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An immigrant song

Arizona has declared war on Mexico. SB1070, the incendiary new immigration bill signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, has set off national boycotts, lawsuits, protests, and denouncements.
What we can learn from our neighbors to the south
By DAVID KISH  |  May 14, 2010

Library woes

In an attempt to save four Boston Public Library branches that are slated to close due to budget shortfalls, some state legislators from Boston have threatened to block all state funding the library receives if it shutters any of its 26 branches.
Plus, Arizona declares war on immigrants
By EDITORIAL  |  April 30, 2010

Free speech again quashed at Harvard

It should come as no surprise to readers of “Freedom Watch” that yet another instance of political, intellectual, and academic censorship has sprung up at Harvard, the self-touted pinnacle of higher education.
RSVPeeved Dept.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  October 23, 2009

Avoiding a border war

It's a matter of moments before the likes of Lou Dobbs and Bill O'Reilly scapegoat the believed-to-be-illegal-immigrant suspects in last week's Brookline rape case for every problem in America.
Rape in Brookline
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009

Amnesty International liberates City Hall

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

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

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


Cicilline: A go or no for governor?

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

Smith Hill mulls Senate succession; minstrel show heats up ICE

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.
Not for nothing
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 16, 2008

Maine stings from a slap on the wrist

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.
 Real ID
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 09, 2008

Behind the immigration debate

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.
Stella Carrera helps newcomers navigate a rigid bureaucracy
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008

Another perspective

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.
The view from Mexico on Immigration
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008


Hope amid setbacks

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

Dumb or dishonest?

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

Man of the people

This past week, CNN’s Lou Dobbs posted an online commentary in which he predicted the victory next year of a surprise presidential candidate not yet in the race.
Yes, he’s a long shot, but no other independent “candidate” has Lou Dobbs’s potential, platform, or populist appeal
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 14, 2007

Not a girl who misses much

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

Why ‘fairness’ fails

Anyone who has ever sampled the auditory sewer that is right-wing talk radio can understand the impulse to reinstate the so-called “fairness doctrine.”
The excesses of right-wing talk radio have sparked a move to re-impose an equal-time doctrine. It’s a bad idea.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 25, 2007


Across the universe

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

Best in show

It looks as if Arthur Branch, a/k/a Fred Thompson, is about to swap Law and Order for the law and disorder otherwise known as campaign 2008.
Fred Thompson’s threatened GOP bid is making things trickier for those candidates facing another debate this week
By STEVEN STARK  |  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

Presidential tote board: The Republicans

With all the press coverage of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama you’d think we have a one-party political system heading into next fall’s presidential election.
Setting the odds for 2008
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 08, 2007

Conservatives shrug off the Globe’s Romney-lawn exposé

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


Can Mitt win?

To understand why Mitt Romney’s dream of capturing the Republican presidential nomination is not far-fetched, you first have to understand what Rudy Giuliani is doing — or rather, not doing.
Romney’s chances of winning the GOP presidential nod hinge on conservatives’ hatred of John McCain
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 21, 2006

The biggest loser

Immigration may be a national issue, but it’s also going to be a major theme in this year’s state elections — and nowhere more than in the Massachusetts governor’s race.
Massachusetts Democrats need to stop talking about illegal immigration — and fast
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 30, 2006

The Dems are coming

Here are three admittedly subjective, shoot-from-the-hip snapshots of the three Democratic candidates for governor.
Can any of these guys take back the Governor’s office?

Critics target fight against real ID

Even before the May 1 march that mobilized thousands to march in support of immigrant rights, a spectrum of Rhode Islanders have been strategizing about how to respond to a piece of federal legislation that passed last year without Congressional debate
Uncivil liberties
By VANESSA HUANG  |  May 24, 2006

In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants?

Illegal immigrants in Rhode Island can get an education through high school, but the guarantee ends there. If they want to go to college in the state, they must pay the same tuition as out-of-state students.
Education = Opportunity
By RICHARD C. LEWIS  |  May 24, 2006


Today’s illegal-immigrant haters uphold a proud tradition

The “Day Without Immigrants” and Nuestro Himno , the Spanish-language version of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” have prompted lots of gum flapping about whether these gestures would actually reduce support for a more lenient policy on illegal immigration.
Angry white men
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 17, 2006

Taking a stand

In perhaps the largest political demonstration in Rhode Island history, thousands of people rallied at the State House Monday to support the legalization of undocumented immigrants.
Immigrant protesters push for equality
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 03, 2006

Unfinished business

The sleazy backroom deal engineered by Congressman Don Young and Senator Ted Stevens to kill the proposed 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound would do more than scuttle visionary plans to build the nation’s first offshore wind farm.
Wind farms, immigration reform, needle exchange, and arts funding
By EDITORIAL  |  May 03, 2006

Rebels with a cause

Unlike the war in Iraq, or the BU-biolab controversy, or immigrant rights, the fight to end genocide in Darfur — in which more than 300,000 have died, and 3.5 million are suffering violence and starvation — has brought out a cohesive movement of studen
Students stand up for the people of Darfur
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 26, 2006