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Ann Wright is a 29 year US Army/Army Reserves veteran who retired as a Colonel and a former US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. She served in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Mongolia. In December, 2001 she was on the small team that reopened the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is the co-author of the book "Dissent: Voices of Conscience." (www.voicesofconscience.com). She has written frequently on rape in the military.
Friday, November 8, 2013 Japanese Prime Minister Abe and President Obama Want Japan to be able to Wage War (2 comments)
In the Philippines, the United States is in the midst of negotiations for broader access to military bases. A new security accord, called the Increased Rotational Presence (IRP) Agreement, would permit American forces to regularly rotate through the Philippines for joint U.S.-Philippine military exercises.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 America's Destructive Pivot to Asia (3 comments)
The Japanese people are angry that the US is urging the government of Japan to renounce the "No War" article of their constitution so the US will have another financial ally in wars of choice. So far, just as the US pivot to the Middle East 12 years ago destabilized the region, the US pivot to Asia seems to already be having the same dangerous effect.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 Acceptance speech for the Sean MacBride Peace Award for Chelsea Manning (2 comments)
While Chelsea Manning faces many years in prison for the public disclosure of documents to WikiLeaks, numerous high-level officials have never been held accountable for the grave human rights violations committed during the United States war on terror including kidnapping, extraordinary rendition, indefinite detention and torture.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 Don't Forget the Prisoners in Guantanamo and Those in Solidarity with Them (4 comments)
Solidarity actions for the prisoners have taken place around the world citing indefinite detention without trial, no release for years after prisoners are cleared for release and painful forced nasal-gastric feeding tubes shoved up the nose of prisoners on long-term hunger strikers and dangerously pushed down into their stomachs.
Saturday, August 31, 2013 Possible Consequences of a U.S. Military Attack on Syria (1 comments)
At this time of crisis, it is worth remembering another time, 30 years ago in October, 1983 when U.S. warships bombarded Lebanon, the country located next to Syria. Within weeks, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by a massive truck bomb that killed 241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 The Role of Dissent in National Security, Law and Conscience (3 comments)
We now know the lengths to which Bush administration officials went to ensure the silence of those who opposed their policies, by classifying controversial and illegal policies and operations. As a result, anyone trying to challenge those policies in public automatically risked being charged with revealing classified information.
Sunday, June 23, 2013 In Yemen, Most Al Qaeda can be Captured, but Killing is Easier (2 comments)
High unemployment and feelings of injustice for the killing of people in their area by drones and Yemeni air strikes provide a fertile recruiting ground for al Qaeda in Yemen. Yemen prisons in which young people have been detained and imprisoned for months and years without trial by the Government of Yemen is a key place where radicalization for armed groups, including al Qaeda, occurs.
Monday, May 27, 2013 Nobel Women's Initiative Conference: Women Mobilizing for Peace in Conflict (3 comments)
Six women Nobel Peace Laureates and 80 women from around the world are gathering at the Nobel Women's Initiative, "Moving Beyond Militarism and War," May 28-30, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to discuss the weighty and seeming insolvable problem of getting past the militarism of our world and the financial need of politicians and corporations to wage war.
Friday, May 24, 2013 Landmark Case In U.S. Civil Court On Rape By U.S. Military In Japan Eleven Years Ago (2 comments)
While one in three women in the military are raped by fellow servicemen during their service, many civilian women living near US military bases in the United States and in other countries are also raped by US military personnel. This case gives hope for those living in other countries who have never been able to hold the rapist accountable because he has been able to leave the country.
Friday, April 5, 2013 An Israeli Apology Means Little (1 comments)
Eight Turkish citizens and one American citizen were murdered by Israeli commandos. While President Obama recently cajoled Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to apologize to the Turkish government for the deaths of their citizens, he apparently did not ask for a public apology for the death of the American citizen, 19-year-old Furkan Dogan.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10 Years Later And I'm Still Protesting War (8 comments)
A decade after I stepped down as the deputy ambassador in the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia, the war in Iraq is over for Americans, but continues for Iraqis. The whirlwind of sectarian violence brought on by the U.S. invasion and occupation continues to blow there.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Israeli Drone Strikes in Gaza in November 2012 Attack: Two-Thirds Killed Were Civilians (4 comments)
Two-thirds of Palestinians killed by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) drones in the November, 2012 attack on Gaza were civilians. This statistic means that for the residents of Gaza, the ground-breaking investigation by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights into the civilian impact and human rights implications of the use of drones and other forms of targeted killing is very important.
