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Readers Respond to Our Conference Call with Obama
On July 30th, the Tikkun and Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) community, along with a variety of other groups, was invited to a conference call with President Obama. During the call he spoke about the nuclear agreement reached with Iran …
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The Pope’s Anti-Capitalist Message
Will Pope Francis’ strong message meet resistance in US? People wait for Pope Francis’ arrival to Bañado Norte, a poor neighborhood in Asunción, Paraguay, July 12. (CNS/Paul Haring) Michael Sean Winters  |  Jul. 31, 2015 Francis in the United States Share on …
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Global Capitalism

Death by Debt: Germany’s Treatment of Greece
  Death by Debt – My Response to The German Finance Ministry Guest contribution by Jeffrey Sachs Dr. Ludger Schuknecht, senior economist at the Germany Finance Ministry, explains his ministry’s viewpoint regarding Greece. This viewpoint essentially holds that Eurozone countries should …
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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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Education

Educated Hope and the Promise of Democracy
Educated Hope and the Promise of Democracy[i] by Henry A. Giroux Commencement Speech at Chapman University May 24, 2015—Final Revision   I am very moved and humbled to accept an honorary degree on this important occasion today, and to be …
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Judaism

Shavuot reflections plus Arthur Waskow on Commemorating Memorial Day
Shavuot wisdom from Arthur Waskow: read, Sinai, & Speaking in Tongues:   Ten Notes on Celebrating Shavuot Dear friends, Shavuot, the “Festival of Weeks,” comes this year from Saturday night May 23 through Monday eveningMay 25. Its name refers to the “super-week” of seven weeks after Passover plus one …
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Christianity

Christian reflections on Pentecost
There is much for Jews and people of other faith traditions to admire in Christian spiritual consciousness, once we get past the justifiable pain of how the official versions of Christianity treated us in the past. With Pope Francis embracing …
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Israel/Palestine

Giving Roses to Palestinians in the Old City on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)
Dateline: Jerusalem, 2015 Giving Roses to Palestinians in the Old City  on “Jerusalem Day” (Yom Yerushalayim) By Jeremy D. Sher I found out about the rose giveaway on Facebook.  We were to meet at Safra Square by Jerusalem City Hall, …
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Spirituality

The Global Spiritual Transformation Already Happening
WORLDWIDE SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION HAPPENING  by allen j. roland, ph.d.     Art design  by Cameron Gray   As Teilhard de Chardin once correctly wrote ~ We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a …
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US Politics

Psychology and the Prevention of War Trauma
Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 2015 ( in press) Psychology and the Prevention of War Trauma: An Article Rejected by American Psychologist by                                       Marc Pilisuk and Ines-Lena Mahr [i] Author Note   Marc …
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Israel/Palestine

Congratulate the Pope for Recognizing Palestine
Jewish liberals and progressives reacted with enthusiasm to the announcement May 13, 2015, that the Vatican will recognize the Palestinian State. Truth is, we have rejoiced in the many steps that Pope Francis has taken to take seriously the biblical …
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Global Capitalism

Theologian Leonardo Boff on How the Culture of Capital is Perpetuated
How the culture of capital is perpetuated Leonardo Boff       Theologian-Philosopher       Earthcharter Commission   In the previous article –The capitalist culture is contrary to life and happiness– we attempted to show theoretically that the strength of its perpetuation and reproduction lies in …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on Israel’s new Ultra-right Wing Government–will it survive?
Uri Avnery May 9, 2015                                       A Day and Night-mare:  Israel’s New Ultra-Right Wing Government   BINYAMIN NETANYAHU seems to be detested now by everyone. Almost as much as his meddling wife, Sarah’le. Six weeks ago, Netanyahu …
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Israel/Palestine

The New Israeli Government: It’s Worse Than You Think
The new Israeli government is a total victory for the most extreme elements in the extreme Right in Israel. The overtly racist party HaBayit HaYehudi, the party of the West Bank settlers, will control the Justice Dept. , the Education …
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Israel/Palestine

“Fire at Every Person You See”–an order to Israeli soldiers in Gaza last summer
“Fire at every person you see” :  Israeli soldiers reveal they were ordered to shoot to kill in Gaza – even if the targets may have been civilians Israeli campaign group Breaking the Silence interviews more than 60 members of …
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Baltimore Riots Against Police Violence –Tikkun and the Baptist Response
The anger underlying the violence in Baltimore is understandable. Living in neighborhoods where there are no jobs, no quality education, no livable wage, and the resurgence of racism all leads to a sense of hopelessness and despair. “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
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Yearning for a World of Love and Justice–the worldview of Tikkun and our NSP–Network of Spiritual Progressives
Yearning for a World of Love and Justice January 30, 2015 an introduction to the ideas of Tikkun and the NSP–Network of Spiritual Progressives by Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun Magazine and co-chair of the NSP with Vandana Shiva We …
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Judaism

Spend a weekend with Rabbi Lerner and Cat Zavis at ESALEN in Big Sur, California
Come spend a weekend with me (Rabbi Michael Lerner) and Cat Zavis June 12-14 (with a very small group of people).  Cat and I will have just gotten married and will be celebrating our honeymoon at Esalen, in part by …
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Global Capitalism

TPP: Is it possible Obama Doesn’t Realize he is Undermining Democracy?
OBAMA’S DRONE ASSASSINATIONS AND TPP = TOUGH PATOOTIES, PEOPLE       by Allen Roland  Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown have recently sent a letter to President Obama confronting the White House bluntly on the secrecy surrounding the TPP (Trans-Pacific …
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US Politics

