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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He was playing war. My guess is that they’re all playing war, in one way or another. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 08, 2019
Dead Canaries
“Many people think that the fight for America is already lost. They couldn’t be more wrong. This is just the beginning of the fight for America and Europe. I am honored to head the fight to reclaim my country from destruction.” This is how the El Paso killer ended his white supremacy screed ,...
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What's on display is the spiritual laziness of incredibly powerful men. (Photos: National Archives/Getty Images; AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Views
Thursday, August 01, 2019
The Inner Nixon
The Nixon tapes are still in the news! My God, they're still spewing bile, still making America's eyeballs roll. They're as relevant as ever. Donald Trump, it turns out, is merely the inner Richard Nixon, live and uncensored. He's also the inner Ronald Reagan—the inner voice, suddenly made public,...
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 ICE has an annual budget of around $7.5 billion, which is spent in absolute denial of our interconnectedness. It “protects” the country by defining emigrants as aliens and denying them virtually all basic rights. (Photo: Ilias Bartolini/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, July 25, 2019
The Strongest People on the Planet
“Send her back! Send her back!” The chant: Is it merely a case study in collective stupidity or is it a signal of rising fascism? When I look at the viral video—the latest manifestation of Trumpism and the freeing of good old American racism from the constraints of political correctness—I can’t...
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 Fighting this war is as much a matter of demobilization—reversing courses of action, shrinking our carbon footprint—as it is mobilizing green energy production and rebuilding society around a green consciousness. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Fighting Climate Change Means Ending War
"The easy movement of high ranking military officers into jobs with major defense contractors and the reverse movement of top executives in major defense contractors into high Pentagon jobs is solid evidence of the military industrial-complex in operation." I was utterly stunned when I read these...
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Some of the children who left the Central Processing Center were asked to draw what their time was like at the detention facility. They drew pictures of kids in cages. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP Photo) Views
Thursday, July 11, 2019
The Mop Closet of American History
“They were quiet, and just staring, blankly,” she said. “There were just blank stares and no expressions on their faces.” Welcome to hell, as presided over by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This image bears deep reflection. It doesn’t change. Children are taken from their parents, jammed into...
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We cannot prepare to kill others without first dehumanizing them. (Photo: flickr/cc/Takver) Views
Thursday, July 04, 2019
Trouble at the Border
Yes, we have a serious problem at the border—indeed, at every border we create and defend with force of arms and bureaucratic indifference. “‘If you want water, just drink from a toilet.’ That’s what border patrol told one thirsty woman we met on today’s #DemsAtTheBorder trip. These are the same...
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A bus transporting immigrants leaves a temporary facility at a US Border Patrol Station in Clint, Texas, on June 21, 2019. - Lawyers who were able to tour the facility under the Flores Settlement, which governs detention conditions for migrant children, said they witnessed inhumane conditions of overcrowding, and about 250 children being held over the limit of 72 hours, some saying they were there for weeks in overcrowded cells. (Photo: Paul Ratje / AFP) Views
Thursday, June 27, 2019
American Concentration Camps
“These aren’t people. These are animals .” These words alone set off the alarm — the fascism alarm, you might say. Donald Trump is by no means the sole source of America’s democracy nosedive, but he’s its current, deeply troubling manifestation. Should I write this week about the wars he wants to...
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The absence of "we are one planet" voices at the highest levels of government guarantees that the government will pretty much always make simple, impulsive—wrong—decisions about national security. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 20, 2019
War Begets War... and Nothing Else
Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran . . . Thanks, John McCain ! Let’s mix a little humor in with war. It’s so much easier to take when we do. By the way, have you noticed that we’re always on the verge of war? “The bombing will be massive, but will be limited to a specific target.” So said a U.N...
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The researchers "found officers bashing immigrants and Muslims, promoting racist stereotypes, identifying with right-wing militia groups and, especially, glorifying police brutality." (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 14, 2019
The Armed Bureaucracy
This is hardly a surprise: A recent study by the Missouri attorney general’s office shows that black drivers are at least twice as likely — in some towns, much more than that — to be stopped by police as white drivers. And a few days before the study came out, something called the Plain View...
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Johnstone describes this debate as "fighting to control the position of an on/off switch that isn’t connected to anything." (Photo: flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, June 06, 2019
The Quiet Killer at the Core of Patriotism
What? Another mass murder? Almost missed this one: Virginia Beach. Twelve killed on May 31, plus the killer himself, who was a city employee—an engineer. He had legitimate access to the building where he shot people on three floors. His guns were legally purchased. Nothing about him, prior to the...
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