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, May 9, 2013 - 7:08am
Indefinite Enemies and the Inhumanity of Our 'War on Terror'
You’re strapped to a metal table, unable to move. They stick a two-foot plastic tube up your nose, then down the back of your throat into your stomach. They squirt in the liquid protein. You gag, bleed, vomit. It’s unbearably painful.
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Friday, May 3, 2013 - 6:58am
A Floor of Decency
“Everywhere near the building, the stench of death was overpowering. Men in surgical masks sprayed disinfectant in the air.”
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Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 8:04am
Grief Without Borders
“She had a great sense of humor and freckles and red hair that brought her right to her Irish roots.” She was “a dream daughter.” I have a daughter, so maybe that’s why these words cut so deep.
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Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 7:37am
Drone World
In the not so distant future, America’s skies will be full of . . . drones. What could go wrong?
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Friday, April 5, 2013 - 7:33am
A Future Stuck in the Pipeline
Are the bad ideas dead yet? You know, the ones that have been hollowing out the country’s soul for the last 30 years.
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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 7:05am
Ending Violence in a Decade
“The status quo in Chicago is no longer tolerable,” Andy Willis said, summoning the violent headlines of the past year and the past week.
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Friday, March 22, 2013 - 7:44am
Soul Poison
We’ve lost a war without being able to surrender — and thus divest ourselves of the consciousness that got us into it. We are unable to look honestly at what we did and why, and determine not to do it again.
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Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 9:24am
Abu Ghraib Revisited
Philip Zimbardo’s TED Talk on Abu Ghraib and “The Psychology of Evil” is up to 2,374,000 hits. Apparently people are hungry to know about the deep psychology of American foreign policy.
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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 6:38am
The Separation of Profit and State
Sometimes what I fear most is that the disintegration of public life — indeed, the very idea of the public good — is complete. The vultures and profiteers swarm around the carcass and make a profit and that’s all that matters.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 8:17am
War’s Lingering Phantoms
“War’s lingering phantoms haunt every society.” As two hellish, costly and needless wars struggle toward collapse, this is the time — now, right this minute, before the next false alarm goes off — for us to look honestly at the cost and quality of national security based on militarism. It’s time to squeeze the romance out of war and get it through our heads that war is not inevitable.
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