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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
| May 14, 2010
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
| 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.
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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.
| 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
| April 02, 2008
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
| April 02, 2008
Hope amid setbacks
On December 8, Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out another Massachusetts immigration raid.
Migrant workers' rights
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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.
| 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
| 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
| 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.
| 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
| 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.
| 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
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
| 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?
ADAM REILLY AND DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| June 02, 2006
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
| 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
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
| 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
| May 03, 2006
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
| 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
| April 26, 2006
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