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| February 15, 2013
Call of Doodie
A marine writing in the Wall Street Journal opposes women in combat because ... men take poops.
| February 01, 2013
Review: High Ground
In October 2010, 11 wounded Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans — blind, missing limbs, suffering from traumatic brain injury or PTSD — took part in "Soldiers to the Summit," a mission to climb Nepal's 20,000 foot Mt. Lobuche.
| October 26, 2012
Bradley Manning’s sacrifice
Twenty-four-year-old Private First Class Bradley Manning must be the loneliest man in America.
| September 21, 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.
| June 22, 2012
2nd Story’s’ masterful A Few Good Men
Wow. A Few Good Men may take place in a courtroom rather than on a battlefield, but you wouldn't know that from the psychological carnage explosively inflicted.
| June 08, 2012
Review: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story
Whatever your opinion of the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, you can't deny that his brother Yoni was a hero, a courageous man whose conflicts and triumphs mirror those of his homeland.
Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot document Yoni's life story
| June 01, 2012
Roger (Aksel Hennie) is an Oslo yuppie with a gorgeous, blonde wife, a top-drawer job as a corporate headhunter, and a lucrative side employment stealing fancy paintings.
| May 11, 2012
Interview: Benjamin Busch remembers
Perhaps best known as Officer Anthony Colicchio on HBO's The Wire, as well as for roles in Homicide: Life on the Street, The West Wing, and the HBO film Generation Kill, actor and filmmaker Benjamin Busch, the son of esteemed novelist Frederick Busch, ha
JOHN J. KELLY
| April 13, 2012
Review: Act of Valor
New York congressman John King is investigating alleged collusion between the CIA and those involved in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, pressuring the studio into holding up the release until after the Presidential ele
The Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, in film form
| March 02, 2012
Review: Miss Bala
Gerardo Naranjo's superb new feature, Miss Bala , brilliantly draws on the conflicted personality of a young beauty pageant contestant as a tragically stark emblem of Mexico's all-enveloping drug wars.
Gerardo Naranjo's superb new feature
PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN
| January 27, 2012
Review: Red Tails
With a title that refers not to squirrels but to plane markings, Red Tails dramatizes the struggles and triumphs of African-American pioneers, the Tuskegee Airmen.
The struggles and triumphs of the Tuskegee Airmen
| January 27, 2012
Review: The Viral Factor
Made for a modest budget of $17 million — and feeling like it (who needs convincing explosions in an action movie?), Dante Lam's latest still gets the job done from a run-and-gun standpoint.
Run and gun
| January 20, 2012
Richard Clarke’s dark vision
Richard Clarke famously warned his superiors in the Clinton and Bush White Houses about the destructive potential of a small terrorist network run by Osama bin Laden. To little avail.
| November 25, 2011
Review: The Mill and the Cross
Clever CGI allows the effective recreation of a 16th century Flanders.
| October 21, 2011
On the rise of militainment
Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, kicks off its fall program next week. The theme for the coming months — "Conflict and Amusement in America: How Can It Hurt If It's So Much Fun?"
| September 30, 2011
Maine sneaker-maker could provide military footwear
As the only remaining manufacturer of athletic shoes in the United States — with three factories in Maine and two in Massachusetts — New Balance wants government assurance that military servicemembers wear American-made sneakers, not ones that are made
Born in the USA
| September 23, 2011
Pingree advocates for raped veterans, gets results
The Department of Veterans' Affairs is taking steps to ensure that military sexual-assault and rape survivors have less of a hard time getting the benefits they deserve, according to US Representative Chellie Pingree, who represents Southern Maine in W
Clearing red tape
| July 15, 2011
Turning feminist theory into a visceral rape deterrent
In Africa, your vagina can get spikes for $2. No longer just a revenge dream, this device — called Rape-aXe — was actually distributed for free last year at the World Cup in South Africa.
| April 29, 2011
Review: Battle: Los Angeles
This alien-invasion thriller feels like something Jerry Bruckheimer might whip up if the Army asked him to take on its "Be All That You Can Be" campaign.
Jerry Bruckheimer's version of a "Be All You Can Be" PSA
| March 18, 2011
Review: A Marine's Guide to Fishing
On the one-year anniversary of a life-changing incident on a foreign battleground, a Marine (Matthew Pennington) begins to take up his old life again.
A snapshot of a returned veteran's life
| March 11, 2011
I was a teenage Sandinista
As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist opp
Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
| January 28, 2011
LePage's secret bankers
Paul LePage was making national headlines last week for all the wrong reasons: telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt" on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, dismissing the civil-rights organization as a "special interest" he won't be "held hosta
How much the governor really owes, and to which special-interest groups
| January 21, 2011
Review: Bangor artist Kenny Cole lights the 'Hellfire' at SPACE Gallery
"The Hellfire Story" is a tough pill to swallow.
When there's smoke
| November 26, 2010
Judge orders worldwide halt to Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Congress couldn't seal the deal at the end of last month, so a federal judge did today what Washington politicos couldn't: placed an injunction on...
| October 12, 2010
[live video] UPDATED: Lady Gaga on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" at Deering Oaks
That's right -- as we reported earlier, Lady Gaga has decided to get up on a soapbox about DADT at a Servicemembers Legal Defense Network...
| September 20, 2010
Review: The Tillman Story
An extraordinary convergence occurs about halfway through Amir Bar-Lev's infuriating, heartbreaking account of the life, death, and afterlife of NFL star turned problematic war hero Pat Tillman.
The fraud of war: a hero of our time
| September 03, 2010
Just a reprieve? Unless Republican leaders learn from the past, another Iraq is in our future
In his address to the nation Tuesday evening, discussing the end of American combat operations in Iraq, Barack Obama took great pains to be apolitical, nonjudgmental, and even gracious toward his predecessor.
In terms of foreign policy, the Republican Party remains unapologetically committed to Bush/Cheneyism
| September 03, 2010
The POW myth
Peter Kadzis, you should know better!
Letters to the Boston editor, August 27, 2010
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| August 27, 2010
Photos: Boston Marathon 2010
Candid shots of the Boston Marathon 2010.
Other sides of the Boston Marathon
| April 23, 2010
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