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A crushing tale, beautifully told

It’s rare that we can put a human face on American foreign policy. And even rarer that the visage belongs to a person who steps willingly into the limelight — though admittedly for other reasons.
 Palpable suffering
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 12, 2013
Terrorism: The Next 10 Years

Terrorism: The Next 10 Years


Al Shabaab fighters in Somalia. Image via Somalia Report.Nine Eleven turned ten. Bin Laden is dead. We still get the occasional somebody's-about-to-bomb-us scare, but the...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 12, 2011
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Take this to the polls

Our endorsements for the June 8 elections
Endorsements
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 04, 2010
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Preparing for June 8

Stuckey vs. Vincent, Capron vs. Sharif, and Barkley vs. Dini
Candidate breakdown for districts 114. 116, and 119
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2010

Cover the boobs; leave the guns at home

Spring has barely started, and I was expecting a few of the usual seasonal assaults to the eyeballs.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 30, 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

Ask A Black Woman: Criminal intent edition

Ask A Black Woman: Why are Blacks committing all the crimes lately in Maine and doesn't this say something about Black people's natural inclinations?
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 05, 2010

Equal scary people

I have nothing against people who've had the misfortune of being born in other nations. Unless they're from Chad.
Should foreigners -- like folks from NH -- vote in Maine?
By AL DIAMON  |  April 10, 2009

Democracy in China

That December morning in the year 2010 began oddly. The sun rose in the west. The river reversed itself and flowed upstream. The tide went out and didn't come back.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 31, 2008

Trying out an anti-demonstration ‘sonic cannon’

The Maine Marine Patrol is considering purchasing a “sonic cannon” capable of broadcasting earsplitting, “disorienting” sounds, like those that have been used to break up peaceful demonstrations in public spaces in Iraq and the country of Georgia.
Non-lethal weapons
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 16, 2008


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Boom-bap diplomacy

With Canada-via-Somalia rapper K'Naan, there’s some serious knowledge being dropped on our shores like bombs over Baghdad, only different.
International hip-hop hits home
By MARTÍN CABALLERO  |  June 24, 2008
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Origami appetizers

Welcome to a tasty morsel of Somalian life.
Otherwise known as Somalian samboosas
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 04, 2008
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Arabian nights

Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues was frank — nay, explicit — in its exploration of women’s sexuality.
Roosen's monologues considers sex beneath the veil
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  October 09, 2007
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Coming home

Whereas active-duty soldiers return as a group to a military base upon coming home, National Guard members disperse into their civilian communities.
You want the troops out of Iraq? Next, we have to get Iraq out of the troops.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 11, 2007
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Bacevich’s war

Eight days after 9/11, NPR broadcast a commentary by Andrew J. Bacevich, a Vietnam War veteran, former Army colonel, and professor of international relations at BU.
The politics of personal tragedy
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 02, 2007


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'I'm done killing hyenas'

I’m almost as tall as my father now, and I’ve nothing left to prove.
Excerpts from Portland teens' stories of migration to America
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 02, 2007
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Iraq + surge = ???

Certain that the newly elected Democratic Congress will not end American involvement in the Iraq War, Rhode Island peace movement leaders are calling for additional demonstrations to bring US troops home.
Activists call for heightened anti-war effort
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 24, 2007
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Right turns

Maybe things are getting better.
Truth and reconciliation at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 10, 2007

Africa's invisible slaves

This article originally appeared in the June 30, 1995 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Human bondage resurfaces in the dark heart of Sudan
By TIM SANDLER  |  November 14, 2006


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What's up, doc?

I’d heard that Full Frame is the best-programmed documentary festival in America, and it might just be.
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By GERALD PEARY  |  April 18, 2006
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Numbing carnage

On the morning of March 8, viewers had their first sip of coffee to a grisly sight on the news shows: grainy video of roughly two-dozen dead Iraqis lined up in a makeshift morgue, many of them apparently bound and strangled.
Once an upbeat hit, Bush’s Iraq show has jumped the shark
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 15, 2006
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Maine-ufacturing consent

Typical of the exposure given 77-year-old MIT linguistics professor and philosopher Noam Chomsky by most American news media, he was blanked out by the Portland Press Herald , and there was no coverage by the Portland TV news shows or Maine Public Radio
Noam Chomsky himself is filtered by the news
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 02, 2006
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Yahoo!’s one-man news army

Everyone’s heard of garage rock.
Plus, sizing up ABC’s new anchors, gutsy changes at RKO, and reporters turn into government investigators
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 26, 2006

The song remains the same



By AL DIAMON  |  January 01, 1900