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Cynthia McKinney

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  • After serving in the Georgia Legislature, in 1992, McKinney won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first African-American woman from Georgia in the U.S. Congress. She was the first Member of Congress to demand an investigation of the events of 9/11/2001. McKinney was criticized and as a result, she was defeated in 2002; however, she ran again and was re-elected in 2004.

  • In 2005, McKinney was a vocal critic of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Cynthia introduced legislation to release documents related to the murders of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Tupac Shakur. She was the first Member of Congress to file articles of impeachment against George W. Bush; and she voted against every war-funding bill put before her. In 2008, Cynthia McKinney won the Green Party nomination and ran for U.S. President.
  • In December 2008, Cynthia made international headlines when her boat was rammed by the Israeli military as she was attempting to deliver medical supplies to Gaza. In 2009, Cynthia attempted to reach Gaza again, this time armed with crayons, coloring books, and school supplies. Her boat was overtaken in international waters by the Israeli military and she was kidnapped to Israel. Cynthia spent 7 days in an Israeli prison. Finally, Cynthia entered Gaza by land in July 2009 with George Galloway's Viva Palestina.
  • Cynthia completed a cross-country bicycle ride with Bike4Peace 2010. In August 2011, Cynthia visited 21 cities to end the bombing of Libya. More recently, Cynthia participated in Malaysia’s Perdana Peace Organization and served as a Juror on the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine.
  • In 2014, Cynthia accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor at North South University in Bangladesh where she teaches MBA students in the U.S.-accredited School of Business and Introduction to Political Science to undergraduates in the Political Science and Sociology Department.
  • In 2015, Cynthia completed her dissertation on the transformational leadership of Hugo Chavez and was awarded a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change.
  • Cynthia currently possesses technical proficiency in the French language, but because Cynthia’s current research interest centers on Asia, Eurasia, and the U.S., she is now learning Chinese.
  • Cynthia is a member of the Working Group for the Great Caribbean Studies, Latin America Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), The Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and The International Leadership Association (ILA).

Cynthia’s Books

  • Cynthia has two books to her credit and several Chapters that she has authored in the books of others. Her books and chapters are:
    • Illegal War on Libya, Clarity Press, 2012.
    • Ain't Nothing Like Freedom, Clarity Press, 2013.

Cynthia’s Chapters and Articles

  • Chapter: "Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Ukraine: Another War Based on Lies, Pretexts, and Profiteering?" in Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony risks World War III, edited by Stephen Lendman. Clarity Press, 2014.
  • Article: “Je ne sais pas qui je suis:” Cynthia McKinney’s Analysis of the Charlie Hebdo Massacre - Plymouth Institute for Peace Research, 21 March, 2015.
  • Chapter: Hugo Chavez: Liderazgo para Venezuela; Liderazgo para el Caribe - El ALBA-TCP: Origen y fruto del nuevo regionalismo latinoamericano y caribeño, Maribel Aponte García. Gloria Amézquita. [Compiladoras]. 2015.
  • “Foreword,” in Sowing Chaos: Libya in the Wake of Humanitarian Intervention by Paolo Sensini, Clarity Press, 2016.
  • Forthcoming Chapter: “Ubuntu: Beyond Domestic and Global Disorder” in the forthcoming publication, Courage to Hope: World Beyond Disaster published by the World Public Forum on Dialogue of Civilizations.
  • Forthcoming Article, “Peacekeeping, Not Pax Americana,” in forthcoming publication of Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute.