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Number 175:27th November 2009
This constitutes the ‘December’ issue!

Féile Bríde: Conflict, Resources and the Environment
Afri’s Féile Bríde 2010 will take place on Saturday, 6th February 2010 at the Derby House Hotel, Kildare on the theme of Conflict, Resources and the Environment. Watch out for further details. See also Afri statement on Corrib Gas and related issues in the e-mail and web editions of this issue of NN (and on the Afri website). Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7, Ph 01 - 882 7563/7581, e-mail: web

The AGM of the Peace & Neutrality Alliance will be held on Saturday 5th December from 2.00pm - 4.30pm in the Unite/Amicus HQ, 15 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Main Speaker: Mick O'Reilly on The History of Irish Neutrality. There will also be reports from the Treasurer, Secretary, International Secretary and Chair and elections for Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, International Secretary, PRO and 3 ordinary members. The AGM is open to the public, but only paid up PANA members can vote in the NEC elections. PANA, 17 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, ph 01 - 235 1512, e-mail: and web (which has information on subscribing).

International Peace Studies lecture; Dilemmas for Peacemakers
“Dialogue with the Devil: Dilemmas for Peacemakers” is the title of a lecture by Glencree CEO David Bloomfield taking place on Wednesday 9th December at 7 pm in the J M Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. It is organised by the International Peace Studies programme at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, website All Welcome. All are also welcome to a research seminar, also with David Bloomfield, organised by the same hosts, on “International Peacemaking and the Irish Peace Process” which will take place on Friday, 11th December from 11.00 am – 12.30 pm in the Large Lecture Room, Irish School of Ecumenics, Milltown Park, Dublin. See also report on Glencree summer school in this issue.

DDCI: Dáil and all directions on global debt
Would you like to host a community meeting on the economic crisis and the debt campaign? Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI) is holding meetings around the country on the new debt crisis facing the poorest countries in the world. At the moment Ireland is writing a policy on the issue of international debt and DDCI is campaigning for this to be a Just Debt Policy. To hear more you can get in touch on 01 - 6174835 or contact More information about DDCI campaigns can be found at DDCI, Unit F5 Spade Enterprise Centre, North King Street, Dublin 7

There will be a street action on Tuesday 8th December 2009 at 11am outside the Dáil: 'Bearing Witness': Take a Stand in Support for Indebted People Everywhere’. On the day before Budget Day supporters will gather outside the Dáil in Dublin to protest the government’s decision to pledge $1 billion of taxpayers’ money to the IMF. The IMF has a long long track record of wreaking havoc in the economies of the Global South (see the campaigners information pack on the website, address above).

Spirit of Enniskillen
Spirit of Enniskillen Trust is currently publicising its Explore Programme 2010 which provides an opportunity for people between 16 and 19 years old to travel overseas to experience other divided communities and develop their capacity to support positive understanding, learning and change at home. The closing date is 21st December. See or contact Spirit of Enniskillen Trust, The Gordon Wilson Centre, 97 Malone Avenue, Belfast BT9 6EQ, ph 028 – 9038 1500.

WAVE - Belfast and Dublin
In Belfast, Stop Climate Chaos’ Wave event calling for strong government action on climate change at Copenhagen takes place at Bank Square in Belfast City Centre, 1pm – 3pm on 5th December. See In Dublin the Wave will meet at 12 noon at Customs House Quay and ‘crash’ against the Department of An Taoiseach at 1.30 pm (dress blue!) – see

Prisoners for Peace, WRI
Each year War Resisters International (WRI, to which INNATE is an associate) produces a Prisoners for Peace Honour Roll for 1st December, including conscientious objectors, total resisters, and others who have resisted militarism and violence. The list includes addresses for sending cards and letters to support them. WRI has 83 affiliated organisations in 42 countries, and its two main programmes are on The Right to Refuse to Kill, working with groups resisting military service and conscription in all forms, and its Nonviolence Programme providing resources and training against war and injustice around the world. It defines its primary work as helping to empower local grassroots movements. One conference taking place shortly, organised by WRI along with local hosts in Ahmedabad, India, is on Nonviolent Livelihood Struggle and Global Militarism: Links and Strategies which relates community struggles defending the livelihood of local populations and global militarism and war profiteers. You can support this work financially through a variety of ways. WRI, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX, Britain, +44 – 20 – 7278 4040, e-mail and web (which includes info on Prisoners for Peace, look under Programmes and Projects).

