Kathy Kelly

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Thursday, June 07, 2012
'The Butter Battle Book' from Kabul
“On the last day of summer, ten hours before fall … … my grandfather took me out to the wall.”
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Monday, May 28, 2012
No One Hears the Poor
Here in Kabul, Voices co-coordinator Buddy Bell and I are guests at the home of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), where we’ve gotten to know four young boys who are being tutored by the Volunteers in the afternoons, having “retired” from their former work as street vendors in exchange for a chance to enter a public school. Five afternoons a week, Murtaza, Rahim, Hamid and Sajad wheel their antiquated bicycles into the APV “yard.” They quickly shake the hand of each person present and then wash their feet outside the back door before settling into a clas
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Monday, April 30, 2012
The UN May Have Silenced the Afghan Public
“Today, Afghanistan and the U.S. initialed and locked the text of the strategic partnership agreement ,” said President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman, Aimal Faizi. “This means the text is closed….”
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Friday, April 20, 2012
Afghan Screams Are Not Heard
Last weekend, in Kabul, Afghan Peace Volunteer friends huddled in the back room of their simple home. With a digital camera, glimpses and sounds of their experiences were captured, as warfare erupted three blocks away.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
'For You, a Thousand Times Over': On Facing the Crimes of Our Wars
At the start of The Kite Runner , a novel by Khaled Hosseini later adapted for film, a brave and selflessly loyal Afghan boy runs to help his much wealthier friend, singing out his love for him "For you, a thousand times over..." . They have been flying a fighting kite, (these are kites with edges sharp enough to cut the strings of another kite), and the singing boy has gone to fetch an enemy kite they have won. A dreadful betrayal ensues, its effects exacerbated horribly by the start of the U.S.-Soviet proxy war.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Ghost and the Machine: Drone Warfare and Accountability
Fazillah, age 25, lives in Maidan Shar, the central city of Afghanistan’s Wardak province. She married about six years ago, and gave birth to a son, Aymal, who just turned five without a father. Fazillah tells her son, Aymal, that his father was killed by an American bomber plane, remote-controlled by computer.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Cold, Cold Heart
It's Valentine's Day, and opening the little cartoon on the Google page brings up a sentimental animation with Tony Bennett singing "why can't I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold, cold heart."
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Friday, January 06, 2012
Much to Forgive: The Story of Bibi Sadia
Bibi Sadia and her husband Baba share a humble home with their son, his wife and their two little children. An Afghan human rights advocate suggested that we listen to Bibi’s stories and learn more about how a Pashto family has tried to survive successive tragedies in Kabul.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Assembly Time
Arab Spring, European Summer, American Autumn, and now the challenge of winter. Here in Kabul, Afghanistan, the travelers of our small Voices for Creative Nonviolence delegation share an apartment with several of the creative and determined "Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers" who’ve risked so much for peace here and befriended us so warmly over the past two years.
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Friday, December 23, 2011
Amid War, Following Yonder Star Towards Peace
Beneath our flat, here in Kabul, wedding guests crowded into a restaurant and celebrated throughout the night. Guests sounded joyful and the music, mostly disco, thumped loudly. When the regular call to prayer sounded out at 5:20 a.m., the sounds seemed to collide in an odd cacophony, making all music indistinguishable.
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