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Freedom from Common Sense Foundation; dance fever; what’s in a name?
The controversy over the Freedom From Religion Foundation's attack on a World War I and World War II memorial on city land in Woonsocket — it includes a cross — isn't worth a week's worth of talk radio time. But it does warrant a comment by P&J.
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| May 04, 2012
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.
| January 28, 2011
Knowing no shame
The recent rush to adjourn the 2010 General Assembly session on the arbitrary date of June 10 was an affront to the Rhode Island citizenry and a low mark for the state’s politicians.
The disgraceful General Assembly; hail, do-gooders; and a plea for ProHo
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| June 18, 2010
Live to be 106
Jenny Sanchez learned many of her magical dishes, including chancho frito and gallo pinto (previously featured here), from a family helper when she was a young girl.
The Nicaraguan secret: tortas de espinaca
| June 04, 2010
Public and private affairs
Philandering, like heavy drinking, traditionally has been one of those activities that the boys in the press keep mum about when reporting on the boys on the Hill, or the boy in the White House, or any boy, for that matter. The rationales for this sile
The case for making a campaign issue of Teddy's reputation for philandering
| August 28, 2009
The Mouth Behind the Eye
Norma Nathan, who looks for all the world like a naïve and guileless suburban homemaker (and knows it), was down on Long Wharf a couple of weeks back, snooping around. She was checking out a rumor that Ed King, his Cabinet, a group of political supporte
Maybe Norma Nathan is just a nice little Jewish mother from the North Shore. After all, she says she only assaults people who assault her.
| August 21, 2009
Whether young or old, sick or healthy, celebrities have been dying at a hell of a clip: David Carradine, Farrah, MJ, Karl Malden, Steve McNair, Ed McMahon, Sky Saxon, even Robert McNamara (yet, somehow, Mickey Rooney and Abe Vigoda live).
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
| July 17, 2009
Finding a way
If it weren't for Nicaragua, Jenny Sanchez and her favorite dish, gallo pinto, wouldn't be here. She's a 75-year-old grandmother. She's short, has wavy dark hair, black eyes. She leans over slightly even when she's standing upright and has a stiff, bel
Making Nicaraguan gallo pinto
| July 03, 2009
Old fart at play
Richard Walton, our favorite lefty who we bring in from the bullpen in tight situations, is having his 80th birthday party in Pawtuxet (that's Gaspee Plateau in Cranston, for youse Vo Dilun ignoramuses), right next to the river. For details, contact ri
Richard Walton's birthday bash. Plus, Super Susan, and a farewell to Dom.
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| May 15, 2009
Bruce Cockburn | Slice o Life: Bruce Cockburn Live Solo
This two-disc live set — just Bruce Cockburn and his guitars — may qualify as his one indispensable offering.
| March 30, 2009
30 on 30
The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF
| October 22, 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
| April 02, 2008
Ebbing radicalism in Cambridge
When conservatives obsess over the People’s Republic of Cambridge, this is the kind of thing they have in mind.
| 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
LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR
| July 03, 2007
Think of it as speed dating the US Constitution.
Perishable’s probing Constitutional
| February 20, 2007
Reagan gives good speech
This article originally appeared in the February 3, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
| February 02, 2007
The Reagan revulsion
This editorial originally appeared in the December 12, 1986 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The President should resign
| November 14, 2006
That old familiar sound
| November 08, 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.
| 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.
| October 04, 2006
Bad moon rising on local papers
Anyone familiar with the plight of newspapers knows how we have entered an era in which fewer and fewer Americans read hard copy anymore (if they can actually read), and that the Web is the place to go.
Journal Register heads for the hills
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| August 30, 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
JOHN R. MACARTHUR
| June 28, 2006
George Howell’s Terroir Coffee
Coffee drinkers are creatures of habit.
Welcome to the Terroir-dome
| June 14, 2006
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.
| June 02, 2006
Police on my back
Phillipe & Jorge hear unconfirmed reports that a taxi driver, in one of those Mideast countries run by hirsute sons of the dessert, was charged with being a terrorist, or infidel, or simply just a fan of oldies, for playing the Clash’s “Rock the Cas
Since when do you get busted for playing a Clash tune?
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| April 27, 2006
Army of one
The vociferously leftist punk-folkie from East London hasn’t sold his soul to AmEx just yet.
Billy Bragg gets boxed
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| March 16, 2006
Typical of the exposure given 77-year-old MIT linguistics professor and philosopher Noam Chomsky by most American news media, he was blanked out by the Portland Press Herald , and there was no coverage by the Portland TV news shows or Maine Public Radio
Noam Chomsky himself is filtered by the news
| February 02, 2006
Letters to the Editor
Healthy lessons to be learned; Sen. Olympia Snowe's inaccessibility
| January 05, 2006
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