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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
| June 15, 2012
The CIA is seeking authority to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen ...
| May 04, 2012
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.
| November 25, 2011
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?
| September 30, 2011
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
| September 16, 2011
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...
| September 12, 2011
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
| August 26, 2011
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
| July 29, 2011
Review: Better This World
Young activists sometimes do stupid things.
Our government opposes social justice
| 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
| April 02, 2011
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
| March 18, 2011
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
| 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?
| 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
| 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.
| September 17, 2010
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...
| 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
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| July 02, 2010
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
| June 11, 2010
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
| 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
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
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| May 07, 2010
High ideals and crazy dreams
I have nothing against conspiracy theories.
| 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
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| April 30, 2010
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
HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND KYLE SMEALLIE
| April 23, 2010
'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!
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...
| February 19, 2010
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.
| January 22, 2010
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
| 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.
| December 04, 2009
Ali wanted to kill Americans but found terrorism way too tedious
| November 27, 2009
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