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Jeffrey Phillips – US Officials: Israel Spying On America Has Reached ‘Terrifying’ Levels

Israel spies on the United States more than any other ally does and these activities have reached an alarming level, Newsweek magazine reported on Tuesday. The main targets are US industrial and technical secrets, the weekly said, quoting classified briefings on legislation that would make it easier for Israeli citizens to get visas to enter America. Newsweek said a congressional …

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Progressive Commentary Hour – 01.12.16

Prof. Omid Safi has rapidly become one of the most important, postmodern Islamic thinkers in America today. From an Iranian heritage, he is Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University where he is the Director of Duke’s Islamic Studies Center. He specializes in Islamic social and intellectual history, Islamic mysticism or Sufism, and the tradition of prophetic social activism. Prof. Safee received his doctorate from Duke University, he is the co-chair for the Study of Islam and Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion, a has served on the board of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, and an original co-founder of the Progressive Muslim Union. Omeed has written for Tikkun magazine, the Huffington Post, and BeliefNet and writes a weekly column for On Being.org. He is the author of several books including “Memories of Mohammad: Why the Prophet Matters” and “Progressive Muslisms: On Justice, Gender and Pluralism.” His website is OmidSafi.com

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Resistance Radio – Juliee de la Terre and William Greendeer – 01.10.16

Juliee de la Terre, She holds an MS from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for environmental studies at University of Wisconsin Madison. She has been an activist since she was a child helping her mother care for injured wildlife. She owned a chemical free landscaping business for almost two decades which emphasized removing lawns and restoring native plants. As an environmental consultant she assisted the Ho-Chunk Nation in efforts to design and implement an place based ecological immersion project on their land near Black River Falls with the intention of immersing young tribal members in nature while learning their language and culture. Recently, she assisted Ho-Chunk Tribal member William Greendeer in introducing the Rights of Nature into the Ho-Chunk constitution. She maintains her bog called “Sacred Water Sacred Land” about the sacredness of al things and also “Heart of the Ho-Chunk” with William Greendeer about Ho-Chunk culture and the environment. She is a professor of natural science at Viterbo University.

William Greendeer is an elder in the Ho-Chunk Nation whose territory recently spanned WI, MN, IL and IA. He is Deer Clan and member of the medicine lodge. His first 8 summers were spent in a lodge and he has a deep connection to the natural world. William experiences sacred connection with the natural world and offers prayer when harvesting a plant or animal. He is teaching how to live in good way on his land in southwest WI. He hopes to rejuvenate his old farm with native plants and also by protecting the beavers that make their home in his valley. His family’s land and many of his tribal members’ land have been affected by frac sand mining activities in addition to the damage caused by the cranberry growing industry in southwest WI. He introduced a rights of nature amendment at general counsel in September with 3/4 of the tribal members supporting it. He hopes have the rights of nature in tribal law will help the tribe protect their sacred land, water and all our relations.

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Michael Schulson – The Sex Scandal Following Whole Foods’ Guru

Over the holidays, the New York Times ran a punishing profile of Marc Gafni, an ex-rabbi who reinvented himself as a New Age spiritual leader. A founder of the Center for Integral Wisdom and organizer of the Success 3.0 Summit, Gafni has built a New Age brand around two trademark concepts—Unique Self and Outrageous Love—which, like much of “Integral Theory,” seems to draw from …

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A Compassionate Approach Leads to More Help and Less Punishment

Seeing a child steal a toy from a fellow playmate. Watching a stranger cut in line at the grocery store. When we witness something unjust, our emotions often shape our behavior both toward the person wronged and the wrongdoer. But why we help the victim in some cases or punish the transgressor in others isn’t that simple, according to researchers …