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US Hypocrisy on Yemen
  By Jonathan Marshall Only a few months ago, interventionists were demanding a militant response by Washington to what George Soros branded “a humanitarian catastrophe of historic proportions” — the killing of “hundreds of people” by Russian and Syrian government bombing of rebel-held neighborhoods …
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Pence at Dachau Concentration Camp: Not Merely Hypocritical
Editor’s Note:  The Israeli right and their allies in the U.S. have used the technique of bringing young people to Nazi concentration camps as a way of communicating them the message “this is why Israel must be given blind support–because …
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Trying to take down Trump for his failure to support a new Cold War with Russia. Why?
https://consortiumnews.com/ 2017/02/15/progressives-pile- on-flynns-ouster/ Consortium News       February 15, 2017 Progressives Pile on Flynn’s Ouster President Trump is so despised by progressives that many are rallying behind neocon-driven demands for a New McCarthyism to silence those who object to a …
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Trump as Narcissist
Editor’s note: The article below by MIchael Brenner, cleverly presenting an argument for why Trump should be analyzed as a clinical narcissist,* is not atypical of the kinds of analyses that have been floating around on the internet. Brenner is …
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The Case for a Progressive Version of Patriotism while Fighting Trumpism
Editor’s Note:  From the start of Tikkun magazine close to 31 years ago, we’ve been trying to convince people on the Left that we should be embracing and celebrating all that is good in the U.S. even as we critique …
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America Third by Michael Klare
America Third  Donald Trump Is Giving the Phrase “Multipolar World” New Meaning  By Michael T. Klare If there’s a single consistent aspect to Donald Trump’s strategic vision, it’s this: U.S. foreign policy should always be governed by the simple principle of “America …
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Through the Looking Glass How Can We Recognize Our Friends in the Mixed-Up World of Donald Trump?
By Rebecca Gordon (an article from our media ally TomDispatch.com) You know you’re living in a looking-glass world when former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks out against one of Donald Trump’s executive orders. He’s a good example of how past adversaries of movements …
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Israel/Palestine

Peter Beinart’s Take Down of Jared Kushner and the Problem of Palestine
By Mark LeVine It is heartening to see the wide reading being received by Peter Beinart’s January 31 j’accuse in The Forward against Jared Kushner and the Orthodox Jewish religious and educational establishment that produced him. Beinart’s article asks some …
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Sometimes even a sociopath speaks truth
Editor’s note: here is a perspective on some of Trump’s statements that may help us understand why some people continue to see him as a champion challenging the mush of the establishment. What the author below fails to see is …
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War & Peace

The New Balance of Terror in Syria
 Interview with Joseph Daher: The new balance of terror in Syria https://socialistworker.org/2017/02/07/the-new-balance-of-terror-in-syria The new balance of terror in Syria February 7, 2017 The scorched-earth war of the Assad dictatorship, backed by allies Russia and Iran, against the Syrian Revolution has …
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Reflections on Trump from a UK rabbi
THE PEOPLE VS. TRUMP Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah   A ‘Reality TV’ star has become President of the United States. Is it a joke? When ‘President Trump’ was featured on ‘The Simpsons’ in the year 2000 the spectre was supposed …
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Rabbi Lerner Dialogues with Keith Ellison, candidate for chair of the Democratic National Committee
Editor’s note: Tikkun magazine, as a non-profit, does not endorse candidates for public office nor do we affiliate with any particular political party. We are the voice of Jewish, interfaith, and secular humanist spiritual progressives who seek a world of …
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A Call for Love in the Face of Hatred: Rabbi Michael Lerner’s Talk at Muhammad Ali’s Memorial
El maley rachamim, shocheyn ba’meh’romeem. Master of compassion, God of compassion, send your blessings to Muhammad Ali, send your blessings to all who mourn for him, and send your blessings for all the millions and millions of people who mourn for him all over this planet. I come here speaking as a representative of American Jews—and to say that American Jews played an important role in solidarity with African-American struggles in this country and that we today stand in solidarity with the Islamic community in this country and all around the world.
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Coercive Deference and Double Bind Politics on the Left (a response to the 2016 election)
I SHARE WITH I’m sure virtually all of Tikkun’s readers a feeling of pain and horror at the acts of racial and ethnic violence that have occurred since the election of Donald Trump. And I of course agree that the rhetoric of Trump’s campaign has had the effect of stirring up and legitimizing the expression of these racist and xenophobic impulses in terrible and alarming ways. But it does not help our efforts to respond to and counter these realities to simply denounce the Trump campaign or Trump supporters as “being” racist or xenophobic as if their violent and cruel behavior were just an expression of their evil essence or brainwashed minds. Instead, we must look deeply into the impacted conditions of their psychological, spiritual, and economic lives to see what in their experience has led them to burst out by the millions in response to Trump’s message.
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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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The Clear and Present Menace of SciLence
  The Clear and Present Menace of SciLence David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM FollowDavid L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM  Founder, True Health Initiative   I heard from a public health colleague this week, whose work …
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War & Peace

