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Just a reprieve? Unless Republican leaders learn from the past, another Iraq is in our future

In his address to the nation Tuesday evening, discussing the end of American combat operations in Iraq, Barack Obama took great pains to be apolitical, nonjudgmental, and even gracious toward his predecessor.
In terms of foreign policy, the Republican Party remains unapologetically committed to Bush/Cheneyism
By EDITORIAL  |  September 03, 2010
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Ledge Lessons

As advocates of higher education and living as long as medically possible, we were sad to read that, according to new-media-powerhouse Web site the Daily Beast, Greater Boston is home to not one but five of the most stressful colleges in the United Sta
We love you, stressed-out college kids! So relax, and remember how good you have it.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010
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Deep impact

In the most memorable piece in Waterville author Ron Currie Jr.'s 2007 debut short story collection, God is Dead (Viking), God is reincarnated as a Dinka woman in a refugee camp in Sudan, who enlists a jive-talking Colin Powell in an effort to find a
Ron Currie Jr. has a blast with the apocalypse once more
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 03, 2009
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Terror masala

After living in fear of terrorism for more than half a decade, it’s something of a relief to sit in the dark at the Somerville Theatre and . . . laugh at it.
Bollywood introduces the singing, dancing terrorist
By SEETHA NARAYAN  |  November 25, 2008
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Rise of the political bogeyman

The Republicans appear headed to a second straight national pummeling, which will leave it marginalized in the federal government and an increasing number of state houses. Many party faithful are already noting the need for the GOP to move back toward t
Impotent on the issues, the GOP turns to scare tactics. Be afraid!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 29, 2008
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Wacko patrol: America's 25 scariest conservatives

Imagine what will happen once the relatively sane folks now running the White House and the Republican National Committee pack up and go home?  
The Phoenix ranks the individuals who will hold the most sway over the right-wing message machine in 2009, and beyond.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 29, 2008


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Long national nightmare

Last night, I woke up in a sweat. I’d had a very bizarre dream.  
What if all the pundits, pollsters, and press are (gasp!) wrong about Obama’s chances?
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 22, 2008

More on Powell: why no stumping?


At Politico's The Arena, Northeastern professor Alan Schroeder asks a good question that I haven't seen posed anywhere else:Colin Powell's endorsement knocks the legs out...
By Adam Reilly  |  October 19, 2008

The problem with Powell


Over at Media Nation, Dan Kennedy asks of Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama: "Is this as big as everyone thinks it is?"We shall see....
By Adam Reilly  |  October 19, 2008
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The Quiet Power of Jack Reed

As he closes out his second six-year term in the Senate, perhaps the most elite club in politics, Reed is the subject of ongoing speculation about his future.
Without seeking the spotlight, the senator and his star continue to rise
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 13, 2008
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Breaking the press

The narrative of this campaign was supposed to be how a triumphant Obama rode discontent against the Bush administration to an overwhelming victory.
Democrats need to look past the media's feel-good coverage of Obama and deal with the realities of the campaign
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 13, 2008


Victory at last

It may at first seem like hyperbole for Harvey Silverglate to call the Boumediene decision the most important of his lifetime. But it is important to acknowledge how deeply surreal and atavistic these cases have become.
Letters to the Boston editor, June 27, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 25, 2008
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What happened to Bush’s responsibility for the war?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know how the American effort in Iraq was badly botched from the start.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008
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Reignite your rage

It’s tempting, five years into the Iraq War, to regard that conflict with fatalistic resignation.
Bush’s War  almost tells the whole story
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 18, 2008
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Ridge to the future

With the Republican nomination officially settled, the speculation about John McCain’s choice of a running mate has already begun.
The guessing game about his running mate has begun, but if Obama’s the opponent, one man can secure the white house for McCain
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 12, 2008
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Shameless

Members of the GOP must reject the shameless, dishonorable, dishonest former governor of Massachusetts, Willard Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney is a liar, and Republican voters deserve better.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 09, 2008


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A tragicomedy of errors

It was not until after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were narrowly re-elected that many Americans began to realize that the Iraq War represented a dangerous moment in American history.
In an excerpt from his new book, The Fall of the House of Bush, author Craig Unger details how Bush is, well, screwing up the world
By CRAIG UNGER  |  November 20, 2007
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Good Stuff

News and exposés about the Iraq war have been draining us mosquito-style over the years.
URI finds humor at the White House
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2007
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Disillusioning reality

It took the United States four years to get out of Vietnam.
The weight of public opinion will not get us out of Iraq. Plus, a huge boost for the arts.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 12, 2007
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Killing the deity

In God is Dead ’s title story, God is searching — for unapparent reasons — for a boy named Thomas Mawien.
Waterville author takes atheism one step further
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 05, 2007

Mayor mistake

Stark’s argument falls flat and fails to explain the threat Bloomberg poses.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 24, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 22, 2007


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Rudy's mayor problem

The biggest threat to Giuliani’s campaign can be summed up in two words: Michael Bloomberg.
Giuliani’s campaign-trail fortune could lay in the hands of New York City’s pesky other Hizzoner, Michael Bloomberg
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 08, 2007
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Bacevich’s war

Eight days after 9/11, NPR broadcast a commentary by Andrew J. Bacevich, a Vietnam War veteran, former Army colonel, and professor of international relations at BU.
The politics of personal tragedy
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 02, 2007
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Leftward ho!

The Daily Worker has nothing to fear — yet.
How liberal can the Herald’s editorial page get?
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 06, 2007
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Darfur: The only hope

The genocide in Darfur continues.
It is time for corporations and investors to disinvest in Sudan
By EDITORIAL  |  May 16, 2007
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Ducking the question

Maine senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are — relatively speaking — gay friendly.
Snowe and Collins don’t discriminate against gays, so why are they letting the military get away with it?
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  May 09, 2007


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Bush's secret army

The 9/11 attacks provided a catalyst: an unprecedented justification to forge ahead with a radical agenda molded by a small cadre of neoconservative operatives.
Meet the American mercenaries of Blackwater, who fight outside of the law and take direction from the radical Christian right
By JEREMY SCAHILL  |  March 21, 2007
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Presidential toteboard: To run, or not to run

In virtually every election cycle, there is a group of candidates who linger on the sidelines, unable to decide whether to enter the race.
As saviors or spoilers, would-be candidates could still change the ’08 race
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 21, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: February 2, 2007

In addition to my flip comment that I personally didn’t have a clue about how to solve the horrific human tragedy we call the Iraq War, I provided Sara Donnelly with several comments in our ten-minute conversation that were constructive potential solutio
Peace needs our help
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  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