Sunday, January 13, 2013 11 Years of Infamy -- US Actions at Guantanamo Prison (5 comments)
Despite his January 22, 2009 executive order closing Guantanamo Prison in one year, President Obama ensured the continued operation of Guantanamo for another year by signing the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, and refused to challenge the Congressional mandated ban on transfers from Guantánamo to the federal court and prison system in the United States.
Sunday, January 6, 2013 Drones Kill Kids: Protesting in Hawaii Obama's Drone Program (2 comments)
As President Barack Obama spent his last day, January 5, in Hawaii, representatives from Hawaii Peace and Justice and World Can't Wait protested his assassin drone program and lack of effort on Palestinian issues in front of his Hawaii vacation home. US citizen protests against the American drone assassination program will continue in 2013.
Saturday, December 15, 2012 The Compassion of Women of Afghanistan for the Women of Gaza (3 comments)
Here in Afghanistan, a country ravaged by war for 30 years, a woman whose country is described as a "hospital," reached out to women in an area called "an open air prison." Meeting with the Afghan Peace Volunteers gives one hope that, in time of conflict, there are remarkable people who, at great risk, will take action for peace.
Saturday, December 8, 2012 Israel and Palestine: Who is The Victim and Who Is the Aggressor? (29 comments)
The Israeli characterization of themselves as "victims" is refuted by their violent, inhuman and unjust treatment of the Palestinians whom they refer to as the "aggressors." Indeed, the Israeli government is the true aggressor and the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank are the victims.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Challenging President Morsi On Tahrir Square (1 comments)
We've been in and out of Tahrir Square all day. It's almost midnight and tens of thousands of Egyptians have been to the square in the middle of Cairo that was the center of the revolution against dictator Hosni Mubarak, to protest the new President's decrees on the judiciary and legislative branches of government.
Friday, November 23, 2012 Israeli Violence Finally on Trial (4 comments)
If the Turkish court convicts the accused, then international arrest warrants can be issued and INTERPOL would be required to arrest them if they leave Israel, for virtually any country other than the United States. The Turkish judgment could also be used as a basis for further judicial proceedings in the International Criminal Court.
Monday, October 15, 2012 Disinvited To Be a Passenger on The Swedish Boat to Gaza "Estelle" (8 comments)
I am saddened by the decision of the board to withdraw its invitation and I believe it is wrong. All of our projects that have challenged Israeli policies toward Palestinians have been called anti-Semitic by pro-Israeli groups. This is not a new tactic used to scare pro-Palestinian groups.
Friday, October 5, 2012 American Policies In Pakistan
A letter to Ambassador Richard Hoagland after he met with the Codepink Delegation for Peace on October 3, pointing out the obvious -- American policies are what have made Pakistan dangerous for Americans.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Survivor of US Military Rape in Japan Allowed to Pursue Perpetrator in US Courts (3 comments)
Thousands of Japanese women and girls have been sexually assaulted or raped by US military personnel since American forces invaded Japan in 1945. On the island of Okinawa, rape of Okinawan girls has happened so frequently and has precipitated massive citizen protests that that the US military is being forced to reduce its presence on the island.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 More Costs of War: Suicides and Mental Trauma of Military Family Members (2 comments)
After the death of their son Alex in Iraq, Brian's father Carlos Arredondo and his stepmother Melida travelled the country reminding the public of those dying in America's wars on Iraq and Afghanistan -- Americans, Iraqis and Afghans. The Arredondos are now embarked on a mission to better understand the suicides that are occurring in military families.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Green-Washing War, Sinking Ships, Drones from Submarines -- Largest International War Games around Hawaii
While a battalion of U.S. Marines from Hawaii were sent recently to Okinawa and a smaller detachment sent to Australia, those remaining in Hawaii are in hot water. Increasing administration emphasis on Asia and the Pacific has emboldened the Marines to attempt to increase the number of MV-22-tilt-rotor Osprey, Cobra and Huey attack-utility helicopter training helicopter flights in the Hawaiian Islands
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 America's Drones Are Homeward Bound (2 comments)
The regulator has until Sept. 30, 2015, to formulate a plan to integrate up to 30,000 drones into U.S. airspace. The dedication of activists and the modest efforts of a few concerned members of Congress have so far failed to halt the flight of drones from the battlefield to our homeland.
