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Readings in Nonviolence: Disarming the nuclear argument

 

Issue 144: November 2006

Curing Ireland’s Carbon Addiction
Friends of the Earth has published a report on how Ireland can do its fair share to tackle climate including a "12-step programme to cure Ireland's carbon addiction". The plan recommends specific measures to cut pollution from energy, transport, homes, offices, industry and agriculture. After a decade of rising emissions the central proposal is that the Oireachtas pass a Climate Security Act mandating 3% year-on-year cuts in climate pollution. Contact Friends of the Earth, 9 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2, ph. 01- 6394652 and web http://www.foe.ie You can download this national climate change strategy document. (pdf file)

A local campaigning group of Friends of the Earth has started in Belfast – contact Andrew McMurray ph. 0790 99 00 883.

A great IDEA in development education
IDEA is made up of 30 organisations working in development education in Ireland; it was established in 2003 and has been expanding its membership and programme since then. The goal of IDEA is the advancement and promotion of development education in Ireland and its overall vision is “of development education which is strong, credible and vibrant and impacts on all sectors of Irish society”. IDEA’s mission is to encourage and co-ordinate good communications and cooperation at all levels of the development education membership and to promote critical awareness of development education. Irish Development Education Association (IDEA), c/o Self Help Development International, Hacketstown, Co. Carlow, ph 059 6471175, fax: 059 6471292. e-mail: idea@ireland.com For more information about becoming a member of IDEA or about IDEA activities, please contact Patsy Toland at the above contacts.

Peacebuilding – Fear of the other
Dublin Peace Committee is organising 3 seminars and a conference during the next 12 months to ask serious questions about peacebuilding. The first is on Saturday 18th November, 10.00am - 4.00pm at Churchtown Meeting House, 82 Lower Churchtown Road, Dublin 14. [Luas Stephen's Green to Windy Arbour stop; turn right for 300m, watch for sign]. The topic – ‘Fear of the Other’: fear generated within individuals, projection of that to the other, then dealing with this projection. Speakers - Miriam Lawlor, psychotherapist, Jude Lal Fernando, Sri Lanka, Edward Horgan, ex-Irish army/Lebanon and now a peacebuilder. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided, please bring your own sandwiches. Even if you can't make the initial seminar but are interested in receiving further details on the other events, get in touch. The following 2 seminars are – ‘Fear and Power’, in Belfast on 24th February, and ‘Fear and Religion’, in Dublin on 26th May next. The conference will be on ‘Peace and Complicity’, in Dublin on 29th September 2007. Although we are a Quaker committee, we want to make it very clear that anyone interested is welcome. Peacebuilding is an island-wide concern, let alone worldwide. Contact: Sean McCrum smccrum@eircom.net or phone 01-679 3279.

Mediation: The Dynamics of Change and Development
The 8th Annual Mediators Institute Ireland conference takes place on Saturday 18th (registration commences at 9am) and Sunday 19th November (finishing 3.15p.m.) at the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois. The keynote address is by Dr Ken Cloke from the USA on ‘Mediation: The Dynamics of Change and Development’ with other inputs from Brian O’Byrne, Ger Sweeney, Julie McAuliffe, Colin Fallon, Tricia Hayes, Eimear Hayden, Lyle McElderry, Majella Foley-Friel, Ann O’Kelly, Paul O’Connor and Sarah Bird. Some of the interesting topics include supervision and mediator practice, organisational culture and structure in generating conflict, solicitors and mediation, the role of children in Irish mediation, evaluating family mediation, co-mediation, mediation in the Equality Authority, conflict in the nursing profession and mediating in the quantum world.

