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Cherie Brown on Black Lives Matter Platform and Israel
Black Lives Matter Platform and Israel By Cherie Brown   In the new Black Lives Matter Platform, there is a section on International issues that focuses on Israel. The platform describes the current  oppression of Palestinians and the ongoing occupation by labeling it …
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Ethnic Cleansing is NOT Legitimized by the Torah
Ethnic cleansing is not legitimized by the Torah     by Rabbi Zalman Kastel “Spikes in your eyes and thorns in your side” (1) is what the Torah predicts the remaining original inhabitants of the land of Canaan will be …
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US Politics

Glenn Greenwald on Why the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation
Why Did the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation? By Glenn Greenwald [ https://firstlook.org/theintercept/staff/glenn-greenwald/] Aug. 25 2016, 7:42 a.m.   As the numerous and obvious ethical conflicts surrounding the Clinton Foundation receive more media scrutiny, the …
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U.S. MILITARY NOW SAYS ISIS LEADER WAS HELD IN NOTORIOUS ABU GHRAIB PRISON Joshua Eaton Aug. 25 2016, 10:56 a.m. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images IN FEBRUARY 2004, U.S. troops brought a man named Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badry to Abu Ghraib in …
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Obamacare Undermined By Its Deal To Allow Profits for Insurance Companies While Forcing People to Participate
  f t ✉ ⎕31 Obamacare’s Faltering for One Simple Reason: Profit Jon Schwarz Aug. 27 2016, 8:05 a.m. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images There have been dozens if not hundreds of news articles about Aetna leaving the Affordable Health Care Act’s online marketplaces in …
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The Olympics–reflections from Brazilian liberation theologian Leonardo Boff
The Olympic Games: A Metaphor for a Humanized Humanity  Leonardo Boff    Theologian-Philosopher           Earthcharter Commission  Since this past August 5th, Rio de Janeiro has been home to the 2016 Olympic Games. An immense infrastructure of arenas, stadiums, new avenues and tunnels has been created, …
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Israel/Palestine

Jewish Ethnocentrism
Editor’s note:  A perspective worthy of serious debate from Mondoweiss. Interesting though that the people who find Jewish ethnocentrism problematic don’t find other forms of identity politics equally problematic. http://mondoweiss.net/2016/08/politics-jewish-ethnocentrism The politics of Jewish ethnocentrism How can Bret Stephens, who …
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US Politics

US Media Propaganda Paving the Way for Military Escalation In Syria
editor’s note: War is not the way to peace.  Try a Strategy of Generosity worldide (see www.tikkun.org/gmp) and download the full color description of the strategy “Human rights” propaganda campaign paves way for military escalation in Syria 19 August 2016 …
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War & Peace

The Mess in Syria
Editor’s Note: the following analysis gives us a perspective on the contradictions in American policy in Syria. Sadly, it remains in the discourse of “Security Through Domination” and hence leaves out of the equation what would happen were the U.S. …
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US Politics

Clinton Picks Advocate for TPP and Fracking to Set Up Her White House
[ https://theintercept.com/2016/08/16/hillary-clinton-picks-tpp-and-fracking-advocate-to-set-up-her-white-house/ ] The Intercept_ Unofficial _Sources IMAGE [ https://prod01-cdn04.cdn.firstlook.org/wp-uploads/sites/1/2016/08/ken-salazar-hillary-ft-3-article-header.jpg ] Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Hillary Clinton Picks TPP and Fracking Advocate To Set Up Her White House Zaid Jilani [ https://theintercept.com/staff/zaidjilani/ ] Naomi LaChance [ https://theintercept.com/staff/naomilachance/ ] Aug. 16 2016, 1:56 p.m Two big issues dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic …
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Israel/Palestine

Attempt to Jump Start Israel/Palestine Peace
Editor’s Note:  I do not know the person who wrote to the King of Saudi Arabia or to Chancellor Merkel–he apparently lives in Europe. And I doubt if anything will come of this effort without first a massive funding of …
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Global Capitalism

