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Kathy Kelly is a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and a co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to end economic sanctions against Iraq. She and her companions helped send over 70 delegations to Iraq, from 1996 to 2003, in open defiance of the economic sanctions. With members of the Iraq Peace Team, a project of Voices, Kelly lived in Iraq during the 2003 U.S. invasion and initial weeks of the U.S. Occupation. From Amman, Jordan, she has written regular reports, this summer, about the plight of Iraqis who have fled the violence in their country. (see www.vcnv.org) Kelly has been involved in numerous nonviolent campaigns to end war, some of which have involved lengthy imprisonment. As a war tax refuser, she has refused all forms of federal income tax since 1981.
SHARE Saturday, June 27, 2020 Battleground States
The world that our global empire is swiftly creating, through our devastating oil wars in the Middle East and our arriving cold wars with Russia and China, is a world without winners.
SHARE Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Our Disaster
The Saudis may want to extricate themselves from the war, but so far they haven't stopped the bludgeoning air strikes or lifted the blockade. The Saudi-led war against Yemen continues.
SHARE Saturday, May 30, 2020 Beating Swords to Plowshares
"The question isn't: did the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 have a lawful excuse to do what they did. The question is, what's our excuse not to do more? What will rise us?"
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, April 3, 2020 "He's Got Eight Numbers, Just Like Everybody Else"
The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 now await sentencing for their action, performed two years ago inside the Kings Bay Trident Submarine base in southern Georgia. They acted in concert with many others who take literally the Scriptural call to "beat swords into plowshares."
SHARE Saturday, March 28, 2020 Vigil for Peace in Yemen, a New Norm
Normally, during the public vigils, one or more participants would provide updates on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the ongoing war, and U.S. complicity. As COVID-19 threatens to engulf war-torn Yemen, it is even more critical to raise awareness of how the war debilitates the country.
SHARE Thursday, March 19, 2020 Stop Tightening the Thumb Screws, A Humanitarian Message
U.S. sanctions against Iran, cruelly strengthened in March of 2018, continue a collective punishment of extremely vulnerable people. Presently, the U.S. "maximum pressure" policy severely undermines Iranian efforts to cope with the ravages of COVID-19, causing hardship and tragedy while contributing to the global spread of the pandemic.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, October 28, 2019 Camp Bucca, Abu Ghraib and the Rise of Extremism in Iraq
We can seek to pay reparations for suffering caused through our wars. We can work to abolish war, mourn the deaths of Al-Baghdadi's children and question how conditions inside U.S. military camps, in Iraq, led to the extremism of Al-Baghdadi and his ISIS followers.
SHARE Friday, October 25, 2019 Trident Is the Crime
The U.S. nuclear weapon arsenal creates anguish, fear and futility worldwide. Yet "holy ground" exists as activists work toward abolition of nuclear weapons.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Death, Misery and Bloodshed in Yemen
In the United States, news commentators discussing the Trump impeachment story liken the breaking developments to "bombshell after bombshell." In Yemen, real and horribly modern bombshells, made in the United States, kill and maim Yemeni civilians, including children, every day.
SHARE Friday, September 13, 2019 A Morning in Afghanistan
A genuine peace process would hold all warring parties accountable for crimes against humanity and would call for an immediate end to U.S. and NATO militarism in Afghanistan. It would urge the United States to humbly acknowledge the recklessness of its invasion and occupation.
SHARE Wednesday, June 26, 2019 United States Is in No Position to Lecture Iran
The greatest outlier in terms of possessing nuclear weapons is the United States.
The double standards in foreign policy maintained by the United States-one set for Israel and Saudi Arabia and another for Iran-undermine any progress in ending wars in the Middle East.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, March 29, 2019 "Every War Is a War Against Children"
Last year, an analysis issued by Save the Children estimated that 85,000 children under age five have likely died from starvation or disease since the Saudi-led coalition's 2015 escalation of the war in Yemen. More recently, on March 23, 2019, eight children were among 14 Afghan civilians killed by a U.S. airstrike also near Kunduz.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 10, 2019 Judging U.S. War Crimes
Along with thanking Chelsea Manning, we should be guided by her courageous example.
SHARE Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Seeing Yemen from Jeju Island
Jeju, a visa-free port, has been an entry point for close to 500 Yemenis who have traveled nearly 5,000 miles in search of safety. Traumatized by consistent bombing, threats of imprisonment and torture, and the horrors of starvation, recent migrants to South Korea, including children, yearn for refuge.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 1, 2018 The Long, Brutal U.S. War on Children in the Middle East
How might we understand what it would mean in the United States for 14 million people in our country to starve? You would have to combine the populations of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and imagine these cities empty of all but the painfully and slowly dying, to get a glimpse into the suffering in Yemen, where one of every two persons faces starvation.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 10, 2018 The U.S. Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen
U.S. companies such as Raytheon, General Dynamics, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin have sold billions of dollars' worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the Saudi-Emirati-led coalition which is attacking Yemen. The U.S. military refuels Saudi and Emirati warplanes through midair exercises. And, the United States helps the Saudi coalition warmakers choose their targets.