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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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U.S. Government Deports U.S. Military Veterans And Lowers Standards for Recruits The newest chapter of Veterans for Peace is composed of U.S. military veterans recruited from 30 other countries. These U.S. military veterans did not attain U.S. citizenship that was promised when they were recruited for U.S. military service. After their service in the U.S. military they ran afoul of law enforcement in some manner and were deported despite their willingness to die for this country.

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Taking Care of The Flood of Humanity in Bangladesh -- 622,000 Rohingya Arrive in Three Months Bangladesh deals with annual disastrous typhoons from the Bay of Bengal and the massive floods that routinely submerge large parts of the small country. The latest flood in Bangladesh is not of water, but of humanity.

The Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Sunday, November 26, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Countering Islamic Extremism in the Muslim World The Sultan described peace as not just the absence of war, but also the absence of want and fear, religious freedom and respect for different cultures, and the acceptance, understanding and celebration of diversity. He emphasized that a "truly peaceful world is characterized by two important Islamic values -- trust and inclusivity and to learn to live together by showing mercy."

Hurricane damage in Puerto Rico Monday, October 2, 2017 (11 comments)     

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Fire and Violence from the Skies -- the United States No Longer Immune from the Suffering the Rest of the World Endures Access to guns and gun violence in the United States is out of control. US wars killing people around the world has been the rationale used by some to kill in the United States. Corporate, Congressional and Trump administration denial of the human impact on our environment and refusal to work to reduce the impact of humanity will fuel even more violent attacks by nature on us.

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US Experts Say North Korean Leadership May Be Ruthless and Reckless, But They Are Not Crazy Despite the rhetoric from the Trump administration about military confrontation with North Korea, the common theme of many U.S. experts on North Korea is that the U.S. presidential administration MUST conduct a dialogue with North Korea -- and quickly! Military confrontation is NOT an option according to the experts.

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In Guantanamo, Cuba, International Peacemakers Say No to Foreign Military Bases The symposium included a trip to the village of Caimanera which is located on the fence-line of the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay. It has been in existence for 117 years and, since the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the U.S. has issued a check each year for $4,085 for annual payment for the base -- checks which the Cuban government has not cashed.

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Diplomacy has taken a back seat to military operations in U.S. foreign policy. The drone program is a prime example. While Pres. Trump has not yet enunciated a policy on the subject of political assassinations, there has so far been no indication that he plans to change the practice of relying on drone killings established by his recent predecessors.

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Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy In the eyes of many around the world, diplomacy has taken a back seat to military operations in U.S. foreign policy. The drone program is a prime example. Continuing the use of drone warfare to carry out assassinations will only exacerbate foreign distrust of American intentions and trustworthiness. It thereby plays into the hands of the very opponents we are trying to defeat.

President Obama speech in Cuba -- FULL SPEECH (C-SPAN) President Obama delivered remarks in Havana to Friday, May 5, 2017 (3 comments)     

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How the United States Ultimately Talks with Its "Enemies" --Now Its Time to Dialogue with North Korea The US has developed diplomatic relationships with some of its most vaunted "enemies" in the past. It should be done now with North Korea.

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Massive Civilian Casualties Continue in Iraq, 14 Years After I Resigned In Opposition to the Iraq War I am very glad I resigned from the U.S. government 14 years ago so I could join the millions of citizens around the world who are challenging their governments when the governments violate their own laws, kill innocent civilians and wreck havoc on the planet.

Korean Armistice Agreement Saturday, March 4, 2017 (3 comments)     

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U.S. Experts Say North Korean Government is NOT Irrational and Call for Talks If the international community really wants to resolve the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and give the North Korean people a chance to rejoin the community of nations, a peace treaty that gives North Korea the assurances it needs for its survival is the first -- not the last -- step.

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In Rome, Israeli Embassy and Jewish Community Association Use Anti-Semitism to Cancel Ann Wright's Talk on Gaza Events on university campuses all over Europe and in the United States have been cancelled as the State of Israel exerts extreme pressure on any institution allowing the honest debate of Israeli policies. Responding quickly to the false allegations of anti-semitism is key to challenging the Israeli government offensive toward those who challenge their illegal and inhumane policies toward Palestinians.

Donald Trump Mike Huckabee Thursday, February 16, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Why I Support Tulsi Gabbard Going To Syria It is important that we have representatives in our government who will go to countries where the United States is either killing citizens directly by U.S. intervention or indirectly by support of militia groups or by sanctions. We need representatives to sift through our government and media reports to find out for themselves the truth, the shades of truth and the untruths.

