Dreaming for the Earth – Féile Bríde Reflections

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A short report on “Dreaming for the Earth: Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change”, Afri’s 2013 Féile Bríde conference held on the 2nd February in Kildare

Walking on the Curragh

Walking on the Curragh

Afri’s 2013 Féile Bríde, “Dreaming for the Earth: Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change” was held in the new venue of the Osborne Centre, which is beautifully surrounded by a lake and native Irish trees.  This year the conference was aimed at tackling climate change, and opened with John Feehan, an expert on the Curragh, giving the history and uses of the Curragh, and then bringing the participants to the Curragh to explore the landscape for themselves.  John strongly encouraged locals interested in preserving this public space, to consider forming a taskforce to care for the Curragh, in particular, to tackle the rampant furze.

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Introduction to Abjata’s Blog

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I am 34 years old award winning journalist and development worker born, brought up and based in dry patched remote northern region of Kenya. Am a development worker, community educator, mobiliser, community journalist, activist and advocate for social justice.

I am currently working with non- profit development organisation, KENYA PASTORALIST JOURNALIST NETWORK. But my activism and community work started way back when I was a young boy after witnessing human rights violation, armed attacks, brutality among others that gave me courage and determination in empowering my pastoralist community.

I undertake many activities and work in northern Kenya and among them are: Human rights Education and awareness campaigns, Human Rights Defenders work and program, Human rights profiling, reporting and monitoring, Conflict resolution and management through mediation and traditional mechanisms, Peace education through community radio and traditional media like folklore, traditional dance, oral narratives, storytelling, non -violence means and education, Women rights education and campaign, Women empowerment projects,
Women radio listening project, Gender equality, Climate change

education and adaptation, Climate change projects like tapping clean solar energy, community food security program, Using indigenous knowledge in addressing climate change , Climate justice project, Anti-human trafficking campaigns, Refugee rights, Eradication of small arms and light weapons ,Health rights and education, Fighting environmental crimes and organised groups like terrorist outfits and armed militias, Rehabilitation of ex-combatants ,civic education and undertaking anti-corruption campaigns and education. Apart from above mentioned activities, I am a member of various national and international networks.

I was born and brought up in a village called Wagalla in Wajir, Kenya. One incident that happened on 10th, February 1984, changed my life and built my resolve to create change, educate and empower my community and building their capacity to attain social justice.

On 10th February 1984, contingent of Kenya army invaded Wagalla village and flushed the residents out of their homes to an empty field where we were subjected to severe beatings, women and girls gang raped by the army in full watch of the besieged residents, we were surrounded in the open field without food / water and under scorching sun.

In the Wagalla field people started dying of hunger, dehydration and severe bleedings from bullets wounds and gun butt injuries. After some days under siege some victims broke the cordon and snatched guns from the security men surrounding us in the field. Other officers panicked and started spraying bullets to the people and it’s here they
killed many people. Others managed to escape including me, while others were walking and dropping dead while escaping due to bullet

wounds and bleeding. I was saved by a brave and daring Italian Nun late Analina Toneli, who was rescuing escaping victims, and offering them water and first aid. She was killed some years ago by forces that executed and ordered the Wagalla massacre.

The security forces collected the dead bodies and dumped them some 200 kilometres for hyenas to feed on them.

This violation and armed attacks from politically instigated conflicts, raids, security operations in our village moulded what I am today and what I do today.

I started asking myself what will you do to address your community sufferings and offer them dignified and normal life built on social justice. This made me to start active activism at age of 16 years and fighting for my community and seeking education under difficult conditions so that I can get knowledge to change.

Many other heinous acts perpetrated by armed militia like abduction of young girls to act as their comfort women in conflict zone, militia inserting gun butt and bottles in women victims private parts and gang raping devastated my upbringing as it was happening in my village and surrounding areas on daily basis.