Monday, June 18, 2012 Amnesty's Shilling for US Wars (15 comments)
For decades, Amnesty International has been a respected name in the cause of human rights, but its recent hiring of Suzanne Nossel, a longtime U.S. "humanitarian interventionist," has swung the organization more behind the Afghan War and the use of U.S. military force.
Friday, June 1, 2012 Turkish Court Indicts Senior Israeli Military Officials in Murders of Nine Gaza Freedom Flotilla Passengers (1 comments)
a court in Istanbul, Turkey, voted unanimously to approve an indictment against Israel's former military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, as well as for Eliezer Marom, Amos Yadlin, and Avishai Levi, the former heads of the Israeli Navy, Air Force Intelligence, and Military Intelligence. If convicted, each faces nine consecutive life terms in prison for "inciting to kill monstrously, and by torturing."
Friday, May 18, 2012 Chicago's Scaring Itself Silly While NATO -- Not Protesters -- Disrupts the City and the World (2 comments)
In Chicago, in preparing the public for the meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), government officials at the national, state and city level are scaring themselves and the public silly. Chicago is a city scared more of fellow citizens than of the violence wrecked on people around the world by the US and NATO war policies!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 The Dark Side of the Prestigious Marine Barracks (2 comments)
The Marine Barracks has its dark and ugly side. It is also the home of officers and enlisted men of the Marine Corps who have been accused of sexually harassing, assaulting and raping female Marine officers and enlisted and civilian women who work there.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 About "Those Other Things that Fly" (2 comments)
In the annual unclassified briefing, it appeared that only the questions about drones were unclassified. The answers about "those other things that fly" apparently remain classified.
Friday, March 23, 2012 Marines, Navy and DOD Sued Again for Rape of Military Women
In 2009, 3,230 service members reported being raped or sexually assaulted and the Department of Defense estimates that 16,150 were actually raped or sexually assaulted during that year. In 2010, 3,158 military personnel reported sexual assault or rape. DOD estimated 15,790 were actually raped or assaulted.
Monday, March 19, 2012 Nine Years Out of Government and Pinning Hopes on Those Who Challenge it! (3 comments)
The US Government is still running scared. It is scared of everything and everyone, including Americans who are trying valiantly to turn our country and government from a fear-based society to a rational society looking at the good and the bad and how we fix the challenges.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Obama's Promises Ring Hollow to Families of the 16 Afghans Killed by an American Soldier (5 comments)
If I were a family member of one of the 16 Afghans civilians, mostly women and children, who were murdered this week by a US Army soldier in a methodical house-to-house killing spree, I would not hold my breath that President Obama's promise that "we will follow the facts wherever they lead us, and we will make sure that anybody who was involved is held fully accountable with the full force of the law," will hold true.
Sunday, March 11, 2012 DOD says Zero Tolerance for Sexual Assault, but Keeps Limbaugh on Radio (8 comments)
On the day the lawsuit was filed, the US military announced that its worldwide radio station Armed Forces Network (AFN) would continue to air Rush Limbaugh's radio show. AFN is owned and operated by the Department of Defense, funded with taxpayer dollars, and accessible to troops serving overseas.
Monday, March 5, 2012 Obama, the "Denier" of Israel's Crimes (17 comments)
Obama recounted, "When Israel was isolated in the aftermath of the flotilla incident, we supported them." I was a passenger on one of the six ships in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla. I know personally that Israeli commandos brutally attacked all six ships in the flotilla. On the Mavi Marmara commandos executed nine passengers and wounded 50 more.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Hancock 38 Drone Resisters to be sentenced
The Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars will continue to resist the use of drones. As we argued in court, drone warfare violates the Nuremberg Principles and other international, as well as moral, laws. We resist those who would normalize the use of robotic assassins as mode of warfare and reject the policy of dehumanization of peoples in other lands.
Monday, December 12, 2011 U.S. Free Speech Hypocrisy (2 comments)
The 50-year U.S. condemnation of Cuba's human rights violations and the U.S. support for 64 years of the brutal Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians demonstrates solidly the hypocrisy of the United States government.
Monday, November 21, 2011 Protests Fill Tahrir Square, Again (1 comments)
Last night after I finally got out of the Cairo airport after five hours of being detained upon my arrival, at least 32 had already been killed by the military around Tahrir Square with hundreds wounded. Tonight more have died as the police fired on protesters.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Help Stop Destruction of Jeju Island's Pristine Volcanic Coastline for South Korean/US Naval Base
On November 18, 2011, the South Korean Navy will blast Gureombi, the smooth volcanic rock along the coastline of Gangjeong village of Jeju Island where the local people have been fighting day and night almost for five years to stop the naval base that will homeport naval vessels equipped with the American Aegis missile and will be a key link in the United States' Missile Defense System.
