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Number 183: 5th October 2010

The Human Cost of War

A major exhibition of wallhangings (quilts and arpilleras) on the theme 'The Human Cost of War' will take place at the Tower Museum, Derry, launching at 12.30 pm on Thursday 4th November and running for two months. The exhibition is curated by Roberta Bacic. A variety of workshops will take place in conjunction with the exhibition (some of which are already nearly full); these include 'Threads of destiny', 'An emotional view of evacuation in war time', 'Make do and mend', schools workshops for an Afghanistan installation, 'Lost children of war', 'Hearts and flowers', Men's insights into women's war textiles (an opportunity for men to reflect on women's work in the exhibition), a conversation facilitated by Healing Through Remembering on 'The fabric of conflict', and roundtable conversations including 'The cost of war to women's human rights' with Monica McWilliams. There is a guided tour and talk about the exhibition at the Tower Museum by the curator, Roberta Bacic at 11.30 am every Friday from 12th November until 17th December and by appointment if required. Booking is required for all workshops and roundtable discussions and all workshops are free. For further details - ph 028 7137 2411 or e-mail -

Afri Hedge School: Food sovereignty

"Food Sovereignty - Rooting out the Causes of Global Hunger" is Afri's hedge school topic on Saturday, 23rd October taking place in Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Kimmage, Dublin 6 (and organised in association with them). Described as a unique blend of conversation, debate, music, fun and food, speakers include Clare O'Grady Walshe, Denis Halliday and Alan Matthews; topics include 'Sustainable development, trade development and food security' and 'Seeds of hope in a world of insecurity'. Workshops are on 'Food sovereignty: a response to the increasing privatisation of the commons', 'The global trade system and hunger', and 'The roots of the problem: debt, tax and financial injustice'. Admission for the full conference, 10.30 - 7.00 pm including a bread and soup lunch and dinner, is Ä10 (Ä5 students/unwaged). This is the 35th anniversary of both Afri and Kimmage Development Studies Centre. Further information/booking forms from: Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, ph 01 - 882 7563, e-mail and web

(A not so) Dear Diary

The year is moving on, and the end of 2010 will come soon enough. So it is time to get hold of a copy of Housmans Peace Diary 2011 with World Peace Directory listing almost 2,000 national and international peace, environmental and human rights organisations in 150 countries. It is pocket format, two pages to a week, and includes dates and anniversaries and other features. Never be stuck for that contact in Azerbaijan or Zimbabwe again. Copies are £8.95 each + £1 postage in UK postal area, £2 outside, bulk discounts may be available. Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX, ph 020 7837 4473, e-mail It can be ordered by credit card at

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TIDES washes in to a new location

TIDES Training & Consultancy have a new office location and phone number (having moved from Elmwood Avenue); 7A Weavers Court, Linfield Road, Belfast BT12 5GH, ph 028 90438180. The web address remains

Cartooning for peace

An international group of acclaimed cartoonists provided a series of cartoons for an exhibition which demonstrated the absurdity of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; the event was hosted by Community Dialogue under the auspices of its Steps into Dialogue programme which is funded under the Special Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation. The exhibition was held in both Belfast and Derry/Londonderry in August this year.

Featuring some 35 cartoonists from more than 20 countries, the exhibition is the idea of The Parents' Circle, a group of bereaved Palestinian and Israeli families who wanted to highlight the futility of violence in the region. Accompanying the exhibition were Robi Damelin whose son David, 28, a student at Tel Aviv University, was serving as a reservist in the Israeli army when he was killed by a Palestinian sniper. She now travels the world with Palestinian members of the group to promote the message that there will only be peace in the Middle East with reconciliation.She was joined at the opening events by Seham Ikhlayel-Abu-Awwad, whose brother was killed by an Israeli soldier. Seham's whole childhood and life have been affected by the conflict. She grew up in Beit Ummar where her mother was often imprisoned for her political activities.

The exhibition can be borrowed from Community Dialogue as a means of facilitating discussion. Contact; Community Dialogue, LINC Resource Centre, 218 York Street, Belfast BT15 1GY, ph 028 90351450 and web See also article in this issue

US Army out of Shannon Airport

A demonstration takes place at Shannon Airport to remember the victims of 9 years of war in Afghanistan, and to call for an end to Shannon's role in it; Sunday 10th October 2 - 3pm, location - just before Airport Entrance. As Shannon Airport's future becomes more uncertain, the U.S. military continue to use it to ferry hundreds of armed troops a day, as well as cargo, to Afghanistan and elsewhere. This demonstration will call on the Irish government and the airport authorities to end this U.S. military use of Shannon. The war in Afghanistan has resulted in human rights abuse, corruption and instability. Using Shannon as a hub for the U.S. military presence there is unjustifiable, and runs contrary to Ireland's proud history of neutrality and peacekeeping. Organised by Shannonwatch and the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA). For more information, contact Shannonwatch at or phone 087 8225087.

