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What's wrong with the Palestinians' U.N. gambit

The United Nations recently voted to extend Permanent Observer status to the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
A dangerous charade
By EDITORIAL  |  November 30, 2012
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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
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Tod Machover's Death and the Powers, plus Norrington's C.P.E. Bach and the Cantata Singers' B-minor Mass

In her director's note for the American premiere of Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera , Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, wrote that this "work of music-theater . . . has brought together artists from the widest r
Robotics
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 25, 2011
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The ''Weak Evidence Effect''

About one month before the mid-term elections last fall, 98 people from around the country — Democrats, Republicans, and independents — sat down at their computers to participate in a psychological experiment put together by three Brown University resea
That's It?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 18, 2011
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A Congolese feast

I met Constance Kabaziga at the checkout at Mittapheap World Market. She was buying frozen cassava root and dried beans, and I really wanted to know what she was going to do them.
Beans and rice, with African flair
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 02, 2010
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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010


The powerless rise

I’m an even-tempered guy. I don’t lose my cool more than, maybe, once or twice a day.
The danger of the unfocused anger of the Tea Party
By AL DIAMON  |  May 21, 2010

Leaves of Life from Arborea, and other Portland music news

BUCK AND SHANTI CURRAN , the husband-and-wife team behind ethereal folk band ARBOREA , have been touring nearly non-stop and curating compilations right from their home base in Lewiston.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 21, 2010
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Freedom Watch: Speak no evil

It wasn’t the first time members of the Congressional Black Caucus had heard – and done nothing about – Sudan’s dirty secret. Even before a recent House international-relations subcommittee hearing on human-rights violations in Sudan, they knew that kid
Why are African-American leaders silent about slavery in Sudan?
By TIM SANDLER  |  May 21, 2010
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Review: Cairo Time

Patricia Clarkson projects great warmth as Juliette, a Canadian journalist who travels to Cairo to join her husband, a UN aid worker stationed in Egypt, for a scenic holiday among the Pyramids.
Gaza Strip tease
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 23, 2010
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The question of Iran

Once again, Washington’s gunslingers are agitating for a war with Iran. Cheered on by Fox News and enabled by uncritical talking heads such as NBC’s David Gregory and PBS’s Charlie Rose, the let’s-bomb-or-invade-or-maybe-do-both-to-Iran brigade is busy s
Plus, Tim Flaherty for State Senator
By EDITORIAL  |  April 09, 2010


Kooksville

As every sane Mainer knows, the wackiest ideas for improving this state come from people in the immediate vicinity of Portland.
Might be something in the water
By AL DIAMON  |  March 26, 2010
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China expert sees a nation at the 'shadow-line'

Joseph Conrad wrote of a "shadow-line," an indistinct boundary between youth and adulthood that adolescents awkwardly straddle; one moment there is impressive poise and maturity, and the next, a slip into past boorish, immature behavior.
Across the Globe
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  March 19, 2010
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Ted Leo | The Brutalist Bricks

Leave it to Ted Leo to find his way from "There was a resolution pending on the United Nations floor" to "Tell the bartender I think I'm falling in love."
Legacy (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 12, 2010
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Red Queens and White Knights

Four new DVD releases that capitalize on the latest Alice in Wonderland rush.
We’re not through with the Looking Glass, here, people
By SHAULA CLARK  |  March 12, 2010

Crossword: ''The Future Is Now''

... And they got it wrong.
... And they got it wrong
By MATT JONES  |  March 05, 2010


Department of conjecture

The Haiti disaster will not serve to turn a state from toss-up to safely Republican as the George W. Bush Administration's calculated response to Hurricane Katrina did in Louisiana.
Letters to the Portland Editor, January 29, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 29, 2010
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Cambridge finds it ain't easy being green

The hype leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Congress in Copenhagen last month reached near tsunami proportions, but in the end, the gathering went out like a neap tide.
Greater Boston's Gas-House Gang
By TOM MEEK  |  January 15, 2010
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Adventures in pot stickers

My friend from Thailand taught me how to make real pot stickers and pad Thai.
Exploring new worlds of flavor
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  January 15, 2010
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Green school. Red light?

Little girls and boys frolic on swing sets whittled from recycled beech wood.
At-large City Councilor John Connolly sets his sights on creating multi-million-dollar environmental academy.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 08, 2010
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Fourth-estate follies, 2009 edition

Between the rise of the Web, the ADD-addling of America, the fragmentation of any national political consensus, and the devastated economy, working in the press can feel a bit like manning the Titanic — and this year, the entire industry seemed to te
The Phoenix's second annual year in media malfeasance
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 25, 2009


Faltering steps forward

As in many other sectors, the green world in 2009 was marked as much by bluster as by tangible positive action.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 25, 2009

Youth to power

Bates College junior Robert Friedman will be missing a couple weeks of class in December.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 27, 2009

Conservation in Copenhagen

In about a month, representatives from almost 200 nations will converge on Copenhagen, Denmark, for what could be the most meaningful meeting on climate change, ever.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009
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United Nations Day

I'll break the pinata!
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  October 23, 2009
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Interview: Jane Goodall

If only there were more trees to be torn down, we could utilize them . . . to fill newspapers with the endless depressing stories out there about the environment and all its hapless inhabitants.
Creature comforts
By LANCE GOULD  |  September 25, 2009


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Dance Fever

Those with a hankering for slick riffs and dirty break beats look no further.
Where to shake it like you mean it
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  September 04, 2009
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Whole Foods health-care boycott gathers momentum

Unfortunately for Whole Foods Market CEO and founder John Mackey, those who appreciate his store for the healthy, eco-friendly (read: left-leaning, progressive) lifestyle it promotes are the same citizens who support universal health care.
Human Rights Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 21, 2009
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Female trouble

At some point while watching the features in the Harvard Film Archive's "Le Film Maudit" ("cursed films") series — perhaps during the "Circle of Shit" chapter in Pier Paolo Pasolini's SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM — you might ask yourself, which is mor
"Le Film Maudit" at the HFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 17, 2009
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The block is hot

The summer sun has arrived just in time for the "premier genre-defying summer music festival" known as Sound Session '09, a weeklong block party and musical melting pot for the masses kicking off on Sunday, July 5 and culminating in the climactic, carn
Jumping genres at Providence Sound Session '09
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 03, 2009