Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His new book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound is now available. Contact him at koehlercw@gmail.com or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:15am
Armed Insecurity in the Age of Endless War and Mass Shootings
“. . . no real security, just powers of retaliation.” This was Norman Mailer, four-plus decades ago, writing in Miami and the Siege of Chicago about the obsessive security measures – “helicopters riding overhead like roller coasters, state troopers with magnums on their hip and crash helmets, squad...
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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:45am
Soulless Economics
Austerity, the tool of neoliberal capitalism, stands up to Greek democracy and stares it down. Oh well. We’re remarkably comfortable with soulless economics. Pope Francis , speaking this week in Paraguay, cried to the nations of Planet Earth: “I ask them not to yield to an economic model . . ...
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Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:00am
The Collateral Damage of Austerity
“Officials in France and in Brussels said on Monday that they were unhappy and dumbfounded with the no vote, but let it be known that they would hold the door open to the possibility of a compromise between Greece and its creditors.” Dumbfounded? Why? Because the godlike power of the creditors was...
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Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 7:00am
The Torture of Absolute Power
“The existence of the approximately 14,000 photographs will probably cause yet another delay in the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as attorneys for the defendants demand that all the images be turned over and the government wades through the material to decide what it thinks is...
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Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 7:30am
His Soul Wrapped in a Confederate Flag
At the bond hearing, grieving loved ones forgave Dylann Roof. This was reported as news, but it was so much more than that. It was the light embracing the darkness. And white America absorbed this forgiveness through the eyes of the 21-year-old terrorist, who watched the proceedings on a video...
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Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 11:00am
War, Murder and the American Way
He sat with them for an hour in prayer. Then he pulled his gun out and started shooting. And today our national numbness is wrapped in a Confederate flag. The young man who killed nine members of Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night was an old-school racist. “I...
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Friday, June 12, 2015 - 3:00pm
Swimming While Black
“He came into the call out of control, and as the video shows, was out of control during the incident.” And cellphone videos continue to unravel America’s “law and order” paradigm. You might almost call it the cellphone revolution, as random video clips keep exposing a dark side of our social order...
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Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 6:45am
Juvenile Justice and the War on Teens
“Fundamental to this process is the idea of ‘collective responsibility’ . . .” The study , released earlier this year, is called: “What Can the Cook County Juvenile Court Do to Improve Its Ability to Help Our Youth? A Juvenile Justice Needs Assessment.” Compiled by two Chicago institutions, the...
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Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 6:45am
Nuclear Realism
There’s a category of political intellectuals who proudly proclaim themselves “realists,” then proceed to defend and advance a deeply faith-based agenda that centers on the ongoing necessity to prepare for war, including nuclear war. These intellectuals, as they defend the military-industrial...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:15am
'Zero Tolerance' in Our Struggling Schools Makes Zero Sense
“As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me.” The speaker is testifying before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He was a high school freshman at the time. Ah, school days! “Before I could...
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