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Fifteen years in Afghanistan: Same Questions, Same Answers-And Now Four More Years of the Same The withdrawal of U.S. troops would also be good for the Afghan people, as the presence of foreign soldiers has been an obstacle to peace talks. The Afghans themselves have to determine their future, and will only be able to do so once there is an end to foreign intervention.

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Arrested in the US Senate for Speaking Against Jeff Sessions as Attorney General I was arrested in the U.S. Senate's Intelligence Committee hearing on the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. I was charged with "Disruption of Congress. "Like so many who have been arrested during the confirmation hearings of virtually every nominee of President Trump for every Cabinet position, I felt I had to express my deep concern about Jeff Sessions becoming the US Attorney General.

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Japanese Prime Minister Abe GIves Condolences for U.S. War Casualties While Dumping the No War Japanese Constitution How many apologies must we, as American citizens, make for the chaos and destruction our politicians and government have caused just in the past 16 years? For the tens, if not hundreds of thousands, of deaths of innocent civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria.

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Nine Years of Challenging Obama Policies at His Hawaii Vacation Home Neither President Obama nor First Lady Michelle have stopped to talk with our small, but persistent group about our concerns. With only two days left in his Hawaii holiday before he leaves office in mid-January, we hope he will stop and talk this year, the 9th year he will have seen us.

Ann Wright being arrested Tuesday, December 20, 2016 (17 comments)     

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Attempting to Curtail Dissent of Seniors by Stopping Social Security Checks Someone submitted my name and social security number to SSA as a person who has been confined in a jail since September 2016. Without any notification to me of this allegation that would disrupt for months my Social Security benefits, SSA ordered that for my "criminal conviction and confinement in a correctional institution for more than 30 days, we cannot pay your monthly Social Security payment."

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Press Release -- Hawaii Citizens Vigil at President Obama's Holiday Home for 9th Year For the 9th year, concerned citizens of Hawaii will vigil at President Obama's Holiday Compound in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii on Saturday, December 17 at 9am. The vigil began in December 2008 before he was sworn into office in January 2009 on the issue of the 27-day Israeli attack on Gaza. The vigil has continued for the last eight years.

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450 Parliamentarians From 40 Countries Challenge Israeli Eradication of Muslim Cultural/Religious Jerusalem Landmarks In an unprecedented show of solidarity with Palestine, in a conference titled "The First Annual Conference of the League of Parliamentarians for Al-Quds (Jerusalem)," 450 Parliamentarians from 40 countries, including speakers of Parliament from 15 national assemblies, met in Istanbul, Turkey, November 29 and 30, 2016.

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Six weeks Left for President Obama to Approve Clemency for U.S. Army Whistleblower Chelsea Manning During the six and one-half years she has been imprisoned, Manning spent nearly a year in solitary confinement. A United Nations investigation into her isolation at Quantico Marine base, which involved being forced to strip naked every night, described her situation as "cruel, inhuman, and degrading."

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At Standing Rock, A Native American Woman Elder Says "This is What I Have Been Waiting for My Entire Life!" I have been at Standing Rock, North Dakota at the Oceti Shakowin camp to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) for four days during a whirlwind of national and international attention following two terrible displays of police brutality toward the water protectors.

Rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline Thursday, November 3, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Public Servants or Corporate Security? An Open Letter to Law Enforcement and National Guard in North Dakota Genuine law enforcement or military wouldn't take sides or turn a blind eye to these shameful violations of constitutional rights, but protect the lives and property of all residents, whether Native or non-Native. If you deny others their humanity, you lose your own humanity. What if an explosive oil pipeline or train threatened your home, your drinking water, or your kids' school?

A graphic used by protesters resisting the Dakota Access pipeline. Saturday, October 29, 2016 (4 comments)     

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When Will It End? Police Clash with Pipeline Protesters The confluence of the twin issues of Native American respect for the land and modern environmentalists' alarm over global warming has met in resistance to a North Dakota oil pipeline, observed Ann Wright.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire. Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Women Call for Israel-Palestine Peace Though the Israel-Palestine conflict has been mostly off the mainstream media's radar recently, this long-running crisis drew the attention this month of two women Nobel Peace Prize winners, reports Ann Wright.

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Women's Boat to Gaza Participants See the Israeli Imposed Perpetual Darkness on Gaza The long voyage of the Women's Boat to Gaza was to bring hope to the people of Gaza that they are not forgotten by the international community. The women and men supporting the Women's Boat to Gaza are committed to continuing their efforts by sending international delegations by boat to Gaza to put international pressure on the Israeli government to change its policies toward Gaza.