Monday, November 14, 2011 No Speedy Trial for Bradley Manning (4 comments)
The Bradley Manning Support Network is calling for friends and allies everywhere to remind important decision-makers in the military and State Department that Bradley Manning supporters and the world are watching how the United States treats US military personnel in pre-trial confinement.
Thursday, September 22, 2011 Women in War and Peace
PBS is taking an in-depth look at the role of women in war and peace beginning in October.
Thursday, September 15, 2011 Instead of attacking WikiLeaks, fix what it exposed (3 comments)
The entire edifice that allows the use of classification rests solely on the basis of executive orders that have been renewed and modified by various presidents. The ability to restrict information from the public is essentially an unchecked assertion of executive power.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Dangerous Voyage To Site of Israeli Attack on USS Liberty (4 comments)
Just this year the Israelis intercepted, boarded and impounded the French ship Dignite as it participated in Freedom Flotilla 2. That was done in international waters well clear of the coordinates provided by the Israelis for their blockade of Gaza and very near to the coordinates of the attack on the USS Liberty.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 Mocking the Gaza Flotilla (4 comments)
A small flotilla carrying human rights and peace activists to Israel-blockaded Gaza was itself blockaded in Greece after intense diplomatic pressure from Washington and Tel Aviv. But the Israeli news media continues to heap ridicule on the passengers.
Friday, June 17, 2011 Nobel Women's Initiative -- An Open Letter to Ban Ki Moon
Four women Nobel Peace Laureates -- Mairead Maguire, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, and Rigoberta Menchú Tum -- have sent an open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, asking him to reconsider his position and to "call on all governments to support the safe passage of the Freedom Flotilla II."
Thursday, June 9, 2011 "Lawfare" is the latest form of Israeli-AIPAC attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla (1 comments)
Force is not the way to stop worldwide condemnation of Israel's blockade of Gaza. The way to stop the flotilla is to end the naval blockade of Gaza. Until the blockade ends, Flotillas filled with citizens from around the world will continue to challenge Israeli's brutal policies and the United States complicity in them.
Friday, June 3, 2011 What is Irresponsible and Provocative -- Israel's Blockade of Gaza or The Gaza Flotilla? (1 comments)
We will continue to challenge Israel's impunity of acting beyond international law and will sail to Gaza until Israel ends its naval blockade of Gaza. We on the US Boat to Gaza have the audacity to hope that the United States will finally use its substantial economic leverage to convince Israel it is in its own security interest, as well as the security interest of the United States, to end the blockade of Gaza.
Sunday, May 29, 2011 The Gaza Freedom Flotilla-One Year Later and Another Flotilla on the Horizon
It is not too late for countries to put massive international pressure on Israel to end the blockade and determine how to address Israel's security concerns about ships entering the Gaza port. European Union inspectors were placed in the Rafah border crossing in 2006. A similar structure could be suggested for the port of Gaza.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Arrests in U.S. Anti-Drone Protest
Pilots stationed at Hancock now fly Reaper drones remotely over Afghanistan. The drones are armed with Hellfire missiles and laser-guided bombs. Far more civilians, including many women and children, are killed than are "targeted" insurgents. Although the use of drones has enraged the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Obama administration has dramatically increased their use.
Thursday, April 14, 2011 The Israelis Mount a Diplomatic Offensive to Stop the Gaza Flotilla (3 comments)
The second Gaza Freedom Flotilla is scheduled to sail in late May with more ships and more passengers than the May, 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla that the Israelis attacked killing 9 passengers and wounding 50. Twenty-two countries have national campaigns to join the second flotilla.
Sunday, February 20, 2011 Class Action Lawsuit filed against the Pentagon (1 comments)
The 2009 report also acknowledged that retaliation against those who report rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment is widespread and that military personnel do not report rape and sexual assault because doing so is perceived as having "lasting career and security clearance repercussions."
