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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
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 02, 2010
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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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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2010

A Rhode Island filmmaker’s tribute to the Good War

Amid the moral ambiguity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — the handwringing over weapons of mass destruction, drone attacks, and the rights of detainees — there is something startling about the raw patriotism of the documentary Navy Heroes of Norman
  Heroes
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 04, 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
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 21, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Red scare

If you’re a dedicated follower of pop, you’ve no doubt heard about M.I.A.’s shocking new video for “Born Free,” the lead single from her upcoming album.
M.I.A.’s ultraviolent new video misses the target
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 07, 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
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 07, 2010

High ideals and crazy dreams

I have nothing against conspiracy theories.
Truthers hurt
By AL DIAMON  |  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
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 30, 2010
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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
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND KYLE SMEALLIE  |  April 23, 2010
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The Two-State Solution

The Real Maine meets Northern Mass.
Slobsville vs. Snobsville
By DAVID KISH  |  April 23, 2010


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Review: Life During Wartime

You can’t get enough Happiness — or so Todd Solondz must have thought when he spun off this sour sequel to his 1998 misanthropic ode to suburban perversion.
Solondz's return to Happiness is — surprise! — really depressing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010
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The horror

In April 1915, Turks of the Ottoman Empire began killing the Armenians in their midst.
‘The Armenian Genocide: 95 Years Later’
By GREG COOK  |  April 16, 2010
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Review: The Warlords

Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro, stars of Zhang Yimou’s superlative House of Flying Daggers , reunite, joined by Jet Li (from Zhang’s Hero ), in Peter Chan’s handsomely mounted historical epic.
Band of blood brothers
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 09, 2010
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'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!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 09, 2010
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Asher Roth & DJ Wreckineyez | Seared Foie Gras W/ Quince And Cranberry

Now that Boston boy toy Sam Adams has blown onto hip-hop’s front lines, there’s almost room for original frat rapper Asher Roth to find a respectable position somewhere between the big-indie Atmosphere types and the upper echelon of major-label boom-bap.
School Boy (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 09, 2010


A black leadership silent on abortion fabrications

Last month, controversial anti-abortion-rights billboards appeared in Georgia hinting that abortion is a tool of black genocide.
Choice
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 26, 2010

Judicial ups and downs

It was about time that Rogeriee Thompson was finally confirmed (unanimously, we might add) by the United States Senate for what amounts to an historic spot on the Federal Court of Appeals.
Plus poppy hypocrisy, pressuring the Pope, and even more ‘Buttercup’ trivia
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 2010
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Boston film group protests arrest of Iranian director

At the Montreal Film Festival last summer, I had the pleasure of interviewing the Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was serving as president of the international jury.
Power of cinema?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 26, 2010
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Boston Turkish Film Festival 2010

In a scene in Çagan Irmak's IN DARKNESS (2009; April 3 at 3 pm), one of several provocative films in this year's Boston Turkish Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts, a woman explains to a TV interviewer that her political party is neither for Shari'
Divine madness rules the ninth annual Turkish Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 19, 2010
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Review: Green Zone

Paul Greengrass's Green Zone takes us on a frenetic trip down memory lane — back to the beginning of the Iraq War.
Follow the yellowcake road to the Emerald City
By SHAULA CLARK  |  March 19, 2010


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B. Dolan | Fallen House, Sunken City

Although I've always found B. Dolan to be one of hip-hop's mightiest politically charged performers, his disc-length poetic pieces have confused (and even bored) the piss out of me.
Strange Famous (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 26, 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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Ransom Notes

While reporting from Afghanistan two years ago, David Rohde became, for the second time in his career, an unwilling participant rather than an observer. On October 29, 1995, Rohde had been arrested by Bosnian Serbs. And then in November 2008, Rohde and
Was the NY Times being hypocritical when it suppressed coverage of its journalist who was kidnapped by the Taliban?
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 12, 2010

Anti-solitary campaign expands

As the February 17 State House public hearing approaches on the bill to restrict solitary confinement at the Maine State Prison, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), which sparked national debate about Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, has a
Stopping Supermax Torture
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 05, 2010
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Flynn-terrogation

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
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 15, 2010


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Airman punk

Perhaps the clearest sign that Afghanistan is not your father's war comes in the person of Airman First Class Peter Bourgeois, who, while deployed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, has been busy managing the career of his former band, Jodi Explodi.
Running a band and writing music in Afghanistan
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2009

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.
War Dept.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  December 04, 2009
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The South's opt-out program

During the Civil War
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  November 13, 2009
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Recalling genocide

Painter Stephen Koharian has international relations on his mind when he’s in his studio.
 Artist Statements
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 06, 2009