All these atrocities, heinous acts, human rights violation, gang rape as tool of humiliation and embarrassment and the number of people killed in state sponsored massacres, armed conflicts, security operations and extra judicial killings made me to pursue journalism and use media in educating my people and give them platform of knowledge and information generation, sharing, dialogue and circulation and also I pursued development studies to initiate community developments, offer counselling and build my community capacity in fostering change and usher development.

Ban Depleted Uranium Film

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4 minute documentary filmed and directed by Dearbhla Glynn, with the support of Afri, outlines some issues posed by use of the Depleted Uranium Weapons.
It brings us to Basrah, Southern Iraq, where much of destruction was caused during Gulf War in 1991. The ammunition used during the Gulf War contained DU.
Depleted uranium is a waste product of the uranium enrichment process, used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons and nuclear reactor fuel. Once exposed it stays in the environment for up to 400 million years.

DU becomes internalized through inhalation, ingestion and contact with the skin. Alpha radiation inside the body is the most potent carcinogenic agent known to science – twenty times more damaging than x-rays or gamma rays, causing cancerous diseases, congenital anomalies and malignancies. DU use is not an issue known or spoken about outside of the military, and there is very little understanding of it or consequences of using the DU weapons.

There are short interviews with Dr. Hamdan, Dean of Basrah Medical school, Dr. Hassan, Head of Oncology, Laura Bush Hospital, Dennis Haliday, former UN humanitarian coordinator, outlining some of these issue in the documentary.

To find out what you can do to stop the use of this terrible weapon, please go here: https://www.afri.ie/ban-depleted-uranium/

International Peace Bureau to Award 2012 Sean MacBride Peace Prize to Nawal El-Sadaawi (Egypt) and Lina Ben Mhenni (Tunisia)

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The International Peace Bureau is delighted to announce its decision to award the 2012 Sean MacBride Peace Prize to two Arab women: Lina Ben Mhenni from Tunisia and Nawal El-Sadaawi from Egypt. They have both shown great courage and made substantial contributions to what is known as the Arab Spring.

The award ceremony will be held on the eve of IPB’s annual conference, which this year doubles as Afri’s Hedge School. The prize ceremony will be held on Friday 16th November, at 6pm. The venue is Woodlock Hall, All Hallows College, Dublin 9. The Hedge School will be held in the same venue the following day. This will be the first ever IPB Council meeting in Ireland in its over 100 year history during which it will be hosted by Afri, a member organisation of the International Peace Bureau.

The presenter of the awards will be President Michael D. Higgins, himself the very first winner of the MacBride Prize in 1992.

 

About the Prize

Every year the IPB awards a special prize to a person or organisation that has done outstanding work for peace, disarmament and/or human rights. These were the principal concerns of Sean MacBride, the distinguished Irish statesman who was Chairman of IPB from 1968-74 and President from 1974-1985 and special advisor to Afri for many years.

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Ban Depleted Uranium

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The United Nations First Committee has passed its fourth and most far reaching resolution to date on DU weapons. The resolution calls for a precautionary approach to DU. According to the UN, precaution should be backed by clean-up and decontamination, awareness raising measures to reduce the risk of civilian exposure and the long-term monitoring of contaminated sites.

In Ireland a Bill to ban DU weapons was passed in the Seanad in the last days of the previous government. However, it was dropped by the current Coalition government. We now want this Government to resurrect it and enact it into law. It is vital that you contact your local TDs to raise this issue with them.

Below is a draft email for your local T.D. which you can amend as you wish:-

 

Dear Deputy,

Having just watched a film showing the awful effects of Depleted Uranium on children, women and men, I’m writing to urge you to resurrect the Prohibition of Depleted Uranium Bill 2009 which was passed in the Seanad in the last days of the previous government. Ireland has had a proud record in previous ages of working for disarmament: this is another opportunity to continue this important work.

The United Nations First Committee recently passed a resolution calling for a precautionary approach to the use of Depleted Uranium weapons. Ireland, which claims to be a neutral country, is in a position to take a leading role in providing for a complete ban on the use of such heinous weapons.

