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Old-media corporate giants seek censorship through a web-based blacklist. Plus, #occupy brutality, and D.C. deadlock.
The dinosaurs of the entertainment world ( i.e. , Hollywood movie studios and national music companies) have joined with the Business Software Alliance (which represents tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft, and Intel) to sponsor an insidious piece of legislation called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 22, 2011


Evicting Occupy

Boston's challenge. Plus, pedophilia and justice, and transgendered progress.
At some point during the online reaction to the New York Police Department's eviction of Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park, someone wrote: "Knock over the hive and even more bees will swarm."
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 16, 2011


Probing the pain of urban violence

Anonymous Boston
To comprehend that violence takes on our minority neighborhoods — and the skewed distortions the media conveys of those tragedies — you could begin by visiting the exhibition now on display at the Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Avenue, near Kenmore Square.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 09, 2011


Fenway rip-off

Sweetheart deal screws taxpayers
The eye-opening report by Northeastern University's Initiative for Investigative Reporting details how the steely-eyed management of the Boston Red Sox, lined its own pockets with sums totaling an estimated $45 million.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 09, 2011


Obama's black eye

He promised hope and transparency, but now wants to allow government lies. Plus, vote for Boston City Council
President Barack Obama is going former president George W. Bush and ex-UK prime minister Tony Blair one better.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 02, 2011


For Boston City Council

Re-elect Arroyo, Connolly, Murphy, and Pressley. Vote for Frank, Lee, and Jackson.
Boston city councilors enjoy relatively high political profiles, but in reality they labor under the tight constraints of a strong-mayor system.
By: EDITORIAL  |  October 26, 2011


Hi ho, Hillary

Libyan policy seems to be: Keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent surprise visit to Libya, the site of America's latest and most bafflingly ill-defined military intervention, suggests two things.
By: EDITORIAL  |  October 19, 2011


Occupy America

Whether on Wall Street or in Boston, we're all in this together
Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Boston, Occupy Maine...
By: EDITORIAL  |  October 17, 2011


Afghanistan: 10 years of war

Artist and critic Greg Cook confronts the experience
October 7, 2001. Military jets slice through the skies of Afghanistan, marking the beginning of what has evolved into the longest war in American history.
By: EDITORIAL  |  October 06, 2011


Transgendered rights

The time to act is now
A bill to extend basic legal protections to transgendered people in Massachusetts has languished for years on Beacon Hill. It is time to stop stalling.
By: EDITORIAL  |  September 28, 2011


Obama’s jobs plan is a step in the right direction

Notes on class warfare
President Barack Obama's September 8 speech outlining his new jobs program — and the tax policies needed to finance it — was a sign of hope.
By: EDITORIAL  |  September 22, 2011


What's wrong with the Palestinians' U.N. gambit

A dangerous charade
The Palestinian campaign to upgrade their diplomatic status at the United Nations is a train wreck in the making.
By: EDITORIAL  |  September 14, 2011


Ten years later

Despite a natural reticence, it's time for a reality check
Taking stock of ourselves as a nation on this anniversary may seem to be an arbitrary exercise. Isn't that what the nightly news is for? Or Google alerts? Neat little report cards about discrete topics hinting at how we are doing.
By: EDITORIAL  |  September 07, 2011

casinos dice 2

In a job-starved economy, casinos are still a good bet

The issue provoked a rare show of common purpose on Beacon Hill
As Beacon Hill considers — yet again — an expanded gaming proposal, some say that the opportunity has passed. We disagree, and continue to support a carefully crafted plan for bringing resort casinos to Massachusetts.
By: EDITORIAL  |  August 31, 2011


The Globe vs. The MFA

Sometimes, even accuracy is misleading
The Boston Globe's need for a public editor — a reader's advocate of the sort employed by the Globe's corporate parent, the New York Times — once again becomes painfully clear.
By: EDITORIAL  |  August 24, 2011


'All hat, no cattle'

Rick Perry’s candidacy. Plus, news from Iraq and Pakistan, and the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.
And so it came to pass, another God-fearing right-wing nut has joined the field competing for the Republican nomination to run against President Barack Obama next year.  
By: EDITORIAL  |  August 17, 2011


We've got beer

What Brewgate tells us about political attitudes. Plus, Wisconsin is a warm-up for 2012.
Even by Massachusetts political standards, Brewgate was a weird episode.  
By: EDITORIAL  |  August 10, 2011

after the debt crisis ride

The debt crisis is only on hold

Plus, what does congressman Bill Keating have against Cuban families?
The United States was only hours away from joining in the international community of deadbeats and bunko artists — think Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal — when President Barack Obama signed the legislation raising the national debt ceiling and cutting trillions of dollars in federal spending.
By: EDITORIAL  |  August 03, 2011


Does Obama have the cojones to win?

This WTF moment
To make sense of this bizarre and dispiriting moment in American politics, here are the things one needs to appreciate.
By: EDITORIAL  |  July 27, 2011

the great depression and republican Bolsheviks

There is no mystery to the debt crisis. Plus: Scott Brown, and the Boston Foundation

Republican Bolsheviks
Understanding the debate about raising the debt ceiling, and imagining the economic crisis that will follow if Congress fails to do so, is really very simple.
By: EDITORIAL  |  July 20, 2011

Murdoch Deviance

Rupert Murdoch's Watergate

Defining deviancy
Murdoch is a tycoon of darkness. Aside from his handful of quality publications — the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Australian — his News Corporation specializes in smears, sensationalism, and mendacity.
By: EDITORIAL  |  July 13, 2011

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