Robert C. Koehler

Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His new book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound is now available. Contact him at koehlercw@gmail.com or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

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"Should a U.S. election not involve most people on earth? What would American political discourse look like, if it had to satisfy voters in Iraq or Afghanistan?" (Photo: Indy Media) Views
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Envisioning a United World
Let’s bomb Iowa! Or maybe Texas or Michigan or Nebraska . . . Oh wait, I got confused for a second. Those places are part of America and we love them. We would never bomb them. These are places we would bomb : Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, Congo, Vietnam, Cambodia, Grenada, Libya, El Salvador,...
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Omar understands that punishment perpetuates crime; that healing, repairing harm and creating peace are not simplistic matters to be dumped into the trash bin of the prison-industrial complex. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Ilhan Omar's Call for Restorative Justice Gives Me Profound Hope for the Future
“Somebody ought to put a bullet in her skull. Back in the day, our forefathers would have put a bullet in her [expletive].” These words , uttered by some lost soul—no, wait, I mean a proud American—were directed at U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar earlier this year. He had called her office and talked to a...
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In 1954, Armistice Day was replaced with Veterans Day, and so our public celebration of peace and an end to war became a rally to “support the troops,” a state and federal day off, and a platform for military recruitment. (Photo: Archive/File) Views
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Celebrating Peace: A Work in Progress
Veterans For Peace , an organization that speaks truth to war like nobody else, is attempting to reclaim Armistice Day, the Nov. 11 holiday that was flipped on its head 65 years ago when it was renamed Veterans Day — and became a celebration not of the end of war but of its perpetuity. The name...
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Nuclear stockpiles have shrunk, not grown, and nuclear-armed nations number nine. (Photo: Lamerie/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, November 07, 2019
A Tight Grip On Our Nuclear Toys
“Everyone wants to play with the big boys, and the only way to become one of the big boys is to have nuclear toys .” Attention Planet Earth! Attention Planet Earth! It is time to grow up. The words are those of Mohamed ElBaradei , then director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency,...
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Compassion, policing—these words don’t go together! (Photo:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Keeping the Peace Is Far More Complicated Than Waging War
Another shocking, divisive police video pops up in the news. This one shows a 16-year-old boy getting shot in the back of the head as he runs from the officers about to arrest him. And as he lays dying—unconscious, bleeding to death—a second officer cuffs the boy’s hands behind his back, kicking...
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at Georgetown University September 27, 2019 in Washington, DC .Clinton delivered remarks before recognizing the winners of the 2019 Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Clinton, Stein, Gabbard, and the Deconstruction of RussiaGate
Oh, how the simplistic certainty resonates. Russsiagate, recently stoked by Hillary Clinton , comes saturated in ironies, which are usually media-invisible. The Democrats’ winning-but-nonetheless-losing presidential candidate of 2016 loosed some pent-up fury at democracy the other day, as well as...
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Considering that Pompeo is widely known as both a war hawk—a proponent of war with Iran—and an ally of blatant Islamophobes, his declaration of service to a perfect God is definitely troubling. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 17, 2019
The Collusion Of Church and State
Intrigued by the controversy that erupted over Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech before the American Association of Christian Counselors last week in Nashville—it was titled " Being a Christian Leader " and was eventually removed from the State Department website—I wound up reading the whole...
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The prime strangeness about all this is the implicit assumption that "the law" in some way has conceptual dominion over Lake Erie or the Klamath River or Pachamama and can choose (or choose not) to give a particular ecosystem, which sustains life itself, the right to exist. (Photo: Jim Liestman/Flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, October 10, 2019
The Rights Of Nature
"When the U.S. Constitution was ratified, women, indigenous peoples, and slaves were treated as property, without rights." This isn't over yet. In the same vein of exploitative ignorance, we're still treating a living, life-sustaining, crucial being as property: the ecosystem. And in the process,...
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This is a force that has seldom made an appearance in presidential debates or campaigns. Certainly it’s one of the forces behind gerrymandering and voter suppression. As far as I can tell, it’s not a force within the reach of democracy. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 03, 2019
Impeaching the Symptom, Not the Disease
I feel like I’m watching a sitcom called “America.” Next episode: Will they impeach the president? Stay tuned! “Impeachment is therefore imperative, not only to protect the integrity of next year’s elections but to secure America’s continued democratic existence. If the House does its job, it will...
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 "There can be good lives for all people if we abandon the goal of infinite energy growth. Our guiding principle needs to be that the only form of truly clean energy is less energy." (Photo: Bryan Minear/Unsplash) Views
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Climate Change and Consciousness Shift
Climate change: It feels like the approaching End Times. But it’s the secular version thereof, which means that humanity is responsible for both its cause and—if possible—its transcendence. All we need to do is change everything about the way the high-tech, global society functions in the next...
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