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War & Peace

Henry Giroux on the Pathology of Politics in our Warfare State

Editor’s note: Living as we do in the 15th year of the war that began with Afghanistan and Iraq and has now spread to Syria, Yemen, Libya, etc. it is sometimes possible for many of us to accept the militarization …
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US Politics

American World of Frustration by Tom Engelhardt

Editor’s note: As Jews enter the High Holiday season (Rosh HaShanah, Oct 2nd eve,  the beginning of ten days of reflection on our lives and how far we may have strayed from our own highest values), it is also a …
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Global Capitalism

Berlin’s recent election: Omen of What is to Come?

Editor’s Note: Our correspondent from Berlin gives us a picture of the dangerous rise of fascistic and racist forces and the problems faced by a splintering Left. Might this be a warning sign for politics in all the capitalist countries …
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US Politics

Decoding the Federal Budget by Jeffrey Sachs

Editor’s Note: So many people avoid thinking about the federal budget because they didn’t do so well in math in high school and so thinking about it brings up feelings of inadequacy. Others avoid it because the details can become so …
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US Politics

Now What? After the Presidential Election – The Tikkun Strategy Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration in Berkeley, Ca. Nov. 12 and 13

Now What—After the Election? Join Us for Tikkun’s Strategy Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration November 12th and 13th in Berkeley, CA (Co-Sponsered by the Metta Center for Nonviolence)! What: A two-day strategy conference for liberals and progressives about what direction …
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War & Peace

Bombs Åway: The Continuing Impact of 9/11

Bombs Away!  Their Precision Weaponry and Ours  By Tom Engelhardt    Thanks to TomDispatch.com our ally On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States. On board were its precision weapons: 19 suicidal …
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Judaism

Preparing to Repent?

Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, has traditionally been a time to prepare for teshuva (repentance, self and world transformation, returning to one’s highest self). In preparation, we will be providing a variety of “takes” on this …
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US Politics

Interview with Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for U.S. President

Conducted by Tikkun Editor Rabbi Michael Lerner and Tikkun Managing Editor Ari Bloomekatz in August, 2016. __ JILL STEIN I’m feeling so much appreciation for your work here as I look over some of your website and some of the …
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Environment

Soaring Temperature of the Oceans!

Oliver Milman in Honolulu @olliemilman Tuesday 6 September 201607.01 EDT The soaring temperature of the oceans is the “greatest hidden challenge of our generation” that is altering the make-up of marine species, shrinking fishing areas and starting to spread disease to humans, …
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Global Capitalism

Leonardo Boff on the Brazilian Impeachment–what it’s all about

The impeachment of a dignified and innocent President by a mentally and financially corrupt pack  Leonardo Boff    Theologian-Philosopher           Earthcharter Commission  Once upon a time there was a nation that was great in terms of her territory and her cheerful people who, nevertheless, were unjustly treated. The people suffered …
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What would an Economy for the Common Good look like?

This concept has never, to our knowledge, been scientifically proven. People just assume it to be true. Research has shown, however, that cooperation, not competition, is much more effective in terms of motivation, a key element regarding business innovation and efficiency(2). Competition does, of course, motivate people and market capitalism has proven this, but it motivates them in very problematic ways. Cooperation motivates people through successful relationships, recognition, esteem, mutual goals and mutual achievements.
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War & Peace

Democrats’ Platform Hawkish on Foreign Policy by Stephen Zunes

“Most Progressive Dem Platform in History” Hawkish on Foreign Policy Posted: July 27, 2016 Stephen Zunes Image by Joeff Davis The Democratic Party platform may indeed be, as some have proclaimed, the “most progressive” in the history of the party—at least on …
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War & Peace

What Are We Doing in Syria by Jeffrey Sachs

America’s True Role in Syria by Jeffrey D. Sachs U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Ankara with Turkish President Erdogan last month. (Photo: Turkish Govt/via Twitter)   Syria’s civil war is the most dangerous and destructive crisis on the planet. Since early …
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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

Most folks, who voted for Brexit, worried about the costs of globalization, feared open borders bringing mass migration into Britain and agonized about ‘faceless’ bureaucrats in Brussels threatening their national sovereignty. Those who voted to remain in the EU, and others who were appalled at the eventual outcome, reacted predictably. Most blamed manipulative politicians, Britain’s infamous tabloid press, xenophobic Little Englanders or even the ill informed rubes who didn’t know any better. Pundits bemoaned the end of post WW2 internationalism; the downing of protectionist shutters; the resumption of nationalistic passions or even the return to the bad old days of European wars and collective bloodletting. Some political scientists questioned the use of a single referendum and said Cameron should have asked for three, spaced, so people would have time to consider the ramifications. Presumably having faith that after casting one (trial balloon of a) vote, we would reflect and make the second (slightly more deliberate one) after which, we would be in a better position to make the third (and finally intelligent) vote. Phew, third time lucky. Playing rock, paper, scissors for as long as it takes to get the right result. Does the democratic process have to look like a visit to one of Trump’s casinos to make it work for us?

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