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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.

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       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."
Missing sanctions on Venezuela, From InText

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       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.
The Golden Rule in Wailoa harbor, Hilo, Hawaii, From InText

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       Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Historic, Anti-Nuclear Sailboat Golden Rule Arrives in Hawaii on Pacific Voyage to Hiroshima, Japan Speaking about the mission of the Golden Rule, Gerry Condon, National president of Veterans For Peace said, "We are sailing for a nuclear-free world and a peaceful, sustainable future. Now it is time for us to visit the island nations of the Pacific, which have suffered so much damage from nuclear testing and military bases."
Bolton and Pompeo pressure President Trump to attack Iran., From YouTubeVideos

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       Saturday, July 13, 2019
Generals, Ambassadors, National Security Experts, Church Leaders and Women Nobel Peace Laureates Say "No War On Iran!" On July 9, at a press conference on Capitol Hill at the United Methodist Building, six religious leaders, led by Jim Wallis of Sojourners, announced that 200 American church leaders had signed an extensive statement and "a clear and emphatic NO to a war with Iran. Diplomacy is the effective and necessary alternative to what would be a disastrous and indefensible war."
Global Hawk surveillance drone., From InText

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       Thursday, June 20, 2019
Scenario Fulfillment? Why Should We Believe US on Location of Drone Shot Down By Iran? The Iranian military shot down a US spy drone yesterday. The US says the drone, a $22 million RQ-4A Global Hawk was in international airspace. Iran said the drone was over Iranian airspace. Are we looking into "Scenario Fulfillment?" But why should one believe the US with its history of lying?
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       Wednesday, June 19, 2019
95-Year-Old Woman Veteran on A Hunger Strike for Children of Yemen, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela as victims Sally Alice Thompson is 95 years old and she is on a hunger strike for the children, children who are victims of the U.S. government's sanctions and war mongering on the countries where they live -- Yemen, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela.
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       Saturday, May 25, 2019
Trump Administration Hands Over Venezuelan Diplomatic Facilities to Unelected, Failed Coup Makers Guaido Faction On May 24, the U.S. Department of State allowed the unelected Trump designated Juan Guaido opposition to the elected Government of Venezuela to take possession of the Venezuelan Embassy building in Washington, D.C in violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson addressing media at the Venezuelan Embassy on May 15., From InText

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       Saturday, May 18, 2019
Reverend Jesse Jackson Brings Food and Attention to the Trump Illegal Coup Attempt on Venezuela and Embassy The Government of Venezuela has authorized members of the Embassy Protection Collective to be in the Embassy to protect it from unauthorized entry. Members of the collective have been securing the building on behalf of the Venezuelan government since April 10.
Map from www.juancole.com, From InText

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       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.
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       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.
The Golden Rule, From InText

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       Thursday, May 2, 2019
Historic Anti-Nuke Golden Rule Peace Boat Sets Sail on 15-Month Voyage to Japan--Via Hawaii, Guam and Okinawa The captain and crew of the Veterans for Peace historic anti-nuke boat, the Golden Rule, set sail from San Diego, California, on May 1 beginning a 15-month voyage from California to Japan. The first leg of the voyage began on May 1, 2019, as the Golden Rule sailed from San Diego headed for her first stop -- Hilo, Hawaii.
Gerry Condon, National President of Veterans for Peace, Colleen, Gulf War vet, Ann Wright, Hector Lopez, deported US veteran at office for Deported Veterans in Tijuana, Mexico., From InText

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       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.
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       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.
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       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.
Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, From InText

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       Thursday, March 14, 2019
American and Iranian Hardliner Ideologies Continue to Cause Suffering of Iranian People Hardliners in both the Iranian and the U.S. governments make the opportunity for dialogue and negotiations very difficult resulting in the people of Iran continuing to suffer the burden of both Iranian and American ideologies and politicians that have returned international relations to a standstill.
Palestinian children in front of the UN office in Bangkok., From ImagesAttr

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       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.
Photo of ship Al Awda in Palermo, Sicily., From ImagesAttr

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       Thursday, December 13, 2018
Delegates Who Faced Israeli Violence Before the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla -- Dr. Swee Ang and Navy Veteran Joe Meadors Two persons, Joe Meadors and Dr. Swee Ang, who personally faced Israeli violence in the past, faced violence again on the Al Awda ship in the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla that challenged the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza in July 2018. Dr. Swee is back home in London, UK, and Joe Meadors is at home in Corpus Christi, Texas, both ready to go on the next mission to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Photo of political will -- President Gerald Ford visits Fort Chaffee refugee program (with Ann Wright in the background)., From ImagesAttr

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       Tuesday, December 11, 2018
We Can Help Thousands of Persons Fleeing Violence in Central America. We Helped Over 131,000 Vietnamese in 1975 The caravans of thousands of people fleeing violence in Central America are small numbers compared to those the United States took in and gave refugee status in 1975 from Vietnam and other Indochina countries.
CODEPINK: Women for Peace at the Nomination Hearing for new US Ambassador to Yemen, From ImagesAttr

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       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.
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       Monday, November 19, 2018
Challenges for Pakistan -- Relations with the U.S., Afghanistan, China, Iran and Religious Extremists The U.S. isolates itself from Pakistan at its own peril. With a population of over 202 million, Pakistan has the sixth largest population in the world following China, India, USA, Indonesia and Brazil, is one of nine countries that have developed nuclear weapons and is a key player in regional security issues involving its neighbors Afghanistan, Iran, India and China.

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