Yours sincerely,

[Insert your name here]

 

More information on Prohibition of Depleted Uranium Bill 2009:

Seanad debates in relation to the Bill:- (all taken from debates.oireachtas.ie)

1. 3rd March 2010;

2. 18th May 2010;

3. 17th November 2010.

 

Also, the recent UN Resolution in relation to the effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium can be read here.

 

Ban Depleted Uranium! Public Meeting

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Afri invited Doug Weir, coordinator of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW), to Dublin on the 28th September to speak at a public meeting in the Central Hotel. (more…)

Ban Depleted Uranium!

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Public meeting: Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Wednesday 28th September 2011, 7.30pm

Doug Weir, Coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Uranium Weapons, will visit Dublin on Wednesday 28th September and will speak about the importance of banning depleted uranium weapons in a public meeting organised by Afri on the 28th September in the Central Hotel at 7.30pm.

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Annual commemoration of Hiroshima, Saturday 6th August, Cork and Dublin

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The annual commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima will take place on Saturday 6th August, the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. This year we are pleased that two ceremonies will take place, one in Dublin and one in Cork, remembering the victims of the first atomic bombing and re-affirming our determination to ensure that such weapons can never be used again.

The main commemoration will take place at the memorial cherry tree in Merrion Square, Dublin 2, at 1.00 p.m., with a short ceremony of words and music, attended by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Andrew Montague, and other guests.

A short, informal ceremony of commemoration will take place at the memorial (beside the Electric Bar) on the South Mall, Cork City, also at 1.00 p.m.

All are welcome to either commemoration.

Depleted Uranium Ban Bill passes through the Seanad

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18 November 2010

On Wednesday evening, 17 November, the Prohibition of Depleted Uranium Weapons Bill passed through its final stage in the Seanad with cross party support. Afri is pleased with the progress of the Bill thus far, and would like to commend all Senators who have been involved in pushing the bill forward.

Senator Dan Boyle introduced the Bill as a Private Members Bill in July 2009, following a meeting organised by Afri with Doug Weir, Coordinator of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). Senator David Norris has also been an active supporter of the Bill and hosted a briefing for Senators on the issue in May 2010, as was Senator Hannigan of the Labour Party. David Norris highlighted that this is only the second time that a Private Members Bill has passed through the Seanad, which underlines the special achievement. (more…)

International Day of Action Against Depleted Uranium Weapons, 6th November

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PRESS RELEASE, 6 November 2010

Issued by Afri and Irish CND

Marking the International Day of Action Against Depleted Uranium Weapons on Saturday 6th November, the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Afri are urging the Oireachtas to pass without further delay the Prohibition of Depleted Uranium Weapons Bill, introduced as a Private Members Bill last year in the Seanad, where it has been approved with all-party support. (more…)

UN First Committee sends clear message to depleted uranium users over transparency

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Issued by ICBUW, 29 October 2010

The United Nations First Committee has voted, by an overwhelming margin, for state users of depleted uranium weapons to release data on where the weapons have been used to governments of states affected by their use.

136 states last night voted in favour of a resolution calling on state users of depleted uranium weapons to release quantitative and geographical data to the governments of affected states. The resolution will now go forward to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for a second vote at the end of November. (more…)

Toxic Shock-and-Awe: The Poisoned Roots and Poisoned Fruits of War

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Public Meeting: Buswells Hotel, Tuesday 4 May 2010, 7.30pm.

Former Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey, who entered Iraq as part of the initial invasion force in March 2003, and Doug Weir of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons will speak at a public meeting organised by Afri in Dublin on Tuesday, May 4th at 7.30pm.

Many years after Depleted Uranium weapons were first used in Iraq their affects continue to be felt as many areas remain radioactive toxic wastelands. Incidences of cancer and birth defects have dramatically increased in Iraq and in other regions where these weapons have been used. The need for an effective ban on their use and to clean up the mess they’ve left in many parts of the world is ever more urgent. (more…)

Banning Depleted Uranium Weapons

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Afri was one of the many NGOs which supported the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which eventually succeeded in achieving its goal when an international treaty banning landmines entered into force in March 1999.

