Stop the Killing

As war rages on in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, and the United States, even after mistakenly bombing Syrian soldiers, continues to justify its militarism in the name of peace, Robert Koehler echoes the simple but profound advice of President Jimmy Carter: "Stop the killing."

Reading the Classics in Prison with Andrew McKenna

"Mimetic theory is a no brainer," states a student of Andrew McKenna, in an essay written within the confines of prison. The anthropological truth of mimetic theory, exposed in Scripture and expressed in literature, is deeply understood by prisoners. Suzanne Ross introduces us to Professor Andrew McKenna and his compassionate outreach to prisoners through his teaching of African American classics as they "unveil the sacrificial dynamics that propel myriad forms of racial oppression.”
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A Good Beginning

As even some voices within the elite U.S. establishment begin to suggest moving away from war provocation with Russia and China, Kathy Kelly wonders when our budget and policies will shift away from militarism to peace-making and serving real human needs.

Reflections on the Anthropocene

Robert Koehler reflects on "the largest challenge that humanity has ever faced or imagined...." In the Anthropocene, the fate of the earth is tied to the activity of human beings, and our fate bound up with the earth. Can we learn to nurture rather than exploit our planet before it's too late?

What Makes a Hate Group?

For protesting at drone airforce base Volk Field in Wisconsin, Brian Terrell and Kathy Kelly were arrested and falsely accused of belonging to a "hate group." Reflecting on his trial, Terrell asserts that, "The ignorance and fear that seems to inform the actions of the Juneau County Sheriff’s Department is not so different from that which impels our nation’s foreign policy and what drives the prison industrial complex here at home."
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The Heart of Order

A standoff in Chicago's Roger's Park between an unstable, unarmed naked man and an overly militarized police has Robert Koehler thinking about the nature of authority in an age of excessive threat and force. "Is there such a thing as authority that isn’t hierarchical in nature, that isn’t about the threat of punishment?"