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Uri Avnery on Why There is NO Such Thing as International Terrorism

Uri Avnery November 28, 2015   The Reign of Absurdiocy   There is no such thing as “international terrorism”.   To declare war on “international terrorism” is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both. …
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US Politics

How Canadians are Dealing with the Refugee Crisis

  How Canada is Dealing with the Refugees by John Trent A little while ago, Rabbi Michael Lerner wrote to U.S. citizens  via Tikkum  to encourage them to: “Please call your Senators to tell them you Welcome Syrian Refugees and urge them …
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Fear, Doubt and the “the Muslims”– Jacob Returns and Encounters Esau: Torah reading Vayishlach

Fear, doubt and “the Muslims” (Vayishlach 2015) by: Rabbi Zalman Kastel  National Director of the  Together for Humanity Foundation Late one evening this week, I received yet another Facebook private message expressing hostility towards Muslims and Islam. This kind of hostility is often …
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War & Peace

Johann Galtung Sets the Paris Violence in Historical Perspective

Johan Galtung Violence In and By Paris: Any Way Out? EDITORIAL, 23 November 2015- TRANSCEND Media Service Atlanta, Georgia, USA   The atrocity in Paris seems to trigger the word “terrorism” with a higher frequency than ever, in the media, …
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A word about how to make your Thanksgiving spiritually meaningful and deep from Rabbi Michael Lerner No matter how difficult it may be in a world filled with pain and cruelty, in a world just partially recovering from the latest …
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US Politics

Syrian Refugees and the Holocaust: a discussion to enliven your Thanksgiving celebration

Editor’s Note: Want to energize the discussion at whatever Thanksgiving celebration you are having or are attending? here’s a conversation piece you could read or send out in advance along with the piece I sent you Tuesday evening about how …
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US Politics

How YOU Could Help the Syrian Refugees

Please call your Senators to tell them you Welcome Syrian Refugees and urge them to vote ”NO” if a bill comes to the Senate for a vote to make it more stringent to accept refugees from Syria and Iraq to the US.  You can call …
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War & Peace

Challenging a Neo-Con Foreign Policy for the Middle East

Challenge a Neo-Con Foreign Policy for the Middle East November 23, 2015 By Robert Parry As the Islamic State and al Qaeda enter a grim competition to see who can kill more civilians around the world, the fate of Western …
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US Politics

Free Leonard Peltier

Editor’s note: President Obama, you freed Jonathan Pollard, as we at Tikkun had been calling for for several decades though we oppose his politics and worry that he may someday turn violent against us in the peace movement. There is …
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Selective Empathy

SELECTIVE EMPATHY by Rabbi Zalman Kastel National Director Together for Humanity Foundation\ zalman@togetherforhumanity.org.au www.togetherforhumanity.org.au Selective empathy and relationships with ‘others’ – Vayetzei Terror has struck ’us’ again. I write ’us’ referring to Westerners who identify with the Paris victims. I feel angry about this …
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War & Peace

A Post-Paris Reflection on the Clash of Civilizations

A Post-Paris “Clash of Civilizations”?  It’s the Islamic State’s Dream and Marco Rubio Agrees By Tom Engelhardt Honestly, I don’t know whether to rant or weep, neither of which are usual impulses for me.  In the wake of the slaughter in …
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Race

On American Racism

Race, Racism, & The Spirit: Our Lives in American Society By Rabbi Mordechai Liebling [This exploration of the nature of race and racism in American society, as seen in the context of personal experience, social science, and  spiritual tradition, was given …
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Hospitality: Everyone’s right and everyone’s duty

Editor’s note: In light of the Obama Administration’s 7 years of aggressive searches to find “undocumented” workers and arrest and expel them (more expulsions than the last three presidential administrations combined) and in light of the failure of the U.S. …
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US Politics

After Paris: A World That Has Lost Its Ethical Direction

AFTER PARIS: A World That Has Lost Its Ethical Direction & Spiritual Foundation and a Media that Cheerleads for Fear and Militarism By Rabbi Michael Lerner For many years, we at Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives have warned …
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War & Peace

The New Abnormal–Reflections on Paris

  The New Abnormal–Reflections on Paris Posted on November 14, 2015by Prof. Michael Nagler   We are hearing expressions of shock and sympathy for Paris on all sides, which is appropriate as far as it goes – but it’s not nearly enough. …
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