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Chanukah and Christmas in the Shadow of Trump
Don’t Let Trump Ruin Your Holidays By Rabbi Michael Lerner Don’t let the latest outrageous appointment to his administration of racists and anti-Semites or the oppressive policy “the Donald” plans to implement as soon as he takes office, or the …
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Environment

The need for a low-carbon energy based economy won’t go away
Jeffrey D. Sachs US must transition to low-carbon energy https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/11/20/must-transition-low-carbon-energy/fTMoMoFaNIFIYr4NBLYkhM/story.html Tesla electric cars are recharged at a supercharging station in Darien, Conn. Part of a weekly series on the economic choices facing the United States and its relations with the …
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Another perspective on the November Election
LESSONS OF NOVEMBER Gennady Shkliarevsky   Several days have passed since New York real-estate tycoon Donald J. Trump became a new President-Elect of the United States.  The high drama of his election has generated a great deal of hype, hysteria, …
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Shaming Whites and Men Has Backfired
Stop Shaming Whites and Men! by Rabbi Michael Lerner   RabbiLerner.Tikkun@gmail.com   It turns out that shaming the tens of millions of people who were supporters of Donald J. Trump is not a good political strategy. The liberal and left …
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War & Peace

Election 2016 and the Growing Global Nuclear Threat
Playing a Game of Chicken with Nuclear Strategy  By Michael T. Klare Once upon a time, when choosing a new president, a factor for many voters was the perennial question: “Whose finger do you want on the nuclear button?” Of all …
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Culture

Monetizing the Chicago Cubs & Entertaining Angels
by S.L. Wisenberg     My husband came in the front door and said I needed to go out and amuse our neighbor, Sharon. She was trying to sell her parking space to Cubs fans and was getting bored. Before …
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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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US Politics

Now What? After the Presidential Election – The Tikkun Strategy Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration in Berkeley, Ca. Nov. 12 and 13
Click here to register. Now What—After the Election? Join Us for Tikkun’s Strategy Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration November 12th and 13th in Berkeley, CA (Co-Sponsered by the Metta Center for Nonviolence)!   What: A two-day strategy conference for liberals …
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War & Peace

Bombs Åway: The Continuing Impact of 9/11
Bombs Away!  Their Precision Weaponry and Ours  By Tom Engelhardt    Thanks to TomDispatch.com our ally On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States. On board were its precision weapons: 19 suicidal …
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Judaism

Preparing to Repent?
Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, has traditionally been a time to prepare for teshuva (repentance, self and world transformation, returning to one’s highest self). In preparation, we will be providing a variety of “takes” on this …
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US Politics

Interview with Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for U.S. President
Conducted by Tikkun Editor Rabbi Michael Lerner and Tikkun Managing Editor Ari Bloomekatz in August, 2016. __ JILL STEIN I’m feeling so much appreciation for your work here as I look over some of your website and some of the …
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Environment

Soaring Temperature of the Oceans!
Oliver Milman in Honolulu @olliemilman Tuesday 6 September 201607.01 EDT The soaring temperature of the oceans is the “greatest hidden challenge of our generation” that is altering the make-up of marine species, shrinking fishing areas and starting to spread disease to humans, …
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Global Capitalism

Leonardo Boff on the Brazilian Impeachment–what it’s all about
The impeachment of a dignified and innocent President by a mentally and financially corrupt pack  Leonardo Boff    Theologian-Philosopher           Earthcharter Commission  Once upon a time there was a nation that was great in terms of her territory and her cheerful people who, nevertheless, were unjustly treated. The people suffered …
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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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Israel/Palestine

Attempt to Jump Start Israel/Palestine Peace
Editor’s Note:  I do not know the person who wrote to the King of Saudi Arabia or to Chancellor Merkel–he apparently lives in Europe. And I doubt if anything will come of this effort without first a massive funding of …
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Global Capitalism

Soul Searching in Germany by Victor Grossman
SOULSEARCHING  by Tikkun’s correspondent in Germany, Victor Grossman BERLIN BULLETIN No. 115August 15 2016 Soul-searching is often on the agenda for people who long for peace, better lives for everyone and for the rescue of our planet. November 8th in the …
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US Politics

The Greatest Show on Earth How Billions of Words, Tweets, Insults, and Polls Blot Out Reality in Campaign 2016
In the last year, untold billions of words have been expended on this “election” and the outsized histories, flaws, and baggage the two personalities now running for president bring with them. Has there ever been this sort of coverage -- close to a year of it already -- hour after hour, day after day, night after night? Has the New York Times ever featured stories about the same candidate and his cronies, two at a time, on its front page daily the way it’s recently been highlighting the antics of The Donald? Have there ever been so many “experts” of every stripe jawing away about a single subject on cable TV from the crack of dawn to the witching hour?
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US Politics

Adolph Reed on Bernie Sanders and the New Class Politics
An interview with African American scholar Adolph Reed on Bernie  Sander’s Campaign and the New Class Politics  Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination was historic. The expectations were, to say the least, modest. One year ago, ex-Obama chief strategist David …
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US Politics

Patriotic Muslim Dad Hails Dead Son’s Participation in U.S. Crime Against Humanity in Muslim Iraq
Patriotic Muslim Dad Hails Dead Son’s Participation in US Crime Against Humanity in Muslim Iraq By           Permalink (Page 1 of 3 pages) Related Topic(s): Donald Trump Campaign; Media Complicity; Media Distortion; Media Fake News; Media False-news Liability; Media Garbage Drivel; Media Hypocrisy; Media Manipulation; Media Mass Murderers Accomplices; Western Media, Add Tags Add to My …
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US Politics

The Danger of Excessive Trump Bashing by Robert Parry
Editor’s note: As a 501-c-3 we do not endorse or oppose any candidate for office or any political party. We do try to present views that are not normally heard in the mainstream media, but we often present ideas with …
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US Politics

“Trumped” by David Swanson
Trumped Written by davidswanson Why would it be that 8 years ago you couldn’t win a Democratic presidential primary if you’d voted for a war on Iraq after pushing all the Bush White House lies about it, and yet now you can? Back …
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Judaism

Shmuley Boteach: It’s Time for Jews To Proselytize
 Editor’s Note: America’s most famous right wing Republican rabbi is a very decent human being in his personal life even as he publicly supports cut backs in services and financial assistance to the poor and supports the repressive policies of …
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