Equatorial Guinea’s inclusion to CPLP comes with a price

Equatorial Guinea’s inclusion to CPLP comes with a price

It appears the number of countries where Portuguese is an official language will soon be increasing from eight to nine. But at what price?

After a couple years of mounting pressure — mostly exerted by Brazil and Angola —Equatorial Guinea … Read Full Story

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An Unholy War

An Unholy War

The lands of Occupied Palestine and Israel are sad places to be these days.

With the failure of the peace process several months ago, the deaths of three teenage Jews and the immolation of a teenage Palestinian boy appear to … Read Full Story

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Mass. could serve as model for vets services

Mass. could serve as model  for vets services

The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department scandal has brought to light the disconnect between the nation’s promise to its veterans and what is actually delivered. Here in Massachusetts, we are fortunate to have a robust network of local veterans service officers … Read Full Story

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Letter to the editor: Take the HIV test, take control

Letter to the editor: Take the HIV test, take control

Editor’s Note: National HIV Testing Day is observed on June 27.

By Thomas E Bertrand

It was September 1994, and I had never imagined myself sitting alone in the crowded and chaotic basement of Traveler’s Aid Society, now known as … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Obama must resist new combate role in Iraq

Editorial: Obama must resist new combate role in Iraq

Given the United States’ 11 years of involvement in Iraq as an invader, occupier and, most recently, facilitator and ally, it is difficult for the government and Americans to watch what is happening there with equanimity.
The United States withdrew … Read Full Story

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Let’s celebrate what connects us all!

Let’s celebrate what connects us all!

June is arriving and with it Massachusetts and Rhode Island come alive with numerous celebrations marking the unofficial month of Portugal in this region.

Although the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities is only officially celebrated on June … Read Full Story

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Stop state tuition hikes

Stop state tuition hikes

The cost of a college degree has been rising sharply for a generation, for many reasons political leaders cannot easily control. But over the last decade, state legislatures have had a direct hand in the rise of tuition and fees … Read Full Story

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Hypocrisy on a tax credit

Hypocrisy on a tax credit

It seems nothing passes through Congress without the bitterest fight to the death. The latest example is a little line item that has held a spot in the Internal Revenue Service Code for more than three decades, even though it … Read Full Story

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Legal path a challenge for aliens, economy

Legal path a challenge for aliens, economy

According to the Kauffman Foundation, 52 percent of Silicon Valley startups were “immigrant founded.” The list includes Google and Yahoo, Intel and Instagram. That finding, along with scores of other studies and snapshots of the U.S. economy, shows that some … Read Full Story

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DCF reforms long overdue

The recent tragic deaths of two infants and a young boy have brought longstanding problems of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to the forefront. It’s clear that the agency responsible for intervening in family crises is in crisis … Read Full Story

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No butts about it, extinguish cigarettes safely

No butts about it,  extinguish cigarettes safely

Last week, a Quincy home was declared a total loss after a discarded cigarette ignited two nearby gas containers, fire officials said, leaving a family homeless.

That same day, a Weymouth police officer working a detail noticed smoke coming from … Read Full Story

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Cloudy forecast for climate change

Cloudy forecast  for climate change

With the recent release of the United  Nations Climate Report, conversation around collective action to slow down global warming and climate change has been all over the media.

The U.N. panel, which has released the report in three parts over … Read Full Story

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Don’t hide domestic violence

Don’t hide domestic violence

There is much to like in the domestic violence prevention bill being considered on Beacon Hill, and one provision that goes too far.
The bill approved by the House Wednesday would set stiffer penalties for domestic violence, make strangulation a … Read Full Story

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Religion is personal, not corporate

Religion is personal, not corporate

It is hard to imagine anyone, from conservative to liberal, who would want their employer’s religious beliefs imposed on their workforce or insurance coverage. Religious freedom is a personal freedom, not an employer choice.

For that reason, the U.S. Supreme … Read Full Story

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The Child Care Crunch

The Child Care Crunch

As a result of the mounting costs of child care these days, the issue has gone well beyond just a personal decision for parents. It has become an issue with significant public-policy implications.

Child care is becoming unaffordable, often eclipsing … Read Full Story

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Immigration debate: Obama right to review deportations

Immigration debate: Obama right to review deportations

El Paso Times

President Barack Obama will no doubt face criticism for his decision last week to review the nation’s deportation policy. But it’s a correct step, and one made necessary by Republican refusal to even consider immigration reform at … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Clarifying the rules on overtime

Editorial: Clarifying the rules on overtime

Last week President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to revise regulations determining which workers qualify for federal overtime protections, a move that was presented as a way to increase income for some lower-wage workers.
The issue begins with the … Read Full Story

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Caution is smart policy for Ukraine

Caution is smart policy for Ukraine

The crisis in the Ukraine has been dominating news coverage over recent weeks. As is to be expected, much criticism has been directed towards President Obama in his handling of the crisis. The main attack line appears to be that … Read Full Story

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