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Mary Chapin Carpenter | The Age of Miracles

Mary Chapin Carpenter made her best albums when she was breaking from Nashville and testing what country radio would let her get away with.
Zoë/Rounder (2010)
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 18, 2010
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Tiananmen 2.0?

The presidential election stolen from Mir Hossein Mousavi was not really an election at all. It was a sham, an elaborate beauty contest produced by the Islamist theocracy that holds the real power in Iran. The mullahs pick the candidates and the outcome.
The Iranian uprising; plus, Yoon disses the BRA
By EDITORIAL  |  June 19, 2009
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World gone Wong

"I'm an immigrant," says Joe Wong. "And I used to drive this used car with a lot of bumper stickers that are impossible to peel off. One of them said, 'If you don't speak English, go home.' And I didn't notice it for two years."
Chinese-born biochemical-engineer-turned-comic Joe Wong has conquered Letterman. You're next.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 01, 2009

Life and how we live it

We're far too close to life to see it accurately, aren't we? With noses pressed up against our problems and delights, we need our perceptive artists — such as Chinese playwright Gao Xingjian — to remind us of what's really going on.
The Other Shore searches for meaning
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 10, 2009

What a break

A shout out of big-time thanks from the John McCain campaign to our friends in Georgia that are being mercilessly bombed by the Russian military after provoking Big Bad Vlad Putin!
McCain struts his stuff as Russia attacks Georgia
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 13, 2008
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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


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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
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Ready or not (mostly not)

Oh, Beijing. You’re like the ex-boyfriend that I wanted so badly to love, but just couldn’t bring myself to face in the morning, once the booze wore off.
Beijing says it's ready for the Olympics. Uh, really, Beijing?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  August 06, 2008
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Booked up

Summertime, and the reading is easy.
Several shelves’ worth of summer reads
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 09, 2008
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What about Tibet?

It is about money.
The Olympics may prove to be China’s Achilles’s heel
By EDITORIAL  |  March 28, 2008
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Making book

This spring brings exciting story collections from established authors and hot newcomers.
Spring Arts Preview: Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  March 10, 2008


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The dictator slayer

According to some people — including at least one sitting head of state — East Boston’s Gene Sharp is a dangerous dude.
East Boston's Gene Sharp is soft-spoken, but he makes bad guys from Caracas to Beijing cringe
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 05, 2007
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American dreamer

It’s difficult to think of an American writer with a story more inspiring than Ha Jin’s.
Ha Jin retraces his journey
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  October 15, 2007
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Flower power

Many of Zhang Yimou’s films come down to a battle between character and décor. Watch the trailer for Curse of the Golden Flower (QuickTime)
Zhang’s gaudy, gory Curse
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 20, 2006
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Daisy, Horton, ¡Peligro!

The Massachusetts governor’s election is just six short months away, but three candidates — Republican lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, Democratic attorney general Tom Reilly, and independent businessman Christy Mihos — still haven’t rolled out any vi
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By ADAM REILLY  |  May 04, 2006

Twisted

There’s got to be something more important in Maine to get your knickers knotted up about than the political convolutions currently contorting way too many pairs of skivvies.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 25, 2006