Articles by Kathy Kelly

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Seeing Yemen from Jeju
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

4 Dec 2018 – Jeju, a visa-free port, has been an entry point for close to 500 Yemenis who have traveled nearly 5000 miles in search of safety. Traumatized by consistent bombing, threats of imprisonment and torture, and the horrors of starvation, recent migrants to South Korea, including children, yearn for refuge.

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The Long, Brutal U.S. War on Children in the Middle East
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2018

When children waste away to literally nothing while fourteen million people face conflict driven famine, a hue and cry—yes, a caterwaul —most certainly should be raised, worldwide.

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U.S. Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2018

On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Sa’ada, a city in northern Yemen. The United States is deeply implicated in the appalling carnage in Yemen. It is our responsibility as citizens to do what we can to demand an end to this complicity.

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God Only Knows
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jul 2018

In July of 2018, an Amnesty International report entitled “God Knows If He’s Alive,” documented the plight of dozens of families in southern Yemen whose loved ones have been tortured, killed, or forcibly disappeared by Yemeni security forces reporting to the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition that, with vital US support, has been bombarding and blockading famine and disease-ravaged Yemen for three brutal years.

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On Purpose, in Kabul
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2018

26 Jun 2018 – War profiteers deliver hellish realities and futile prospects, but the Afghan Peace Volunteers have not given up on bettering their country. In recent visits to Kabul, we’ve listened as they consider the longer-term question of how peace can come to an economically devastated country where employment by various warlords, including the U.S. and Afghan militaries, is many families’ only way to put bread on the table.

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Hungering for Nuclear Disarmament
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jun 2018

19 June 2018 – In the state of Georgia’s Glynn County Detention Center, four activists await trial stemming from their nonviolent action, on April 4, 2018, at the Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay. In all, seven Catholic plowshares activists acted that day, aiming to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares.” This week, five people have gathered for a fast and vigil, near the Naval Base, calling it “Hunger for Nuclear Disarmament.”

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A Mile in Their Shoes
Kathy Kelly - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

This past Friday [8 Jun 2018], Hazara girls joined young Pashto boys to sing Afghanistan’s national anthem as a welcome to Pashto men walking 400 miles from Helmand to Kabul calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to end the war. At rest stops, they must tend to their torn and blistered feet.

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Digging Deeper in Afhanistan
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jun 2018

5 Jun 2018 – Ongoing battles between militants, government forces, and international allies have destroyed much of Kabul’s water infrastructure, forcing people to drill their own wells. The current population, estimated around 4.5 million, is expected to reach 9 million by 2050. The estimated groundwater potential is enough to supply only 2 million inhabitants with water.

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Scourging Yemen
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2018

On March 22, 2018, Amnesty International called for an end to the flow of arms to the Saudi-led coalition attacking Yemen. “There is extensive evidence that irresponsible arms flows to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition have resulted in enormous harm to Yemeni civilians but this has not deterred the USA, the UK and other states, including France, Spain and Italy, from continuing transfers of billions of dollars’ worth of such arms.”

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Teen Solidarity against the Merchants of Death
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Mar 2018

1 Mar 2018 – The U.S. military remains in Afghanistan because it wants to eventually control mineral wealth and other resources. But right now, weapon manufacturers like General Atomics and Boeing — which supply the U.S. base in Kandahar with drones, missiles and bombs — are profiting from the perpetuation of war. This profit gives them common cause with arms manufacturers like Sturm Ruger and Sig Sauer earning millions from equipping U.S. police forces as well as deranged killers in U.S. classrooms.

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A Treacherous Crossing
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Feb 2018

30 Jan 2018 – The “good guys” shaping and selling U.S. foreign policy and weapon sales exemplify the heartless indifference of the smugglers who gamble human life in exceedingly dangerous crossings.

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41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jan 2018

January 11, 2018 marked the 16th year that Guantanamo prison has exclusively imprisoned Muslim men, subjecting many of them to torture and arbitrary detention… Forty-one hearts still beat in Guantanamo prison cells. That’s forty-one too many.

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Remaining Peaceful Was Their Choice
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jan 2018

31 Dec 2017 – People living now in Yemen’s third largest city, Ta’iz, have endured unimaginable circumstances for the past three years. Civilians fear to go outside lest they be shot by a sniper or step on a land mine… Despite their misery, they steadfastly opted for unarmed, nonviolent struggle.

