Editorials & Actions

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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Race

Cherie Brown on Black Lives Matter Platform and Israel

Black Lives Matter Platform and Israel By Cherie Brown   In the new Black Lives Matter Platform, there is a section on International issues that focuses on Israel. The platform describes the current  oppression of Palestinians and the ongoing occupation by labeling it …
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Ethnic Cleansing is NOT Legitimized by the Torah

Ethnic cleansing is not legitimized by the Torah     by Rabbi Zalman Kastel “Spikes in your eyes and thorns in your side” (1) is what the Torah predicts the remaining original inhabitants of the land of Canaan will be …
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US Politics

Glenn Greenwald on Why the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation

Why Did the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation? By Glenn Greenwald [ https://firstlook.org/theintercept/staff/glenn-greenwald/] Aug. 25 2016, 7:42 a.m.   As the numerous and obvious ethical conflicts surrounding the Clinton Foundation receive more media scrutiny, the …
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US Politics

U.S. MILITARY NOW SAYS ISIS LEADER WAS HELD IN NOTORIOUS ABU GHRAIB PRISON Joshua Eaton Aug. 25 2016, 10:56 a.m. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images IN FEBRUARY 2004, U.S. troops brought a man named Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badry to Abu Ghraib in …
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US Politics

Obamacare Undermined By Its Deal To Allow Profits for Insurance Companies While Forcing People to Participate

  f t ✉ ⎕31 Obamacare’s Faltering for One Simple Reason: Profit Jon Schwarz Aug. 27 2016, 8:05 a.m. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images There have been dozens if not hundreds of news articles about Aetna leaving the Affordable Health Care Act’s online marketplaces in …
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The Olympics–reflections from Brazilian liberation theologian Leonardo Boff

The Olympic Games: A Metaphor for a Humanized Humanity  Leonardo Boff    Theologian-Philosopher           Earthcharter Commission  Since this past August 5th, Rio de Janeiro has been home to the 2016 Olympic Games. An immense infrastructure of arenas, stadiums, new avenues and tunnels has been created, …
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Israel/Palestine

Jewish Ethnocentrism

Editor’s note:  A perspective worthy of serious debate from Mondoweiss. Interesting though that the people who find Jewish ethnocentrism problematic don’t find other forms of identity politics equally problematic. http://mondoweiss.net/2016/08/politics-jewish-ethnocentrism The politics of Jewish ethnocentrism How can Bret Stephens, who …
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US Politics

US Media Propaganda Paving the Way for Military Escalation In Syria

editor’s note: War is not the way to peace.  Try a Strategy of Generosity worldide (see www.tikkun.org/gmp) and download the full color description of the strategy “Human rights” propaganda campaign paves way for military escalation in Syria 19 August 2016 …
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War & Peace

The Mess in Syria

Editor’s Note: the following analysis gives us a perspective on the contradictions in American policy in Syria. Sadly, it remains in the discourse of “Security Through Domination” and hence leaves out of the equation what would happen were the U.S. …
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US Politics

Clinton Picks Advocate for TPP and Fracking to Set Up Her White House

[ https://theintercept.com/2016/08/16/hillary-clinton-picks-tpp-and-fracking-advocate-to-set-up-her-white-house/ ] The Intercept_ Unofficial _Sources IMAGE [ https://prod01-cdn04.cdn.firstlook.org/wp-uploads/sites/1/2016/08/ken-salazar-hillary-ft-3-article-header.jpg ] Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Hillary Clinton Picks TPP and Fracking Advocate To Set Up Her White House Zaid Jilani [ https://theintercept.com/staff/zaidjilani/ ] Naomi LaChance [ https://theintercept.com/staff/naomilachance/ ] Aug. 16 2016, 1:56 p.m Two big issues dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic …
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