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Give Malalai Joya a visa
Plus, Obama's Libyan War
In a display of mendacity worthy of the days when the late Senator Joseph McCarthy stifled free speech from coast to coast, the United States Department of State has denied a visa to Afghanistan's most internationally recognized activist, Malalai Joya.
| March 25, 2011
When safe enough doesn't cut it
"Most people today," writes political philosopher John Gray, "think they belong to a species that can be master of its destiny. This is faith, not science. The unfolding disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station sorely strains that faith, as did the 1979 crisis at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear plant and the 1986 catastrophe at Chernobyl in the Ukraine.
| March 18, 2011
Freedom's Foot Soldier
Plus, Why Romney, Brown and Kerry are wrong
No one has labored with more love and assiduity to keep those liberties established by John Adams secure than John Reinstein, who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as the top lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.
| March 16, 2011
District 7 endorsement: Vote Tito
Plus, sex ed and race in Boston’s schools
Thirty-five-year-old Tito Jackson, a former economic development official in Governor Deval Patrick's administration, is the candidate most deserving of District 7's votes.
| March 04, 2011
Scott Brown's dilemma
Now that he has revealed his sexual abuse, will he confront his party's rape deniers?
During his first year in Washington, Brown proved to be a steadfast Republican. But on four high-profile issues — jobs, financial reform, gays in the military, and nuclear arms control — Brown joined a handful of Republican free-thinkers who broke ranks with their reactionary party.
| February 23, 2011
Sarah Palin wilts as Glenn Beck self-destructs
Trouble on the right
Common sense has bloomed among right wingers — not once, but twice. And while these episodes are unlikely to become regular events, we should enjoy them while we can.
| February 10, 2011
What's gotten into Egypt?
Plus, Republicans for same-sex marriage, and trying to kill health-care reform
Being a dictator is a tough business. Just ask Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
| February 03, 2011
Obama’s State of the Union explained
A Massachusetts moment?
President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech left many commentators scratching their heads. In their view, Obama was admirably long on uplift but mysteriously short on specifics.
| January 27, 2011
Understanding the legacy of John F. Kennedy
'Ask not . . .'
January 20, 1961. On this day 50 years ago, John Fitzgerald Kennedy began his presidential odyssey.
| January 19, 2011
And the American psychosis
It will be unclear for some time whether alleged Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner will qualify for an insanity defense. But one need not be a practicing psychiatrist to see that the 22 year old is a disturbed individual.
| January 12, 2011
Governor Fuzzy: Has Deval Patrick lost his edge — already?
Plus, Boston City Council president Stephen Murphy.
Some folks — including this newspaper — who supported Governor Deval Patrick's re-election and wish him well as he wrestles with the daunting task of steering Massachusetts through the next four years are scratching their heads.
| January 05, 2011
Careful carving: Keep politics out of redistricting
Plus, Scott Brown and 'DADT.'
The news last week from the US Census Bureau was as expected: Massachusetts is losing one of its 10 congressional districts.
| January 12, 2011
Strong-arming the First Amendment
Plus activist judges and fat versus gay
President Barack Obama is a bright guy. In fact, he's a former constitutional-law professor.
| December 15, 2010
Plus, kudos to Council and DeLeo
Trust us: It is only a matter of time before Hollywood brings the saga of WikiLeaks impresario Julian Assange to the big screen.
| December 08, 2010
What DeLeo and Murray should do
Why legislative leaders should act now to make the patronage scandal history
WHY LEGISLATIVE LEADERS SHOULD ACT NOW TO MAKE THE PATRONAGE SCANDAL HISTORY
| December 01, 2010
Patronage = corrpution
Plus, the Pope + condoms
The Massachusetts legislature is shocked — shocked! — that patronage is rife in the Probation Department! Shocked that it exists anywhere in state government! And it looks as if the both the House and the Senate will be damned if they are going to do anything about it.
| November 23, 2010
The MFA's impresario
Malcolm Rogers, top man at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, has managed to do at his institution what former Harvard president Larry Summers failed to do at his: curb internal self-indulgence and channel creative energy toward serving 21st-century needs.
| November 18, 2010
Why Keith should lay off the campaign cash. Plus, Matt O'Malley for City Council.
Keith Olbermann's brief suspension from MSNBC for giving $2400 to each of three Democratic congressional candidates is an interesting case study.
| November 10, 2010
Reliving the nightmare
Massachusetts escapes, but much of the nation succumbs to the ravages of democracy
Somebody should thank Scott Brown.
| November 03, 2010
Boston Phoenix 2010 Endorsements: Steve Grossman, Martha Coakley, and Barney Frank
Plus, more endorsements and the ballot questions
Far too often, politics is the act of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. This election, voters have the unique chance of choosing a candidate who is a perfect fit for the office he seeks. That is why we endorse Democrat STEVE GROSSMAN for treasurer.
| November 01, 2010
Why Deval Patrick deserves your vote
A more-solid-than-recognized record, plus a realistically humane view of the future
When Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2, we urge them to cast their votes for the re-election of Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray.
| October 20, 2010
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