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    Conference on Irish Foreign Policy

    – The EU: the Military Dimension –
    The Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse St, Dublin 2
    Friday November 15th at 7:30 and Saturday 10.45 a.m - 3.45 p.m.
    The programme and speakers is set out below
    A brochure is available for downloading on both the PANA and People’s Movement websites.
    There is no admission charge for the conference.

    Friday 15th November - 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m
    The EU-Democratic and Civil Liberties Deficit
    Speakers:
    Tony Bunyan Director of Statewatch - www.statewatch.org
    Kevin McCorry People's Movement
    Chair: Seamas Ratigan Peace & Neutrality Alliance


    Saturday 16th November - 10.45 a.m. - 1.00 p.m
    The Militarisation of the European Union
    Speakers:
    Roger Cole Chair, Peace & Neutrality Alliance
    John Maguire Prof Emeritus of Sociology, UCCork, Patron of the People’s Movement
    Frank Slijper Researcher, Dutch Campaign Against the Arms Trade http://stopwapenhandel.org
    Chair: Muriel Saidlear National Platform

    Saturday 16th November - 2.15 p.m. - 3.45 p.m
    A forum for candidates seeking election to European Parliament for Dublin Constituency to include:
    Speakers:
    Emer Costello (Labour Party) MEP
    Paul Murphy (Socialist Party) MEP
    Lynn Ní Bhaoighealláin (Sinn Féin)
    And others to be announced
    Chair: Manus Bree People’s Movement


    Saturday 16th November - 3.45 p.m. - 5.00 p.m
    The European Peace Movement
    Speakers:
    Filipe Ferreira Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation and the Word Peace Council – www.wpc-in.org
    Padraig Mannion Peace & Neutrality Alliance
    Patricia McKenna People’s Movement
    Chair: Declan Bree Patron People’s Movement

    PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT stands for a genuinely independent united Irish State whose policies are decided democratically by the people of Ireland. The People's Movement is a non-party political organisation. Further information from online newsletter, People's News. Past editions of People's News may be read at www.people.ie

    THE PEACE & NEUTRALITY ALLIANCE advocates the right of the Irish people to have their own independent foreign policy, with positive neutrality as its key component, pursued through a reformed United Nations and the OSCE.
    For more information see: www.pana.ie
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    Likely to become more and more of a live issue, with the general direction of the EU "stretching its wings" and of course with Alan Shatter as Minister for Justice and Defence.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
    — Jean-Paul Sartre

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    Conference on Irish Foreign Policy this Fri and Sat
    The Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse St, Dublin 2
    Friday November 15th at 7:30 and Saturday 10.45 a.m - 3.45 p.m.
    A brochure is available for downloading on both the PANA and People’s Movement websites.

    There is no admission charge for the conference.

    One of the sessions will see the Euro 2014 Elections candidates (incl outgoing MEPs) take questions from the floor on their ideas on Ireland’s relationship with Europe, the future of the EU, and anything else you wanna ask
    Promises to be grilling !

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    Conference on Irish Foreign Policy kicks off tonite
    The Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse St, Dublin 2
    at 7:30 until about 9.30

    continues tomoro Saturday 10.45 a.m - 3.45 p.m. (with a break in between, obviously)
    The programme is set out on the website of Peoples Movement
    There is no admission charge for the conference.

    Friday 15th November - 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m
    The EU-Democratic and Civil Liberties Deficit
    Speakers:
    Tony Bunyan Director of Statewatch - www.statewatch.org
    Kevin McCorry People's Movement
    Chair: Seamas Ratigan Peace & Neutrality Alliance

    Promises to be informative!
    Sss-hh. Don’t mention the lack of sovereignty in the Irish state.
    The acknowledgement of the 1916 Rising by the Establishment and its nauseating, craven lackeys is simply a political convenience devoid of any real meaning!

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    I had no idea the Irish government had an independent foreign policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holly View Post
    I had no idea the Irish government had an independent foreign policy.
    An amalgam of UK, US, EU and NATO policy and a very small amount of ducking and diving in between.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
    — Jean-Paul Sartre

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holly View Post
    I had no idea the Irish government had an independent foreign policy.
    well, alas, if a state does not have an independent foreign policy it isn't independent.
    Sss-hh. Don’t mention the lack of sovereignty in the Irish state.
    The acknowledgement of the 1916 Rising by the Establishment and its nauseating, craven lackeys is simply a political convenience devoid of any real meaning!

