Kathy Kelly

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Salt and Terror in Afghanistan
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Monday, January 20, 2014
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism. ... A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional.
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Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Locked in Winter
KABUL — The fire in the Chaman e Babrak camp began in Nadiai's home shortly after noon. She had rushed her son, who had a severe chest infection, to the hospital.
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Monday, December 30, 2013
Afghan Street Children Beg for Change
Kabul, Afghanistan is “home” to hundreds of thousands of children who have no home. Many of them live in squalid refugee camps with families that have been displaced by violence and war. Bereft of any income in a city already burdened by high rates of unemployment, families struggle to survive without adequate shelter, clothing, food or fuel. Winter is especially hard for refugee families.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
War and Enlightenment in Afghanistan
I’ve been a guest in Colorado Springs, Colorado, following a weeklong retreat with Colorado College students who are part of a course focused on nonviolence.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Thanking Bradley Manning in Kabul
A few evenings ago, as the sky began to darken here in Kabul, Afghanistan, a small group of the Afghan Peace Volunteers gathered for an informal presentation about WikiLeaks, its chief editor Julian Assange, and its most prominent contributor, Bradley Manning.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
'Resist These Dark Times': Advice from an Afghan Mother and Activist
When she was 24 years old, in 1979, Fahima Vorgetts left Afghanistan. By reputation, she had been outspoken, even rebellious, in her opposition to injustice and oppression; and family and friends, concerned for her safety, had urged her to go abroad. Twenty-three years later, returning for the first time to her homeland, she barely recognized war-torn streets in urban areas where she had once lived.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Afghan Voices Tell the Tales of Human Lives Cut Short by US War
KABUL—Since 2009, Voices for Creative Nonviolence has maintained a grim record we call the “ The Afghan Atrocities Update ” which gives the dates, locations, numbers and names of Afghan civilians killed by NATO forces. Even with details culled from news reports, these data can't help but merge into one large statistic, something about terrible pain that's worth caring about but that is happening very far away.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
War without End
Ten years ago today, Iraqis braced themselves for the anticipated “Shock and Awe” attacks that the United States was planning to launch against them. The media buildup for the attack assured Iraqis that barbarous assaults were looming. I was living in Baghdad at the time, along with other Voices in the Wilderness activists determined to remain in Iraq, come what may. We didn’t want U.S.-led military and economic war to sever bonds that had grown between ourselves and Iraqis who had befriended us over the past seven years.
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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Seeking Security in Afghanistan
This week, in Washington, D.C., Presidents Obama and Karzai will discuss a proposed Bilateral Security Agreement between Afghanistan and the United States. Presumably, they’ll note some of the main security problems Afghanistan faces.
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