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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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Review: ''New Mythologies'' at Candita Clayton Studio

Two years ago I wrote that someone needs to put together a big local survey of Xander Marro's art. As far as I can tell it still hasn't happened.
Prickly pop art
By GREG COOK  |  May 06, 2011
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What's gotten into Egypt?

Being a dictator is a tough business. Just ask Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Plus, Republicans for same-sex marriage, and trying to kill health-care reform
By EDITORIAL  |  February 04, 2011
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Reading is fundamentalist

In 2009, liberals held firm control of the presidency, the US Senate, and the US House of Representatives. But there was one realm where conservatives dominated: the New York Times bestseller list.
Conservative screeds dominated the book charts this year. Will future election results follow the bestseller lists?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 25, 2009

Comedy is not pretty


Phoenix editor Lance Gould was a fan of Sara Faith Alterman's when she was a staff writer here. (Not in a creepy, stalky way --...
By webteam  |  September 30, 2009
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10 years later, we told you so

Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009


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The Narcicyst | Self-titled

I doubted that Montreal-based Iraqi MC Narcicyst would ever drop a more potent project than the 2004 Euphrates masterpiece Stereotypes Incorporated .
Paranoid Arab Boy (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 12, 2009
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Review: Resident Evil 5

Is it racist? The question has been plaguing Resident Evil 5 since its infamous trailer debuted at the 2007 Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Bigoted, or just boring?
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 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

Examining the state of Iraq's democracy

Why don't people laugh out loud, or at least guffaw, when they hear about US troops overseas assisting elections? Too many US states and municipalities have dysfunctional voting systems for us to be proudly tutoring anyone else.
Only eight candidates for office were murdered during this year's campaigning, down from 200 in 2005
By ANDISHEH NOURAEE  |  February 18, 2009
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Good news, bad news

It will be the best of times. Or, perhaps, it will be the worst.
Fear and loathing? Or happy days? The only thing we know for sure about the coming year is that we're all in this together.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 30, 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

Crossword: ''Letters entertain you''


No theme, just sweet, sweet vocab
By MATT JONES  |  December 17, 2008
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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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Mod on the move

The Brown University class being taught this semester by Lincoln Chafee, the Republican US senator-turned-independent supporter of Barack Obama, has an up-to-the-moment title: “Whither America.”
Obama supporter Lincoln Chafee talks about the post-election landscape
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 05, 2008
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On the ground

Through journalistic instincts, hunches, and sheer luck, Dexter Filkins has, for the past ten years, managed to frequently be in the wrong place at the right time.
A decade in the war on terror
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 05, 2008


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The alt-candidates

A revolutionary, Ralph Nader, a Baptist minister, and two former congressmen from Georgia are all running for president in Rhode Island.
On the Rhode Island ballot: a revolutionary, conservatives — and Ralph Nader, of course
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  October 29, 2008
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Is John McCain crazy?

There is something not quite right about John McCain.  
Or is he merely disturbed? Plus, local congressmen who screwed up the bailout.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 02, 2008
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Smoke screens

What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008
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Camera bluff

Even as critics and moviegoers alike have scorned the surge of movies related to the War on Terror and Iraq, Nina Davenport has quietly been making illuminating, fair-minded, and entertaining films on these topics.
Occupational hazards in Operation Filmmaker
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 17, 2008
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Intelligence deficit

The American press and public rarely get riled up these days over new revelations concerning President George W. Bush and his administration’s sorry history.
Bush fooled voters and the press once on Iraq. Can McCain get away with the same thing?
By EDITORIAL  |  June 11, 2008


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Body of War

Tomas Young volunteered for the US Army right after 9/11, hoping to be sent to Afghanistan and chase down Osama bin Laden.
Poetic Americana
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2008
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A voice for the voiceless

“Where we come from we have a saying: ‘If you live in hell long enough, you get used to it.’ ” That’s Mohammed Harba talking about his former life in Iraq, under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship.
The Boston Muslim Film Festival
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  April 09, 2008
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Distinctive design

In 1969, Malcolm Grear Designers was hired by New York’s Guggenheim Museum to develop a new graphic identity for the institution.
Malcolm Grear at RIC; plus, Roger Mayer’s ‘Soundless’
By GREG COOK  |  April 08, 2008
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What happened to Bush’s responsibility for the war?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know how the American effort in Iraq was badly botched from the start.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008
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Iraq: Five years later

Five years later, President George Bush and his minions were wrong about the need to fight in Iraq, wrong about the way to fight in Iraq, and wrong about what the war in Iraq would ultimately cost.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains the punishing cost of staying any longer
By PETER KADZIS  |  March 12, 2008


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Rueful reflections

March 19 marks the fifth anniversary of the start of our war in Iraq.
Taking stock of the war in Iraq
By GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2008
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Documentary evidence

The theme of MassArt’s “War Stories” is what we talk about when we talk about war — the Iraq War in particular.
‘War Stories’ and Maori tattoos, plus the SMFA’s ‘Traveling Scholars’
By GREG COOK  |  February 27, 2008
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Obama backers rap Clinton contributions from Textron

Textron’s work for the defense industry has a controversial past.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 20, 2008
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Defending the universally loathed

Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 14, 2008