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After serving in the Georgia Legislature, in 1992, McKinney won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first African-American woman from Georgia in the U.S. Congress. She was the first Member of Congress to demand an investigation of the events of 9/11/2001. McKinney was criticized and as a result, she was defeated in 2002; however, she ran again and was re-elected in 2004.
In 2005, McKinney was a vocal critic of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina. Cynthia introduced legislation to release documents related to the murders of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Tupac Shakur. She was the first Member of Congress to file articles of impeachment against George W. Bush; and she voted against every war-funding bill put before her. In 2008, Cynthia McKinney won the Green Party nomination and ran for U.S. President.
In December 2008, Cynthia made international headlines when her boat was rammed by the Israeli military as she was attempting to deliver medical supplies to Gaza. In 2009, Cynthia attempted to reach Gaza again, this time armed with crayons, coloring books, and school supplies. Her boat was overtaken in international waters by the Israeli military and she was kidnapped to Israel. Cynthia spent 7 days in an Israeli prison.
In 2015, Cynthia completed her Dissertation on the transformational leadership of Hugo Chavez and was awarded a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change.
a) Illegal War on Libya, Clarity Press, 2012
b) Ain't Nothing Like Freedom, Clarity Press, 2013
Cynthia's Chapters and Articles
a) Chapter: "Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Ukraine: Another War Based on Lies, Pretexts, and Profiteering?" in Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony risks World War III, edited by Stephen Lendman. Clarity Press, 2014
b) Article: "Je ne sais pas qui je suis: Making Sense of Tragedies Like the Charlie Hebdo Incident When the Government Narrative Doesn't Make Sense," Plymouth Institute for Peace Research, 21 March, 2015.
c) Chapter: "Hugo Chavez: Liderazgo para Venezuela; Liderazgo para el Caribe," El ALBA-TCP: Origen y fruto del nuevo regionalismo latinoamericano y caribeño, Maribel Aponte Garca. Gloria Amezquita. [Compiladoras]. 2015
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The US lagging behind other countries in its slow walk to GMO labeling
when it comes to GMOs in their food products, mum is the word. The Congressional effort was beaten back after passing the House of Representatives, but will come back for sure while state action hangs in the balance. The interesting thing is that other countries have moved forward without US leadership. Again.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016(6 comments)
Loose lugs lose elections: Are the wheels falling off Hillary Clinton's campaign car?
Most cars are equipped with five lugs on their wheels to keep them affixed to the axle. Some luxury models have six lugs. The only question for us is how many lugs are on the Clinton campaign car's wheels. With five lugs/scandals/investigations already loose, it will only take one more loose lug--that is, scandal/investigation/indictment to send the Clinton campaign car reeling off the road.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
What is America doing in the South China Sea?
Last month, the US began air and sea "patrols" in the South China Sea sending one of its warships within 12 nautical miles of one of China's reclaimed islands. This month, the war of words escalated to limited kinetic action as flares were fired by a refueling US KC-130 Hercules while on air patrol. The US insists that it will continue its military patrols over the South China Sea as is consistent with international law.
The Soft Repression Continues
Former six-term Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was again detained entering the United States, this time in Atlanta. Here she speaks about the selective repression of travelers at airports and about the impact of the economic crisis on even the agents given the task of engaging in the repression. Cynthia turns every situation into an opportunity to stand up for peace and justice.