Elsa Rassbach

Elsa Rassbach is US citizen, filmmaker and journalist, who often lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She heads the "GIs & US Bases" working group in DFG-VK (the German affiliate of War Resisters International, WRI) and is active in Code Pink, No to NATO, and the anti-drone campaign in Germany.  Her film short "We Were Soldiers in the 'War on Terror'" has just been released in the U.S., and "The Killing Floor,"  her award-winning film set in the Chicago Stockyards, will be re-released next year. 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Germany Sees Rise of Campaign Against Combat Drones
Leading national and local peace and justice organizations in Germany have launched a major campaign to oppose the German government's recently revealed plan to acquire combat drones (weaponized drones).
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Thursday, June 04, 2009
US War Resister in Germany Awaits Obama
BERLIN - Tomorrow President Obama will be in Germany. First he will stop in Dresden and at the concentration camp at Buchenwald, near Weimar. Then he will visit wounded U.S. soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the largest American hospital outside the U.S., located on a site of built in 1938 as the campus of the Adolf Hitler School for Youth.
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Sunday, April 19, 2009
A Duty to Resist
BERLIN - U.S. Sergeant Selena Coppa, 26, stationed in Wiesbaden, would have liked to participate in the Easter peace marches in Germany last weekend, but as an active-duty soldier, she is not allowed to demonstrate "on foreign soil". Per Army regulations, GIs are allowed, however, to speak at other public events and with the press. Nevertheless, when Coppa wanted to with join with other anti-war veterans who spoke out at the anti-NATO conference in Strasbourg earlier this month, she received an order not to leave her post.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
An Apology for an Occupation
On April 21st, 2009, U.S. Sergeant Matthis Chiroux, 25, faces Army prosecution in St. Louis, Missouri for publicly refusing to deploy to Iraq last summer. Like many other resisters, Chiroux was in military service for many years before he came to the conclusion that the wars and occupations in Iraq and in Afghanistan are wrong and found the courage to speak out. Since last summer he has been a key activist in the U.S.
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