Kathy Kelly

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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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"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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