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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In Ukraine, a war looms that few understand. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) Views
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:15am
The Wars to End All War
“Peace, as we have seen, is not an order natural to mankind: it is artificial, intricate and highly volatile. All kinds of preconditions are necessary.” — Michael Howard, The Invention of Peace And here comes World War I, wrapped in World War II, wrapped in the Cold War: tremors on one of Planet...
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Mural paintings depicting scenes from the torture of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. (AFP/File, Behrouz Mehri) Views
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:30am
Working the Dark Side
Ten years ago, photos of the crucifixion — and worse — were released to the American public. The media still call it “the Abu Ghraib scandal,” as though, oops, the awkward repercussions for Team Bush were the torture photos’ primary horror. No one talks about “the Auschwitz scandal.” The depth of...
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 8:15am
Losing Another Decade
“We cannot afford to lose another decade.” My God. There’s more darkness in this quote than the New York Times intended. I winced when I read these words of Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chairman of the committee that wrote the latest United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC report,...
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Sadly, writes Koehler, we’re far more prepared to go to war than we are to make peace with the planet. (Image: public domain) Views
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:00am
Calling All Pagans: Your Mother Earth Needs You
Somewhere between these two quotes lies the future: “And I would like to emphasize that nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change.” “The Judeo-Christian worldview is that man is at the center of the universe; nature was therefore created for man. Nature has no...
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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 7:41am
Monsters in Our Midst
“It was loaded with meaning and death.”
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:23am
'Make It Hurt': On the Small-Mindedness of Foreign Policy
“After Russia invaded Crimea, a senior American official vowed to ‘make it hurt.’ More than two weeks later, Moscow has given no sign that it feels any pain, and the challenge for President Obama is whether he is willing or able to inflict enough to change the Kremlin’s calculus.”
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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 7:29am
Poster City of Abandonment
White flight, corporate flight . . .
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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 6:48am
Walk Softly. This Is Earth. We Have Much Still to Learn.
“When you go to dig your fields, or make a pot from clay, you are disturbing the balance of things. When you walk, you are moving the air, breathing it in and out. Therefore you must make payments.”
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Friday, February 14, 2014 - 6:52am
Asphyxiating Education
“The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” This is how we talk about learning, growth and the human future?
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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:05am
Beyond Our Broken Dreams
Every night gunshots lullaby me to sleep In ruins of abandoned buildings the broken glass is where we bottle up all our broken dreams. . . .
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