The Future For Shale?
Sunday evening March 9th saw the launch of a short documentary by award winning film maker Dearbhla Glynn in an event organised by Afri. Dearbhla’s work as an independent documentary maker has previously shone a spotlight on human rights injustices in the Congo and Gaza.
Members of Love Leitrim Eddie Mitchell and Chair Susan Carton were at hand for a Questions and Answers session after the film. The audience were also treated to a traditional music session from well known musicians Steve Cooney and Paddy Keenan in the Glens Centre venue.
An unexpected highlight of the evening was when renowned Choctaw artist Gary White Deer made a presentation of his painting entitled “Fracking Mother Earth” to Love Leitrim.
By Dervilla Keegan, Love Leitrim
Sunday, March 16, 2014 – 3pm – 6pm – An Seanscoil, An Ceathrú Thaidhg, Erris, Co. Mayo
This is the second installment of “Airing Erris”, a seminar on the media treatment of the Shell Corrib issue.
The discussion is evolving to examine the relationship between vested interests and the media and their increasing control and interference in civil issues.
Furthermore, could technological advances spell the end of traditional media and our reliance on them for our news?
- Ed Vulliamy (The Observer/Guardian)
- Richie O’ Donnell (Director, The Pipe)
- William Hederman (Journalist)
- Andy Storey (Afri chairperson)
You can also join the conversation by tuning into our livestream event at https://new.livestream.com/AtlanticIRL/AiringErris and follow the event on twitter using #atlantic.
More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1385124438428044/
Thursday, 6th March 2014
As Dublin today plays host to the European People’s Party congress, Stop Climate Chaos is calling on the leaders of some of Europe’s most powerful countries to strengthen European action on climate change. The coalition is calling on delegates, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, to increase the ambition of the European Commission’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework proposal. (more…)
The Future for Shale? An Evening of Film, Conversation and Music on the theme of Fracking
Premiere of short film on fracking by Dearbhla Glynn
Speakers and discussion
Followed by music with Paddy Keenan and Steve Cooney
Also exhibition of Gary White Deer’s paintings
6pm Sunday 9th March 2014 in the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Admission free but donations welcome
To see who is going: https://www.facebook.com/events/430931410343192/
Afri wishes to acknowledge the support of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
See photo attached of Hercules C 130 US warplane at Shannon today being “protected” by Irish Defence Forces patrol. In addition to its military forces in Afghanistan, US special forces are also operating in Yemen, in several African countries including Ethiopia and Somalia, and from US navy ships in the Indian Ocean, and war planes like the one photographed below are being used to transport supplies including arms through intermediaries to the rebel side in the Syrian civil war.
No US military aircraft have ever been searched by Gardaí at Shannon airport, even though the Irish Government Jet on a trip to the USA with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was reportedly searched on at least one occasion at Washington Dulles Airport.
Photo provided by Edward Horgan
Link to petition calling for end of military use of Shannon airport: http://www.change.org/
This year’s Féile Bríde aimed to mark the issues of “Life: Source or Resource-Enslavement versus sovereignty.” The day started with the beautiful music of harpist Fionnuala Gill as the Brigid flame was carried into the conference hall. The event made connections across borders, nations and nationalities, attracting speakers and partners from East Africa to the West of Ireland, in order to tackle together the unequal distribution of resources and the threats to food sovereignty.
Speakers included Afri’s partner Abjata Khalif of the Kenyan pastoralist Journalist Network, Fergal Anderson a small farmer from the west of Ireland, veteran writer and campaigner on issues of human trafficking, Donal Dorr, and Mia De Faoite, a survivor of prostitution speaking from her experience. (more…)
Afri – Action From Ireland are pleased to present an evening with monk, author and activist Dada Maheshvarananda who is in Ireland meeting with leading activists, academics and public figures, including President Higgins.
Dada was born in the U.S and as a student, he adopted a radical approach to social change, and was inspired to become, in the words of Che Guevara, a “true revolutionary guided by great feelings of love.” In 1978 he became a monk in India, dedicating his life to the service of humanity; since then he has continuously worked in different parts of the world. He teaches meditation, yoga and other techniques for personal transformation free of charge, and the Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT), a post-capitalist model to empower people and communities to create a better world.His most recent book is After Capitalism: Economic Democracy in Action was published in 2012. His first book, After Capitalism: Prout’s Vision for a New World with a preface by Noam Chomsky was published in 2003 and has been translated in 10 languages. In 2007 he founded the ProutResearch Institute of Venezuela in Caracas, where he currently serves as director.
The meeting takes place at Wynn’s Hotel, Abbey St. Dublin at 7.30pm on 17th February.
Entry by donation.
Pete Mullineaux, poet and dramatist, read out some of his poems at Afri’s Féile Bríde on Saturday 8th February in Kildare. These poems are republished here with his permission.
Zen Traffic Lights
Thank you red dragon
for teaching patience and humility,
so I may observe the green tiger
And thank you red dragon
for showing joy in the moment;
so I will ride the green tiger
with enhanced pleasure.
And thank you red dragon
for reflecting my rage, mirrored
in calm cool green waters
that’s enough now,
THANK YOU! (more…)
The people of Ireland are being pulled into wars we don’t support. Every week planes full of armed U.S troops pass through Ireland’s Shannon airport en route to conflict zones. The airport has been directly involved in the illegal invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Over two million U.S troops have used Shannon Airport since 2002.
Ireland has even given an exemption to fees for these military flights. In addition, CIA rendition torture aircraft have regularly used the airport en route to the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison camp and other torture sites. Shannon’s use as vital cog in the illegal U.S. renditions programme has been highlighted by Amnesty International, the Council of Europe, the UN Committee Against Torture and others.
It’s time to show the world that we don’t support the bombing, killing and torture of innocent people.
With Shannon back in the news, we now have a real opportunity to put pressure on politicians to hear our voices.
Please sign and share the petition today.
Féile Bríde 2014 will take place on Saturday 8th February in the Osborne Centre in Kildare town. The title of this year’s Féile Bríde is “Life: Source or Resource – Enslavement versus Sovereignty”.
Féile Bríde 2014 will look at issues of life, light and liberty with perspectives from our partner Abjata Khalif of the Kenya Pastoralist Journalists Network; from Fergal Anderson linking food sovereignty issues locally and globally, as a ‘small farmer’ from the West of Ireland; and Donal Dorr will be joined by a woman with personal knowledge of the issue of human trafficking to explore the meaning of slavery, sovereignty and sustenance. (more…)