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, 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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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:30am
Militarizing Ourselves Toward a New Dark Age
“What struck me” journalist Christian Parenti said in a recent Truthout interview, referring to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, “was the fact that these local towns and states around the region were sending the only resources they had to New Orleans: weapons and militarized gear. “After 30...
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Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:15am
Broken Windows, Broken Spines
The 21st century has skewed off plan and begun to break open. Its self-designated guardians and explainers look on, at times, confused. “But at least 15 police officers have been hurt, 200 arrests, 144 vehicle fires — these are statistics. There’s no excuse for that kind of violence, right?” This...
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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:00pm
The Moment of Silence
This is big. A new civil rights era births itself in terrible pain. Black men die, over and over. I can only hope that peace is the result, serious peace, bigger than new laws, bigger than better trained police — agape peace, you might say, peace that is, in the words of Martin Luther King, “an...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 3:15pm
Idiots of the World, Unite!
“Sir, you are an idiot.” Wow, an insult wrapped in such old-fashioned politeness. I let the words hover and reach, as I always do, for peace: that is to say, for clarity, connection, common humanity. Last week I raised the idea of unarmed policing , as practiced in half a dozen countries around the...
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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 7:45am
Should the Police Be Armed?
The cellphone video “reality footage” just doesn’t stop. Black men are shot, killed, handcuffed. The shortcomings of their prematurely terminated lives soon become public knowledge, vaguely justifying the shocking wrongness of the officer’s action — always poisoning the grief. The family, the loved...
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Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 6:15am
The Real Nuclear Threat
If war were only “itself” — the violence and horror, the conflagration and death — it would be bad enough, but it’s also an abstraction, a specific language of self-justifying righteousness that allows proponents to contemplate unleashing it not merely in physical but in moral safety. War, the...
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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 7:45am
Lodestar of Peace (and the Now Distant Efforts to Outlaw War)
“Deeply sensible of their solemn duty to promote the welfare of mankind . . .” What? Were they serious? I kneel in a sort of gasping awe as I read the words of the Kellogg-Briand Pact , a treaty signed in 1928 – by the United States, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan and ultimately by every...
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