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Mairead Maguire: the US and the UK committed genocide against the Iraqi people - they killed 3.3 m people including 750,000 children

Mairead Maguire




Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1976

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Community for Peace People

http://www.peacepeople.com/MaireadCMaguire.htm/

http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=678
http://peacefromharmony.org/#GPS-world-endorsement 

Mairead Maguire is o­ne of the founders and coauthors of Global Peace Science:
http://peacefromharmony.org/docs/global-peace-science-2016.pdf 
With her great "message that armed groups, militarism and war do not solve
our problems but aggravate them challenges us to use new ways and that is
why we need to teach the science of peace at every level of society
" (below).

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 `NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE

MAIREAD MAGUIRE APPEALS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP

FOR PEACE LEADERSHIP

 

 MAIREAD MAGUIRE WHO VISITED THE WOMENS PEACE MOVEMENTS OF NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA LAST YEAR WITH 30 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD MADE THE FOLLOWING APPEAL TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE USA ADMINISTRATION:

 

THE PEOPLE OF NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA WANT PEACE AND THEY WANT A PEACE TREATY.THEY DO NOT WANT THEIR COUNTRY TO BE BOMBED OR THEIR GOVERNMENT TO BOMB OTHERS.HAVING VISITED BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA LAST YEAR AND WALKED WITH THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF KOREAN WOMEN, NORTH AND SOUTH, I AM CONVINCED THAT PEACE IS POSSIBLE AND WHAT IS NEEDED IS THE POLITICAL WILL OF ALL PARTIES TO THE CONFLICT TO DIALOGUE AND FOR NEGOTIATION TO MOVE FROM A KOREAN ARMISTICE TO A KOREAN PEACE TREATY.

 

I THEREFORE WOULD LIKE TO APPEAL TO PRESIDENT TRUMPT AND THIS ADMINISTRATION NOT TO CARRY OUT A MILITARY STRIKE o­n NORTH KOREA, BUT TO USE THE MEANS OF DIALOGUE AND DIPLOMACY TO REACH A PEACE TREATY FOR NORTH KOREA.SUCH PEACE LEADERSHIP BY PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL GIVE HOPE TO THE PEOPLE OF KOREA AND ALL OF HUMANITY.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD NEED TO KNOW THAT PEACE IS POSSIBLE BETWEEN ALL THE HUMAN FAMILY AND THAT THERE ARE POLITICAL LEADERS WHO HAVE THE COURAGE TO MOVE FROM ENMITY TO FRIENDSHIP AND WAR TO PEACE.

 

MAIREAD MAGUIRE, NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE

25TH APRIL,2017

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Dear Mairead:

The GHA admires your urgent and courageous appeal of President Trump to leadership in global peace, which was published o­n your personal page: Http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=678 .

It would be even stronger if you would attracted the President attention to Global Peace Science (what was made Prof. Rudolf Siebert of USA) as a common spiritual / scientific platform for peaceful cooperation between the US and Russia, as well as North and South Korea, Israel and Palestine and the like, conflicts between which have been smolder and burn for decades. You are o­ne of the founders and coauthors of this science with a great message that "armed groups, militarism and war do not solve our problems, but exacerbate them, force us to use new ways and this why should we study the science of the world at all levels of society"(ibid). "Peace is possible between the whole human family" o­nly o­n the general scientific / spiritual / value basis of this science.
       This understanding is also very important for your upcoming "Women's Ship of Peace" in Gaza. If you want and tell me your address, I will be happy to send for your Ship 4 copies of our Global Peace Science. Thank you.

I am also pleased to report o­n the publication o­n our site of an extremely important article by George ONeill o­n US and Russian cooperation and its banner here:
Http://peacefromharmony.org/#spherons-as-the-GPS-center
With love,
Dr. Leo Semashko,
GHA Honorary President,
27-04-17

 

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Dear Leo,

Hope you are well.

Today we delivered Letter to USA Consulate in Belfast and also

last week sent Letter to President Putin.

(see photos below)

Every good wish

Mairead Maguire

January 30, 2017

 


Mairead Maguire and members of the Peace People Ireland delivered letter to USA consulate calling
on President Trump and President Putin to work together for nuclear zero and no war



 
Banner:

PEACE PEOPLE call for Presidents Trump/Putin to work

together for nuclear zero and no war

Call to Trump/Putin to work together for nuclear zero and no war

Dear Mairead,
      We are happy to receive your good news that you sent the GHA Appeal "Russia-America:

Copernican Revolution of Relations Instead of the Insanity of Nuclear War

(http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=710) to the two nuclear powers Presidents: Trump and Putin. This Appeal is by 42 peacemakers from 21 countries, including three Nobel Peace Laureates with you as well.

      I was glad to publish your info below and your wonderful pictures of your demonstration at the American Consulate in Belfast o­n your personal page here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=678
      Your call to these leaders is especially important, because you are the legendary and brave winner of the Nobel Prize, who, together with colleagues put an end to terrorism in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Your vote is particularly noticeable, and it is very important today, when war and terrorism are o­n the threshold of each country, when politics is militarized and way out of which to the geopolitics of global peace is possible o­nly through Global Peace Science (http://peacefromharmony.org/docs/global-peace-science-2016.pdf). You are the coauthor and o­ne of the founders of this science, which o­ne of the projects you sent to Trump and Putin.
      We hope that they will not leave without attention your call and the GHA Appeal.
With love and best wishes for peace from harmony,

Dr. Leo Semashko,
GHA Honorary President,
31/01/17



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The Disturbing Expansion of the

Military-Industrial Complex

 

by

Mairead Maguire

 

BELFAST - How can we explain that in the 2lst century we are still training millions of men and women in our armed forces and sending them to war? 

 

There are more choices than war or peace, there are multi-optional choices and a civilian-based non-military diplomatic-political policy has more chance of succeeding in solving a violent conflict.

 

Every day through our television and local culture, we are subjected to the glorification of militarism and bombarded with war propaganda by governments telling us we need nuclear weapons, arms manufacturers, and war to kill the killers who might kill us.

 

In war, the cost in civilian lives is incalculable, not to mention the many military personnel whose lives are destroyed.  Then there is the cost to the environment and the cost to human potential as our scientists waste their lives planning and researching even more horrific weapons which increasingly, in modern war, kill more civilians than combatants.

 

For example, the United States and the United Kingdom committed genocide against the Iraqi people when, between 1990 and 2012, they killed 3.3 million people including 750,000 children through sanctions and wars.

 

We all also watched our television screens in horror in July and August this year as the Israeli military bombarded civilians in Gaza for 50 days.

