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War & Peace

The Mess in Syria by Robert F. Kennedy , Jr. & response by Stephen Zunes

Ediotr’s Note;  We found this analysis of why Western powers got involved in the Syrian war in EcoWatch.  We then asked  Tikkun contributing editor Stephen Zunes for his response. Both are printed below. One thing stands out for us: though Obama …
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Activism

Brexit, Conflict Resolution and Democracy

Brexit, Conflict Resolrexiution and Democracy                                                                       …
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Race

Cherie Brown on Black Lives Matter Platform and Israel

Black Lives Matter Platform and Israel By Cherie Brown   In the new Black Lives Matter Platform, there is a section on International issues that focuses on Israel. The platform describes the current  oppression of Palestinians and the ongoing occupation by labeling it …
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Ethnic Cleansing is NOT Legitimized by the Torah

Ethnic cleansing is not legitimized by the Torah     by Rabbi Zalman Kastel “Spikes in your eyes and thorns in your side” (1) is what the Torah predicts the remaining original inhabitants of the land of Canaan will be …
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US Politics

Glenn Greenwald on Why the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation

Why Did the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation? By Glenn Greenwald [ https://firstlook.org/theintercept/staff/glenn-greenwald/] Aug. 25 2016, 7:42 a.m.   As the numerous and obvious ethical conflicts surrounding the Clinton Foundation receive more media scrutiny, the …
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US Politics

U.S. MILITARY NOW SAYS ISIS LEADER WAS HELD IN NOTORIOUS ABU GHRAIB PRISON Joshua Eaton Aug. 25 2016, 10:56 a.m. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images IN FEBRUARY 2004, U.S. troops brought a man named Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badry to Abu Ghraib in …
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US Politics

Obamacare Undermined By Its Deal To Allow Profits for Insurance Companies While Forcing People to Participate

  f t ✉ ⎕31 Obamacare’s Faltering for One Simple Reason: Profit Jon Schwarz Aug. 27 2016, 8:05 a.m. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images There have been dozens if not hundreds of news articles about Aetna leaving the Affordable Health Care Act’s online marketplaces in …
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The Olympics–reflections from Brazilian liberation theologian Leonardo Boff

The Olympic Games: A Metaphor for a Humanized Humanity  Leonardo Boff    Theologian-Philosopher           Earthcharter Commission  Since this past August 5th, Rio de Janeiro has been home to the 2016 Olympic Games. An immense infrastructure of arenas, stadiums, new avenues and tunnels has been created, …
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Israel/Palestine

Jewish Ethnocentrism

Editor’s note:  A perspective worthy of serious debate from Mondoweiss. Interesting though that the people who find Jewish ethnocentrism problematic don’t find other forms of identity politics equally problematic. http://mondoweiss.net/2016/08/politics-jewish-ethnocentrism The politics of Jewish ethnocentrism How can Bret Stephens, who …
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US Politics

US Media Propaganda Paving the Way for Military Escalation In Syria

editor’s note: War is not the way to peace.  Try a Strategy of Generosity worldide (see www.tikkun.org/gmp) and download the full color description of the strategy “Human rights” propaganda campaign paves way for military escalation in Syria 19 August 2016 …
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War & Peace

The Mess in Syria

Editor’s Note: the following analysis gives us a perspective on the contradictions in American policy in Syria. Sadly, it remains in the discourse of “Security Through Domination” and hence leaves out of the equation what would happen were the U.S. …
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US Politics

Clinton Picks Advocate for TPP and Fracking to Set Up Her White House

[ https://theintercept.com/2016/08/16/hillary-clinton-picks-tpp-and-fracking-advocate-to-set-up-her-white-house/ ] The Intercept_ Unofficial _Sources IMAGE [ https://prod01-cdn04.cdn.firstlook.org/wp-uploads/sites/1/2016/08/ken-salazar-hillary-ft-3-article-header.jpg ] Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Hillary Clinton Picks TPP and Fracking Advocate To Set Up Her White House Zaid Jilani [ https://theintercept.com/staff/zaidjilani/ ] Naomi LaChance [ https://theintercept.com/staff/naomilachance/ ] Aug. 16 2016, 1:56 p.m Two big issues dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic …
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Israel/Palestine

Attempt to Jump Start Israel/Palestine Peace

Editor’s Note:  I do not know the person who wrote to the King of Saudi Arabia or to Chancellor Merkel–he apparently lives in Europe. And I doubt if anything will come of this effort without first a massive funding of …
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Global Capitalism

Soul Searching in Germany by Victor Grossman

SOULSEARCHING  by Tikkun’s correspondent in Germany, Victor Grossman BERLIN BULLETIN No. 115August 15 2016 Soul-searching is often on the agenda for people who long for peace, better lives for everyone and for the rescue of our planet. November 8th in the …
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US Politics

The Greatest Show on Earth How Billions of Words, Tweets, Insults, and Polls Blot Out Reality in Campaign 2016

In the last year, untold billions of words have been expended on this “election” and the outsized histories, flaws, and baggage the two personalities now running for president bring with them. Has there ever been this sort of coverage — close to a year of it already — hour after hour, day after day, night after night? Has the New York Times ever featured stories about the same candidate and his cronies, two at a time, on its front page daily the way it’s recently been highlighting the antics of The Donald? Have there ever been so many “experts” of every stripe jawing away about a single subject on cable TV from the crack of dawn to the witching hour?
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