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What's wrong with the Palestinians' U.N. gambit

The Palestinian campaign to upgrade their diplomatic status at the United Nations is a train wreck in the making.
A dangerous charade
By EDITORIAL  |  September 16, 2011
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The new TV season

Gil Scott-Heron was wrong: The revolution(s) will be televised.
Power to the people; enviropalooza; on the money; farewell to Dickie
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 25, 2011
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Art in the air conditioning

From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010
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Stark reality

Steven Stark is known to Phoenix readers for his "Presidential Tote Board" odds-making feature, but it turns out that he and his son, Harrison, are also soccer aficionados, having become fans of London side Fulham FC during stays in the British capit
Your indispensable World Cup update
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2010
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Reality bites

At some point or another, the greatest artists are pegged as oddballs, weirdos, freaks. Being a great artist does mean going out on a limb.
The singular surrealism of Robyn Hitchcock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 04, 2010
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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010


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Review: OSS 117: Lost In Rio

This sequel to the hilarious OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies supplies the further adventures of Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a secret agent so chauvinistic, he pities anyone not lucky enough to be French.
Eyebrow Arch of Triumph
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  May 21, 2010
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Barbarians, legions clash at Holiday Inn

On Saturday morning, more than a hundred men crowded into the banquet hall of the Holiday Inn beside the turnpike exit in Westbrook. They came with armies in tow, prepared to refight many of the most famous battles of history.
Repeating History
By WHIT RICHARDSON  |  May 07, 2010
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Review: Cairo Time

Patricia Clarkson projects great warmth as Juliette, a Canadian journalist who travels to Cairo to join her husband, a UN aid worker stationed in Egypt, for a scenic holiday among the Pyramids.
Gaza Strip tease
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 23, 2010
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In the land of the stoner cops

Major Jim Contreras was awaiting his marching orders. Literally.
On the front lines of Obama's campaign in Afghanistan
By NIR ROSEN  |  February 26, 2010
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Works in progress

Back in October, Minnesota photographer Alec Soth spoke at MassArt. "Facebook: 15 billion uploaded photos," he said. "At its busiest, 550,000 images each second being uploaded. So I've been struggling with that. How do I function as a photographer in th
Photography after Facebook at the PRC, 'Boston Does Boston III' at Proof, and Taro Shinoda at Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  January 15, 2010


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The Apocalypse versus stupid human tricks

Among the most poetic and moving artwork to come out of 9/11 is Paul Chan’s series of videos The 7 Lights .
Paul Chan, Adel Abdessemed, and Andrew Neumann
By GREG COOK  |  December 02, 2008
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Men from Mars(eille)

“Un jour ou l’autre, parlera l’Europe marseillais” — “Sooner or later, Europe will speak Marseille.”  
Lo Còr de la Plana invade Boston
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2008
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I am I said

Tufts University Art Gallery presents “Empire And Its Discontents,” which opens September 15 with work by 11 artists tied to previously colonized regions in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.
‘Empire and Its Discontents’ and more at Tufts; ‘Re-View’ and visiting faculty at Harvard; GASP’s Fourth Anniversary
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 03, 2008
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Rite of darkness

Le Sacre du Printemps , with 14 dancers hailing from Senegal, Togo, Benin, Mali, Nigeria, and Mozambique, takes on black-on-black violence .
Heddy Maalem’s Sacre
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 02, 2008

Basic training

Neil Simon has always been a problematical playwright of comedies when it comes to taking him seriously.
Cornerstone revives Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2008


A child of Hitler

This article originally appeared in the February 1, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Growing up in the Third Reich (a memoir)


By ALFONS HECK  |  January 30, 2008
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A tragicomedy of errors

It was not until after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were narrowly re-elected that many Americans began to realize that the Iraq War represented a dangerous moment in American history.
In an excerpt from his new book, The Fall of the House of Bush, author Craig Unger details how Bush is, well, screwing up the world
By CRAIG UNGER  |  November 20, 2007
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Rough justice

Hollywood has adopted a gentler, more insidious colonialism in regard to Africa.
Ousmane Sembene spans the continental divides
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 05, 2007
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Pop goes to war

Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 25, 2007
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Pinching edges

One of my painter friends had to watch the World Cup final with only one eye.
Considering the head-butt heard 'round the world
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  July 12, 2006