Kathy Kelly

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military?
Having lived through the 1991 Desert Storm bombing and the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq, I tread carefully when speaking about any danger greater than war that children in our world might face. I won’t forget children in Baghdadi hospitals whose bodies I have seen, wounded and maimed, after...
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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Obama Extends War in Afghanistan
News agencies reported this morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year. The order authorizes U.S. airstrikes “to support Afghan military operations in the country” and U.S. ground troops to...
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
'Uncomplicated' in Afghanistan: On Health and Healing in a War-Torn Nation
On November 7, 2014, while visiting Kabul, The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, noted that NATO will soon launch a new chapter , a new non-combat mission in Afghanistan. But it’s difficult to spot new methods as NATO commits itself to sustaining combat on the part of Afghan forces...
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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Stop the Killing
On August 9, 1983, three people dressed as U.S. soldiers saluted their way onto a U.S. military base and climbed a pine tree. The base contained a school training elite Salvadoran and other foreign troops to serve dictatorships back home, with a record of nightmarish brutality following graduation...
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014
'Silence Is Complicity': Challenging Drone Warfare in US Court
On October 7, 2014, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility. The charge was based on their participation, at Whiteman Air Force Base, in a June 1 st 2014 rally protesting drone...
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Monday, August 25, 2014
A Teacher in Kabul
Here in Kabul, one of my finest friends is Zekerullah, who has gone back to school in the 8th grade although he is an18-year old young man who has already had to learn far too many of life’s harsh lessons. Years ago and miles from here, when he was a child in the province of Bamiyan, and before he...
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Monday, August 18, 2014
'Borderfree': Creating Freedom and Beauty in a World at War
Here in Kabul, Sherri Maurin and I are guests of the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ recently formed live-in community for young women. Hollyhocks in the garden reach as high as the second floor of our living space. Rose bushes, morning glories and four-o-clocks have bloomed, and each day we eat tomatoes...
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Jobless City of Kabul and the Works of War
KABUL, Afghanistan—Last week, here in Kabul, the Afghan Peace Volunteers welcomed activist Carmen Trotta, from New York, who has lived in close community with impoverished people in his city for the past 25 years, serving meals, sharing housing, and offering hospitality to the best of his ability...
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Harassing the Drones
Kabul—On July 10, 2014, in New York State, Judge David Gideon sentenced Mary Anne Grady Flores to a year in prison and fined her $1,000 for photographing a peaceful demonstration at the U.S. Air National Guard’s 174 th Attack Wing at Hancock Field (near Syracuse) where weaponized Reaper drones are...
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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Bowe Bergdahl and the Voice of War
During my recent visit to Gangjeong, on Jeju Island, South Korea, where a protest community has struggled for years to block construction of a U.S. military base, conversations over delicious meals in the community kitchen were a delightful daily event. At lunchtime on my first day there I met...
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