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The sound of tyranny

There are musicians, and then there are polymath musicians. How to tell the difference?
System of a Down's Serj Tankian soundtracks the A.R.T.'s production of Prometheus Bound
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 18, 2011
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Panahi update


 The turmoil in Egypt dominates the news from the Middle East, overshadowing the recent oppressive measures imposed by the Iranian despots. Apparently in an attempt...
By Peter Keough  |  February 07, 2011
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USM takes on another politically themed art show

The muse can arrive anywhere. After the protracted confusion of his arrest and trial, it's no surprise Antonio Guerrero emphasizes clarity in his work.
More inmate work
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 28, 2011

Anti-solitary campaign expands

As the February 17 State House public hearing approaches on the bill to restrict solitary confinement at the Maine State Prison, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), which sparked national debate about Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, has a
Stopping Supermax Torture
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 05, 2010

Play by play: July 24, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 24, 2009

Play by play: July 17, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 17, 2009


Human rights watch

Last week, on the heels of anti-torture panels and protests in Portland, Washington DC, and elsewhere, the Justice Department told the nation that it would have to wait a few more days before information about American torture policies and practices is
Acknowledging, and punishing, torture
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 26, 2009

Do it to debt

A friend of mine walked into the local bar during a recent happy hour and announced, "I'm furious at IGA."
Spending money to make money?
By AL DIAMON  |  April 01, 2009
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Amnesty International liberates City Hall

Old-school Jamaica Plain and Cambridge hippies had better step up their game.
The kids are all right
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 01, 2009
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Corrections changes

Like a movie hero, the NAACP’s new, young national president, Benjamin Jealous, swept into the 900-inmate Maine State Prison in Warren on Monday, quelling protests among the prisoners and, at least temporarily, rescuing the organization’s prison chapter
NAACP leader challenges Maine prison policies
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 10, 2008
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Interview: Mia Kirshner

Best known for her role as The L Word 's bookish drama fiend Jenny Schecter, Mia Kirshner is very clear about one thing: to her, acting is a "day job."
Going global
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 09, 2008


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Chinese democracy

With Beijing 2008 finally at hand, China’s Tibetan occupation remains Hollywood’s cause célèbre .
A field guide to oppression in the home of the 2008 summer games
By ADAM MATTHEWS  |  August 06, 2008

Willful imprisonment


Letters to the Boston editor, June 20, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 18, 2008

Letters to the Portland editor, June 20, 2008

We would like to thank and congratulate Jeff Inglis for his vivid and thoughtful account of his night in the replica of a cell from Guantánamo that was placed in Portland’s Monument Square.
Getting Michaud's record straight
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  June 18, 2008
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A night in Guantánamo

I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 11, 2008
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Promoting human rights at home

“We have a holier-than-thou” attitude in the United States about human-rights violations abroad, said Bart Carhart, a student organizer of the new Amnesty International chapter at the University of Southern Maine.
The enemy within
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 02, 2008


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Home for the holiday

The Middle East corner is not exactly where you’d expect to find Mission of Burma guitarist Roger Miller performing on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Mission of Burma's Roger Miller does his part for Tibet
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 09, 2007
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We’re all doing time

The facts are almost unbelievable: As a nation, our incarceration rate is five times what it was 30 years ago and the highest in the world.
Personally
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 29, 2007
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Touched by a taser

Such was the fate of DerMarr Johnson, who just made himself the latest entry in what is becoming a shockingly long list.
Sports blotter: "More Pittsburgh pimping" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 13, 2007
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Boston music news: April 6, 2007

“I am absolutely primed for my punk-rock midlife crisis,” says Rich Parsons, singer/guitarist of Unnatural Axe, a band who formed back in 1978 and broke up in 1980.
Notes on Unnatural Axe, The Sandinista! Project, and Tarbox Ramblers
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 02, 2007
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In the Abu Ghraib era, watching even staged torture is painful

I’m here at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, where the theme of the night is torture.
Rant
By BRAIN C. JONES  |  March 07, 2007


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An insult to justice

Portland Phoenix freelancer Lance Tapley was given the Maine State Bar Association's Excellence in Legal Journalism Award last week at the association's annual meeting.
Truth to power
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 31, 2007

Menace and wit

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, though certainly not in that order.
Of entertainment and evil
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 31, 2007

Flashbacks: November 24, 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.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 21, 2006
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More taser madness

Please don't ignore CFL players who get tasered.
Sports Blotter: CFL edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 04, 2006
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Beats not Bombs

Most people consider DJs party types who head to clubs night after night and sleep the day away. Of course, most people have not met DJ Yamin. DJ Yamin, "Seek the Truth" (mp3)
Local DJ turns family into charity; Bruno versus 7L
By DAVID DAY  |  September 19, 2006


Flashbacks: July 14, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Sam MacLaughlin and Hannah Van-Susteren.
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By EDITORIAL  |  July 12, 2006
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Africans suffer while the world stands by

Raised on a steady diet of “Never Again,” members of Brown University’s Darfur Action Network found it infuriating to watch the international community stand idly by as murder and rape in Darfur continued unabated.
Despite the efforts of student activists, it’s hard to get Americans to care about death, rape, and disease in Sudan
By ALEXANDER PROVAN  |  June 07, 2006

Freedom’s Home

This is America, reputed to be the “land of the free and home of the brave.” Yet in 2006, some women are still being kept in chains — literally and legally.
Why do us prisons keep women giving birth in chains?
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 15, 2006