Kathy Kelly

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Girls and mothers, waiting for their duvets, in Kabul. (Photo: Dr. Hakim) Views
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
On Purpose, In Kabul
Writing this week for the Chicago Tribune, Steve Chapman called a U.S. Government report on the war in Afghanistan “ a chronicle of futility .” "The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction" report says the U.S. spent large sums “in search of quick gains” in regional stabilization...
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“Our true national security lies in achieving the long overdue objective of nuclear disarmament.” (Photo: Screengrab) Views
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Hungering for Nuclear Disarmament
In the state of Georgia’s Glynn County Detention Center, four activists await trial stemming from their nonviolent action, on April 4, 2018, at the Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay. In all, seven Catholic plowshares activists acted that day, aiming to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat...
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Monday, June 11, 2018
A Mile in Their Shoes: In Praise of Afghans Walking for Peace
This past Friday in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, Hazara girls joined young Pashto boys to sing Afghanistan’s national anthem as a welcome to Pashto men walking 400 miles from Helmand to Kabul. The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to end the war. Most of the men making the...
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"At the very least, citizens in countries supplying weapons to the Saudi-Emirati coalition must demand their legislators forbid all future sales." (Photo: Campaign Against Arms Trade/Flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Scourging Yemen
On May 10, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia informed the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that Saudi Air Defenses intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles launched from inside Yemeni territory targeting densely populated civilian areas in Riyadh, the Saudi capital. No one...
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Afghan Peace Volunteers and others celebrate the International Day of Peace, September, 2017. (Photo: Afghan Peace Volunteers) Views
Friday, March 02, 2018
Teen Solidarity Against the Merchants of Death
Here in Kabul, as the rising sun begins to warm our chilly rooms, I hear excited laughter from downstairs. Rosemary Morrow, a renowned Australian permaculture expert, has begun teaching thirty-five young students in a month-long course on low-resource farming. He flashed me a warm smile and shook...
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
A Treacherous Crossing
On January 23 rd an overcrowded smuggling boat capsized off the coast of Aden in Southern Yemen. Smugglers packed 152 passengers from Somalia and Ethiopia in the boat and then, while at sea, reportedly pulled guns on the migrants to extort additional money from them. The boat capsized , according...
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Protestors Rally At White House To Close GITMO Detention Facility Views
Saturday, January 13, 2018
41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo
January 11, 2018, marked the 16th year that Guantanamo prison has exclusively imprisoned Muslim men, subjecting many of them to torture and arbitrary detention. In Washington, D.C., about thirty people have gathered this week as part of Witness Against Torture , for a weeklong fast aimed at closing...
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Yemen protests Views
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Remaining Peaceful Was Their Choice: Young Yemenis Sounded Alarms Before the Civil War
People living now in Yemen’s third largest city, Ta’iz, have endured unimaginable circumstances for the past three years. Civilians fear to go outside lest they be shot by a sniper or step on a land mine. Both sides of a worsening civil war use Howitzers, Kaytushas, mortars and other missiles to...
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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Let Yemenis Live
On May 2, 2017, before becoming Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, as Minister of Defense, spoke about the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen, a war he orchestrated since March of 2015. “A long war is in our interest,” he said, explaining that the Houthi rebels would eventually run...
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Thursday, November 23, 2017
On the Quality of Mercy
During the spring of 1999, as part of Voices in the Wilderness’s campaign to end indiscriminately lethal U.S./U.N. economic sanctions against Iraq, the Fellowship of Reconciliation arranged for two Nobel Peace laureates, Adolfo Perez Esquivel and Mairead Maguire, to visit the country. Before their...
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