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, 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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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 2:30pm
Nuclear Disarmament: If Not Now, When?
Oh plaintive cry for justice, for change, for the world we must create, welling up from a tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean. I can only pray: Let there be an authority large enough to hear it. My first reaction, upon learning that the Republic of the Marshall Islands — former U.S. territory,...
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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 7:00am
Taking Down the Flag (No, Not Just That One. The Other One, Too)
The flag in front of Home Depot was at half-mast and I felt myself wondering why in an awkward, despairing way. The nation and the news cycle were still thrashing in the wake of the Chattanooga killings and I figured, oh, it’s for the soldiers — but all that realization did was intensity the...
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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:15am
Armed Insecurity in the Age of Endless War and Mass Shootings
“. . . no real security, just powers of retaliation.” This was Norman Mailer, four-plus decades ago, writing in Miami and the Siege of Chicago about the obsessive security measures – “helicopters riding overhead like roller coasters, state troopers with magnums on their hip and crash helmets, squad...
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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:45am
Soulless Economics
Austerity, the tool of neoliberal capitalism, stands up to Greek democracy and stares it down. Oh well. We’re remarkably comfortable with soulless economics. Pope Francis , speaking this week in Paraguay, cried to the nations of Planet Earth: “I ask them not to yield to an economic model . . ...
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Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:00am
The Collateral Damage of Austerity
“Officials in France and in Brussels said on Monday that they were unhappy and dumbfounded with the no vote, but let it be known that they would hold the door open to the possibility of a compromise between Greece and its creditors.” Dumbfounded? Why? Because the godlike power of the creditors was...
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