The non-residential fee for the full conference is €335 for MII members and €370 for non-members with reduced rates for Saturday or Sunday only. Accommodation needs to be booked separately. Registration and further details can be found on http://www.themii.ie or by contacting: O'Mara Travel, Secretariat to the MII Conference 2006, Marina House, 11-13 Clarence Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, ph 01 2366850, fax: 01 2366880, e-mail: MII-Conference@omara-travel.com The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland is at Montana House, Whitechurch, Dublin 16, ph. 01-2017526, fax 01-2017526, e-mail: info@mediatorsinstitituteireland.ie and web http://www.themii.ie

"Ireland's Role in International Affairs
- from supporting war to promoting peace"

University of Limerick (UL) on Saturday 11th November 2006 is clearly the place to be for this International Peace Conference with the Irish Peace Society at UL which has the following aims: To help peace activists continue their quest for peace and justice by sharing skills and experiences, and by reviewing strategy; Examine Ireland's complicity in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon/Palestine; Commemorate all those unlawfully killed in recent wars, including attacks on the United States.

Speakers: Hans von Sponeck, former Assistant Secretary General of United Nations and head of the Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq (1998-2000); Professor Gernot Biehler, professor of international law at Trinity College Dublin, Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan.
Workshops are: Legal support for peace activists – practicalities. Preventing conflict and creating peace by peaceful means, with Mark Price; Airport neighbourhood watch – practical issues for monitoring crime and militarisation of your local airport, with Tim Hourigan, Conor Cregan, and others; Strategic planning – towards a diversity of strategies for the demilitarisation of Shannon airport, with Kieran Clifford; The role of the individual in UNCIVIL society – Upholding and enhancing the rule of law: practical, peaceful and legal approaches with Edward Horgan.
Also book launch: “A Different Kind of War: The UN Sanction Regime in Iraq” by H. C. von Sponeck. Admission free. Bookings and enquiries: Edward Horgan – edward.horgan@ul.ie, 085-1026631; Fraser Gray – fraser.gray@ul.ie, 087-4167849; Coilín ÓhAiseadha – aatchoo@gmail.com, 086-0603818. Further details: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/79061

Mixed residential communities in the North
With increasing interest in this topic as the peace process wends its way, the Institute for Conflict Research’s latest report, “Shared Living – Mixed residential communities in Northern Ireland”, is a timely one. It is written by Jonny Byrne, Ulf Hansson and John Bell, 144 pages, and available in PDF (via website) or paper copies (from the office). Institute for Conflict Research (ICR), North City Business Centre, 2 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GG, ph.028 - 9074 2682, e-mail info@conflictresearch.org.uk and web http://www.conflictresearch.org.uk

Meath Peace Group
Meath Peace Group continues its intrepid journey with the following meetings: Monday 13th November: 'Towards a Shared Future' - looking at the Shared Future policy and its implementation at local level (principal speaker: Duncan Morrow, CEO Community Relations Council); Monday 29th January: 'The way forward' - looking at the political situation and the prospects for devolution There is a possibility of another talk on November 27th - on the aftermath of the Nov 24th deadline (provisional). Venue: St Columban's College, Dalgan Park, Navan at 8pm. Please note: Transcripts of recent talks - including discussion on March 27th 'Devolution and Cross-Border cooperation: prospects and realities' (speakers Sean Farren, Francie Molloy and Jim Wells) are available on our website: http://www.meathpeacegroup.org Contact: Julitta Clancy, Meath Peace Group ph 01-8259438.

HTR: A Day of Private Reflection
Healing Through Remembering (HTR) have proposed that 21st June 2007 should be a Day of Private Reflection for people in Northern Ireland, Britain and the Republic, providing an opportunity to reflect on the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. The proposal was launched at a conference in Armagh in October and a Discussion Paper and Proposal invites responses by 1st December. Healing Through Remembering, Alexander House, 17a Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8GD, ph. 028 – 9023 8844, e-mail info@healingthroughremembering.com and web http://www.healingthroughremembering.org (click on ‘All our reports’ under ‘Publications’)

Belfast: Living life in the Faslane
Make Trident History, a local Belfast-based group supporting Faslane 365, the year-long blockade at Britain's nuclear weapons & submarine base in Scotland is holding a nonviolent direct action training day in conjunction with Faslane 365 on Saturday, 18th November. This training is specifically for those already signed up to join MTH's peaceful blockade at Faslane, 8/9/10 December and for those who are interested in joining. It will be in the Friends Meeting House, Frederick St, Belfast. More info/registration details from Mark Chapman, ph: 0773 781 9569, e-mail: make.trident.history@ntlworld.com For general info on Faslane 365 see http://www.faslane365.org

- For views and news of the last demo at Shannon see Indymedia report.

