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Darwin’s Ghosts by Ariel Dorfman reviewed by Deena Metzger
  After many years, Ariel Dorfman, who has been writing essays, memoir, stories, plays, poetry and countless articles for news agencies and journals, has returned to the novel. For those of us who met him through his fiction, Widows, for …
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Israel/Palestine

Mourner’s Kaddish for Gaza Palestinians
Instead of mourning privately––a betrayal of Jewish values––Andy Ratto encourages us to follow his example and publicly mourn the death of Palestinians in Gaza in a "not only personal, but also a public act of spiritual and political solidarity."
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Culture

Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era
Review of Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era by Cara Judea Alhadeff (Elfrig Publishing, 2017) Dreaming of Home ‘There is something peculiar about this book: the fact is the cover gives it …
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Israel/Palestine

2 Tikkun perspectives on Gaza, Israel and Palestine
Below are two perspectives both of which deserve to be taken seriously even though they differ in tone and direction. Tikkun has always supported open debate and disagreement among those committed to healing and transforming the world. Or as the …
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War & Peace

Gearing Up for the Third Gulf War
Michael Klare warns that history may repeat itself in yet another "geopolitical struggle for control of the greater Persian Gulf region, with all its riches, between two sets of countries, each determined to prevail."
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1968: A Missed Chance for Socialism
1968: A Missed Chance for Socialism Dr. Dieter Duhm Precisely 50 years ago, the international anti-imperialistic students’ movement culminated in the uprisings in France. At that time, Dieter Duhm, a psychoanalyst and sociologist, was a spokesman of the “new left” …
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Our New, Happy Life? The Ideology of Development by Charles Eisenstein
In George Orwell’s 1984, there is a moment when the Party announces an “increase” in the chocolate ration – from thirty grams to twenty. No one except for the protagonist, Winston, seems to notice that the ration has gone down …
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Unfashionable Fascism
[Editor's note:  What happens when lesser-evil politics leads us to embrace politicians to fight the horrific Trump regime who themselves have their hands filled with blood? It's a difficult choice, because we don't want to be like the German communists …
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Race

Killing White Innocence : A review by Stephen Brookfield of George Yancy’s Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism in America
Editor’s Note: Please read this important review and George Yancy’s book Backlash, just now published Rowman and Littlefield,  in conjunction with some alternative perspectives presented in Tikkun’s Winter/Spring 2018 edition focused on Identity Politics, particularly the essays by African American …
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Global Capitalism

Lula, servant of the Brazilian people, now jailed (article in English and in Spanish)
Lula, the charismatic leader, servant of the people                                                  by  Leonardo Boff           …
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Environment

Theologies of Genocide and Earth Day Ethics
While waiting to speak at an environmental event earlier this year, another speaker told me a fascinating story. As part of his work for a university program dedicated to energy research, he invited a prominent fossil fuel executive to a …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel Independence Day–3 different approaches plus our Tikkunish thoughts
  Below are three different takes, from 3 organizations each of which we at Tikkun support for their important work (Hazon in developing Jewish environmental consciousness, Torat Tzedeck for Rabbi Ascherman’s courageous work in defense of refugees, Palestinians, and Bedouin in Israel/Palestine, …
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Judaism

Zvi Ish Shalom’s Primordial Torah….a review by Aubrey L. Glazer
The Torah Before The Torah…A Review of The Kedumah Experience: The Primordial Torah by Zvi Ish-Shalom (Albion-Andalus, 2017) —Aubrey L. Glazer Tikkun Book Review   If indeed, as the late great scholar of kabbalah, Gershom Scholem, once quipped that “the …
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US Politics

Eyeless in Gaza
{Editor’s Note: Uri Avnery is the leader of the Israeli peace movement Gush Shalom. Hundreds more were wounded today. Please send it out to everyone you know, also send it on Facebook and all social media, and post it on …
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War & Peace

A Tale of American Hubris
A Tale of American Hubris Or Five Lessons in the History of American Defeat  By Tom Engelhardt The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington’s present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge …
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Israel/Palestine

Peace-oriented Israelis prepare to demonstrate near the Gaza border
At a junction near the Gaza border, Israelis living in the vicinity will demonstrate tomorrow (Friday) and call out: “Stop the escalation – rebuild Gaza !!!”     Members of Kol Aher (Anohter Voice), an Israeli movement living in the …
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War & Peace

War Is a Lie by David Swanson
By David Swanson http://davidswanson.org/syria-all-wrong-and-backwards/ In the park today I saw a teenager watching two little kids, one of whom apparently stole a piece of candy from the other. The teenager rushed up to the two of them, reprimanded one of …
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Global Capitalism

The Hope we Create: Reflections on Ronald Aronson’s perspective on Reviving Social Hope
The Hope We Create: An Activist’s Perspective by Richard A. Bachmann To write about hope today requires quite some chuzpah. The past year has brought us many things. Yet, most of them rather gave us further reasons for despair instead …
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US Politics

