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Goodbye normal street

The US Senate campaign in Maine is about to swerve off the blacktop, crash through the puckerbrush, and plunge into the swamp, dredging up a mass of slime and stinking muck.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  June 15, 2012
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In Yemen

The CIA is seeking authority to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen ...
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By MATT BORS  |  May 04, 2012
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Richard Clarke’s dark vision

Richard Clarke famously warned his superiors in the Clinton and Bush White Houses about the destructive potential of a small terrorist network run by Osama bin Laden. To little avail.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 25, 2011
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The United States v. Tarek Mehanna

On a late-fall day in 2008, a 26-year-old Massachusetts College of Pharmacy PhD named Tarek Mehanna left his parents' Sudbury home to start a new life in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he had received a prestigious appointment in the diabetes department at
Does talking about jihad make you a terrorist?
By NATE HOMAN  |  September 30, 2011
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What's wrong with the Palestinians' U.N. gambit

The Palestinian campaign to upgrade their diplomatic status at the United Nations is a train wreck in the making.
A dangerous charade
By EDITORIAL  |  September 16, 2011
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


Declare yourself

The 8000-plus-word play-by-play of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, written by freelancer Nicholas Schmidle and published in the New Yorker recently, is a fascinating read, with lots of juicy details (example: the plan was always to kill bin Lade
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 26, 2011
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Holding on

Of all the details to emerge from the Norway atrocities last Friday, one of the most harrowing was the thought of those frightened, bewildered youngsters leaping from the shores of Utøya, dragging their limbs through the gloppy water as if in some kind
Death’s confluence: Amy Winehouse and the Norwegian terror victims
By CHRIS WRIGHT  |  July 29, 2011
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Review: Better This World

Young activists sometimes do stupid things.
Our government opposes social justice
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 29, 2011

The State vs. the People, Pt. 1

On Monday, the most prominent headline on the front page of our daily paper or, as the Bud-I calls it with a unique mixture of glee and sadness, "The Pamphlet," was "Cesspools given notice."
A variety of cesspools; the right to know; taking aim
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 02, 2011
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Review: Of Gods and Men

Xavier Beauvois co-wrote and directed this thoughtful true story of a small Trappist monastery situated in a poor Algerian Muslim village overrun with fundamentalist mercenaries.
Thoughtful true story about the search for peace and purpose in a chaotic world
By PEG ALOI  |  March 18, 2011


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Terror and the MBTA: You don’t look harmless

Racial profiling meets war on terror: The highest federal court in New England has said it’s okay for government officials single out dark-skinned people for searches,  as long as they can concoct some cover rationale, ginned up with vague allusions to t
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By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  December 31, 2010

Review: Four Lions

In the biting satiric style of In the Loop comes this peek into homegrown Muslim terrorism, British style.
Why not make a comedy about some bumbling terrorists?
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  November 05, 2010

Former inmate, activist now free to speak out

Last year, when Ray Luc Levasseur was invited to speak on the University of Massachusetts — Amherst campus to commemorate the anniversary of a federal sedition trial held in Springfield, the speech prompted vehement protests from police groups and state
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By RICK WORMWOOD  |  October 15, 2010

'Sorry' was the wrong word

I’ve waited a long damn time for this state to become less white. Now, I can see at least a few people of color every day without breaking a sweat, when nearly nine years ago I could go days upon days without seeing a single non-white face.
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By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  September 17, 2010
Medal of Honor would not be the first video game to put you in the mind of a terrorist

Medal of Honor would not be the first video game to put you in the mind of a terrorist


Recently, Atomic Games DICE and EA announced that in the forthcoming installment of their successful Medal of Honor series, players will be able to play...
By Ryan Stewart  |  August 13, 2010


Deval Patrick and the mosque

I was extremely disappointed to read your close-minded, ignorant, and bigoted position on Governor Deval Patrick’s meeting with Muslims at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 2, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 02, 2010
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Mickey Mouse Multiculturalism

Massachusetts treasurer and independent candidate for governor Tim Cahill was off base when he accused incumbent governor Deval Patrick of "playing politics with terrorism" in the wake of Patrick's visit to the controversial Roxbury mosque maintained by
Governor Patrick's problematic Mosque visit. Plus, Bush — and the GOP — vote yes for torture
By EDITORIAL  |  June 11, 2010
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Review: The Oath

The oath referred to is that swearing fealty to Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
An indictment on the War on Terror
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2010

Physics lesson for Diamon

Newton’s laws of gravity and motion are universally understood laws, not subject to anyone’s opinion.
Letters to the Portland editor, May 21, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 21, 2010

Open Your Mind to 9-11 Truth

I was disappointed but not surprised to read Al Diamon’s shallow and cynical column on Dr. David Ray Griffin.
 Letters to the Portland editor, May 7, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 07, 2010


High ideals and crazy dreams

I have nothing against conspiracy theories.
Truthers hurt
By AL DIAMON  |  April 30, 2010

Not your cup of tea?

David S. Bernstein asserts that Glenn Beck fans his audience’s fears, yet the headline for his piece on the Tea Party is “ ‘Tea’ Is For Terrorism.”
Letters to the Boston editor, April 30, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 30, 2010
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Elena Kagan’s shaky record

As a potential Obama nominee for Supreme Court justice, Elena Kagan has liberal bona fides and the likely support of the right. But if her record is any indication, she’s more likely to side with the conservative bloc on matters of executive power and wa
What a Kagan appointment to the Supreme Court could mean for civil liberties
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND KYLE SMEALLIE  |  April 23, 2010
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'Tea' is for terrorism

A year ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) produced a memo outlining the growing threat posed to this country from right-wing extremists. It compared the situation to that of the early 1990s — which culminated in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred
When even the most ‘legitimate’ voices of the right validate dangerously unhinged anti-government rhetoric — DUCK!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 09, 2010

Scott Brown compares Austin terrorist to people who voted for him


Via Bostonist, Blue Mass Group has video of our new Massachusetts Senator talking with Neil Cavuto on Fox News about the incident in Texas where...
By Ryan Stewart  |  February 19, 2010


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Obama's year two to-do's

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration. Can you believe it?
What Have You Done for Me Lately Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 22, 2010
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Flynn-terrogation

In his powerful new memoir, The Ticking Is the Bomb (W.W. Norton), Scituate native Nick Flynn recounts a conversation he had with a man in Turkey.
Obsessed with the wrongs of Abu Ghraib, local author Nick Flynn traveled across the globe to meet its victims
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 15, 2010

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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Western-style martyrdom

Ali wanted to kill Americans but found terrorism way too tedious
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  November 27, 2009