Robert C. Koehler, Articles by this Author

21 Oct

http://www.commondreams.org/author/robert-c-koehler

 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 9:00am
If Only We Could Vote for Peace Instead of a ‘Commander-in-Chief’
Maybe it’s the phrase — “commander in chief” — that best captures the transcendent absurdity and unaddressed horrors of the 2016 election season and the business as usual that will follow. I don’t want to elect anyone commander in chief: not the xenophobic misogynist and egomaniac, not the Henry…
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Thursday, October 13, 2016 – 12:30pm
Nuclear Standoff
Values the size of Planet Earth are at stake, as the American presidential election grows ever smaller, ever pettier, ever more certain that rancor triumphs over relevance. Can you imagine, let us say, an issue the size of global nuclear disarmament emerging in this race, somewhere between the…
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Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 8:30am
The Politics of Fear
“This politics of fear has actually delivered everything we were afraid of.” Well, OK, let’s think about these words of Jill Stein for a moment, as the 2016 presidential race enters, oh Lord, its final month — and the possibility still looms that this country could elect a hybrid of Benito…
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Thursday, September 29, 2016 – 11:00am
The Debate: They Both Bombed It
Painful, stupid, trite . . . America! There was more than one loser in the big debate, but that’s no surprise. I hardly expected any issues of substance to get serious air time, let alone intelligent commentary, in Monday’s 90-minute presidential race spectacle, but something — something — matters…
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Thursday, September 22, 2016 – 8:45am
Stop the Killing
Maybe half a million dead, half a country — 10 million people — displaced from their homes, jettisoned onto the mercy of the world. Welcome to war. Welcome to Syria. This is a conflict apparently too complex to understand. The U.S. brokered a ceasefire with Russia, then proceeded to lead a bombing…
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Thursday, September 15, 2016 – 9:30am
The Future Cries Out: ‘Water Is Life’
The dogs growl, the pepper spray bites, the bulldozers tear up the soil. “ Water is life !” they cry. “Water is life!” This isn’t Flint, Michigan, but I feel the presence of its suffering in this cry of outrage at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. No more, no more. You will not poison…
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Thursday, September 8, 2016 – 8:45am
War vs. Democracy
The paradox of democracy is that it depends on the integrity of those who have the most to lose if an election goes the wrong way — you know, the people in power. That’s a particularly thorny dilemma when the “fourth estate” — the speakers of truth to power, the public’s counterforce against…
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Thursday, September 1, 2016 – 10:15am
Reflections on the Anthropocene
“However these debates will unfold, the Anthropocene represents a new phase in the history of both humankind and of the Earth, when natural forces and human forces became intertwined, so that the fate of one determines the fate of the other. Geologically, this is a remarkable episode in the history…
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Thursday, August 25, 2016 – 8:15am
The Heart of Order
He’d left the water running, flooding neighbors’ apartments. He’d been running around outside naked. By the time police arrived, he was standing in the window of his fourth-floor apartment on Farwell Avenue — a few blocks from where I live in the diverse, unpredictable Chicago neighborhood called…
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Thursday, August 18, 2016 – 8:30am
Beyond Winning and Losing
It’s the smallest thing in the world. Does the tennis ball land inside the line or outside? But somehow, as I watched this 60-second YouTube clip of an Australian tennis match last January, and heard an explosion of joyous approval surge from the crowd, I could feel the planet shift. Or at least it…
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