Promised Land and Social Construct
Promised Land and Social Construct by David Giesen             Imagine a scramble up a mountain till after several false crests have been summited in fact the grand overlook is gained. Below stretches a vast and inviting . . . social …
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Israel/Palestine

Sign statement supporting B’tselem’s call to Israelis soldiers to refuse orders to shoot into crowds of unarmed civilians
B’tselem, the Israeli Human Rights Organization, has called for Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to shoot into a crowd of unarmed civilians. The Israeli government justifies its killing of demonstrators last Friday and its intent to do so again this …
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Rethinking Religion

Holocaust Memorial and Resistance: Wednesday, April 11th, 7pm in Berkeley
Join us at Holocaust Memorial and Resistance: A Fireside Ritual Honoring Yom HaShoah v'HaGevurah on Wednesday, April 11th at 7 p.m. in Live Oak Park in Berkeley.
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Environment

China’s global energy interconnection–a bold step toward environmental sanity
China’s Bold Energy Vision Jeffrey D. Sachs     ||     April 2, 2018     ||     Project Syndicate China’s proposed Global Energy Interconnection – based on renewables, ultra-high-voltage transmission, and an AI-powered smart grid – represents the boldest global initiative …
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Israel/Palestine

Israeli Army Slaughters NonViolent Protesters on Eve of Passover
We at Tikkun are in mourning for the seventeen Palestinians killed and hundreds wounded by the Israeli army on the eve of Passover. We are outraged by the use of violence and force by the Israeli soldiers who faced no threat to …
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Judaism

How To Host A Truly Inclusive Passover Seder
Mike Moskowitz and Shari Motro give suggestions as to how to create a meaningfully inclusive Seder.
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US Politics

The Colors of our Future
The Colors of Our Future by Ellie Lyla Lerner Where the pot of gold used to lie is now a vortex of gasoline, a gloss, floating on the water we hold most dear. This rainbow is not the fairy tale …
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US Politics

Nate Terani: Donald Trump’s America– Already Hell Enough for this Muslim-American
[Thanks to our media ally TomDispatch.com for sharing this article by Nate Terani. The introduction is from Tom Engelhardt who edits Tom Dispatch] Who could possibly keep up with the discordant version of musical chairs now being played out in …
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War & Peace

We Never Needed to Use an Atomic Bomb–not in WWII, NEVER
By Anthony Gronowicz This entire race to mutual destruction began with the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that were militarily unnecessary: President Truman misled the American people into thinking that Hiroshima and Nagasaki that  were military targets. …
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US Politics

A note from Keith Ellison about Farrakhan and hatred
  Rep. Keith EllisonFollow Member of Congress from Minnesota’s Fifth District. Vice-Chair, @USProgressives Mar 18   [ Editor's Note: When you read this, it becomes even more striking and upsetting that the leaders of the Women's March could not be …
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Activism

Radical Social Theorist Richard Lichtman is Dead at 87 z’l
One of the most profound radical thinkers in the U.S. was found dead in his bedroom Friday, March 16. Lichtman, who would have turned 77 in a few days,  a professor philosophy at U.C. Berkeley and then of social theory …
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Judaism

Redeeming Religion from Slavery by Rabbi Mike Moskowitz
“If she wants to wear a dress and sit in the women’s section, she is welcome to come to shul”, said the Rabbi of my [old] synagogue, in Lakewood, NJ informing me of the new policy of trans-exclusion. Using the …
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Global Capitalism

New Government in Germany: New Faces but Not New Policies
NEW FACES AND NOT POLICIES Victor Grossman    Tikkun’s Correspondent in Berlin , March 14 2018   After nearly six months of haggling uncertainty the three-party German coalition puck is in the goal box. The suspense is over, the chickens have …
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Farrakhan & the Women’s March: An Unholy Connection
Cat Zavis reflects on what healing and reconciliation can look like when anti-Semitism (or any other -ism) rears its ugly head.
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Israel/Palestine

An Exchange on Best Path To Peace for Israel/Palestine (Jeff Warner & Yossi Khen & response by Richard Falk)
[Editor's Note: Neither of these positions below represent Tikkun's position.  We call for a focus on healing the PTSD on both sides while simultaneously calling for a campaign for "One Person/One Vote" in an Israel/Palestine with a new constitution that …
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Global Capitalism

