While Congress has dithered and dissembled for years, liberals and conservatives in local communities across America have been rising up and opposing the USA PATRIOT Act, declaring their states and towns to be “Patriot Act free zones.”
As many of you already know, the Archdiocese of Boston is in the process of selling the 3.5-acre parcel where the Blessed Sacrament Church now stands. The Blessed Sacrament had for over a hundred years been a center of the Hyde Square community. The deadline for bids on the site is THIS WEDNESDAY April 6th, 2005. One of the developers, Mr. Xerxes Agassi from Beacon Hill (54 Temple St.), stated in the Jamaica Plain Gazette his possible intention to build market-rate condos on the site. Just recently, he won an affordable housing vs. luxury condos debate at 11 Wyman Street giving him the opportunity to build more luxury condos in Jamaica Plain.
Although it is of main importance the Dutch prime-minister Balkenende has referred to the universal values in respect of the holocaust, it is striking that he is lacking in moral indignation with respect to the Palestinian victims of the Israeli occupation.
"It was a tragedy what the Pope did in Central America and Latin America in the 1980's." The show goes on to cite a number of observers who question whether the pontiff's judgment was clouded by his personal experience with communism in Poland.