In 2008 Afri became actively involved in the Campaign to ban Cluster Munitions, which also reached a successful conclusion, achieving a treaty to ban the use, deployment or stockpiling of Cluster Munitions, at the Dublin Diplomatic Conference in Croke Park in May 2008.

Following on these successes and with the encouragement of our patron, Denis Halliday, Afri has recently taken up the campaign towards securing a ban on Depleted Uranium Weapons, which have caused so much death and health damage throughout the world. (more…)

Cluster Bomb Ban reaches 30th ratification milestone – Will become binding international law on 1 August 2010

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PRESS RELEASE, 17 February 2010

Burkina Faso and Moldova ratified the international Convention banning cluster munitions yesterday, bringing the total number of ratifications to 30 and triggering entry into force on 1 August 2010, when the Convention will become binding international law.

Joe Murray of Afri said, “It is not often that we can celebrate good news in relation to the invidious industry that is the arms trade, but today is a day when we can do just that. The news that thirty countries have now ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which will result in its becoming binding international law, is good news indeed and cause for celebration”.

Although many victims have suffered from the impact of cluster munitions, the entry into force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions will ensure that new generations will not be exposed to the horror of these most inhumane of weapons. Great credit and warm congratulations are due to those people and countries who took the steps necessary to bring this about. (more…)

Cluster Munitions Campaign Update

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Afri has been a member of the Cluster Munitions Coalition since it began operating in Ireland in early 2008. We were actively involved in the Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions, which negotiated an historic treaty to ban these weapons in May 2008. Susan Hensel, of the Cluster Munitions Coalition continues to work from the Afri offices.

Cluster Munitions Campaign Update

For more information on the Cluster Munitions Coalition:  http://www.stopclustermunitions.org/

Publications on Development Education

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See also Afri Reports reports
and Afri Newsletter, PEACEMAKER

Title

Description

Author/Editor

Understanding Conflict… Building Peace This pack has four modules: conflict and its costs; Full Details Authors:
Mary O’Mahony and Maeve McCarthy
Just a Second – DevEd This education pack, researched and written by Suzie Flood, deals with the Full Details Author: Suzie Flood
Trading in Terror This publication focuses on the impact of the Arms Trade on the Majority World. Full Details Writer and researcher:
John Cullen
Title

Understanding Conflict… Building Peace

Author/Editor Authors: Mary O’Mahony and Maeve McCarthy With the support of the National Council for Development Education and Trócaire
Description This pack has four modules: conflict and its costs; conflict and its resolution; Ireland and the Arms trade and Moving Beyond Conflict Towards Peace and justice. This is a user-friendly pack with teachers’ notes and student handouts provided. It also contains some very interesting appendices. Understanding Conflict… Building Peace
Date 2005
Availability Contact Afri

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Title Just a Second
Development-Education
Author/Editor Author: Suzie Flood
Editors: Annette Honan, Dr. Andy Storey, Joe Murray
Description This education pack, researched and written by Suzie Flood, deals with the following issues: wastage of resources on weapons, arms trade and the aligning of Ireland with NATO’s military network. It is a comprehensive pack, which is participative, imaginative and will engage students at many different levels. It is an ideal successor to ‘Trading in Terror’ which was published by Afri in 1997. We believe it will lead to an increased awareness of, and opposition among young people to, the world’s most lethal business. Just a Second Development-Education
Date 2000
Availability Contact Afri

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Title Trading in Terror
The world arms trade and its impact on the majority world
Author/Editor Writer and researcher: John Cullen
Editor: Annette Honan
Design and layout: Pat Pidgeon and Colm McHugh
Cover drawing of child: Ed de la Torre
Description This publication focuses on the impact of the Arms Trade on the Majority World.

Written by AfrI researcher, John Cullen, this development education pack provides some shocking information on the world’s most deadly business, in a way which is comprehensible for young people.