But, why are we surprised at this cruelty of military when they are doing what they are trained to do kill, at the behest of their politicians and some people?

It is shocking to listen to politicians and military boast of their military prowess when in lay persons terms what it means is killing of human beings.

Every day through our television and local culture, we are subjected to the glorification of militarism and bombarded with war propaganda by governments telling us we need nuclear weapons, arms manufacturers, and war to kill the killers who might kill us.

However, too many people do not have peace or the basics to help them achieve peace. 

 

They live their lives struggling with the roots of violence, some of which are poverty, war, militarism, occupation, racism and fascism. They have seen that they release uncontrollable forces of tribalism and nationalism. These are dangerous and murderous forms of identity which we need to transcend.

To do this, we need to acknowledge that our common humanity and human dignity are more important than our different traditions; to recognise that our lives and the lives of others are sacred and we can solve our problems without killing each other; to accept and celebrate diversity and otherness; to work to heal the old divisions and misunderstandings; to give and accept forgiveness, and to choose listening, dialogue and diplomacy; to disarm and demilitarise as the pathway to peace.

 

In my own country, in Northern Ireland, when faced with a violent and prolonged ethnic/political conflict, the civil community organised to take a stand, rejected all violence and committed itself to working for peace, justice and reconciliation.

Through unconditional, all-inclusive dialogue, we reached peace and continue to work to build up trust and friendship and change in the post-conflict era. The civil community took a leading role in this journey from violence to peace.

 

I hope this will give an example to other countries such as Ukraine, where it is necessary for an end to the war, and a solution of the problem o­n the basis of the Charter of the United Nations and the Helsinki Accords.

We are also challenged to continue to build structures through which we can cooperate and which reflect our relations of interconnection and interdependence.  The vision of the founders of the European Union to link countries together economically in order to lessen the likelihood of war among nations is a worthy endeavour.

 

Unfortunately instead of putting more energy into providing help for E.U. citizens and others, we are witnessing the growing militarisation of Europe, its role as a driving force for armament and its dangerous path, under the leadership of the United States/NATO, towards a new cold war and military aggression.

The European Union and many of its countries, which used to take initiatives in the United Nations for peaceful settlements of conflict, are now o­ne of the most important war assets of the U.S./NATO front.  Many countries have also been drawn into complicity in breaking international law through U.S./U.K./NATO wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and so o­n.

It is for this reason that I believe NATO should be abolished and that steps be taken towards disarmament through non-violent action and civil resistance.

The means of resistance are very important. Our message that armed groups, militarism and war do not solve our problems but aggravate them challenges us to use new ways and that is why we need to teach the science of peace at every level of society.

 

The whole of civilisation is now facing a challenge with the growth of what President Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961) warned the U.S. people against the military/industrial complex saying that it would destroy U.S. democracy.

We know now that a small group made up of the military/industrial/media/corporate/academic elite, whose agenda is profit, arms, war and valuable resources, now holds power worldwide and has a stronghold o­n elected governments.  We see this in the gun and Israeli lobbies, among others, which wield great power over U.S. politics.

 

We have witnessed this in o­ngoing wars, invasions, occupations and proxy wars, all allegedly in the name of humanitarian intervention and democracy. However, in reality, they are causing great suffering, especially to the poor, through their policies of arms, war, domination and control of other countries and their resources.

Unmaking this agenda of war and demanding the implementation of justice, human rights and international law is the work of the peace movement.

We can turn our current path of destruction around by spelling out a clear vision of what kind of a world we want to live in, demanding an end to the military-industrial complex, and insisting that our governments adopt policies of peace, just economics and cooperation with each other in this multi-polar world.

 

Mairead Corrigan Maguire won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland. Her book, The Vision of Peace (edited by John Dear, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and a preface by the Dalai Lama) is available from www.wipfandstock.com. She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. See: www.peacepeople.com

 

Original:

http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/10/opinion-the-disturbing-expansion-of-the-military-industrial-complex/ 

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International Womens Boat to Gaza

NOBEL LAUREATES, 31 October 2016

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate TRANSCEND Media Service

I was a participant o­nboard the Zaytouna-Oliva boat | 29 Sep-5 Oct 2016.



26 Oct 2016
A few weeks ago, the US government agreed to give Israel $38 billion dollars, the largest military funding package the U.S. has given any nation.  This $38 billion in military and other type of Aid will be used to imprison the Palestinians of Gaza, and continue Israels military occupation, and imposition of an apartheid state, upon the Palestinian people.

This money will be used in the training fields of Israeli military, which are in Gaza, where military experiments are done, using US military weaponry, by the Israeli Occupation Forces.  The U.S. military and government is complicit in the crimes against the people of Gaza and the Palestinian occupied territory by the use of military hardware given by USA and by the training that Israelis give to Americans and USA gives to Israel.  It is also estimated that some 70% of European humanitarian aid to Palestine ends up in Israeli pockets.

Gaza continues to suffer from the continuing Israeli blockade, naval and land, and this 25-mile-long tiny strip, 5 miles wide, with l.9 million people, living in it, is a brutal blockade and Israel controls everything including electricity, food, etc.

Indeed, everything that comes into Gaza comes through Israeli hands.  Gazas o­nly airport was completely destroyed in 2002 by Israeli jets and ground forces.  Egypt continues to be a part of this blockade as they have blocked Gazas southern border; and Egypt continues to receive USA military funding.  Medical authorities have reported that the time for operations in Gaza now goes up to 2025 as so many are awaiting health care, and the increasing issues around food, water, sewage, electricity, all of these mounting problems have led the U.N. to declare in their latest Report, that by the year 2020 Gaza will be uninhabitable.  What hope is there for the Palestinians of Gaza, the vast majority of whom are young people?

In order to give hope to the people of Gaza by showing solidarity and support the Womens Boat to Gaza sailed in September 2016. Also we sailed in order to challenge this illegal and immoral blockade and occupation of Palestine by Israel, and draw international attention to the fact that under Geneva Conventions it is illegal to punish civilians, which is what Israeli government policies continues to do.

The Womens Boat to Gaza set sail from the Spanish Port city of Barcelona (Barcelona is twinned with Gaza) in mid- September 2016.  The three legs of the trip were 1715 miles from Barcelona to Ajaccio, Corsica, France and then down to Messina in Sicily, Italy.  It was hoped to have two boats but when o­ne developed engine trouble in Barcelona, the other 50 sailing boat, Zaytouna-Oliva, continued alone.  At all Ports the women were greeted and hosted by mayors, officials, and supporters of the Free Palestine Movement.   Over 40 women from around the world flew to Messina in hopes of being able to sail to Gaza.

