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A longshoreman's son remembers
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A longshoreman's son remembers
[caption id="attachment_66941" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="John Bowers."][/caption] With American workers under attack today, our chal...
A standout presidential election year
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A standout presidential election year
[caption id="attachment_66938" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Douglas Hyde."][/caption] On October 27 there will be an election in Irelan...
A peculiar passivity
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A peculiar passivity
The Irish presidential election field is growing by the day and now numbers enough candidates and would-be candidates to fill out a rugby scrum. Th...
Labor Coalition signaled a new direction
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Labor Coalition signaled a new direction
[caption id="attachment_66927" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The James Connolly statue in Dublin."][/caption] The year 1981 was a time o...
A day when no language could suffice
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A day when no language could suffice
My students were from South America, China, Africa and Eastern Europe. English was a second language for them. On that terrible Tuesday, Sept. 11, ...
Boston College should stand its ground
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Boston College should stand its ground
History nerds like myself spend a lot of time combing through boring letters and government documents. It may not be everybody's idea of entertainm...
We remembered
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We remembered
The tenth anniversary of September 11 was duly marked with solemnity and grace, an amazing grace, one that did honor to all who perished that day a...
Better late
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Better late
President Obama finally took aim at the heart of the economic malaise last week when he addressed a joint session of Congress on the matter of jobs...
Keeping moral issue front and center is key
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Keeping moral issue front and center is key
By Peter McDermott On Aug. 2, 1980, a bomb exploded in the air-conditioned waiting area at Bologna's Central Station. Eighty-five people were kille...
Organizer had deep ties to Catholic church
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Organizer had deep ties to Catholic church
[caption id="attachment_66542" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Saul Alinsky, left, with Nicholas von Hoffman."][/caption] By Peter McDermo...
The Twin Towers still stand tall - in memory
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The Twin Towers still stand tall - in memory
By Matthew Hennessey With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 rapidly approaching, the World Trade Center site will soon be opening to the public as a mem...
Frog and locusts
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Frog and locusts
After a week in which people living along the U.S. eastern seaboard experienced both an earthquake and a hurricane it was tempting for some to star...