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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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US Politics

Hillary’s Militarism
How Hillary Clinton Ignores Peace July 2, 2016  by Robert Perry [ In the 1980s, Robert Parry wrote the Iran-Contra news reports - exposing the Ronald Reagan / George H.W. Bush administration's covert cocaine to money to weapons "triangle trade" …
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Spirituality

Connecting to God from Leonardo Boff
How to experience God today Leonardo Boff         Theologian-Philosopher       Earthcharter Commission The present present times are so politically afflicted that we are psychologically altered. Seeing no path forward, walking blind, adrift like a rudderless ship, extinguishes our spark to live.  We wind up forgetting what is essential. …
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US Politics

Leftist Follies
Editor’s Note: We’ve been trying for a long time to get articles on the current elections and there aftermath that are not just praises of Bernie Sanders (not because we disagree with those, or agree, but because we are a …
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Judaism

A variety of perspectives on Elie Wiesel
Editor’s Note:  Elie Wiesel was an important leader of the section of the Jewish world which believes that the highest, perhaps the only, commandment left to observe after the Holocaust is “don’t forget what happened to us Jews.” He used …
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Turn July 4th into INTER-Dependence Day
Turn Independence Day Into an Interdependence Day Celebration  July 4th   (by Rabbi Michael Lerner   rabbilerner.tikkun@gmail.com)  (and if you happen to be in the S.F. Bay Area and want to come to our pre-Interdependence Day celebration and potluck on July …
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Israel/Palestine

Palestinian Man Kills 13-Year-Old Girl Asleep in Her West Bank Settlement
  The brutal murder of a young girl asleep in her bed in a West Bank settlement  (Kiryat Arba) justifiably has evoked outrage and condemnation–including from me and Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives. While anti-occupation activists have pointed …
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Global Capitalism

The Real Meaning of Brexit: A Cry of Pain
Editor’s Introductory Note:  The vote by a majority in the UK to exit from the European Union  (Britain exiting, now called Brexit) is actually a cry of pain by the working people of Britain, and a reflection of the growing …
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Interfaith

A Call for Love in the Face of Hatred: Rabbi Lerner’s talk at Muhammad Ali’s Memorial
In case you who missed it, here's Rabbi Lerner's talk at Muhammed Ali's funeral. His vision is all the more relevant given the horrific killings in Orlando and the way it is being used to promote fear, hatred and Islamophobia. It has gone viral on social media and inspired over a million people already. If it inspires you as well, please read below for how to be an ally with Rabbi Lerner to help build the world he describes.
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Global Capitalism

Right Wing Forces Gaining Strength in Germany
From Tikkun’s Berlin Correspondent Victor Grossman   BLUE SKY IN HAMBURG AND PIE IN HANOVER Berlin  June 6  2016 I’ll begin with a happy report. The Hamburg group of “Fighters and Friends of the Spanish Republic 1936-1939” had its annual get-together …
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US Politics

Muhammad Ali Memorial: Rabbi Lerner Invited to Speak
Rabbi Lerner Invited to Speak at Muhammad Ali’s Memorial Service It has been several decades since Rabbi Lerner worked with Muhammad Ali in the peace movement challenging the Vietnam War. The US government indicted both of them for their nonviolent …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on The Right Wing Takeover of Israeli Institutions
I recently mentioned the German word Gleichschaltung – one of the most typical words in the Nazi vocabulary. "Gleich" means "the same", and "Schaltung" means "wiring". The long German word means that everything in the state is wired up the same way – the Nazi way. This was an essential part of the Nazi transformation of Germany. But it did not happen in any dramatic way. The replacement of people was slow, almost imperceptible. In the end, all important positions in the country were manned by Nazi functionaries.
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Inclusion in Each Other’s Humanity
In the very first chapter of Genesis, the Torah teaches us that the human being is created in the image of G-d. Ever since, tyranny and bigotry have been on notice—any doctrine that reduces other human beings to something less deviates from the nature of Creation.
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US Politics

Steven Zunes on Hillary Clinton’s Record on Foreign Policy
Please know that regardless of the concerns about Hillary’s Clinton’s foreign policy record I have expressed in my writings and I interviews, I recognize that the priority this fall for U.S. voters needs to be preventing Donald Trump from becoming president. And I also recognize the importance of rejecting the many false allegations against Hillary Clinton and categorically condemning any and all sexist attacks and misogynist language in reference to her or her candidacy.
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US Politics

Bernie is Israel’s Best Friend in 2016
 As a non-profit, Tikkun magazine does NOT endorse any candidate or political party. Nor does Rabbi Lerner. This article is a response to distorted media coverage of  Sanders’ appointment of prominent progressives to the Democratic Party’s Platform Committee whom the …
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Global Capitalism

Brazil: How Capitalist Institutions Undermined a Populist Regime
Editor’s Note: This article shows how near impossible it is to sustain a populist regime without dismantling the institutions of global capitalist society. In sober and careful analysis of what happened in Brazil, the author shows how the compromises and …
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Israel/Palestine

On Lieberman Israel’s New “Defense” Minister–by Uri Avnery
As a child I was an eye-witness to the last years of the Weimar Republic (so called because its constitution was shaped in Weimar, the town of Goethe and Schiller). As a politically alert boy I witnessed the Nazi Machtergreifung ("taking power") and the first half a year of Nazi rule.
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US Politics

Rabbi Lerner Speaks in Boston & Cape Cod on Psychodynamics of American Politics
Rabbi Lerner is going to be speaking in Massachusetts the weekend of May 20-22nd, and wants to invite you to come hear him at one of these events!
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War & Peace

