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hreatening our unborn children is the worst mistake you have and will ever make.
If you - and the likes of you - cannot reach out in true friendship and co-operation with the rest of the world, know this.
The world will destroy you and your likes with no hesitation.

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You invade a peaceful sovereign country with an army, shell, bomb and use illegal weaponry on cities. You have declared war, no-one else.

You feed ridiculous lies to the Russian people through your state-owned propaganda machine.

You are the propagandist.

You accuse Western nations of 'banditry' and then state that those countries imposing sanctions against Russia have 'declared war' on Russia.

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Vladimir Putin - YOU are the bandit, the criminal, the warmonger, a murderer.

You threaten people with 15 years in jail for spreading 'fake' news of the war - anything, that is, that is outside of your myopic vision.

Vladimir Putin - you are now the 2022 Hitler of Russia.

To the people of Russia - you now have an opportunity through your public rejection of Russia's barbaric war in Ukraine to oust your dictatorial leaders and their minions who have held the Russian people in bondage for decades.

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Julian Assange and the war against freedom
There is and never was anything illegal in the case of Julian Assange other than the continued and deplorable actions of dark elements within the US administration - actions which in any other instance would have seen the case thrown out - thrown out due to actions by these dark elements which themselves are outside of and shun both US and international law.
  Should the UK grant the US the Assange extradition request, then the UK administration and justice system will themselves become accomplices of those dark elements.
  One of the underlying tenets, or principles of modern journalism is to examine and report to the public any underhand, illegal or dubious activities of the powerful, including those in government.
  The current US witch hunt against Assange is the greatest threat to and assault upon journalism and the reporting of the truth in history.

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Covid-19 and the future
Social and domestic life in most of the developed and sheltered countries of our world has been torn apart by the covid-19 disease and the lock down measures taken by governments.
 
The wealth of a nation depends on the health and well being of its people and not on their enslavement by capitalism and its goals.
  The coronavirus tragedy unfolding in the US, which does not have a free national health service, will bear sad testimony to that.
  The same scenario is also unfolding in the UK, which once had one of the best free national health services in the world but which has been drastically under resourced by successive governments over the past decade and more.
  In the less developed and less sheltered countries the suffering caused in the main by other people continues unabated - except those suffering must now also face a pandemic.
  Humanity is truly at a crisis crossroads with few, if any, avenues of escape.
  We are not a pleasant species to ourselves when we find ourselves feeling backed into a corner, as human history undeniably shows.
  The only way out of the mess is for us all to work together as a cohesive species and try to forge a true global balance between nature and the survival of civilisation.
  At this present time such a reality appears further away than the ship smoke disappearing below the far horizon.
  Can we pull the ship closer?

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Julian Assange — a warning
The illegal seizure and arrest of Julian Assange should serve as a warning of just how corrupt the involved governments and their minions have become.
  One of the first tricks of dirty governing when faced with any embarrassing exposure of underhand activity is to attempt to discredit and assasinate the character of those releasing the information. History bears testimony to such acts.
  One of the accusations amongst many used to justify the seizure and arrest of Assange was that he used Wikileaks to “meddle” in the internal affairs of states.
  Given that such is exactly what the United States and United Kingdom has persistently done over the past 100 years, such an accusation can only be described as blatant, unashamed hypocrisy. History will reveal such human dregs for the garbage they truly are.
  Dark days indeed lie ahead.


 

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Irish Neutrality League launches on UN International Day of Peace       printable version
21 Sep 2022: posted by the editor - General, International, Ireland

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) announced today that the Irish Neutrality League (INL) was formally launched, coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Peace, Wednesday 21st September.

The Irish Neutrality League is described by the IAWM as a civil society campaign to bring pressure on the Irish Government to assert Ireland’s neutrality positively on the world stage, to be a voice for peace and human rights and to oppose wars and militarisation. It is founded at this time to challenge the worrying signals from the current Irish Government regarding the militarisation of Europe and the world and the possibility of Ireland joining military alliances when instead the Government should be using Ireland’s neutral status in a positive way to encourage diplomacy, peaceful negotiations and demilitarisation.

The INL has been developed by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) and the IAWM in conjunction with Independent Senators Frances Black, Alice Mary Higgins and Tom Clonan, and TDs Catherine Connolly, Chris Andrews, Richard Boyd Barrett and Paul Murphy. The INL’s founding statement (copied below) defines Irish neutrality as non-participation in wars and military alliances, as set out in the 1907 Hague Convention V, and as the positive engagement in the peaceful, non-military resolution of political conflicts.

