Kathy Kelly: In war-torn Afghanistan, there’s a desperate need to rebuild agricultural infrastructure and help people grow their own food. People verging on despair feel encouraged by possibilities of replenishing and repairing their soil.
Kathy Kelly: This heart-breaking tragedy underscores, yet again, just how devastating Yemen’s conflict continues to be for civilians.
Kelly Kelly: Not even one of the 41 prisoners now in Guantanamo was captured by the U.S. military on a battlefield.
Kathy Kelly: The nightmare of famine and disease those peaceful youths anticipated has become a horrid reality, and their city of Ta’iz is transformed into a battlefield.
Kathy Kelly: Powerful people in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Sudan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Senegal and Jordan have colluded with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince to prolong the war against Yemen.
uring the spring of 1999, as part of Voices in the Wilderness’s campaign to end indiscriminately lethal U.S./U.N. economic sanctions against Iraq, the Fellowship of Reconciliation arranged for two Nobel Peace laureates, Adolfo Perez Esquivel and Mairead Maguire, to visit the country. Before their travel, Voices activists helped organize meetings for them with a range […]
Kathy Kelly: The mothers’ travails echo across Afghanistan, where one-third of the population lives below the poverty line (earning less than $2 a day) and a further 50 percent are barely above this.
Kathy Kelly: Ordinary Iranians might well think that whatever discontent they have with their own government the U.S. is their most implacable and most immediate enemy.
Kathy Kelly: An estimated one million people died during a famine that began because of blighted potato crops but became an “artificial famine” because Ireland’s British occupiers lacked the political will to justly distribute resources and food.
Kathy Kelly: Billions, perhaps trillions, will be spent to send weapons, weapon systems, fighter jets, ammunition, and military support to the region, fueling new arms races and raising the profits of U.S. weapon makers.
Kathy Kelly: Each U.S. war has caused a rise in taxpayer contributions to maintain the MIC, the Military-Industrial Complex, with its vise-like grip on educating the U.S. public and marketing U.S. wars.
Kathy Kelly: 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.
Kathy Kelly: How would the U.S. military train the Saudis to prevent the accidental killing of civilians? Would they teach Saudi pilots the military parlance used when U.S. drones hit an intended target: the pools of blood that sensors detect, in place of what was once a human body, are called “bugsplat”?