Trading in Terror
Date 1999
Availability Contact Afri

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Publications

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DateTitle DescriptionAuthor(s)
2018Afri's Annual Report for 2018Download hereAfri's report on events and activities for 2018Joe Murray
2018Afri Strategic Plan 2018-2023Download hereAfri's Strategic Plan, setting out our vision, work themes and including a brief history of Afri.Afri's Board of Directors
2017Afri's Annual Report for 2017Download hereAfri's report on events and activities for 2017Joe Murray, Lisa Patten and others.
2016Afri's Annual Report for 2016Download hereAfri's report on events and activities for 2016Joe Murray, Lisa Patten and others.
2015Afri's Annual Report for 2015Download hereAfri's report on events and activities for 2015Joe Murray, Lisa Patten and others. Edited by John Maguire and Rob Fairmichael
2014Afri's Annual Report for 2014Download hereAfri's report on events and activities for 2014Joe Murray, Lisa Patten and others
2013They All Had Names: A Survey of Tithe na mBocht and Famine Graveyards in IrelandAvailable from Afri This is an updated version of the 2010 Afri Report on Famine Graveyards and details the locations of workhouses and famine graveyards throughout the island of Ireland.Sean Steele (ed.)
2012Genetic Modification Busting the Myths
Download hereWith Teagasc's application to grow genetically modified potatoes in Ireland and the EPA's granting them a licence to do so, there has been an accompanying outbreak of modified myths being trialled on the Irish population. This leaflet seeks to address some of the most dominant and pervasive of these myths in order to support resilience and resistance to this deliberate adn potentially lethal contamination of information being supplied to the Irish population.Rose Kelly
2012Ireland, Irish Finance and the Nuclear Weapons IndustryDownload hereThis document is written by Irish CND chairperson, Dr David Hutchinson Edgar, and finds that the National Pensions Reserve Fund, according to its most recent annual report, has investments worth around €10 million in companies involved in the nuclear weapons industry. It also discloses that AIB, in majority state ownership, was involved in giving a loan of €28 million to a major American company heavily involved in the maintenance of US nuclear weapons.Dr David Hutchinson Edgar
2011DUDownload hereThis booklet will focus on weapons and war: specifically depleted uranium weapons. Even though decision-makers strive to downplay the health and environmental risks that are posed by these weapons, we aim to show the reality of their harmful nature and the damage that they cause.Hilary Bizumuremyi, edited by Niall Carroll, foreword by Denis J. Halliday
2010Seeds of Hope in a world of insecurityDownload hereThis short brochure is dealing with issues of food insecurity and loss of biodiversityClare O'Grady Walsh
2010Afri Report on Famine GraveyardsAvailable from Afri"Over one and quarter million died in Ireland [during the Great Famine]..So where are they all buried/" Don Mullan, 1994Sean Steele (ed.)
2009The Great Gas Giveaway: How the elites have gambled with our health and wealthDownload here
Andy Storey & Michael McCaughan
2009The Corrib Gas Dispute: Background and Current StatusDownload hereAndy Storey
2008The Lisbon Treaty, the European Military Project, and Europe`s Role in the World: Implications for Irish VotersAvailable from Afri
Available from Afri
On the 12th of June this year, the Irish people will be asked to vote on the Lisbon Treaty. Just before that, at the end of May, the Irish government will host a major diplomatic conference, the aim of which is to negotiate a treaty to ban the manufacture, use or stockpiling of cluster munitions.Dr. Andy Storey
2007The Price of Our Souls: Gas Shell and IrelandAvailable from AfriDeals with the controversial Corrib Gas Project in North Mayo, where Shell is building a gas refinery and high pressure pipeline in a landscape of extraordinary natural beauty.Michael McCaughan
2007A Decade of Betrayal and the Challenge of RenewalAvailable from AfriThis research paper looks at the record of recent governments in the area of Ireland’s foreign and defence policyMark Doris
