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Ann Wright is a retired Army Reserve colonel and a 29-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves. She was also a diplomat in Nicaragua, Grenada,...


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Israeli Violence Finally on Trial

Source: OpEdNews

If the Turkish court convicts the accused, then international arrest warrants can be issued and INTERPOL would be required to arrest them if they leave Israel, for virtually any country other than the United States. The Turkish judgment could also be used as a basis for further judicial proceedings in the International Criminal Court.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012

Israeli Envoy calls “Estelle” a Provocation While 7 Parliamentarians Sail to Break the Blockade

Source: OpEdNews

Seven parliamentarians from five European countries are on sailing on the sloop “Estelle” to break the Israeli Blockade of Gaza. Among the 20+ passengers are parliamentarians from Greece, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and a retired parliamentarian from Canada. The “Estelle” is expected to reach Gaza by this weekend.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012

U.S. Joins Israel in Blockading Higher Education Opportunities for Students in Gaza

Source: OpEdNews

As another international activist ship is on the high seas to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza, the United States government has joined with Israel to blockade higher education opportunities for students in Gaza and the West Bank.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012

Disinvited To Be a Passenger on The Swedish Boat to Gaza “Estelle”

Source: OpEdNews

I am saddened by the decision of the board to withdraw its invitation and I believe it is wrong. All of our projects that have challenged Israeli policies toward Palestinians have been called anti-Semitic by pro-Israeli groups. This is not a new tactic used to scare pro-Palestinian groups.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012

American Policies In Pakistan

Source: OpEdNews

A letter to Ambassador Richard Hoagland after he met with the Codepink Delegation for Peace on October 3, pointing out the obvious—American policies are what have made Pakistan dangerous for Americans.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012

Survivor of US Military Rape in Japan Allowed to Pursue Perpetrator in US Courts

Source: OpEdNews

Thousands of Japanese women and girls have been sexually assaulted or raped by US military personnel since American forces invaded Japan in 1945. On the island of Okinawa, rape of Okinawan girls has happened so frequently and has precipitated massive citizen protests that that the US military is being forced to reduce its presence on the island.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012

Blockade Busters—Activists and Ships Attempting to Break the Israeli Blockade of Gaza

Source: OpEdNews

After the release of two boats in mid-June, the Israeli government still has seven boats impounded in Haifa harbor: six passenger boats—“Spirit of Humanity,” “Challenger 1,” “Irene,” “Dignite-Al Karama,” “Tahrir,” and “Saoirse,” and one cargo ship: “Rachel Corrie.”

Posted on Aug 23, 2012

More Costs of War: Suicides and Mental Trauma of Military Family Members

Source: OpEdNews

After the death of their son Alex in Iraq, Brian’s father Carlos Arredondo and his stepmother Melida travelled the country reminding the public of those dying in America’s wars on Iraq and Afghanistan—Americans, Iraqis and Afghans. The Arredondos are now embarked on a mission to better understand the suicides that are occurring in military families

Posted on Aug 22, 2012

Green-Washing War, Sinking Ships, Drones from Submarines—Largest International War Games

Source: OpEd News

The U.S. military is now hosting in the Pacific waters around Hawaii the largest and most expensive international maritime war games in history. 

Posted on Jul 25, 2012

America’s Drones Are Homeward Bound

Source: OpEdNews

The regulator has until Sept. 30, 2015, to formulate a plan to integrate up to 30,000 drones into U.S. airspace. The dedication of activists and the modest efforts of a few concerned members of Congress have so far failed to halt the flight of drones from the battlefield to our homeland.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012

Turkish Court Indicts Senior Israeli Military Officials in Murders on Gaza Flotilla

Source: Center for Research on Globalization

Turkish courts indict senior Israeli military officials on killings on Gaza flotilla.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012

Chicago Scared Itself Silly While NATO—Not Protesters—Disrupted the City and the World

Source: OpEd News

Col. Ann Wright on Chicago NATO Summit protests and government scare tactics.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012

Amnesty’s Shilling for US Wars

Source: Consortium News

Col. Ann Wright discusses Amnesty International’s involvement in NATO.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012

US Military Leadership Says “Zero Tolerance for Murder, Assault and Hazing,” But Marine Corps Courts

Source: OpEd News

Despite the U.S. military’s official position that it has zero tolerance for violence and hazing in its ranks, recent Marine Corps court-martial plea bargains and court-martial decisions suggest otherwise.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012

The Trial of Bradley Manning—Rule of Law or Rule of Intimidation, Retaliation, Retribution?

