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Fascism in the eye of the beholder

Letters to the Boston editor, May 22, 2009
You claim that Dick Cheney was George W. Bush’s number-one thug. But I would argue that Bush was Cheney ’s thug.

The tax man speaketh

Letters to the Boston editor, May 15, 2009
I agree that we need to take a long, hard look at what we value in our state — healthy air and water, good schools, roads, safety — and figure out how we’re going to pay for it!

Amnesty International liberates City Hall

The kids are all right
Old-school Jamaica Plain and Cambridge hippies had better step up their game.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 01, 2009

Review: Crossing Over

Slickly political, while still offering hugs and tears and gratuitous nudity.
Wayne Kramer's immigration melodrama fits into the glibly schematic, socially conscious multi-narrative niche usually filled by Paul Haggis.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 11, 2009

From janitor to detainee: one woman’s story

As part of her job cleaning the Superior Court in Providence, Angela de la Vega often imagined how hard it must be to be a judge.
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  July 23, 2008

MacKay’s fill-in column comes to a sudden end

As The ProJo Turns
Providence Journal political reporter Scott MacKay’s temporary assignment as a political columnist came to an abrupt end.
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 16, 2008

Cicilline: A go or no for governor?

His rough patch shows how the mayor’s office remains a tricky launching pad
Call it a case of art imitating life.
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 09, 2008

Give the drummer some

Fundraiser for Vicente Lebron
A couple weeks ago, the Phoenix brought you the sad and disturbing tale of Vicente Lebron.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 09, 2008

One of our drummers is missing

The Somerville-based Latin-jazz ensemble Either/Orchestra has gigs scheduled this weekend in London and Glastonbury, but their long-time percussionist won’t be along for the trip.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 25, 2008

Immigrant song

How US terror policy is ruining your summer concert season
You, my young British friend, start a band.
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 18, 2008

Progressive union coalition gathers in Providence

Annals of labor
If there was an “intelligent designer” who could design a coalition to unify the disparate, passionate elements of the American left, the result would resemble Jobs with Justice (JwJ).
By MATT JERZYK  |  May 08, 2008

Smith Hill mulls Senate succession; minstrel show heats up ICE

Not for nothing
The mantra from US Senator Jack Reed, who’s up for reelection this year, is that he’s not about to take a Cabinet position in a Democratic administration.
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 16, 2008

Maine stings from a slap on the wrist

 Real ID
Like a rebellious older sibling, Maine was the first state to pass a resolution rejecting "Real ID" in January 2007, and followed up five months later with a law preventing the state from participating.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 09, 2008

Behind the immigration debate

Stella Carrera helps newcomers navigate a rigid bureaucracy
Over the desk in Stella Carrera’s cubicle are a few ceramic angels, a colorful bundle of rosary beads, and a cartoon of a fat, lazy American watching a televised protest for immigrants’ rights.
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008

Another perspective

The view from Mexico on Immigration
Carmen Romero says the idea of immigrating to the United States is “a Mexican obsession,” though the reality of immigration for many is different from the dream.
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008

Evil among us

Politics and other mistakes
There’s only one issue of any importance in the current campaign.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 12, 2008

Hope amid setbacks

Migrant workers' rights
On December 8, Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out another Massachusetts immigration raid.
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  January 03, 2008

Dumb or dishonest?

Bush and Iran. Plus, disturbing news about AIDS, and Romney’s illegal problem
For some reason, wisdom maintains that Republicans hold an edge over Democrats when it comes to commanding the military and conducting foreign policy.
By EDITORIAL  |  December 05, 2007

Not a girl who misses much

Sound and video at MIT, “Eyewitness” at Axiom, Carolee Schneemann at Pierre Menard, and Kaspar König at the Sackler
Sound is all around: pop music acts as a hair trigger for memory.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 01, 2007

Replaying injustice

Sacco and Venzetti, 80 years later
They stare from faded photographs like ghosts: faces ashen, eyes doleful and accusatory.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 22, 2007

White elephants

With a crowded field and no runaway favorite, who’s most likely to snag the GOP nomination?
It’s the dog days of summer, a time that used to provide a break from the intensity of presidential campaigns.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 22, 2007


Hard labor
The employees have been complaining for more than a year about the exact kinds of wage and safety abuses that are supposedly so upsetting to the pols.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 08, 2007

Illegal immigrants help take care of our dirty business

North of the border
Last July, the Boston Globe found that the Massachusetts State Police employed janitorial crews staffed overwhelmingly with illegal immigrants.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  June 27, 2007

Leftward ho!

How liberal can the Herald’s editorial page get?
The Daily Worker has nothing to fear — yet.
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 06, 2007

Across the universe

The Republicans are telescoping issues voters will likely still care about on Election Day 2008
If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, the two parties aren’t even in the same solar system.
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 06, 2007

Fitting in

Diverse city
Frankly, I’d rather know that when a hand is being held out to me, it’s because of love and respect and not because of guilt or obligation.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 30, 2007

Immigration raid substitutes for a comprehensive policy

The divisions couldn’t have been any clearer as immigrants’ advocates and critics of illegal immigration seized on last week’s federal raid in New Bedford.
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 14, 2007

Eire apparent

Whither the Boston Irish?
Visiting Dublin recently, I was dismayed by a telling bit of sartorial sociology: Yankees caps outnumbered Red Sox caps by about 10 to one.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 14, 2007

It wasn’t a dream

Four signs that the Democratic gains in 2006 could mark the start of a new, blue era in American politics
Many observers believe the Democrats’ gains were mostly a one-time rejection of all things Republican. But is this just the beginning of a period of political ascendancy for the Democratic Party? Ten to beat: Republicans who are ripe for the picking. By David S. Bernstein
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 28, 2006

Conservatives shrug off the Globe’s Romney-lawn exposé

Teflon Mitt  
As stumps around the country, wannabe president and occasional governor Mitt Romney likes to crack wise about the nutty Massachusetts media.
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 06, 2006

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