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Wolf man

A lone wolf lopes across a border, searching for food.
Henning Mankell stalks globalization
By CLEA SIMON  |  February 12, 2010

Prodding the free market

Yes Man Mike Bonanno on the most fun aspect of co-directing the new documentary, The Yes Men Fix the World: “climbing into an abandoned flooded quarry in a business suit with 30 pounds of rocks in the pockets to combat buoyancy for the underwater scenes.
 The Yes Men’s irreverent crisis of conscience
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 23, 2009

Review: Summer Hours

In his understated, intricate L'heure d'été , Olivier Assayas comments on globalization and materialism by way of a simple story of three siblings dividing the contents of their mother's estate in rural France.
Deliciously stylistic
By PEG ALOI  |  May 22, 2009

Slow Food movement to address the G8

Next summer, delegates from a worldwide effort to preserve and celebrate small-scale and indigenous farming in the face of corporate agribusiness conglomerates will address the very officials who represent the evils of globalization.
By JESSICA RHYS  |  January 05, 2009

Cash-strapped government

Most people realize that the nasty economic news is getting nastier.
Plus, what to do about Russia, and Obama’s upcoming convention
By EDITORIAL  |  August 20, 2008

Booked up

Summertime, and the reading is easy.
Several shelves’ worth of summer reads
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 09, 2008


Jobs with a future

A fifth/a quarter/a third of all jobs that people will be doing in 15/20/25 years have yet to be conceived, or the job you’re doing now won’t exist in 20 years, or not in the way you do it now.
With the job market in flux, how can colleges prepare students for any career?
By F.S. WOLFE  |  April 28, 2008

Another perspective

Carmen Romero says the idea of immigrating to the United States is “a Mexican obsession,” though the reality of immigration for many is different from the dream.
The view from Mexico on Immigration
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008

The morning after

Democrats and Independents are voting in record numbers.
Hillary is rejuvenated, but perils lie ahead
By EDITORIAL  |  March 05, 2008

Welcome to Atlantica

Big companies in northern New England and eastern Canada have launched another initiative to free themselves from what they consider to be onerous government regulation and oversight.
Free trade
By KIMBERLY FISCHER  |  February 06, 2008

New source for savings: outsource the economists

Outsourcing used to be for textile workers and call-center employees.
Modest proposals
By TIM LEHNERT  |  January 31, 2008

Raking over the coals

Placing Aviva Chomsky’s article on the front page was a wise decision.
Letters to the Boston editor, October 19, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 17, 2007

The dirty story behind local energy

It’s hard to imagine that a town as poor as this one could have a slum.
Eastern Massachusetts hums comfortably on Colombian coal. But the mines are devastating land and lives in the Guajira peninsula.
By AVIVA CHOMSKY  |  October 01, 2007

Damn you, Barack Obama

Now that Obama's small contributors have effectively rewritten the history of political-campaign funding, even die-hard cynics are drinking the Kool-Aid.
Win or lose, Obama's small donors may have already brought a revolution in campaign financing
By AL GIORDANO  |  September 26, 2007

Neo-hoodoo and street kabuki

Tradition: how to preserve it in a globalized modern culture.
Fist and Heel at Concord’s Summer Stages and Kabuki in New York
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 24, 2007

The Boss of It All

The Boss of It All reflects on the mysteries of identity, responsibility, globalization, and Gambini’s æsthetics of theater.
Since when do we believe Lars von Trier?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 30, 2007


Endangered tongues

You may have read: the world is getting smaller.
We’re not surprised you speak our language
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 09, 2007

Bloodless diamonds

If the Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle Blood Diamond gets remembered for anything, it would be for the attention it’s drawn to the injustice that has risen alongside globalization in Africa.
Non-violence and rationality reign in the MFA’s ‘African Cinema’
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 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

A brief history of shopping

By SARA DONNELLY  |  January 24, 2007


Maine is at a unique crossroads.
In search of authentic Maine
By SARA DONNELLY  |  September 27, 2006

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It’s global class war

Written by a former Mainer, The Global Class War barely mentions Maine, but it explains what is happening economically in our state — as well as in the world.
And Maine is on the front line
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 06, 2006

World-class listening problem

Here’s something you won’t want to hear: there’s nothing inherently wrong with property taxes.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 31, 2006

Mardi Gras: Made in China

David Redman’s film takes a tiny aspect of globalization and makes a case about the new class warfare between corporations and individuals.
Where do those beads come from?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 25, 2006