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US Marine graffiti crew tags Hyde Park

This past week, the United States Marine Corps invaded Boston. Or, more accurately, they were invited into the community by Mayor Tom Menino to “showcase military equipment displays, perform community outreach projects, and honor local Marines during Mar
Props-aganda Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010
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BU offers the class of 1970 a second chance at complacency

Boston University’s class of 2010 celebrates its commencement this weekend, and BU has invited the class of 1970 to tag along.
After School Special
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  May 14, 2010
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Stars, bars, and open arms

The first thing I noticed when pulling into the Preble Street parking lot on Back Cove for last Sunday’s open-carry firearm event, which had been organized to encourage Mainers to legally wear their guns in public, was the Confederate flag.
Flags + Guns Dept.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 30, 2010
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In the land of the stoner cops

Major Jim Contreras was awaiting his marching orders. Literally.
On the front lines of Obama's campaign in Afghanistan
By NIR ROSEN  |  February 26, 2010
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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

Collateral damage?

Was Hasan suffering from PTSD?
Was Hasan suffering from PTSD?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 13, 2009


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Afghanistan: Just say no!

The idea that the war in Afghanistan has reached a critical junction, a “now-or-never” moment that requires an additional 40,000 troops to win, is rubbish.
Plus, Obama and the Nobel
By EDITORIAL  |  October 16, 2009

Debating the Middle East muddle

US military aid to Pakistan and Afghanistan is being wasted and should be redirected to the police and moderate non-violent groups working for education and the rule of law, according to two Middle East experts who spoke Sunday at the Community Church
Global Politics
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  June 19, 2009
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Hemp — the law, the musical

When liberal congressmen like Barney Frank begin co-sponsoring bills with libertarians like Ron Paul, there must be something funny in the air.
Dept. of Really Strange Bedfellows
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 01, 2009
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Review: In The Loop

Six years ago, Armando Iannucci's slick and merciless satire might have drawn more blood, but even now it blows away the recent competition with its sharp, sardonic dialogue and uncompromising cynicism.
A  Doctor Strangelove for the Iraq War
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009

Kid Rock

It takes a special kind of white trash moron to equate racecar drivers with National Guard members serving in Iraq, as Mr. Rock recently did in a television commerical. One risks their lives for the glory of fat rednecks and money, while the other fights
TRAILER PARK RASH
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


Culture wars

IN A CONTROVERSIAL PROGRAM, THE US ARMY IS USING ANTHROPOLOGISTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO BRIDGE CULTURAL DIVIDES AND LIMIT AMERICAN CASUALTIES. BUT IS THE DATA THEY COLLECT USED TO TARGET AND KILL FOREIGNERS?
IN A CONTROVERSIAL PROGRAM, THE US ARMY IS USING ANTHROPOLOGISTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO BRIDGE CULTURAL DIVIDES AND LIMIT AMERICAN CASUALTIES. BUT IS THE DATA THEY COLLECT USED TO TARGET AND KILL FOREIGNERS?
By PETER PIATETSKY  |  March 11, 2009
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Soldiers committing suicide

On July 22, 2004, unable to handle the intensity anymore — the daily vomiting, the feeling that he was a murderer — Lucey wrapped a garden hose around his neck and hanged himself.
US troops are killing themselves in record numbers
By JASON NOTTE  |  March 11, 2009

Examining the state of Iraq's democracy

Why don't people laugh out loud, or at least guffaw, when they hear about US troops overseas assisting elections? Too many US states and municipalities have dysfunctional voting systems for us to be proudly tutoring anyone else.
Only eight candidates for office were murdered during this year's campaigning, down from 200 in 2005
By ANDISHEH NOURAEE  |  February 18, 2009
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Review: Lark and Termite

"Language Immersion" is the name of a program set up by the US Army in Korea just prior to the North's invasion of the South.
Total immersion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2009
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In harm's way

Most of the job-related fears that keep journalists up at night are relatively mundane, but on rare occasions, a more ominous scenario presents itself.
The tragedy of Rakan Hassan and the impossibility of a Hippocratic Oath for journalists
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 06, 2008


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Is RI making the most from its tourism appeal?

If you were going to promote Rhode Island's plate of idiosyncratic attractions to potential visitors in other states, what would be the best way to do it?
Critics call a variety of agencies a wasteful approach in this small state
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 23, 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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Reality bites

The war in Iraq has been on the back burner of the American political scene for some time.
Will Obama make good on his plan to exit Iraq by 2010? Don’t bet on it.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 09, 2008
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Criminal intent

Ed Burns — former Baltimore homicide detective, Vietnam vet, and long-time writing partner with David Simon, both on the The Wire  and on Generation Kill , spoke with the Phoenix about the new series.
Ed Burns on writing Iraq
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 07, 2008
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The wages of war

The Iraq War poses a strange problem for the American public.
The creators of The Wire take on Iraq in Generation Kill
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 07, 2008


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A night in Guantánamo

I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 11, 2008
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March to war

During the course of two weeks in May, America’s top-ranking military officer went from warning that war with Iran could cripple the US military to rattling his saber at Tehran.
Why isn’t the press paying more attention to a possible attack on Iran?
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 04, 2008
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Constantine's Sword

Scarier than Jesus Camp (and infinitely smarter), Oren Jacoby’s documentary film of Boston Globe columnist James Carroll’s 2001 book Constantine’s Sword casts Christianity as a lost ark raided by the worst bullies of history.
At once depressing and exhilarating
By ROB NELSON  |  May 28, 2008
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Twenty years pass, RI stays the same

Phillipe + Jorge were graciously asked to recall Rhode Island’s Monthly’s first dubious achievement-style Rhode Island Red Awards, as chosen in 1988 by your superior correspondents, during the mag’s 20th anniversary gala last week.
Acclaim for dubious deeds is an Ocean State mainstay
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 07, 2008
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Body of War

Tomas Young volunteered for the US Army right after 9/11, hoping to be sent to Afghanistan and chase down Osama bin Laden.
Poetic Americana
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2008


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Trapped in Iraq

Watching the Senate Armed Services and the Foreign Relations Committees question Iraq proconsul General David Petraeus about the status of the war was a disturbing experience.
After suffering through the Petraeus hearings, it’s time for Congress to take responsibility for our sinkhole war.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 09, 2008
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What happened to Bush’s responsibility for the war?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know how the American effort in Iraq was badly botched from the start.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008
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The outsiders

Just a few months ago, the story-line of Maine’s 2008 US Senate race seemed inevitable.
None of Maine’s indy candidates can win a seat in the US Senate, but they will have a say in who does
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 05, 2008
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Iraq’s My Lai?

Five years after the first bombs fell on Baghdad, the fog of war still roils thick in Iraq.
Looking at Haditha
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 12, 2008