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Robert KoehlerWe can end war. Please, before you read on, let those four words float in silence for half a minute, until you actually hear them -- until they come alive with meaning as insistent as a hatching egg. War is not inevitable, no matter how cluelessly...
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Robert Koehler"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world." I think Archimedes was serious. I know we need to be. Now is the time to choose our future, as the Earth Charter declares. This means thinking big: embracing...
Robert Koehler"Wheel about and turn about and do just so. Every time I turn about I jump Jim Crow." -- chorus of an 1828 minstrel song "We have not ended racial caste in America, we have merely redesigned it." -- Michelle Alexander, "The New Jim Crow" Yeah, it's...
Robert KoehlerMaybe the problem is that rape is an extension of military culture. And it's metastasizing, even as legislation to address it stays trapped in congressional subcommittee. Scandals and outrage come and go, but rape is ever-present. In 2011, a Pentagon...
Robert KoehlerLet's all work together to stop terrorism! The Palm Beach County, Fla. Sheriff's Office has a new video out urging local citizens to call them if something "doesn't look right, doesn't smell right," and just seems off. For instance, you see a tourist...
Robert KoehlerYou're strapped to a metal table, unable to move. They stick a two-foot plastic tube up your nose, then down the back of your throat into your stomach. They squirt in the liquid protein. You gag, bleed, vomit. It's unbearably painful. The practice of...
Robert Koehler"Everywhere near the building, the stench of death was overpowering. Men in surgical masks sprayed disinfectant in the air." We move from tragedy to tragedy with hellish regularity. "The scope of injuries," Jim Yardley writes in the New York Times, "was...
Robert KoehlerIn the new security state, not even garbage will have privacy. "Terrorism," the Chicago Sun-Times informed us last week, "has created a new market in Chicago and other big cities for a company that started out making bear resistant garbage containers...
Robert Koehler"She had a great sense of humor and freckles and red hair that brought her right to her Irish roots." She was "a dream daughter." I have a daughter, so maybe that's why these words cut so deep. This was a dad's description of a young woman, Krystle...
Robert KoehlerIn the not so distant future, America's skies will be full of . . . drones. What could go wrong? "Although the prospect of drones flying over U.S. cities is generating cries of spies in the skies," writes the Los Angeles Times, "groups from California...
Robert KoehlerAre the bad ideas dead yet? You know, the ones that have been hollowing out the country's soul for the last 30 years. In Atlanta, they just indicted 35 teachers, principals and administrators, including a former superintendent, for routinely altering...
Robert Koehler"The status quo in Chicago is no longer tolerable," Andy Willis said, summoning the violent headlines of the past year and the past week. This was Palm Sunday, in a church basement in a big-city neighborhood, and the time had come to stand for...
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