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, August 8, 2013 - 7:28am
Spectator Wars
“Pakistani authorities have long denounced the strikes, out of concern that civilian deaths caused by drone strikes inflame the local population, bolster militant groups and violate Pakistan’s sovereignty.” – CNN, July 26
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Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 7:11am
Embedded Racism
Did the ghosts of our slave-holding and Jim Crow past high-five each other in the Florida courtroom on Saturday? George Zimmerman was acquitted, but does that mean that American history was, too?
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Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 7:11am
Privacy, Security and Sanity
What I keep longing to hear, in the hemorrhaging national debate about Edward Snowden, whistleblowing and the NSA, is some acknowledgment of what the word “security” actually means, and what role — if any — the government should play in creating it. “You can’t have 100 percent security and also have 100 percent privacy.”
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Friday, June 28, 2013 - 6:56am
The Naked Empire
America, America . . . Certainly Edward Snowden’s crime is one of public relations. In this day and age, power ain’t just jackboots, tanks and missiles. What he did by outing the NSA and its gargantuan surveillance operation was mess hugely with the American image — the American brand — with its irresistible combination of might and right.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 7:18am
Your Government on War
“Our primary long range interest in Geneva, however, is general and complete disarmament, designed to take place by stages, permitting parallel political developments to build the new institutions of peace which would take the place of arms. . . .
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Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 8:41am
For All Children Everywhere
We can end war.
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Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 8:36am
Mass Incarceration USA: How a Broken System Perpetuates Itself
“Wheel about and turn about and do just so. Every time I turn about I jump Jim Crow.” — chorus of an 1828 minstrel song “We have not ended racial caste in America, we have merely redesigned it.” — Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 8:29am
The Lever of Social Action
“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” I think Archimedes was serious. I know we need to be. Now is the time to choose our future, as the Earth Charter declares. This means thinking big: embracing a vision so enormous it overflows our sense of the possible. For instance:
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Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 8:12am
Rape and Winning
Maybe the problem is that rape is an extension of military culture. And it’s metastasizing, even as legislation to address it stays trapped in congressional subcommittee.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 8:09am
Know-Nothing Security: No One is Safe
Let’s all work together to stop terrorism!
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