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Top 4 Diplomatic Strategies

Hoopleville
A missive from the super-secret State Department.
By DAVID KISH  |  April 06, 2011
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Just a reprieve? Unless Republican leaders learn from the past, another Iraq is in our future

In terms of foreign policy, the Republican Party remains unapologetically committed to Bush/Cheneyism
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.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 01, 2010
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The question of Iran

Plus, Tim Flaherty for State Senator
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 softening up public opinion for a war they seem to think is inevitable.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 07, 2010
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Down ballot drama

Important races to watch in '10
The race for governor and the scramble to replace retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy have obsessed Rhode Island's chattering class. But all the talk has obscured an intriguing set of "down ballot" races for lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, and secretary of state.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 10, 2010

21st century breakdown

Ne'er has there been a sweeter gig than being secretary
The office of Maine's secretary of state has been around since we split from Massachusetts in 1820.
By AL DIAMON  |  January 06, 2010

Conservation in Copenhagen

Going Green
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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 04, 2009
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Ganging up on teens

Gang-member profiling in Somerville
On March 10, Somerville police, responding to reports of a large fight near Pearl Street and McGrath Highway, stopped six teenage boys walking in the area.
By DANIELLE DREILINGER  |  April 08, 2009
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She's back - almost

Why Clinton's appointment is good for Obama. Plus, better Boston graduates.
Why Clinton's appointment is good for Obama. Plus, better Boston graduates.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 24, 2008

A tale of two views of America

Letter From Italy
On a hot summer night, at a gala at Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy’s ongoing love affair with America was renewed.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 24, 2008
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Mao's ghost

The spirit of the chairman haunts the Beijing Olympics
When the 21st century is old enough to support a sense of historical perspective, the date 8/8/08 may well be more significant than 9/11.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 08, 2008

Licensed to ill

Politics and other mistakes
I’m devoting this column to my plan to improve state government in one simple step: Fire Matthew Dunlap.
By AL DIAMON  |  July 09, 2008
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Trapped in Iraq

After suffering through the Petraeus hearings, it’s time for Congress to take responsibility for our sinkhole war.
Watching the Senate Armed Services and the Foreign Relations Committees question Iraq proconsul General David Petraeus about the status of the war was a disturbing experience.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 09, 2008
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RI DOT marks the spot

A veritable treasure trove of dubious state doings
Just when you think questionable doings couldn’t get any more questionable in Rhode Island, along comes the state Department of Transportation.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 2008
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What happened to Bush’s responsibility for the war?

Iraq
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know how the American effort in Iraq was badly botched from the start.
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008
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Reignite your rage

Bush’s War  almost tells the whole story
It’s tempting, five years into the Iraq War, to regard that conflict with fatalistic resignation.
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 18, 2008

A child of Hitler

Growing up in the Third Reich (a memoir)
This article originally appeared in the February 1, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By ALFONS HECK  |  January 30, 2008
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Peace meal

His Name Is Alive are alive and well
Open-eared rockers often pay lip service to outré jazz figures, but this HNIA exploration is deeper and more selfless than the usual soundboy dabbling.
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  January 14, 2008
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Shameless

Mitt Romney is a liar, and Republican voters deserve better.
Members of the GOP must reject the shameless, dishonorable, dishonest former governor of Massachusetts, Willard Mitt Romney.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 09, 2008
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A tragicomedy of errors

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
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.
By CRAIG UNGER  |  November 20, 2007

An unprecedented crime

Mass torture in America. And how to stop it
I have a true ghost story to tell: the story of 35,000 ghosts in America, the largely invisible inmates of our solitary-confinement “supermax” prisons.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 14, 2007
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Nixon being Nixon

Gamm’s funny night at the White House
Nixon’s Nixon is to Richard Nixon what Dante’s Inferno was to Satan, though less sympathetic.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2007

September 15, 2007

Saturday
Saturday
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  September 13, 2007
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Killing the deity

Waterville author takes atheism one step further
In God is Dead ’s title story, God is searching — for unapparent reasons — for a boy named Thomas Mawien.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 05, 2007
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Opening soon: One Longfellow Square

Venue watch
Longfellow’s statue is looking in the right direction, keeping his eyes on the former Center for Cultural Exchange.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 21, 2007
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Bush's secret army

Meet the American mercenaries of Blackwater, who fight outside of the law and take direction from the radical Christian right
The 9/11 attacks provided a catalyst: an unprecedented justification to forge ahead with a radical agenda molded by a small cadre of neoconservative operatives.
By JEREMY SCAHILL  |  March 21, 2007

One day, it will please us to remember even this

Politics and other mistakes
Try these Maine political trivia questions on your friends.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 28, 2007
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The song remains the same

Did last weekend’s march on Washington mark a new surge in street activism or the waning of an old-school protest style?
At one point early on in last weekend’s anti-war rally in Washington, DC, a speaker instructed the crowd, which was facing en masse toward the Capitol Building, to turn around and look in the other direction — toward the White House, the State Department, the Justice Department, and the Pentagon — and then to turn back around. Slideshow: Images from the January 27th march on Washington, DC. Photos by Matthew Craig
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 31, 2007
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Got Members?

RI is overrun by archaic boards and commissions
Post-9/11 Rhode Island has only one state Emergency Management board, while a 1995 statutory commission to examine workplace sexual harassment remains inactive.  
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 31, 2007
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2007: Same as the old year

Relatives of Cicilline and Mollis continue the Vo Dilun tradition
And they are off and running, in the 2007 edition of “How Can We Embarrass Little Rhody Even More?”
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  January 11, 2007
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For Mollis and Cicilline, it’s all relative

Talking politics
Is it something in the water?
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 10, 2007

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