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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.


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From ImagesAttr Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (4 comments)     

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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.

From YouTubeVideos Friday, March 9, 2018     

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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.

From FlickrPhotos Saturday, November 25, 2017 (2 comments)     

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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.

From ImagesAttr Saturday, June 8, 2013     

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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     

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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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011     

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Navajo activists for another way, beyond coal and nuclear, after Japan On 03.20.2011, KPFA Radio Weekend News spoke to Lori Goodman, lifelong Navajo environmental activist, about the Navajo response to the Japanese nuclear catastrophe and ongoing Navajo struggles with uranium and coal mining and coal-fired power plants:

From Images Sunday, November 28, 2010     

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KPFA News: Gay Rights, Uganda and San Francisco, on the 32nd Anniversary of the Assassination of Harvey Milk On the eve of the 32nd anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk, KPFA Radio News interviewed Ugandan gay rights activist and asylum seeker Moses Mroweko and longtime San Francisco gay activist and writer Tommi Avicolli Mecca.

From Images Friday, November 26, 2010     

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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     

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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

Saturday, July 24, 2010 (1 comments)     

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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.

From Images Thursday, March 25, 2010     

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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.

Saturday, March 6, 2010 (2 comments)     

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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.

From Images Thursday, February 18, 2010 (2 comments)     

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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     

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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, December 21, 2009     

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Hysterics and Hypocrites: Anti-gay Laws, War, Rape, and HIV in Africa KPFA Radio News interview on Uganda's "hang the gays" bill, since toned down to an "imprison the gays---and their friends---bill," as similar legislation was introduced in neighboring Rwanda.

Monday, November 30, 2009     

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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     

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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     

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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.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 (1 comments)     

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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.

From Images Sunday, November 15, 2009     

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TV doc on copper mining in D.R. Congo nominated for investigative reporting award On 11.09.2009, the PR Newswire announced that this "Dan Rather Report" on Freeport McMoran, an American corporation mining copper in D.R. Congo, has been nominated for an American television Emmy Award for investigative business reporting. Sometimes the corporate media gets part of the story and gets it right.

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