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The first thing I noticed when pulling into the Preble Street parking lot on Back Cove for last Sunday’s open-carry firearm event, which had been organized to encourage Mainers to legally wear their guns in public, was the Confederate flag.
Flags + Guns Dept.
| April 30, 2010
The question of Iran
Once again, Washington’s gunslingers are agitating for a war with Iran. Cheered on by Fox News and enabled by uncritical talking heads such as NBC’s David Gregory and PBS’s Charlie Rose, the let’s-bomb-or-invade-or-maybe-do-both-to-Iran brigade is busy s
Plus, Tim Flaherty for State Senator
| April 09, 2010
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
| 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.
| January 22, 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.
| December 04, 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.
| October 09, 2009
Interview: Jim Langevin
Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin has been in the news of late.
This Just In
| July 31, 2009
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
| August 27, 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.
| August 13, 2008
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?
| June 04, 2008
What about Tibet?
It is about money.
The Olympics may prove to be China’s Achilles’s heel
| March 28, 2008
I’ll never shake the sense memory of that numbed shiver.
Why is our worst national nightmare so misunderstood?
| December 31, 2007
Dumb or dishonest?
For some reason, wisdom maintains that Republicans hold an edge over Democrats when it comes to commanding the military and conducting foreign policy.
Bush and Iran. Plus, disturbing news about AIDS, and Romney’s illegal problem
| December 05, 2007
Iran: the next crisis
All politics are local, so said the late Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill.
Trying to make sense of Ahmadinejad at Columbia will not shed light on Bush’s emerging plans to attack Iran
| September 26, 2007
The Last Atomic Bomb
It’s difficult to criticize a documentary about the horror of nuclear warfare and how to prevent it from happening again.
Terror on repeat
| August 01, 2007
BeloJo celebrates Black History Month
Is it just Phillipe & Jorge, but something seemed patently wrong, if not offensive, when the Urinal ran a headline on the top of its February 20 Vo Dilun section that read: “Black lawyer named to judicial panel.”
Carcieri appointment wins Casa Diablo approval
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| February 21, 2007
Mugged by reality
Lesser mortals are captive to the world, but supermen make their own reality.
North Korea, Iran, Iraq, and those pesky congressional scandals have finally caught up with George W. Bush
| October 19, 2006
The comic possibilities of North Korea
In North Korea, the omnipresent portraits of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il are wider at the top than on the bottom, which a) eliminates any glare that might distract your rapt attention, and b) dramatizes their looming presence.
| October 11, 2006
Seeing the unseeable
In tonal music and in dance it never happens.
Harold Edgerton’s science as art
| May 11, 2006
The new McCarthyism
We were going to write in praise of fired CIA official Mary O. McCarthy for her assumed role in leaking the details of the Bush Administration’s network of overseas secret prisons for captured terrorist suspects, but then the admirable lady threw a monke
Bush tries to scare the wits out of whistle blowers — and the press
| April 26, 2006
Won’t get fooled again
Seymour Hersh’s April 17 New Yorker article, which reported that a “messianic” Bush White House was contemplating regime change and tactical nuclear strikes to pre-empt Iran’s bomb-building program, landed with its own explosive power last week.
With reports of Iran-war drums beating, how will the media react this time around?
| April 25, 2006
Playing craps with Iran
In Iran, we'll have to make choices from a host of lesser evils
Now that a real threat is emerging, what’s Bush going to do?
| April 12, 2006
The conclusion is inescapable: the position of the United States in the Middle East is far worse today than it was even two or three weeks ago.
The Phoenix editorial
| February 02, 2006
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