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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 …
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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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War & Peace

Why Netanyahu is the Right Man to Address the U.S. Congress on Iran–by Yakov M. Rabkin
by Yakov M. Rabkin, Netanya, Israel, March 2, 2015 Israel’s Prime Minister is well-placed to explain to the U.S. Congress the alleged danger of a nuclear Iran. After all, it was Israel and its allies in Washington who fabricated this …
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Judaism

Revenge–the Unconscious Subtext of the Scroll of Purim by Michael Kagan, Jerusalem
Revenge – the Unscrolling of Purim MICHAEL KAGAN February 24, 2015,  (reprinted with permission from The Times of Israel) Michael Kagan Michael Kagan is the author of the Holistic Haggadah (Urim), God’s Prayer (Albion-Andalus) and The King’s Messenger (Albion-Andalus Books)… [More] …
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US Politics

NO, Mr. Netanyahu! We Will NOT Let You Drag the U.S. Into a Proxy War for Israel Against Iran — Sign the NY Times Ad
We invite you to sign and contribute financial support to make this New York Times ad possible (go to tikkun.org/peaceproject to sign and donate to make this ad possible). Would you join us as a signer of the proposed full-page …
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Spirituality

Between Madness and Truth
  Between Madness and Truth:   What our inner trickster can teach us. From HaAretz By Gabriel Bukobza Our socialization requires that we tame our impulses, but we pay a price for this suppression. That’s why cultures have created characters that …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on the Israel Elections in March
Uri Avnery February 7, 2015                                                             Over Bottled EVERYBODY KNOWS what the Israeli elections are about. The choice is stark: on the one side, the dream of a Greater Israel “from the sea to the river”, …
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War & Peace

Meet Violence with Love
Love can triumph–but only if we militantly pursue a society based on love. By militantly I mean, without apology and without self-doubt, but fully committed to changing every economic, political and social institution with The New Bottom Line: love, kindness, …
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US Politics

Yitzhak Frankenthal–an evening with the courageous creator of the Bereaved Parents in Jerusalem
My name is Yitzhak Frankenthal, and I’m a religious, Israeli Zionist. On July 1994 my eldest son Arik died in combat with Hamas. Since then I have worked to promote peace and reconciliation. In early 1995 I was chosen as …
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Yearning for a World of Love and Justice
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 live in a world filled with loving and caring people. We …
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Islam

Updated version of Mourning the Parisian “Humorists” Yet Challenging the Hypocrisy of Western Media
Mourning the Parisian “Humorists” Yet Challenging the Hypocrisy of Western Media by Rabbi Michael Lerner   As the editor of a progressive Jewish and interfaith magazine that has often articulated views that have prompted condemnation from both Right and Left, …
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Race

The Tragedy of Selma
The Tragedy of “Selma” URL: http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/selma-is-a-brilliant-riveting-film-but-racism-is-still-a-powerful-force-in-the-us STEVEN JONAS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT (Photo: Peter Pettus)   The “Tragedy of Selma?” you might ask.  Wasn’t it a triumph for the civil rights movement?  Did it not lead to further advances in that struggle?  And if you are …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avneri on What Is Zionism?
Uri Avnery January 31, 2015                                       Zionists All   MANY TIMES people ask me: “Are you a Zionist?”   My stock answer is: “Depends on what you mean by Zionism.”   This is quite sincere. The …
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Race

Reflections on the Movie “Selma”
Thoughts about the greatness of Selma, truth, black and white unity, King and the clamor of racist patriarchs…  by Alan Gilbert     The movie “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay, is a subtle, restrained account of a period of  the most …
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Culture

Chris Hedges on the movie “American Sniper”
Editor’s note: While we at Tikkun do not feel it fair to blame Christianity or imply that all Christians somehow implicitly support the kind of Christianity that leads some American Christians to feel that their murdering of Arabs or Muslims …
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Christianity

Re-inventing the Church by Berit Kjos
Below I’m presenting the view of what I take to be a reactionary writer who resists all the changes that have taken place in the Christian world’s thinking in the past 150 years. What I find intriguing is that her …
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US Politics

Internship with Rabbi Lerner at Tikkun
  Heal and Transform the World INTERNSHIP with Tikkun Magazine and the NSP interfaith and secular-humanist and atheist-welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives a few blocks from the UC Berkeley Campus.   Are you worried about climate change and upset about …
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Environment

Environmental Crisis Puts Human Life on Earth at Risk
The ESRA–Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution could provide the most effective way to block this environmental destructiveness. Please check it out at www.tikkun.org/esra Environment Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists …
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Islam

Tariq Ali: France Tries to Hide Its Islamophobia Behind Secular Values
‘France Tries To Mask Its Islamophobia Behind Secular Values’ The Pakistan-born British commentator seldom minces words. PRANAY SHARMA INTERVIEWS TARIQ ALI   Pakistan-born British commentator Tariq Ali seldom minces words. As a political activist, journalist, writer and film-maker, he has cou­rted controversy and ruffled …
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Oriental (Mizrachi) Israelis and the Coming Israeli Elections
Uri Avnery on Oriental Jews in Israel and The Coming Elections   January 10, 2015 Half of Shas THE SHAS party has split into two. Opinion polls show that both parts are hovering around the 3.12% threshold which is now …
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Mourning the Parisian Journalists Yet Challenging the Hypocrisy
You can also read this article in Rabbi Lerner’s column on the front page of Huffington Post (and if you do go there, please “like it” (if you like it) and add your own comments. Mourning the Parisian “Humorists” Yet …
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Vandana Shiva is the new co-chair of the NSP! And a request from her…
We at the Network of Spiritual Progressives are delighted to announce that Vandana Shiva, the internationally acclaimed environmental activist from India has become the international co-chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives along with Rabbi Michael Lerner. Dr. Shiva has …
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Israel/Palestine

