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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

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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War & Peace

Noam Chomsky: Who Rules the World?
Editor’s Note:  Noam Chomsky is one of the great contemporary analysts of the global impact of American power. I first met Chomsky when we both were involved in challenging America’s disastrous war in Vietnam–never yet adequately mourned by the U.S. …
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US Politics

Vt. State Senator David Zuckerman responds to our Spring 2016 “Food Politics” Issue
May 4, 2016 Dear Tikkun Editor, Alexis Latham’s article “Food as Medicine: Vermont Youth Grow Food for the Hungry”, in the Spring 2016 issue of Tikkun is a thoughtful description of the challenges our current food system faces.  Because we …
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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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US Politics

Gideon Levy on Israel’s Influence on America
In his keynote address to the March 18 “Israel’s Influence: Good or Bad for America?” conference, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy described where he would take, and what he would say to, a U.S. congressional delegation to Israel. He would take …
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Global Capitalism


Duty to Warn by Dr. Gary Kohls The Execution of Berta Caceres, the United Fruit Company and the US Military: A Historical Timeline Identifying Some of the Perpetrators By Gary G. Kohls, MD THE FOLLOWING QUOTES (EXCEPT AS NOTED) ARE …
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Israel/Palestine

AIPAC influence Bad for Israel and for America
  AIPAC Influence Bad for the US and Israel By Allan C. Brownfeld WASHINGTON, March 21, 2016 — The annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has attracted almost 20,000 people to the Walter E. Washington Convention …
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US Politics

Philip Roth’s Warning About US Fascism
Philip Roth’s warning by Arthur J. Magida Posted on Mar. 16, 2016 at 8:43 am Cover of Roth’s “The Plot Against America”     Slightly more than a decade ago, Philip Roth warned how fascism would come to America – legally, …
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Health

The Alzheimer’s Party by Trish Vradenburg
A third party the Dems and GOP can get behind: Alzheimer’s Party UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, a nonprofit devoted to stopping the progression of Alzheimer’s by 2020, is calling to unify around the “Alzheimer’s Party.” (NJ Advance Media wire services) PrintEmail  updated March 17, …
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US Politics

The U.S. Role In Honduras by Stephen Zunes
The US role in the Honduras coup and subsequent violence People carry the coffin of indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Caceres after a five-hour autopsy at the Forensic Medicine Center in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 3. (CNS/EPA/Stringer) 1 2 Previous …
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US Politics

What Ever Happened to Civilian Control of the Military?
Pentagon Excess Has Fueled a Civil-Military Crisis How Civilian Control of the Military Has Become a Fantasy By Gregory D. Foster Item: Two U.S. Navy patrol boats, with 10 sailors aboard, “stray” into Iranian territorial waters, and are apprehended and held by …
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Pope Francis Restores the Good Sense of Jesus–by Leonardo Boff
Editor’s Note: We at Tikkun continue to rejoice in the good teachings of the world’s most prominent Spiritual Progressive– Pope Francis. If only his teachings could become mainstream within his own church instead of being resisted by so many conservative …
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Israel/Palestine

BDS Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions by Uri Avnery
Uri Avnery March 12, 2016                                       The Great BDS Debate   HELP! I am walking into a minefield. I can’t help myself.   The minefield has a name: BDS – boycott, divestment, sanctions.   I am often asked about …
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Spirituality

Notes on Spirituality
Cultivating a Spiritual Life By Dave Hood A man strolls through the woods, listening to the birds chirping, the rustling of the leaves, the river flowing in the background. A middle-aged woman takes photographs of her urban setting, and then …
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US Politics

Stop Talking About Trump. Talk Instead About How To Stop Racial Injustice
Let’s stop talking about whether Trump will, has or should disavow the KKK and start asking who will disavow the policies that perpetuate racial disparities and prevent us from achieving freedom and justice for all.
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Activism

Indigenous Activist Assassinated in Honduras
Indigenous Activist Berta Cáceres Assassinated in Honduras Human Rights Organizations Demand an Investigation of the Circumstances Surrounding the Assassination of Berta Cáceres, the General Coordinator of COPINH HONDURAS – At approximately 11:45pm last night, the General Coordinator of COPINH, Berta Caceres was …
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US Politics

A Solidarity with American Muslims Rally
  Here’s the story of one of the many “solidarity with American Muslims” events that the NSP has been supporting around the country. It appeared today, Monday Feb 29th,  in the San Jose Mercury. I thought you might want to …
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War & Peace

Jeffrey Sacks on How to End the Syrian War and Human Tragedy
 Editor’s Note: Whenever we paste articles on our home site, we do so because the perspective is one that is rarely discussed in the mainstrean media–NOT because we necessarily agree with it. This particular perspective is given little attention because …
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US Politics

Dr. Shaikh Ubaid: Irony–The Rise of Trump Can Be Good For American Pluralism
Dr. Shaik Ubaid: The irony that the Rise of Trump Can Be Good for American Pluralism I dislike Donald Trump. Yet I am grateful to him. No not because I believe in his particular philosophy of making America great again …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel’s New Police Chief and Kippot by Uri Avnery
Uri Avnery February 27, 2016 Holy Water HE APPEARED out of nowhere. Literally. The Israeli Police needed a new commander. The last one had come to the end of his term of office, several senior officers had been accused of …
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Israel/Palestine

Note From An Israeli to Fellow Israelis
TO MY FELLOW ISRAELIS – AN OPEN LETTER  by  Jonathan Ofir This is probably a culmination of nearly a decade’s reviewed study of our history. At some point, beyond the singular stories, cases and arguments, I feel something unequivocal and …
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Economy/Poverty/Wealth

The Sanders “Economic Plan” Controversy
ECONOMY & WORK The Sanders “Economic Plan” Controversy Economist Gerald Friedman did an analysis of Senator Bernie Sanders’s plan suggesting it would produce significant growth in the economy — and then a group of left-leaning economists flipped out. BY DAVE JOHNSON | …
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Justice & Prisons

S.F. Police Murders (Murderous Police in the City of Love)
 Murderous Police in the City of Love Posted by Rebecca Gordon In one of the widely circulated cellphone videos of the killing of Mario Woods by San Francisco police in December, you can hear the young girl filming his death screaming. “Are you …
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Israel/Palestine

Major American Jewish Leader Changes His Mind About Israel
An Amazing Turn for a Major Leader of the American Jewish mainstream: David Gordis Rethinking Israel David Gordis  has served as vice-president of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles (now American …
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US Politics

Henry Giroux on The Crazy Direction of American Capitalism
Editor’s note: Henry Giroux, a frequent contributor to Tikkun, highlights some of the destructive tendencies in American and global capitalism, in this introduction he wrote to a new book on inequality. At times he may be going beyond what I …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery Laments the Latest Israeli Assault on Free Speech and Democracy
Uri Avnery February 20, 2016 When God Despairs RIGHT AFTER the foundation of Israel, God appeared to David Ben-Gurion and told him: “You have done good by my people. Utter a wish and I shall grant it!” “I wish that …
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The Campaign to Make Criticism of Israel’s Occupation Illegal (can you believe this?)
Editor’s note: Can you believe this?  Some Israeli and Jewish forces around the world and in the U.S. are succeeding in making it illegal to criticize the Occupation of the West Bank or to advocate for BDS (boycotts, sanctions and …
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