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US Politics

Ferguson and American Racism After the Killer of Michael Brown Goes Free

This is a sad day. The grand jury’s decision is yet another sign that all of America’s sons’ lives are not yet valued equally in the eyes of our courts. All of America’s fathers, mothers and children should stay outraged …
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US Politics

U.S. Misguided Policy Assumptions Out of Touch With the World’s Reality

5 Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Are Hot Air by Andrew Bacevich Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com “Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral …
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US Politics

China Overtakes the US as World’s Largest Economy

China’s New Global Leadership  by Jeffrey D. Sachs  The biggest economic news of the year came almost without notice: China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy, according to the scorekeepers at the International Monetary Fund. And, …
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US Politics

Reclaim America after 2014 elections–Please come to our conference Dec. 14th

After the 2014 Elections and Facing a Congress determined to dismantle environmental, health and social benefits for middle income Americans and the poor in 2015-2016 It’s critical that ethically sensitive people develop a strategy to: RECLAIM AMERICA You, dear reader, …
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US Politics

Why the Right Keeps Winning and the Left Keeps Losing

Why does the Right keep winning in American politics, sometimes through electoral victories, sometimes by having the Democrats and others on the Left adopt what were traditionally right-wing policies and perspectives?
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Israel/Palestine

Why Have Jewish-Arab Relations so Rapidly Deteriorated Inside the Borders of the State of Israel?

Why Have Jewish-Arab Relations Deteriorated in Israel? The View of Sikkuy’s Ron Gerlitz, by Phyllis Bernstein What follows is a summary of remarks delivered by Ron Gerlitz, co-executive director of Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, at …
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Israel/Palestine

ISIS is an Existential Threat to Israel–a note from Uri Avnery

Editor’s note: this is a selection from a longer article by Uri Avnery Isis as an Existential Threat to Israel  by Uri Avnery ISIS (“the Islamic State”) poses no military danger. The present and former generals who shape Israel’s policy can …
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NSP

Yearning for a World of Love and Justice

We live in a world filled with loving and caring people. We all crave a world filled with love and care. Yet most of us doubt that we can experience a loving and caring world beyond our own private lives …
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Israel/Palestine

Rula Jebreal: How I’m Treated as a Minority in Israel

New York Times Minority Life in Israel By RULA JEBREAL OCT. 27, 2014 Credit Bratislav Milenkovic My mother, Zakia, was so proud that my sister and I spoke better Hebrew than Arabic. Osman, my father, believed that by achieving the highest …
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Health

A book on Caring for People With Alzheimer’s

: WHERE TWO WORLDS TOUCH   by Rev. Dr. Jade C. Angelica.    Skinner House Books. Boston, MA. 2014 Reviewed by Rabbi Richard Address              Jade Angelica introduces us to her approach to caregiving for people …
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Environment

UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Climate Assessment Nov.2, 2014

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Climate change is happening, it’s almost entirely man’s fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.’s panel on climate science said Sunday. The fourth and final volume …
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Culture

Chana Bloch’s poem Potato Eaters

Chana Bloch. Photo by Peg Skorpinski Potato Eaters Chana Bloch My grandmother never did learn to write. “Making love” was not in her lexicon; I wonder if she ever took off her clothes when her husband performed his conjugal duties. She …
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Terrorism, Terrorism, Terrorism

Terrorism, Terrorism, Terrorism: The Word That Fuels Endless War Journalist Glenn Greenwald explains the importance of challenging how this powerful word is used by those who always say only describes the violence of others and never their own. by Jon Queally, …
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US Politics

Thandeka on America’s New Spiritual Pioneers

  America’s New Spiritual Pioneers An Unfolding Political Story About Emotions Lost and Found Thandeka   We are at the dawn of a new era in progressive faith and politics in America. This new era has not yet emerged because …
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Food/Hunger

The GMO Deception!

Editor’s note: The following is a note from the radio and tv show Democracy Now As voters in Oregon and Colorado head to the polls next week to decide if they support labeling laws for genetically modified organisms, on Tuesday we will …
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