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Criticism of Worldwide Conservation Group for not addressing the Destruction of Nature by Wars and Military Operations The speakers failed to mention the incredible amounts of fossil fuels used by military aircraft, ships and land vehicles that leave mammoth carbon footprints around the world, wars that kill humans, animals and plants, military exercise bombing of entire islands and large swaths of land and the harmful effects of the burn pits which have incinerated the debris of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Palestinian flag is waved as relief ships arrive in Gaza in August 2008. Thursday, August 25, 2016 (2 comments)     

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When Boats Brought Hope to Gaza Israel continues to cut off the 1.8 million people of Gaza from receiving relief supplies from sea, an illegal blockade that will be challenged again this year by the Women's Boat to Gaza, that will sail in mid-September to again demonstrate that we do care about the people of Gaza writes retired Col. Ann Wright.

Lavidia Palace, site of the Yalta Conference, one of Crimea's tourist sites. Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 comments)     

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US and EU Isolate Crimea for its vote to Reunite with Russia The sanctions have been successful in destroying the tourism business in Crimea. Most visitors have come to Crimea by cruise ships from Turkey and Greece through the Bosphorus Straits into the Black Sea to the ports of Yalta or Sevastopol. Annually, over 260 cruise ships dock in Crimea, but for the past two years none have arrived, thereby decimating the international tourist industry.

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NATO Actions Destablizing Europe The coup against the pro-Russian government in the Ukraine and the Russian response of annexation of Crimea to has given governments -- US, Russia, and NATO countries -- the opportunity to spend more on war weapons and create a very hostile climate for any opposition to their actions. In Poland, opposition to NATO is characterized as communist-inspired, crazy, Russian loving, West-hating people.

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Next Step, Local Police Use Aerial Assassin Drones The decision of David O. Brown, the local city police chief, to remotely assassinate the cornered suspect rather than make an attempt to incapacitate him is a stark continuation of what appears to be a U.S. military and police tactic of kill rather than capture.

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Two Years Ago Israel Attacked Gaza for 51 Days as Drone Warfare Becomes the Norm The 51-day Israeli attack on Gaza should not be characterized as a war between opposing forces but rather as a massive one-sided attack on Palestinians made at the choosing of Israel with its overwhelming military air, sea and land forces backed up with endless military supplies and equipment from the United States, including the missile system called the "Iron Dome."

Russian kids attending a youth camp called Artek in Crimea. Monday, July 4, 2016 (5 comments)     

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Russians Ask "Why Do You Demonize Us When We Are So Much Like You?" After visiting cities in four regions of Russia. The one question that was asked over and over was, "Why does America hate us? Why do you demonize us?" Most would add a caveat -- "I like American people and I think YOU like us individually but why does the American government hate our government?"

Smoke billows from the Iraqi planning ministry in Baghdad after it was hit with a missile during the start of the Iraq W Saturday, June 18, 2016 (14 comments)     

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51 US Diplomats Are Wrong -- Assad Regime Change by Force Would Result in Uncontrollable Anti-American Anger Fifty-one mid-level U.S. diplomats have written a dissent cable to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the Obama administration to conduct military strikes against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop its "persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country's five-year-old civil war."

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poros Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Building Bridges of Peace instead of Fear-Citizen Diplomacy with Russia We go to Russia to talk with the Russian people about the hopes, dreams and fears of the American people and to call for a peaceful resolution to current tensions between the US/NATO and Russia. And we will return to the United States to share our first-hand impressions of the hopes, dreams and fears of the Russian people.

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After Eight Years of Protest of Construction of Naval Base, Gangjeong Villagers Sued by South Korean Navy In one of the longest, strongest protests against more military bases in our world, the villagers of Gangjeong, Jeju Island, South Korea have achieved international recognition of their spiritual and corporal resistance and persistence in trying to preserve unique natural features of their community, the Gureombi Rocks.

Photo of memorial to Rina Shimaburkuro Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (2 comments)     

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US Military Bases on Okinawa are Dangerous Places The very unbalanced, unequal Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) allows the U.S. military to pollute Okinawan lands and not be required to report the pollution to local authorities nor be required to clean up the damage. The SOFA does not require the US military to report criminal acts committed on US military bases thereby hiding the numbers of violent acts perpetrated there.

