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, October 15, 2015 - 8:15am
An International Conscience
“The Pentagon said on Saturday that it would make ‘condolence payments’ to the survivors of the American airstrike earlier this month on a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan, as well as to the next of kin of those who died in the attack.” Such a small piece of news,...
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Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 8:00am
Why Bombing a Hospital Is a War Crime
“We tried to take a look into one of the burning buildings. I cannot describe what was inside. There are no words for how terrible it was. In the Intensive Care Unit six patients were burning in their beds.” So said Lajos Zoltan Jecs , a nurse at the hospital the U.S. bombed in Kunduz, Afghanistan...
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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 7:30am
The Moral Rabbit Hole
And down the moral rabbit hole we go. The New York Times reported last week that U.S. soldiers still fighting the war in Afghanistan — 14 years on — are under orders to be “culturally sensitive” regarding different attitudes among our Afghan allies about, uh . . . the sexual abuse of children. One...
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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:00am
Learning How to Dance
“Native Americans have to concede that rain dances don’t work.” Yeah, snort. How funny can you get? It’s the New Rules segment of “Real Time with Bill Maher” and the host has just tossed his gag tomahawk at the First People. A picture fills the screen: Indians in full regalia, dancing. The caption...
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Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 7:15am
The Squirming Buddha
The world hemorrhages. Refugees flow from its wounds. Is there a way to be innocent of this? People are washed ashore. They die of suffocation in humanity-stuffed trucks. They flee war and politics; they flee starvation. And finally, we don’t even have sufficient air for them to breathe. For words...
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Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:15am
Humanity Washed Ashore
Who are all these people? Here’s another global problem — this flow of refugees — that national governments are apparently incapable of dealing with in a long-term, cooperative, globally responsible way. As with climate change, as with war and disarmament, they retreat into insularity in the face...
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Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 6:30am
Climbing Denali
Renaming a mountain is better than beheading it. And the pseudo-uproar from Donald Trump and other Republicans over the presidential renaming of the continent’s highest mountain, Denali — “the great one” — is so much yammering in a cage. The cage is “Americanism.” The small-mindedness of this...
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Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 7:15am
Rewriting the Human Story
Oh sacred planet. The terror of climate crisis is a long time in the making. As I read about the mass mobilization forming around the upcoming U.N. climate change convention, which is likely to accomplish far too little — because what’s needed is change at the roots of civilization — I feel a...
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Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 7:30am
The Donald’s ‘Inclusive’ Racism
The central assumption of democracy — beyond the assumption of fair elections, which is disturbingly questionable — is that voters are the possessors of their own “interests,” and vote for the candidate most sympathetic to them. But of course those interests are fair game for advertising, bombast...
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Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 8:45am
A Wedge for Nuclear Disarmament
“Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith . . .” What if words like this actually meant something? This is Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which the United States signed in 1970. It continues: “. . . on effective...
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