2003Death From A Distance: the Ongoing Militarisation of IrelandAvailable from AfriThis report by Afri is in two parts. The first part takes a look at some of our Third Level educational institutions and their involvement in research related to the arms trade. This is a largely hidden dimension of our educational activity. The second part looks at the militarization of Shannon airport, which has occurred in the wake of the attacks on the US in 2001, particularly as the US and Britain prepared for war in Afghanistan and Iraq. John Cullen, Susan Ní Maolthuile
International intervention and conflict in MacedoniaAvailable from AfriThe report is divided into three main sections. Chapters 1 and 2 will give a brief background to Macedonia since independence including the main political developments and a brief outline of the demographic situation. Chapters 3, 4 and 5 deals with the conflict itself examining both internal and external causes, highlighting the main developments in the conflict, and looking at the attitudes and actions of international actors as the conflict unfolded. Finally, chapter 6 looks at the response of the IC, and in particular the EU, to the events of 2001 and examines whether international intervention has improved the prospects for sustainable peace in Macedonia.Marianne Osborn Editor: Dr. Andy Storey
2002Defending Peace: Ireland’s role in a changing EuropeAvailable from Afri
Defending Peace: Ireland’s Role in a Changing Europe traces how the EU, under the influence of NATO, has evolved a disturbingly militaristic “common defence policy”, and how successive Irish governments have misled us into involvement in it. It shows that this policy is hugely at odds with the values allegedly underlying Irish foreign policy, particularly peace building under UN authority, and with those of the Peace Process. Far from failing, the UN has been prevented from fulfilling its mandate by the large industrial and military states, and a UN reclaimed by global civil society is the only practical alternative to NATO’s lawless aggression.John Maguire
2001Inequality Violence and Resource WarsAvailable from AfriThis is the text of Andy Storey’s speech (Development Studies Centre, Kimmage Manor, and Afri) at the Community Workers Conference: Wealth, Power, Inequality: Challenges for community Work in a New Era, Kilkenny, 10th December 2001Dr. Andy Storey
2000What Price Peace? The Irish Peace Process and the International Arms TradeAvailable from AfriIn the wake of the Good Friday Agreement (1998), and indeed prior to that, there has been much talk of a so-called “peace dividend” for the North of Ireland and for the border region. Indeed, even before the formal end to hostilities it was clear from the interest shown by North American business capital that Ireland’s “peace dividend” would entail increased inward investment from high-technology companies. This report was born out of those concerns and its aim is primarily to investigate whether such concerns are justified. However, any new military-related investment must be viewed in the context of an already well-established military industrial base, namely that of Shorts. Therefore, in order to address the overall issue of military-related production in Northern Ireland a detailed look at shorts’ military activities is included in this report.Seán O Cuilin. Editors: Annette Honan, Joe Murray, Dr. Andy Storey. Preface by Dr Robbie McVeigh
1996LINKS – Ireland’s Links with the Arms Trade and Military IndustryAvailable from AfriThis report, Ireland’s links with the Arms Trade and Military Industry, is presented in two parts. Part 1 focuses on Ireland and the arms trade. Terms of reference are set out by showing the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) criteria and the UK licensing legislation which illustrate how inclusive the “arms trade” is. Part 2 moves from the supply-side to the impact that the arms trade has on the majority world. We take two cases studies of countries that have been on the receiving end of the arms trade.John Cullen Editors: John Cullen and Joe Murray Editorial overview: Bridget Anne Ryan Design and Layout: Pat Pidgeon
1995Famine is a lieAvailable from AfriThe first events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Ireland’s Great Famine were organised by Afri in 1988. Since then a wide range of activities and initiatives have followed. This book is a gathering together of some of the events that have taken place as part of Afri’s Great Famine Project. It includes excerpts of talks given at some of our famine walks, conferences and seminars as well as quotations from historians and writers on contemporary justice issues. It is intended to form a basis for dialogue, discussion and debate.Joe Murray, Pat Pidgeon Editorial team: Joe Murray, Pat Pidgeon, Dereck Speirs, Danny Cusack. Design and Layout: Pat Pidgeon
