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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 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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Destroyed house in Yemen., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 15, 2021
Abandoning Yemen? For nearly four years, alleged abuses suffered by Yemenis whose basic rights to food, shelter, safety, health care and education were horribly violated, all while they were bludgeoned by Saudi and U.S. air strikes, drone attacks, and constant warfare since 2014.
Violence is the Problem, NOT the Solution, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 12, 2021
The only way to effectively counter terror is to end war As w+++++++++++ The Taliban are in power today because of a colossal mess the United States helped create. U.S. citizens must insist on paying reparations for destruction caused by 20 years of war.
Taliban Everywhere, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 16, 2021
Reckoning and Reparations in Afghanistan The U.S. government owes reparations to the civilians of Afghanistan for the past 20 years of war and brutal impoverishment.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Why Daniel Hale Deserves Gratitude, Not Prison Pardon Daniel Hale, a former Air Force analyst who blew the whistle on the consequences of drone warfare. Hale will appear for sentencing before Judge Liam O'Grady on July 27.
Interceptor Drone, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Art Against Drones In many war zones, incredibly brave human rights documentarians risk their lives to record the testimonies of people suffering war-related human rights violations, including drone attacks striking civilians.
Stop the war on yemen!, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 11, 2021
Hunting in Yemen The U.S. is complying with a coalition using starvation and disease to wage war. With 400,000 children's lives in the balance, with a Yemeni child dying once every 75 seconds, what U.S. interests could possibly justify our further hesitation.
1565 Painting, From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 22, 2021
About Suffering: A Massacre of the Innocents in Yemen For more than five years, Yemenis have faced near-famine conditions while enduring a naval blockade and routine aerial bombardment.
Afghanistan, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Like a Rocket in the Garden: The Unending War in Afghanistan Under President Biden, the United States would likely abide by Trump's recent troop withdrawals, maintaining a troop presence of about 2,000. But Biden has indicated a preference for intensified Special Operations, surveillance and drone attacks. These strategies could cause the Taliban to nullify their agreement, prolonging the war through yet another presidency.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 6, 2020
Reversal Today, the 75th anniversary of the atomic attack on Hiroshima, should be a day for quiet introspection. On the bridge outside of Boeing, the world's second largest defense contractor, activists held placards urging Boeing to stop making weapons.
Some of the 40 blue backpacks worn in a protest in New York city against the war in Yemen. Each backpack was accompanied by a sign with the name and age of a child killed on a school bus in Dahyan, northern Yemen, on August 9, 2018, in a Saudi/UAE airstri, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Yemen: A Torrent of Suffering in a Time of Siege In war-torn Yemen, the crimes pile up. Children who bear no responsibility for governance or warfare endure the punishment.
Promotional image of the Italian frigate the U.S. Navy is adapting for construction at Marinette., From InText
SHARE More Sharing        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.
White Privilege, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Weapons that Protect White Privilege Prevent Sustainable Community Change How does our white privilege contribute to racism and oppression? How can we use our privilege to bring about systemic change?
Yemen remains the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Swords into Plowshares, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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?"
Steve Kelly, SJ, Nevada Nuclear Test Site  3/14/18, From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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."
Activists practice
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Protester's sign decries sanctions,
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 11, 2020
From Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, A Call to Catholics: Let Us End Our Complicity in War Bishop Gumbleton's statement, while directed to Catholics, challenges all who long for an end to war.
Kathy Kelly and Maya Evans walk with children at the Chamin-E-Babrak refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 2014., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 4, 2020
An eyewitness to the horrors of the US "forever wars" speaks out Images of battered and destroyed hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan, and of hospital personnel trying nevertheless to heal people and save lives, help me retain a basic truth about U.S. wars of choice: We don't have to be this way.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.

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