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Israel/Palestine

Arthur Waskow on Israel’s Multiple Denials of Human Rights
My Qualms and Self-Correction “Tshuvah: Till by Turning, Turning, We Come Round Right”  I have been having qualms about some aspects of what I wrote a few days ago in response to Rabbis Marc Angel’s and Uri Regev’s open letter …
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Many Americans Know Little About Constitutional Rights
(Editor’s note: All too often, people in the liberal and progressive world scorn those Americans who know little about their Constitutional rights or the rights of others. But actually it is more appropriate to respond with outrage at an educational …
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US Politics

A 99% Manifesto in honor or the Anniversary of the Occupy Movement
A 99% Manifesto Dan Brook     A specter is haunting America and the world; the specter of gross inequality. The inequality is economic, to be sure, but also social, political, racial, sexual, educational, medical, occupational, gastronomical, geographical, and otherwise. …
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US Politics

How to Read Donald Trump
(Editor’s Note: Ariel Dorfman has been sharing his writing with Tikkun for several decades, so it is a joy to share this latest article, via our media allyTomDispatch.com . Dorfman was one of those profound thinkers who worked with the democratically …
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Environment

The Real Homeland Security Threat
[Editor's note: if after reading Juan Cole's article below you feel a desire to do something, join the Network of Spiritual Progressives at www.spiritualprogressives.org and  become active with us in seeking endorsements for the most comprehensive approach to stopping corporate …
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Israel/Palestine

A Note from Israeli Gush Shalom peace movement leader Uri Avnery
Uri Avnery September 9, 2017   A Confession   TODAY IS the last day of the 93rd year of my life. Ridiculous.   Am I moderately satisfied with my life until now? Yes. I am.   If by a miracle …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel Update mid September 2017
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 An enemy image is a vital munition of war 1) A shooting in Hebron shakes the Israeli society The following article is due to be published in German by Internationaler Versoehnungsbund, the Austrian branch of the …
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Judaism

High Holidays with Rabbi Michael Lerner & Beyt Tikkun
The spiritual task of the ten days that start the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday Sept. 20 (10 days from now) and continue to its climax on Yom Kippur is to delve seriously into what changes we need in the …
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War & Peace

The U.S. Military Role in the World
  (Editor’s Note: This article, coming to us from our media ally TomDispatch.com, should give us some perspective on the U.S. military role in the world. Perhaps it might even awaken us to another important question: why exactly are we …
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US Politics

Ralph Nader on the Republicans and Dems
[Editor's Note: I still wish Nader had taken my advice in 2000 and told his voters in states where the election was close to not vote for him but vote instead for Nader. I also urged him to introduce spiritual …
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War & Peace

What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea Missile Tests
[Editor's Note: We Americans have barely a clue about the mischief the U.S. military has been up to for most of the past decades. It has often been provocative when it hasn't gone the full length of military interventions, sometimes …
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US Politics

We can’t transform American politics till we understand the psychodynamics at play
I’m republishing this article I wrote a few months before the 2016 election because it contains an analysis which is absolutely essential for anyone who wishes to participate in transforming American political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual reality. Some of …
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US Politics

Berkeley needs a Non-Violent Containment Squad by Jo Freeman
What Berkeley needs is a Non-Violent Containment Squad November 20, 1964: March to Regents’ Meeting; L to R: Mona Hutchin, Ron Anastasi, … John Leggett, John Searle, Michael Rossman, Jack Weinberg, Sallie Shawl, Mario Savio, Ken Cloke. Bob Johnson photo ©FSM Archives …
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Awe Trumps Polarization
(Editor’s Note:  When we’ve talked about a New Bottom Line as a central part of Tikkun’s message, some people react negatively to the last few words where we call for “awe, wonder and radical amazement at the universe.” What they …
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Islam

Profound Rethinking by Muslims of The Meanings of Their Holy Texts and Traditions
{Editor’s Note: Most of us in the West have very little familiarity with the complexities of sophisticated intellectual and theological debate that takes place in the Islamic world. Just as in the Jewish world a tradition of interpretation developed which …
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Health

How Nigeria Defeated Ebola
How Nigeria Defeated Ebola by Kristin Peterson, Morenike O. Folayan, and Aminu Yakubu   Ada Igonoh was the physician who pronounced Patrick Sawyer dead. Four days after he had been admitted to First Consultants Medical Centre, she found him collapsed …
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Global Capitalism

Grassroots Venezuelans in the Midst of the Economic War
https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/11177 The Real Price of Trump’s Venezuela Sanctions https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/13332   By RYAN MALLETT-OUTTRIM, August 25th 2017 TAGS economic crisis 2017 U.S. sanctions Five hundred and sixty seven thousand dead children. That was the death toll of international sanctions on Saddam’s Iraq, according …
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US Politics