I joined the boat in Messina, and was grateful to be chosen as o­ne of the 13 women from thirteen countries, being finally chosen to sail to Gaza.   It was sad for those of us sailing to leave behind so many wonderful women due to not enough boats to sail, but it is hoped the Palestinian Coalition will be able to get more sailings to accommodate those wishing to go o­n a future occasion.   The 13 chosen participants included Ann Wright, (boat leader) the captain and two crew, two Al Jazeera journalists, and women from USA, Ireland, Russia, UK, Spain, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden/Chile, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia, and Algeria.

The third leg of the journey from Messina to Gaza was almost 1000 miles and a nine-day journey.  o­n 29th September 2016, we set sail from Messina, Sicily, after a wonderful reception from the mayor, the Muslim community, and many Palestinian friends in Messina.

The first few days sailing the weather was rough and many of us were seasick, but several days into the journey we had got our sea-legs and busied ourselves helping with the tasks to be done such as cooking, reporting, night watches with the crew, etc.  We shared our stories and held nonviolence training.   It was a wonderful experience getting to know the women whose courage was inspiring. Their love for the Palestinian people and their freedom was very deep.  Unfortunately, some 400 miles from Messina, with some 600 miles to go, we had problems with the boats rigging.  An appeal to friends in Crete resulted in a boatful of people coming out to meet us, bringing many gifts of food, and four men to fix the rigging!  This was for me o­ne of the most moving experiences of the journey, and it proved yet again, the magnificence of the human spirit. Around 20 men and women answered our call for help and came to our aid, and all for the people of Gaza.  After the men fixed our boat rigging, we passed greetings to our rescuers from Crete and sailed in a happy and hope filled mood towards Gaza.

On Wednesday 5th October, we were contacted by the Israeli navy by phone.  A few hours earlier all communications via our own phones were cut off.  The Israeli navy communicator told Captain Madeleine that we were nearing the 20-mile military Israeli security zone and were breaking Israeli law.  They said if we did not turn back or agree to be escorted to Ashdod, they would confiscate our boat and take us to Israel.

However, we kept sailing towards Gaza.   We saw several Navy military ships o­n the horizon.  At 6 p.m., a Zodiac boat came alongside our boat.  There were 30 Israeli sailors including Israeli women sailors who were the first to come o­n board our boat.  They were not in combat gear.  They wore baseball caps, and long sleeved jerseys.  In 2010,   I had been o­n the Rachel Corrie Irish/Malaysian boat, which was part of the Freedom Flotilla and when we were boarded by Israeli sailors, they were in combat gear, with rifles, and sniffer dogs, and we were handcuffed and forcibly taken to Israel.  I was surprised when this different approach was used to confiscate our boat ,the Zaytouna.  In 2010, o­n the Mavi Marmara, the Israelis murdered nine people, and subsequently a 10th person died as 50 people were wounded.  Therefore, the treatment of our womens boat to Gaza participants was very different from what happened o­n previous o­nes where I had travelled.

On the Zaytouna, when the Israeli navy sailors confiscated our boat, took us under protest against our will to Israel, arrested, held us for several days without contact with our families, and deported us for ten years, it was all completely illegal under international law. However, it is sad to report that no governments or international bodies have taken up our case for being hijacked, and again the Israeli government has been allowed to break international laws.

All the women were deeply saddened as we knew many people in Gaza were preparing for our visit, and yet again Israel was denying our entry into Gaza. So as we watched the coastline of Gaza in complete darkness and then the coastline of Israel fully lit up against the night sky, we were again witnessing the injustice and unfairness of the Israeli policies against the Palestinians.  With this experience, many of us committed in our hearts to continue our support for the Palestinian peoples o­ngoing work to break the blockade and end the occupation. We also saw just off the coast of Gaza two huge gas rigs fully lit up and whose gas is piped to Israel. Yet Gaza has o­nly a few hours of light, as Israeli bombings have destroyed most of its electricity and sewage infrastructures.

When we reached Ashdod, Israel, after six hours sailing, we were processed by Israeli security and searched, taken to Prison and released two days later.   All the women o­n board the Zaytouna, now have a ten-year deportation order. As this is my 4th time being given a 10-year deportation order, it will be 40 years before I can return to Israel or get into Palestine.  This thought reminds me that there are over 7 million Palestinian people who cannot return to their country, and this is why it is so important to campaign for the right to return for the Palestinian people.

I would like to thank the Freedom Flotilla Coalition who gave us the opportunity to participate o­n the journey to Gaza.  Their work of joining in solidarity with the people of Gaza is so important and I thank them for all they do.

To the Palestinian people of Gaza, please keep your hopes high and believe that freedom and peace will come. Thank you for your perseverance and o­ngoing inspiration to us all.

mairead_maguire____________________________________

Mairead Corrigan Maguire, co-founder of Peace People, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. She won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland. Her book The Vision of Peace (edited by John Dear, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and a preface by the Dalai Lama) is available from www.wipfandstock.com. She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. See: www.peacepeople.com.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMENS BOAT TO GAZA

MAIREAD MAGUIRE, NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE - PARTICIPANT o­n BOARD ZAYTOUNA-OLIVA BOAT

Thursday 29th September, 2016 Wed.,5th October, 2016

 

A few weeks ago, the US Government agreed to give Israel $38 billion dollars, the largest military funding package the U.S. has given any Nation.This $38 billion in military and other type of Aid, will be used to imprison the Palestinians of Gaza, and continue Israels military occupation, and imposition of an apartheid state, upon the Palestinian people.This money will be used in the training fields of Israeli military which are in Gaza, where military experiments are done, using US military weaponry, by the Israeli Occupation Forces.The U.S. military and Government is complicit in the crimes against the people of Gaza and the Palestinian occupied territory by the use of military hardware given by USA and the training that the Israelis give USA and USA gives to them.It is also estimated that some 70% of European humanitarian aid to Palestine ends up in Israeli pockets.

 

Gaza continues to suffer from the continuing Israeli blockade, naval and land, and this 25-mile-long tiny strip, 5 miles wide, with l.9 million people, living in it, is a brutal blockade and Israel controls everything including, all the electricity, the food, etc., Indeed, everything which comes into Gaza comes through Israeli hands.Gazas o­nly airport was completely destroyed in 2002 by Israeli jets and ground forces.Egypt continues to be a part of this blockade as they have blocked Gazas southern border and Egypt continues to receive USA military funding.Medical authorities have reported that the time for operations in Gaza now goes up to 2025 as so many are awaiting health care, and the increasing issues around food, water, sewage, electricity, all of these mounting problems have led the U.N. to declare in their latest Report, that by the year 2020 Gaza will be uninhabitable.What hope is there for the Palestinians of Gaza, the vast majority of whom are young people.?

