Kathy Kelly

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Kayakers wore red T-shirts announcing the “Gaza Unlocked” campaign and managed to display flags, connected by string, spelling out "Free Gaza." (Photo: @USBOATTOGAZA/AnnWright46) Views
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
The Ongoing Dread in Gaza: So Many Names, So Many Lives
Jehad Abusalim, a Palestinian now living in the United States, grew up in Gaza. Last week, while addressing Chicago activists committed to ending Israeli attacks and blockades in the region, he held up a list of the names of 1,254 Palestinians living in Gaza killed in just one month of Israel’s “...
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Martha, a granddaughter of the Catholic Worker Movement's founder Dorothy Day, is one of seven activists, the "King’s Bay Plowshares 7", whose April 4, 2018 action was in accord with their deeply held beliefs that life is sacred, and must not be taken in war. (Photo: Kathy Kelly) Views
Friday, July 12, 2019
Remnants of War
Intense fighting and hideous attacks battered Afghans throughout their country last week as negotiators in Qatar weighed the benefits and costs of a peace agreement that might stop the bloodshed. In Kabul at least 40 people , including one child, were killed in a complex Taliban attack. Dozens of...
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Rather than punish Iran, the United States should immediately return to the Iran nuclear agreement and support proposals regularly advanced at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty conferences for a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the Middle East. (Graphic: NIAC/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
An Honorable Course in Iran: End Sanctions, Resume Dialogue
Last week, Elham Pourtaher, an Iranian graduate student at the State University of New York in Albany, wrote about how U.S. policies cause suffering and trauma far beyond U.S. borders. Her diabetic father, for example, is in danger of losing access to medicines because sanctions against Iranian...
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Thursday, March 28, 2019
‘Every War Is a War Against Children’
At 9:30 in the morning of March 26, the start of the fifth year of the Saudi-led coalition war against Yemen, the entrance to a rural hospital in the northwest part of the country was teeming as patients waited to be seen and employees arrived at work. Suddenly, missiles from an airstrike hit the...
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On April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks released ”Collateral Murder”: a video showing a July 12, 2007 US Apache attack helicopter attack upon individuals in a Baghdad suburb. Amongst the over twelve people killed by the 30mm cannon fire were two Reuters journalists. Views
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Judging U.S. War Crimes
Chelsea Manning, who bravely exposed atrocities committed by the U.S. military, is again imprisoned in a U.S. jail. On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019, she was incarcerated in the Alexandria, VA federal detention center for refusing to testify in front of a secretive Grand Jury. Her...
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Children in Street Kids School, Kabul, March 2019. (Photo: Maya Evans) Views
Friday, March 08, 2019
Can We Divest From Weapons Dealers?
About three decades ago, I taught writing at one of Chicago’s alternative high schools. It’s easy to recall some of their stories—fast-paced, dramatic, sometimes tender. I would beg my students to three-hole-punch each essay or poem and leave it in a binder on our classroom shelf, anxious not to...
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Muhammad Ali teaching a “relational learning circle” class during orientation at the APV Borderfree . (Photo: Dr. Hakim) Views
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan
Hossein, a member of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), which hosted my recent visit to Afghanistan, rolled up his sleeve to show me a still-healing three-inch wound. Thieves had broken into his family home in Kabul. When they were discovered, one of the robbers stabbed Hossein. An APV coordinator...
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Defying War and Defining Peace in Afghanistan
On January 27th, 2019, the Taliban and the U.S. government each publicly stated acceptance, in principle, of a draft framework for ongoing negotiations that could culminate in a peace deal to end a two-decade war in Afghanistan. As we learn more about the negotiations, it’s important to remember...
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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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