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An Obama confidant on the surge in Afghanistan

Twenty-four hours before President Barack Obama announced a 30,000-troop escalation of the Afghan War, one of his key foreign policy advisors provided a view of the president’s thinking at Brown University.
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By STEVEN STYCOS  |  December 04, 2009
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Generation Green

Republicans have a lot to say about the immorality of saddling the next generation with our national debt. But when it comes to leaving them a wrecked, depleted, and rapidly warming planet, they are taking the exact opposite line.
Once derided as tree huggers, eco-friendly youth are now the nation's most powerful (and feared) voting bloc. So why isn't the GOP listening?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 08, 2009
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Interview: Zack Snyder

"Every movie I've made, starting with Dawn of the Dead, has been, like, death threats."
Zack Snyder is a cheerful dude who's mounting one of the most perilous assaults on pop culture.
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 03, 2009
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Take Back Barack

It's time to reclaim the man we put in the White House
It's time to reclaim the man we put in the White House
By JEFF INGLIS + DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 17, 2008
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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

Hoover? Damn!

It doesn't matter how many negative ads are broadcast or how many moose are slain on the tundra, candidates and their actions don't transform our politics nearly as much as outside events and circumstances do.  
George W. Bush’s failures may have set off a tectonic shift in US presidential politics, commencing a Democratic Party reign
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 09, 2008


Critics say bill co-sponsored by Langevin and Kennedy heightens tensions

Rhode Island peace activists say a resolution co-sponsored by US Representatives James Langevin and Patrick Kennedy could lead to war with Iran.
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By STEVEN STYCOS  |  August 13, 2008
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Over and out for Opie

Jim "Opie" Hummel has been among the handful of local wild and crazy reporters who consistently come up with solid, aggressively pursued, and flashy stories.
Newsman takes a walk rather than embrace tabloid lexicon
By PHILIPPE + JORGE  |  August 06, 2008
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The Obama two-step

Barack Obama lost his best vice-president option when Ohio governor Ted Strickland removed himself from consideration for the number-two spot.
Now that we know for sure Obama is going to the dance, who’s he gonna bring as his partner?
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 18, 2008
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Camera bluff

Even as critics and moviegoers alike have scorned the surge of movies related to the War on Terror and Iraq, Nina Davenport has quietly been making illuminating, fair-minded, and entertaining films on these topics.
Occupational hazards in Operation Filmmaker
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 17, 2008
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Naming names and naming rights

P+J are keeping a close eye on the US District Court trial of the two former CVS execs accused of illegally hiring John “My Sharona” Celona, the disgraced former state senator.
What lies ahead in the trial of two former CVS officials?
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  May 21, 2008


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Straight talk

It’s been a very quiet spring for John McCain.
It’s time to cover John M c Cain again — and here are ten good places for the media to start.
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 14, 2008
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Race gets in the race

For much of this election cycle, the assumption has been that foreign policy, specifically Iraq, would be the dominant issue on the campaign trail.
Obama’s fast-track to success could be alienating working-class white voters, reminding them of their nemesis: affirmative action
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 19, 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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The outsiders

Just a few months ago, the story-line of Maine’s 2008 US Senate race seemed inevitable.
None of Maine’s indy candidates can win a seat in the US Senate, but they will have a say in who does
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 05, 2008
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Lifting the veil

If we’ve learned anything in the past five or so years of our foreign policy, it’s that we should know a few things about a country before bombing the crap out of it.
Girls just want to have fun in Persepolis
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 09, 2008


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The dictator slayer

According to some people — including at least one sitting head of state — East Boston’s Gene Sharp is a dangerous dude.
East Boston's Gene Sharp is soft-spoken, but he makes bad guys from Caracas to Beijing cringe
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 05, 2007
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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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Pushing to replace Bush

On an overcast night in early June, nearly 100 of US Senator Barack Obama’s local supporters crowded into the Peerless Lofts in downtown Providence.
Rhode Islanders are getting busy while supporting their favorite democrats
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  July 11, 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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Hindsight

“I’m not much on rear-window ethics,” quips Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece.
Rear Window is model for Hollywood’s latest trend, a fear-inspired peep-a-palooza
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 02, 2007


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Anti-war rally

The signs say things we’ve heard many times.
For what it's worth
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 16, 2007
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Goodbye, cruel America

Toward the end of 2006, we woke up to the glad news that Chile’s former strongman Augusto Pinochet had saved everyone the trouble of hanging his sickly carcass for war crimes and atrocities by dying of a heart attack.
An in-death eulogy for 2006
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  December 20, 2006
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The national GOP could take some tips from Chafee

Given Washington’s prevailing partisan gridlock in the late ’90s, George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign pledges — to be a uniter, not a divider, and to pursue a humble foreign policy — struck Lincoln Chafee as harbingers of something better.
Last of the moderates
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 15, 2006

The War

This article originally appeared in the January 23, 1973 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
No end in sight
By NGO VINH LONG  |  November 14, 2006

The Reagan revulsion

This editorial originally appeared in the December 12, 1986 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The President should resign
By EDITORIAL  |  November 14, 2006


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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.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  October 25, 2006
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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
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My Chomsky

Had Groucho Marx been a Marxist and stopped in the middle of A Night at the Opera to praise Karl Marx, the effect might have been a little like that which greeted Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez after he lauded Noam Chomsky at the UN General Assembly
As the lefty linguist’s most recent book rises to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list, a partisan explains why Noam Chomsky’s all that
By GEORGE SCIALABBA  |  September 27, 2006
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What democracy wrought

It was an eerie and unsettling reprise of George W. Bush’s embarrassing post–Hurricane Katrina interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer when he infamously declared, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.”
Hamas’s “surprise” victory offers sobering lessons about grounding US foreign policy in democratic elections
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  February 02, 2006