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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Restorative Justice is an idea spreading around the globe. It is justice based on healing, and so much more. Views
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 8:30am
Reclaiming ‘Chiraq’ with Restorative Justice
I felt the music and the fire as the civil rights movement rose from its slumber. “Repair . . . justice!” went the call and response last week, in the basement of an old Chicago church at the corner of Ashland and Washington. “Restore . . . life! Rebuild . . . community!” There was Gospel music and...
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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 6:38am
Corralling the Loners
Another crazed, furious loner shocks the world. This time I’m a little too close to the edge of the chaos.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 1:52pm
Slicing the Baby in Two
“To all of our atheist friends: Thank God you’re wrong.”
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 11:18am
Making Peace with War
What if we had politicians who believed in the abolition of war with as much passion as the Republican right believes in the abolition of taxes?
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Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 8:40am
A Rationality Shutdown
In an agony of stupidity, the government shuts down.
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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 8:11am
Hope Flows from Hollow Water
The community was out of control — the children, oh my God, the children, were sniffing gasoline and pretty much abandoning any pretense of a future — and the social and criminal-justice systems were just adding to the problem. Nothing was workin g.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:49am
Poison Gas and Our Poisoned Values
Poison gas is not only a “moral obscenity” — one the United States stockpiled for decades after its use was banned in warfare — but a metaphor for human recklessness and wasted science.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 6:50am
Cherry-Picking Evil
“Because these weapons can kill on a mass scale, with no distinction between soldier and infant, the civilized world has spent a century working to ban them.” Why does the president need to address a classroom full of third-graders?
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Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:00am
Stopping a War Before It Starts
Who’s up for stopping a war? This is the time, as the next war strains to be born, amid the same old lies as last time, amid the same urgency and pseudo-debate and pretensions of seriousness:
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Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 7:02am
Stopped and Frisked by an Occupying Army
Stopping crime before it happens is a great idea, but stopping young men for “walking while black” — touted by true believers as the same thing — is a game played by an occupying army.
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