Editorials & Actions

Environment

We too, like Pope Francis, must be zealous guardians of the Common Home

Pope Francis: zealous guardian of the Common Home Leonardo Boff       Theologian-Philosopher       Earthcharter Commission   Given the patron saint who inspired his name –Saint Francis of Assisi–, Pope Francis has everything in his favor to become the great promoter of a world ecological project.  It …
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US Politics

The New Brutalism & America’s Racist Killing Fields by Henry Giroux

The New Brutalism and the Racist Killing Fields in America: The Death of Sandra Bland   by      Henry A. Giroux   On July 9, soon after Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, moved to Texas from Naperville, Illinois …
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Uri Avnery (and below that Jeffrey Sachs) on the Iranian Nuclear Deal

Editor’s note: Avnery is sage in his analysis, but too much into big-power-politics thinking for comfort. As a result he underplays the role of ideology, and understates the evil deeds of the Iranian mullahs against their own people. Some people …
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Judaism

God’s Prayer: a Review of an amazing book by Michael Kagan

Hearing God’s Prayer—Inside and Outside of Religion a review of God’s Prayer by Michael Kagan, by Ya’qub ibn Yusuf   God’s Prayer is a collection of messages which the author, Michael Kagan, experienced receiving from God. We might call it …
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Israel/Palestine

Confronting Religious Hatred in the Holy Land–by Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Alon Goshen-Gottstein Founder and Director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute. Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading figures in interreligious dialogue. Over the past 4 years, 42 Churches, mosques and monasteries were vandalized, attacked or torched in the Holy Land. …
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War & Peace

Who is hoping to lead us into war with Iran?

THE STRANGE ALLIANCE OF FUNDAMENTALIST JEWS AND CHRISTIANS WHO ACHE  FOR ARMAGEDDON       BY ALLAN C. BROWNFELD —————————————————————————————————————————– It has often been said that politics makes for strange bedfellows. This adage is certainly reflected in the unusual alliance  between fundamentalist Jews …
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Israel/Palestine

Hllary Clinton’s Troubling Attack on Peace Activists by Prof. Stephen Zunes

Editor’s note: While we at Tikkun have not signed on to the BDS movement in part because of the failure of its most prominent proponents in the U.S., e.g. Jewish Voices for Peace, to unequivocally separate themselves from the parts …
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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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