 

In order to give Hope to the people of Gaza by showing solidarity and support the Womens Boat to Gaza sailed to Gaza in September, 2016, Also we sailed in order to challenge this illegal and immoral blockade and occupation of Palestine by Israel, and draw international attention to the fact that under Geneva conventions it is illegal to punish civilians, which is what Israeli government policies continues to do.The Womens Boat to Gaza set sail from the Spanish Port city of Barcelona (Barcelona is twinned with Gaza) in mid- September 2016.The three legs of the trip were l,715 miles from Barcelona, to Ajaccio, Corsica, France and then down to Messina, in Sicily, Italy.It was hoped to have two boats but when o­ne developed engine trouble in Barcelona, the other 50 sailing boat, Zaytouna-Oliva, continued alone.At all Ports, the women were greeted and hosted by Mayors, Officials, and supporters of the Free Palestine Movement.Over 40 Women from around the world flew to Messina in the hope of being able to sail to Gaza.

 

I joined the boat in Messina, and was grateful to be chosen as o­ne of the 13 women from thirteen countries, being finally chosen to sail to Gaza.It was sad for those of us sailing to leave behind so many wonderful women due to not enough boats to sail, but it is hoped the

Palestinian Coalition, will be able to get more sailings to accommodate those wishing to go o­n a future occasion.The 13 chosen participants included Ann Wright, (boat leader) the captain and two crew, two Al Jazeera journalists, and women from USA, Ireland, Russia, UK, Spain, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden/Chile, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia, and Algeria.

 

The third leg of the journey from Messina to Gaza, was almost l,000 miles and a nine-day journey.On 29th September, 2016, we set sail from Messina, Sicily, after a wonderful reception from the Mayor, the Muslim community, and many Palestinian friends in Messina

The first few days sailing the weather was rough and many of us were seasick, but several days into the journey we had got our sea-legs and busied ourselves helping with the tasks to be done such as, cooking, reporting, night watches with the crew, etc.,We shared our stories and held nonviolence training.It was a wonderful experience getting to know the women whose courage was inspiring and love of the Palestinian people and their freedom very deep.Unfortunately, some 400 miles from Messina, with some 600 miles to go, we had problems with the boats rigging.An appeal to friends in Crete, resulted in a boatful of people coming out to meet us, bringing many gifts of food, and four men to fix the rigging!This was for me o­ne of the most moving experiences of the journey, and it proved yet again, the magnificent of the human spirit, as around 20 men and women, answered our call for help, and came to our aid, and all for the people of Gaza.After the men fixed our boat rigging, we passed greetings to our rescuers from Crete, we sailed in a happy and hope filled mood towards Gaza.

 

On Wednesday 5th October we were contacted by the Israeli Navy o­n our boat by phone.A few hours previously all our communications via our own phones were cut off.The Israeli Navy communicator told Captain Madeleine that we were nearing the 20-mile military Israeli security zone and were breaking Israeli law.They said if we did not turn back or agree to be escorted by them to Ashdod, Israeli, they would confiscate our boat and take us to Israel.

However, we kept sailing towards Gaza.We saw several Navy military ships o­n the horizon.At 6 p.m., a Zodiac boat came alongside our boat.There were 30 Israeli sailors including Israeli women sailors who were the first to come o­n board our boat.They were not in combat gear.They wore baseball caps, and long sleeved jerseys. In 2010 I had been o­n the Rachel Corrie Irish/Malaysian boat, which was part of the Freedom Flotilla and when we were boarded by Israeli sailors, they were in combat gear, with rifles, and sniffer dogs, and we were handcuffed and forcibly taken to Israel.I was surprised when this different approach was used to confiscate our boat the Zaytouna.In 2010, o­n the Mavi Marmara, the Israelis murdered nine people, and subsequently a 10th person died and 50 people were wounded.So the treatment of our womens boat to Gaza participants was very different from what happened o­n previous boats to Gaza, o­n which I had travelled, and also what happens daily to Palestinians.

 

On the Zaytouna, when the Israeli Navy sailors confiscated our boat, took us under protest against our will to Israel, arrested, held us for several days without contact with our families, and deported us for ten years, it was all completely illegal under international law, but it is sad to report that no governments or International bodies have taken up our case of being hi jacked, and again Israeli Government has been allowed to break international laws.

 

All the women were deeply saddened as we knew many people in Gaza were preparing for our visit, and yet again Israeli was denying our entry into Gaza, so as we watched the coastline of Gaza, which was in complete darkness and then the coastline of Israel, fully lit up against the night sky ,we were again witnessing the injustice and unfairness of the Israeli policies against the Palestinian people .With this experience many of us in our hearts committed to continuing our support for the Palestinian peoples o­ngoing work to break the blockade and end the occupation of Palestine.We also saw just off the coast of Gaza, two huge Gas Rigs, fully lit up and whose gas is piped to Israel, and yet Gaza has o­nly a few hours light, as most of it electricity and sewage works have been destroyed by Israeli bombing.

 

When we reached Ashdod, Israel, after six hours sailing, we were processed by Israeli security and searched, taken to Prison and released two days later.All the women o­n board the Zaytouna, now have a ten-year deportation order (as this is my 4th time being given a 10-year deportation order, so it means 40 years before I can return to Israel or get into Palestine.This thought reminds me that there are over 7 million Palestinian people who cannot return to their country, and this is why it is so important to campaign for the Right to return for the Palestinian people.

 

I would like to thank the Freedom Flotilla Coalition who gave us the opportunity to participate o­n the journey to Gaza.Their work of joining in solidarity with the people of Gaza is so important and I thank them for all they do.To the Palestinian people of Gaza please keep your hopes high and believe that freedom and peace will come and thank you for your perseverance and o­ngoing inspiration to us all.

 

Mairead Maguire, (Nobel Peace Laureate) www.peacepeople.com

www.womensboattogaza.com

October, 2016


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International Meeting Thirst for Peace

26 September 2016

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate TRANSCEND Media Service

Assisi, 18-20 Sep 2016 Promoted by Community of Sant Egidio, Diocese of Assisi and Francisco Families

 

The Future of Europe: Capacity to Integrate, Dialogue, and Generate

War is illegal and immoral; it has to end and it can be ended.

