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By KEGAN ZEMA  |  May 29, 2010

Keep streets safe and children in school

Thank you for your very insightful "War Over Peace" article.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 19, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 19, 2010
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Interview: Daniel Ellsberg

"By ordinary standards of presidents, Obama is a decent man. But those standards aren't good enough."
Courage under fire
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 12, 2010
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Review: The Most Dangerous Man in America

At age 79, Daniel Ellsberg is getting the last guffaw.
Hail to Daniel Ellsberg
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 12, 2010
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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
By EDITORIAL  |  July 10, 2009
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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
By JASON NOTTE  |  March 11, 2009


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The Quiet Power of Jack Reed

As he closes out his second six-year term in the Senate, perhaps the most elite club in politics, Reed is the subject of ongoing speculation about his future.
Without seeking the spotlight, the senator and his star continue to rise
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 13, 2008
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A night in Guantánamo

I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 11, 2008
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March to war

During the course of two weeks in May, America’s top-ranking military officer went from warning that war with Iran could cripple the US military to rattling his saber at Tehran.
Why isn’t the press paying more attention to a possible attack on Iran?
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 04, 2008
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Twenty years pass, RI stays the same

Phillipe + Jorge were graciously asked to recall Rhode Island’s Monthly’s first dubious achievement-style Rhode Island Red Awards, as chosen in 1988 by your superior correspondents, during the mag’s 20th anniversary gala last week.
Acclaim for dubious deeds is an Ocean State mainstay
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 07, 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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Cutting off your taxes to spite Uncle Sam

Take Larry Dansinger, who lives in Monroe, and who has withheld some or all of his owed taxes for years in opposition to US military action and policy.
W-4 Peace
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 31, 2007
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Enjoy the air show — you paid for it

Let’s move beyond the $320 million in aircraft you have bought that will be performing at this weekend’s Great State of Maine Air Show at Brunswick Naval Air Station.
Sky-high taxes
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 12, 2007
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Weird science

Lines in Anticipation of the Final Installment of the Harry Potter Series, After Reading About the “Fringe Research” Being Conducted by the Pentagon.
Could be verse: poetry ripped straight from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 27, 2007
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Ducking the question

Maine senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are — relatively speaking — gay friendly.
Snowe and Collins don’t discriminate against gays, so why are they letting the military get away with it?
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  May 09, 2007
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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


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The song remains the same

At one point early on in last weekend’s anti-war rally in Washington, DC, a speaker instructed the crowd, which was facing en masse toward the Capitol Building, to turn around and look in the other direction — toward the White House, the State Department
Did last weekend’s march on Washington mark a new surge in street activism or the waning of an old-school protest style?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 31, 2007
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The Host

Running a rubber-gloved finger across gallons of dust-covered bottles of formaldehyde, a US military official orders a Korean morgue attendant at a US Army base in Seoul to “empty every bottle to the very last drop.
A monster movie with a splash of muckraking
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 17, 2007
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Observing Global Orgasm Day

Sure, everyone looks forward to winter solstice because we know that after weeks of dreary darkness, they days will get longer and brighter.
Show you care
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  December 20, 2006
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From Vietnam to Iraq

Getting rid of defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was relatively easy compared with how painfully difficult it is going to be to get the United States out of Iraq.
Corrosive wars that destroy the social fabric of democracy and the institutional integrity of political life
By EDITORIAL  |  November 15, 2006

Obliging our readers

I wanted to thank the Phoenix for running  the stirring letter from Nathan Ahlers  last week.
Letters to the Boston editor: September 8, 2006
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 06, 2006


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Dark side of the military legend continues in Iraq

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell once dismissed the infamous My Lai massacre in Vietnam in 1968, saying, “In war, these sorts of horrible things happen every now and again, but they are still to be deplored.”
Casualties of  war  
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 06, 2006
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The JonBenet factor

Five summers ago, in the weeks before terrorists slammed fully loaded passenger planes into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, national television was obsessed with what? The Taliban? Osama bin Laden? Nope. Sharks.
The shame of monopoly media
By EDITORIAL  |  August 25, 2006
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Pardons are forever

Prediction: Before leaving office, President Bush will issue a shockingly large number of presidential pardons to operatives who, with the administration’s blessing, ventured far outside the law to wage Bush’s “war on terror.” Who might need - and get
To get his friends and allies out of the mess he created, George W. Bush is going to have to issue a slew of pardons
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 22, 2006
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The Ninth Annual Muzzle Awards

Nearly five years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, our political culture has been warped beyond recognition.
Our annual New England roundup of those who undermined freedom of speech and civil liberties. But first, a word about George W. Bush.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 04, 2006

Pentagon withholds details of spying on anti-war groups

Given growing attempts at government surveillance, Alden Eagle, a coordinator for the Rhode Island Community Coalition for Peace (RICCP), seems right on target when he says, “Anybody is a potential terrorist.”
Surveillance Society  
By ANDREW FOX  |  June 21, 2006


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Exit Zarqawi

Without the Bush Administration’s negligent management of post-Saddam Iraq, Zarqawi couldn’t have been as brutally effective as he was. Pentagon briefing
Bush's best Iraq excuse
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 08, 2006
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The constitutional crisis no one seems to understand

The dolts in Congress let the imperial presidency get so out of hand that we are now faced with a truly nasty constitutional crisis.
Freedom watch does freezergate
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 02, 2006
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Stop whining and do your job

A president with a history of antipathy toward the media complains openly about the “knee-jerk liberal press.”
The White House and the media are not supposed to get along, stupid
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  May 28, 2006
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Silence kills

The effort to overturn the Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell policy needs more than just the support of the 120 House members who have signed on to the bill to replace it with a non-discrimination law.
Maine’s senators don’t know about Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell  
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  May 25, 2006