Tag Archives: Kabul

On Purpose, In Kabul by Kathy Kelly

“In short,” says Chapman, the U.S. government “made things worse rather than better.”

Digging Deeper, Afghanistan, by Kathy Kelly

On May 13, a single-file procession of Pashto men started off on a 400-mile trek along dusty roads from Helmand to Kabul, to call for the Afghan government and the warring parties to end the war.

Kathy Kelly | Building Trust in Afghanistan

What has brought a non-violent future closer to Afghanistan – giant sized military and surveillance systems or the accomplishments of young volunteers working to develop inter-ethnic projects?

Days Before Runaway Military Blimp, Another Blimp Accident in Kabul Killed Five

The runaway military surveillance blimp that came loose from an Army base in Maryland on Wednesday dragged its torn tether through power lines in two Pennsylvania counties before crashing into the woods. But at least no one died.

#ENOUGH! WE CAN RESPOND TO THE TEARS OF KUNDUZ REFUGEE, ABDUL FATAH

Hakim: We learnt to do something small and different from 14 years of the ‘same, old’ method of war, and exploitation.

“The Cost of War, the Price of Peace”: Take an Online course with Kathy Kelly this summer, July 1 to August 31

      Dear Friends, Warm greetings, from Kabul.I’ll return to the U.S. in time to begin teaching an online course, July 1 – August 31.  The school was organized by ZMagazine, but is now called “The World Institute for Social Change.” I’m eager to give it a try but am anxious I’ll feel like a […]

Tomgram: Ann Jones, Citizen’s Revolt in Afghanistan

Jones: Afghan and foreign commentators who sought to explain the public outcry that followed her death often claimed that a nation already traumatized and deeply depressed by never-ending wars had been retraumatized by the crime. But trauma commonly shuts down the sufferer, numbing the emotions and blunting the compassion that binds us to others. The murder of Farkhunda did just the opposite. People said it cut them like a knife. It made them feel again. Men described their hearts as “bleeding.” Women spoke of being “emptied” of tears. They wept for Farkhunda — and for themselves.

Patrick Kennelly: The Unspeakable in Afghanistan

 Patrick Kennelly writes from Kabul. By Patrick Kennelly  VCNV.org  December 17, 2014  I am sending this article on behalf of Patrick Kennelly who is representing Voices for Creative Nonviolence in Kabul.      —Kathy Kelly The year 2014 marks the deadliest year in Afghanistan for civilians, fighters, and foreigners. The situation has reached a new low […]

Kathy Kelly: Uncomplicated, in Afghanistan

On November 7, 2014, while visiting Kabul, The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, noted that NATO will soon launch a new chapter, a new non-combat mission in Afghanistan. But it’s difficult to spot new methods as NATO commits itself to sustaining combat on the part of Afghan forces. At the gate of Emergency Hospital, Kabul […]

Kathy Kelly: Another 58.6 Billion for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan?

Americans have a right to learn about people bearing the consequences of U.S. war, but there is scant incentive to exercise this right in a society where militarism is glorified and military spokespeople continually assure the U.S. public that U.S. militarism has improved the lives of women and children in Afghanistan. By Kathy Kelly  HuffingtonPost.com […]

▶ Afghan Peace Volunteers: Fly Kites Not Drones

Published on Feb 10, 2014 Fly Kites NOT Drones for Now Roz- the Afghan New Year 21-23 March. A campaign launched by Voices for Creative Non Violence UK in solidarity with the Afghan Peace Volunteers who want to end the use of drones. Join us for the joyous Afghan New Year to Fly Kites Not Drones. […]

Kathy Kelly: Salt and Terror in Afghanistan

5¢ a child by Kathy Kelly  Direct to Rise Up Times  February 5, 2014 Two weeks ago in a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, I joined several dozen people, working seamstresses, some college students, socially engaged teenagers and a few visiting internationals like myself, to discuss world hunger. Our emphasis was not exclusively on their own country’s worsening […]

Kathy Kelly: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.  …  A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding […]

Kathy Kelly: Locked in Winter

The vast expenditures of the U.S. government and its client here simply can’t be designated as contributions toward “security.” These funds have contributed to insecurity and danger while failing to address basic human needs.  By Kathy Kelly  January 6, 2014  Direct to Rise Up Times Kabul — The fire in the Chaman e Babrak camp began in Nadiai’s […]

Kathy Kelly: Afghan Street Children Beg for Change

By Kathy Kelly  December 30, 2013    Kabul, Afghanistan is “home” to hundreds of thousands of children who have no home.  Many of them live in squalid refugee camps with families that have been displaced by violence and war.  Bereft of any income in a city already burdened by high rates of unemployment, families struggle […]

Ann Jones: They Didn’t Know What They Were Getting Into — The Cost of War American-Style

 America’s soldiers, when deployed, may no longer be “real people” even to their loved ones.  To girlfriends and wives, left alone at home with bills to pay and kids to raise, they evidently had to be mythic Warriors of historic importance saving the nation even at the sacrifice of their own lives.  Otherwise, what was […]

Kathy Kelly> Tales in a Kabul Restaurant

The Afghan Atrocities Update by Kathy Kelly  May 21, 2013 Kabul–Since 2009, Voices for Creative Nonviolence has maintained a grim record we call the “The Afghan Atrocities Update” which gives the dates, locations, numbers and names of Afghan civilians killed by NATO forces.  Even with details culled from news reports, these data can’t help but […]

Kathy Kelly> Why Afghanistan Can’t Wait

Why Afghanistan Can’t Wait by Kathy Kelly and Dr. Hakim   08/10/2012 Huffington Post Last week, we spent three anxious hours in an outer waiting area of the “Non-Immigrant Visa” section of the U.S. consulate here in Kabul, Afghanistan, waiting for our young friends Ali and Abdulhai to return from a sojourn through the inner offices […]

Kathy Kelly> Out to the Wall

Out to the Wall Posted: 06/07/2012 4:48 pm   Huffington Post  “On the last day of summer, ten hours before fall … … my grandfather took me out to the wall.” KABUL–When we arrived at the museum, two legless men wheeled themselves past us, traveling in wooden carts operated by a hand-held steering device. Inside […]

Kathy Kelly> Cold, Cold Heart

Cold, Cold Heart Kathy Kelly   02/14/2012 4:17 pm  Huffington Post It’s Valentine’s Day, and opening the little cartoon on the Google page brings up a sentimental animation with Tony Bennett singing “why can’t I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold, cold heart.” Here in Dubai, where I’m awaiting a visa to visit […]