 

Dear Friends,

I am happy to be here at this International Meeting and I would like to thank our hosts, for their invitation to attend.   I have always been inspired by the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare, whom I believe are Icons of Christian Gospel Peace and Nonviolence.  Francis the man of action steeped in empathy and love for all, and Clare a woman of prayer, whose love of God led her into the depth of mysticism and peace.

Francis and Clare lived in a time of violence and war, yet they choose to live the nonkilling/ nonviolence of Jesus.  Francis as a youth fighting in his local military, knew well how to wield a sword, yet he choose to follow the command of Jesus to Peter, when he told him to put up his sword and healed the Soldiers ear.  He left the military to live in poverty and service, and together with Clare, and his followers refused to take up arms.  Francis and Clare, in the midst of much Feudal violence, choose to follow the Christian nonviolence manifesto the Sermon o­n the Mount.

 

For many people in Europe and the world, challenged by growing violence and injustice, the lives of these two great 13th century Saints gives us hope and inspiration.

Pope Francis, following in the steps of  St. Francis, gives us all hope as he challenges us to work for the abolition of the death penalty, ending poverty,  the arms race, nuclear weapons, and environmental destruction,  etc.,   However, I believe we need a clear renunciation of the just war theory (a phony piece of morality in the words of the late Fr. John L. McKenzie) and I add my voice to those appealing  to Pope Francis for an Encyclical o­n Peace and Nonviolence, calling Christians to rejection militarism and war and to follow a  Peace theology in keeping with the teachings of the Nonviolent Jesus.   This would give great Spiritual leadership not o­nly to Europe but to Humanity.

 

I believe Europe today (as does the human family) faces a choice between accepting increasing militarism and war, or the total abolition of militarism and war.  We need a new vision of universal and complete disarmament, and a new ambitious start offering hope to the human family suffering under the scourge of militarism and war.  Many ills of the world come from these scourges and we all would gain as ordinary people, spiritually, financially, democratically, environmentally, culturally, from global disarmament.   It is a paradox how much we reject and detest torture of individuals, and how easily at the same time we accept the torture of whole nations in war.

People are tired of armaments and war, and the ever growing military industrial complex across the world, destroying so much of our valuable human and financial resources.    They have seen that they release uncontrollable forces of tribalism and nationalism.  These are dangerous and murderous forms of identity and above which we need to take steps to transcend, lest we unleash further dreadful violence upon the world.  To do this, we need to acknowledge that our common humanity and human dignity is more important than our different traditions.   We need to recognize our life and the lives of others are sacred and that we can solve our problems without killing each other.  We need to accept and celebrate diversity and otherness, and work to heal the old divisions and misunderstandings, give and accept forgiveness, and choose nonviolence as a way to solve our problems.  So too as we choose nonkilling and nonviolence, as we disarm our hearts and minds, we can also disarm our countries and our world.

 

We are also challenged to build structures through which we can co operate and which reflect our interconnected and interdependent relationships.  Power sharing, consensus politics, multi optional preferendums,  there are many ways of doing politics we could use, which foster friendships, co operation,  inclusion, and win/win situations.  The vision of the European Union founders, to link countries together, economically in order to lessen the likelihood of war amongst the nations, is a worthy endeavour.  Unfortunately instead of putting more energy into providing help for EU citizens, we are witnessing the growing militarization of Europe, its role as a driving force for armaments, and its dangerous path, under the leadership of NATO(US) towards a new cold war and further wars of aggression.   The European Union and many of its countries, who used to take initiatives in the UN for peaceful settlements of conflicts, particularly allegedly peaceful countries, like Norway and Sweden, are now o­ne of the US/NATO most important war assets.   Instead of the EU focusing more o­n peace by peaceful means, it is focusing o­n military means and military strength and is a threat to the survival of neutrality.  Many nations have been drawn into being complicit in breaking international law through US/UK/NATO illegal wars of aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc., to mention but a few.

 

On a recent visit to Afghanistan listening to young Afghan men recall how their friends were killed by USA drones whilst our collecting wood, o­ne asks what happened to the rule of International Law standards that weapons and methods of war, which do not discriminate between combatants and civilians, should never be used?.  The bombing of hospitals and civilian targets, torture, renditions, proxy wars, all used by Governments whilst those responsible for upholding Human Rights and International Law set them aside to act illegally in the name of national security. The most cruel and horrific weapons, i.e. nuclear armaments are now regarded by some Government leaders as normal and respectable.  Why are individuals expected to uphold moral and ethical standards of conduct, and yet many of our Government Leaders and their Policies ignore these standards?

 

I believe NATO should be abolished.  The United Nations should be reformed and strengthened and the UN should actively take up its mandate to save the world from the scourge of war, and uphold its ban o­n the use of force.  Some politicians, journalists, intellectuals, would have us believe we have an option to choose war!   We do not, as under International Law, war is criminal and illegal.  The Briand-Kellog treaty was a pact to abstain from war, and the Nuremberg trial convicted Nazis for going to war.  War is illegal and criminal this is international law.

 

But there is hope.  There is a new consciousness, and people are mobilizing and resisting non-violently against violence in its many forms.  They are saying no to militarism and war and insisting o­n disarmament.  Those of us in the Peace Movement can take inspiration from many who have gone before and worked to prevent war insisting o­n disarmament and peace.  Such a person was Bertha Von Suttner, whose book Lay Down your Arms moved many in Europe to work for peace.  She was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in l905 for her activism in the womens rights and peace movement.  She moved Alfred Nobel to set up the Nobel Peace Prize award and it was the ideas of the peace movement of the period that Alfred Nobel decided to support in his testament for the Champions of Peace, those who struggled for disarmament and replacing military power with rights and international law.  That this was the purpose of his will, is clearly confirmed by three expressions of Nobels will, creating the fraternity of nations, work for abolition of armies, holding Peace Congresses.  Alfred Nobel described war as the horror of horrors and the greatest of crimes.

 

This programme of Nobel for Disarmament challenges those of us in the Peace Movement today, to confront militarism in a fundamental way.   We must not be satisfied with improvements and reforms, but rather offer an alternative to militarism, which is an aberration and a system of dysfunction, going completely against the true spirit of men and women, which is to love and be loved.   As the military industrial complex is so strong and influential, in order to dismantle this, we in the Peace Movement in Europe, and elsewhere, will need a broad mobilization of ordinary citizens across the globe to work together towards this vision of Universal and complete Disarmament, driven o­n by the absolute belief and conviction that War is illegal and immoral, it has to end, and it can be ended. Peace and the abolition of war is not o­nly possible, it is necessary for our survival. Pace e Bene (Peace and Goodness).

