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Review: Backwards

In the press notes, writer/lead actress Sarah Megan Thomas describes her film as "unabashedly mainstream."

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  September 28, 2012

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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.
By TE-PING CHEN  |  October 10, 2007