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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
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 and progressives about what …
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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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War & Peace

But Mr. Putin..You Just Don’t Understandl
But, Mr. Putin, You Just Don’t Understand By David Swanson http://davidswanson.org/node/5238 Once in a while one of the videos somebody emails me a link to turns out to be well worth watching. Such is this one. In it a former U.S. …
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War & Peace

“Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!”–Children, Toy Guns and the Real Thing
“Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!”  Children, Toy Guns, and the Real Thing By Frida Berrigan [From our ally TomDispatch.com] It was a beautiful evening and the kids — Madeline, two; Seamus, almost four; and Rosena, nine — were running across a …
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US Politics

Jeff St. Clair’s impressionistic account of the Democratic Convnetion
Editor’s Note: Now don’t go jumping to the conclusion that I agree with Jeff St. Clair’s perspective just because I’ve posted it here. As I repeatedly say, we want a variety of perspectives on the elections on our website, and …
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US Politics

Lerner’s Huffington Post article on Sanders Supporters’ Dilemma
THE WASHINGTON POST VIA GETTY IMAGES Senator Bernie Sanders had two good reasons for endorsing Hillary: 1. His firm belief that the country would be considerably worse off were Donald Trump to win the presidency; 2. If his movement to …
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US Politics

Michael Moore: Why Trump Will Win
Editor’s Note: Tikkun  magazine doesn’t endorse any candidate or political party–we are barred from doing so as a non-profit. But we can print articles from our readers and other sources that provide their analyses and their views on the candidates …
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Israel/Palestine


The Big Rift by Uri Avnery (chair of the Israeli peace movement Gush Shalom)   THE State of Israel was still young, when two famous comedians produced a short act: Two Arabs stand on the seashore and curse a boat …
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US Politics

The Libertarian Candidate
Editor’s Note: Tikkun Magazine does not endorse any candidate for public office or any political party. But we do encourage our readers to send us their thoughts about the various candidates if they have something new to say that has …
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Israel/Palestine

Apologists for Israel’s Occupation Celebrate the Defeat of what they call “the BDS Hype”
Editor’s Note: This article below demonstrates that the BDS movement’s claims to be successful are very exaggerated. At the same time it shows a critical weakness of the BDS strategy–its ability to switch the discourse from what’s wrong with the …
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Israel/Palestine

Occupation Forces Demolish Palestinian Homes in Jerusalem (again and again and again)
Editor’s Note: The events described below are part of a consistent pattern by the Israeli government to make life unbearable for the Palestinian people living inside Israel. We receive these kinds of reports every week, and rarely put them up …
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US Politics

Could Hillary Be Any Worse? Sure, add Tim Kaine to the Ticket–by David Swanson
Editor’s note: Tikkun magazine does not endorse or oppose any candidate or political party. But we do encourage our readers to send us articles representing their perspectives. We again request that those of our readers who support or oppose any …
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War & Peace

The Trojan Drone
An Illegal Military Strategy Disguised as Technological Advance By Rebecca Gordon (originally published at TomDispatch.com) Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a …
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Race

Is Violence Justified to Resist Racist Oppression?
Is Violence Justified to Resist Racial Oppression? Editor’s Note: While I disagree with the author’s argument for use of violence to resist oppression, I do think that his points have validity and that those of us who believe in the …
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Race

Stop the Violence!!!!!
Join or Donate Now! STOP THE VIOLENCE! We mourn all the victims of violence, including the large volume of violence against people that goes unreported and underreported, including poor people and people of color, but also we mourn for the …
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Islam

A significant Muslim Voice on Recent Mass Murders Supposedly in the Name of Islam
From the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC)   July 4, 2016 It is with great sadness and profound grief that we have to once again express our deep sympathy to the recent victims of the savage crimes of …
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Israel/Palestine

Will Marwan Barghouti Be the Palestinian Mandela?
Nearly a decade and a half after he began serving multiple life sentences for his role in the killings of the second intifada, Marwan Barghouti is still seen – among most Palestinians, many Israelis and world leaders – as the …
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US Politics

Turn Columbus Day into Muhammad Ali Day
MAKING THE CASE FOR A “MUHAMMAD ALI DAY” by Abdul Cader Asmal MD PhD Muhammad Ali’s legacy can perhaps best be remembered through the words of his wife Lonni who stated, ‘Muhammad wanted to use his life and his death as …
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