Soul Searching in Germany by Victor Grossman
SOULSEARCHING  by Tikkun’s correspondent in Germany, Victor Grossman BERLIN BULLETIN No. 115August 15 2016 Soul-searching is often on the agenda for people who long for peace, better lives for everyone and for the rescue of our planet. November 8th in the …
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US Politics

The Greatest Show on Earth How Billions of Words, Tweets, Insults, and Polls Blot Out Reality in Campaign 2016
In the last year, untold billions of words have been expended on this “election” and the outsized histories, flaws, and baggage the two personalities now running for president bring with them. Has there ever been this sort of coverage -- close to a year of it already -- hour after hour, day after day, night after night? Has the New York Times ever featured stories about the same candidate and his cronies, two at a time, on its front page daily the way it’s recently been highlighting the antics of The Donald? Have there ever been so many “experts” of every stripe jawing away about a single subject on cable TV from the crack of dawn to the witching hour?
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US Politics

Adolph Reed on Bernie Sanders and the New Class Politics
An interview with African American scholar Adolph Reed on Bernie  Sander’s Campaign and the New Class Politics  Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination was historic. The expectations were, to say the least, modest. One year ago, ex-Obama chief strategist David …
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US Politics

Patriotic Muslim Dad Hails Dead Son’s Participation in U.S. Crime Against Humanity in Muslim Iraq
Patriotic Muslim Dad Hails Dead Son’s Participation in US Crime Against Humanity in Muslim Iraq By           Permalink (Page 1 of 3 pages) Related Topic(s): Donald Trump Campaign; Media Complicity; Media Distortion; Media Fake News; Media False-news Liability; Media Garbage Drivel; Media Hypocrisy; Media Manipulation; Media Mass Murderers Accomplices; Western Media, Add Tags Add to My …
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US Politics

The Danger of Excessive Trump Bashing by Robert Parry
Editor’s note: As a 501-c-3 we do not endorse or oppose any candidate for office or any political party. We do try to present views that are not normally heard in the mainstream media, but we often present ideas with …
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US Politics

“Trumped” by David Swanson
Trumped Written by davidswanson Why would it be that 8 years ago you couldn’t win a Democratic presidential primary if you’d voted for a war on Iraq after pushing all the Bush White House lies about it, and yet now you can? Back …
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Judaism

Shmuley Boteach: It’s Time for Jews To Proselytize
 Editor’s Note: America’s most famous right wing Republican rabbi is a very decent human being in his personal life even as he publicly supports cut backs in services and financial assistance to the poor and supports the repressive policies of …
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War & Peace

But Mr. Putin..You Just Don’t Understandl
But, Mr. Putin, You Just Don’t Understand By David Swanson http://davidswanson.org/node/5238 Once in a while one of the videos somebody emails me a link to turns out to be well worth watching. Such is this one. In it a former U.S. …
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War & Peace

“Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!”–Children, Toy Guns and the Real Thing
“Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!”  Children, Toy Guns, and the Real Thing By Frida Berrigan [From our ally TomDispatch.com] It was a beautiful evening and the kids — Madeline, two; Seamus, almost four; and Rosena, nine — were running across a …
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US Politics

Jeff St. Clair’s impressionistic account of the Democratic Convnetion
Editor’s Note: Now don’t go jumping to the conclusion that I agree with Jeff St. Clair’s perspective just because I’ve posted it here. As I repeatedly say, we want a variety of perspectives on the elections on our website, and …
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US Politics

Lerner’s Huffington Post article on Sanders Supporters’ Dilemma
THE WASHINGTON POST VIA GETTY IMAGES Senator Bernie Sanders had two good reasons for endorsing Hillary: 1. His firm belief that the country would be considerably worse off were Donald Trump to win the presidency; 2. If his movement to …
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US Politics

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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