1995Just a second – CampaignAvailable from AfriAfri’s “Just a Second!” campaign, as outlined in this book, has two purposes: 1- to fund small poverty projects in the developing world and in Ireland, and 2- to show how resources could be used for life-giving rather than death-dealing purposes.Don Mullan, Joe Murray Preface: Archbishop Desmond Tutu
DateTitle DescriptionAuthor(s)
2019Lesson Plans to be used in conjunction with Afri Development Education ResourcesDownload here The lesson plans attached are built around three resources previously written
for Afri’s Development Education programme, namely: Exploring Global
Issues Through Drama and Theatre; Pathways of Peace; Lessons from History.
Throughout the Just A Second series, the hallmarks of good development
education are evident – critical questioning alongside the creative, a lens
of solidarity and social justice magnifying the stories of lived experience
presented.
Writer and researcher: Miriam Barragry
Editor: Joe Murray
2017Just A Second! Lessons from HistoryAvailable from Afri This book is a development education resource for teachers, youth and school groups which examines a watershed moment in our history and teases out its lessons for our world today.Danny Cusack
2015Just A Second! Pathways of PeaceAvailable from Afri This book is a development education resource for teachers, youth and school groups. It explores the stories of eight people who each in their own unique way contribute to a more peaceful world. The resource includes suggestions for further exploration with both questions and activities. Rose Kelly is a teacher and has worked as Afri's Development Education Co-ordinator since 2012.Rose Kelly
2014Just A Second! Exploring Global Issues Through Drama and TheatreAvailable from Afri This publication is a development education resources offering school groups an accessible guide to exploring global issues through drama and theatre. The book opens with coverage of Afri's 2013-2014 'Just A Second!' project which focused on the theme of militarisation. This is followed by the full texts of five mini-plays that were devised with young people taking part in Afri initiated development education projects in primary and secondary schools during the years 2005-2011. These plays can be read or acted out, but more importantly are designed to act as a stimulus for further drama exploration, discussion and debate. With this in mind they are accompanied by multiple suggestions for follow-up activities, linking across the curriculum so that schools groups, youth theatres, college students and others can explore the themes and issues raised for themselves.Pete Mullineaux
2005Understanding Conflict… Building PeaceAvailable from AfriThis pack has four modules: conflict and its costs; conflict and its resolution; Ireland and the Arms trade and Moving Beyond Conflict Towards Peace and justice. This is a user-friendly pack with teachers’ notes and student handouts provided. It also contains some very interesting appendices.Mary O’Mahony and Maeve McCarthy With the support of the National Council for Development Education and Trócaire
2000Just a Second Available from Afri
This education pack, researched and written by Suzie Flood, deals with the following issues: wastage of resources on weapons, arms trade and the aligning of Ireland with NATO’s military network. It is a comprehensive pack, which is participative, imaginative and will engage students at many different levels. It is an ideal successor to ‘Trading in Terror’ which was published by Afri in 1997. We believe it will lead to an increased awareness of, and opposition among young people to, the world’s most lethal business.Author: Suzie Flood
Editors: Annette Honan, Dr. Andy Storey, Joe Murray
2018The work continued in 2018 – using every
opportunity to raise awareness, to inform, to
resist, to urge action, to break our addiction to fossil fuels and war. The inevitable and tragic displacement of peoples which they bring about, the plight of refugees and those living in the
limbo of Direct Provision, were connecting