The statement has now been signed by more TDs and Senators, MEPs, Trade Unionists and many leading Irish personalities and academics including broadcaster and journalist Vincent Browne, actor Sinéad Cusack, singer and author Declan O Rourke, singer Mary Coughlan, musician Donal Lunny, former Irish Rugby player Trevor Hogan and Professors Kathleen Lynch (Emeritus UCD), Damian Mc Cormack (Temple St Children's University Hospital), Michael Cronin (TCD), Helena Sheehan (Emeritus DCU), Colin Coulter (Maynooth University) and Dr. Karen Devine (DCU) among others from the world of academia.

IRISH NEUTRALITY LEAGUE – founding statement
‘The Irish Neutrality League campaigns for the protection and strengthening of Ireland’s neutrality. We do this in the spirit of the Irish Neutrality League first established in 1914 at the outbreak of World War 1, by the key figures who would later lead the 1916 Rising, and as such note that Ireland’s neutrality is clearly linked to its sovereign independence and remains a core element of its national identity.

We define Irish neutrality as non-participation in wars and military alliances, as set out in the 1907 Hague Convention V, and as the positive engagement in the peaceful, non-military resolution of political conflicts. As a country that faced hundreds of years of oppression and colonial subjugation by empire, we further understand neutrality as a tradition of solidarity with all the nations and peoples of the world who are victims of imperialism, colonialism, war and oppression.   

We recognise that neutral countries, including Ireland, have contributed to peaceful coexistence between nations over the decades. Ireland’s excellent international reputation, that of its people and of its armed forces in participating in UN Peacekeeping missions, in leading humanitarian support, in advocating for human rights and decolonisation, its role in promoting nuclear non-proliferation treaties and in negotiating the global ban on cluster munitions, is overwhelmingly linked to its neutrality and opposition to empire. Neutrality, along with our record as a voice for peace and international law, imbues Ireland with a credible moral authority to oppose military aggression from whatever quarter and to act as a legitimate voice for the use of diplomatic means and peaceful negotiations to resolve military conflicts.

To further erode Ireland’s neutrality beyond what has already occurred since 2003 - with the use of Shannon airport by the US Military - would fundamentally damage that reputation, make us less significant and less effective on the world stage and likely embroil us in more illegal and unjustified wars by larger world powers. We oppose the invasion of sovereign states by larger powers and recognise the right of states to self-determination. We also oppose the escalation of conflicts and the dangerous militarisation of the world, particularly when such critical issues of world hunger, nuclear proliferation and climate change threaten the survival of humanity.

The role of a neutral state such as Ireland is to be a voice of diplomacy, human rights, humanitarian support and peace in opposition to all imperialist wars, colonialism and oppression. We therefore reject moves by any Irish government to use any international conflict as an excuse to abandon neutrality and involve Ireland in supporting or facilitating wars, joining military alliances and increasing European and world militarisation.

We note that every opinion poll taken on the issue showed an overwhelming majority of Irish people value Irish neutrality and favour retaining it.

The Irish Neutrality League is a civil society campaign to bring pressure on the Irish Government to assert Ireland’s neutrality positively on the world stage, to be a voice for peace and human rights and oppose wars and militarisation. We call on the Government to commit to and reflect the “ideal of peace”, the “generally recognised principles of international law” and the “pacific settlement of international disputes” as referred to in Article 29, Bunreacht na hÉireann.

We also call on the Government to further copper-fasten Irish neutrality by holding a referendum to enshrine it into the Constitution.’

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Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe.”
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                                                     Origins of Poverty
When man came on earth he did not live in a society or hierarchy nor was he endowed with poverty. Good health, longevity, natural cheerfulness were his own even as he found himself amidst plenty. Like other species he lived or perished as the external resources permitted but he lived or perished as a group. Only when the society organised itself into a hierarchy, it was possible for one layer to exist while another persisted during times of scarcity. Organised ways of living, knowledge of all descriptions, systems created for comfort etc. interfered with the natural living of MAN in hundreds of ways. With the passing of time these stratifications of society come to stay and even create a psychology by which even the victim takes his victimization for granted. No question arises in his mind. ...

Had not the society organised itself in such a way that segments of it are protected and other segments were defenseless, MAN would have remained as MAN and would not have been bifurcated into poor and rich.

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At the time they wouldn’t seem beautiful.
It was only afterwards that men felt pity for the things their hands had destroyed.”

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