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The Quality of Mercy
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2017

21 Nov 2017 – 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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Afghanistan: From the Ground Up
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Nov 2017

30 Oct 2017 – On a recent Friday at the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ Borderfree Center, here in Kabul, thirty mothers sat cross-legged along the walls of a large meeting room. Masoumah, who co-coordinates the Center’s “Street Kids School” project, had invited the mothers to a parents meeting.

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Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump’s Strategy on Iran
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

In a time when 20 million people face starvation, it’s particularly obscene for any country to pour resources into nuclear weaponry.

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Great Hunger
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

2 Oct 2017 – In relation to conflict-driven famines, the U.S., our violence, and our delusions of being indispensable stem from accepting a belief that our “way of life” is non-negotiable. 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.

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At Every Door
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jul 2017

Billions, perhaps trillions, will be spent to send weapons, weapon systems, fighter jets, ammunition, and military support to the Middle East region, fueling new arms races and raising the profits of U.S. weapon makers. But, we can choose to stand at the doors of our leaders and of our neighbors, honoring past sacrifices and the innocent lives we were unable to save, as we redouble efforts to stop war makers from constantly gaining the upper hand in our lives.

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“Ain’t No Such Thing as a Just War” – Ben Salmon, WWI Resister
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2017

If the Allies, led by France and Britain, had not won a total victory, there would have been no punitive peace treaty like that completed at Versailles, no stab-in-the back allegations by resentful Germans, and thus no rise, much less triumph, of Hitler and the Nazis. The next world war, with its 50 million deaths, would probably not have occurred.”

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What Does War Generate?
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2017

What are the generals’ concerns and interests in Iraq and Afghanistan? How strong is their concern even for the well-being of their own troops? Several veterans of U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have written persuasive memoirs about the wastefulness of their deployments, accusing commanders of sending them on futile missions.

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Would You Like a Drink Of Water? Please Ask a Yemeni Child
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jun 2017

We, likewise, can work toward justice for those who live in communities like Flint, MI; we can seek sane approaches to the climate crisis; and we can insist that those who are targets of war, like the cholera-ridden, desperately hungry children of Yemen, be spared from aerial terrorism and given full access to clean, life-saving waters.

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Feed the Hungry, Treat the Sick: A Crucial Training
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jun 2017

Since entering the war in Yemen, in March of 2015, the Saudi coalition’s airstrikes, with U.S. assistance, have destroyed bridges, roads, factories, farms, food trucks, animals, water infrastructure, and agricultural banks across the north, while imposing a blockade on the territory. Saudi Arabia bombed a Yemeni hospital operated by Doctors Without Borders. The airstrike went on for two hours, reducing the hospital to rubble.

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Courage for Peace, Not for War, in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jun 2017

“Afghanistan, for Americans, doesn’t really exist as a country and a people,” writes William Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force. “It exists only as a wasteful, winless, and endless war . . . . It’s a chance to test theories and to earn points (and decorations) for promotion for many officers. It’s hardly ever about working closely with the Afghan people to find solutions that will work for them over the long haul.”

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In Yemen, Shocked to His Bones
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2017

5 May 2017 – Yemen stands as the worst-threatened of four countries where impending famine comprise the single-worst humanitarian crisis since the founding of the U.N. On 2 May 2017, the UN published a grim infographic detailing conditions in Yemen where 17 million Yemenis — or around 60 percent of the population — are unable to access food. The U.S. and its allies continue to bomb Yemen.

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The Shame of Killing Innocent People
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2017

The U.S. Congress could put an end to U.S. complicity in the crimes against humanity being committed by military forces in Yemen. Congress could insist that the U.S. stop supplying the Saudi led coalition with weapons, stop helping Saudi jets to refuel, end diplomatic cover for Saudi Arabia, and stop providing the Saudis with intelligence support.

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Reality and the U.S.-Made Famine in Yemen
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Mar 2017

At this critical juncture, all member states of the UN must call for an end to the blockade and airstrikes, a silencing of all guns, and a negotiated settlement to the war in Yemen. The worst malefactors, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, must abandon cynical maneuvering against rivals like Iran, in the face of such an unspeakable human cost as Yemen is being made to pay. U.S. people bear responsibility to demand a radical departure from U.S. policy which exacerbates the deadly tragedy faced by people living in Yemen.

