Kathy Kelly

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Thirsting for Justice
At Maryhouse Catholic Worker, in New York City, word arrived, on a hot August day that, due to street construction, the water would be cut off for four hours the following day. The Catholic Worker community serves scores of guests each day, and the water shortage would have to be dealt with practically.
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Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Why Afghanistan Can't Wait
Two days ago, we spent three anxious hours in an outer waiting area of the “Non-Immigrant Visa” section of the U.S.
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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Soft Necks Will Not Be Slaughtered
Abdulhai remembers his father being killed by the Taliban. “Anyone who takes up a weapon in revenge, whether the Talib or any other, is acting like the Talibs who murdered my father,” he says, in a matter of fact way. “The solution does not lie in taking revenge, but in people coming together like the people of Egypt to defend themselves in a nonviolent way.”
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Monday, July 23, 2012
A Simple Desire from Afghanistan: 'We Want Lives without War'
KABUL -- For the Afghan Peace Volunteers, living in a working class area of Kabul’s “Karte Seh” district, daily problem-solving requires a triage process.
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Sunday, July 08, 2012
The Longest War: Overcoming Lies and Indifference
In April of 2003, I returned from Iraq after having lived there during the U.S. Shock and Awe bombing and the initial weeks of the invasion. Before the bombing I had traveled to Iraq about two dozen times and had helped organize 70 trips to Iraq, aiming to cast light on a brutal sanctions regime, with the “Voices in the Wilderness” campaign. As the bombing had approached, we had given our all to helping organize a remarkable worldwide peace movement effort, one which may have come closer than any before it to stopping a war before it started.
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Monday, July 02, 2012
Seeking a Visa for Peace Advocate Dr. Wee Teck Young
“We love you!” “Stay Out!”
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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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