Derrick Z. Jackson

Derrick Z. Jackson is a columnist for the Boston Globe and can be reached at jackson@globe.com.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 8:10am
All of Earth Now a Mercury Hotspot
Nearly a year ago, I interviewed David Evers, the executive director of Maine’s Biodiversity Research Institute, on the revelation that insect-eating inland songbirds can accumulate mercury at dangerous levels every bit as much as fish-eating river and coastal birds. He called the findings a “game-changing paradigm shift” for understanding mercury’s pernicious presence.
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Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 11:42am
US Arms Sales at Odds with Words
ON THE same day President Obama pressed again for peace in the Middle East, the Associated Press reminded us that the United States cannot help itself from flooding the region with the instruments of war, reporting that the nation is “quietly expanding defense ties on a vast scale’’ with Saudi Arabia.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 8:58am
Don’t Out-Educate Other Countries, Join Them
Today, President Obama will visit TechBoston Academy, where he “will continue to build on his State of the Union call for America to out-educate the competition to win the future,’’ says White House press secretary Jay Carney.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 11:10am
Still Needed: A Responsible Path to Energy Independence
In reversing controversial plans last week to expand offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said, "As a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill we learned a number of lessons, most importantly that we need to proceed with caution.'' Salazar said the Obama administration is now laying out "a careful, responsible path for meeting our nation's energy needs while protecting our oceans and coastal communities.''
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 10:00am
Election Puts Solar Energy in Danger
Just when you thought the United States was far enough behind in renewable energy, here come the midterm elections. Should the Republicans regain control of the House, as widely anticipated, one of the biggest losers is likely to be solar power. The Republican takeover of the House would likely give us John Boehner of Ohio as the new speaker. It would mean that the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce committee would reportedly fall into the hands of either Joe Barton of Texas, Fred Upton of Michigan, Cliff Stearns of Florida, or John Shimkus of Illinois.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 11:54pm
Keep Frankenfish Fiction
I'M NOT getting anywhere near Frankenfish. I mean, do I really want to eat an aquatic Roger Clemens?
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 8:16am
Apartheid in Our Schools
When President Obama took office in January 2009, the UCLA’s Civil Rights Project reported that segregation patterns in public schools “were far worse in 2006 than in 1988.’’ Eighteen months later, a new study has shown how much worse the patterns are.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 10:32am
Even for Middle Class, Tax Cuts Dig Deficit Deeper
Those attacks went nowhere in recent polls, with barely more than a third of Americans supporting tax cuts for the super rich. CBS and Newsweek respectively found 56 and 52 percent of Americans supporting eliminating tax cuts for households making above $250,000.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 9:20am
A Penguin Species Faces Extinction
A year ago, as I walked Boulders Beach, 45 minutes south of the metropolis of Cape Town, South Africa, I had no idea that I was staring extinction in the face.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 10:29am
Obama’s Two-Step on NY Mosque
PRESIDENT OBAMA had it right the first time in talking about the mosque proposed near ground zero of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Speaking last Friday at the White House celebration of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Obama said, "The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. And the pain and the experience of suffering by those who lost loved ones is just unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. And ground zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.
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