairs
Chair: Dieter Dehm
11 August 2009
- download Word doc

TSN/MRBI Poll on Lisbon 2008
- download PDF

Shannon and Militarism
Morning Star, September 9th 2009
by Jeremy Corbyn MP

Neutrality - Irish Experience - European Experience
Papers presented at a conference organised by
Irish School of Ecumenics
Dublin Monthly Meeting
[Quakers] Peace Committee
8-9 May 2009
edited by Iain Atack and Seán McCrum

A great music video on the Lisbon Treaty - "Scared of Lisbon"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=no_Pv7McXVg
(German with English subtitles)

The EU Institute for Security Studies is an integral part of the structures established to develop a Common Foreign Security and Defence Policy for the European Union. PANA stands for a Partnership Europe. A Partnership of Independent Democratic States without a military dimension. The EU ISS stands for the exact opposite and has a great deal more money than we have. We need to build a Democratic Alliance not just in Ireland but throughout the EU. To do so we need to gain some knowledge of what the ISS is thinking.

An insight into their thinking can be gained by going on to the following link:
www.iss.europa.eu/uploads/media/What_ambitions_for_European_defence_in_2020.pdf

Verdict of the German Constitutional Court concerning the Lisbon Treaty: Court strenghtens Parliamentery Prerogative
But the Lisbon Treaty was made compliant with the constitution ? now the
Irish referendum is decisive
by Tobias Pflüger

German judgement is a call to action against the EU's democratic deficit
JENS-PETER BONDE
(EUObserver/Comment)
24 July 2009

Galway No 2 Lisbon Treaty Campaign
Leaflet for the Galway Campaign

Germany's Lisbon Treaty Ruling
Brussels Put Firmly in the Back Seat
Last week's ruling by the German Constitutional Court, coupled with demands by one conservative party for changes to the constitution, may not only jeopardize Berlin's schedule for the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. The Karlsruhe ruling also threatens future steps toward European integration.
Read more ...
By SPIEGEL Staff

The quest for European foreign policy consistency and the Treaty of Lisbon
Gaspers-on-Lisbon-Treaty (pdf)
Jan Gaspers
University of Cambridge

How to end the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
The Iranian born British scholar reminds us about the contemporary history of these countries and about the West's involvement back in time - which is vitally important for understanding today's situation. And he ends the analysis with a series of constructive proposals as to what can be done, rather much in contrast to what President Obama seems to try to do.
One of the most pedagogical analyses of these extremely complex issues.
A must read if you want the larger picture.
http://www.transnational.org/Resources_Treasures/2009/Jahanpour_AfPak.html
TFF Associate, Farhang Jahanpour, Oxford, June 3, 2009

Pashtunistan - a new member of the United Nations?
TFF Associate's thought-provoking out-of-the-box scenario
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/opinion/10743-a-new-member-of-the-united-nations.html
Hazel Henderson, June 3, 2009

Engage more, do war less in Afghanistan
The Americans and NATO can talk all they want about engagement but this is shooting themselves in the foot. They have to back up their willingness to talk by some credible military steps to lower the intensity of combat, and a diversion of troops into peacekeeping and rebuilding the schools, hospitals and villages they have helped or provoked to decimate.
http://www.transnational.org/Columns_Power/2009/11.EngageMoreLessWar.html
Jonathan Power, March 18, 2009

Capodistrias-Spinelli-Europe
http://ec-network.eu/cse/spip.php?rubrique5
http://www.enouranois.gr/video/kapo.wmv

Shannonwatch.org:
Shannon Peace Forum Presentation
(pdf)

You can watch Seamas Rattigan's (representing PANA) excellent speech at the No To NATO conference in Strasbourg here:
http://vimeo.com/4226948

No Means No
This leaflet was distributed at the Labour Party Conference 09

Shannon Peace Conference
(March 2009)

EU NATO ESDP
Check out two reports agreed by the EU Parliament on accelerating the process of the militarisation of the European Union and making the links between the EU and NATO even stronger.
(March 2009)

RTE Falling at The Feet of Power
RTÉ’s Coverage of the Lisbon Treaty Campaign
(February 2009)

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