Responding to Michael Dyson’s Attack on Cornel West
APRIL 27, 2015 Rethinking Michael Eric Dyson’s Attack on Cornel West The Perils of Being a Public Intellectual by HENRY A. GIROUX Michael Eric Dyson has launched in the New Republic a bitter attack on Cornel West.[1] At the heart of Dyson’s critique …
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The World Happiness Report
  The Path to Happiness: Lessons from the 2015 World Happiness Report by Jeffrey Sachs April 23, 2015 Getting richer but not happier: It’s a familiar story, for people and for nations. The purpose of the World Happiness Report, now in …
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US Politics

Only a sweeping Constitutional Amendment Can Save the Environment–Here IT IS
A Real Solution to Environmental Sustainability by Rabbi Michael Lerner   Only a sweeping Constitutional amendment can save us from a global environmental disaster beyond our imagination. It’s time to sweep aside all the illusions: * The illusion that the …
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Judaism

A Post-Colonial Feminist Look at the Exodus by Margot Stevenson
  “Horse and Rider He has Thrown into the Sea” : A Post-Colonial Feminist Look at the Exodus by Margot Stevenson *************************************************************************************** The Exodus story, which is at the center of the Passover Seder, recounts the liberation of the Israelites …
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Israel/Palestine

Calling for a boycott of goods from the Israeli settlers is now against Israeli law
Uri Avnery April 18, 2015                                “There Are Still Judges…”                                            THIS WEEK I won a dubious distinction: a groundbreaking Supreme Court judgment has been named after me. It is an honor I would have gladly …
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War & Peace

This time it is not Israel responsible for Palestinian suffering–see the situation in Yarmouk, Syria
Palestinians trapped dying in Yarmouk, Syria – a test for the left If, as progressives, we truly care about injustices done to Palestinians, if our goal as leftists goes beyond expressing fury toward Israel, we must raise our voices every …
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War & Peace

Islamic State Is the Cancer of Modern Capitalism by Nafeez Ahmed
Islamic State is the Cancer of Modern Capitalism    Nafeez Ahmed March 27, 2015 Middle East Eye The brutal ‘Islamic State’ is a symptom of a deepening crisis of civilisation premised on fossil fuel addiction, which is undermining Western hegemony …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery from Tel Aviv: So What if the Iranians Got Nuclear Weapons?
Editor’s Note: This thought experiment by Uri Avnery raises an important question for all those who are driven by fear of Iran having nuclear weapons, a fear that seems to increase precisely when Iran is negotiating a path to assure the …
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War & Peace

Why the Nuclear Agreement with Iran is a Good Deal
 A Good Deal, a Long Time Coming  by Scott Ritter Posted: 04/02/2015 7:29 pm EDT Updated: 2 hours ago The deal recently concluded between Iran and the so-called “P-5 plus 1″ nations (the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) is …
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US Politics

Henry Giroux on Hysterical Authoritarianism: Terrorism, Violence and the Culture of Madness
Editor’s Note: Henry Giroux’s picture of America presents a society that would be rather depressing if it were the whole picture. What it leaves out is the irrepressible desire of human beings to live in a world of love and …
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Israel/Palestine

“Let the Palestinian People Go”: What Younger Jews Will Be Asking of Israel at Passover Seder This Year
What makes this year’s Passover Seders unlike any others is that a majority of American Jews have been forced to face the fact that Palestinians today are asking Jews what Moses asked Pharaoh: “Let my people go.” The Israeli elections, and subsequent support for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s open racism and obstinate refusal to help create a Palestinian state, is not playing well with many younger Jews, and they will be challenging their elders to rethink their blind support for Israeli policies.
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Israel/Palestine

The Militarists and Haters Win in Israel
Being a militarist and racist state will not help win Israel any friends around the world, and in the not-too-long-run it will weaken Israel's support in the United States both among Americans in general and in particular among young Jews.
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Israel/Palestine

A Palestinian is “Relieved” that Netanyahu Won–it Helps BDS
ALI ABUNIMAH’S BLOG Why I’m relieved Netanyahu won Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Wed, 03/18/2015 – 12:59 netanyahu-congress.jpg Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the US Congress, 3 March. (Caleb Smith/Flickr) Many had hoped that Benjamin Netanyahu would be defeated in yesterday’s Israeli election. …
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Israel/Palestine

Still Crying in Gaza’s Wilderness by James S. Gordon, M.D.
Still Crying in Gaza’s Wilderness James S. Gordon, M.D. Raed Taleb-Gdeh’s narrow, tired face is looking up into mine. His long nose is inches from my own, but he is shouting. “I believe in the prophets Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed! …
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US Politics

By Separating Nature from Economics, we have walked blindly into tragedy– by Jeffrey Sachs
By separating nature from economics, we have walked blindly into tragedy Jeffrey Sachs           March 10, 2015 Recent news brings yet another example of hubris followed by crisis followed by tragedy. The hubris is our ongoing neglect …
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Truthdig chooses Rabbi Lerner as “Truthdigger” of the Week
Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking the story or blowing the whistle. Read why this week they chose our own Rabbi Michael Lerner!
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Benjamin Netanyahu’s Fantasy World: A response to Netanyahu’s address to Congress
You can read this online on Huffington Post’s home page Tuesday evening, March 3rd, here. Benjamin Netanyahu’s Fantasy World by Rabbi Michael Lerner “If you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on …
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