PANA AGM
The AGM of the Peace And Neutrality Alliance (PANA) is about to take place on Saturday 4th November at 2pm in the Royal Dublin Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin, commencing with a joint PANA/IAWM (Irish Anti-War movement) public meeting with George Galloway MP and Ben Hayes of Statewatch. At 4pm the PANA AGM will start (open but only members can vote). Over ten years PANA has campaigned for an independent Irish foreign policy, a reformed United Nations through which to pursue that policy, and Irish neutrality. Membership is €35 waged, €10 unwaged, group membership rates on request. PANA, Dalkey Business Centre, 17 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co Dublin, ph. 01 – 235 1512 / 280 8247 / 289 4315, mobile 087 – 261 1597, e-mail pana@eircom.net and web http://www.pana.ie

Pax Christi
Human Rights Day, 10th December, sees a special advent mass celebrated by Bishop Raymond Field, President of Pax Christi Ireland at Sacred Heart Parish Church, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 at 11.30 a.m. Meanwhile Pax Christi has produced bookmarks featuring Francis Sheehy-Skeffington – enquire from the office. Pax Christi Ireland, 52 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, ph 01 – 496 52 93 and web http://www.PaxChristi.ie

Irish Human Rights Network
Human Rights Based Approaches to Development: Programme Cycle Management will take place 1st - 7th September, 2007 at National University of Ireland, Maynooth; this programme will explore the principles, policies and practice underpinning human rights based development and enhance participants’ skills. International Human Rights Network (IHRN is a non-governmental organisation supporting others in applying Human Rights Based Approaches in their work since 1996.), Glenboy House, Oldcastle, Co Meath, ph/fax: 049 - 8542934, e-mail info@ihrnetwork.org web http://www.ihrnetwork.org

Emergence - A Festival of Art, Consciousness & Ecology
This takes place from Wednesday 29th November to Saturday 2nd December (art exhibit extended until 22nd December) at the Cultivate Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, ph 01-674 5773. The talks include The Irish Schumacher Lecture by John Lane, "Living Simply and Creatively: Psychologically Preparing for Climate Change", on Friday 1st December at 7.30 pm, €12 in, and a symposium on Saturday 2nd December from 11 am - 5 pm on the theme "How can we transform our values and thinking to respond to ecological crises?”, €35. Fuller details here.

Cap and Share
Feasta members have been involved in setting up a new campaigning organisation, Cap and Share, to promote the idea that the world's emissions of greenhouse gases should be capped – limited – and the rights to the allowed amount of emissions distributed on an equal per capita basis to everyone on the planet. See http://www.capandshare.org and anyone interested in getting involved should email energy@feasta.org, or come to the Cap & Share campaign meeting - the presentation and feedback is on Tuesday, November 7th, at Cultivate in Temple Bar at 7.30pm. Feasta, 10A Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, ph 01-405 3615, fax: 01-405 4835, e-mail: mailto:feasta@anu.ie and web http://www.feasta.org You can join Feasta, designing systems for a sustainable future, for €20, or €10 for concessions, giving you the opportunity to support the foundation's work and entitling you to two print newsletters, quarterly email bulletins, and concessions on our events and publications.

Can the UN open new doors?
Is the UN still relevant in a changing world? is one topic to be addressed by Noel Dorr, who was Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs (1987-95) and previously Irish ambassador to London and Irish representative at the UN in New York; another topic is the obstacles facing the International Criminal Court. Hosted by the New Ireland Group, the open public meeting takes place in the Canada Room, Queen’s University, Belfast at 10.30 for 11.00 on Saturday 11th November and finishes at 12.30 pm. Further details from e-mail sec.newirelandgroup@ntlworld.com or on the website http://www.newirelandgroup.com

 

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