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The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 02, 2012

Freedom Watch: Speak no evil

It wasn’t the first time members of the Congressional Black Caucus had heard – and done nothing about – Sudan’s dirty secret. Even before a recent House international-relations subcommittee hearing on human-rights violations in Sudan, they knew that kid
Why are African-American leaders silent about slavery in Sudan?
By TIM SANDLER  |  May 21, 2010

Crossword: ''The Future Is Now''

... And they got it wrong.
... And they got it wrong
By MATT JONES  |  March 05, 2010

Lonely island

This Tuesday, the sixth and final season of Lost will launch onto home screens (ABC; February 2 at 9 pm). When the show last left us, you'll recall, it appeared to have killed off one of the Island's main string pullers, Jacob (Mark Pellegrino), in 2007
Michael Emerson sheds some light on Lost
By RYAN STEWART  |  January 29, 2010

MC Paul Barman | Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud

Note how the title of Paul Barman's third and latest sounds corny at first glance but deserves a "ha" — or at least an "I smell this dude" — on further contemplation.
Househusband (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010

21st century breakdown

The office of Maine's secretary of state has been around since we split from Massachusetts in 1820.
Ne'er has there been a sweeter gig than being secretary
By AL DIAMON  |  January 08, 2010

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.
War Dept.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  December 04, 2009

Conservation in Copenhagen

In about a month, representatives from almost 200 nations will converge on Copenhagen, Denmark, for what could be the most meaningful meeting on climate change, ever.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009

Recalling genocide

Painter Stephen Koharian has international relations on his mind when he’s in his studio.
 Artist Statements
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 06, 2009

Comic writers go nuclear — they think Amazon's the bomb

It was reported last week that "Iran has agreed 'in principle' to an international proposal that could significantly reduce its stocks of uranium."
Gone Fission Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 09, 2009

Anarchists claim victory in G-20 marches

Safely home after protesting for two full days, and being among the first American civilians ever attacked with a sonic cannon, two Portlanders are calling their efforts a success.
Protestors vs. Police
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 02, 2009

Protestors head to the G-20 summit

As President Obama prepares to ask representatives of the world's largest economic powers for more money to help reverse the global recession, thousands of activists will take to the streets to protest the policies of the G-20 and its members, who are
Global Outrage
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 25, 2009

Ted Kennedy's real record

When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, littl
A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 28, 2009
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Maxed out?

Rhode Islanders have grown accustomed to a certain amount of silliness in the General Assembly. It was only a few months ago that members of that august body were debating the merits of an official state ice cream.
The push to establish a credit card ceiling
By CHRISTOPHER COLLINS  |  July 10, 2009

Moving Off the Plantation?

Rhode Island, whatever its obsession with history, has only lately begun to come to terms with the darkest stain on its past: slavery.
Rhode Island's identity crisis
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 03, 2009

Battle over open space in North Providence

Will the last large piece of open space in North Providence turn into the site of 47 single family homes? That decision currently rests with the Rhode Island General Assembly and the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The outcome could jeopardize open space p
Real estate
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 29, 2009


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

Ganging up on teens

On March 10, Somerville police, responding to reports of a large fight near Pearl Street and McGrath Highway, stopped six teenage boys walking in the area.
Gang-member profiling in Somerville
By DANIELLE DREILINGER  |  April 08, 2009

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

Phillippe and Jorge: Fixing the system

The always reliable Tom Sgouros raised some interesting issues in his February 7 e-mail newsletter, "Rhode Island Policy Reporter," that P+J were unable to find space for last week.
Suggestions for the next visit to the voting booth
By PHILLIPPE AND JORGE  |  February 18, 2009

Ask Dr. Lovemonkey: A little too late

This may seem a little bit picky, as it is merely a matter of etiquette, but I'm curious about what you think.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  January 21, 2009


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

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

A tale of two views of America

On a hot summer night, at a gala at Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy’s ongoing love affair with America was renewed.
Letter From Italy
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 24, 2008

Time bombs

Timely new exhibitions look at the lust for power and risky business.
‘Atomic Afterimage’ at Bu, Foreclosures and Risk Structures at MIT, and the Cultural DMZ At Simmons
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 27, 2008


Mainers off to Denver

Two well-known Mainers will take a peace petition to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this weekend, aimed specifically at opposing military action, flat-out war, and economic sanctions against Iran.
Peace talks
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 20, 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.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  August 13, 2008

Mao's ghost

When the 21st century is old enough to support a sense of historical perspective, the date 8/8/08 may well be more significant than 9/11.
The spirit of the chairman haunts the Beijing Olympics
By EDITORIAL  |  August 06, 2008

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