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Only connect: The Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Middle East, as usual, is a mess, but its cinema, both Israeli and Palestinian, offers hope.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012

Review: 5 Broken Cameras

Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, goes through five different cameras from 2005 to 2010, each one broken when the Israeli military or police assault him as he tries to record the ongoing turmoil.
Recording turmoil
By PEG ALOI  |  June 22, 2012

Review: Budrus

Simply shot and straightforward in its argument, this film from Brazilian documentarian Julia Bacha is an agitprop rallying cry for Palestinians living in the West Bank's Occupied Territories.
A direct doc on the Palestine/Israel conflict
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 03, 2010

A Palestinian student remembers his Israeli friend

Schaefer, the Brown University student recently killed by a suspected drunk driver on the streets of Providence, left behind hundreds of friends, including soldiers in the Israeli army, with whom he served for three years before coming to Brown.
Crossing Lines
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  February 26, 2010

October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009

Patrick's latest train wreck

There is no doubt that Governor Deval Patrick had — and has — much better ideas about reforming and restructuring the state's transportation infrastructure — including the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority — than the legislature.
Plus, an Israeli diplomat does the right thing
By EDITORIAL  |  August 14, 2009


Review: The Lemon Tree

Message gets entangled with melodrama to the benefit of neither in Eran Riklis's sometimes engaging allegory of the Israeli/Palestinian standoff.
A sometimes engaging allegory
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2009

Book mad

He speaks quickly, with a friendly, nervous laugh, in cadences that sound like a cross between Ira Glass and Martin Scorsese.
Interview: Keith Gessen’s young literary life
By JON GARELICK  |  April 15, 2008

Israeli upstarts

The sound of angry Israeli youth mocking the extreme right is growing in volume, so much so that it’s now reaching the US.
Punk takes hold in the Holy Land
By STEVEN LEE BEEBER  |  March 17, 2008

A tragicomedy of errors

It was not until after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were narrowly re-elected that many Americans began to realize that the Iraq War represented a dangerous moment in American history.
In an excerpt from his new book, The Fall of the House of Bush, author Craig Unger details how Bush is, well, screwing up the world
By CRAIG UNGER  |  November 20, 2007

Mortification of the flesh

“Global Feminisms” at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum could be one of the most important exhibits of the year.
'Global Feminisms' turns sexism inward
By GREG COOK  |  September 26, 2007


Well shut my mouth!

Are today’s college students thinner-skinned than were previous generations?
Tufts and Brandeis muzzle student newspapers — at students’ urging

Oscar Nominated Shorts

Do these live-action and animated shorts really represent the best of the year?
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 14, 2007

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

Get out of town?

Your editorial “ On Moving City Hall ” shows a common misunderstanding: City Hall Plaza is not Mayor Menino’s to sell.
Letters to the Boston editor: January 12, 2007
By LETTERS  |  January 10, 2007

Flashbacks: November 24, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 21, 2006


A force for change

Arriving in 1988 as the corrupt misdeeds of then-Governor Edward DiPrete were bursting into public view, H. Philip West Jr. picked an opportune time to take the helm of Common Cause of Rhode Island.
Phil West bids farewell after an eventful 18 years at common cause
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 21, 2006

Shooting under fire

What began as an exotic summer job — shooting for the Israel-based photo agency Flash 90 — ended up being a crash course in combat journalism. Audio slideshow: Phil Sussman's photographs of Israel
Life during wartime: My summer in Israel
By PHIL SUSSMAN  |  October 04, 2006

3000-year recon

When he was 22, Adam Harmon, born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, moved to Israel and joined the Israeli army.
An American in the Israeli army
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 05, 2006

What democracy wrought

It was an eerie and unsettling reprise of George W. Bush’s embarrassing post–Hurricane Katrina interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer when he infamously declared, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.”
Hamas’s “surprise” victory offers sobering lessons about grounding US foreign policy in democratic elections
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  February 02, 2006

Rice seeks Gaza border deal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday an agreement over Gaza border crossings was "in sight" and extended her Middle East trip to try to broker a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
By Bill Thompson  |  December 18, 2005