Kathy Kelly

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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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U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the Oval Office at the White House, March 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Views
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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Philly 1918 Views
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Let’s Celebrate Peace
Wilfred Owen, an English poet who was killed in action exactly one week before the Armistice that finally ended World War I was signed, wrote about the horrors of living in trenches and enduring gas warfare. In “The Parable of the Old Man and the Young,” he revises the Biblical narrative about...
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"Big amounts of money coming from the U.S. military destroys us," Zarghuna said. "But small amounts that are given to the people can help change lives and make them a little better." Views
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Afghan Women Beg Key Question: What on Earth Has This War Accomplished?
On a recent Friday at the Afghan Peace Volunteers ' (APV) Borderfree Center, here in Kabul, thirty mothers sat cross-legged along the walls of a large meeting room. Masoumah, who co-coordinates the Center's "Street Kids School" project, had invited the mothers to a parents meeting. Burka-clad women...
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Sunday, October 15, 2017
Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump’s Strategy on Iran
Mordechai Vanunu was imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years because he blew the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. He felt he had “ an obligation to tell the people of Israel what was going on behind their backs” at a supposed nuclear research facility which was actually producing...
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sculpture by Rowan Gillespie Views
Sunday, October 01, 2017
Violence Spreads the Famine, and the Famine Will Spread Violence
In relation to conflict-driven famines, it becomes even more imperative to resist the U.S. government's allocation of $700 billion to the Department of Defense.
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