Joseph Nevins

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United Fruit Company is no longer (it morphed into Chiquita Brands International). But the legacy of the banana republic-like ties between the United States and many countries endures. (Photo: flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The Irony Of Calling America A 'Banana Republic'
In the days after the Donald Trump-inspired siege of the U.S. Capitol, many Americans are still seeking to make sense of what transpired. But some politicians and businesspeople have found one aspect of the mob that hoped to overturn the election especially unnerving: its suggestion of "banana...
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Metacom (King Philip), Wampanoag sachem, meeting settlers, illustration c. 1911. (Photo: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (Digital file no. cph 3c00678)) Views
Thursday, November 26, 2020
What Thanksgiving and the Coronavirus Pandemic Share: As Seen from Boston
This year’s Thanksgiving has not turned out as many had hoped. As made clear by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s plea that everyone avoid travel and not spend Thanksgiving with people outside their household, COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in many holiday plans. But we can learn from...
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Tuesday, January 01, 2019
The Problem With "Border Security"
On December 11, President Donald Trump hosted an Oval Office sit-down with incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY). Among the many noteworthy lines and exchanges which stick out is when Trump stated, “We need border security. And I think...
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Saturday, July 15, 2017
Pursuing ‘A Radical Faith’ in the Trump Era
In its article on the new Trump initiative to arrest parents suspected of having arranged to bring their children to the United States with the help of smugglers, The New York Times reported on José, a man from El Salvador. More than 10 years ago, he and his wife migrated to the United States,...
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Monday, January 25, 2016
Drones and 'What Makes Us Different'
Seven years ago this month and three days after Barack Obama assumed the presidency on January 20, 2009, the first drone strike of his administration took place--in a small village in the region of Pakistan known as North Waziristan. It targeted the family compound of Faheem Qureshi , fracturing...
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Monday, February 16, 2015
In a Time of Climate Change, Boston—and the World—Can’t Afford the Olympics
The U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision last month to make Boston its candidate for the right to host the 2024 Summer Games has generated much excitement within the city and its environs. It has also engendered considerable opposition. Although Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has pledged to expend no...
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Thursday, July 04, 2013
The Silence of Empire
On the last Sunday of May, I was on the campus of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. I stood in the back of a crowd of a few thousand, one composed largely of graduating seniors, and family and friends there to support them. We were all listening to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) deliver the commencement address.
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Wednesday, May 01, 2013
From the I-Word to the I-Deed
On April 2, the Associated Press announced that it would no longer sanction the term “illegal immigrant” or use “illegal” to describe persons living in a country without authorization.
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Saturday, February 09, 2013
Power, Privilege, and Climate Change: A Tale of Two Presidents
As I watched a video of Barack Obama delivering his second inaugural address last month, and listened to his call to “respond to the threat of climate change” lest we “betray our children and future generations,” I could not help but think of another president.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012
True Leadership in a Time of Global Warming
In the wake of extreme drought in much of the United States, widespread wildfires in the U.S. west, and now Hurricane Sandy, Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s refusal to discuss human-induced climate change will undoubtedly go down as political recklessness of historic proportions.
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