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Stephen Zunes on Hillary Clinton’s Record on Foreign Policy
Editor’s Note: I once again want to encourage those who support Hillary, or Jill Stein, or other candidates, to write articles for us about why they do so. We don’t endorse any candidate or political party–can’t because we are a …
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Dan Brook states his 52 Reasons to Support Bernie Sanders for President
Editor’s Note: I once again want to encourage those who support Hillary, or Jill Stein, or other candidates, to write articles for us about why they do so. We don’t endorse any candidate or political party–can’t because we are a …
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Jeffrey Sachs, economist, says: Hillary is the Candidate of the War Machine
Editor’s note: Tikkun magazine does not endorse any candidate or political party. But as I’ve said in several previous emails, we will send out articles that have a serious or substantial intellectual content challenging the ideas of any of the candidates, …
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Richard Falk Challenges UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon
Israel shoots the messenger: An open letter to Ban Ki-Moon Richard Falk Saturday 6 February 2016 While I was special rapporteur for Palestine, you chose to attack me in public on several occasions. Now Israel has turned its fire on …
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War & Peace

Refugee Aid: A Vision of International Solidarity and Love
Editor’s Note: Tikkun and our interfaith and secular-humanist-welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives supports the work of Tamera and the Institute for Global Peace Work. –Rabbi Michael Lerner   Refugee Aid: A Vision of International Solidarity Statement following reports from our co-workers …
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David Swanson on World Beyond War argues that Jill Stein’s Platform is more viable than Bernie’s
Editor’s Note: As we’ve noted each time we post something about the election, we are NOT endorsing any candidate or party, but allowing members of our community to explain why they have chosen who they’ve chosen to support. JANUARY 29 …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on the Current Reality of the Israeli Peace Movement
Uri Avnery January 30, 2016                        The Pied Piper of Zion HAMELIN, A small town in Germany (not so far from where I was born), was infested with rats. In their despair, the burghers called upon a …
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Israel/Palestine

Some Arab regimes have Black Slaves
Editor’s Note: Tikkun believes in the free exchange of ideas ala John Stuart Mill’s brilliant defense of free speech and the marketplace of ideas. For that reason we sometimes publish articles that are certain to offend a significant section of …
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Israel/Palestine

Take Action to Save the Bedouins–appeal from Rabbi Arik Ascherman
Editor’s note: Rabbi Arik Ascherman is one of our great contemporary heroes. His work to save the Israeli Bedouins from being obliterated by the Israeil government deserves your fuill support. Please read his call to you below! Standing up for the humanity of …
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Israel/Palestine

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb challenges JNF on Tu B’shvat Planting Trees in Israel
Words by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb on the JNF “special deal” for Tu B’shvat (today, January 25th).  The Jewish National Fund (JNF) is offering a special deal for Tu B’Shevat on its website:  “Help celebrate TuBishvat by planting a tree in …
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War & Peace

Failed States–”We Destroyed the Cities to Save Them and Other Future Headlines
Failed States and States of Failure  “We Destroyed the Cities to Save Them” and Other Future Headlines By Tom Engelhardt One of the charms of the future is its powerful element of unpredictability, its ability to ambush us in lovely ways …
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Environment

Bill McKibben on The Real Zombie Apocalypse
Editor’s note: If you are going to any environmental event in the next few months, (e.g. a Tu B’shvat seder this coming weekend) please ask the attendees to read this very important article by Bill McKibben. Unfortunately, though McKibben recognizes …
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US Politics

Hillary is far More Dangerous Than the Neo-cons by Steve Weissman
Editor’s note: Tikkun as a 501-=c-3 non profit does not take stands in support of candidates or political parties. But our readers do have positions and we are happy to put any coherent and insightful piece of writing about the …
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12 of the 18 Former Military Arrested in Guatemala are US Trained
Editor’s Note:  We at Tikkun have been involved for the last decade in supporting the important work of the SOA, the religious progressive organization that challenges the U.S. government to shut down its school (formerly known as the U.S. Army’s …
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Judaism

Scholarship and Provocation: A Response to Arthur Green’s Review of Hasidism Incarnate
Scholarship and Provocation: A Response to Arthur Green’s Review of Hasidism Incarnate bu Shaul Magid,     I, Arthur Green, recently published a review of my recent book Hasidism Incarnate in Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations. The review raises some important …
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Interfaith

The World’s Most Enlightening Region
Review of the documentary: The World’s Most Enlightening Region  by   Rev. Ray Wade, Birmingham I witnessed people being moved by this film when shown at the Parliament of World’s Religions. Like the saying “a picture is worth a thousand …
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US Politics

Candidates Compete to Promise the Most Torture and Slaughter
America Revisits the Dark Side Candidates Compete to Promise the Most Torture and Slaughter By Rebecca Gordon They’re back! From the look of the presidential campaign, war crimes are back on the American agenda. We really shouldn’t be surprised, because American …
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US Politics

