Before the Bombs Come the Platitudes, by Robert C. Koehler

Ban nuclear weapons

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by Robert C. Koehler
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 10, 2023

What is democracy but platitudes and dog whistles? The national direction is quietly predetermined — it’s not up for debate. The president’s role is to sell it to the public; you might say he’s the public-relations director in chief:
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Surviving the Killing Fields, by Kathy Kelly and Nick Mottern

Stop Drone Warfare January 21, 2013

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by Kathy Kelly and Nick Mottern
Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad
October 11, 2022

Awaiting discharge from a hospital in Cairo, Adel Al Manthari, a Yemeni civilian, faces months of physical therapy and mounting medical bills following three surgeries since 2018, when a U.S. weaponized drone killed four of his cousins and left him mangled, burnt and barely alive, bedridden to this day.

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Kathy Kelly: The Power of Peace

Enough! Stand for Peace and Justice!

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on Apr 4, 2012

Researched, Produced and Directed by Abir Alsayed

A part of Asdekaa Al Arab series…

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Peace Groups Call For U.S. Withdrawal After Army Sergeant Kills 16 Civilians in Afghanistan

Updated: March 13, 2012

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Mar. 12, 2012

Love is how the kites in Gaza, Afghanistan and the world will fly
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on Mar 12, 2012 – We go to Kabul to speak with an Afghan peace activist about the shooting spree by an U.S. Army sergeant in Afghanistan, which killed 16 Afghan civilians, nine of them children. Calls for a more rapid withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan have escalated after the U.S. soldier reportedly walked more than a mile from his base, breaking in to three separate houses to attack families as they slept. Continue reading

Madeleine Albright: We think the price is worth it by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
11 May, 2011

the hand that feeds

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Dedicated to Madeleine Albright, on Behalf of the Children of Iraq, whose Lives were a “Price Worth It.” (“60 Minutes”, 12th May 1996)

” … war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.” — Howard Zinn. (1922-2010)

It was Kathy Kelly – relentlessly, lovingly, committed to the people of Iraq, constantly risking the draconian wrath, jail terms, and impossible fines of the US., government for her compassion – who alerted me. The ‘phone rang, it was 12th May 1996, and Kathy was calling from Chicago, stunned. Madeleine Albright, then US., Ambassador the the UN., had just appeared on “Sixty Minutes.”

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Facing the horror of needless Afghan War

Eight is (More Than) Enough: End the Wars!

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joefriendly | January 10, 2011

Back from Afghanistan, Kathy Kelly, Eric Stoner, and Mike Ferner make clear the needless tragedy of death, maiming, and destruction going on daily that the American People need to face and reject. Moderated by actress-activist Vinie Burrows, they negate Obama’s claim the US is on track to meet its goals or even making progress, pointing to the unacceptable murder, torn bodies, destroyed buildings from our cruel empire’s bombing, rockets and shooting. They talk of Afghan children and adults challenging the US logic of killing and maiming their family members and destroying their homes and other structures without good reason. Event January 7, 2011 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Manhattan, sponsored by their Peace and Justice Task Force and Grandmothers Against The War, particularly Joan Wile. Camera: Joe Friendly

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US special forces ‘tried to cover-up’ botched Khataba raid in Afghanistan + Interview with Jerome Starkey on NATO night raids

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Jerome Starkey, Kabul
Times Online
April 5, 2010

US special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, Afghan investigators have told The Times.

Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a police officer and his brother were shot on February 12 when US and Afghan special forces stormed their home in Khataba village, outside Gardez in eastern Afghanistan. The precise composition of the force has never been made public.

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Kathy Kelly: Suppose that the U.S. weapon makers had to use a tunnel to deliver weapons to Israel

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Kathy Kelly, a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence ( She recently returned from Gaza, and people often ask her how people in Gaza keep going.

Kelly turns the question around and imagines the kind of tunnel that would be needed to accommodate the weapons the US sends to Israel. And then she asks: How do WE keep going, with the knowledge that our money provides all these weapons of death and destruction. Continue reading

Kathy Kelly: Walking the Talk of Nonviolence

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Talk by Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness on “Living the Work and Walking the Talk of Nonviolence” given September 18, 2008 in Seattle.

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