It’s unwise to sell the Commonwealth’s voters short. They have 56 days to demand specific answers from their candidates on critical issues, and they are smart enough to change the channel on attack ads.
The Magna Carta is a foundational document of democracy. But it’s also a reminder that power and wealth go hand in hand.
ISIS is a violent, non-state actor and like any group, it has strengths and weaknesses. To assess the threat and formulate a strategy to defeat it, it would helpful to be clear about those strengths and weakness are.
If Hani and I had grown up in Palestine and Israel respectively, the boundaries between us would have been numerous, institutional and tangible.
Why do we care about some conflicts more than others?
Mandela focused in a path of inclusion in a divided society. Haider al-Abadi should do the same.
Apparently, wearing a hoodie at night in the rain, selling loose cigarettes on the street, or just walking down the street can land a young black man in a body bag.
Twenty-three years ago today, Soviet hard-line Communists attempted to overthrow reformer Mikhail Gorbachev.
Fifty years later, the significance of “Freedom Summer,” the Mississippi Voting Project of 1964, gets measured not by our accomplishments, but by our losses.
Tens of thousands of young people are fleeing Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala thanks to America’s war on drugs.
No nation anywhere can be expected to tolerate assaults on its citizens, and Israel has every right to defend itself vigorously and decisively.
There is an emerging consensus that pro-Russia separatists, armed by Vladimir Putin, brought down the plane.
With Governor [Deval] Patrick clearing the way for hundreds of child migrants to be brought to shelters in the Commonwealth, it is essential that the federal government act to protect their right to legal representation.
What do we lose when the local press isn’t covering Beacon Hill?
The root of the VA’s problem is that it was designed for a world that has long since disappeared.
The decisions to use contraceptives…were the employees’ decisions alone, just as the burden of the Court’s decision will be theirs alone to bear.
The swiftness of ISIS’s advances in Iraq has startled many observers. What Americans have failed to appreciate, however, is how devastated Iraq was by the U.S. war and how that is affecting Iraq now.
Oregon may have solved the student loan crisis. If President Obama is smart, he’ll take the “Pay It Forward” plan and run with it.
Putting the government shutdown into a context we can relate to.
Why the 2016 Republican National Convention should be held in Las Vegas.
A competitive, substantive election is what the American public deserves – and it finally looks like we’re going to get it.
Forget re-election plans. It is time for Mayor Tom Menino to retire. He and Boston will both survive.
After the Supreme Court’s decision on McCutcheon v. the FEC, here’s my takeaway: To anyone who favors the general Democratic platform, it’s time to dig deep and pump in that filthy lucre.
There is no doubt that Russia is in the wrong, but acting on justified moral offense rather than clear eyed strategic interest is more likely to increase the price we all pay.
I still have many questions the Congressional briefings simply did not answer.
Could the FBI have prevented the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?
Amid mass violence and volatility in Egypt, the long-standing relationship between Washington and Cairo is fraying.
The civility that defines today’s mayoral contest is all fine and well, but the more gritty races of yesterday were much more interesting to watch.
It’s time for introspection in the land of Kennedys and Romneys: Are public unions acting against the public interest?
What doesn’t kill Gov. Christie’s GOP primary campaign might just make it stronger.
The ill health of democracy in Boston is why I gave up my safe seat on the City Council to campaign for mayor.
Who caused the government shutdown? We did.
Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, are divorcing after more than two decades of marriage. This has Hinda Mandell rethinking the sex-scandal script.
The Good Friday Agreement didn’t go far enough. Underlying tensions and hatred do not disappear with a peace accord alone.
The former Massachusetts senator sets his sights on the Granite State. But beyond his reflexive renunciation of “Obamacare,” what exactly does he stand for?
If Elizabeth Warren is guilty of exploiting her ethnicity for personal gain, Steve Almond says he is too.
Election 2012 is writing a new chapter in the evolution of democracy. And it’s happening so quickly, we’ve barely had time grasp its significance.
Love him or hate him, everyone does what Mitt Romney is being skewered for. We tell one story in public — and another in private.
For the women whose work with the poor and marginalized has brought criticism from the Vatican, parochial-school graduate Marianne Leone has one thing to say: Preach it, Sister.
The popular answer to that question will determine the outcome of this election — and the outcome of this election could change democracy as we know it.
As election season enters its post-convention phase, the underlying reasons for Elizabeth Warren’s inertia have begun to emerge. John Sivolella says the bad news for Warren is that they’re not easy to correct.
The anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 is always painful for victims’ families. But, says Carie Lemack, who lost her mother, it’s also a time to remember our common goals.
In a move that nobody expected, Barack Obama has opened up a foreign policy front against Mitt Romney. Commentator Rob Gray says it’s a risky play that will either backfire for the president, or seal his victory.
Commentator Steve Almond says only if George Clooney were to choose a young Paul Newman to be his running mate would a ticket even come close to matching the combined stud quotient that is Romney/Ryan.
Why don’t we have tighter controls on guns? Unfortunately, says commentator John Rosenthal, the answer is all too simple.
Massachusetts lawmakers say they believe in transparency in government – for every government body, apparently, except their own. Mary Connaughton Z. explains.
In Moscow, the trial against three young punk rockers looks more like the Soviet Union than the “new Russia.” Joshua Rubenstein on the Pussy Riot controversy.
Maybe Mitt Romney isn’t ready to explain his tax returns, but Steve Almond wants to reveal every sordid detail of his own.
In the wake of the recent Chick-fil-A controversy, Greg M. Epstein argues that the religious right has long held an unjustified monopoly on “family values.” But, he asks, what about the rest of us?
Unlike his outspoken late father George, R.B. Scott says Mitt’s mode of political Russian Roulette is saying too little.
Of course corporations aren’t people. But Wendy Kaminer says like the individuals engaged in them, businesses require constitutional protection against abuses of government power.
Kerry Healey says it’s time for Americans to realize what our appetite for illegal drugs does to the individuals who are compelled — economically or at gun point — to produce, process and transport the illegal drugs we use.
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I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.