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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.

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A Mile in Their Shoes The U.S. continues to seek security through dominance and military might. It's a futile effort. The Helmand to Kabul peace walkers display a better means of securing peace: the path of fellowship with our neighbors on this planet, of living simply so that others might simply live, and of willingness to share, even partially, in the human hardship and precarity others face.

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Scourging Yemen Earnest, honest and practical steps to stop the war are urgently needed. The Houthis must be given an option to lay down arms without landing in any of the clandestine prisons operated by the UAE in Yemen, reported to be little more than torture camps. Even more urgent, the violence and economic strangulation by foreign invaders must cease.

Fly Kites Not Drones -- Afghan Peace Volunteers and street kids Friday, March 2, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Teen Solidarity Against the Merchants of Death I consider the idea that international teen solidarity could challenge both the U.S. military and the National Rifle Association to end assaults on human life. Reflect on these courageous, clear-eyed Afghan and U.S. youth working in both countries to sow seeds that bear needed fruit, hoping they can change the adults as well.

Yemen Humanitarian Crisis Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (1 comments)     

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A Treacherous Crossing Potential starvation of their children terrifies people who can't acquire food for their families. Those who can't obtain safe drinking water face nightmarish prospects of dehydration or disease. Persons fleeing bombers, snipers, and armed militias who might arbitrarily detain them shudder in fear as they try to devise escape routes.

Guantanamo Protest Sunday, January 14, 2018     

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41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo January 11, 2018, marked the 16th year that Guantanamo prison has exclusively imprisoned Muslim men, subjecting many of them to torture and arbitrary detention. In 2007, there were 430 prisoners in Guantanamo. Today, 41 men are imprisoned there, including 31 who have endured more than a decade of imprisonment without charge.

Yemen Protest Peace sign Sunday, December 31, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Remaining Peaceful Was Their Choice: Young Yemenis Sounded Alarms Before the Civil War Ta'iz was home to a vibrant, creative youth movement during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Young men and women organized massive demonstrations to protest the enrichment of entrenched elites as ordinary people struggled to survive. The young people were exposing the roots of one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with President Trump Saturday, December 23, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Let Yemenis Live Observers say if the U.S. stopped its midair refueling of Saudi bomber planes, the war would end shortly thereafter. Yet, the U.S continues these military operations. The UK still supplies the Saudis with surveillance, and both countries work to maintain a comfortable relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Defense and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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On the Quality of Mercy The comfortable nations often authorize the worst atrocities overseas through fear for their own safety, imagining themselves the victims to be protected from crime at all costs. Such attitudes entitle people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen to look in our direction when they ask, "Who are the criminals?"

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From the Ground Up... The Taliban and other armed groups have vowed to continue fighting as long as the U.S. continues to occupy Afghan land, to wage attacks on Afghans and supply weapons to the various fighting factions. The United States maintains nine major bases in Afghanistan and many smaller forward operating bases.

Mordechai Vanunu Sunday, October 15, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump's Strategy on Iran Mordechai Vanunu took extraordinary risks and endured incredible suffering to rescue the human species from the foolhardiness of building and maintaining nuclear arsenals. I wonder if people worldwide can rise to a level of courage and seriousness needed to simply recognize, and then, where possible, act in response to the world's real threats.

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Violence Spreads the Famine, and the Famine Will Spread Violence Growing inequality, protected by menacing arsenals, paves a path to the graveyard: It is not a "way of life." We still could acquire a great hunger: a transforming hunger to share justice with our planetary neighbors. We could shed familiar privileges and search for communal tools to preserve us from indifferent wealth and voracious imperial power.

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"Ain't No Such Thing as A Just War" -- Ben Salmon, WWI resister Laurie Hasbrook envisions building creative, peaceful connections between Chicago youngsters and their counterparts in Afghanistan, Yemen, Gaza, Iraq, and other lands. Ben Salmon guides our endeavors. We hope to again visit Salmon's gravesite on Armistice Day, November 11

Monday, July 3, 2017     

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What Does War Generate? War profiteers and self-marketing politicians have no interest in helping U.S. people understand that war itself is a tyrant, that the sound of nearby gunfire or a drone attack is as much of an order to flee one's home as any command from a Taliban warlord.

