Robert Koehler: A recent study by the Missouri attorney general’s office shows that black drivers are at least twice as likely — in some towns, much more than that — to be stopped by police as white drivers.
Robert Koehler: Here in the U.S., we have a military budget pushing a trillion dollars annually, which is a hell of an investment in nonexistence. But we also have a growing peace consciousness that cannot and must not stop until it changes the world.
Robert Koehler: Politics should not be a pursuit disconnected from the heart; it should be, as everything should be, an expression of the heart. Where fear has been harnessed for political purposes, let’s now harness the power of love.
Robert Koehler: The world is organized the way it is right now thanks to Europe’s nearly 500 years of invasion, conquest and colonization.
Robert Koehler: At the refugee camps, the musicians made music with children and performed again the beautiful folk songs from the region.
Robert Koehler: Unavoidably, a line of connection runs straight from the yearbook photo to the worst of American history: lynching, slavery, genocide.
Robert Koehler: Apparently what’s under assault is war itself, or so the Establishment believes, in the wake of the shocking announcement by the president that he plans to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops now deployed in Syria and 7,000, or half, the U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Robert Koehler: The bombs that dismembered several dozen Yemenis were built by Raytheon, part of the American military-industrial complex and a major supplier of jobs.
Robert Koehler: Why, suddenly, do we live in nations as opposed to cultures? And maybe, most gallingly, why do we care about and feel the need to protect only “American citizens”?
Robert Koehler: As long as 60 percent or so of our discretionary spending is diverted to militarism, we will not change, we will not grow, we will not survive.
Robert Koehler: Gunfire and wildfire. This is a country at war with itself in multiple ways.
Robert Koehler: This is a story about the infrastructure of killing and an economic system that, apparently, depends on doing so on a mass scale globally, which of course is known as waging war.
Robert Koehler: Beyond the guilt or innocence of the nominee, America’s culture of shame is being torn to shreds as women…simply come forward with their stories.