Jews Staying with Trump Disgrace Themselves
We received this from our media ally Portside:   The Trump Administration’s Most Prominent Jews Disgrace Themselves   Dana Milbank August 18, 2017 Washington Post What Gary Cohn, Steven Mnuchin and Jared Kushner did – or, rather, what they didn’t …
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US Politics

Charlottesville: Where Do We Stand by Arthur Green
WHERE DO WE STAND? by Rabbi Arthur Green     American Jews looked on with horror at the events unfolding in Charlottesville – and elsewhere – over this past weekend.  Indeed, we have felt a shudder ever since the awful …
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US Politics

Jews Are NOT “White” in 21st century USA
Take a look at the alleged white privilege of Jews in Charlottesville, Virginia At Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA, we are deeply grateful for the support and prayers of the broader Reform Jewish community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the …
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Race

Racism After Charlottesville
The Staying Power of Racism After Charlottesville By Rabbi Michael Lerner Though the focus of a right-wing rally in Charlottesville this past Saturday was to protest the decision of the local city council to remove a statue honoring Confederate general …
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Interfaith

Australian Rabbi speaking at a Mosque
Below I share some of my talk at a Mosque the other day. The fact that this talk happened at all is a tribute to the good people playing a leadership role in this community. Two Sydney synagogues had hosted …
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War & Peace

Never Give Up Working for Peace by Jonathan Granoff
  NEVER FORGET VIRTUE, NEVER FORGET HIROSHIMA, NEVER GIVE UP WORKING FOR PEACE 08/08/2017 11:14 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago   There are historical matters toward which our ongoing attention is worthy because of their relevance today. Here are some examples: …
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War & Peace

The Pentagon’s Success Story
Editor’s note: Thanks to our media ally TomDispatch.com we present another analysis of American military power–no, not about atomic wars, but about overthrowing governments around the world. Can the Pentagon Win When Putsch Comes to Shove? A Rare Pentagon “Success” …
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US Politics

Trump’s Christian Nationalism–and how to effectively counter it
Editor’s note: this important article below shows a troubling development in American society. Yet like so much that comes from our leftwing allies, it shows no understanding of why these scary politics have emerged and how it could be responded …
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US Politics

Republicans’ Immigration Plan: A Whiter America
Republicans’ immigration plan: A whiter America  By Emile Schepers Jeanette Vizguerra, a Mexican immigrant who has lived in a church to avoid immigration authorities for the past three months, speaks after leaving the church May 12, in downtown Denver. Supporters say …
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US Politics

America’s Wars by Tom Engelhardt
Editor’s note: Below, another analysis of America’s wars from our media ally TomDispatch.com. As you know, the way to overcome all this is not only to protest against this militarism, but to convince the Left that it needs to promote …
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Environment

The Invisible Monster of Climate Change
  Editor’s note: Tikkun’s media ally TomDispatch.com has produced another valuable analysis, this time in the form of a dystopian forecast of what might be coming by 2050. Below is how its editor Tom Engelhardt introduces this scary yet sadly …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel Freak Out About Hebron
Editor’s note: Uri Avnery is chair of the Israeli Peace Movement GUSH SHALOM and a frequent contributor to Tikkun. Abe, Izzy & Bibi 15/07/17by Uri Avnery THE WHOLE thing could have been a huge practical joke, if it had not …
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Economy/Poverty/Wealth

G20 in Hamburg
FIRE AND RIDDLES AT HAMBURG Berlin Bulletin No. 130, July 10, 2017 Victor Grossman, Berlin The concert hall in Hamburg’s wonderful new Elbphilharmonie edifice resounded with Schiller’s thrilling Ode to Joy and world brotherhood in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Nineteen heads of …
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Christianity

Is Christianity today creating atheists?
[Editor's note: While Tikkun is a Jewish magazine and it is also an interfaith and secular-humanist welcoming magazine, many of whose authors and readers are not Jewish. While we claim not special expertise on the problems facing Christianity, some of …
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Israel/Palestine

Outrage at Israel’s Decision to Prevent Mixed Gender Prayer at the Wall in Jerusalem
Editor’s Note: There was a powerful article by Nicole Zimmerman in Ha’aretz on Thursday critiquing American Jews for getting so upset about the rights of non-orthodox Jews to pray at the Western Wall (the Kotel) while never getting upset in …
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Interfaith

Protecting Egypt and its Coptic Christians by James Zogby
Editor’s note: Tikkun presents this note from the Arab American Institute in part because it highlights the need of people of the world to stand up in defense of Christians in the Middle East who are often under attack from …
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Global Capitalism

U.S. Imperialism–Changing Direction?
 Editor’s note: As in all articles published by Tikkun, except our editorials, Tikkun does not necessarily agree or endorse the views we publish. We choose our articles to present views that are rarely aired in the mainstream media and which …
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Embracing the Chaos & Finding Your Mission in the Midst of our Society’s Spiritual Crisis
http://gratefulness.org/blog/12-reasons-embrace-chaos-move-forward-life/ 12 Reasons to Embrace the Chaos and Move Forward in Life BOB MIGLANI “What’s the point?”, I sometimes ask myself. It’s such an uncertain world out there. I mean, “It all looks so bleak. Why should I even bother …
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War & Peace