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    conference went smashing. well attended considering the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Oglaigh na hEireann event in Michael Collins barracks drew a lot of the same crowd away.

    bits of the conference was recorded and should be up on both the Peoples Movement website and PANA website in the coming months
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    Sss-hh. Don’t mention the lack of sovereignty in the Irish state.
    The acknowledgement of the 1916 Rising by the Establishment and its nauseating, craven lackeys is simply a political convenience devoid of any real meaning!

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    website link to a interview with Frank Slijper Researcher with The Dutch Campaign Against the Arms Trade
    Frank Slijper was one of the foreign speakers at a Conference on Irish Foreign Policy jointly organised by the People's Movement and the Peace And Neutrality Alliance

    In this 12 minute interview by Owen McDonnell of the Connolly Media Group Frank Slijper elaborates further on points made on in his presentation on Militarisation in the EU



    website link to interview with Paul Murphy (Socialist Party) MEP
    interviewed by Owen McDonnell of the Connolly Media Group

    In the 10 minute video Murphy is asked about the imperialist, capitalist and militarist nature of the EU
    One comes away from the weekend conference asking Questions is the EU really something I want my country to be part of ?


    website link to interview with Filipe Ferreira Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation and the World Peace Council
    Filipe traveled to Dublin to make a presentation in the Pearse Centre at the Conference entitled The EU - The Military Dimension
    Filipe Ferreira’s paper at the Conference simply blew open apart the myth that the EU is a force for peace in the World. He regaled us with facts and figures regarding the growth of the war industry in the EU, and his anecdotal tales from his trip to war-torn Syria illuminated a situation that is far more complex than the simple narrative we receive from the mainstream press: the “goodies” (united coalition of “rebels”) versus the “baddy” (the power-hungry, brutal, authoritarian leader)
    The 10-minute video here was conducted by Owen McDonnell of the Connolly Media Group
    Sss-hh. Don’t mention the lack of sovereignty in the Irish state.
    The acknowledgement of the 1916 Rising by the Establishment and its nauseating, craven lackeys is simply a political convenience devoid of any real meaning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearse Monnet View Post

    website link to a interview with Frank Slijper Researcher with The Dutch Campaign Against the Arms Trade
    Frank Slijper was one of the foreign speakers at a Conference on Irish Foreign Policy jointly organised by the People's Movement and the Peace And Neutrality Alliance

    In this 12 minute interview by Owen McDonnell of the Connolly Media Group Frank Slijper elaborates further on points made on in his presentation on Militarisation in the EU



    website link to interview with Paul Murphy (Socialist Party) MEP
    interviewed by Owen McDonnell of the Connolly Media Group

    In the 10 minute video Murphy is asked about the imperialist, capitalist and militarist nature of the EU
    One comes away from the weekend conference asking Questions is the EU really something I want my country to be part of ?


    website link to interview with Filipe Ferreira Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation and the World Peace Council
    Filipe traveled to Dublin to make a presentation in the Pearse Centre at the Conference entitled The EU - The Military Dimension
    Filipe Ferreira’s paper at the Conference simply blew open apart the myth that the EU is a force for peace in the World. He regaled us with facts and figures regarding the growth of the war industry in the EU, and his anecdotal tales from his trip to war-torn Syria illuminated a situation that is far more complex than the simple narrative we receive from the mainstream press: the “goodies” (united coalition of “rebels”) versus the “baddy” (the power-hungry, brutal, authoritarian leader)
    The 10-minute video here was conducted by Owen McDonnell of the Connolly Media Group
    What role is the EU having in Syria ?
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
    — Jean-Paul Sartre

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    Short answer: plenty.

    Longer answer: read on.

    I’ll overlook the vast amounts of money spent on the war industry in the EU and the political influence the Arms Firms have. If you are interested in this I will point you in the direction of www.caat.org.uk
    I’ll return to disseminating figures in this area later if need be.

    Instead I want to turn to events in recent months, namely the Syria Recovery Trust Fund involving the EU-powerhouse Germany, and one of the regional opponents of the secular model espoused by Syria, the UAE.