Mairead Maguire deported from Israel

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire challenged Israeli state refusal to allow her entry during a hearing at the Israeli Supreme Court on 4th October but was deported the next day. This followed her arrest and imprisonment on trying to enter Israel on 28th September for a women's peace delegation. She had previously been given a 10-year banning order in June, having been illegally seized on board the MV Rachel Corrie in international waters, a point made by her in her submission to the Supreme Court. See and international news.

Claiming our Future

Claiming our Future aims to achieve a more equal, inclusive and sustainable Ireland and is organising a major event at the Industries Hall of the RDS in Dublin on 30th October, 11 am start - 5.30 pm, to identify the principles, policies and strategies needed to achieve this. It is a civil society initiative developed by Is FÈidir Linn, ICTU, the Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership, the Community Platform, Social Justice Ireland, and TASC. See or e-mail and ph 01 - 8870726 or 086 8474466. Please register online.

DDCI's 'How the world works'

Debt and Development Coalition Ireland's new development education resource 'How the World Works', a transition year teachers' resource on financial and economic justice, is now available. The resource is a 45 hour teaching unit, linked to the post-primary curriculum with a handbook of resources including worksheets, classroom activities and project ideas; download here. There are a limited number of hard copies, with accompanying CD, that can be obtained by contacting the office. Nessa NÌ Chasaide, Co-ordinator, Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, Unit F5, Spade Enterprise Centre, North King Street, Dublin 7, ph 01 6174835 and website

Making our money work for a Better World

This is a short conference on Wednesday 10th November from 3.00pm - 6.30pm at the Cultivate Centre, St Andrew's Street Dublin 2. All Welcome, entrance free. This meeting is a step towards building a movement in both part of Ireland to raise awareness about the need for ethically and ecologically sensitive financial services. It will be of interest to those who manage church funds, financial service providers and all engaged in the justice, peace and environmental movements. Speakers are Miles Litvinoff (Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility - ECCR), Patrick Hynes (Oikocredit), Paul Ellis (The Ecology Building Society) and Alex Connor (Triodos Bank). Organised by EcoQuakers Ireland and ECCR. RSVP: Please provide contacts (e-mail address or phone number) by email: or by post: EcoQuakers, South Belfast Friends Meeting, 22 Marlborough Park North, Belfast BT9 6HJ.

Sri Lanka war crimes meeting in Dublin

Denis Halliday and Mary Lawlor are speaking at an International Peace Studies public lecture on "War Crimes in Sri Lanka: International Implications" on Thursday, October 7 at 7 PM in the J. M. Synge Theatre in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Denis and Mary were both panel members of the People's Tribunal on Sri Lanka, which met in Dublin in January of this year. All are welcome to attend. International Peace Studies, Irish School of Ecumenics (Trinity College Dublin), Milltown Park, Dublin 6, ph 01 206 0350, e-mail:

Friends of the Earth "deeply disappointed"... the lack of inclusion of a Climate Change Bill in the Government's Legislation Programme published on 29th September. Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan said "The climate law is a cornerstone of a sustainable, low-carbon economic recovery which will attract green investment and generate the kind of jobs what will last in the 21st century......Government has yet to show it has the political determination to deliver on its word on climate change. Today they missed another deadline". Friends of the Earth, 9 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2, ph: 01-6394652 and web

Rossport Solidarity Camp

Rossport Solidarity Camp is organising an activist skillshare weekend and practical sustainability workshops at Rossport Camp on the Hallowe'en weekend, 30th-31st October but asks people to arrive on the evening of Friday 29th. Full programme available nearer the time. See

United Nations expert at Stormont to debate global poverty goals

The United Nations' top expert on health has told politicians in Stormont that Northern Ireland can be part of the solution to global poverty. Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on Health was in Parliament Buildings as a guest of Amnesty International to talk to Ministers, MLAs and campaigners in the run-up to a crucial UN summit in New York. The meeting was to review progress on the Millennium Development Goals which aim to slash poverty, hunger, disease, maternal and child deaths by 2015.

The health expert addressed the links between global poverty and poor health and explained how Northern Ireland can play a part in achieving the Millennium Development Goals through a combination of political support and action by local international development charities. Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International Northern Ireland Campaigner said:

"To have someone of the stature of the UN Special Rapporteur here is a reminder that even a place as small as Northern Ireland has role to play in solving big issues like global poverty. The 'Poverty, Health and Human Rights' event was an opportunity to discuss the issues such as maternal health across the globe, but also for local politicians to debate Northern Ireland's plans for international development, particularly in achieving the Millennium Development Goals." Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland Campaigner, Amnesty International, 397 Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 3GP ph 028 9064 3000, web


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