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US Hypocrisy on Yemen

  By Jonathan Marshall Only a few months ago, interventionists were demanding a militant response by Washington to what George Soros branded “a humanitarian catastrophe of historic proportions” — the killing of “hundreds of people” by Russian and Syrian government bombing of rebel-held neighborhoods …
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Pence at Dachau Concentration Camp: Not Merely Hypocritical

Editor’s Note:  The Israeli right and their allies in the U.S. have used the technique of bringing young people to Nazi concentration camps as a way of communicating them the message “this is why Israel must be given blind support–because …
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Trying to take down Trump for his failure to support a new Cold War with Russia. Why?

https://consortiumnews.com/ 2017/02/15/progressives-pile- on-flynns-ouster/ Consortium News       February 15, 2017 Progressives Pile on Flynn’s Ouster President Trump is so despised by progressives that many are rallying behind neocon-driven demands for a New McCarthyism to silence those who object to a …
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Trump as Narcissist

Editor’s note: The article below by MIchael Brenner, cleverly presenting an argument for why Trump should be analyzed as a clinical narcissist,* is not atypical of the kinds of analyses that have been floating around on the internet. Brenner is …
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The Case for a Progressive Version of Patriotism while Fighting Trumpism

Editor’s Note:  From the start of Tikkun magazine close to 31 years ago, we’ve been trying to convince people on the Left that we should be embracing and celebrating all that is good in the U.S. even as we critique …
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US Politics

America Third by Michael Klare

America Third  Donald Trump Is Giving the Phrase “Multipolar World” New Meaning  By Michael T. Klare If there’s a single consistent aspect to Donald Trump’s strategic vision, it’s this: U.S. foreign policy should always be governed by the simple principle of “America …
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Through the Looking Glass How Can We Recognize Our Friends in the Mixed-Up World of Donald Trump?

By Rebecca Gordon (an article from our media ally TomDispatch.com) You know you’re living in a looking-glass world when former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks out against one of Donald Trump’s executive orders. He’s a good example of how past adversaries of movements …
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Israel/Palestine

Peter Beinart’s Take Down of Jared Kushner and the Problem of Palestine

By Mark LeVine It is heartening to see the wide reading being received by Peter Beinart’s January 31 j’accuse in The Forward against Jared Kushner and the Orthodox Jewish religious and educational establishment that produced him. Beinart’s article asks some …
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US Politics

Sometimes even a sociopath speaks truth

Editor’s note: here is a perspective on some of Trump’s statements that may help us understand why some people continue to see him as a champion challenging the mush of the establishment. What the author below fails to see is …
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War & Peace

The New Balance of Terror in Syria

 Interview with Joseph Daher: The new balance of terror in Syria https://socialistworker.org/2017/02/07/the-new-balance-of-terror-in-syria The new balance of terror in Syria February 7, 2017 The scorched-earth war of the Assad dictatorship, backed by allies Russia and Iran, against the Syrian Revolution has …
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Reflections on Trump from a UK rabbi

THE PEOPLE VS. TRUMP Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah   A ‘Reality TV’ star has become President of the United States. Is it a joke? When ‘President Trump’ was featured on ‘The Simpsons’ in the year 2000 the spectre was supposed …
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Rabbi Lerner Dialogues with Keith Ellison, candidate for chair of the Democratic National Committee

Editor’s note: Tikkun magazine, as a non-profit, does not endorse candidates for public office nor do we affiliate with any particular political party. We are the voice of Jewish, interfaith, and secular humanist spiritual progressives who seek a world of …
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A Call for Love in the Face of Hatred: Rabbi Michael Lerner’s Talk at Muhammad Ali’s Memorial

El maley rachamim, shocheyn ba’meh’romeem. Master of compassion, God of compassion, send your blessings to Muhammad Ali, send your blessings to all who mourn for him, and send your blessings for all the millions and millions of people who mourn for him all over this planet. I come here speaking as a representative of American Jews—and to say that American Jews played an important role in solidarity with African-American struggles in this country and that we today stand in solidarity with the Islamic community in this country and all around the world.
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Coercive Deference and Double Bind Politics on the Left (a response to the 2016 election)

I SHARE WITH I’m sure virtually all of Tikkun’s readers a feeling of pain and horror at the acts of racial and ethnic violence that have occurred since the election of Donald Trump. And I of course agree that the rhetoric of Trump’s campaign has had the effect of stirring up and legitimizing the expression of these racist and xenophobic impulses in terrible and alarming ways. But it does not help our efforts to respond to and counter these realities to simply denounce the Trump campaign or Trump supporters as “being” racist or xenophobic as if their violent and cruel behavior were just an expression of their evil essence or brainwashed minds. Instead, we must look deeply into the impacted conditions of their psychological, spiritual, and economic lives to see what in their experience has led them to burst out by the millions in response to Trump’s message.
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Overcoming Trump-ism: A New Strategy for Progressives

WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED about the path our country is going to take under Donald Trump’s leadership. The racist, sexist, and xenophobic signals given during the 2016 campaign led to an escalation of acts of public hate against Latinos, Muslims, and Jews. Much of what liberal and progressive social change movements have worked for these past decades is about to be substantially reversed and dismantled. We cannot expect that militant demonstrations or protests by themselves are going to help much until we understand more deeply why a larger majority of Americans have not been willing to give liberals and progressives the kind of electoral victories necessary to actually implement the Left’s policies and programs.
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