 

Mairead Corrigan Maguire

 

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Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Appeals to European Union and President Obama to Remove Shameful Sanctions against War-torn Syria

NOBEL LAUREATES, 30 May 2016

The Peace People TRANSCEND Media Service

Press Release 20 May 2016

At the end of May 2016, the European Council will discuss the renewal of European Union sanctions against Syria, sanctions that have been in existence since 2011. (In 2012, the sanctions were removed concerning the opposition-controlled areas, including the now Daesh/ISIS-controlled areas).

Maguire said,

Having visited Syria three times and seen the devastating effect o­n the Syrian people, I call upon the European Union and President Obama, to remove immediately sanctions against War Torn Syria.  I also support the Petition and call by Religious people from Syria aimed at MPs and the mayors of every country to ask for the iniquity of sanctions o­n Syria to be made known to the citizens of the European Union and become, finally, the subject of a serious debate and consequent resolutions.  This is the initiative launched by a number of Syrian bishops, religious and laypeople belonging to different churches to ask the European Union to put an end to sanctions still in place against Syria.

The brief text of the petition [please sign it] describes how the policy of sanctions imposed by the EU have devastating effects o­n the daily life of the Syrian people, adding to the tragic context of the conflict, which in five years has already resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths and six million refugees.  The text that introduces the petition says the European Union put into effect sanctions against Syria, presenting them as sanctions against the regime which imposed the oil embargo o­n the country, blocking all financial transactions and the prohibition to trade many goods and products. 

A measure that still lasts today, although in 2012 the oil embargo in the areas controlled by the armed and jihadist opposition were removed, in order to provide economic resources to the so-called revolutionary forces of the opposition.  In these five years continues the text of the petition the sanctions o­n Syria have helped destroy the Syrian society, condemning it to hunger, epidemics, poverty, encouraging activism of fundamentalist militia fighters who now also strike in Europe.  The petitioners point out that today Syrians see the possibility of a viable future for families o­nly if they run away from their land but escaping cannot be the o­nly solution that the international community can propose to these poor People partly because it encounters many difficulties, due to lively debates within the European Union. 

The petitioners support all humanitarian and peace initiatives that the international community is implementing, in particular through the difficult negotiations in Geneva. But in the meantime with the hope that the expectations find concrete answers, they ask that the sanctions that affect the daily lives of every Syrian are immediately removed.

Maguire also called upon President Obama and US Government to lift US economic sanctions against Syria by the US Treasury Department and its enforcement arm, the Office of Financial Assets Control (OFAC) as these sanctions are targeting Syria children and families by damaging Syrian economy and causing rampant inflation of consumer goods prices, while all but choking off economic development.

OFAC regulations stop banks from providing services to charities and others that do business in Syria and have an unanticipated serious impact o­n relief services.  OFAC refuses to permit humanitarian funds transfers to Syria and many banks involved are unwilling to risk a mega-fine from OFAC knowing that in 2012 HSBC bank was fined l.9 billion after being charged with violating sanctions laws and many others have been fined, or out of fear curtailed or closed their charitable activities for Syria.  The US Financial Regulations and sanctions against Syria whereby the closing of accounts of clean charitable organizations result in their being unable to do their charitable work o­n the ground in Syria, means that much needed aid for Syrias most vulnerable will continue to be blocked and Syrian children will starve and Syrian refugee families will continue to make risky journeys to other countries, including Europe, in a desperate attempt to save their children.

Whilst millions of compassionate caring people around the world feel passionately for the children of Syria and collect funds and aid for Syria to help, the European and US Financial Regulations are blocking aid and the work of the Charities and Humanitarian agencies, and increasing the death and starvation of Syrian children.  In l999 during a visit to Iraq we witnessed the effect of Sanctions put o­n by the west, when o­ne and a half million Iraqi children under the age of five, died slowly and painfully as a result of these cruel Sanction Policies.  Surely, our governments have learned what sanctions and war do to peoples lives and we have learned something about peace and diplomacy in solving our problems together and saving the children of the world?

Mairead Corrigan Maguire, co-founder of Peace People, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. She won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland. Her book The Vision of Peace (edited by John Dear, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and a preface by the Dalai Lama) is available from www.wipfandstock.com. She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. See: www.peacepeople.com.

The Peace People began in 1976 as a protest movement against the o­ngoing violence in Northern Ireland. Its three founders were Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown. Over 100,000 people were involved in the initial movement and two of the founders, Mairead and Betty, received the Nobel Peace Prize for that year. Since its inception, the organization has been committed to building a just, peaceful society through nonviolent means a society based o­n respect for each individual, and that has at its core the highest standards of human and civil rights.

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Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Joins the Freedom Flotilla 2016 to Break the Gaza Siege

SHORT VIDEO CLIPS, 19 September 2016

The Peace People TRANSCEND Media Service

Sep 15, 2016

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize winner, will join the womens boat to Gaza. The goal of this mission is to highlight the devastating effects of the brutal blockade of the Palestinian people living in Gaza.


Mairead Corrigan Maguire, co-founder of Peace People, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. She won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland. Her book The Vision of Peace (edited by John Dear, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and a preface by the Dalai Lama) is available from www.wipfandstock.com. She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. See: www.peacepeople.com.

 The Peace People began in 1976 as a protest movement against the o­ngoing violence in Northern Ireland. Its three founders were Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown. Over 100,000 people were involved in the initial movement and two of the founders, Mairead and Betty, received the Nobel Peace Prize for that year. Since its inception, the organization has been committed to building a just, peaceful society through nonviolent means a society based o­n respect for each individual, and that has at its core the highest standards of human and civil rights.

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Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire and Mother Agnès-Mariam of the Cross Visit Syria and Iran

IN-DEPTH VIDEOS, 28 September 2015

Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa, editor TRANSCEND Media Service

Insights into the Conflict and Military Catastrophe against Syria, Other Middle East Countries

Documentary Video 2015 00:00 51:23

Mairead Corrigan Maguire, co-founder of Peace People, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. She won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland. Her book The Vision of Peace (edited by John Dear, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and a preface by the Dalai Lama) is available from www.wipfandstock.com. She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. See: www.peacepeople.com.

Mother Agnès-Mariam of the Cross: President, International Support Team for Mussalaha (Reconciliation) in Syria. From Palestinian father and Lebanese mother; Lebanese and French nationalities. In 1971 she entered the Carmel Discalced Carmelite Order and was cloistered for 21 years following the mystic path of John of the Cross. She is the Abbot of the 6th century Monastery of Saint Jacques the Mutilated in Qara, Syria, restored by her but destroyed recently by invading mercenary jihadists fighting the Syrian government. Founder of the Order of the Unit of Antioch, Melkite Greek Catholic Church.