U.S. Raid in Yemen Garners Intelligence > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF Friday, June 16, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Feed the Hungry, Treat the Sick: A Crucial Training We should, individually and collectively, do all that we can to prohibit U.S. supported Saudi-led coalition onslaughts against Yemeni civilians, encourage a silencing of all the guns, insist on lifting the blockade, and staunchly uphold humanitarian concerns.

Photo caption: one of more than 750 crosses carried in a Chicago rally commemorating homicide victims on New Year's Eve Sunday, January 1, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Eternal Hostility: a New Year's Resolution Dr. King's call for eternal hostility to the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism helps answer questions about what caused Chicago's tragic increase in gun violence and a record breaking year of U.S. global weapons exports.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016     

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Steer Your Way Reasoning our way toward steps that can be taken, on behalf of peace and justice, calls for simultaneous efforts to build personal and political ties with supporters of Donald Trump who aren't white supremacists and don't advocate hatred toward other groups. Kathy Kelly tells why she signed the "We Stand for Peace and Justice" statement.

Zbigniew Brzezinski Wednesday, September 7, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Old Cold Warriors Cool to New Cold War To the surprise many, some old Cold Warriors, including Zbigniew Brzezinski, are cooling to the idea of a New Cold War with Russia and China, recognizing that cooperation makes more sense than confrontation, notes Kathy Kelly.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016     

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A Good Beginning It seems that some who have the ears of U.S. elite decision-makers are at least shifting away from wishing to provoke wars with Russia and China.

Tea Ceremony Sunday, January 3, 2016     

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Visits and Conversations in a Kabul Winter The path out of war seems to involve creating peace where we can, in earnest community with people whose basic needs aren't met. As the APVs put it, it involves creating a green and equal world, acting conscientiously to abolish war.

U.S. Airstrike On Afghanistan hospital. Saturday, October 10, 2015 (3 comments)     

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The Obscenity of Our War Doctors Without Borders has demanded a transparent, independent investigation, assembled by a legitimate international body and without direct involvement by the U.S. or by any other warring party in the Afghan conflict. If such an investigation occurs, and is able to confirm that this was a deliberate, or else a murderously neglectful war crime, how many Americans will ever learn of the verdict?

Fatima in her mud house compound, with Ali,  an Afghan Peace Volunteer teacher who helped Fatima get a proper medical as Monday, September 21, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Predators, Near and Far

Afghan Street Children with volunteers at the Borderfree Center Wednesday, September 16, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Which Side Are We On?

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Let It Shine Imagine children lustily singing the above lines which eventually became a civil rights anthem. Their innocence and happy resolve enlightens us. Yes! In the face of wars, refugee crises, weapon proliferation and unaddressed climate change impacts, let us echo the common sense of children. Let goodness shine.

Origami Cranes Wednesday, August 19, 2015     

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Replanting Beata said that she and her community have tried traditional forms of activism, to no avail, and so now they try their form of activism which involves praying to the spirits. They pray to the spirits for the politicians and they wish the politicians would pray to their ancestral spirits.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015     

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Fear and Learning in Kabul Essentially, when Voices members go to Kabul, our "work" is to listen to and learn from our hosts and take back their stories of war to the relatively peaceful lands whose actions had brought that war down upon them.

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The Storm Is Over government's promises to aid small towns with "prison money" often ring false.

Pope Francis. Sunday, April 5, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Reasons for Despair and Hope This year, Holy Week -- marking the crucifixion of Jesus -- coincides with the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder on April 4, 1968, with some Christians seeing many reasons to despair and a few reasons to hope, as Kathy Kelly explains from her cell in a Kentucky federal prison serving a sentence for anti-war activism.

Prof. Yang Friday, March 20, 2015     

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Crosscurrents U.S. people were forced to remember the guarantee offered by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights , entered into as a treaty obligation by world nations after WWII, that access to water is an inalienable human right. All over the world, water scarcity is becoming a dire threat to the possibility of, as Prof. Noam Chomsky phrases it, decent human survival.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. Monday, March 16, 2015 (2 comments)     

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The Not So Land of the Free The United States may be the least self-aware nation on earth, condemning other countries for repressive policies and calling itself the "land of the free" while locking up citizens in staggering numbers often for minor, non-violent offenses, as anti-war activist Kathy Kelly sees while serving time in federal prison.

