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US Politics

How to Make July 3-5 a Celebration of Interdependence

Interdependence Day Celebration   Transforming July 4th into an event affirming the value of everyone on earth and affirming our interdependence with them and with the earth itself   Faced with July 4th celebrations that are focused on militarism, ultra-nationalism, …
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US Politics

A very different analysis of the Greek financial crisis

Syriza:  Plunder, Pillage and Prostration James Petras Introduction Greece has been in the headlines of the world’s financial press for the past five months, as a newly elected leftist party, ‘Syriza’, which ostensibly opposes so-called ‘austerity measures’, faces off against …
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US Politics

A Path to End Racism

A Path to Defeat Racism by Rabbi Michael Lerner and Cat Zavis Racism is the demeaning of an entire group of people and refusing to see them as fully human in the way we see ourselves and those we deem …
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US Politics

Love Wins! Lessons from the Movement for Marriage Equality

By Cat J. Zavis Wow. For a brief moment I am feeling such gratitude for our Supreme Court—well, at least for five justices of the court! This is a time to celebrate. Gay and lesbian couples are finally recognized for …
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Environment

Full Text of Pope Francis’ letter to humanity about the Environment, June 18, 2015

ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI’ OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME           1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of …
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The Pope Might Save the Planet… if You Would Join an Interfaith Effort to Support His Direction!

Photo Credit: Alberto Pizzoli via Getty Images Pope Francis’ Laudato Si plea for environmental sanity and a serious recommitment to the Bible’s call for humanity to be stewards of this planet earth just might make a huge difference by puncturing …
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Global Capitalism

A Note on Brazil from Theologian Leonardo Boff

There must be a way out of the present crisis Leonardo Boff       Theologian-Philosopher       Earthcharter Commission     The political and economic crisis we are now experiencing provides an opportunity for truly profound changes, such as political, tributary and agrarian reform. To have the correct focus, …
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Israel/Palestine

Hamas Used Cover of Israeli Attack on Gaza to Kill 23 Palestinians, says Amnesty

  Editor’s note: We at Tikkun have been unequivocal in our critique of Hamas.  Hamas’ attempts through the summer of 2014 to bomb Israeli cities, thereby targeting civilians, provided the cover for Israel’s war crimes against the people of Gaza …
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Education

Educated Hope and the Promise of Democracy

Educated Hope and the Promise of Democracy[i] by Henry A. Giroux Commencement Speech at Chapman University May 24, 2015—Final Revision   I am very moved and humbled to accept an honorary degree on this important occasion today, and to be …
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Judaism

Shavuot reflections plus Arthur Waskow on Commemorating Memorial Day

Shavuot wisdom from Arthur Waskow: read, Sinai, & Speaking in Tongues:   Ten Notes on Celebrating Shavuot Dear friends, Shavuot, the “Festival of Weeks,” comes this year from Saturday night May 23 through Monday eveningMay 25. Its name refers to the “super-week” of seven weeks after Passover plus one …
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Christianity

Christian reflections on Pentecost

There is much for Jews and people of other faith traditions to admire in Christian spiritual consciousness, once we get past the justifiable pain of how the official versions of Christianity treated us in the past. With Pope Francis embracing …
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Israel/Palestine

Giving Roses to Palestinians in the Old City on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)

Dateline: Jerusalem, 2015 Giving Roses to Palestinians in the Old City  on “Jerusalem Day” (Yom Yerushalayim) By Jeremy D. Sher I found out about the rose giveaway on Facebook.  We were to meet at Safra Square by Jerusalem City Hall, …
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Spirituality

The Global Spiritual Transformation Already Happening

WORLDWIDE SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION HAPPENING  by allen j. roland, ph.d.     Art design  by Cameron Gray   As Teilhard de Chardin once correctly wrote ~ We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a …
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US Politics

Psychology and the Prevention of War Trauma

Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 2015 ( in press) Psychology and the Prevention of War Trauma: An Article Rejected by American Psychologist by                                       Marc Pilisuk and Ines-Lena Mahr [i] Author Note   Marc …
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Israel/Palestine

Congratulate the Pope for Recognizing Palestine

Jewish liberals and progressives reacted with enthusiasm to the announcement May 13, 2015, that the Vatican will recognize the Palestinian State. Truth is, we have rejoiced in the many steps that Pope Francis has taken to take seriously the biblical …
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