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'All hat, no cattle'

And so it came to pass, another God-fearing right-wing nut has joined the field competing for the Republican nomination to run against President Barack Obama next year.  
Rick Perry’s candidacy. Plus, news from Iraq and Pakistan, and the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 19, 2011
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The death of Osama bin Laden proves that pragmatic progressivism works

You saw the meme buzzing around the Net on Monday: Barack Obama, in dark sunglasses, smirking: "SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG TO GET YOU A COPY OF MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE," it read, in I Can Has Cheezburger all-caps. "I WAS TOO BUSY KILLING OSAMA BIN LADEN."
Hope at last
By GREG COOK  |  May 06, 2011
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Reed on the Arizona shootings, the Tea Party, and why Bob Gates might stick around

Just days after the Arizona tragedy, the Phoenix sat down with Senator Jack Reed for a Q+A about the shooting, the Tea Party, and some troubling news out of Pakistan.
Ask the Senator
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 14, 2011
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The Kennedys will rise again!

As you've probably heard a couple thousand times by now, Rhode Island Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's retirement means Washington is without a member of Team Camelot for the first time in 64 years.
Dynasties
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 07, 2011
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Review: Bhutto

The story of an extraordinarily compelling leader — who just might have been behind the assassination of her brother.
The story of an extraordinarily compelling leader — who just might have been behind the assassination of her brother.
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 17, 2010
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Review: Bangor artist Kenny Cole lights the 'Hellfire' at SPACE Gallery

"The Hellfire Story" is a tough pill to swallow.
When there's smoke
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 26, 2010


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Review: Countdown to Zero

A great message, a not-so-great movie.
Bomb doc doesn't offer much hope
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 30, 2010
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Review: Restrepo

Before his name became that of a hellish outpost on a mountaintop in the Korengal Valley, perhaps the most dangerous place on earth, PFC Juan S. Restrepo was a human being, a 20-year-old single father, an accomplished guitarist, and a medic in the 173rd
War in the raw: taking the high ground in Afghanistan
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010

Now streaming live from Harvard: What will Pakistan's US ambassador have to say about the Times Square failbomber?


The Pakistani ambassador to the US, HUSAIN HAQQANI, has been scheduled to appear tonight at Harvard University's Institute of Politics for weeks. (It must've been...
By Carly Carioli  |  May 05, 2010
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Review: Taqwacore: The Birth Of Punk Islam

At first, Taqwacore seems like a gratuitous yet sympathetic social prognosis served up by a righteous gang of Muslim punks.
Follows the Kominas (and other) from Boston to Austin to Pakistan
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 23, 2010
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Passage to India

Activist-photographer Fazal Sheikh’s tales of women from the Indian holy city of Vrindavan are devastating.
Fazal Sheikh’s ‘Beloved Daughters’ at the Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2010


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Review: El Perro Del Mar at the Brattle

Sharing a bill, a backing band, and the cramped stage of the Brattle Theatre last Friday, two Swedish singer-songwriters turned it up to the world-music equivalent of 11 for an audience that, for the most part, refused to dance.
El Perro Del Mar and Taken by Trees, live at the Brattle Theatre, February 19, 2010
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 26, 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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Ransom Notes

While reporting from Afghanistan two years ago, David Rohde became, for the second time in his career, an unwilling participant rather than an observer. On October 29, 1995, Rohde had been arrested by Bosnian Serbs. And then in November 2008, Rohde and
Was the NY Times being hypocritical when it suppressed coverage of its journalist who was kidnapped by the Taliban?
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 12, 2010

Department of conjecture

The Haiti disaster will not serve to turn a state from toss-up to safely Republican as the George W. Bush Administration's calculated response to Hurricane Katrina did in Louisiana.
Letters to the Portland Editor, January 29, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 29, 2010
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Indian Dhaba

The phrase “fusion cuisine” inspires dread in me — I’ve been served too many misconceived culinary mash-ups over the years, usually European sauces awkwardly force-fit onto Asian foundations, or vice-versa.
Mumbai street-food novelties and worthy fusion cuisine
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 11, 2009


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.
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By STEVEN STYCOS  |  December 04, 2009
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Afghanistan: Just say no!

The idea that the war in Afghanistan has reached a critical junction, a “now-or-never” moment that requires an additional 40,000 troops to win, is rubbish.
Plus, Obama and the Nobel
By EDITORIAL  |  October 16, 2009
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Taken By Trees | East of Eden

Truth be told, I get a little crumply whenever I hear of Western indie types going off on East-bound inspirational jaunts.
Rough Trade (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 04, 2009

Debating the Middle East muddle

US military aid to Pakistan and Afghanistan is being wasted and should be redirected to the police and moderate non-violent groups working for education and the rule of law, according to two Middle East experts who spoke Sunday at the Community Church
Global Politics
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  June 19, 2009
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Bat girl

The strange world of Bat for Lashes is a lot like ours
Kapow! Bat for Lashes conquers darkness with Two Suns
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 24, 2009


Culture wars

IN A CONTROVERSIAL PROGRAM, THE US ARMY IS USING ANTHROPOLOGISTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO BRIDGE CULTURAL DIVIDES AND LIMIT AMERICAN CASUALTIES. BUT IS THE DATA THEY COLLECT USED TO TARGET AND KILL FOREIGNERS?
IN A CONTROVERSIAL PROGRAM, THE US ARMY IS USING ANTHROPOLOGISTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO BRIDGE CULTURAL DIVIDES AND LIMIT AMERICAN CASUALTIES. BUT IS THE DATA THEY COLLECT USED TO TARGET AND KILL FOREIGNERS?
By PETER PIATETSKY  |  March 11, 2009
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Propping up a puppet

"If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer," Yogi Berra once said. President Obama should do the same.
Obama gets it wrong on Afghanistan
By TED RALL  |  February 25, 2009
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Obama explained

If Obama's inaugural address set a new tone, his speech to Congress drew a new map.
He defined, he led, he inspired
By EDITORIAL  |  February 25, 2009
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How to save your local newspaper

It's no secret that daily-newspaper journalism is in huge trouble.
Six steps for staving off the death of print
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 12, 2009
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Ticket to ride

In April 1999, two weeks after I started on the job at the Providence Phoenix , the FBI raided City Hall, formally unveiling the federal investigation that would land Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr., Rhode Island's rascal king, behind bars.
Reflections on 10 years at the Phoenix
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 11, 2009


Press releases: Confusion and upset

The big Maine media news is that Central Maine Morning Sentinel executive editor Eric Conrad fired reporter Joel Elliott on January 26. (Disclosure: Elliott is a friend and a fellow member of the Maine Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journal

By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 11, 2009

Crossword: ''Verse for wear''

Hey, at least it fits
Hey, at least it fits
By MATT JONES  |  February 04, 2009
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More sex, more Lincoln

The subject of Lincoln is like catnip to publishers (and readers), but the only things missing from our winter list are actual cat books.
A hefty reading season, from Jayne Anne Phillips and T.C. Boyle to Pablo Neruda
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  December 29, 2008
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Delivering the world

No other newsroom figure boasts quite the same mix of romantic appeal and nobility of purpose as the foreign correspondent.
Can a Boston start-up reinvent foreign reporting?
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 17, 2008