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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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War & Peace

The Destructive Power of Nationalism: Eric Weitz reviews Omer Bartov’s Anatomy of a Genocide and Bartov Responds
The Destructive Power of Nationalism Eric D. Weitz A review of: Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz by Omer Bartov Simon & Schuster, 2018   “Human life is cheap” in Casablanca, says Major …
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War & Peace

Stop the Edging Toward War With North Korea
Being Edged Toward War With North Korea by David McReynolds   One feels a bit helpless trying to deal with Trump and his push toward war – who is listening? If you think the points I’m making should be shared, by …
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Israel/Palestine

Relinquishing Hope for a 2 State Solution
On Relinquishing Hope for a Palestinian State Alongside Israel By Jeff Warner and Eric A. Gordon Donald Trump’s December 6, 2017, decision on Jerusalem—to establish the United States Embassy there against our own past policy and world consensus—and his following …
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Global Capitalism

Losing the American Empire by Alfred W. McCoy
Editor’s Note: While the article below by Alfred McKoy details the decline of U.S. international status and power during the Trump regime, my reaction is to ask: what attitude should spiritual progressives take to that decline? On the one hand, …
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Health

Learning to Be Sick
This article was first published by the New York Times, under the title “In My Chronic Illness,  I found Meaning” on Jan 10, 2018. It did not include the prayer on able-ism. Learning to Be Sick Elliot Kukla   I …
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Judaism

Never Again? Then help the Rohingya!
  NEVER AGAIN: WAYS FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY TO HELP THE ROHINGYA, NOW I.  The Burma Task Force is coordinating a Congressional Advocacy Day for the Rohingya on February 28, in conjunction with JACOB (Jewish Alliance of Concern Over Burma).  Americans of different …
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US Politics

Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro: Israel is NOT the “capital of the Jewish People”
[Tikkun Introductory note: As is true of all articles published or emailed out from Tikkun, the positions articulated are not those of Tikkun magazine unless they come as editorials from Rabbi Michael Lerner. Our desire is to provide a large …
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Remembering the teaching of Abraham Joshua Heschel
( Abraham Joshua Heschel, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma to protest segregation, and chaired the Clergy and Laity Opposed to the War in Vietnam, mentored Michael Lener in the years he studied at the Jewish Theological …
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Health

American Health Is Declining–and corporations are stoking this criris
America’s health is declining — and corporations are stoking this crisis    Jeffrey D. Sachs     ||     December 27, 2017  America’s powerful corporations made a killing with the passage of the Republican tax cuts. The tax cuts will hand trillions …
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Global Capitalism

A Letter to the People of the U.S. from former Honduras President Jose’ Manuel Zelaya Rosales
  Manuel Zelaya: An Open Letter to the American People December 22, 2017By José Manuel Zelaya RosalesPeople of the United States:For the past century, the owners of the fruit companies called our country “Banana Republic” and characterized our politicians as …
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Read Bnai Brith attack on UN critique of Trump on Jerusalem to see why YOU should help Tikkun NOW
The Bnai Brith statement below, like that of the American Jewish Congress and other mainstream Jewish organizations, should remind you of why it is so important to have Tikkun in the public arena. When the UN voted overwhelmingly on Thursday, Dec. …
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Israel/Palestine

UN Vote on Jerusalem
A UN security council resolution calling for the withdrawal of Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been backed by every council member except the US, which used its veto. The unanimity of the rest of the council …
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Christianity

Patriarchy & Privilege by. Rev. J. Alfred Smith Sr.
We who are male are born into a society in which men are more privileged and powerful than women. This patriarchal society gives men the right to enjoy unearned advantage over women. Patriarchy defines what roles men and women play, sets the limits of opportunity, and determines the …
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Chanukah and Christmas: Don’t Let the Light Go Out
Join or Donate Now!   Don’t Despair.  Hope is the Chanukah and Christmas Message…so don’t let the light go out!!!   A note from Rabbi Michael Lerner   Honestly, do you know anyone who has not been struggling with some …
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Israel/Palestine

Jerusalem and Chanukah–Rabbi Lerner’s letter printed in S.F. Chronicle
Opinion Letters to the Editor, Dec. 9 San Francisco Chronicle December 9, 2017 Of course, Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel. But it is also the capital of the State of Palestine, currently occupied by the Israeli …
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US Politics

Anti-Ageism: The Next Big Social Movement
  By Ruth Ray Karpen A Review of Ending Ageism or How Not to Shoot Old People By Margaret Morganroth Gullette Rutgers University Press, 2017 Forty years ago, Erdman Palmore, a senior fellow at the Duke University Center for the Study …
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Israel/Palestine

Trump’s Arrogant Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel
Rabbi Michael Lerner's insightful critique of Trump's arrogant recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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Global Capitalism

The Global Growth of Right Wing Extremism
Editor’s note: Thanks to Tikkun’s media ally  TomDispatch.com for its analysis, below, of the European versions of Trumpism by John Feffer and the introduction by Tom Engelhardt. In that introduction, Engelhardt wisely notes that there is a method to Trump’s …
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US Politics

