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Top 4 Diplomatic Strategies

A missive from the super-secret State Department.
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  April 08, 2011
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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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The question of Iran

Once again, Washington’s gunslingers are agitating for a war with Iran. Cheered on by Fox News and enabled by uncritical talking heads such as NBC’s David Gregory and PBS’s Charlie Rose, the let’s-bomb-or-invade-or-maybe-do-both-to-Iran brigade is busy s
Plus, Tim Flaherty for State Senator
By EDITORIAL  |  April 09, 2010
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Down ballot drama

The race for governor and the scramble to replace retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy have obsessed Rhode Island's chattering class. But all the talk has obscured an intriguing set of "down ballot" races for lieutenant governor, attorney general,
Important races to watch in '10
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 12, 2010

21st century breakdown

The office of Maine's secretary of state has been around since we split from Massachusetts in 1820.
Ne'er has there been a sweeter gig than being secretary
By AL DIAMON  |  January 08, 2010

Conservation in Copenhagen

In about a month, representatives from almost 200 nations will converge on Copenhagen, Denmark, for what could be the most meaningful meeting on climate change, ever.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009


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Ganging up on teens

On March 10, Somerville police, responding to reports of a large fight near Pearl Street and McGrath Highway, stopped six teenage boys walking in the area.
Gang-member profiling in Somerville
By DANIELLE DREILINGER  |  April 08, 2009
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She's back - almost

Why Clinton's appointment is good for Obama. Plus, better Boston graduates.
Why Clinton's appointment is good for Obama. Plus, better Boston graduates.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 19, 2008

A tale of two views of America

On a hot summer night, at a gala at Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy’s ongoing love affair with America was renewed.
Letter From Italy
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 24, 2008
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Mao's ghost

When the 21st century is old enough to support a sense of historical perspective, the date 8/8/08 may well be more significant than 9/11.
The spirit of the chairman haunts the Beijing Olympics
By EDITORIAL  |  August 06, 2008

Licensed to ill

I’m devoting this column to my plan to improve state government in one simple step: Fire Matthew Dunlap.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 09, 2008


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Trapped in Iraq

Watching the Senate Armed Services and the Foreign Relations Committees question Iraq proconsul General David Petraeus about the status of the war was a disturbing experience.
After suffering through the Petraeus hearings, it’s time for Congress to take responsibility for our sinkhole war.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 09, 2008
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RI DOT marks the spot

Just when you think questionable doings couldn’t get any more questionable in Rhode Island, along comes the state Department of Transportation.
A veritable treasure trove of dubious state doings
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 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.
Iraq
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

A child of Hitler

This article originally appeared in the February 1, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Growing up in the Third Reich (a memoir)


By ALFONS HECK  |  January 30, 2008


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Peace meal

Open-eared rockers often pay lip service to outré jazz figures, but this HNIA exploration is deeper and more selfless than the usual soundboy dabbling.
His Name Is Alive are alive and well
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  January 14, 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

An unprecedented crime

I have a true ghost story to tell: the story of 35,000 ghosts in America, the largely invisible inmates of our solitary-confinement “supermax” prisons.
Mass torture in America. And how to stop it
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 14, 2007
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Nixon being Nixon

Nixon’s Nixon is to Richard Nixon what Dante’s Inferno was to Satan, though less sympathetic.
Gamm’s funny night at the White House
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2007


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By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  September 13, 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
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Opening soon: One Longfellow Square

Longfellow’s statue is looking in the right direction, keeping his eyes on the former Center for Cultural Exchange.
Venue watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 21, 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

One day, it will please us to remember even this

Try these Maine political trivia questions on your friends.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 28, 2007


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The song remains the same

At one point early on in last weekend’s anti-war rally in Washington, DC, a speaker instructed the crowd, which was facing en masse toward the Capitol Building, to turn around and look in the other direction — toward the White House, the State Department
Did last weekend’s march on Washington mark a new surge in street activism or the waning of an old-school protest style?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 31, 2007
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Got Members?

Post-9/11 Rhode Island has only one state Emergency Management board, while a 1995 statutory commission to examine workplace sexual harassment remains inactive.  
RI is overrun by archaic boards and commissions
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 31, 2007
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2007: Same as the old year

And they are off and running, in the 2007 edition of “How Can We Embarrass Little Rhody Even More?”
Relatives of Cicilline and Mollis continue the Vo Dilun tradition
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  January 11, 2007
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For Mollis and Cicilline, it’s all relative

Is it something in the water?
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 10, 2007