(TMS Editors Note: Mother Agnes was the organizer and leader, along with Mairead, of the Peace Mission to Beirut and Damascus in which I participated in May 2013 [my report here] Antonio C. S. Rosa)

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My Thoughts o­n Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguires Speech o­n 6th June, 2014 in Sarajevo

BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 7 July 2014

Alberto Portugheis TRANSCEND Media Service

Ref. Peace Movements Common Vision: The Abolition of Militarism, by Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Keynote address at Sarajevo Peace Event, 6 June 2014

Dear Mairead Maguire,

First of all, I think that to say the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo led to the start of the First World War in l9l4, gives the impression that, had the assassination not taken place, we would have never had World War I. The big war to end all wars was planned for years and I can assure you, if Ferdinand had not been assassinated, even if he had never existed, we would have had World War I.

In 1906, Leo Tolstoy, o­n witnessing the mad Rat Race in the military industry, the accumulation of weapons, missiles, bombs, tanks, air-fighters, warships, etc, warned: this is pure madness and it can o­nly lead to o­ne thing: a big international armed conflict. He explained if factories dont sell their products and make sure they are used, so that clients buy again, theyll be in great trouble

Quite correctly, Mairead Maguire continues with What started here in Sarajevo was a century of two global wars. Yes, two global wars, to which she adds a Cold War, a century of immense, rapid explosion of death and destruction technology. In Mairead Maguires place, I would have indicated that the Cold War was o­nly the name given to the many wars by proxy fought between 1945 and 1990. Throughout this period of 35 years there was average of 150 armed conflicts at any given time. These wars were essential for what Ms Maguire calls a century of immense, rapid explosion of death and destruction technology.

Thanks to how simple it is for politicians to organise wars and for the Military to obey orders, a bunch of Press, gold and oil barons, bankers, manufacturers in the Death Industry, Presidents and Prime Ministers are now very rich.

Thanks to obliging politicians, unable or unwilling to oppose their leaders, scientists have been paid handsome amounts of money to develop weapons of increasing sophistication and lethal power. This is what Ms Maguire calls destruction technology, made possible by the innocent and gullible masses, which put all their energies into anti-nuclearism campaigns.

Mairead Maguire also said all extremely costly and extremely risky, as if costs and risks were of politicians concern. Politicians will o­nly worry about costs the day we have a Law When a politician wishes to have a war, he must finance it himself, with his personal money. Whilst the system allows politicians to bankrupt their countries and increase their personal fortune at the same time, there will NEVER be Peace.

Same with risks. If the Law said a politician who wishes to declare war o­n another country must fight it himself, (instead of sending Armies to kill and die) that will be a REAL risk. Im sure we wouldnt have many wars.

As it is, politicians are o­nly favoured by wars. Of course, not all of them, but those involved in decisions, in purchasing and in selling. Politicians and diplomats involved in promoting their countrys war products, have NO OPTION. They must recommend bomb makers, introduce them to new clients. With wars they can never lose.

Politicians, diplomats or top military I speak to, all react the same way when they hear me advocate for a Weapon free world: Are you mad, Alberto? are their first words. They then proceed to explain how the military business is too good for them to consider abandoning it.

Ms Maguire talked about the peace movement in the last three decades before the break-out of WWl., telling us politicians, writers, Kings, Emperors, etc, were all for Peace. It seems to me, she believes Governments listen to what people want and.do it. In fact, the same happened before World War II and is happening now. We have hundreds of Peace organisations, every single day we hear Church and political leaders, Royalty, etc, speak about Peace.

Ms Maguire actually said The great strength of the Movement was that it did not limit itself to civilizing and slowing down militarism, it demanded its total abolition. Why then, didnt Governments abolish militarism? had they abolished it, the Austro-Hungarian Empire could have never declared war against Serbia.

Furthermore, to make the world believe that because the Austro-Hungarians decided to attack Serbia, there was a valid reason for a World War, for so many other countries entering the game, that is something that I shall never believe.

Mairead Maguire says people are tired of armaments and war because they have seen that they release uncontrollable forces of tribalism and nationalism. This statement is very misleading. Armaments DO NOT release uncontrollable forces of tribalism and nationalism. Nationalism, tribalism, patriotism or religious bigotry are injected into our minds and hearts at school, long before we even know what a weapon is.

Maguire says These are dangerous and murderous forms of identity, but, in my opinion, they are not. 95% of soldiers going to war have no murderous form of identity. They are simply obeying orders.

Among the steps to be taken for a better world, Maguire suggests we need to acknowledge that our common humanity and human dignity is more important than our different traditions. How come, for an Irish woman, she does not realize that sharing humanity and traditions cannot prevent conflict. Irish people share the language, all eat Irish stew and all drink Guinness. But business, money and power, of politicians and Church leaders, cancels all that harmony.

Look at the Spanish Civil War. All Roman Catholics, who, depending o­n who brain-washed them, went to o­ne band or the other. Thus, you ended up with members of the same family killing each other, choir members who for years were happy colleagues/friends, also ended up massacring each other.

Maguire says We need to recognize our life and the lives of others are sacred and we can solve our problems without killing each other. as if politicians didnt know that. We need to accept and celebrate diversity and otherness. But this we do already. I never heard of a war started because o­ne group eats pork and the other doesnt, or because o­ne group drinks wine whilst another group has a ban o­n it. I never heard the Kosovo war was the result of Muslim women covering their bodies, whilst Christian women wore mini-skirts. Countries do not attack each other because their folk music uses different rhythms.

Maguire says we need to heal the old divisions and misunderstandings, without saying how. Is she proposing o­ne religion o­nly? Religious divisions are what politicians promote, as they make it easier for them to organise and promote wars.

Maguire says We are also challenged to build structures through which we can co-operate and which reflect our interconnected and interdependent relationships. But this is EXACTLY what leading politicians and diplomats do. They are extremely well interconnected. Wars happen precisely because of the interconnection between Presidents and/or Prime Ministers, other members of Cabinet, top military and top diplomats. Wars happen because of agreements between Governments and Banks.

Maguire says The vision of the European Union founders to link countries together, economically in order to lessen the likelihood of war amongst the nations, is a worthy endeavour. This is another misleading piece of information. Politicians consider the Arms Trade the best possible news for their own Bank accounts. This means the economic link is the mutually benefiting military contracts. In fact, the League of Nations was formed in 1920, after so many millions dead in World War I, so that people believed politicians were now working for Peace, when in reality they organised several wars outside of Europe, whilst working o­n a plan for World War II.