Victor Wechsler-Grossman on Refugees–our correspondent from Berlin
The Refugee Crisis WHO IS TO BLAME, May 12 2016   Back in 1963 Bob Dylan (soon to be 75) wrote a bitter song; Pete Seeger also sang it often. It asks, after the death of a young boxer: “Who killed …
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Israel/Palestine

Anvery and Lerner on Israel Independence Day 2016
Tikkun  to heal, repair and transform the world A note from Rabbi Michael Lerner Join or Donate Now!     Editor’s Note: It was 47 years ago that Mario Savio (the great orator of the Free Speech Movement) and I chose …
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Spirituality

Not Another Dark Holocaust Poem (by Renna Ulvang)
Not Another Dark Holocaust Poem: Chava, Miriam, Auschwitz   by Renna Ulvang It is tempting to dredge up ashy metaphors for your last days on earth To remain riveted, horrified, impaled by thoughts of what it must have been like …
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US Politics

Daniel Berrigan z’l Dead at 94
Daniel Berrigan was one of  the most inspiring figures of the anti-war and social justice movements of the past fifty years. He died on Saturday, April 30, 2016, and will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him. …
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Israel/Palestine

Norman Finkelstein on Sanders, the first Intifada, & BDS
Editor’s note: We thank Phillip Weiss for giving us blanket permission to reprint articles from the website Mondoweiss. Norman Finkelstein has been one of the courageous voices critiquing Israeli policies for several decades. In the conversation below, he makes many …
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Environment

Threats to Mother Earth and how to confront them by Leonardo Boff
Threats to Mother Earth and how to confront them      Leonardo Boff         Theologian-Philosopher       Earthcharter Commission   There are four threats that our Common Home faces, and which demand from us our special attention.  The first is how in modern times the Earth is viewed …
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Justice & Prisons

American War Crimes That Still Ought to be Prosecuted
American War Crimes That Still Ought to Be Prosecuted Let’s take a moment to think about the ultimate strangeness of our American world.  In recent months, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have offered a range of hair-raising suggestions: as president, one or the other …
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War & Peace

Drone Whistleblowers Step Out of the Shadows
Pratap Chatterjee, Inside the Devastation of America’s Drone Wars Posted by Pratap Chatterjee on Tikkun’s media ally: TomDispatch.com A note from Tom Engelhardt:   In our part of the world, it’s not often that potential “collateral damage” speaks, but it happened last week.  …
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US Politics

Pro Hillary vs. Pro Bernie
Tikkun magazine is a 501-c3 and hence prohibited from taking stands in support of or opposition to any candidate or political party. But we can and do present analyses of positions taken by political candidates and also allow our writers …
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US Politics

Bernie Sanders Speech to the Vatican and Hillary Clinton’s Speech to National Action Network
Tikkun magazine does not endorse candidates for public office nor does it support any political party. Bernie Sanders Speech to the Vatican  April 16 I am honored to be with you today and was pleased to receive your invitation to …
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Media

Paying Job at Tikkun: Audience Development, Operations and Office Manager at our Berkeley, Ca. Office
Now Hiring: Audience Development & Operations and Office Manager by Tikkun April 17, 2016 We are looking for a full-time Audience Development and Operations Manager for Tikkun magazine and its consciousness-raising arm, the Network of Spiritual Progressives to work in our Berkeley, CA …
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US Politics

My Democracy Spring–a report from a Tikkunista at the D.C. Demonstrations for Money Out of Politics
My Democracy Spring by Michael Kramer, a member of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls It started with an email many months ago about protesting the fact that what the people want has no influence in legislation, while money very much does.  If …
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Global Capitalism

Right and Left in Germany by our correspondent Victor Grossman
RIGHT AND LEFT IN GERMANY     by Victor Grossman Yes, Bernie won in Wisconsin. He also won in Berlin, Germany! 556 US citizens here, a record number, participated in the Democratic primary, and a full 79.5% voted for Sanders. …
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US Politics

Destroying the Remaining Decency in the Israeli Army by Uri Avnerygues
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on the Shifting Alliances in the Middle East
Editor’s Note: Once again Avnery gives us the larger view of the conflicts in the MidEast and helps us understand how distorted the framework that the Western media presents about what is actually happening and the impact of the West …
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Israel/Palestine

Israeli Products from the West Bank
Products from West Bank Settlers or non-Palestinian Companies Operating from the West Bank Note from the Network of Spiritual Progressives: People who do not wish to boycott Israel itself, but do wish to avoid purchasing goods and services from the …
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US Politics

Are We In a New World? Tom Engelhardt on American politics 2016
Entering Uncharted Territory in Washington  Are We in a New American World?  By Tom Engelhardt The other week, feeling sick, I spent a day on my couch with the TV on and was reminded of an odd fact of American life. …
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US Politics

Clinton, Sanders, Trump and Cruz on Israel and US Foreign Policy
Editor’s Note:  It’s important for us to know what the foreign policy of the next President is likely to be. Since the wars we in Western countries  helped create or finance in the Middle East, our interventions in Iran, Iraq, …
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Judaism

Rabbi Dev Noily and others on the Book of Esther
A note from Rabbi Lerner: We have been struggling internally about how to deal with the Jewish violence and revenge that is part of the Purim story. Should we boycott this holiday entirely? Is there a way to challenge its …
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US Politics

What Can We Learn from the Presidential Race?
What Can We Learn from The Presidential Race? Michael N. Nagler I have never voted Republican, but I stand with those Republicans today who are aghast at what Donald Trump has done to the level of political discourse in this …
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War & Peace

Juan Cole: Hillary goes full Neocon at AIPAC– suggesting Trump isn’t militaristic enough
Hillary Clinton goes full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizes Iran, Palestinians By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | March 22, 2016 I once heard Hillary Clinton give her AIPAC speech at a university. It doesn’t change much, just as US policy …
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