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Report from prison: Possibility of Escape U.S. state and federal prison populations have risen, since 1988, from 600,000 to an estimated 1,600,000 in 2012. This trend shows inhumane behavior on the part of lawmakers and myriads of employees who benefit from the so-called "criminal justice" system. But our entire society bears responsibility for what now can aptly be labeled a "prison-industrial complex.

Front pages Friday, February 20, 2015 (3 comments)     

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The Front Page Rule After a week here in FMC Lexington Satellite camp, a federal prison in Kentucky, I started catching up on national and international news... and thoughts on drones

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A Future in Prison Kathy Kelly is reporting to prison tomorrow. She explains, "In December, 2014, Judge Matt Whitworth sentenced me to three months in federal prison after Georgia Walker and I had attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the commander of Whiteman Air Force base, asking him to stop his troops from piloting lethal drone flights over Afghanistan from within the base."

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 (2 comments)     

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To Successfully Deal with the Challenge of the Islamic State, the U.S. Must Accept that the Neo-Colonial Era Is Over. It is now past time for the USA & other world powers to recognize that the age of neo-colonial military, political and economic domination, especially in the Islamic Middle East, is decisively coming to a close. Attempts to maintain it by military force have been disastrous. There are powerful cultural currents and political forces in motion in the Middle East that simply will not tolerate military and political domination.

Georgia, Kathy and Brian with gathering in Kansas City, MO Tuesday, October 7, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court On October 7, 2014, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility. The charge was based on their participation, at Whiteman Air Force Base, in a June 1st 2014 rally protesting drone warfare.

Friday, July 11, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Bowe Bergdahl and the Voice of War War -- this war and the many others like it -- has changed us. It demands that a young man brutalized in captivity, that over a hundred of his counterparts brutalized daily in Guantanamo, never meet with any compassion from us ever again.

//www.flickr.com/photos/35899785@N00/13834987775/ Monday, April 14, 2014     

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We Don't Want You to Swim in the River leaving people with nothing when you have everything is as serious a crime as shooting them.

Female Construction Engineers Friday, February 28, 2014     

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Women’s Liberation at Barefoot College A few months ago, the Afghan Peace Volunteers began planning to send a small delegation of young women to India as guests of Barefoot College , a renowned initiative that uses village wisdom, local knowledge and practical skills available in the rural areas to improve villagers' lives.

//www.flickr.com/photos/27749836@N02/12002248965/ Monday, January 20, 2014     

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For Whom the Bell Tolls This month, from Atlanta, GA, the King Center announced its "Choose Nonviolence" campaign, a call on people to incorporate the symbolism of bell-ringing into their Martin Luther King Holiday observance, as a means of showing their commitment to Dr. King's value of nonviolence in resolving terrible issues of inequality, discrimination and poverty here at home. The call was heard in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Twelve children killed in the Kunar province, April 2013 Tuesday, May 21, 2013 (5 comments)     

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Tales in a Kabul Restaurant It's one thing to chronicle sparse details about these U.S. led NATO attacks. It's quite another to sit across from Afghan men as they try, having broken down in tears, to regain sufficient composure to finish telling us their stories. "What can we do," they asked, "when both sides are targeting us?"

Sunday, January 13, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Afghan Peace Volunteer: Drones Bury Beautiful Lives Drones don't bring peace. They kill human beings. Drones bring nothing but bombs. They burn the lives of the people. People can't move around freely. In the nights, people are afraid. Drones don't protect the people of Afghanistan. Instead, drones kill the people of Afghanistan. You hear in the news and reports that every day, families, children and women are killed. Do you call this safety?

Saturday, December 1, 2012 (6 comments)     

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Truth and Trauma in Gaza The Israeli military claimed it had collapsed the building in hope of assassinating an unspecified visitor to the home; thus, any massive civilian death toll is justifiable by the merest hint of a military target. Qassam rockets killing one Israeli a year are terrorism, but deliberate attacks to collapse buildings on whole families are not.

