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Juan Cole: Is MLK’s Legacy Being Reversed
Ediitor’s Note: Some of us are reacting to Trump as though he had emerged from nowhere with his reactionary agenda. Actually, the movement that came to his aid has been seeking for several decades to undo much of the liberal and …
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US Politics

Obama’s Farewell
Editor’s Note:  As is my custom in many of the articles I put up on this section of the website, I try to provide you with analyses that you are not likely to read in the mainstream media. In this …
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Health

Dems help defeat lower costs for prescription medications
I found the following on the internet, do not know who authored it, but do believe that it is accurate in reporting who voted against lowering costs for prescription medications by allowing them to be brought in from Canada which …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel Embassy in UK Caught Plotting to “Take Down” a Senior Tory Minister
From Alfred Gluecksmann of the ArgentumPost.com Israel Embassy in the UK Caught Plotting To “Take Down” a Senior Tory Minister While the US “Fourth Estate” MSM in collusion with the” Deep State” is busy disseminating U.S. best interests by by engaging …
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Christianity

Rev. Richard Rohr on How Jesus Interpreted Scripture–if only Contemporary Christians could Follow Rohr!
Rev. Rohr is one of the most creative thinkers in the contemporary Christian world. He seeks to do for Christianity what many of us in the Jewish Renewal movement are seeking to do for Judaism, namely make it spiritually alive …
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US Politics

Unions Facing the Trump Era
By Jonathan Rosenblum Beginning in 1979 in Seattle, WA, Jim Levitt expertly fabricated custom aircraft parts and tools, helping make the Boeing Company one of the most successful businesses in the world. But in 2013, corporate executives issued a threat: They demanded …
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Global Capitalism

Pope Francis: Capitalism is Terrorism Against All Humanity
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/12/23/pope-francis-capitalism-is-terrorism-against-all-of-humanity/ Collective Evolution       December 23, 2016 Pope Francis: capitalism is “terrorism against all of humanity” Alanna Ketler Once again, Pope Francis has made global headlines, shocking reporters late Sunday after blaming the “god of money” for the extremist violence …
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War & Peace

Russia’s Legitimate Fears
Editor’s Note: Russia’s dictatorship is a far cry from the hopes that the Russian people had when they overthrew their communist regime and bought into the neo-liberal fantasies sold to them by global capitalism. The subsequent history has led many …
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Interfaith

Chanukah and Christmas as we approach a Trump presidency
A Return to Hope in Troubling Times: Chanukah and Christmas Honestly, do you know anyone who hasn’t been suffering from a case of acute despair, depression or cynicism about the world in the past few months? *For some it might …
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US Politics

Drowning the World in Oil : Trump’s Carbon-Obsessed Energy Policy and the Planetary Nightmare to Come
Editor’s note: here is another important article from our media ally tomdispacth.com and the introduction is written by its editor Tom Engelhardt   Sadly, the Left can point out the problems, but has no serious strategy to change the consciousness of …
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US Politics

Taking on Trump by Ted Glick
Taking on Trump By Ted Glick There is only one way that I can see Trump succeeding with his outrageous efforts—such as his Cabinet nominations–to turn back the clock to the 50’s, or further: if most of us who supported …
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Education

Pew Report on Religion and Education Around the World
Religion and Education Around the World Large gaps in education levels persist, but all faiths are making gains – particularly among women  WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 13, 2016) – Jews are more highly educated than any other major religious group around the …
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War & Peace

Cops of the Pacific? The U.S. Military’s Role in Asia in the Age of Trump
An interesting speculative piece from our media all TomDispatch.com Cops of the Pacific?  The U.S. Military’s Role in Asia in the Age of Trump  By Tim Shorrock Despite the attention being given to America’s roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater …
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US Politics

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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US Politics

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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US Politics

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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US Politics

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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