Robert C. Koehler

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, March 10, 2011 - 8:02am
The Healing Walls: Violence and Victimhood
“There’s something about creating beauty that reaches people and that in the end gives us hope that things can change. . . . It shifts the consciousness of a neighborhood.” Sometimes people really mean what they say.
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Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 7:59am
You Can't Kill An Idea
The crowds keep swelling, as though awareness, determination – humanity itself – were rising up from the earth. Einstein observed that we can never solve problems at the same level of thinking that created them. I hear the resonance of a new moral intelligence asserting itself, on the streets of the Middle East, in the United States and around the world. “You can kill a man,” said Medgar Evers, “but you can’t kill an idea.”
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Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 8:58am
The Tunisia Effect
On one weekend in February of 2003, an estimated 10 million people in 60 countries took to the streets to protest the looming Iraq war. Never before in history had there been such massive, public opposition to a war before it began. But the war began anyway and the people — their numbers misreported in much of the media by a factor of ten, their opposition seemingly irrelevant — went away. Are they back now?
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Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 8:36am
A Truth More Powerful Than an Army
It was just a routine murder.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 8:29am
The National Empathy Divide
"The loose network among relatives offers the grim solace of knowing that others too have suffered the same curse." Every terrible rift is the occasion for peace and the place for the peacemaker. And often peace is nothing more, at first, than connecting, pulling the injured or ostracized back into the social circle and the beginning the process of healing.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 8:32am
War, Violence, and Spiritual Death
The easy violence of empire washes over everything. It washes into our psyches.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 7:39am
The Paradox of Disarmament
Will there be copycats? Will parents let their children attend political rallies anymore? Will Congress ever come to our corner again? We witness another impromptu festival of American violence, this one in front of a Tucson Safeway. One more place that used to be safe and ordinary, suitable for children, is suddenly, for one random moment, a free-fire zone. A 9-year-old girl who wanted to learn how government works is among the half dozen dead. Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head, fights for her life.
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Friday, January 7, 2011 - 8:40am
Drone Reporting
For me, it always comes back to the media and the moral values implicit in throwaway news stories - the ones we barely notice as we move through our day. "A series of missile strikes killed at least 19 suspected insurgents Saturday in Pakistan's tribal borderlands, signaling that the new year would bring no respite in a relentless campaign of U.S. attacks employing unmanned aerial drones to target militants."
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Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 8:01am
Believe in Violence and Be Saved
A dozen years ago, before 9/11, before Bush Jr. or the war on terror, Bill Clinton, then in the midst of impeachment hearings, bombed Iraq over a four-day period. Shortly before this act of national distraction, I read an article in the Chicago Tribune discussing, with the knowing, amoral inanity of the mainstream media, the international implications of the pending action.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 9:13am
Transcending Progressive Discord
“Barack Obama was NEVER a progressive or anything other than a closet Republican. This was true in ’08 and continues to be true. He successfully hoodwinked millions of people who chose not to listen to what he actually said in his interviews (not in his rally speeches; one-on-one interviews). I tried to warn people about this monster but it fell on deaf ears.”
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