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US Marine graffiti crew tags Hyde Park

Props-aganda Dept.
This past week, the United States Marine Corps invaded Boston. Or, more accurately, they were invited into the community by Mayor Tom Menino to “showcase military equipment displays, perform community outreach projects, and honor local Marines during Marine Week Boston.”
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 13, 2010

Stars, bars, and open arms

Flags + Guns Dept.
The first thing I noticed when pulling into the Preble Street parking lot on Back Cove for last Sunday’s open-carry firearm event, which had been organized to encourage Mainers to legally wear their guns in public, was the Confederate flag.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 28, 2010

In the land of the stoner cops

On the front lines of Obama's campaign in Afghanistan
Major Jim Contreras was awaiting his marching orders. Literally.
By NIR ROSEN  |  March 01, 2010

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Review: Brothers

Maguire, Gyllenhaal go deer hunting
Operation Enduring Freedom seems to have replaced Vietnam as Hollywood's go-to military quagmire from which to dredge gut-wrenching meditations on the psychological carnage of war.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 09, 2009

Revisiting the greatest Harvard-Yale game

Crimson Bowl Over Dept.
It takes some doing to make Harvard look like an underdog in anything. But Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29 — Kevin Rafferty's 2008 movie (out now on DVD) and new book (released this past month) about the famous football rivalry — does just that.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 18, 2009

Robert McNamara, RIP

Memories of Vietnam should speed Obama's exit plans for Iraq and Afghanistan
As secretary of defense under President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert McNamara prosecuted the Vietnam War on a day-to-day basis, just as Donald Rumsfeld orchestrated the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for George W. Bush.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 08, 2009

Play by Play: June 5, 2009

Plays A to Z
Boston's theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 02, 2009

Play by play: May 29, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Boston's theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 27, 2009

Gulf War vet 'saved' by Phoenix article

Portland Marine Corps vet shares his heart-wrenching story
Yesterday, we published "Soldiers Committing Suicide," by Jason Notte, and just hours later, Mike Fitzgerald left our Portland editor a voicemail saying he's experiencing the same things a man described in the story had.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 17, 2009

Defy Shepard Fairey

Letters to the Boston editor, November 7, 2008
There is nothing radical about Shepard Fairey. There is nothing guerilla about Shepard Fairey.
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On the ground

A decade in the war on terror
Through journalistic instincts, hunches, and sheer luck, Dexter Filkins has, for the past ten years, managed to frequently be in the wrong place at the right time.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 05, 2008

Scars & stripes

American vets discover that their military uniforms — like their service — look better on paper
“Dude, that shit right there? That’s Iraq.”
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  September 25, 2008

Crossword: ''Shrinkage''

A few inches have been lost.
A few inches have been lost.
By MATT JONES  |  September 17, 2008

Khrushchev calls conflict a matter of protecting Russians

At press time, Russian President Dmitry edvedev declared a halt of military operations against the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  August 14, 2008

Criminal intent

Ed Burns on writing Iraq
Ed Burns — former Baltimore homicide detective, Vietnam vet, and long-time writing partner with David Simon, both on the The Wire  and on Generation Kill , spoke with the Phoenix about the new series.
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 07, 2008

The wages of war

The creators of The Wire take on Iraq in Generation Kill
The Iraq War poses a strange problem for the American public.
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 07, 2008

Bigmouth strikes again

Immortal Technique goes on the offensive
The few college students who don’t watch The Daily Show get their news from Immortal Technique.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2008

Thirteen ways of looking at ink

Reflections on a lifetime of personal connections with tattoos
Reflections on a lifetime of personal connections with tattoos
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  February 20, 2008

Iraq’s My Lai?

Looking at Haditha
Five years after the first bombs fell on Baghdad, the fog of war still roils thick in Iraq.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 12, 2008

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

Dark new wave

Contemporary Romanian cinema at the HFA
Every now and then, it happens: a new wave from where?
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  October 01, 2007

Taking sides

The Devil Came on Horseback; La faute à Fidel
Have you been remiss in taking a stand on the killing war in Darfur because the situation there seems too complex to understand?
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 15, 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

Cinema of Shadows

We’re five years into the Iraq crisis, and Hollywood hasn't made a film about the war. Or is  every film is about the war?
It’s not likely, but Judd Apatow’s pitch for Knocked Up might have sounded something like this.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 06, 2007

Faces of conflict

Marine Corps challenge anti-war vets
Each summer, it seems, the Iraq War springs another issue for the peace movement to rally around, symbolized by a specific face with a story to tell.
By IAN SANDS  |  June 06, 2007

Lapdog, meet watchdog

What’s gotten into the political press?
Hating the media has long been a popular pastime. But after the invasion of Iraq four years ago, anti-press animus reached a new level of intensity on the left. Feast or famine: Jack Shafer defends the press pre-Iraq. By Adam Reilly
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 21, 2007

Major embarrassment?

VIDEO: Michael Bronski assesses the gay-porn career of O'Reilly Factor fave Matt Sanchez
Matt Sanchez was a darling of the conservative media establishment, but then news broke that he was, only a few years ago, performing in famous gay porn films.
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  March 16, 2007

Rove’s footprints

 Where Karl goes, corruption is sure to follow. Plus, a solution to military immorality.
“Turd Blossom.” That’s what President Bush affectionately calls Karl Rove, his top political aide. It’s an apt nickname, especially these days.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 14, 2007

Crossword: 'You've been caught'

Be careful out there
Be careful out there
By MATT JONES  |  February 28, 2007

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