threads in our Famine Walk, Féile Bríde, Hedge School and other events throughout the year.
Food Sovereignty, Anti-militarisation, Famine Walk, Féile Bríde, Solar Lights, Kenya, Hedge School, Just A Second, Direct Provision, Refugees, Fossil Fuels, Displacement of Peoples, Climate Change, ‘Solutionologist’ Nicola Peel, ‘Divest-Invest’ Campaign, ‘Fossil Free TCD’, Jimmy Gralton
2017This issue covers the work done by Afri throughout 2017, including our work in relation to food sovereignty and campaigning work in relation to anti-militarisation and some successes that have been achieved in the year such as the release of Chelsea Manning and the banning of fracking in the Republic of Ireland. Food Sovereignty, Anti-militarisation, Chelsea Manning, Fracking, Famine Walk, Féile Bríde, Solar Lights, Kenya, Hedge School
2016This issue covers the work done by Afri throughout 2016, including our work in relation to food sovereignty and campaigning work in relation to anti-militarisation. It also includes information about the Solar Light campaign, which supports families in Kenya by providing them with access to solar lights.Famine Walk, Food Sovereignty, Famine Landscape Project, Solar lights, Kenya, Hedge School, Féile Bríde, Just A Second, Anti-militarisation
2015This is an update of Afri activities throughout 2015 including climate justice work, campaigning around Shannon airport, fracking and Chelsea Manning as well as educational work in secondary schools and I.T.s and the launch of 2 educational resources.Fracking, Climate Justice, Shannon, Direct Provision, Ogoni 9, Just A Second!, East Timor
2015 (special 40th anniversary edition)This is a special edition of the Peacemaker, produced in Afri's 40th anniversary year, which looks back over the past 4 decades in photos.Sean MacBride, Desmond Tutu, Niall O'Brien, Negros Nine, Dunnes Stores, Apartheid, Brigid Peace Cross, Nice Treaty, Famine Walk, Table Campaign, Just A Second!, Rossport 5, Choctaw, Kenya Pastoralist Journalist Network, El Salvador, Ogoni, Michael Lapsley, Mark Thomas, After Schools Arms Club, Shannon, Christy Moore, Kathy Kelly, Refugee crisis, GM, East Timor, debt justice, Fr Sean McFerran
2014This is the 40th anniversary edition, which looks at Ireland's first Food Sovereignty Assembly in 2014, the 'Just A Second!' schools project, the Chelsea Manning campaign, the Corrib Gas Project and fracking.Chelsea Manning, Food Sovereignty, Famine Walk, Just A Second!, Shell, Corrib Gas Project
2013 This issue covers the work done by Afri throughout 2013, particularly focussing on the historic moment of the opening of the gates of Delphi Lodge to the Famine Walk, as well as Afri's new Development Education project "Just A Second" and ongoing work in relation to Shannon airport and Chelsea (Bradley) Manning.Famine Walk, Delphi Lodge, Just a Second, Shannon, Manning, Debt Justice, Féile Bríde, Hedge School
2012This issue looks at the spectre of GM Potatoes in Ireland, the lessons of Bhopal in for Ireland, a new play by Donal O’Kelly set near the Shell pipelines of North Mayo, a new debt campaign group called Debt Justice Action. Teagasc, GM foods, Hedge School, Bhopal, Depleted Uranium, Shell, Debt Justice Action, Feile Bride
2011This issue looks at the Dalai Lama's visit to Ireland, the policing of the Corrib Gas project, the "Alternative Proclamation", the GM lobby in Ireland, an audit of Irish debt, and provides a report on this year's Famine Walk and Feile Bride. Dalai Lama, Shell, Easter Monday Proclamation, GM Free Ireland, Irish Debt Audit, Depleted Uranium, Feile Bride, Famine Walk
2010This issue looks at food sovereignty, the call for a ban on depleted uranium and the Israeli attack on the Rachel Corrie aid ship.food sovereignty, Shell, Shannon Airport, Israel, Depleted Uranuim, disarmament.
2009This issue focuses on the situation in North Mayo with the Corrib Gas pipeline, police harassment, and the great gas giveaway. Shell, Corrib Gas Pipeline, Gardai, An Bord Pleanala
2008This issue looks at Shell and the "tyranny of oil", the ban on cluster bombs, Ireland and the "war on terror" seven years on and Afri's water project in El Salvador. Shell, cluster bombs, Education for Liberation, war on terror, Shannon, Hedge School, El Salvador.
2007This issue looks at the second Choctaw donation to Ireland, democracy, the Corrib Gas project, Iraq, El Salvador and global warming.Choctaw, Shell, Democracy, Famine Walk, Iraq, El Salvador.