Sunday Suspense in Berlin: a report on German politics from our Tikkun correspondent in Berlin
SUNDAY SUSPENSE Victor Grossman Tikkun’s Correspondent in Berlin    February 27 2018 Speaking politically, Germany is holding its breath. The drama, the quarreling and haggling since last September’s elections, is approaching a climactic decision –on March 4th, next Sunday. Angela Merkel’s position …
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No Other Gods: The Politics of the Ten Commandments a Review of Ana Levy-Lyons Book
No Other Gods: The Politics of the Ten Commandments by Ana Levy-Lyons Published by  Center Street/ Hachette 2018 Reviewed by Natan Margalit {Editor’s Note: You are invited to a NYC book launch of Ana Levy-Lyons new book at Book Culture (Columbus Ave. & 82nd …
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US Politics

Shootings are the Symptoms, Violence Is the Disease
Shootings are the Symptoms, Violence is the Diseas By Simon Mont A gun problem, a shooter problem, a racism problem, a mental health problem, a human problem.   A violence problem.   Violence. It’s not just a bullet or a …
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US Politics

Gun Violence as State Sponsored Domestic Terrorism
Editor’s Note:  In a society which has never acknowledged its violent foundation from the genocide of Native peoples, to slavery, to the violent overthrow of governments around the world in order to impose regimes that favor U.S. corporate interests, its …
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Global Capitalism

Ariel Dorfman: A Lesson on Immigration From Pablo Neruda
A Lesson on Immigration From Pablo Neruda By ARIEL DORFMAN  FEB. 21, 2018     The poet Pablo Neruda in 1952. He persuaded Chile’s president to offer asylum to some of the mistreated Spanish patriots rotting in French internment camps. Credit Gamma-Keystone, via Getty …
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War & Peace

A Pentagon Style Trip Down Memory Lane
You can read this online at :https://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/a-pentagon-style-trip-down-memory-lane The Light at the End of the Corner  A Trip Down Memory Lane, Pentagon-Style  By Tom Engelhardt   We thank Engelhardt and his TomDispatch.com, our media ally, for sharing this article with Tikkun readers. If …
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US Politics

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat: God in Exile, School Shootings, and the Mishkan (Sanctuary)
 Rabbi . Rachel Barenblat a.k.a. The Velveteen Rabbi .   This appeared first at the website of the Velveteen Rabbi and is reprinted here with her permission God in exile, school shootings, and building the mishkan together February 17, 2018 .  In …
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US Politics

Henry A. Giroux | The Ghost of Fascism in the Age of Trump
In the age of Trump, history neither informs the present nor haunts it with repressed memories of the past. It simply disappears. Memory has been hijacked. This is especially troubling when the “mobilizing passions” of a fascist past now emerge …
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Gender & Sexuality

Missing Shulamith and the Dialectic of #MeToo
   Missing Shulamith and The Dialectic of                              #MeToo by Martha Sonnenberg I was 24 years old in 1970, when I read Shulamith Firestone’s The Dialectic of …
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Global Capitalism

Report from Berlin by Victor Grossman
MAKING EVERYONE HAPPY Victor Grossman   Tikkun’s Berlin Correspondent   February 12 2018 Thanks be to God! – Gottseidank! That, on Wednesday, was surely the reaction of millions of even nonbelieving Germans! After four and a half months of haggling and recrimination …
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Climate Change

Countdown to Zero by Marisa Handler
Marisa Handler, a native Capetonian, reflects on the water crisis in Capetown, which is on the verge of becoming the first major city to exhaust its water supply: "it’s a dire parable about the convergence of climate change, inept governance, and collective denial."
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Economy/Poverty/Wealth

Christian Leaders Speak Out Against the Trump Tax Cuts
Editor’s Note: For those who automatically assume that Christianity leads people to a conservative consciousness, the recent statements of many Christian leaders against the Trump tax cuts need to be deeply aborbed–they are a potent counter to the religio-phobia that …
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Israel/Palestine

Has Trump Unwittingly Doomed The Israeli State?
Has Trump Unwittingly Doomed The Israeli State? By Henry Siegman Trump’s move on Jerusalem achieved what years of Israel’s settlements failed to do—shatter the illusion of a two-state outcome. The question whether “liberal Zionism” can survive the far right trends that …
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Environment

Animals Endowed With Rights by eco-theologian Leonardo Boff
                    Animals: endowed with rights                                            Leonardo Boff         …
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Global Capitalism

Victor Grossman on Politics in Germany
Editor’s Note: Victor Grossman is Tikkun’s correspondent in Berlin. Here he reports on the struggle inside the socialist party about whether it should join the government of Angela Merkel, primarily out of fear that a new election might give the …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel’s Refugee Crisis
URGENT APPEAL TO THE READERS OF TIKKUN from Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi   There are times when one confronts a non-negotiable moral duty. This is one of those times.   I suspect that most readers of Tikkun in Israel, in America …
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US Politics

At the Circus with Donald Trump
  [Editor's Note: We are grateful to our media ally Tom Englehardt and his TomDispatch.com for sharing this and other writings with Tikkun. In this article, he has begun to unravel the seemingly impossible to understand fascination with Trump that perplexes …
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