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Five Refugee Camps in Mud on the Greek-Macedonia Border Millions of refugees await their fate and future in Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan as the international community slowly decides how to handle the flood of people fleeing chaos in their countries caused by military operations. Millions of others hope that their arrival in Europe will provide them an opportunity for a life without conflict until they can return home.

Predator Drone Friday, May 13, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Army Chaplain Resigns over Drone Wars The U.S. government's reliance on drones to sustain perpetual war in the Mideast is meeting resistance from some assigned to carry out and justify these tactics, including a U.S. Army chaplain who resigned in protest, writes Ann Wright.

CODEPINK Delegation At The Bayreuth Award Ceremony Saturday, May 7, 2016 (3 comments)     

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In Europe, Anti-Semitism Allegations Are Used to Silence Dissent Against Israeli Policies Toward Palestinians CODEPINK announced at the award ceremony in Bayreuth that CODEPINK would use the award money to sponsor a symposium in Europe to discuss this difference and how false allegations of anti-Semitism have been used to silence this criticism. The symposium will be conducted by human rights organizations and will include representatives of all views on this issue.

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Visiting Refugee Camps in Athens and Facilities in Germany While the United States has closed its borders to persons fleeing the chaos caused in great measure by its war on Iraq, the countries of Europe deal with the human crisis as best they can -- not perfectly, but certainly with more humanity than the government of the United States.

Powerful community of women Saturday, March 19, 2016 (4 comments)     

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March 19, 2003 -- Thirteen Years Ago Resigning Due to President Bush's War on Iraq Citizens must force their governments to dialogue to resolve issues and stop the 71-year confrontation since the arbitrary international division of Korea at the end of World War II and the horrific Korean Civil War which further divided Korean families.

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Israeli pressure to rescind award to CODEPINK from German City CODEPINK is much more than its work to educate about Israeli policies. Our work led by women to stop wars, end assassin drones, stop police brutality and end militarism has been a thorn in the side of governments and will continue to be as we will not back down from attempts to silence us.

Panel at the Symposium on the effects of US Military Bases in Okinawa at Naha City, Okinawa -- with Dud Hendrick, Bruce Friday, December 18, 2015 (3 comments)     

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Abolition of United States Military Bases Around the World The United States has built permanent base infrastructure in every Persian Gulf country except one -- Iran. The U.S. government gets agreements with undemocratic and often despotic states like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain to build bases and in return remains silent to their human rights violations.

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Presentation for the 4th International Seminar for Peace and Abolition of Foreign Military Bases The sordid history of the past 14 years of the United States imprisoning 779 persons from 48 countries on a U.S. military base in Cuba as a part of its global war "on terror" reflects the mentality of those who govern the United States -- global intervention for political or economic reasons, invasion, occupation other countries and leaving its military bases in those countries for decades.

A January 2015 rally against the 14th year of Guantanamo torture. Friday, November 20, 2015 (3 comments)     

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U.S. Delegations Attend International Conference in Guantanamo, Cuba on Abolition of Foreign Military Bases Three delegations from U.S. organizations will attend the 4th International Conference on Abolition of Foreign Military Bases Nov 23-25. The conference is held in Guantanamo, Cuba, the site of one of the most contentious U.S. military bases. The CODEPINK delegation calls for the United States to close the prison, end its 112-year occupation of the U.S. Naval Base and return the land to the people of Cuba.

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Okinawa delegation in Washington to Challenge Construction of U.S. Marine Air Base Runway The Henoko base construction in Okinawa would be the second base in Asia and the Pacific to be used by US military that has faced enormous citizen outrage as both bases will destroy environmentally sensitive areas and increase the militarization of their countries.

Dr. Mads Gilbert in hospital with Palestinian child Thursday, November 12, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Will Obama Give Israel even more American Weapons and Dollars to Kill Palestinians? As it stands now, more that half of the U.S. foreign military spending for 2016 goes to Israel. As in all things, Israel gets special treatment by the U.S., allowing Israel to spend 25% of its gift from the U.S. to pay itself for buying weapons from its own weapons industry! According to a recent congressional report, Israel has received $124.3 billion in military assistance from the US since its founding in 1948.

Ehud Barak Saturday, October 24, 2015 (7 comments)     

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How a High Dollar Speech Sends a former Israeli Prime Minister to US Federal Court on Claims of War Crimes On the evening of October 20 when Barak was scheduled to give a lecture in Thousand Oaks, California, the process server handed the documents to one of Barak's security team who, in the view of witnesses, handed the documents to Barak, thereby completing the official notification of Barak that a civil case against him had been filed in U.S. Federal Court.

