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No, Hurricane Ian will not 'fuel the economy'

October 5, 2022  •  The Boston Globe

THE DEVASTATION caused by Hurricane Ian in Florida and South Carolina was catastrophic. The storm left collapsed homes and businesses in its wake, along with demolished hotels, impassable roads, smashed boats, and upended citrus trees. The economic damage, ABC News reported, could climb as high as $75 billion. As for the human damage, more than 100 deaths have already been confirmed, to say nothing of the incalculable toll caused by injury, trauma, and suffering.

When all is said and done, Ian may rank among the five costliest storms in US history. Yet to hear some analysts tell it, all that carnage and lost wealth is actually — a windfall!

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Putin's phony vote

October 2, 2022  •  The Boston Globe

IN A New York Times essay on Sept. 23, Sasha Vasilyuk wrote about her aunt and uncle in Donetsk, one of the Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine where a staged referendum on annexation was about to begin. Knowing the vote would be a sham, Vasilyuk's relatives told her they had no intention of taking part. "I don't know anyone who is planning to vote," said her aunt, "unless they come to our houses and force us at gunpoint."

In the event, forcing Ukrainians to vote at gunpoint was precisely what the Russians did. Soldiers armed with Kalashnikov rifles, accompanied by someone with a portable ballot box, went door to door to ensure that residents cast a ballot.

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Even now, slavery is a worldwide scourge

September 25, 2022  •  The Boston Globe

IN 1807, the slave trade was ended in Great Britain. Twenty-six years later, the Slavery Abolition Act made human bondage itself illegal throughout the British Empire. In the United States, the ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1865 inserted a ban on slavery directly into the Constitution. The League of Nations in 1926 approved an international treaty "to secure the complete suppression of slavery in all its forms." And the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted unanimously by the United Nations in 1948, categorically bans the practice worldwide: "Slavery and the slave trade," Article 4 proclaims, "shall be prohibited in all their forms."

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An all-Democratic state government needs a Republican watchdog

September 21, 2022  •  The Boston Globe

AT ABOUT 11 p.m. on Sept. 6, the Republican candidate for state auditor, Anthony Amore, issued a press release. It congratulated state Senator Diana DiZoglio on defeating Chris Dempsey in the Democratic primary election for auditor and welcomed her to the general election campaign.

In an amused tweet, my Globe colleague Samantha Gross noted that Amore had congratulated DiZoglio even before the race had been called. Amore genially replied: "Because we're really good at data analysis. Key part of being Auditor."

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'We did nothing to prevent it'
In a powerful film, Ken Burns chronicles America's abandonment of the Jews during the Holocaust

September 18, 2022  •  The Boston Globe

ON JAN. 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was sworn in as the chancellor of Germany. Over the next 100 days, American newspapers published more than 3,000 thousand stories about the eruption of antisemitic attacks whipped up by the new regime.

"Bands of Nazis throughout Germany carried out wholesale raids calculated to intimidate the opposition, particularly the Jews," reported Edmond Taylor of the Chicago Tribune. "Men and women were insulted, slapped, punched in the face, hit over the head with blackjacks, dragged from their homes in night clothes. Never have I seen law-abiding citizens living in such terror."

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