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Friendship in Defiance of War: Review of ‘Never Can I Write of Damascus’
Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2017

21 Feb 2017 – Bringing to the fore an under-told story: Before making their home in Damascus, Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak had regularly visited Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, where they developed lasting friendships and deepened cultural awareness. Iraq was steadily deteriorating under thirteen years of U.S./UN imposed economic sanctions.

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Human Rights Day: A Call to Care
Kathy Kelly | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Dec 2016

December 10th marks the U.N. Human Rights Day, celebrating and upholding the indispensable and crucial declaration of universal human rights. On the eve of this event, I visited a refugee camp housing 700 families in Kabul.

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Why Go to Russia?
Kathy Kelly | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2016

“Prior to the Wall’s removal, President Reagan assured Secretary General Gorbachev that if he would support bringing down the Wall separating East and West Berlin, NATO would not move ‘a finger’s width’ closer to Russia than East Germany’s border. With this assurance Gorbachev gladly signed on. Little could he or the world have guessed that this promise would soon be broken during the next administration – and that the redeveloping distrust between the countries would threaten to become a second Cold War, due to NATO’s expansion up to Russia’s borders.”

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Building Trust in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2016

2 Jun 2016 – Here in Kabul, I read a recent BBC op-ed by Ahmed Rashid, urging a “diplomatic offensive” to build or repair relationships with the varied groups representing armed extremism in Afghanistan. Rashid has insisted, for years, that severe mistrust makes it almost impossible for such groups to negotiate an end to Afghanistan’s nightmare of war.

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Hammering for Peace
Kathy Kelly | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2016

Their artistic project embraces a vision from the biblical “Book of Isaiah” which longs for the day when “they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they study war anymore.” Our friends quite literally enact this vision.

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Surveillance and Surveys in Kabul
Kathy Kelly, PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2016

Billions of dollars have been invested in a variety of blimps which various vendors such as Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, and Aeros have shipped to Afghanistan. All of this surveillance purportedly helps establish “patterns of life” and bring security to people living here …tax money to the insatiable appetite of the “defense” corporations and their illusions of omniscient security.

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“Don’t Look Away—The Siege of Gaza Must End”
Kathy Kelly – Common Dreams, 20 Jun 2011

In late June 2011, I’m going to be a passenger on “The Audacity of Hope,” the USA boat in this summer’s international flotilla to break the illegal and deadly Israeli siege of Gaza. Organizers, supporters and passengers aim to nonviolently end the brutal collective punishment imposed on Gazan residents since 2006 when the Israeli government began a stringent air, naval and land blockade of the Gaza Strip explicitly to punish Gaza’s residents for choosing the Hamas government in a democratic election.

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HOW DO GAZANS KEEP GOING? HOW DO WE?
Kathy Kelly - Voices for Creative Nonviolence, 11 Feb 2009

People have asked me, since I returned from Gaza, how people manage. How do they keep going after being traumatized by bombing and punished by a comprehensive state of siege? I wonder myself. I know that whether the loss of life is on the Gazan or the Israeli side of the border, bereaved survivors feel […]

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THE STRONGEST WEAPON OF ALL
Kathy Kelly - Voices for Creative Nonviolence, 25 Jan 2009

Dr. Atallah, a physician in Gaza, invited us to meet him in his home in Gaza City, just a few blocks away from the Shifaa Hospital. Early this morning, he and his family returned to their home after having fled five days earlier when the bombing attacks on Gaza City had become so fierce that […]

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GAZA: WORSE THAN AN EARTHQUAKE
Kathy Kelly - Voices for Creative Nonviolence, 25 Jan 2009

Traffic on Sea Street, a major thoroughfare alongside Gaza’s coastline, includes horses, donkeys pulling carts, cyclists, pedestrians, trucks and cars, mostly older models. Overhead, in stark contrast to the street below, Israel’s ultra modern unmanned surveillance planes criss-cross the skies.  F16s and helicopters can also be heard.  Remnants of their deliveries, the casings of missiles, […]

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TUNNEL VISION
Kathy Kelly - Voices for Creative Nonviolence, 12 Jan 2009

Author’s note: Kathy Kelly, a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, is writing from Arish, a town near the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza. Bill Quigley, a human rights lawyer and law professor at Loyola New Orleans, and Audrey Stewart are also in Egypt and contributed to this article. As I write, we can […]

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