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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.
Monday, May 18, 2015 Where your conscience can take you: North Korea
On 24 May, 30 women peacebuilders will walk across the De-Militarized Zone that separates Korean families. Ann Wright describes her journey from serving in the US Army to citizen diplomat walking for peace. She says "We will hold international peace symposiums in Pyongyang and Seoul where we can listen to Korean women and share our experiences and ideas of mobilizing women to bring an end to violent conflict."
Sunday, March 1, 2015 Will the US take Cuba Off the State Sponsored Terrorism List in 2015?
With the December 17, 2014 announcement of opening of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, removing Cuba from the State Sponsored Terrorism List is the next logical step followed by lifting the onerous restrictions of the U.S. Blockade of Cuba. But logic has not been a part of U.S. geo-political dealings with Cuba.
Friday, February 27, 2015(13 comments)
Cuba Joins One Billion Rising To End Violence Against Women
On February 14, called "The Day of Friendship" in Cuba, there were tens of thousands attending the fair. We were asked to dance at the scenic main stage with Old Havana as a backdrop. Facing thousands of Cubans, our group joined Cubans and took the stage and danced for 10 minutes to the universal song to end violence against women.
Sunday, January 25, 2015 Smaller Army here a chance to blossom anew
To revise the recycling slogan, we urge officials to: Reduce the Army presence in Hawaii, Reimagine our futures, and support the Rebirth of a more diversified and vibrant local economy. Let's work together to find economically and environmentally sustainable alternatives to dependence on large-scale military presence on the islands.
Monday, October 20, 2014 "Stop Killing Us" Say Strong Youth Leaders in Ferguson, Missouri's Weekend of Resistance to Police Brutality
On Friday, Oct 10, despite an intense rainstorm, hundreds marched in Clayton, Missouri demanding that the county prosecutor step down. On Saturday, Oct 11, thousands marched in St. Louis, challenging police brutality and racism, and in the evening marched from Michael Brown's memorial to the Ferguson police station. On Sunday, October 12, 150 women gathered to share stories of social injustice in the St. Louis area.
Thursday, September 25, 2014(4 comments)
John Kerry Attempts to Bully CODEPINK into Silence
Rather than trying to bully CODEPINK to stop protesting Obama-Kerry policies, we suggest that Secretary Kerry focus his energies on getting the Obama administration "allies" to stop aiding and supporting ISIS and its brutal regime of terror on civilian communities.
Monday, September 15, 2014(2 comments)
16th Anniversary of the Imprisonment of the Cuban Five
Despite its lofty pronouncements of protection of human rights around the world, the United States government seldom holds itself accountable for its well-known abuses. Without international and domestic pressure, such as this forum and other important conferences of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five, to hold the US government accountable for its actions, accountability will not happen.
Friday, September 5, 2014(8 comments)
Renowned World Leaders and Activists Say "Don't Give Up!"
The Elders are a group of leaders who were brought together in 2007 by Nelson Mandela to use their "independent, collective experience and influence to work for peace, poverty eradication, a sustainable planet, justice and human rights, working both publicly and through private diplomacy to engage with global leaders and civil society to resolve conflict.
Sunday, August 31, 2014(2 comments)
Three World Leaders Speak on the Future of Israel and Palestine
The Elders are a group of leaders who were brought together in 2007 by Nelson Mandela to use their "independent, collective experience and influence to work for peace, poverty eradication, a sustainable planet, justice and human rights, working both publicly and through private diplomacy to engage with global leaders and civil society to resolve conflict and address its root causes.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 Karma Of Dissent: An Interview With Ann Wright
After many years in the U.S. military followed by the Foreign Service, Ann Wright is now a peace activist whose pivotal resignation from the U.S. State Department was influenced by Buddhist teachings. She is a unique voice on issues of war and peace. Wright served 13 years of active duty in the U.S. Army and 16 years in the Army Reserves, rising to the rank of colonel.