Replace Insecure http://vcnv.org/files/images/Israeli%20Gunboat.preview.jpg Friday, November 30, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Refusing to Acquiesce in Gaza :Observations after Operation "Pillar of Cloud" The wounds from operation "Pillar of Cloud" are obvious and the stories we have heard are tragic, but a spirit of resilience and determination is equally visible in the eyes of the families we have visited. Last night, Gazans were in the streets celebrating the UN General Assembly's decision to upgrade Palestine's status to a non-member observer state.

Replace Insecure http://blackagendareport.com/sites/www.blackagendareport.com/files/imagecache/feature400/afghan_civilians.jpg Wednesday, October 31, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter In this season of stale appeals to support the supposed lesser of two evils, Kathy Kelly reminds us of the actual cost Afghan women and children and their families are paying for Barack Obama's decision to continue the war in Afghanistan at least till 2014. It's a set of facts that ought to be constantly before us --- how will our votes and our actions after this election impact their struggles for dignity and survival?

Karbala pilgrims Friday, October 26, 2012 (1 comments)     

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A Lesson in Hospitality by Cathy Breen I have just returned to Najaf after spending some days in Karbala visiting a good friend of ours there and getting to know his dear family. In both my going from and my returning to Najaf, I was moved by the sight of pilgrims walking on the side of the road to Karbala.

Farzana, in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors Sunday, September 2, 2012     

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Farzana, "2 Million Friends' and a Ceasefire in Afghanistan "Why do the women of the world believe that guns and bombs which kill can promote women's rights in Afghanistan?" Part of Farzana's dream for the war to end will be enthusiastically pursued through the "2 Million Friends' campaign for peace, a campaign of Farzana and the Afghan Peace Volunteers to find "2 Million Friends' around the world to organize activities on December 10 calling for a ceasefire in Afghanistan.

Thiristing for Justice -- Palestinian rights to water and sanitation Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Thirsting for Justice My friends at MECA and the Thirsting for Justice Campaign have invited us all to become more sensitive to the plight of Gazans and Palestinians throughout the West Bank, as they try to believe that we are all part of one another, that we all have the same blood and water running through our veins.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012     

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Why Afghanistan Can't Wait Real strength asserts itself - in small work, repeated a thousand fold, by people like the Afghan Peace Volunteers -- in tutoring a crowd of children, in helping a desperate mother win the right to feed her family, in calling on worldwide solidarity behind a U.N.-imposed ceasefire for the U.S. and Taliban - in small actions we invite the world to emulate the torrent that erodes walls.

//www.livewithoutwars.org/ Sunday, July 22, 2012     

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The Sky as it Falls I'm privileged to watch young and vulnerable practitioners of peacemaking risk their own safety to advocate for those even less safe. And poverty, which descends from war, which engenders war, equals danger as surely as war does. Now the same organizers will be traveling across the United States as the Caravan for Peace, calling for an end to drug wars and military wars.

The photo was taken in 2003, days after the U.S. Marines invaded Iraq, Monday, July 2, 2012 (2 comments)     

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The Longest War: Overcoming Lies and Indifference With eyes wide open, willing to look in the mirror, we must persist with the tasks of education and outreach, looking for nonviolent means to take risks commensurate to the crimes being committed in our name.

Kathy and Hakim Sunday, July 1, 2012     

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Seeking a Visa for Dr. Wee Teck Young, Peace Activist The actions and choices which have earned peace activist Dr. Wee Teck Young his well-deserved award are probably the same factors that persuaded U.S. consular officials to deny him entry to the United States. The question is whether we can be a voice to affirm that his work has value in the United States, where awareness of the costs of war, and of the lives of ordinary Afghans, is desperately needed.

Monday, June 5, 2006     

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Learning from the Courage of Ali-- Right Livelihood Ali, an 11 year old boy was severely injured by accident. While he was climbing a high voltage tower, the power was turned on. Electricity surged through his body, leaving him armless. It seemed a miracle that he survived. He is bright, energetic, and thoroughly engaging. Brian Wilson was similarly maimed, but by intentional US military action on US soil.