Thursday, January 6, 2011 Obama: No Whistleblowing on My Watch (4 comments)
The U.S. military's treatment of Manning is tragically consistent with its treatment of persons detained in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo. America's military uses harsh conditions and torture to break the person to provide whatever information the military wants to receive.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 Obama's Afghanistan War: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy and the Captain Says Push On (2 comments)
A perfect storm is developing against the American military in the Afghan/Pak theater as floods, drones, ongoing revelations of war crimes by exhausted and jaded troops as well as American trained death squads, hatred for Blackwater and its clones, Pashtun ambitions for a Pashtunistan and an America teetering on the edge of economic depression all continue to intensify the coming storm's ferocity.
Monday, September 27, 2010 Israel Calls Challenge to Blockade of Gaza a "provocative joke" (1 comments)
Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, Andy David, described the "Irene's" mission as "a provocative joke that isn't funny." We say to Mr. David and the Israeli and US governments that these international citizen initiatives are not jokes and the only "provocative" issue, and it's not a joke, is the collective punishment of 1.5 million Palestinians by Israel and the international community.
Sunday, May 30, 2010 Life Aboard an International Activist Ship (4 comments)
There is nothing easy about planning or conducting an international action, especially with moving parts called ships! Yet, activists on board keep their spirits afloat! After delays caused by damaged propellers and broken steering mechanisms, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla now reduced to seven ships is heading for Gaza.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within (10 comments)
Journalists Pascale Bourgaux and Mercedes Gallego in their trips to Iraq as war correspondents were stunned to hear from military women in Iraq that they should be very careful working in military units due to sexual assault and rape.
When they left Iraq they decided to investigate the issue of rape in the U.S. military. In 2007, they filmed the stories of four military women who had been raped and made a documentary,
Sunday, June 21, 2009 President Carter and Citizen Activists Witness Destruction in Gaza (1 comments)
Upon seeing the destruction of the American International School (one of seven schools completely destroyed in Gaza and 87 other schools severely damaged), Carter said "I have to hold back tears when I see the deliberate destruction that has been wreaked against your people," adding that he felt partly responsible because the school had been "deliberately destroyed by bombs from F-16s made in my country."
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Israeli Police and Military Brutalize Peaceful Protesters at Netanyahu's Speech (3 comments)
Heavy handed police treatment of the CODEPINK: Women for Peace delegation began immediately after members of the group unfurled several pink banners that read "Free Gaza" and "End the Occupation." CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin and New York activist Zool Zulkowitz were physically dragged across the street from their original protest site next to the entrance gate to Bar Ilan University where audience members and press...
Saturday, May 2, 2009 Torture: An Author and a Resister (5 comments)
As a Bush administration political appointee Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice, Jay Bybee, a Mormon, wrote one of four torture memos released last month. In September 2003, another Mormon, a woman soldier, US Army Spc. Alyssa Peterson, said she refused to use the interrogation techniques that Bybee had authorized on Iraqi prisoners.
Saturday, March 21, 2009 From Three Decades as a Colonel and Diplomat to Six Years as a Peace Activist
Ann Wright attending international meeting in Guantanamo.
Ann Wright speaks at an international meeting calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba. The former US Army colonel and career diplomat resigned in opposition to the invasion of Iraq by the Bush administration six years ago.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 Iranians Ponder Their Future With an Obama Administration (2 comments)
Codepink Women for Peace co-founders Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin, Fellowship of Reconciliation Iran program director Laila Zand and I were reminded in virtually every conversation that Iranians want peace with the United States, not war.
Sunday, July 20, 2008 The Costs of War: The Parents' Agony (5 comments)
Every day for a parent of a person in the United States military is a long day filled with concern for their daughter or son. Parents of nine US Army soldiers were notified of the deaths of their family members in Afghanistan this week. Three other lives - all former soldiers - reveal other costs of war, for them and for their families.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007 What Congress Really Approved: Benchmark No. 1: Privatizing Iraq's Oil for US Companies (4 comments)
We finally have the reason for the US invasion of Iraq: to get easily accessible, cheap, high-grade Iraq oil for US corporations.Now the choice is for US military personnel and their families to decide whether they want their loved ones to be physically and emotionally injured to protect not our national security,but the financial security of the biggest corporate barons left in our country - the oil companies.
Wednesday, January 3, 2007 Arrested on the Golden Gate Bridge for the 3,000 US Dead (1 comments)
On New Year's Day, sixty peace activists organized by Codepink Women for Peace gathered on both sides of the Golden Gate Bridge to walk across one of America's great landmarks in vigil for the 3,000 US servicemen and women killed in Iraq and for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have died since the US invasion and occupation.