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US Politics

Bernie Sanders is America’s Most Popular Politicians

The Popular Populist Bernie Sanders is the most-liked politician in the United States. What does that mean for the future of left politics here? by Matt Karp/Jacobin/October 18, 2016   The general election campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump …
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Israel/Palestine

Throwing in the Towel What the Bankruptcy of White House Policy Means for the Israelis and Palestinians By Sandy Tolan

Editor’s note: Another excellent analysis from our ally TomDispatch.com introduced by their editor Tom Engelhardt   Okay, here’s your quiz of the day: What country, according to the Congressional Research Service, has been the “largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since …
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Working with the Refugees on the Island of Lesvos Greece by Cecilia Wambach

We are proud to share with you a talk given at our Yom Kippur services by a member of Beyt Tikkun and Tikkun’s interfaith and secular-humanist-welcoming NSP–Network of Spiritual Progressives who just returned from working with refugees on Lesvos, Greece …
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US Politics

Wiki Leaks Show How the Ruling Class Shapes the Democratic Party–and how to challenge that

Mark Wilson/Getty Images The Most Important WikiLeaks Revelation Isn’t About Hillary Clinton What John Podesta’s emails from 2008 reveal about the way power works in the Democratic Party. BY DAVID DAYEN October 14, 2016 The most important revelation in the WikiLeaks …
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American Politics: The U.S. Needs Repentance and Atonement

by Rabbi Michael Lerner Watching American politics these past months, culminating in the revelation of Donald Trump’s disgusting comments about women that he groped, I was overwhelmed by the sense of how much American politics needs a fundamental re-orientation. We …
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War & Peace

American Power at the Crossroads: a Snapshot of a Multipolar World in Action

American Power at the Crossroads A Snapshot of a Multipolar World in Action By Dilip Hiro   and sent to us by our ally TomDispatch.com In the strangest election year in recent American history — one in which the Libertarian Party’s Gary …
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Judaism

Jacob Neusner: In Memoriam by Shaul Magid

Jacob Neunser: In Memoriam Shaul Magid, Indiana University/Bloomington Jacob Neunser (1932-2016) died early shabbat morning of Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat between Rosh Ha-Shana and Yom Kippur. The New York Times called him the most published individual in history. In his excellent …
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Judaism

Philip Cushman on Rosh Hashanah 2016

Rosh Hashanah, 2016 Philip Cushman          The Akedah, the Binding of Isaac, is one of the most disturbing stories in the Hebrew Bible.  In it, Abraham was instructed by what he thought was God’s voice to make a human …
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Race

Police Assaults on African American Women: Close Encounters of a Dangerous Kind by Rev. Daniel Buford

Close Encounters of the Dangerous Kind : Unarmed Women, Girls of African Descent and Violent Police Encounters- Arbitrary Punishments, Detentions, Killings, Torture, Extra Judicial Punishments, Summary Executions 1982-2015 Complied by Daniel A. Buford, Executive Director Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute Berkeley, …
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Israel/Palestine

Obama screws chances for peace with his unprecedented $38 billion military aid package to Israel

Unprecedented Ten-Year, $38 Billion Military Aid To Israel Is Harmful To Both Countries THE UNPRECEDENTED TEN-YEAR $380 BILLION MILITARY AID PACKAGE FOR ISRAEL IS HARMFUL TO BOTH COUNTRIES                    BY   ALLAN C. BROWNFELD ———————————————————————————————————– In September, the U.S. signed an unprecedented …
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Justice & Prisons

There Oughta Be a Law… Should Prison Really Be the American Way? By Rebecca Gordon

Editor’s note: Here is another piece from our ally TomDispatch.com by Rebecca Gordon  with an introduction by Tom Engelhardt. To understand America, you have to understand the “friendly fascism” that already exists for a section of the population that regularly …
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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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