Kathy Kelly

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Seeing Yemen from Jeju Island
Several days ago, I joined an unusual skype call originated by young South Korean founders of “The Hope School.” Located on Jeju Island, the school aims to build a supportive community between island residents and newly arrived Yemenis who seek asylum in South Korea. Jeju, a visa-free port, has...
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Friday, November 30, 2018
The Long, Brutal U.S. War on Children in the Middle East
On November 28, sixty-three U.S. Senators voted in favor of holding a floor debate on a resolution calling for an end to direct U.S. Armed Forces involvement in the Saudi-UAE coalition-led war on Yemen. Describing the vote as a rebuke to Saudi Arabia and the Trump Administration, AP reported on...
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"According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, at least twenty-nine of those killed were children under the age of fifteen, and forty-eight people were wounded, including thirty children." (Photo: BBC News) Views
Friday, August 10, 2018
U.S. Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen
On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Sa’ada, a city in northern Yemen. The New York Times reported that the students were on a recreational trip. According to the Sa’ada health department, the attack killed at least forty-three people. According to...
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"To date, the US continues selling weapons to the UAE and to its coalition partner, Saudi Arabia, despite several Congressional debates and a few increasingly close votes demanding a full or partial end to US weapons sales considering the terrible practices being carried out as part of the Yemen war."(Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
'God Only Knows': The Tortured, Killed, or Forcibly Disappeared People of Yemen
“If they would just confirm to us that my brother is alive, if they would just let us see him, that’s all we want. But we can’t get anyone to give us any confirmation. My mother dies a hundred times every day. They don’t know what that is like.” In July of 2018, an Amnesty International report...
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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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