Walden on the Rocks
Editor’s note: Ariel Dorfman is one of the greatest living writers. Read and enjoy his reflections, inspired in part by the 200th anniversary of the birth of Thoreau. Walden on the Rocks Ariel Dorfman Yale Center for British Art, Paul …
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War & Peace

Stopping Nuclear War …by Andrew Lichterman
Editor’s Note: Andrew Lichterman’s analysis (below and online at https://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/donald-trump-destroyer-of-worlds. You can share to social media from this link and there are buttons at the end of the piece that allow you to share the piece that way) is an important review …
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The strength of the lowly: the Theology of Liberation by Leonardo Boff
Note from Tikkun Staff: The strength of the lowly: the Theology of Liberation L Leonardo Boff    Theologian-Philosopher       Earthcharter Commission     Whenever a World Social Forum is celebrated, a World Forum of the Theology of Liberation is also …
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US Politics

Thanksgiving 2017: How to be More Effective at a Thanksgiving Gathering
Ever had a frustrating experience on Thanksgiving with friends or family? Your progressive ideas are dismissed as unrealistic or seem to offend people? Here are some tips on how to navigate that at your Thanksgiving table 2017. First, remember that …
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US Politics

ESRA–the Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
ESRA–the Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution February 20, 2018 Full Text of the ESRA   [Note: the Constitution does not specify the length or form of Constitutional Amendments. With reactionary forces re-interpreting the Constitution to make corporations …
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US Politics

The Republican Tax Cuts Could Bankrupt Our Country
Dear senators: Don’t bankrupt our country Jeffrey Sachs     ||     November 20, 2017     ||     CNN Jeffrey Sachs is a professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. The opinions expressed in this commentary are …
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An Empathy-Deficit-Disorder in this President and Ourselves by Donald W. Shriver Jr.
I do not know the name of that young African American, but I know that the likes of her are our hope for a more united United States and a truly globalized humanity.
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US Politics

Thanksgiving Mythology and Reality
The Thanksgiving Myth by Cliff DuRand [This talk was given at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel of Allende, November 23, 2008] In many ways the Thanksgiving celebration is a unique festivity. As harvest festivals go it’s not particularly unusual: …
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War & Peace

Saudis Can’t Win Their War in Yemen
Saudi Arabia is embroiled in a war in Yemen that it can’t win. Saudi Arabia seems to have bitten off more than it can chew in Yemen. On March 26, 2015, the kingdom launched Operation Decisive Storm, a broad Arab-Islamic …
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War & Peace

EU Member States Take a Major Step Toward a European Arm
EU member states take major step toward a European army By Peter Schwarz 14 November 2017 The European Union has taken a major step toward developing the capacity to wage war in the future independently of and, if necessary, against …
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Global Capitalism

A Note From Germany
FROM GENDER TO JAMAICA by Victor Grossman, Tikkun’s Berlin Correspondant   It didn’t affect many people directly, but even small victories are welcome these days. Germany’s Constitutional Court just ruled that no-one should be forced to declare themselves officially male …
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US Politics

Sodomites in our own time
Rabbi Rothbaum presents a humorous yet actually very serious account of what it means to be a Sodomite today. Though we in the liberal and progressive world might immediately identify his description with the policies of the Trump Administration and …
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Activism

Watch this video of Rabbi Lerner at Brooklyn College
The President of Medgar Evers College invited Rabbi Lerner, editor of Tikkun, to speak to their faculty and students about the struggle for social justice. And the President of Brooklyn College invited Rabbi Lerner to speak to the faculty and student …
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War & Peace

North Korea: A Logical Path to Peace
  Jonathan Granoff, President Global Security Institute, UN Representative of the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates, and Ambassador for Peace, Security and Nuclear Disarmament of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chair of the International Law Section of the …
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Interfaith

Christian Theologian Gregory Baum 1923-2017 z’l –a great friend of the Jewish people
Tikkun author Gregory Baum was a powerful Catholic force for reconciliation and care between Catholics and Jews. We at Tikkun mourn his death. When the rabbis of the Mishnah wrote that the righteous of all people and all religions have …
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Culture

Eduardo Galeano: A Visit to Heaven and Hell
Tikkun is proud to share with our community excepts from Eduardo Galeano’s last book (Hunter of Stories). Galeano was widely recognized as one of Latin America’s most distinguished writers. A Visit to Heaven and Hell  Mapping Planet Earth  By Eduardo Galeano …
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Israel/Palestine

On Balfour’s 100th Anniversary, Time for a New Definition of Sovereignty, Independence and the Nation-State
  On Balfour’s 100th Anniversary, Time for a New Definition of Sovereignty, Independence and the Nation-State   by  Mark LeVine and Mathias Mossberg   November 2nd marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the letter from Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Lord Arthur James …
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Christianity

The Significance of Martin Luther
Editor’s Note: We at Tikkun wish to join our allies in the Lutheran Church and other Protestants who are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant reformation which began with Martin Luther. At the same time, we are …
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War & Peace

Tom Engelhardt on Osama bin Laden’s America
Osama Bin Laden’s America  Niger, 9/11, and Apocalyptic Humiliation By Tom Engelhardt Honestly, if there’s an afterlife, then the soul of Osama bin Laden, whose body wasconsigned to the waves by the U.S. Navy back in 2011, must be swimming happily with …
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