Ehud Barak Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Lawsuit Filed in US Court Against Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak A lawsuit in the United States has been filed against former Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak for his role in the 2010 Israeli commando attack upon the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in which eight Turkish citizens and one American citizen were executed by Israeli forces and over 50 Turkish passengers were wounded.

Veterans protest in Chile Wednesday, October 14, 2015     

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VFP in Chile Protesting U.S. Funded Military Base Fuerte Aguayo Four U.S. veterans, three of whom are members of Veterans for Peace, on the School of the Americas Watch trip to Chile, protested with 70 Chileans the US-funded Chilean military base called Fuerte Aguayo.

Christine Ahn and Ann Wright on The Women's Walk For Peace Across the DMZ, June 14 Tuesday, August 25, 2015     

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Recent WomenCross DMZ Activity On May 24, 30 feminist peace activists with truly remarkable peace-building qualifications crossed the heavily fortified inter-Korean border in protest of the state of war. Christine Ahn, co-organizer of WomenCross DMZ (WC), stresses their "enormous collective experience in conflict resolution, human rights, foreign policy, international relations and de-militarization."

Women Cross DMZ walk in Pyongyang, North Korea at the Monument of Reunification Tuesday, July 14, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Knives Are Out for Those Who Challenge Militarization of the Korean Peninsula That's why we walked in North Korea and South Korea -- and crossed the DMZ -- calling for an end of the state of war on the Korean peninsula with a peace treaty to finally end the 63-year old Korean War. And that's why we will remain engaged no matter what the pundits write, because in the end, if groups like ours don't push for peace, our governments are prone to go to war.

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Sailing -- Again -- to Break the Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza The physical act of being captured and put in prison by the State of Israel is not the most important part of our activism. The fact that we have come together again in another action to bring international attention to the Israeli siege of Gaza is the goal -- and we will continue these actions until the Israeli government ends the blockade of Gaza.

Ann Wright with former Tunisian President Mazuki (left) and Israeli Knesset member Dr. Basel Ghattas (2nd left) and othe Thursday, July 2, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Why I Am On Gaza Freedom Flotilla 3 I am horrified by the brutal 55-day Israeli attack on Gaza in 2014 that left over 2,200 dead and 10,000 wounded and much of the country in ruins. I am equally horrified by the lack of international assistance for the people of Gaza during this past year and by the impunity that Israel has in the international community for the criminal acts it has committed on the people of Gaza and the West Bank.

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Dangerous Military Buildup in Asia and Pacific The Chinese see the expansion of the United States military forces and capabilities in their front yard and are constructing their own projections of power on the tiny disputed islands and atolls off their coast. Neither the United States nor China need any of these bases as both have more than enough air capability in the form of aircraft or missiles to initiate or counter any military move by the other.

A war-weary refugee carrying her younger brother Monday, May 18, 2015     

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Where your conscience can take you: North Korea On 24 May, 30 women peacebuilders will walk across the De-Militarized Zone that separates Korean families. Ann Wright describes her journey from serving in the US Army to citizen diplomat walking for peace. She says "We will hold international peace symposiums in Pyongyang and Seoul where we can listen to Korean women and share our experiences and ideas of mobilizing women to bring an end to violent conflict."

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The World Ignores the Crisis in Gaza -- So Another Gaza Freedom Flotilla is Ready to Sail in First Half of 2015 At a December, 2014 meeting, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition decided to sail a three-ship flotilla to challenge the blockade in the first half of 2015. Twenty passengers will be aboard each of the three ships for a total of 60 passengers. The coalition will seek representatives from 30 countries with each country having two passengers.

The Obama administration's decision to resurrect diplomatic ties with Cuba after m Sunday, March 1, 2015     

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Will the US take Cuba Off the State Sponsored Terrorism List in 2015? With the December 17, 2014 announcement of opening of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, removing Cuba from the State Sponsored Terrorism List is the next logical step followed by lifting the onerous restrictions of the U.S. Blockade of Cuba. But logic has not been a part of U.S. geo-political dealings with Cuba.

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Cuba Joins One Billion Rising To End Violence Against Women On February 14, called "The Day of Friendship" in Cuba, there were tens of thousands attending the fair. We were asked to dance at the scenic main stage with Old Havana as a backdrop. Facing thousands of Cubans, our group joined Cubans and took the stage and danced for 10 minutes to the universal song to end violence against women.

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