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Boston film group protests arrest of Iranian director

At the Montreal Film Festival last summer, I had the pleasure of interviewing the Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was serving as president of the international jury.
Power of cinema?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 26, 2010
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Photos: March on the RNC


Protesters rallied in St. Paul
By KATHY CHAPMAN  |  September 04, 2008
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The dictator slayer

According to some people — including at least one sitting head of state — East Boston’s Gene Sharp is a dangerous dude.
East Boston's Gene Sharp is soft-spoken, but he makes bad guys from Caracas to Beijing cringe
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 05, 2007
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Aesthetic genius

When I saw Marisha Pessl in the New York Times Style Section, meticulously posed on an antique chair wearing a pair of high heels and a coy smile, I cringed.
Why can’t more writers be smart enough to be beautiful, handsome, or at least cute
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 30, 2007
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Can the Wobblies deliver?

A sense of taking it to the Man was in the air as some 200-plus supporters of Alexandra Svoboda rallied last Sunday afternoon.
The long-dormant IWW raises its profile in Rhode Island
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 29, 2007
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Kennebunkport protest expected to draw around 5000

Cindy Sheehan seems unable to stay away from the peace movement that she publicly cut ties with just over two months ago.
Protest round-up
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 22, 2007


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How high can Gordon Fox go?

Although House Majority Leader Gordon D. Fox considers himself a Red Sox fan, he hopes the Yankees win the World Series this year.
The progressive practices a balancing act in the socially conservative RI legislature
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 09, 2007
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The song remains the same

At one point early on in last weekend’s anti-war rally in Washington, DC, a speaker instructed the crowd, which was facing en masse toward the Capitol Building, to turn around and look in the other direction — toward the White House, the State Department
Did last weekend’s march on Washington mark a new surge in street activism or the waning of an old-school protest style?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 31, 2007
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Carcieri’s challenges

As Governor Donald L. Carcieri celebrated his 64th birthday on December 16, he could take satisfaction in any number of things.
The governor faces a tougher political landscape in his second term
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 27, 2006
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Import only

Whether or not the Pipettes ever make good on the flabbergasting confidence and effrontery of their debut, We Are the Pipettes (an import on Memphis Industries), they’ve already earned themselves a dissident footnote in the history of girl-group pop.
The Pipettes bring on the pop
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  November 28, 2006
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Off the press!

I can write the alternative press’s history — or one passably passionate version of it — because the institution’s trajectory matches my own.
My life and good times in alternative journalism  
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  November 15, 2006


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Peace movement renews activism in support of withdrawal

In perhaps the greatest critique of the war in Iraq, US intelligence agencies — confirming what many critics have recognized for some time — say that the conflict is increasing the threat of anti-American terrorism.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  September 27, 2006
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Prisoners of politics

The giant sucking sound that all of Southern Maine heard coming from Forest Avenue last week was not some accidental draining of a huge milk tank at Oakhurst Dairy, but the integrity and independence of Maine’s largest public university going down the to
After organizing an exhibit to spark debate, USM closes it when the talk gets too tough
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 14, 2006
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Zombie march

A slideshow of the April 29 Zombie March
The undead descend on Cambridge
By JAMIE FAIRSTONE  |  May 01, 2006
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Little Red ’Net

February 15 was a squirmy day for officials at Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, and Cisco.
The battle for Internet freedom will not end with China
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 10, 2006
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Caprios on the rise

Like professional athletes employing a well-worn phrase — the familiar expression about focusing on the task at hand and not looking too far ahead — brothers Frank T. Caprio and David A. Caprio strike the same muted tone in separately discussing their re
Frank and David Caprio could challenge the Lynches as Rhode Island’s leading political family
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 02, 2006