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Jafar Panahi: This Is Not a Retrospective

After being confined to his Tehran apartment and banned from his profession in 2010, director Jafar Panahi has become known more as a victim of Iranian human-rights abuse than as a great filmmaker.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 30, 2012
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The 15th Annual Muzzle Awards

Liberal dreams that Barack Obama would somehow usher in a progressive paradise were always misplaced.
Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 13, 2012
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Review: Generic Theater takes on Havel's tale of an intellectual amid revolution

In these days of ongoing revolution, many are drawn to look back to protest and uprisings of the past.
Brainy burdens
By BY MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 15, 2011
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On doctors, psychologists, and torture

Last year, Physicians for Human Rights used government papers to document that CIA doctors and psychologists participated in the conception and monitoring of the agency's infamous torture regime at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and other detention centers
Q+A
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011
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Airport upgrades

Air travel choices have evolved.
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  December 03, 2010
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The ultimate negative liberty: Privacy

Privacy, in the scheme of things, is a relatively new invention.
The right to be left alone
By EDITORIAL  |  September 24, 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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Considering Kagan

Elena Kagan, onetime dean of Harvard Law School and current US solicitor general, is a less than perfect candidate to sit on the Supreme Court.
She’s weak on free speech, but doesn’t deserve her ‘Seinfeld moment’
By EDITORIAL  |  May 14, 2010

Radical night out in Portland

“People are upset about Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib,” Noam Chomsky told 750 people packed into the Woodfords Congregational Church last Saturday night, “but if you’re concerned about human rights, take a walk into a maximum-security prison.”
 Activism Optimism
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 30, 2010

A ‘moral victory’ against supermax torture

At times the legislative debate on LD 1611, the bill to limit solitary confinement of the state’s prisoners, became surreal.
Analysis
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 16, 2010

Plaques and Entanglements

I’m 25 years old and working overseas for a small human rights agency ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  April 02, 2010


The cost of torture

In the end, whether mass solitary confinement continues at the Maine State Prison supermax may come down to an issue of money rather than right or wrong. And resolving that issue may come down to whether the state wants to pay more now to pay less in the
Solitary Confinement Bill Hearing
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 26, 2010

Policy matters

Identifying and living as a transgender person has intense emotional implications that we touch on in this week's story. But here, as with most social issues, the personal is also political.
 A look at the legal landscape
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 26, 2010
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Screams from solitary

The 132-man supermax unit within the 925-man Maine State Prison is an expensive, taxpayer-funded torture chamber that for 18 years has sucked in mostly nonviolent, mostly mentally ill prisoners and ground them up by means of mind-destroying solitary conf
‘By dehumanizing prisoners, we dehumanize ourselves.’
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 19, 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

Building block

Your editorial, “Menino’s Promise,” about Mayor Menino’s inauguration, stated: “He must shelve his reservations about becoming more involved in private development.”
Letters to the Boston editor, January 15, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 15, 2010


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Greater Tuna in the Texas two-step

Our first introductions to Tuna come over the airwaves on the Wheelis Struvis Report , as hosts Wheelis (Barrasso) and Struvis (Donovan) announce the winning student-essay contest entry ("Human Rights: Why Bother?") and weatherman Harold Dean (Donovan
Greater Tuna parodies the Lone Star State
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 15, 2010
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Kristof on the ‘paramount moral challenge’ of our era

Since he began writing a column for the New York Times eight years ago, Nicholas D. Kristof has become the closest thing we have to a voice of conscience on human rights abuses around the world.
Q+A
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 18, 2009

Crossing the line

When an increasingly conservative newspaper company fires an already publicly conservative employee for apparently offending a liberal interest group, it leaves some people scratching their heads.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 18, 2009

Human rights watch

Last week, on the heels of anti-torture panels and protests in Portland, Washington DC, and elsewhere, the Justice Department told the nation that it would have to wait a few more days before information about American torture policies and practices is
Acknowledging, and punishing, torture
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 26, 2009