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Ann Garrison is an independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she received the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on conflict in the African Great Lakes region. She can be reached at (at)AnnGarrison or ann(at)kpfa.org . She grew up around a radioactive toxic mess called the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, in a gorgeous place, Washington's Olympic Peninsula, by way of Western Oklahoma, another gorgeous place. She is a compulsive writer and sometimes some times signs as AnnieGetYourGang.
(5 comments) Sunday, May 26, 2019 "War With Russia?", Review of Stephen F. Cohen's New Book
Cohen is Russian studies professor emeritus at Princeton and NYU. His latest book, "War with Russia? From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate," is a series of essays published in The Nation and text elaborations of the radio broadcasts.
(4 comments) Tuesday, April 3, 2018 March for Eight Billion Lives: An Interview with Riva Enteen
First, we must acknowledge that US wars and domestic gun violence are intertwined. Our military budget is obscene, and the majority of Democrats voted with Republicans to give both Trump and the Pentagon more money than they asked for this year.
Friday, March 9, 2018 Raining on Trump's Parade
Donald Trump has called for a military parade in Washington DC but a coalition of peace and justice groups hope to stop the parade before it happens, explains Margaret Flowers in this interview with Ann Garrison.
(2 comments) Saturday, November 25, 2017 Neocolonial Kleptocracy and Clinton Connections
Kagame is a modern day exemplar of French King Louis XIV's theory of government: "L'e'tat, c'est moi." His list of honorees showcases the skill sets that keep any neocolonial kleptocracy in business.
Saturday, June 8, 2013 San Francisco Pride's Shame: Bradley Manning
On June 7th, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Board of Directors finally told the crowd gathered outside the LGBT Center on San Francisco's Market Street that they would not reinstate Bradley Manning as a 2013 Pride Parade Grand Marshal.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Uganda and the Weaponization of HIV/AIDS
Ever since Ugandan Member of Parliament David Bahati introduced Uganda's infamous, forever pending Anti-Homosexuality Act, a.k.a., Hang-the-Gays bill, in October 2009, I have been urging attention to its overall African human rights context. This 07-24-2011 KPFA Radio News report, on the day of the London Observer's important publication, "The Rape of Men," is part of that ongoing effort.
Friday, November 26, 2010 U.S. Abstains on UN Resolution Condemning Unlawful Execution
The amendment to the UN Resolution Condemning Extrajudicial, Summary, and Arbitrary Executions that removed LGBT people from the list of vulnerable populations was ugly, but so was the U.S. refusal to vote for the whole resolution---not because of the homophobic amendment, but because the UN Rapporteur on Unlawful Execution keeps urging the U.S. to stop unlawfully executing people.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 On Rwandan President Paul Kagame's Re-Election Stage Play
I spoke to Jerome McDonald of Chicago Public Radio's "World View" about what was widely being reported as the re-election of Paul Kagame, though I pointed out that the so-called election was really just a stage play with a few hand picked bit part players running against Kagame. I emphasized, as I have again and again, that as a U.S. citizen, my overarching concern is the Pentagon's
(1 comments) Saturday, July 24, 2010 On the BBC's Africa Have Your Say, on Rwanda
The BBC put many voices on the air regarding Rwanda's upcoming August 9th presidential polls, but it was very late to be asking, "Can Rwanda have a free and fair election?" Opposition party members and lawyers have been blocked, arrested, disappeared, and last week the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda Vice President was beheaded with a machete left near where his body was dumped, in Rwanda's Makula River wetlands.
Thursday, March 25, 2010 KPFA News: Rwandan Police in Haiti, 03.15.2010
The Rwanda New Times reported, on 03.11.2010, that 140 Rwandan Police are undertaking special training to serve as peacekeepers in Haiti. I reported this story for the San Francisco Bay View, National Black Newspaper and the OpEdNEws, then on KPFA Radio News on 03.15.2010. This is the KPFA Radio News report.
(2 comments) Saturday, March 6, 2010 Kinzer compares free speech in Rwanda to yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theatre
Former New York Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer, writing in the London Guardian, on March 2, 2010, paraphrased "Rwandan leaders" when comparing free speech in the African Republic of Rwanda to yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theatre. The opposition says that suppressing free speech and human rights is far more dangerous.
(2 comments) Thursday, February 18, 2010 Link TV quotes Nicholas Kristof calling for an earthquake in Congo
Any Western narrative about Congo should begin by looking back to, at least, the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, in 1961, ordered by Dwight Eisenhower, which truncated the hopes and possibilities of the Congolese people from then to now, despite their hardwon, but still nominal, independence, in 1960.
Saturday, February 13, 2010 Election Rwanda 2010: Paul Kagame, Victoire Ingabiré, & Memories of Genocide
On February 10th, 2010, Human Rights Watch issued a report, Rwanda: End attacks on opposition parties, which the BBC, Reuters, and AFP all covered. On the same day, hundreds of people protested outside the Rwandan Embassy in Brussels, and Rwanda's Criminal Investigation Division questioned but did not arrest opposition presidential candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza.
Monday, November 30, 2009 EndUSWars.org announces anti-escalation rally, 12.12.2009
On November 29, 2009, Cynthia McKinney, former Georgia Congresswoman and the Green Party U.S.'s 2008 presidential candidate, announced a new website, EndUSWars.org, and, an emergency Anti-Escalation Rally on Saturday, December 12, 2009, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, at Lafayette Square, near the White House, in Washington D.C.
Monday, November 23, 2009 Rwanda Green Party activists claim illegal detention
Saboteurs disrupted the Rwandan Green Party's fourth attempt to meet, on 10.30.2009, which was then shut down by police. Today's Rwandan News Agency reports that eight Rwanda Greens charge they were illegally arrested and detained during the following week, and that they have now been prevented from convening again.
Sunday, November 22, 2009 Planting bio-fuels, in Rwanda, while Rwandans go hungry
Rwanda's greatest natural resource is its fertile agricultural land, but most is centralized in the hands of government elites and planted in export crops, coffee, tea, flowers, and soon, bio-fuels----while Rwandans go hungry.
(1 comments) Tuesday, November 17, 2009 DU weapons use in Iraq; drastic birth defects in Fallujah
On Friday, 11.13.2009, the London Guardian reported a "Huge rise in birth defects in Fallujah," Iraq. I sent the news to KPFA Radio 94.1FM Weekend News Anchor Anthony Fest, along with contact info for Bob Nichols, San Francisco Bay View Newspaper correspondent and winner of a 2004 Project Censored Award, then edited the result and posted to the Youtube.