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Ann Wright
(Retired) Col. Ann Wright spent 29 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. She was a diplomat in the State Department for 16 years, serving in the U.S. embassies of Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada and Nicaragua. She resigned in 2003 in protest of the U.S.invasion of Iraq. In 2007, she co-authored, Dissent, Voices of Conscience.

Entries by Ann Wright

Knives Are Out for Those Who Challenge Militarization of the Korean Peninsula

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 3:41 PM

When we began our project "Women Cross the DMZ," we knew the landmines in the DMZ would be nothing compared to the explosions of anger, vitriol and hate from those who oppose any contact with North Korea. Some U.S. and South Korean government officials, academics, media talking heads...

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Sailing -- Again -- to Break the Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza

(59) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 11:39 AM

I've just set foot on dry land after five days at sea on one of the four boats of Gaza Freedom Flotilla 3.

The land I have set foot on is not Gaza, nor Israel, but Greece. Why Greece?

New strategies are needed to keep the momentum for challenging the...

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Where Your Conscience Can Take You: North Korea

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 12:51 PM

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 U.S. Army to citizen diplomat walking for peace..

Following my conscience to challenge U.S. policies began with my resignation as a U.S....

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Cuba Joins One Billion Rising To End Violence Against Women

(5) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 4:18 PM

What an honor to be in Cuba for the first celebration of One Billion Rising to end violence against women!

One hundred fifty of us from the United States had traveled to Cuba with CODEPINK: Women for Peace in the largest delegation of Americans to visit Cuba since the December...

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"Stop Killing Us" Say Strong Youth Leaders in Ferguson, Missouri's Weekend of Resistance to Police Brutality

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Almost 60 days after 18 year old Michael Brown was shot six times and left for 4 hours and 34 minutes in the street in front of the apartment complex where he lived, the youth of Ferguson, Missouri are not letting their community, state or country forget. Their cries of...

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Nordic Women's Conference-Gains for Women are Going Backward due to Failure of National and International Leadership

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 5:42 PM

Over 10,000 women from the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland gathered May 12-15, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden for the "Nordisk Forum: New Actions on Women's Rights." As a regional conference, it was a strategy to augment the work done in the World Conferences on Women that...

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John Kerry Attempts to Bully CODEPINK into Silence

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 6:16 PM

There aren't many who come to Congress to protest -- not nearly enough -- and the disparaging comments of chairs of committees and witnesses toward those who do challenge administrations are certainly aimed at discouraging pesky, uncomfortable protests.

It wasn't that anyone liked Sadaam Hussein and his treatment of many...

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Three World Leaders Speak on the Future of Israel and Palestine

(82) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Three of the world's leaders, members of the group called "The Elders," spoke on the conflict between Israeli and Palestine this month in Honolulu, Hawaii. Each of the Elders has had extensive experience with Israeli-Palestinian issues.

As the first woman Prime Minister of Norway, and its youngest Prime Minister at...

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Bradley Manning: A Brave, Altruistic Soldier

(22) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 12:59 PM

Having served in this country's Army for 29 years, I know better than most that America has enemies. I also know well the simple acts of courage and heroism that the idealistic young men and women of our military many times undertake. As the trial progresses for Pfc Bradley Manning,...

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Making an American "Impenetrable Underground Wall" the Laughing Stock of the World -- Leave to the People of Gaza

(10) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 10:05 AM

No doubt at the instigation of the Israeli government, the Obama administration has authorized the United States Army Corps of Engineers to design a vertical underground wall under the border between Egypt and Gaza.

In March, 2009 the United States provided the government of Egypt with $32 million in...

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Young Israeli Women Challenge former Israeli Foreign Minister on Gaza and Occupied Territories policies

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2009 | 2:21 PM

This week, in the unlikely location of Hawaii, two young Israeli women who refused Israeli mandatory military service, Maya Wind and Netta Mishly, provided a dramatic counterpoint to one of Israel's war architects, former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

Livni was invited to Hawaii by Governor Linda Lingle to keynote...

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Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni Is No Role Model for Hawaii's Women

(4) Comments | Posted August 31, 2009 | 8:43 AM

A coalition of activists in Hawaii has asked Hawaii's Governor Linda Lingle, currently the only Jewish governor of a U.S. state, to withdraw her invitation to former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to speak at Hawaii's International Women's Leadership Conference this Sept. 22.

In its sixth year, the...

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Could U.S. Officials Please Treat a Nobel Peace Laureate with Respect?

(13) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 10:09 AM

Less than a month ago, in late July, 2009, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire was traveling from Dublin, Ireland to Albuquerque, New Mexico to meet Peace Laureate Jody Williams to participate in peace events there. As she arrived at Dulles airport near Washington, DC, from Ireland on July 30,...

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With Its Record of Rape, Don't Send the U.S. Military to the Congo

(16) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 10:49 AM

On Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's August, 2009 trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), she announced $17 million in new funding in the U.S. Government's contribution to international efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in the DRC.

The United Nations...

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Corporate Responsibility -- Products for War and Occupation or Products for Peace?

(3) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 12:54 AM

In America, we don't have many companies that fund peace activities. Most American companies seem to be more interested in making money off war.

In contrast, I am on a three week speaking tour in Japan sponsored partially by Leila, a peace, social and environmentally-conscious women's cosmetic company. Wishing to...

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In Hiroshima

(7) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 12:10 PM

I am in the ancient Japanese city of Hiroshima for the annual ceremonies on Aug. 6 to honor the souls of over 140,000 Japanese, South Koreans and Chinese who died instantly and over 300,000 who suffered serious wounds 64 years ago when the United States used weapons of mass destruction...

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President Carter and Citizen Activists Witness Deliberate Destruction in Gaza [Video]

(16) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 9:43 AM

This week, a former President and now citizen activist came to Gaza to witness and speak about the ongoing, deliberate destruction of Gaza. On June 16, former President Jimmy Carter spoke in unflinchingly blunt terms of devastating damage caused by the 22-day Israeli military assault on the small strip of...

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UPDATE (with video): Israeli Police and Military Brutalize Peaceful Protesters at Netanyahu's Speech

(30) Comments | Posted June 15, 2009 | 8:47 AM

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was making a major foreign policy speech at Bar-Ilan University Sunday, Israeli police outside the university attacked international protesters of Israel's invasion of Gaza, illegal settlements and the apartheid wall.

Heavy-handed police treatment of the unarmed, peaceful members of the CODEPINK delegation there began...

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Bybee and Peterson: Two Mormons, Two Different Ethics On Torture

(4) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 2:50 PM

Jay Bybee, as a Bush administration political appointee Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice, wrote one of four torture memos released last month. Bybee's August 1, 2002, 20-page memorandum laid out in excruciating detail the interrogation techniques he was authorizing the Central...

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With The Women of Gaza On International Women's Day: We Will Not Be Silent!

(17) Comments | Posted March 9, 2009 | 10:44 AM

"Would women in Gaza really celebrate International Women's Day?" was the question members of our 58 person delegation from United States, Canada, Pakistan, France, Australia, Egypt, Dubai and Turkey asked as we travelled from Cairo to the Gaza border.

In less than three weeks, the delegates had responded to an...

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