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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
| 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
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| September 04, 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
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
| May 15, 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
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...
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| November 11, 2008
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
| October 27, 2008
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
| August 06, 2008
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
| April 30, 2008
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
| March 18, 2008
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
| March 12, 2008
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
| March 12, 2008
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
| January 14, 2008
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.
| January 09, 2008
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
| December 05, 2007
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
| 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
| November 14, 2007
News and exposés about the Iraq war have been draining us mosquito-style over the years.
URI finds humor at the White House
| October 16, 2007
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
| September 19, 2007
Journey into hell
Fuck you, Nature.
Welcome to the woods: no shelter, no toilets — just angry fauna, torrential hailstorms, and me
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| August 09, 2007
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
| August 07, 2007
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
| August 01, 2007
Imagine that suicide bombers have just blasted three American shopping malls.
The ‘War on Terror’ in Jenny Holzer’s declassified documents
| May 29, 2007
The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 10-1
These guys couldn't turn on a radio
| April 14, 2007
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
| March 21, 2007
“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.
| March 14, 2007
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
| December 27, 2006
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
| December 20, 2006
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
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| December 07, 2006
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
| November 15, 2006
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