Dennis Ross, you must Stop Blaming the Palestinians
DENNIS ROSS: STOP BLAMING THE PALESTINIANS  by Richard Forer   Dennis Ross has done it again. In “Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass” (NY Times, January 4, 2015), he blames the Palestinians for the lack of peace with Israel. Citing “three …
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Israel/Palestine

A Palestinian’s New Year’s Message
To all those who yearn for peace with justice   from Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh Happy new Year 2015. May it bring all of you peace (internal peace at least!). We Palestinians have one top wish for 2015 as in every …
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Islam

The Struggle for the Soul of Islam
Who Is A Muslim? An Intense Struggle within the Muslim World for the Soul of Islam By Dr Abdul Cader Asmal for New Age Islam 15 Dec 2014 Well before Cheryl Bernard concocted her whimsical compartmentalization of Muslims into arbitrary …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery update from Israel during Chanukah 2014
Uri Avnery December 20, 2015                                                 Splendid Isolation   ALMOST A thousand Israeli personalities have already signed an appeal to European parliaments for their governments to recognize the State of Palestine.  I am honored to be among …
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Race

Strategy to Deal with Racist Police Forces by Reginald Lyles
For Whom the Bell Tolls by John Donne and Reginald Lyles Reginald W. Lyles  is 1.  the Senior Advisor for public safety to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan; 2.  a retired career law enforcement officer (Command level); 3.  a 30+-year Deacon of Allen Temple …
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US Politics

The Year of Sustainable Development by Jeffrey Sachs
The Year of Sustainable Development by Jeffrey Sachs                             December 9, 2014 NEW YORK – The year 2015 will be our generation’s greatest opportunity to move the world toward …
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Black Lives Matter
We at Tikkun Magazine urge you to read Rabbi Lerner’s impassioned plea on Huffington Post to stand with African Americans this Sunday morning when they have called for a Solidarity Sunday in suport of the position that Black Lives Matter. It’s a nonviolent and sweet way to show …
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US Politics

Invite to “Reclaim America–Strategy Conference” Dec. 14
From Tikkun Magazine www.tikkun.org, the Network of Spiritual Progressives www.spiritualprogressives.org, and the Metta Center for Non-violence The new Congress is going to be a catastrophe for the environment and for those most dependent on everything from social security, safety and …
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US Politics

Reclaim America Conference Dec. 14
After the 2014 Elections and Facing a Congress determined to dismantle environmental, health and social benefits for middle income Americans and the poor in 2015-2016 It’s critical that ethically sensitive people develop a strategy to: RECLAIM AMERICA YOU ARE INVITED …
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US Politics

After Ferguson
Repetitive Motion Disorder: Black Reality and White Denial in America by Tim Wise I suppose there is no longer much point in debating the facts surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown. First, because Officer Darren Wilson has been cleared by a …
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US Politics

Ferguson and American Racism After the Killer of Michael Brown Goes Free
This is a sad day. The grand jury’s decision is yet another sign that all of America’s sons’ lives are not yet valued equally in the eyes of our courts. All of America’s fathers, mothers and children should stay outraged …
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US Politics

U.S. Misguided Policy Assumptions Out of Touch With the World’s Reality
5 Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Are Hot Air by Andrew Bacevich Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com “Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral …
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US Politics

China Overtakes the US as World’s Largest Economy
China’s New Global Leadership  by Jeffrey D. Sachs The biggest economic news of the year came almost without notice: China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy, according to the scorekeepers at the International Monetary Fund. And, …
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US Politics

Reclaim America after 2014 elections–Please come to our conference Dec. 14th
After the 2014 Elections and Facing a Congress determined to dismantle environmental, health and social benefits for middle income Americans and the poor in 2015-2016 It’s critical that ethically sensitive people develop a strategy to: RECLAIM AMERICA You, dear reader, …
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US Politics

Why the Right Keeps Winning and the Left Keeps Losing
Why does the Right keep winning in American politics, sometimes through electoral victories, sometimes by having the Democrats and others on the Left adopt what were traditionally right-wing policies and perspectives?
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Israel/Palestine

Why Have Jewish-Arab Relations so Rapidly Deteriorated Inside the Borders of the State of Israel?
Why Have Jewish-Arab Relations Deteriorated in Israel? The View of Sikkuy’s Ron Gerlitz, by Phyllis Bernstein What follows is a summary of remarks delivered by Ron Gerlitz, co-executive director of Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, at …
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Israel/Palestine

ISIS is an Existential Threat to Israel–a note from Uri Avnery
Editor’s note: this is a selection from a longer article by Uri Avnery Isis as an Existential Threat to Israel  by Uri Avnery ISIS (“the Islamic State”) poses no military danger. The present and former generals who shape Israel’s policy can …
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