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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.
SHARE Monday, July 13, 2009 Obama, Ghana, and African oil
Barack Obama's visit to Ghana is, most fundamentally, about West African oil and natural gas, and control of the corridors for transporting it through the Gulf of Guinea, on the West African Coast.
SHARE Saturday, February 13, 2010 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.
SHARE Saturday, October 3, 2009 Rwandan President Paul Kagame questions Euro justice
Rwandan President Paul Kagame now questions the fairness of the International Criminal Court, and, says, without naming names and countries, that most people who organized the "Rwandan Genocide" are outside Rwanda's borders.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 24, 2010 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 25, 2017 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.
SHARE Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Havasupi organize protest of Grand Canyon uranium mining
The Native American Havasupi tribe have invited the public to join them, on June 25th and 26th, to protest at Red Bluff, Arizona, a Havasupi sacred site threatened by Denison Mining's plan to reopen its open pit uranium mine, Arizona One, near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 26, 2009 The California Foreclosure Prevention Fraud of 2009
The California Democratic Party Caucus website still proudly proclaims that "Ted Lieu leads the way against California's foreclosure crisis," but ABX 27 (State Senate version SB 27), is as likely to save distressed California homeowners from foreclosure as the California State Lottery, if that.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 6, 2010 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.
SHARE Tuesday, November 3, 2009 Broken bones and arrests at Rwandan Green Party convention
The Rwandan Democratic Greens tried, for the fourth time, to hold their founding convention in Kigali, on 10.30.2009, but the police appeared again, this time with security operatives as well. On Friday morning, 10.30,2009 in San Francisco, P.S.T., I called and spoke to Frank Habineza, interim Rwandan Green Party leader, who was by that time in a Kigali hospital trying to aid Rwandan Greens injured in the ensuing chaos.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 17, 2009 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 29, 2009 Privatizing California: S. B. 792
In their fight against the push to privatize their state park, Bayview Hunters Point activists are fighting the push to privatize all California as hard as anyone I know.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 18, 2010 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.
SHARE Tuesday, October 6, 2009 San Francisco says yes to war
The City of San Francisco, California now prepares to host Fleet Week and the Blue Angels Air Show, a high tech, all forces, military recruitment drive, from October 8th to 13th, which the City has requested every year since 1981. In April 2009 I spoke with Cindy Sheehan, on Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox Net Radio about San Francisco's choice.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, September 20, 2019 Biden and the Black Vote
"Biden's popularity among Black voters is a hangover from the blind and unconditional support those same voters gave to the Obama administration."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 12, 2009 Green Party banner over Rwanda
By giving democratic forces in Rwandan an internationally recognizable banner to rally round, the international Greens have helped Rwandan Greens kick a hole in the huge and hugely evil IMF/World Bank/U.S.-U.K. State Department/Rev. Rick Warren lie about Paul Kagame's Rwanda, and, about the covert U.S. War in Central Africa---the most lethal, but least understood, conflict in the world.
SHARE Sunday, November 22, 2009 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 26, 2019 "War With Russia?", Review of Stephen F. Cohen's New Book
Cohen is Russian studies professor emeritus at Princeton and NYU. His latest book, "War with Russia? From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate," is a series of essays published in The Nation and text elaborations of the radio broadcasts.
SHARE Tuesday, October 6, 2009 Rwanda's Democratic Greens shut down, for the third time
On October 2nd, 2009, over 900 delegates from every district in Rwanda came to Kigali for a conference of the new Rwandan Democratic Green Party,formed on August 14, 2009. The Mayor of Nyarugenge District, abruptly shut the meeting down,as party delegates looked on in disbelief. Former President Bill Clinton, Reverend Rick Warren, and the Obama/Clinton State Department all point to Rwanda as the hope and future of Africa.
SHARE Friday, March 9, 2018 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.
SHARE Wednesday, November 4, 2009 No Rule of Law in Rwanda
"There is no rule of law in Rwanda! . . . If you want to keep us out of the elections, and you want to get 99% of the vote, then you have to say it! Enough is enough! We are going forward! We are not going back!" --Interim Rwandan Green Party leader Frank Habineza
SHARE Sunday, November 15, 2009 Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Group on Rwanda
Rwanda's state/RPF propaganda machine keeps dodging the Commonwealth Human Rights Initative Group's most fundamental objection to Rwanda's admission at the Commonwealth this month: "On Rwanda it should wait for next year's presidential election, send a strong observer group to decide whether they are fair (the last ones were not) and then consider the application at the next CHOGM in 2011."
SHARE Saturday, June 8, 2013 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.
SHARE Wednesday, July 27, 2011 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.
SHARE Friday, November 26, 2010 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 11, 2009 Newsom for a Nuclear California
To be a really big guy, like California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who now aspires to succeed him, or, to be a really big nation, and an international power, you've gotta have nuclear power. And nuclear weapons, the invention which gave rise to nuclear power, and, nuclear power politics.
Schwarzenegger and Newsom both know it and support it.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 3, 2018 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.
