Book Launch: Shannon Airport & 21st Century War


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Shannon Airport and 21st Century War

A video of this event is available.

We are delighted to announce that peace activist and Shannonwatch member John Lannon will launch this important publication which he co-edited with PANA’s Roger Cole.  It chronicles the Irish government’s continued shameful misuse of the civilian airport at Shannon, allowing it to be transformed into what is, in many ways, a forward operating base for the US Military and the CIA!

The primary purpose of the publication as to document and raise awareness of the extent to which Irish values and neutrality have been eroded by the US military use of Shannon Airport.  It charts Government support for this since 2002, and examines the flawed basis upon which they’ve attempted to justify it.  The use of the airport in the illegal CIA practice of kidnapping and torture, known as renditions, is also outlined as is the cost to the Irish State for the support given to the US war machine.

Activist, academic and political perspectives explore these issues in depth.  The net result is a potent combination of insight and information that can only help to raise awareness of this vital issue, our complicity in western crimes that destabilise our world and catch us in the resulting blowback.

The booklet was published by PANA with support from the Irish Anti War Movement and Afri.  Printed copies of the 48 page booklet are available for €10 by contacting Shannonwatch or PANA. You can also download a PDF version of the booklet by clicking here.
Venue: The Central Library,
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Context 2017

One World One Struggle

Bloody Sunday was inflicted on the people of Derry.  But it has resonated around the world.  It is a local issue relevant to people everywhere.

Over the 45 years since British paratroopers erupted into the working-class Bogside area with rifles spitting death at civil rights marchers, representatives of victims of State violence from both sides of the Atlantic, from Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere, have travelled to Derry to take part in the annual commemoration and give substance to the idea of 'One World, One Struggle'. 

The British Government still sets its face Iike flint against telling the full truth about the Derry massacre.  A long Inquiry reported in 2010 that all the dead and wounded had been unlawfully shot. Despite this, the Report stopped well short of proposing prosecution of the killers - and pointed no finger of`blame at the senior military officers who had sent the Paras in, or at the politicians who had connived at the assault and then orchestrated a cover-up.

This is always the way when it comes to the violence of imperialism.

Only the persistence of family members and their supporters forced a police investigation. We await the outcome. One reason the British authorities fear the facts about Bloody Sunday is that this massacre cannot be ascribed to warring Irish factions. This was an authentically British atrocity.

Past commemorations have featured African Americans, Palestinians, former Guantanamo prisoners, victims of police violence in Britain etc., as well as members of other families bereaved by murder here in the North, in many cases murder inflicted by State agents and then systematically lied about to protect the same undercover agents.

Lectures, debates and cultural events are highlighted, economic struggles, women’s rights, gay rights, the rights of the environment, and many other examples of`oppression.  We have commemorated, too, the killing of other innocent people by non-State groups - Dublin Monaghan, Birmingham, Shankill, Greysteel, the Ormeau bookies, etc.

We believe that the programme we have produced this year puts Bloody Sunday in its proper context, an extreme example of the fact that, commonly, it’s innocent people who pose no threat to anyone who bear the brunt of conflict.

The trek towards truth and justice has been long and sometimes arduous. But we keep on keeping on because the cause is just and gives good example to the one world in which we all struggle. 

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