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Review: The Sun Behind The Clouds

It’s no secret that the Chinese government is only too happy to stifle cries of “Free Tibet.”
The murkiness of the Middle Way
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 30, 2010
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Newton shooter aims to please

If a Jamaican bobsled team can qualify for the Winter Olympics, then certainly a gunslinger from liberal Newton has a fighting chance in a rigorous shootout below the Mason-Dixon Line.
Run and gun
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 16, 2010

Crossword: ''Stuff it''

My cup runneth over
My cup runneth over
By MATT JONES  |  March 26, 2010
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Thinking outside the Woodbox

As Daniel Bernard Roumain was growing up in Margate, a small city in southeast Florida with a large Haitian population, he felt playing the violin was "a calling."
Fiddler on the Rise Dept.
By MATT TEMPESTA  |  March 19, 2010
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Going for Gold Glossary

The Summer Olympics are fairly easy to comprehend for the average couch tuber: people running, hoisting, swimming in synch — all fairly quotidian activities.
Jump Starts
By LANCE GOULD  |  February 19, 2010

Crossword: ''Mixed reviews''

From your anagraming film critic
From your anagraming film critic
By MATT JONES  |  October 23, 2009


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Burn, baby, burn

The Phoenix opposed President Barack Obama's efforts to help Chicago win the 2016 Summer Olympics on the grounds that doing business with the International Olympic Committee is always bad news for the host community.
The Olympics, zipper-gate, stimulus money, and why Coakley must investigate City Hall
By EDITORIAL  |  October 09, 2009
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Disclosure: not a dirty word

The City Hall e-mail scandal that has scored headlines in recent weeks exemplifies Mayor Thomas Menino's antagonistic — almost contemptuous — attitude toward public accountability.
Menino's shame and Kerry's blunder. Plus, Olympic follies.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 02, 2009
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The Olympic (shell) games

It’s been 13 years since the pageantry and spectacle of the Summer Olympic Games — and the mythical economic boon that goes with it — has graced US soil. But we’ll find out next week if, in a secret-ballot vote in Europe, the International Olympic Commit
Next week, we’ll find out if an American city will host the 2016 Olympic Games — and if Boston has a shot at 2020. Despite the glitzy international attention, there are billions of reasons why every debt-saddled American should hope that the US does not get the gold.
By ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE  |  September 25, 2009

RISD's hope-less situation

On August 3 it was announced by the Rhode Island School of Design that Hope Alswang had resigned as the director of the RISD Museum. Those who have followed the coverage of this story may be somewhat confused by the revelation that absolutely everyone
Outrage over the Alswang 'Resignation.' Plus, too many sad passings
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 14, 2009
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The kids are OK!

There has been much debate — public, behind closed doors, and on message boards — as to whether Boston punk does in fact rule.
Boston Rules brings back the good old days of punk
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 30, 2009


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So now what?

I have an election hangover.
The time for obsessive-compulsive election monitoring has come to an end. Cupcakes, anyone?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  November 05, 2008
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Photos: Beijing Snapshots

I should have known that a country that vehemently denied SARS and tried to poison our pets and children might be a little less than forthcoming about the asinine, algae-scented shitshow that is the 2008 Olympics.
Starbucks, Celtics jerseys . . . where are we again?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  August 09, 2008
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China, Tibet, and the Olympics

It is difficult to imagine an American — perhaps any Westerner — with a greater sympathy for, and understanding of, Tibet than scholar-activist Robert Thurman.
Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman explains the Dalai Lama’s political wisdom, the myopia of the chinese, and the essence of the Olympics
By PETER KADZIS  |  August 06, 2008
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Chinese democracy

With Beijing 2008 finally at hand, China’s Tibetan occupation remains Hollywood’s cause célèbre .
A field guide to oppression in the home of the 2008 summer games
By ADAM MATTHEWS  |  August 06, 2008
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Olympian anti-heroes

Greetings, Olympic sports fans!
Sports blotter: Olympic edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 06, 2008


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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
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Ready or not (mostly not)

Oh, Beijing. You’re like the ex-boyfriend that I wanted so badly to love, but just couldn’t bring myself to face in the morning, once the booze wore off.
Beijing says it's ready for the Olympics. Uh, really, Beijing?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  August 06, 2008
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The reign of Spain

The winner is (drum roll, please) . . . Spain.
Never mind the Olympics — the Spanish are the big winners of 2008. Are Obama and McCain aware of this new European powerhouse?
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 06, 2008
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Eight is enough

Sometimes we’d rather root for the unknowns, the underdogs, and the uniques than the professional jerks who are only competing to sweeten their endorsement deals.
Olympians to watch
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 06, 2008
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Beijing Star

As the Beijing Olympics approach, it’s a good time to note that China’s vast culinary landscape stretches well beyond the Cantonese cuisine most familiar to Americans.
The best of the Northeast (China, that is)
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 09, 2008


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Dance, Monkey: Tom E. Morello

Wow, I’ve never had anyone use the elaborate guise of journalism to let me know that I’m not welcome to bang them. Really, you could’ve just said no.
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  July 02, 2008
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Gold muddle

President Bush’s decision to score a historical footnote and be the first sitting US president to attend an overseas Olympic Games seemed like a good idea at the time.
George W. Bush is going to the Beijing Olympics
By EDITORIAL  |  June 04, 2008
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Beijing bounce

All three candidates declared that if the Chinese don’t change their attitudes about Tibet in a hurry, President George W. Bush should boycott the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing.
No matter how well American athletes do in the Olympics, John M c Cain should get a lift from the Games
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 16, 2008
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What about Tibet?

It is about money.
The Olympics may prove to be China’s Achilles’s heel
By EDITORIAL  |  March 28, 2008
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Home for the holiday

The Middle East corner is not exactly where you’d expect to find Mission of Burma guitarist Roger Miller performing on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Mission of Burma's Roger Miller does his part for Tibet
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 09, 2007


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Student activists vow to keep pressure on the Junta

Weeks after thousands of red-clad Burmese monks and civilians protesting in the streets rocked world headlines, students are determined not to let the spotlight on the issue slip.
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By TE-PING CHEN  |  October 10, 2007
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Mitt's equity army

The predictions coming out of Ames, Iowa, hold that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is expected to win this weekend’s closely watched straw poll.
Romney’s war chest is overflowing with the contributions of his financial-world pals. But what is the price of their loyalty?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 10, 2007
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Stars on snow

Anyone who’s spent a day skidding along the ice-plagued trails of a New England ski resort knows that the snow around here can be hard to love.
Some of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders got their starts on the mountains of New England
By KATE COHEN  |  November 09, 2006
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Housewives desperate for Mitt

The midyear campaign-finance reports are in, giving us a look at what Mitt Romney’s been getting from all those fundraising trips out of state.
Romney watch  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 19, 2006