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U.S. Army Activities
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.
| October 14, 2009
Debating the Middle East muddle
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.
| June 17, 2009
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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.
| 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.
| 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.
| February 23, 2009
Review: Lark and Termite
"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.
| 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.
| August 06, 2008
Trying out an anti-demonstration ‘sonic cannon’
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.
| July 16, 2008
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.
| 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.
| 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.
| June 04, 2008
Twenty years pass, RI stays the same
Acclaim for dubious deeds is an Ocean State mainstay
Phillipe + Jorge were graciously asked to recall Rhode Island’s Monthly’s first dubious achievement-style Rhode Island Red Awards, as chosen in 1988 by your superior correspondents, during the mag’s 20th anniversary gala last week.
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| May 07, 2008
Body of War
Tomas Young volunteered for the US Army right after 9/11, hoping to be sent to Afghanistan and chase down Osama bin Laden.
| 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.
| 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.
| March 26, 2008
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.
| 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.
| January 14, 2008
Cutting off your taxes to spite Uncle Sam
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.
| 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?
| 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.
| July 25, 2007
Candidates' stances on the war in Iraq
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF
| July 11, 2007
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.
| January 29, 2009
Iraq War critics plan to greet Bush in Newport
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.
| June 20, 2007
The ‘War on Terror’ in Jenny Holzer’s declassified documents
Imagine that suicide bombers have just blasted three American shopping malls.
| 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.
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.
| 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.
| 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.
| March 09, 2007
Vicenza to Washngton: No thanks
By next Christmas, 40 percent of the British presence in Iraq is expected home.
MARY ANN SORRENTINO
| February 28, 2007
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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