Source: OpEdNews

Until citizen activist protests six months ago in March 2011 brought sufficient attention to the harsh conditions of Manning’s pre-trial confinement, the US military was treating him as if he were beyond the scrutiny of the law—as if he were an “enemy combatant” in Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011

U.S. Free Speech Hypocrisy

Source: OpEdNews

The 50-year U.S. condemnation of Cuba’s human rights violations and the U.S. support for 64 years of the brutal Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians demonstrates solidly the hypocrisy of the United States government.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011

Incredibly, Gaza Rebuilds Despite Israeli Blockade and Threats to Water, Electricity & Tax Revenues

Source: OpEdNews

Two weeks ago I returned to Gaza after an absence of 2.5 years. My last trip was in May, 2009, the third trip in 2009 following the Israeli attack on Gaza that killed 1440, wounded 5,000, and destroyed the homes of 50,000. Most of the construction materials for rebuilding Gaza are brought through tunnels under the Egyptian border.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011

Delegates Issue Appeal for the End of the Siege of Gaza—No US Congresspersons involved

Source: OpEdNews

This week, 70 delegates from 20 countries, including Parliamentarians from 11 countries, have seen the disastrous effects of the 22-day Israeli attack on Gaza two years ago and the five-year naval and land blockade on Gaza. The trip was organized by the Council for European Palestinian Relations.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011

Protests Fill Tahrir Square, Again

Source: OpEdNews

Last night after I finally got out of the Cairo airport after five hours of being detained upon my arrival, at least 32 had already been killed by the military around Tahrir Square with hundreds wounded. Tonight more have died as the police fired on protesters.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011

Help Stop Destruction of Jeju Island’s Pristine Volcanic Coastline for South Korean/US Naval Base

Source: OpEdNews

On November 18, 2011, the South Korean Navy will blast Gureombi, the smooth volcanic rock along the coastline of Gangjeong village of Jeju Island where the local people have been fighting day and night almost for five years to stop the naval base that will homeport naval vessels equipped with the American Aegis missile and will be a key link in the United States’ Missile Defense System.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011

No Speedy Trial for Bradley Manning

Source: OpEdNews

The Bradley Manning Support Network is calling for friends and allies everywhere to remind important decision-makers in the military and State Department that Bradley Manning supporters and the world are watching how the United States treats US military personnel in pre-trial confinement.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011

Israeli Hijacking Of Gaza Freedom Waves Boats “Violent And Dangerous”

Source: OpEdNews

Despite very clear protests from the occupants of the two boats that they did not want to be taken to Israel, they were forcibly removed from the boats in a violent manner.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011

Women in War and Peace

Source: OpEdNews

PBS is taking an in-depth look at the role of women in war and peace beginning in October.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011

Instead of attacking WikiLeaks, fix what it exposed

Source: OpEdNews

The entire edifice that allows the use of classification rests solely on the basis of executive orders that have been renewed and modified by various presidents. The ability to restrict information from the public is essentially an unchecked assertion of executive power.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011

U.S. Navy tells sailboat Captain sailing to USS Liberty attack site we cannot guarantee your safety

Source: OpEdNews

Many sailors and personnel assigned to the Sixth Fleet command will be horrified to know of the decision of their senior leaders that no active duty sailor would attend the memorial service for 34 of their fellow sailors killed and 174 wounded 44 years ago and that their command would not come to the aid of an American sailor who had sailed 8,000 miles to honor their own.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011

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