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Robert C. Koehler

Robert C. Koehler

Common Dreams

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War, Money, and US Universities' Response to Israel Divestment Protests

Peaceful, intensely determined protesters, demanding their institutions divest from the Israeli war machine, face violent resistance from police.

06.05.2024 10

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The Sword May Be Mightier, But the Pen Has the Power to Ask Deeper Questions

The mass atrocity may be over, but our meditations on such violence do not end and perhaps still we have much to learn.

27.04.2024 20

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What If the Media Covered War Like the Profound Social Problem It Is?

The corporate media covers conflicts like Israel and Iran’s with win-lose abstraction, even when we’re on the brink of World War III.

18.04.2024 6

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We Need an Alternative to Nuclear-Armed Nationalism

If “war made the state and the state made war,” then the state, as currently perceived, at least by those besotted with military power, is the...

14.04.2024 10

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In Gaza and Beyond, War Itself Is the Problem

Condemning “war crimes” is nothing more than a shrug; it’s war itself that must be not simply “condemned,” but transcended.

06.04.2024 10

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How Can We Transcend the Borders We’ve Created?

There are natural borders and natural differences between people, but to arm those differences and make them absolute, utterly, utterly ignores the...

30.03.2024 10

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How a One-State Solution for Israelis and Palestinians Could Heal the World

This is the language of peace. It swells the heart, it transcends the small-mindedness of global politics.

22.03.2024 6

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Is ‘Cultural Erasure’ Only Wrong When Our Enemies Do It?

While I certainly join U.S. State Department Undersecretary Uzra Zeya in condemning all state-inflicted murder and ethnocide, I also condemn her...

17.03.2024 40

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Call Them 'Terrorists' and You Can Kill as Many as You Want

We have to start claiming collective responsibility for the wrongs of our governments, which means confronting the dehumanization they use to justify...

10.03.2024 10

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Kneeling With the Spirit of Aaron Bushnell

His sacrifice begins to define the size of the changes we must make in our global politics, in our relationship with power, in our relationship with...

29.02.2024 4

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Resisting Giveuptitude: I Can’t Do It Alone

The following words are a contemplation of the great unknown, whose presence becomes increasingly more visible as the aging process obfuscates more...

25.02.2024 10

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The Grotesque PR That Justifies Israeli Slaughter of Palestinian Children

How do the people claiming this is what "self-defense" looks like sleep at night?

16.02.2024 6

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Neck-Deep Again in the Big Muddy, But Any Reason for Hope?

Perhaps staring into the abyss created by the horrors and suffering of war will help us turn away from our violent path.

04.02.2024 30

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How Dare You Shrug at the Doomsday Clock?

The very essence of evolution is the expansion of our thinking to embrace ever-larger realities of cooperation, connection, and understanding.

28.01.2024 30

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The US Is Still Not Beyond Getting 'Beyond Vietnam'

“The war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit," Martin Luther King Jr. famously said.

20.01.2024 9

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The Cry of the Wounded and the Dead: End the War! End the War!

It’s time to break the cycle. That means living our values, not defying them.

13.01.2024 8

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Pondering the Madness and Vulgarity of War

Rather than sending more bombs and weaponry to Netanyahu, the United States—if it had the courage—could send him the opposite, the words of Martin...

07.01.2024 8

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A Reflection on Moments of Becoming

I am continually confronted with the abstract statistics of war dead—in particular, children, each of whom was in the process of becoming himself or...

31.12.2023 7

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The Blood We Bleed: Poetry Before Politics

Poetry is one of humanity’s windows into the raw unknown — which happens to be both beyond our wildest dreams and deep within our inner being.

25.12.2023 40

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Pulling the Masks of the Hideous 'Terrorists'—Us

How can humanity be so blatantly flippant about its own suicide? Why are we so divided from ourselves?

16.12.2023 7

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The Endless Dropping of Bombs Is Sabotaging Humanity's Ability to Evolve

Will we be able to overcome the wreckage we are inflicting on ourselves?

09.12.2023 20

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Thankfulness Buried in the Rubble

A day of thanks? A day of atonement? But where is the day of hope? When a day of peace?

23.11.2023 9

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The Militarism Ripping Away at Our Shared Humanity

No one wants war—not when it affects them personally, or when the veil of propaganda justifying it gets torn open. But to stand publicly against it...

09.11.2023 4

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Where the 'Just War' Theory Has Delivered Us

War is both just and unjust simultaneously, and it will never end.

03.11.2023 5

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The Courage of Calling for Peace When the World Wants More Blood

War begets hatred. War begets fear. War begets insanity.

27.10.2023 2

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End War Before It Ends Us

We have to learn to value and connect with one another, even, or especially, when it’s the last thing we can imagine doing.

15.10.2023 6

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Hardening Ourselves Into Weapons

Why, oh why, I found myself quietly screaming, does militarism and national “defense” always get a free pass or a quick shrug?

08.10.2023 6

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The Painful Facts of American History Cannot Be Erased

The far-right would rather erase what is uncomfortable for them, but history is deeply complex and full of chaos. Our understanding of it is...

30.09.2023 10

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The Golden Rule and a Floating Future for Peace

What it looks like to build a movement of ordinary people... creating a sane future, one human being at a time.

24.09.2023 5

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Ukraine Needs Diplomacy, Not Depleted Uranium

The horror of DU is what happens after the battles are over.

07.09.2023 20

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