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The Bong show

You have to wonder whether there's something in the drinking water in Korea that's caused the country to spawn so many prolific, inventive new filmmakers — directors like Park Chan-wook ( Oldboy , Thirst ) and Bong Joon-ho.
Korea's hottest new director comes to the HFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 2010
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Cannonball quiets Harvard quad

It’s been awhile since we had to worry about the multi-colored national danger spectrum, but last week, the northwestern quadrant of Harvard Square was put on high alert.
Time bomb
By TOM MEEK  |  November 06, 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
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Capuano cornered?

Republican lobbying-ethics scandals helped convince voters to toss out the GOP and put Democrats back in control of the US House of Representatives.
Could a developing Washington probe hurt the Somerville congressman, and derail his Senate hopes?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 25, 2009
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Proud to jump the shark

Who but David Mamet would have the macho audacity to name his TV show after the male genitalia?
Macho, loopy, and entertaining as hell, The Unit is prime Mamet
By JON GARELICK  |  February 25, 2009
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Rage against the machines!

We’re on the cusp of a perilous era. Our pitiful carbon bodies are evolving much slower than the silicon and steel gizmos we’re inventing. And the guys in the lab coats and pocket protectors are starting to worry we’ve opened Pandora’s hard drive.
Could robots take over the world? In many ways, they already have.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 21, 2008


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Photo op?

After 11 days on the road promoting Standard Operating Procedure , his film about the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, Errol Morris is back in his Cambridge office.
In Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure , a picture is worth a thousand words
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2008
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Pie-tossers renew free speech debate at Brown

“A lot of people are talking about whether this was outrageous, or justified, or laudable, or totalitarian.”
Uncivil liberties
By ARIEL WERNER  |  April 30, 2008

What's going on?

Five years into the Iraq War, we can catalogue a person’s every move with Twitter, Facebook, and the like.
Never mind the information age. When it comes to the war, we’re still in the dark.
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  March 12, 2008
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Staying afloat

The only way I have found myself able to be an intensely passionate American, patriot, and political activist is through my support of Dennis Kucinich and his ideas.
Kucinich supporters won’t give up the ship
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 16, 2008
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Rent a war

Wonder why the Iraq government changed its mind about expelling Blackwater, the rent-a-soldier company whose employees killed 17 civilians this past month?
The real significance of hired guns in Iraq. Plus, combating Ann Coulter.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 17, 2007


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Enjoy the air show — you paid for it

Let’s move beyond the $320 million in aircraft you have bought that will be performing at this weekend’s Great State of Maine Air Show at Brunswick Naval Air Station.
Sky-high taxes
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 12, 2007
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War zones

The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007
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Letters to the Boston editor: June 22, 2007

Your piece reflected a tried-and-true tactic used by Cape Wind advocates: go personal on anyone who has the audacity to oppose this special-interest project.
Foul wind
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 20, 2007
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Annals of termination

George W. Bush is guilty of a lot of things. But in her just-released book, former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega gets specific.
Yet another mission to accomplish
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 02, 2007

The high hurdles

This article originally appeared in the March 24, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Obstacles for Dukakis in the long run
By SCOT LEHIGH  |  April 09, 2007


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Bush's secret army

The 9/11 attacks provided a catalyst: an unprecedented justification to forge ahead with a radical agenda molded by a small cadre of neoconservative operatives.
Meet the American mercenaries of Blackwater, who fight outside of the law and take direction from the radical Christian right
By JEREMY SCAHILL  |  March 21, 2007
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The Pah-ty's ovah

For the past six years, the Republican-run federal government has been free to waste money, reward friends, and act incompetently, knowing that their misdeeds would go unexposed by the legislative branch. Nailing the GOP: New England Congressmen are si
Congressional reps from New England are poised to lead the attack on Republican waste and fraud
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 24, 2007
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Sex, Iraq, and pop culture

How many times a day do you think about sex? How many times a day do you think about the war in Iraq?
The war for our attention
By ELLEE DEAN  |  January 11, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: January 12, 2007

Maybe the Democrats in Washington owe the anti-war activists in America something.
Dems owe us peace
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  January 10, 2007
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Snowe’s tracks

Believe the hype — US Senator Olympia Snowe’s key votes in 2005 and 2006 do, indeed, straddle party lines. Whether you like that or not depends on which issues get to you. Blown away: Jean Hay Bright's fight to topple a political icon. By Sara Donnell
How moderate is Maine’s senior senator?
By SARA DONNELLY  |  October 18, 2006


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Geek in the woods

For city dwellers accustomed to living with iPods, cell phones, and steady wi-fi, a weekend spent camping can send well-adapted urbanites into temporary panic.
Roughing it for urban gadget fiends
By KATE COHEN  |  July 25, 2006
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The Ninth Annual Muzzle Awards

Nearly five years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, our political culture has been warped beyond recognition.
Our annual New England roundup of those who undermined freedom of speech and civil liberties. But first, a word about George W. Bush.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 04, 2006

Pentagon withholds details of spying on anti-war groups

Given growing attempts at government surveillance, Alden Eagle, a coordinator for the Rhode Island Community Coalition for Peace (RICCP), seems right on target when he says, “Anybody is a potential terrorist.”
Surveillance Society  
By ANDREW FOX  |  June 21, 2006
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Hearsay

Eliot Weinberger is a New York editor, translator, anthologist, essayist, and throwback to the day when American literary intellectuals more regularly spoke their political views in print.
One man’s ‘Bush Chronicle’
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  March 07, 2006
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Don’t Ask, Don’t Help

Brain injuries. Burns. Broken bones. Infections.
Medics who could be treating soldiers in Iraq are home instead — because they’re gay
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 02, 2006


The “I” word

Greg Mitchell had a very nice piece in the trade magazine Editor & Publisher about how our mainstream media — an absolute disgrace throughout the Bush administration — is avoiding using the word “impeachment” concerning the Boy in the Bubble’s affro
Why is the mainstream media afraid of George W. Bush?
By  |  January 25, 2006