The New Normal by Amitai Etzioni
Editor’s note: Amitai Etzioni’s article below is a powerful critique of approaches we often take in Tikkun magazine. We welcome this kind of challenge to the vision we put forward, particularly at www.spiritualprogressives.org/covenant. Please read that along with this article. …
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The Earth Will Defeat Capitalism by Catholic Theologian Leonardo Boff
The Earth no longer has the capacity, by herself, to meet human demands. She needs a year and a half to replace all that is taken from her in one year. She has become dangerously unsustainable. Either we restrain the voracity of wealth accumulation to let her rest and replenish herself, or we must prepare for the worst.
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One Expert Says, Yes, Donald Trump is a Fascist. And It’s Not Just Trump.
Editor’s Note: Tikkun magazine is a 501-c-3 non profit that is precluded by law from endorsing political candidates or opposing them. But we are not precluded from publishing articles by our readers who take strong stands about electoral issues. We …
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Israel/Palestine

An Israeli Centrist Rabbi Stands Up for Free Speech
Editor’s Note: Tikkun often tries to bring into dialogue people with different perspectives from our own in order to inform our community of those views and to learn from them what we can in order to be more effective in …
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Judaism

The Burning Bush and Black Fire
Editor’s note: This week Jews around the world begin reading the 2nd book of Torah: Shmot or Exodus, by studying Exodus I-1 to VI-1). It is in many ways the most revolutionary book of the ancient world, both in its …
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Our Spiritual Covenant to Heal the World
Our Spiritual Covenant:   an introduction to the ideas of Tikkun and the NSP–Network of Spiritual Progressives by Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun Magazine and chair of the interfaith and secular-humanist-and-atheist-welcoming NETWORK OF SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES   RabbiLerner.Tikkun@gmail.com   We live in …
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War & Peace

Talking to Your Kids About The Terrors They Face in the Current World
  Kids’ Questions on a Lockdown Planet, Thinking the Parentally Unthinkable Dealing with your child in the world of San Bernardino hysteria, the Islamic State, and Donald Trump —  by Frida Berrigan, – Frida Berrigan, Fear? Tell me about it. …
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US Politics

The Forgiveness Practice for Your Daily Spiritual Health
Forgiveness involves seeking forgiveness for ourselves after genuine repentance, and then forgiving others. Forgiveness does not mean giving others a continuing right to oppress or hurt other people. We can both forgive those who tortured prisoners or supported economic or …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on How Israel Deals with Its Wave of Terror
Editor’s Note: For many years Israelis have ignored the suffering that the Occupation was causing the Palestinian people in the West Bank, believing that erecting a Wall around the Palestinians would protect the Jewish state. But now, in the face …
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US Politics

The Differences Between Bernie and Hillary
Editor’s note: Tikkun is a nonprofit and prohibited from supporting candidates or political parties. So we don’t. But we can publicize views from our readers and writers on these issues, or from others. We welcome anyone with a coherent argument …
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US Politics

Trump Represents the Ugly Face of American Politics by Allen Roland
Editor’s note:  As non-profit entities, contributions to which are tax-deductible, Tikkun magazine and our Network of Spiritual Progressives do not take stands in support of candidates for political office nor for political parties. But we do print a wide variety …
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Global Capitalism

Immigrants & Menaces–a report from Germany
IMMIGRANTS AND MENACES –a report on European responses to the flood of immigrants by Victor Grossman – Berlin Like the rising sea level endangering the Maledives, Marshalls and other islands, the immigrant question is changing political geography in Germany. But it …
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War & Peace

The U.S. & The Rise of ISIS by Stephen Zunes
The US and the Rise of ISIS by Prof. Stephen Zunes The rise of ISIS (also known as Daesh, ISIL, or the “Islamic State”) is a direct consequence of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. While there are a …
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We Were Made For These Times
Editor’s Note: This valuable call to renew hope is a central theme of Tikkun magazine the Network of Spiritual Progressives, and in my view of Judaism and Christianity as well. Estes, unfortunately, tries to reassure people of the importance of …
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Judgment, Muslims and Responses to Terrorism
Judgement, Muslims and Responses to Terrorism (Miketz 2015–reflections on the world in conversation with this week’s Torah portion) by Rabbi Zalman Kastel   The other day I discussed with a group of Muslim high school students the Islamic principle that …
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Judaism

Ba’nu Choshekh L’kadesh: Sanctifying darkness, seeding the light” by Rabbi David Seidenberg
Every year at my boy’s school there’s a Chanukah concert that includes rap songs and other talent. A few years ago, it included the song the popular song, “Ba’nu Choshekh L’garesh“. I’m not so connected to modern Israeli culture, though, …
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Judaism