    As of April 2013 the EU formalised a policy that had been determining their actions unofficially since May 2011. The EU formally got involved in the ever-deteriorating civil war in Syria and officially recognised the legitimacy of “the National Coalition of Syrian
    Revolutionary and Opposition Forces” as the “Syrian Interim Government”. A dangerous move, that will come back to haunt Europeans in the years to come. I hope I’m wrong.

    Since September just past, the European Union has commissioned E15m to state-building for “Syrian Interim Government”. The Syria Recovery Trust Fund based in Aleppo in Northern Syria does not support directly the actions of the opposition. The United Arab Emirates are keen to extend its hegemony into this broken country. Using the German development bank KfW, the UAE government has re-engineered the political system in areas firmly under the control of the “rebels”. Local councils sanitized of any Assad loyalists have been set up to oversee the rolling out of services like food distribution, health, and education. It has been alleged that much of this part of the country has seen the implementation of Sharia Law. This suits UAE.

    Imagine the benefit that could be generated for the suffering masses in Syria if that same money was devoted instead to the United Nations Children's Fund who is trying to deliver services to peoples affected in Syria irrespective of where their allegiance lies.

    The EU will be dominated by the big states for the indefinite future. Germany’s rush to recognise Croatia’s declared intention to succeed the federal state it was a part of in the summer of 1991 had a de-stabilising effect on the sovereignty of Yugoslavia. Looking at German banking interests in Syria again confirms the worst suspicions many have of the EU.

    The entity that the R o I joined in 1973 was originally a trading block. In the intervening period the EEC / EU has grown in powers and developed the capacity for a Common Foreign Policy. Where once there was a Council of Foreign Ministers that deliberated on issues in the world outside the borders of the EU, since Treaty of Lisbon (the EU Constitution) there is a special institution namely the Foreign Affairs Council.

    The Foreign Affairs Council of the EU is no insignificant body. It is headed up by the grandiosely titled “High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy”, in effect the EU’s foreign minister, and the permanent body meets once a month. Its exact budget remains elusive. The annual budget of one section was made public in 2011 of €9.5 million; the European External Action Service - effectively the EU’s diplomatic corps – has 1100 Employees.

    This vast state apparatus is for one purpose only: empire-building in the years to come.
    Sss-hh. Don’t mention the lack of sovereignty in the Irish state.
    The acknowledgement of the 1916 Rising by the Establishment and its nauseating, craven lackeys is simply a political convenience devoid of any real meaning!

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    Uploaded about an hour ago . . .
    Friday Evening Presentations at this Conference

    Here is the link


    or type into the Youtube search engine the following:
    The EU the military dimension

    The video is a little under an hour long; the speakers included Tony Bunyan Director of Statewatch www.statewatch.org and Kevin McCorry of Peoples Movement www.people.ie with Seamas Ratigan of Peace & Neutrality Alliance www.pana.ie Chairing proceedings
    Sss-hh. Don’t mention the lack of sovereignty in the Irish state.
    The acknowledgement of the 1916 Rising by the Establishment and its nauseating, craven lackeys is simply a political convenience devoid of any real meaning!

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    Has the Peoples' Movement made any statement yet on the Ukraine ?
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
    — Jean-Paul Sartre

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Has the Peoples' Movement made any statement yet on the Ukraine ?
    The Peoples Movement on the Crisis in Ukraine

    In advance of the Protest at the European People’s Party shindig in Dublin on the 7th March a statement on the developing crisis in Ukraine was sent to the media from the Peoples Movement:
    "It is important to counter the big lie that Irish people relish EU austerity and are indifferent to EU militarisation. Ireland should not support Germany's geo-political ambitions, which are now being blatantly advanced under the EU flag.

    Showing folly well beyond the normal, the EU has allowed itself to be used to bring Europe to the brink of war by supporting the overthrow of the legitimate government in Ukraine, with the German and Polish Foreign Ministers and EU "High Representative" Baroness Ashton turning up personally in Kiev to encourage the 'peaceful demonstrators' there. The deaths in Kiev included half a dozen police officers. This awkward fact went unreported in most media coverage of the Ukraine crisis last week.

    'Neutral' Ireland has no business supporting EU interference in Ukraine or contributing to the stirring up of antagonism against Russia"
    Sss-hh. Don’t mention the lack of sovereignty in the Irish state.
    The acknowledgement of the 1916 Rising by the Establishment and its nauseating, craven lackeys is simply a political convenience devoid of any real meaning!

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