Having lost their reputation with World War II, the League of Nations closed shop and reappeared as United Nations, another misleading name. They are United yes, united in promoting wars and abuse of Human Rights, to which they added another fabulous business: the Refugees Industry.

Of course I wholeheartedly agree with Mairead Maguire o­n the abolition of NATO, but then ALL armies, ALL Armed Forces should be abolished. Then Ms Maguire will not need to utter these ominous words: The UN should actively take up its mandate to save the world from the scourge of war. because the UN wouldnt exist. In fact, the UN was created, as I said before, so that we can continue to have wars.

OK, Alfred Nobel decided to support the Champions of Peace, those who struggled for disarmament and international relations, by establishing the Nobel Peace Prize, but this, after he invented dynamite!! at the time of his death in 1896 he had 355 patents, several of them for explosives. It was a case of like father, like son, as Immanuel Nobel, Alfreds father, designed the naval mines consisting of submerged wooden casks filled with gunpowder

All of you who have read me over the years will know that the leitmotiv of my life has always been, is and will always be a demilitarised world. I have many supporters, who, like Mairead Maguire or myself, oppose weapons and militarism. However, this is far from enough. How can we educate children for them to become anti-military adults, if the Education Ministers brief (political brief) is to create a society of young men and women attracted to violence , whose choice of career o­n leaving school will be: enlisting in the Army, Navy or Air-Force?

Why do Governments promote the outdoor game Paint-Ball? why do so many businesses go bankrupt, but never a bomb manufacturer?

Maguire says we the Peace lobby must offer an alternative to militarism but she doesnt offer o­ne. What does she propose we do with the many millions employed in the military industry, from scientists working in research to makers of soldiers uniforms and torture kits?

She says which is absolutely true that the spirit of men and women is to love and be loved and solve our problems through co-operation, dialogue, non-violent conflict resolution.. But Bush and Blair and all politicians in the world know this !!!!! the difference is that, because society accepts the existence of weapons, politicians do EXACTLY what we tell them.

I explain. solve our problems through co-operation. Politicians co-operate o­n solving their problems all the time. Trouble is, their problems are not the same as ours. Their problems are: how to make better weapons than our competitors, how to gain contracts over rival competitors, what commissions they get, etc. This is what politicians call dialogue and it is always of a non-violent nature. When Bush and Blair negotiated the war in Iraq with Saddam Hussein, there was no argument between them. They discussed the war to come very peacefully, over a period of several weeks, when to start it, who should send the first missile, etc.

I dont like the sound of the following words uttered by Mairead Maguires: we shall be inspired and energized to pursue our different projects, be it arms trade, nuclear, non-violence, culture of peace, drone warfare, etc., How can we be working for Peace and the Arms Trade at the same time?

In the following phrase we can agree to work that all countries come together in an Agreement to abolish all weapons and war, the word war is unnecessary, as with the abolition of weapons, war would never be possible.

To me, as much as I agree with Mairead Maguires emphatic call for a world without weapons and admire her for making this call, I feel that her suggestions for action are insufficient. It is not enough to shout in all directions I dont want a militarized world! whilst the games we buy for our children and grandchildren, the films they watch o­n television, the teaching at schools of Nationalism, Patriotism, Religious superiority, etc, etc., are all promoting violence and a militarized world.

To transform the world, children should not o­nly be taught a list of wars, with names of battles, number of deaths, names of heroes (the o­nes who killed the most), etc. Teachers and parents alike should be able to explain how all those war could have been avoided, how they should have never happened.


Alberto Portugheis
is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. By profession a concert pianist and pedagogue www.apion.org.uk/tapsim, he is an active peace campaigner, whose anti-military stance  earned him a nomination  for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. As a result, Portugheis wrote, Dear Ahed..The Game of War and a Path to Peace  a book that has received critical acclaim http://www.dearahed.co.uk. He contributes regularly to Twitter and has many followers. Some of his thoughts, ideas and reflections, which express o­nly the desire to make people think and not take for granted what they read, no matter where, can be found in his blog http://portugheis.livejournal.com.

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Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Deported from Egypt En Route to Gaza

NOBEL LAUREATES, 10 March 2014

Peace People TRANSCEND Media Service

Mairead Maguire

Mairead Maguire

On 5th March, 2014 Mairead Maguire and Ann Patterson, members of the Peace People, N. Ireland were deported from Egypt as they attempted to enter the country in order to join an international delegation of 100 women wishing to visit Gaza via the Egyptian Rafah Border.

The women from around the world had been invited by the Women of Gaza to join them o­n 8th March, International Womens Day.  o­nly 17 of the 100 women were allowed to enter Egypt and those turned away were given no reason for this decision by the Egyptian government, that later when challenged, said those refused entry to Egypt had been black-listed. (They gave no criteria for blacklisting the Women.)  The Egyptian government has closed the Rafah Border until Sunday 9th March when it is highly unlikely any of the women will be allowed to cross into Gaza to meet with the women of Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid, including solar lights.  (6 12 hours a day the people are without electricity).

On arrival home in Belfast, Northern Ireland o­n 5th March, Mairead Maguire appealed to International community to do something to help the people of Gaza get the blockade lifted and support the women of Gaza and their families in their struggle for human rights and freedom.  Maguire said:

As pacifists and people of peace wishing to visit Gaza to stand in solidarity with the women and their families o­n International Womens Day, and support the Palestinians call for the Israeli government to lift the blockade of Gaza and uphold human rights and international law, we deeply regret that the Egyptian government has deported us making it impossible for us to be with the people of Gaza.  By such actions such as closing Rafah Border, closing tunnels from Gaza, etc., the Egyptian government is complicit with the illegal policy of Israeli government that continues to break the Geneva Convention by collective punishment of the people of Gaza. 

Gaza, with a population of  l.7 million (mostly youth) has been cut off by Israel from Palestinians in West Bank and East Bank with its airport destroyed by Israel, Gaza port closed for over 40 years and borders with Israel and Egypt open infrequently. They are bombed every few days from the air by Israeli drone bombing. 

Gaza is regarded as the largest open air prison population in the world.  Gazas Palestinians call to open the border crossing and end the occupation falls o­n deaf ears, as the US government continues to finance Israeli military occupation and also funds the Egyptian military, the second highest recipient of USA funding, next to Israel.  

These apartheid/racist policies of Israel, which are causing so much suffering, must be changed and o­n International Womens Day I would like to appeal to everyone to do something for the Women of Gaza.

Mairead Corrigan Maguire is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. She won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland. Her book The Vision of Peace (edited by John Dear, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and a preface by the Dalai Lama) is available from www.wipfandstock.com. She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. See: www.peacepeople.com.

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