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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) . 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.

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SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
Secretary Clinton Walks With Rwandan President Kagame, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Grand Canyon National Park, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Navajo activists for another way, beyond coal and nuclear, after Japan On 03.20.2011, KPFA Radio Weekend News spoke to Lori Goodman, lifelong Navajo environmental activist, about the Navajo response to the Japanese nuclear catastrophe and ongoing Navajo struggles with uranium and coal mining and coal-fired power plants:
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SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 28, 2010
KPFA News: Gay Rights, Uganda and San Francisco, on the 32nd Anniversary of the Assassination of Harvey Milk On the eve of the 32nd anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk, KPFA Radio News interviewed Ugandan gay rights activist and asylum seeker Moses Mroweko and longtime San Francisco gay activist and writer Tommi Avicolli Mecca.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
War with Russia From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate, From InText
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
Trump Inaugural Parade Military Rehearsal Jan. 15, 2017., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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
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SHARE More Sharing        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."
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SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 12, 2009
Arnold Schwarzenegger threatens California like the IMF threatens Africa California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger now threatens California much as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank threaten debt strangled, resource ransacked, environmentally assaulted, and de facto colonized Africa, and the rest of the Global South.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
March for Eight Billion Lives, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 9, 2009
San Francisco energy policy disconnects from San Francisco Rep. Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco's new clean, non-nuclear energy policy conflicts with that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the City's 8th District Congressional Representative, for the past 23 years, and one of the nation's leading advocates of nuclear power.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Thursday, August 13, 2009
Yes we can expand the Africa Command; Hillary channels Barack and Bill Yes we can expand AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command! Yes we can contain China; yes we can secure the oil, natural gas, uranium, biofuels, hydropower, agricultural and mineral wealth of the African Continent. Yes we can! I'll send Hillary!
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 15, 2009
TV doc on copper mining in D.R. Congo nominated for investigative reporting award On 11.09.2009, the PR Newswire announced that this "Dan Rather Report" on Freeport McMoran, an American corporation mining copper in D.R. Congo, has been nominated for an American television Emmy Award for investigative business reporting. Sometimes the corporate media gets part of the story and gets it right.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 21, 2009
Hysterics and Hypocrites: Anti-gay Laws, War, Rape, and HIV in Africa KPFA Radio News interview on Uganda's "hang the gays" bill, since toned down to an "imprison the gays---and their friends---bill," as similar legislation was introduced in neighboring Rwanda.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 24, 2009 takes the fudge, in Iraq and Afghanistan, 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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Monday, November 30, 2009 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,, 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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Cynthia McKinney, the Israeli Navy, and $4 billion worth of natural gas off Gaza Upon her release and return from Israel, Cynthia McKinney spoke to WBAIX-New York, from New York's JFK Airport, reporting that the "Spirit of Humanity had been towed to shore on a circuitous route, bypassing he natural gas rich coastal waters off Gaza.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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.

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