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North Irish peace activist & #Nobel Peace Laureate Rejects #US #State Dept #NATO

Dear Friends,

I write to let you know that I have decided not to attend the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on 23rd-25th April, 2012, in Chicago, USA.  

On 10th April, Sec. of State H. Clinton appeared on video in US State Department Web announcing plans for the forthcoming Nobel Peace Laureates Summit and said ‘The US Department of State  is proud to be an active partner in this event’.

Sec. Clinton  gave details of how the US State Dept. is working with US embassies around the world, to bring twenty students and 4 teachers from 4 countries to Chicago and explained that video conferences and portals for live streaming of events, will be managed by US State department.  

I have now decided, with some sadness, not to be associated in this Partnership as I do not agree with many of the Policies of the US State Department.  Indeed I have, as a Nobel Peace Laureate, (and  in the spirit of Alfred Nobel) often called for disbandment of NATO, end of militarism and war, and for  Disarmament and demilitarization.  I cannot therefore, in good conscience, be part of a Partnership with the US State Government  (NATO).  I also believe that my participation in such a partnership would compromise my position and put in jeopardy my work in the Middle East and other countries.   

I  am very disappointed  that what is a great opportunity for young people, the Nobel Laureates and organizations to listen,  learn, and exchange friendships and experiences,  has been, I believe,  seriously compromised  in such a Partnership.

However, I hope it will be an enjoyable and educational summit particularly for all the young people, and I am deeply saddened not to be with you all.

Peace,

Mairead  Maguire

Peace People, Northern Ireland

http://www.peacepeople.com

Thursday, March 1, 2012
#Finkelstein exposes his moral bankruptcy @aliabunimah talks about #Ireland two states

#Finkelstein exposes his moral bankruptcy @aliabunimah talks about #Ireland two states

Saturday, January 7, 2012
@homakhaleeli The small #Irish hamlet of #Ballyhea has peacefully protested every Sunday for 43 weeks against economic “austerity”
"In 2008, fearing a run on the banks, the country’s former finance minister Brian Lenihan agreed to give an unlimited guarantee covering most of the bonds issued by Irish banks. At the time, it seems, he was unaware how much this could cost. The IMF, on the other hand, believed the bondholders should be "burned" and made to pay for their own mistakes, but pressure from the European Central Bank ensured this guarantee was retained."

@homakhaleeli The small #Irish hamlet of #Ballyhea has peacefully protested every Sunday for 43 weeks against economic “austerity”

"In 2008, fearing a run on the banks, the country’s former finance minister Brian Lenihan agreed to give an unlimited guarantee covering most of the bonds issued by Irish banks. At the time, it seems, he was unaware how much this could cost. The IMF, on the other hand, believed the bondholders should be "burned" and made to pay for their own mistakes, but pressure from the European Central Bank ensured this guarantee was retained."

Sunday, November 6, 2011
#Kashmir #Tibet #Ireland #Palestine
merryrebel:

In  recent history, #Palestine, #Ireland, #Tibet and #Kashmir have shared  common features. In Tibet, between 1949 and 1979, 1.2 million people  died and 320,000 were made refugees. In Ireland from 1969 to 2010, 3,710  died. For Israel, the occupation of Palestine has resulted in 10,271  dead (1987-January 2011), with 4.8 million refugees registered with the  United Nations (1947-June 2010). In Kashmir, 70,000 are dead and over  8,000 have been disappeared. More than 250,000 have been displaced  (1989-2010), including minority Kashmiri Pandits of Hindu descent.  Between 209 and 765 Kashmiri Pandits have been killed. (Angana P. Chatterji | Kashmir - The Case for Freedom) 

#Kashmir #Tibet #Ireland #Palestine

merryrebel:

In recent history, #Palestine, #Ireland, #Tibet and #Kashmir have shared common features. In Tibet, between 1949 and 1979, 1.2 million people died and 320,000 were made refugees. In Ireland from 1969 to 2010, 3,710 died. For Israel, the occupation of Palestine has resulted in 10,271 dead (1987-January 2011), with 4.8 million refugees registered with the United Nations (1947-June 2010). In Kashmir, 70,000 are dead and over 8,000 have been disappeared. More than 250,000 have been displaced (1989-2010), including minority Kashmiri Pandits of Hindu descent. Between 209 and 765 Kashmiri Pandits have been killed.

(Angana P. Chatterji | Kashmir - The Case for Freedom)