“Sister” Publications Tucson Weekly and ITB Now Incestuous

Logos of Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business

“Just like Tucson itself, the upcoming TENWEST Festival is both expanding and thriving” opened an article in the October 11th Tucson Weekly, and I had to look twice to see if it was the Weekly I was reading. Tucson, thriving? Who would write that besides a PR firm? But then I looked at the adjoining …

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Britain’s Windrush tragedy: Would this happen if DACA were rescinded?

Picture showing Protestors from Global Justice Now demonstrate outside the Home Office in London.

(LONDON) Every day here in Britain, a new twist in the Windrush scandal hits the news. Workers arriving in the United Kingdom between 1948 and 1973 from Caribbean countries have been labeled the “Windrush Generation,” named after the ship HMT Empire Windrush. This ship first arrived in England in June 1948, bringing workers primarily from …

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My Not So Merry Correspondence with our Public Library; or, Virtue Unrewarded

January 23, 2018 Dear Devoted Reader, For a number of years now I have been describing and protesting the intentional degradation of Pima County Public Library as a library (that is, a place that should first and foremost have a variety of books and magazines, as opposed to a place that has meeting rooms, “entrepreneurial …

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The Shadowy Fundamentalist Organization at the Heart of Government (and Mike Pence is a Member)

Picture of Vice President Mike Pence

Given that our new Vice President is a member of the powerful, but shadowy, Washington, D.C. evangelical group “The Family” (officially, the Fellowship Foundation), Jeff Sharlet’s 2008 book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power would seem worth looking at again. And it is hardly a reassuring re-read for anybody already …

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Are Billionaire Foundations Dumbing Down Our Public Library?

Illustration showing logo of the Gates Foundation poised above that of the Pima County Public Library

It all started innocently enough. I and some other members of the Tucson Chapter of the National Writers Union had been noticing that books which we’d been intending to or had already read — written by some very established international and “mid-list” literary authors — were disappearing from our public library’s shelves to, it seemed, …

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