SHARE Saturday, October 10, 2009 Rwandan Green Party cries foul over sabotage
As of 2:25 P.M., PST, on 10.06.2009, "New Green Party cries foul over possible sabotage," seemed to be the only story about Rwandan state suppression of the Rwandan Democratic Green Party still accessible on the website of the state run Rwandan News Agency (RNA). This is to create a record.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 3, 2009 Don't drink the uranium
On July 21, 2009, Obama Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a two year "time out" on new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon. But, the announcement was straight out of Orwell's 1984, because new claims are not the issue; more than 10,000 claims have already been staked on the edge of the Grand Canyon, since 2006, and if even 1% become mines, they will endanger 30 million people's water supply.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 16, 2009 This oil is mine; God gave this oil to me. . .
"God is not a real estate agent," Palestinian scholar Edward Said's responded to Zionists claiming scriptural proof, from the Old Testament, that God had given Palestine to them. Were he still among us,he might now respond, "God is not a commodities broker," because Zion Oil and Natural Gas now claims scriptural proof, Genesis 12:1-3, and 49:25, and, Deuteronomy 33:24, that God gave them all Palestine's oil and gas as well.
SHARE Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Obama, Westerwelle, and Afghanistan
Guido Westerwelle, the first openly gay leader of a mainstream German political party, is Germany's most powerful political proponent of ongoing German engagement in the Afghanistan War. As a result of the 09/27/2009 election, he is virtually certain to become the new German Foreign Minister, despite reports that 70% of Germans are demanding immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan.
SHARE Monday, November 9, 2009 Rwanda Greens, the Commonwealth, and Rwanda's 2010 elections
The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) group opposes consideration of Rwanda's application until after Rwanda's 2010 election, which Rwanda Greens continue to struggle and continues to oppose Rwanda's acceptance both because of its human rights violations in Rwanda, and, because of its repeated invasions of D.R. Congo.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 22, 2009 Oil for Blood: T. Boone Pickens wants his
Oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens has reversed the anti-war complaint "No blood for oil," He's upset that U.S. energy companies aren't getting enough oil for American blood----and U.S. taxpayer dollars. He complains that it's going to China instead.
SHARE Monday, October 26, 2009 Peace activism = climate activism
"Militarism is the way corporations maintain their access to their food supply — the planet." --Steve Martinot, Militarism and Global Warming
SHARE Monday, November 23, 2009 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.
SHARE Tuesday, July 7, 2009 KMEC 105.1FM: Alberto Torrico on Arnold Schwarzenegger's end game
Bond rating agencies have downgraded California debt to one notch above junk bond status, and, California has began issuing IOUs, and generating rules for identifying geniuine vs. counterfeit IOUs, both of which now seem likely to be traded speculatively, on E-Bay and Craigslist.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and California Democrats remain in budget deadlock, explained by Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico on KMEC 91.5 FM.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 24, 2009 MoveOn.org takes the fudge, in Iraq and Afghanistan
MoveOn.org, the Democratic Party's fundraising and PR PAC, is urging all of us to join a global rally, against global warming, on 10.24.2009. In San Francisco, they want us to show up at Justin Herman Plaza, at 3:00 P.M. And, they promise that: "There will even be events in Afghanistan and Iraq."
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 26, 2009 Big Oil in Third World California
How much more of Californians' oil and natural gas, and, what else, does Arnold Schwarzenegger hope to give away, for insignificant revenues, in exchange for his signature on future budgets to keep California running, much as the World Bank or IMF's signature keeps Third World nations running, awhile longer, but each time for a higher price?
SHARE Monday, November 30, 2009 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.
SHARE Thursday, August 12, 2010 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
SHARE Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Peace Now? Not without national health care
Where's the peace movement? Confused and in disarray, thanks to the Obama campaign's false promise of peace. Many have joined the battle for universal health care, if still engaged at all. Code Pink is fighting for health care not warfare. Universal health care is a peace issue, and a social justice and environmental issue, because so few speak out or take chances when living in a constant state of anxiety
SHARE Monday, April 27, 2009 Drilling California's Outer Continental Shelf
More domestic drilling, whether in the Outer Continental Shelf, or the Interior, will only feed the dirty energy infrastructure sustained by perpetual war, in the Middle East and in Africa.
SHARE Friday, November 6, 2009 Greens fight for rights in Kagame's Rwanda
Rwanda Greens were injured and arrested when Rwandan police shut down their fourth attempt to convene on 10.30.2009 in Kigali. Those known to have been arrested have been released, and only one member remains missing. The party now plans another attempt to convene, for the fifth time, on 11.20.2009.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 28, 2009 California and the Democrats
KMEC Radio interview with California Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, regarding Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's punish-the-poor State budget, and, Democratic State legislators' response.
SHARE Wednesday, November 11, 2009 Three Reasons to Support African Greens
Reasons to support the African Greens: 1) Africa has surpassed the Middle East as a source of U.S. oil imports. 2) They stand for LGBT rights, despite homophobic hyseria, whipped up by homophobic U.S. Ambassador Rev. Rick Warren, and 3) they stand for nonviolence amidst the myriad foreign-armed and controlled warring factions.
SHARE Thursday, March 25, 2010 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.