Congratulations to Howard Clark who has been re-elected chair of WRI.

IFOR Annual report
The annual report of IFOR, the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, including the work of the Women Peacemakers Program, is available on the website and a list of organisations associated with IFOR can be found on their website by clicking on ‘about IFOR’ and then ‘Members’ (there are 83 bodies associated with it in 53 countries) [that makes it a tie with the WRI! See above]. Those in Ireland directly linked with IFOR are Glencree Centre for Reconciliation, INNATE, and the Peace People.

Policy and Practice from CGE
Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review is the only journal on global education published in the island of Ireland. It features contributions from practitioners in a range of education settings based in Ireland, the United Kingdom, across Europe, North America and the developing world. It is in its fifth year of operation, and is now available as an open-access online publication to increase accessibility and global reach. It is produced by the Centre for Global Education in Belfast. The current issue, No.9, includes a paper by Iain Atack on “Peace studies and social change: The role of ethics and human agency”. All issues to date are online at

For information from the Centre for Global Education in general, see Centre for Global Education, 9 University Street, Belfast, BT7 1FY ph 028 – 90241879 and e-mail:

World March for Peace and Nonviolence events
Forthcoming events in Ireland include the following World Without Wars and Without Violence meetings. Kilkenny; Wednesday 3rd December 7pm, Loughboy Area Resource Centre, Nuncio Road, Kilkenny. Dublin; Saturday 12th December 11am @ Seomra Spraoi, No.10 Belvedere Court, Top of Gardiner Street, Dublin. Nenagh, Co. Tipperary; Thursday evening 10th December, candle lit living nonviolence sign as a Celebration of Nonviolence and World March for Peace; please contact Margaret: 0879840521. Cork City; Saturday 13th, December 7pm in Cork, a screening of “Soldiers of Peace” at Roundy Bar, Daunt Square. The same night after the film a Living Peace Sign will be formed outside the Roundy Bar. For information in Cork, contact Deirdre Ryan on 086 – 3378146. For more information on any of the events nationwide please ring Krisztina 0851261287 or to endorse online please see or

Truth, Reconciliation, and Mental Health
A new book by Brandon Hamber, director of INCORE, is entitled “Transforming Societies After Political Violence: Truth, Reconciliation, and Mental Health” and is published by Springer, ISBN: 978-0-387-89426-3. It “offers a template for those tasked with providing truth, justice, reconciliation, and healing. This interdisciplinary study identifies complex relationships between recovery from political violence and the psychological processes that accompany widespread social change, showing how these can be integrated to strengthen both individual and society.” For further info see

Advent and Christmas in Bethlehem
It is a difficult time in Palestine and Israel. Pax Christi International is again supporting an action for people to take by inviting individuals and groups to e-mail Christmas messages and prayers for peace before the 25th of December 2009 (Western Christmas) and/or the 7th of January 2010 (Eastern Christmas); “let us not forget to pray for justice, peace and security for Palestine and Israel. Sending a wish or a prayer by email is an important way of communicating with many people who long to hear a word of hope. Our partners in Bethlehem greatly appreciate receiving wishes and prayers from people outside the region.” Messages can be e-mailed to the Arab Educational Institute at the following address: To read all the messages, please visit For further information see the Pax Christi international website at

INNATE networking group meets next on Wednesday 16th December at 7pm in Belfast – please enquire, all welcome.


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