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Rocky Mountain low

Ever since Steven Soderbergh put what was a grade-Z resort town on the film-business map with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, the Indies and foreigners essentially hijacked the Oscars.
A little frayed, the Sundance brand endures
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 12, 2010

Onward, Christian governor!

It's nice to see Governor Don "Laughing Boy" Carcieri loosening up by sharing the real Donnie Boy with the people of Vo Dilun. Initially (certainly in his first campaign for governor in 2002) Don tried to come across as a moderate conservative, not unlik
Carcieri gets "loose"; plus, farewell to Tedy, and mind-boggling Bush
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  September 04, 2009
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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
By EDITORIAL  |  July 10, 2009
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Despot for attention

Former vice-president Dick Cheney has taken his torture tour all over the place in the past few weeks, waging an ongoing campaign to defend what the Bush administration called "enhanced interrogation."
Plus, vote for Passoni
By EDITORIAL  |  May 15, 2009
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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
By JASON NOTTE  |  March 11, 2009
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Dance, Monkey: Baron Vaughn

We're not far off from a time when discontented McCain supporters will say things like, "Argh! I stubbed my toe! Damn you, Obama, and your move-around-my-furniture-while-I'm-sleeping ways!"
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week's victim...
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  November 11, 2008


Flashbacks(1)

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
From the archives of the Boston Phoenix
By  |  October 27, 2008
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In harm's way

Most of the job-related fears that keep journalists up at night are relatively mundane, but on rare occasions, a more ominous scenario presents itself.
The tragedy of Rakan Hassan and the impossibility of a Hippocratic Oath for journalists
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 06, 2008
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Bad seeds?

For Errol Morris, film doesn’t show reality, it organizes it in an attempt at arriving at the truth.
Errol Morris checks the apples, not the tree, in Standard Operating Procedure
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 30, 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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Iraq: Five years later

Five years later, President George Bush and his minions were wrong about the need to fight in Iraq, wrong about the way to fight in Iraq, and wrong about what the war in Iraq would ultimately cost.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains the punishing cost of staying any longer
By PETER KADZIS  |  March 12, 2008


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Iraq: Five years later and time to go

March 19 will mark the fifth anniversary of America’s war in Iraq.
Plus, updates on the Cowans   case, performance artist Milan Kohout, and the BPL
By EDITORIAL  |  March 12, 2008
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Defending the universally loathed

Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  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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Dumb or dishonest?

For some reason, wisdom maintains that Republicans hold an edge over Democrats when it comes to commanding the military and conducting foreign policy.
Bush and Iran. Plus, disturbing news about AIDS, and Romney’s illegal problem
By EDITORIAL  |  December 05, 2007
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Scared green

Even when we’re aware of some level of health risk involved in our mundane daily activities, we tend to ignore it.
Devra Davis’s cancer book
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 27, 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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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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Serious business

Playwright and director Moisés Kaufman likes to say that Oscar Wilde was the first performance artist.
Oscar Wilde, Richard Nixon, and Real-Life In Baghdad
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2007
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Journey into hell

Fuck you, Nature.
Welcome to the woods: no shelter, no toilets —  just angry fauna, torrential hailstorms, and me
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  August 09, 2007
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No End in Sight

What we could use now is a documentary that gets it right before it’s too late to mean anything.
Three years too late
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 07, 2007


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Presidency of the absurd

In the literature of absurdity, torture is never far away.
Looking for insights into Bush’s torture policy? Try limericks, rhinoceroses, and a pistol-packing midget bicyclist
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 01, 2007
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Fighting words

Imagine that suicide bombers have just blasted three American shopping malls.
The ‘War on Terror’ in Jenny Holzer’s declassified documents
By GREG COOK  |  May 29, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 10-1


These guys couldn't turn on a radio
By  |  April 14, 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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Rove’s footprints

“Turd Blossom.” That’s what President Bush affectionately calls Karl Rove, his top political aide. It’s an apt nickname, especially these days.
 Where Karl goes, corruption is sure to follow. Plus, a solution to military immorality.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 14, 2007


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Does peace have a chance?

Four weeks after Democrats rode a wave of anti-war discontent to gain control of the US House and Senate, only four protestors show up to the weekly “Bridges for Peace” demonstration on the Casco Bay Bridge.
The anti-war movement faces its biggest challenge yet — politics
By SARA DONNELLY  |  December 27, 2006
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It’s all true

Here’s a selection of non-fiction books that the Phoenix liked this year, in alphabetical order by author.
A year in non-fiction
By JON GARELICK  |  December 20, 2006
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If I Did It, Rhode Island-style

Phillipe & Jorge wonder if Bob Driscoll, Providence College’s athletic director, isn’t angling for big paychecks from Fox network mogul Rupert “The Dirty Digger” Murdoch.
The URI Ram gets rough treatment at the Dunk
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  December 07, 2006
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Blame game

For Democratic partisans, the pleasure of watching Republicans lose their shirts in last week’s midterm elections was matched only by the joy of watching Republicans admit defeat.
The conservative press grapples with a very bad week
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 15, 2006