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I was a teenage Sandinista

As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist opp
Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 28, 2011

Gold diggers: El Salvador vs. Pacific Rim Mining

If Chilean miners can maintain vast media attention for two months, then human-rights advocates may be in pole position to lure spotlights toward other underground issues below the border.
Mine. Not yours.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 29, 2010

Pupusería Mama Blanca

Pupusería Mama Blanca sits on a corner of residential East Boston that you'd never pass if you didn't live nearby.
A pan of Salvadoran gold in residential Eastie
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 04, 2009


Sister Corita Kent was something of a celebrity.
The high voltage work of Corita Kent
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2008

Behind the immigration debate

Over the desk in Stella Carrera’s cubicle are a few ceramic angels, a colorful bundle of rosary beads, and a cartoon of a fat, lazy American watching a televised protest for immigrants’ rights.
Stella Carrera helps newcomers navigate a rigid bureaucracy
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008

Voto para mi?

In East Boston, hopes have been high that Democratic candidate Gloribell Mota might draw the neighborhood’s Hispanic residents into the political process.
Why can’t a Latina candidate mobilize Eastie’s Hispanics?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 19, 2007


Salons of summer

I’m not sure when the word “salon” started to mean an all-inclusive sampling of a gallery’s artists.
Group shows at the Berenberg and the Pepper, flowers and Fox at Howard Yezerski
By CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  August 07, 2007

Ebbing radicalism in Cambridge

When conservatives obsess over the People’s Republic of Cambridge, this is the kind of thing they have in mind.
Left behind
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 25, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: July 6, 2007

It is not easy being a US citizen with a conscience.
Washington is contagious

Streets of sorrow

Two years ago, in one of the most concentrated bursts of deadly violence Boston had seen in years, nine victims were killed in 20 days.
Boston's murder survivors: nine familes, nine stories
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 09, 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
By JEREMY SCAHILL  |  March 21, 2007


Immigration raid substitutes for a comprehensive policy

The divisions couldn’t have been any clearer as immigrants’ advocates and critics of illegal immigration seized on last week’s federal raid in New Bedford.
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 14, 2007

Changing concentrations

Thomas Friedman from the New York Times writes that “the world is flat.” Are you too old for school?: Even at age 30, your brain is different from the average student’s. By Samantha Henig
As the world shrinks, schools expand their majors and programs
By SEETHA NARAYAN  |  January 24, 2007

The Rhoda Reaction

what are the causes of evil and how do we eradicate it — or at least keep it in abeyance?
Why The Bad Seed teaches us more about “evil” than George W. Bush ever could
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  December 20, 2006

Controlled chaos

It’s 11 am on a Thursday, and Andy Moor is having his first coffee just a few doors down from the American Repertory Theatre’s Loeb Drama Center, the site that will be home to one of his most ambitious projects yet. The Ex, "Weapons for El Salvador" (m
The method to the Ex’s madness
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 05, 2006

Textbook cases

You're wandering through a foreign city, hungry and homesick, when you spot a neon sign just down the street: AMERICAN BAR & GRILL.
Ever wonder what a real trattoria is like? which of our bistros and brasseries are most authentic? check out which local restaurants are true epicurean epitomes.
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  November 28, 2006


Rincon Salvadoreño

Rincon means “corner” in Spanish, so Rincon Salvadoreño offers us a cozy and transplanted corner of El Salvador in which to rest and to have a bite.
Delightful Central American variety
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 21, 2006

Boston uber alles

This article originally appeared in the April 21, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By DOUG SIMMONS  |  November 14, 2006

Africa's invisible slaves

This article originally appeared in the June 30, 1995 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Human bondage resurfaces in the dark heart of Sudan
By TIM SANDLER  |  November 14, 2006

Gadfly Driver brings independent challenge to Langevin

While US Senator Lincoln Chafee is fond of likening himself to the Independent Man atop the State House, Rod Driver might have an even better claim.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 25, 2006

Reagan’s Central American wars called a prelude for Iraq

Greg Grandin, a specialist in Latin America and a professor at New York University, traces the origins of the war in Iraq to the Central American conflicts of the 1980s.
Action speaks!
By MIRIAM ALTMAN  |  October 04, 2006


The IberoAmerican Film Festival

Boston’s IberoAmerican Film Festival, organized by the Boston Public Library in partnership with the regional consulates of each of the 13 countries, continues tonight and runs through August 26 at the BPL.
Through August 26 at the Boston Public Library
By ANA RIVAS  |  August 10, 2006

Graham Greene’s last interview

This article originally appeared in the June 28, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
A great writer condemns US interventionism
By JOHN R. MACARTHUR  |  June 28, 2006

Gabrieli’s promise

If the Democrats are serious about recapturing the governor’s office, they should make sure their statewide convention this weekend puts Chris Gabrieli’s name on the ballot.
Why Democrats should make a place for Chris Gabrieli. Plus, ?xing the broken immigration system.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 02, 2006