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Signs of War: The Afghanistan War 10th Anniversary Highway Banner Project
I'd climbed onto the guardrails of the Dorchester Avenue overpass in Boston to tie a recycled bed sheet to the chain-link fencing. The sheet bore the inscription, 1ST LT. TIMOTHY STEELE, 25, DIED AUG. 23, 2011, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, and it puffed with wind
Questions on the Overpass
| October 14, 2011
Videos: Selections from the Afghanistan War YouTube Video Fest
To mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, Phoenix art critic Greg Cook presents the “Afghanistan War YouTube Video Fest,” a screening of videos documenting the conflict.
Scenes from a decade of war
| October 07, 2011
Judicial ups and downs
It was about time that Rogeriee Thompson was finally confirmed (unanimously, we might add) by the United States Senate for what amounts to an historic spot on the Federal Court of Appeals.
Plus poppy hypocrisy, pressuring the Pope, and even more ‘Buttercup’ trivia
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| March 26, 2010
In the land of the stoner cops
Major Jim Contreras was awaiting his marching orders. Literally.
On the front lines of Obama's campaign in Afghanistan
| February 26, 2010
While reporting from Afghanistan two years ago, David Rohde became, for the second time in his career, an unwilling participant rather than an observer. On October 29, 1995, Rohde had been arrested by Bosnian Serbs. And then in November 2008, Rohde and
Was the NY Times being hypocritical when it suppressed coverage of its journalist who was kidnapped by the Taliban?
| February 12, 2010
Trying times for Obama
It was only a matter of time before President Barack Obama turned into a deficit hawk. But it is a measure of the desperation sparked by Scott Brown's election to Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat that Obama hatched before the conclusion of the 2010 congre
Tough times for the nation
| January 29, 2010
An Obama confidant on the surge in Afghanistan
Twenty-four hours before President Barack Obama announced a 30,000-troop escalation of the Afghan War, one of his key foreign policy advisors provided a view of the president’s thinking at Brown University.
| December 04, 2009
Perhaps the clearest sign that Afghanistan is not your father's war comes in the person of Airman First Class Peter Bourgeois, who, while deployed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, has been busy managing the career of his former band, Jodi Explodi.
Running a band and writing music in Afghanistan
| December 04, 2009
Has Obama peaked? Yes, he has
To listen to some pundits, Barack Obama's public image began taking a serious beating when the off-year election returns came in a week ago. Or maybe it was the undeserved Nobel Prize, his approach to the war in Afghanistan, or when he revved up his pur
Yes, he made history. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from there.
| November 13, 2009
For the majority of us Americans, Iraq and Afghanistan are a series of news-data points — number of Americans killed today, number of car bombs, spending tallies, estimates of civilian deaths.
Krzysztof Wodiczko’s war story at the ICA
| November 13, 2009
Publicity stunts for the War in Afghanistan
Ignored by most Americans
Big Fat Whale
| October 30, 2009
Afghanistan: Just say no!
The idea that the war in Afghanistan has reached a critical junction, a “now-or-never” moment that requires an additional 40,000 troops to win, is rubbish.
Plus, Obama and the Nobel
| October 16, 2009
Robert McNamara, RIP
As secretary of defense under President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert McNamara prosecuted the Vietnam War on a day-to-day basis, just as Donald Rumsfeld orchestrated the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for George W. Bush.
Memories of Vietnam should speed Obama's exit plans for Iraq and Afghanistan
| July 10, 2009
Debating the Middle East muddle
US military aid to Pakistan and Afghanistan is being wasted and should be redirected to the police and moderate non-violent groups working for education and the rule of law, according to two Middle East experts who spoke Sunday at the Community Church
| June 19, 2009
Soldiers committing suicide
On July 22, 2004, unable to handle the intensity anymore — the daily vomiting, the feeling that he was a murderer — Lucey wrapped a garden hose around his neck and hanged himself.
US troops are killing themselves in record numbers
| March 11, 2009
Propping up a puppet
"If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer," Yogi Berra once said. President Obama should do the same.
Obama gets it wrong on Afghanistan
| February 25, 2009
Abroad and at home, the future looks grim.
The potential for even more public disillusionment and anger is huge as events outstrip the nation’s political imagination
| October 09, 2008
Running toward truth
The first wave of current-war fiction is washing up on American shores, and Alex Carr’s The Prince of Bagram Prison is a prime example.
A fast-paced spy thriller explores the ambiguities of wartime
| April 09, 2008
In spite of being lovingly realized and creatively cast, The Kite Runner is a simplistic adaptation of a powerful, multi-layered story.
Simplified Runner not up to speed
| December 12, 2007
Peaks Island veteran collects stories of war's atrocities
Thirty-six years ago, more than 100 Vietnam veterans gathered in Detroit to describe and expose war crimes perpetrated by themselves and their fellow soldiers.
| December 05, 2007
Dance, Monkey: Jim Morris as President George W. Bush
Vice-President Cheney and I have just implemented a plan whereby we now deal with people who disagree with our plans for Iraq and Afghanistan by declaring them Enemy Combatants.
A comic in the hot seat
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| September 25, 2007
Flashbacks: September 29, 2006
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
| September 27, 2006
Welcome back, Castro
On Tuesday, the Cuban dictator announced his recuperation on Cuba’s state-run news Web site.
Around the world with Adam Reilly
| September 06, 2006
Who might need - and get - a pardon?
Abuse of prisoners and detainees by US personnel has occurred, at the very least, at three overseas sites: Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, in Iraq; Guantánamo Bay, in Cuba; and Bagram Air Base, in Afghanistan.
Legal advisers, high-level officials, covert operatives
| August 17, 2006
Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, directors of the flawed but inflammatory The Road to Guantánamo , go about telling the truth of injustice in a roundabout way. Fact or fiction? Mat Whitecross explains . By Peter Keough
The Road to Guantánamo can’t handle the truth
| June 21, 2006
George vs. George
President George W. Bush is the third man named George to hold the head office of our republic, after his father and George Washington.
Compare and contrast
| May 11, 2006
When GI Joe says no
A young former US Army sniper wearing a desert-camo uniform, an Iraqi kaffiyeh, and mirrored sunglasses scans a ruined urban landscape of smashed homes, empty streets, and garbage heaps.
What critics of the Iraq War must understand about the new culture of the military
| April 26, 2006
The Beauty Academy of Kabul
Shot in Afghanistan just months after the seeming smashing of the Taliban, Liz Mermin’s engaging film already seems a nostalgia item remembering a better, more optimistic time.
Compelling doc avoids coming off too didactic
| April 19, 2006
Books not bombs
It’s symbolic that Afghanistan’s largest school for girls occupies the building that used to house the country’s largest Taliban madrassa
Turning the page for Afghan girls
| January 18, 2006
Suicide Attacks Target Kabul Peacekeepers
KABUL, Afghanistan - Two separate suicide attackers rammed car bombs into vehicles belonging to NATO-led peacekeepers Monday in Kabul, killing at least one German soldier and wounding at least 13 people in the first major attack on foreign troops in the capital in more than a year.
| December 18, 2005
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