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Costa Rica’s Peace Journey

By Robert C. Koehler “This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” Dwight Eisenhower gave the world some extraordinary rhetoric — indeed, his words have the sting of ironic shrapnel, considering how little they have […]

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The Great American Awakening

By Robert C. Koehler Old wounds break open. Deep, encrusted wrongs are suddenly visible. The streets flow with anger and solidarity. The past and the future meet. The news is All Trump, All the Time, but what’s really happening is only minimally about Donald Trump, even though his outrageous actions and bizarre alliances are the […]

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The Mass Grave We Call Collateral Damage

By Robert C. Koehler “Lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. Boy, you think our country’s so innocent? You think our country’s so innocent?” We have carnage and we have irony. The speaker is the president, of course. It’s Super Bowl Sunday and here he is, generating another eyeball-popping headline as he dares […]

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Creating Enemies, Creating Hell

By Robert C. Koehler “Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001.” As Donald Trump sets out to “protect America,” I dedicate the words of his explosively controversial proclamation banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, to one of his supporters: Alexandre Bissonnette, the […]

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The Birth of a Movement

By Robert C. Koehler The sense of resistance was fierce: “Grab ’em by the profits” . . . “Keep your hands out of my wherever” . . . “NOT DECLAWED” . . . But it was also, oh Lord, joyous — in a scraped raw kind of way, you might say. For instance, the young […]

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Tomorrow Is Today

By Robert C. Koehler The icon’s day has come and gone, and — oh, the irony — eight people were fatally shot in Chicago on his weekend. Another eight were shot during a Martin Luther King rally and celebration in Miami. God knows how many more died this past weekend: around the country, around the […]

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War Consciousness and the F-35

By Robert C. Koehler “The F-35 Lightning II Program (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program) is the Department of Defense’s focal point for defining affordable next generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and our allies. The F-35 will bring cutting-edge technologies to the battlespace of the future.” Lurking […]

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Leaving the Age of Disconnect

By Robert C. Koehler It’s too easy simply to blame Donald Trump for the void that’s suddenly apparent at the center of American government — or will be on Jan. 20. In fact, I’m utterly sick of hearing his name, let alone accounts of his latest outrage or trivial impertinence, which is the equivalent of […]

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Pledging Allegiance

By Robert C. Koehler I pledge allegiance to . . . what? The Electoral College, to no one’s serious surprise, voted Donald Trump in as the nation’s 45th president, and the pot of outrage in the American spectator democracy begins to boil. No, no, no, no, no, no, no — no to all his right-wing […]

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A Party of Transcendence

By Robert C. Koehler As we think about the election — what went wrong, what’s been unleashed and what we should do about it — please, please, let us expand our vision beyond some technical fix or updated “message.” Even if we’re talking about the Democratic Party. James Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute […]

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