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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Thursday, September 18, 2008
Goo-Goo America
Say you've got a global agenda that's far too important to leave to chance -- wars to fight, quagmires to feed, interests to protect, secrets to hide. Staying in power is crucial.
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Thursday, September 11, 2008
An Embedded Prayer
The outrage and grief push against the edge of language: "A visitor to the village and to three graveyards within its limits on Aug. 31 counted 42 freshly dug graves," writes New York Times reporter Carlotta Gall. "Thirteen of the graves were so small they could hold only children." Here's my standard for presidential fiber: Give me a candidate who can imagine his or her own child in one of those graves.
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Thursday, September 04, 2008
Logical Consequences
Call it creative self-destruction, maybe. How surreal it's been this week to watch the Republicans reap a small portion of the divine comeuppance due them, first from a hurricane, then from a pregnant teen-ager. Surely more of the same is on its way, but no one wins, because what is lying in a shambles around the McCain campaign is a harvest of suffering.
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
State of Denial
Talk about naive. The Union of Concerned Scientists apparently thought the Democratic and Republican national conventions would be appropriate events at which to bring up the awkwardly substantive topic of U.S. nuclear weapons stockpiles (6,000 or so) and policy (insane).
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Thursday, August 07, 2008
No Name for the River
What astounds me about the "race card" -- which either did or didn't get played in the presidential race recently -- is its thinness.
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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Citizens of the World
What a surprising burst of hope I felt, looking at the photo in the newspaper the next day: Barack Obama stands before 200,000 Berliners and addresses them as a "fellow citizen of the world." It may be premature, but I'm announcing it anyway: We've repealed the Bush Doctrine. There's no turning back.
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Next New Yorker Cover
Since I'm usually one of the last people in the country to get my copy of the New Yorker (well, it sure seems like it), I'm aware of any excitement or controversy the new issue has generated long before the magazine actually lands in my mailbox.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008
An Urgency of Joy
The culture of war goes quietly about its business. Last week, Congress fed it another $162 billion, perhaps with some nostalgia: This was the final war-funding request of the Bush administration, the lame-duck, despised status of which making absolutely no difference in the dispatch with which the money was delivered.
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Thursday, June 12, 2008
Be the Media
Camera, lights, mike-in-the-face. Hey Bill Moyers, what are you doing at a left-wing, partisan media conference? That was how Fox News producer Porter Barry tried to ambush television's most venerable voice of sanity this past weekend, after Moyers spoke eloquently -- "Journalism can only exist in a vibrant, democratic culture" -- at the fourth annual National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis.
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Thursday, May 15, 2008
The Penta-Pundits
Well, why shouldn't the Pentagon put its four-stars on the tube to ladle out patriotic talking points to the American public like mess hall stew? There's a straightforward quasi-honesty to government-managed news, which only has a weird feel because the Penta-pundits had to pose as impartial analysts and play along with the image the networks wanted to project: seriousness, independence, etc. How demeaning that their meetings with the Secretary of Defense had to be secret - an embarrassment awaiting ultimate exposure by the New York Times.
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