Editorials & Actions

Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on Netanyahu’s Demand that Palestinians Recognize Israel not Just as a State, but as a Jewish State

Uri Avnery January 11, 2014                                          Bibi & Libie   PERHAPS I am too stupid, but for the heck of me I cannot understand the sense of the Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel …
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Israel/Palestine

Boycotting Israeli Universities–The Right Way to Fight the Israeli Occupation?

The Israel Boycott Movement and Controversy – Differing Views  Omar Barghouti; Linda Gordon; Robin D.G. Kelley; Sydney Lev January 4, 2014 Debate over Israeli policy on settlements in the occupied lands, the on-going discrimination against Palestinians and Jews of color …
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Israel/Palestine

A Jewish State Would Not Be Oppressive or Racist Toward the Powerless, the Immigrants, the Homeless, The Other–an essay by Uri Avnery

Editor’s Note: Uri Avnery, a committed atheist and chair of Israel’s peace movement Gush Shalom,  recognizes that the real problem in Israel today is not that it is a Jewish state, but that it is not Jewish at all in the …
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Congressman Keith Ellison Introduced to Congress a resolution in Support of the Tikkun/NSP version of the Global Marshall Plan

Great news! Congressman Keith Ellison, who represents Minneapolis/St Paul in the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced a resolution in effect endorsing the NSP version of a Global Marshall Plan into the House of Representatives as H Res 439. It was …
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Israel/Palestine

The ‘Peace Process’ Delusion is Worse than Apartheid

Editor’s note: The article below is an important challenge to the major fantasy encouraged by the Obama White House and Sec of State Kerry: that the “peace process” negotiations might yield a reasonable outcome. Lev Grinberg shows why that is …
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Pope Francis–an extraordinary message to read during the holidays!

The newest statement from Pope Francis (reprinted below)  should be read, contemplated, and discussed with your family and friends during the next few weeks when you have winter vacation! We at the interfaith and secular-humanist-welcoming NSP– Network of Spiritual Progressives …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel’s Self-Boycott by Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery December 14, 2013                                                            Self-Boycott   CAN A country boycott itself? That may sound like a silly question. It is not.   At the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the “Giant of History” …
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Israel/Palestine

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at the XXVII Guadalajara International Book Fair

A Letter From Elliot Sperber The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at the XXVII Guadalajara International Book Fair by MALU HUACUJA DEL TORO AND ELLIOT SPERBER Considered the most important Book Fair in the Spanish-speaking world, and second in the world only to …
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Pope Francis: A Breath of Fresh Air?

 Even as we mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, hope springs high for the possiibility that Pope Francis might become another warrior for peace, economic justice, environmental sanity, and love among all human beings. Matthew Fox, himself silenced by Cardinal …
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Judaism

Celebrate Chanukah, the First National Liberation Struggle (You Don’t Have to be Jewish)

Chanukah celebrates the first recorded national liberation struggle–when the people of Judea rallied around a guerrilla war against the remnants of Alexander the Great’s empire, and the subsequent attempt by the Syrian (Seleucid) branch of that empire to impose Hellenistic …
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How to Create a Tikkun/NSP (Network of Spiritual Progressives) Presence in YOUR Community

How to Create a Tikkun/Spiritual Progressive presence in your community. Our goal: A change in consciousness. Nothing will change in our world till we have popularized the following notions: 1. Our well being depends upon the well-being of everyone else …
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US Politics

Lerner in Seattle and Bellingham

        Bellingham, Wa. Nov. 14 (Thursday) at 7 PM: Rabbi Lerner speaks on “The Spiritual Transformation and Healing of the World: Building a Spiritually Progressive Political Party.” Location: 210 Academic Instructional Center West at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington (park at Fairhaven College, then walk through the …
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Israel/Palestine

Some Israeli Soldiers Trained to Violate Palestinians–not as an exception but as standard procedure

This Op-Ed appeared in Haaretz, 12-Nov, 2013 both in Print and on Haaretz.co.il. It was not posted on the English Haaretz.com edition, as of 12-November, 2013, 23:30 Israel Standard Time. http://www.haaretz.co.il/opinions/.premium-1.2162720   The Army’s Training Ground Avihai Stohler Somewhere in …
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Environment

Environmental Alert: Join Us in Making Revolutionary Changes to Save Life on Earth

As the oceans rise to earth-destroying levels, the agricultural heartlands turn to desert, and the rate of skin cancer grows to match the rate of the common cold… now is the time to talk honestly with the American public about dramatically reducing consumption, combating the immense power of the 1 percent, and preparing ourselves to counter the mainstream media’s obfuscations of the urgency of the coming crisis.
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Judaism

Uri Avnery on Ovadia Yosef

Ovadia’s Choice   WHEN RABBI Ovadia Yosef first appeared on the national scene, I heaved a deep sigh of relief.   Here was the man I had dreamed of: a charismatic leader of oriental Jews, a man of peace, a …
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