Against Amnesia: the American Empire Under Obama
Against amnesia: The empire under Obama There is already nostalgia for the Obama years among people who care about justice and peace. But we should question the rosy picture, writes Khury Petersen-Smith. President Barack Obama speaks to U.S. soldiers EVEN BEFORE …
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Who Trump Wants on the Supreme Court
Editor’s note:  Judge Pryor is one of the 3 top candidates Trump is said to be considering for the Supreme Court.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation has issued a report on him which we are reprinting below. We support a …
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Israel/Palestine

Avoidable tragedy in Israel
אם אינך רואה אימייל זה כראוי לחץ/י כאן If you have trouble reading this newsletter, view the web version here Haqel: Jews and Arabs in Defense of Human Rights An Eyewitness Account of The Preventable Tragedy in Umm Al Hiran Dear Friends …
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Abby Caplin: The Day America Killed Itself
THE DAY AMERICA KILLED ITSELF   by Abby Caplin     The day America killed itself, I watched reruns of What’s My Line, where Dorothy, Bennet, Martin, and Arlene sat blindfolded, trying to decide who the mystery guest was. I …
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War & Peace

Obama’s last killings in Iraq and Syria: 450 civilians
Former U.S. President Barack Obama spent the last months of his term leading a coalition in Syria and Iraq that killed hundreds of civilians. As liberals mourn the end of the Barack Obama administration, a monitoring group reported that the …
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A note to spiritual activists of the Buddhist or meditative variety
Why Do We Turn Off Unneeded Lights Before We Leave a Room, or Before We Sit? by Dale Pendell The Case: When, fundamentally, there are no lights. Why would (almost) any of us stoop to save a sentient being, when, …
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Charles Eisenstein on The Election of Hate, Grief and a New Story
Editor’s note:  This was written after the election in November but before we knew with whom Trump would surround himself in his Cabinet and key government positions. So Eisenstein’s optimism about what might happen can be forgiven. But much of …
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War & Peace

2/3 of Israelis support Two States
Last week, J Street commissioned a new poll of Israeli public opinion, conducted by a respected Israeli pollster. The poll posed a series of questions about Israelis’ views on the Obama administration and US policy toward Israel and the Palestinians. We wanted …
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Henry A. Giroux on Militant Hope in the Age of Trump
Editor’s note: We are proud to announce that Professor Henry A. Giroux has just joined Tikkun’s editorial board as a Contributing Editor. You can read his amazing article on education at http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/defending-educators-in-an-age-of-neoliberal-tyranny-2 (it appears in the Fall, 2016 issue of Tikkun magazine). …
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Politics & Society

Obery Hendricks on MLK jr. and His Legacy
­­­  Editor’s note:  Having just returned (Monday, Jan. 16, 2016) from participating in a demonstration and march in Oakland, Ca. today in honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr, I was glad to receive this submission to Tikkun  (below) …
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Juan Cole: Is MLK’s Legacy Being Reversed
Editor’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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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