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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.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 5, 2020 War Is A Disaster, Not A Game
The U.S. is in no position to be an enforcer of peace building. Domestically, the U.S. policing system has proven abusive and broken. Similarly, the U.S. posture as "the world cop" has likewise proven expensive, unaccountable and ineffective for international peace.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 9, 2019 The Peace Boat's Around the World Voyage
While spending 103 days on a boat and visiting locations for very short amounts of time is not for many people, those who chose to spend time and money on a Peace Boat Around the World trip will come home with new perspectives on different issues and parts of the world.
(3 comments) SHARE 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."
(7 comments) SHARE 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) SHARE 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.