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Afghanistan: Just say no!

Plus, Obama and the Nobel
The idea that the war in Afghanistan has reached a critical junction, a “now-or-never” moment that requires an additional 40,000 troops to win, is rubbish.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 14, 2009

Debating the Middle East muddle

Global Politics
US military aid to Pakistan and Afghanistan is being wasted and should be redirected to the police and moderate non-violent groups working for education and the rule of law, according to two Middle East experts who spoke Sunday at the Community Church of Providence.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  June 17, 2009

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Culture wars

The Army's controversial anthropology program
American anthropologist Paula Loyd was in Afghanistan, discussing living costs with a local man when suddenly he doused her with fuel from a jug he was carrying and set her on fire.
By PETER PIATETSKY  |  March 16, 2009

Soldiers committing suicide

US troops are killing themselves in record numbers
On July 22, 2004, unable to handle the intensity anymore — the daily vomiting, the feeling that he was a murderer — Lucey wrapped a garden hose around his neck and hanged himself.
By JASON NOTTE  |  March 17, 2009

Examining the state of Iraq's democracy

Only eight candidates for office were murdered during this year's campaigning, down from 200 in 2005
Why don't people laugh out loud, or at least guffaw, when they hear about US troops overseas assisting elections? Too many US states and municipalities have dysfunctional voting systems for us to be proudly tutoring anyone else.
By ANDISHEH NOURAEE  |  February 23, 2009

Review: Lark and Termite

Total immersion
"Language Immersion" is the name of a program set up by the US Army in Korea just prior to the North's invasion of the South.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2009

In harm's way

The tragedy of Rakan Hassan and the impossibility of a Hippocratic Oath for journalists
Most of the job-related fears that keep journalists up at night are relatively mundane, but on rare occasions, a more ominous scenario presents itself.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 06, 2008

Trying out an anti-demonstration ‘sonic cannon’

Non-lethal weapons
The Maine Marine Patrol is considering purchasing a “sonic cannon” capable of broadcasting earsplitting, “disorienting” sounds, like those that have been used to break up peaceful demonstrations in public spaces in Iraq and the country of Georgia.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 16, 2008

Reality bites

Will Obama make good on his plan to exit Iraq by 2010? Don’t bet on it.
The war in Iraq has been on the back burner of the American political scene for some time.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 09, 2008

A night in Guantánamo

Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 18, 2008

March to war

Why isn’t the press paying more attention to a possible attack on Iran?
During the course of two weeks in May, America’s top-ranking military officer went from warning that war with Iran could cripple the US military to rattling his saber at Tehran.
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 04, 2008

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Body of War

Poetic Americana
Tomas Young volunteered for the US Army right after 9/11, hoping to be sent to Afghanistan and chase down Osama bin Laden.
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2008

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

What happened to Bush’s responsibility for the war?

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

The outsiders

None of Maine’s indy candidates can win a seat in the US Senate, but they will have a say in who does
Just a few months ago, the story-line of Maine’s 2008 US Senate race seemed inevitable.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 05, 2008

Defending the universally loathed

The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 14, 2008

Cutting off your taxes to spite Uncle Sam

W-4 Peace
Take Larry Dansinger, who lives in Monroe, and who has withheld some or all of his owed taxes for years in opposition to US military action and policy.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 31, 2007

Rent a war

The real significance of hired guns in Iraq. Plus, combating Ann Coulter.
Wonder why the Iraq government changed its mind about expelling Blackwater, the rent-a-soldier company whose employees killed 17 civilians this past month?
By EDITORIAL  |  October 17, 2007

Pop goes to war

Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 25, 2007

Bacevich’s war

The politics of personal tragedy
Eight days after 9/11, NPR broadcast a commentary by Andrew J. Bacevich, a Vietnam War veteran, former Army colonel, and professor of international relations at BU.
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 29, 2009

Iraq War critics plan to greet Bush in Newport

Dissenting voices
Now that President Bush is finally scheduled to make a visit, members of the local peace movement hope to remind him of ongoing opposition to the war in Iraq.
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 20, 2007

Fighting words

The ‘War on Terror’ in Jenny Holzer’s declassified documents
Imagine that suicide bombers have just blasted three American shopping malls.
By GREG COOK  |  May 29, 2007

Why are some lives more important than others?

Friendly-fire deaths represent just one percent of US military casualties in Iraq, according to figures provided by our government.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 11, 2007


Two novels about the war at home
It’s perhaps understandable that what we think of as “the war novel” has become synonymous with stories set in the midst of combat.
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  April 10, 2007

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

It came from the sink

Bong Joon-ho stirs up the muck in The Host
Drainage spawns a genetic mutation — part salamander, part fish, part . . . vagina dentata? — that emerges from the Han’s banks.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 09, 2007

Vicenza to Washngton: No thanks

Americans abroad
By next Christmas, 40 percent of the British presence in Iraq is expected home.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  February 28, 2007

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