A Chanukah Prayer of Lights
A Chanukah Prayer of Lights by Rabbi Warren Stone Source of Creation and Life of the Universe We gather together on Chanukah As Jews of conscience with a deep spiritual bond to the lights of freedom. We are grateful for …
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Israel/Palestine

New Poll on US Attitudes on Israel/Palestine
  Poll on US Attitudes on Israel/Palestine   Evangelical Republicans Favor Pro-Israel Policies At Odds With Majority of Americans, Including Non-Evangelical Republicans     A new poll shows that in dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict overall, an overwhelming 77% of …
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War & Peace


America’s Reckless War Against Evil  Why It’s Self-Defeating and Has No End  By Ira Chernus Oh, no! Not another American war against evil! This time, it’s the Islamic State (IS). After the attacks in Paris, Barack Obama, spokesman-in-chief for the United …
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US Politics

Emperor Weather: Turning Up the Heat on History
Emperor Weather  Turning Up the Heat on History  By Tom Engelhardt For six centuries or more, history was, above all, the story of the great game of empires. From the time the first wooden ships mounted with cannons left Europe’s shores, …
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Chanukah & Christmas: A Return to Hope in Troubling Times
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 have started long, long ago, when three of the more …
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Environment

Over-Consumption–a key to California’s Water Crisis
This Holiday Season Let’s Redefine Over-Consumption By Rev. Brooks Berndt             A common lament around this time of the year is the rampant consumerism of a culture that bombards us with messages to buy more and more. As the complaint …
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US Politics

Barbara Ehrenreich: America to White Working Class Men: “Drop Dead”
    America to Working Class Whites: Drop Dead!  by Barbara Ehrenreich    December 1, 2015. It’s the American mean season. No question about it. Racism. Xenophobia. Refugee bashing.  Seemingly endless blatant police killings (and other kinds of mistreatment) of black citizens. All …
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US Politics

Top Ten Differences Between White Terrorists and Others
Juan Cole on the Top Ten Differences Between White Terrorists and Others 1.  White terrorists are called “gunmen.”  What does that even mean?  A person with a gun?  Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US?  Other terrorists are called, like, …
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Environment

Demonstrations for Environmental Sanity Around the World as Paris Talks Open
November 30, 2015  Paris, France Demonstrations for Environmental Sanity Around the World as Paris Talks Open We did it! Despite losing our flagship Paris event, this weekend’s Global Climate March still broke records as the largest climate mobilisation in history! From São Paulo …
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US Politics

Bernie Sanders’ Immigration Plan
Editor’s Note: Tikkun does not endorse any candidate or political party–we are not allowed to do so as a 501-c-3 nonprofit. But we do from time to time present alternative perspectives on candidates or parties and on the stances that …
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Has the US Been Responsible for Millions of Deaths Since World War II ?
Editor’s Note: In the article below, the author claims that the U.S. has been responsible for 20 millions deaths since World War II. I’m doubtful about this claim, but also believe that we all have a responsibility to do the …
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War & Peace

Uri Avnery on Why There is NO Such Thing as International Terrorism
Uri Avnery November 28, 2015   The Reign of Absurdiocy   There is no such thing as “international terrorism”.   To declare war on “international terrorism” is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both. …
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US Politics

How Canadians are Dealing with the Refugee Crisis
  How Canada is Dealing with the Refugees by John Trent A little while ago, Rabbi Michael Lerner wrote to U.S. citizens  via Tikkum  to encourage them to: “Please call your Senators to tell them you Welcome Syrian Refugees and urge them …
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Fear, Doubt and the “the Muslims”– Jacob Returns and Encounters Esau: Torah reading Vayishlach
Fear, doubt and “the Muslims” (Vayishlach 2015) by: Rabbi Zalman Kastel  National Director of the  Together for Humanity Foundation Late one evening this week, I received yet another Facebook private message expressing hostility towards Muslims and Islam. This kind of hostility is often …
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War & Peace

Johann Galtung Sets the Paris Violence in Historical Perspective
Johan Galtung Violence In and By Paris: Any Way Out? EDITORIAL, 23 November 2015- TRANSCEND Media Service Atlanta, Georgia, USA   The atrocity in Paris seems to trigger the word “terrorism” with a higher frequency than ever, in the media, …
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A word about how to make your Thanksgiving spiritually meaningful and deep from Rabbi Michael Lerner No matter how difficult it may be in a world filled with pain and cruelty, in a world just partially recovering from the latest …
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US Politics

Syrian Refugees and the Holocaust: a discussion to enliven your Thanksgiving celebration
Editor’s Note: Want to energize the discussion at whatever Thanksgiving celebration you are having or are attending? here’s a conversation piece you could read or send out in advance along with the piece I sent you Tuesday evening about how …
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