Will the Neo-Cons’ Long War Ever End?
June 5, 2017   America’s Long War or Global War on Terror has taken some ugly turns as the West’s continued war-making in the Muslim world leads to new terrorism against Western targets, with no end in sight, explains Nicolas …
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War & Peace

What would war with Korea look like?
Here’s a reasonable question to ask in our unreasonable world: Does Donald Trump even know where North Korea is? The answer matters and if you wonder why I ask, just remember his comment upon landing in Israel after his visit …
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War & Peace

Civilian Victims of War
Whose Children?  A World that Cares Little for Civilian Victims of War www.counterpunch.org A little over a month ago a suicide car bomb blast hit a convoy of civilians outside of the towns of Fua and Kefraya west of Aleppo …
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War & Peace

Is Trump Instigating Sectarian Violence Between Shia and Sunni Muslims?
Editor’s Note:  Shia and Sunni forces have engaged in sectarian violence long before there was a president Trump. But as the authors suggest, his attempt to put together a Sunni alliance against Iran will likely contribute to an escalation of …
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US Politics

Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia
Editor’s Note: Glad to share with you another article from our media ally TomDisptacht.com with an introduction from Tom. I can’t really say “enjoy” because the message is so disturbing!– Rabbi Michael Lerner In the first paragraphs of George Orwell’s …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel denying human rights of prisoners
Zeid urges Israel to respect the human rights of detainees GENEVA (24 May 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday expressed serious concern as the mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons entered …
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US Politics

The Psychopathology of the 2016 Election
IT’S NO SECRET that the past several decades have witnessed growing economic inequality and deepening economic insecurity for a very large section of working people both in the U.S. and other capitalist countries around the world. Yet what most analysts miss …
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Culture

Seeing Double: A Middle Eastern Comedy of Errors
In the 1980's, few Americans knew much about life in the territories Israel had occupied in 1967. Fewer still understood the PLO's historic offer to settle for a state in less than half what had been Palestine. Yet in 1989, the San Francisco Mime Troupe produced Seeing Double, a mistaken-identity farce that argued for a two-state solution. The seeming unfitness of the genre for the topic proved the secret of the show’s success: laughter allows room for hope.
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Culture

The Women’s Balcony–a delightful film
The Women’s Balcony, a movie which captures a beautiful slice of Israeli life, is a huge upper at a time when many people are feeling depressed and saddened by the state of our world. The movie captures the way that …
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Overcoming Trump-ism: A New Strategy for Progressives
WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED about the path our country is going to take under Donald Trump’s leadership. The racist, sexist, and xenophobic signals given during the 2016 campaign led to an escalation of acts of public hate against Latinos, Muslims, and Jews. Much of what liberal and progressive social change movements have worked for these past decades is about to be substantially reversed and dismantled. We cannot expect that militant demonstrations or protests by themselves are going to help much until we understand more deeply why a larger majority of Americans have not been willing to give liberals and progressives the kind of electoral victories necessary to actually implement the Left’s policies and programs.
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Israel/Palestine

The Settlement Legality Debate by Nathaniel Berman
Editor’s Note:  The Spring 2017 issue of Tikkun Magazine is entirely devoted to the 50th anniversary of the Six Days War and the beginning of the Occupation of the West Bank by Israel. It includes a wide range of Israeli …
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War & Peace

Wisdom from a man who prosecuted Nazi war crimes
Introducing: 60 MINUTES ALL ACCESS LEARN MORE + Unlimited, ad-free viewing of 60 Minutes archives, Overtime and extrasToggle  The Nuremberg Prosecutor 60 MINUTES OVERTIME When Ben Ferencz met Marlene Dietrich 60 MINUTES OVERTIME Learning history from a man who made it 60 …
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Environment

Global Population and the Insane Policy of US State Dept.
Just a Glimpse  Mary Anne Mercer Here’s a question about doing good in the world.  How could we prevent nearly half a million unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, or maternal death? I was stunned to read recently that the U.S. State …
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US Politics

National Faith Leaders Statement on Anti-LGBTQ Bills
I’m proud to be part of this group of faith leaders challenging the anti LGBTQ moves that are being taken in many states in the wake of the Trump presidency. Please read our statement and the full list of faith …
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Judaism

Commentary on one of the more difficult readings in Torah by Lisa Rappaport
  [Editor's note: Some of the weekly Torah readings--called the weekly parasha-- are hard to relate to, and this past week's reading, Parshat Tazria/Metzorah, is among them. More difficult. Rabbinic student in the Aleph program Lisa Rappaport gave one of …
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