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

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.

US Military Aircraft at Shannon, 7th and 8th March 2013

Thursday and Friday (7th and 8th March) saw lots of US military traffic through Shannon warport. Shannonwatch photographed no fewer than four US military aircraft at the airport over the course of the two days. The warmongering visitors included an Omni Air International "civilian" troop carrier (these typically carry armed US troops to/from operations in places like Afghanistan); a Hercules C-130H; a Hercules C-130T; and a 9B Skytrain (the military version of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 airliner).

Here's a selection of photographs of the US military aircraft that used Shannon this week as though it was their airbase.

Shannon Vigil To Mark 10th Anniversary of Iraq Invasion

Representatives of Veterans for Peace from USA, UK and Ireland will attend a Peace Vigil at Shannon Airport on Sunday next 10 March from 2pm to 3pm. The vigil marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the US-led war of aggression against Iraq, which was in contravention of the UN Charter.

Veterans for Peace was founded in the USA in 1985, in opposition to US military intervention in Central America, and now has over 8000 members. Its objectives include bringing about a clearer understanding of the cost of war, in particular the US-led occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, to close the School of the Americas and to counter military recruitment efforts in schools. They have also undertaken significant humanitarian projects in war zones such as Iraq and campaigns against torture. In 2011 a chapter of Veterans for Peace was formed in the UK, on the initiative of Ben Griffin, and in 2012 Veterans for Peace Ireland was initiated.