Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Marcela García February 21, 2019 La película de Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”, nominada a 10 premios Oscar este domingo, ha incomodado a muchos en los Estados Unidos y también en México. Justo en estos tiempos cuando el presidente norteamericano tilda a los mexicanos de violadores y asesinos, y es capaz de destruir su propia democracia con tal de construir un muro para separar a la gente de calidad de esos bárbaros que invaden del sur, Cuarón cuestiona cada estereotipo mexicano. Me intriga el pensar que el director originalmente tuvo la idea de hacer este filme hace 10 años; el momento de su estreno no pudo haber sido más contundente. Sí, los mexicanos pueden ser doctores y editores de libros. Sí, pueden verse y actuar como norteamericanos, tener casas modernas y carros estadounidenses, hijos rubios y empleadas … [Read more...] about ‘Roma’ expone el secreto más siniestro de México
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Michael Rezendes February 14, 2019 IT’S DIFFICULT TO EXAGGERATE the crisis that has engulfed the Catholic Church due to unending revelations about priests who have sexually abused children, young adults — even nuns — and the bishops who have covered up for them. Each week, it seems, the scandal detonates yet again with fresh news of priests who have had their way with children, and the bishops who have allowed them to continue working as trusted clergymen. Nearly two decades after the scandal erupted in Boston and began its relentless march around the world, it’s become a crisis without end.Later this week, in what is merely the latest attempt to arrest the scandal, top bishops from around the world will gather at the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis and assure the Catholic faithful that leaders of the global religion, with an estimated 1.2 … [Read more...] about With so much of its leadership compromised, is the Catholic Church irredeemable?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Emily Sweeney Globe staff January 25, 2019 The recent news of Josh Gordon’s suspension from the National Football League broke the hearts of New England Patriots fans and sparked widespread debate on social media about the issue of addiction and rehabilitation. Of course, we’ve seen this story play out before. Professional athletes and celebrities fighting addiction in the media spotlight isn’t anything new. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Darryl Strawberry, and Mickey Mantle all sought treatment at the Betty Ford Center. Lindsay Lohan later went there, too. There’s no question that the media attention they received at Betty Ford’s namesake clinic raised public awareness about the perils of addiction and helped erase some of the stigma associated with substance abuse treatment.But long before the Betty … [Read more...] about Ideas
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Wade Roush December 27, 2018 Just because we have choices about technology doesn’t mean we always choose well. Walking in my neighborhood in East Cambridge one day, I stumbled across an obscure plaque put up by the Cambridge Historical Commission more than 40 years ago. I was astonished to learn that Cambridge had been home to one of the world’s first monorail systems — an experimental track in place from 1884 to 1894.It was envisioned as the prototype for a regional rapid transit system that would have made Boston into a kind of steampunk utopia. The city would have been criss-crossed by marvelous tubular trains that looked like they were designed by Captain Nemo. But we never got that version of Boston, because in 1887, the East Cambridge monorail project got abruptly. . . derailed.At any given moment in history, we humans have multiple … [Read more...] about The Cambridge monorail that wasn’t
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Michael Sweeney December 12, 2018 Last month Americans watched California burn in wildfires that left dozens dead, thousands homeless, and San Francisco shrouded in smoke. It was the type of climate catastrophe scientists warn will become increasingly common as we pump more and more carbon into the atmosphere. Weeks later, we watched what’s likely to be another recurring spectacle — fires in Paris as citizens burned cars to protest higher fuel taxes designed to limit carbon emissions.France’s so-called “Yellow Vests” protest has resonated with some on the American left, who argue that gas taxes are little more than a regressive levy on the poor. But they’re dead wrong.First of all, we know higher fuel prices work to lower consumption, whether they’re the result of taxation or high market prices for crude oil. Between 2008 and … [Read more...] about The “Yellow Vests” protesters are wrong