Thursday, May 1, 2014(11 comments)
Curing Infectious CLAP -- a Mega-Injection of Truth and Transparency
The Senate has re-infected itself with a case of the CLAP, again bending to the pleas of James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, and President Obama's intelligence agencies, to keep secret the number of assassin drone strikes and the number of innocent civilians killed by those drones.
Saturday, March 8, 2014(1 comments)
Celebrating International Women's Day with the Women of Gaza, Not in Gaza, but in Cairo
Today, on International Women's Day, 16 of our 100 delegates are celebrating International Women's Day in Cairo, Egypt, not Gaza. However, 62 of our delegates were refused entry into Egypt by immigration authorities and are sending their greetings from their home countries of France, Belgium, the United States, Algeria, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Australia.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Nuclear Submarines, Whales and Tourists Don't Mix
In late January, 2014, the National Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service for violation of multiple federal laws by allowing the Navy to increase sonar and live-fire training in Hawaii and California for the next five years.
Friday, December 20, 2013(1 comments)
12 Years a Slave vs. 12 Years a Prisoner... in Guantanamo
12 years later, 158 prisoners are still imprisoned in Guantanamo: seven have been convicted by a US military commission of criminal acts against the United States, six are facing trial by US military commission and 46 have been designated for indefinite detention, without charge or trial. I hope that Obama will finally order the infamous Guantanamo Prison to be closed... 12 years later.
Friday, November 8, 2013(2 comments)
Japanese Prime Minister Abe and President Obama Want Japan to be able to Wage War
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(3 comments)
America's Destructive Pivot to Asia
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(2 comments)
Acceptance speech for the Sean MacBride Peace Award for Chelsea Manning
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(4 comments)
Don't Forget the Prisoners in Guantanamo and Those in Solidarity with Them
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(1 comments)
Possible Consequences of a U.S. Military Attack on Syria
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(3 comments)
The Role of Dissent in National Security, Law and Conscience
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(2 comments)
In Yemen, Most Al Qaeda can be Captured, but Killing is Easier
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(3 comments)
Nobel Women's Initiative Conference: Women Mobilizing for Peace in Conflict
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(2 comments)
Landmark Case In U.S. Civil Court On Rape By U.S. Military In Japan Eleven Years Ago
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(1 comments)
An Israeli Apology Means Little
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(8 comments)
10 Years Later And I'm Still Protesting War
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(4 comments)
Israeli Drone Strikes in Gaza in November 2012 Attack: Two-Thirds Killed Were Civilians
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(5 comments)
11 Years of Infamy -- US Actions at Guantanamo Prison
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(2 comments)
Drones Kill Kids: Protesting in Hawaii Obama's Drone Program
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(3 comments)
The Compassion of Women of Afghanistan for the Women of Gaza
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(29 comments)
Israel and Palestine: Who is The Victim and Who Is the Aggressor?
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(1 comments)
Challenging President Morsi On Tahrir Square
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(4 comments)
Israeli Violence Finally on Trial
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(8 comments)
Disinvited To Be a Passenger on The Swedish Boat to Gaza "Estelle"
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(3 comments)
Survivor of US Military Rape in Japan Allowed to Pursue Perpetrator in US Courts
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(2 comments)
More Costs of War: Suicides and Mental Trauma of Military Family Members
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(2 comments)
America's Drones Are Homeward Bound
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(15 comments)
Amnesty's Shilling for US Wars
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(1 comments)
Turkish Court Indicts Senior Israeli Military Officials in Murders of Nine Gaza Freedom Flotilla Passengers
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(2 comments)
Chicago's Scaring Itself Silly While NATO -- Not Protesters -- Disrupts the City and the World
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(2 comments)
The Dark Side of the Prestigious Marine Barracks
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(2 comments)
About "Those Other Things that Fly"
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(3 comments)
Nine Years Out of Government and Pinning Hopes on Those Who Challenge it!
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(5 comments)
Obama's Promises Ring Hollow to Families of the 16 Afghans Killed by an American Soldier
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(8 comments)
DOD says Zero Tolerance for Sexual Assault, but Keeps Limbaugh on Radio
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(17 comments)
Obama, the "Denier" of Israel's Crimes
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.