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Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand people during the civil war in Sierra Leone. She is most noted for having been one of three State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Wright was also a passenger on the Challenger 1, which along with the Mavi Marmara, was part of the Gaza flotilla. 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." She has written frequently on rape in the military.
(3 comments) Saturday, September 14, 2019 From A Russian: Our Planet is So Small that We Must Live in Peace
Russians, like Americans, want the confrontation between the U.S. and Russian politicians and government officials to be resolved without bloodshed. As Maria Emelyanova, head of the Committee of Soldiers' Mothers of Russia said, "Our planet is so small that we must live in peace."
(6 comments) Saturday, September 7, 2019 Challenging Times for Citizen to Citizen Diplomacy in Russia
Our citizen-to-citizen diplomacy is very important to carry back to our communities and to our elected leaders, the hopes and dreams of fellow citizens of our world, no matter where they live, that they want to live in peace with opportunities for their children, instead of death and destruction for "democratic, capitalistic ideological" purposes, which was a continuing theme from Russian analysts.
(2 comments) Saturday, May 11, 2019 Bolton Playing Trump Like a Fiddle on Iran
For a person who claims to be a deal maker and business guru, President Trump is getting rolled by John Bolton and Bolton's long-standing regime change and war agenda, which runs in opposition to what Trump may have envisioned when he appointed Bolton as his national security adviser. For decades, Bolton has railed against Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Cuba and now Venezuela.
(1 comments) Friday, May 3, 2019 Easter At the Border Fence with Mexico
A large number of persons seeking asylum are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. judicial system is unable to handle such a number with the current number of judges. Persons are in detention facilities for months before finally being patrolled into families and communities that are willing to accept them. The strain on government and community resources at the border are at a breaking point.
(6 comments) Monday, April 22, 2019 Warning: All Non-Citizen "Green Card" U.S. Military and U.S. Veterans MUST Get U.S. Citizenship -- For Protection
Obtaining U.S. citizenship should be a requirement for serving in the U.S. military -- for the protection of the noncitizen recruit and for her/his protection from deportation as a U.S. veteran. Until all persons who enlist in the U.S. military are required to become U.S. citizens for their own protection, current non-citizen active duty military and non-citizen "green card" U.S. Veterans should not be deported.
(7 comments) Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Tribute to Peace Activist Allen Nelson, U.S. Marine
Allen Nelson's life story demonstrates how one can begin to heal from war. Allen Nelson always said that each person has a role to play in peace for one's own life and for those around you. He said that "peace begins first with yourself...at home, at school, at work." Allen Nelson's message still resonates with young people today through his own life story.
(2 comments) Thursday, March 21, 2019 Korea Peace Now! Cooperation Continuing Despite Stalled Dialogue With US
While U.S.-North Korean contact is stalled, relations between North Korea and South Korea continue to increase. A a consortium of four international women's groups launched Korea Peace Now, a worldwide campaign for peace on the Korean peninsula, during the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women, the week of March 10, 2019.
(1 comments) Friday, December 14, 2018 Will Muslim Countries Malaysia or Indonesia help Palestinians in Thailand?
Many are now in detention facilities in Bangkok as the Thai government has cracked down on thousands of people of all nationalities that have continued to stay in Thailand past their visa dates. In the case of Palestinians, they have nowhere to go as the refugee camps in Syria they call home are still very dangerous.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 Nominee for US Ambassador to Yemen is No Friend of the Yemeni People
As top US representative in Riyadh, Henzel is undoubtedly the American who has had the most meetings with MBS and senior officials of the Saudi government. Henzel is neck-deep in the blood of the Yemeni people and confirming him as the US Ambassador to Yemen will continue the US role in the starvation and deaths of millions of Yemenis.