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The spectacle of terror

Why the attacks in Mumbai constitute a terrible threat
Images are weapons as real as bullets and bombs.
By EDITORIAL  |  December 05, 2008

Ends of the earth

The 20th Boston Jewish Film Festival reaches deep and far
Now in its 20th incarnation, the Boston Jewish Film Festival is almost the oldest three-ring circus of its kind (San Francisco’s annual program got there first by nine years), and in that span we’ve seen the elusive idea of “Jewish film” become an institution.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 07, 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

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

The Beehive

Boho chic never tasted so good
This is the kind of restaurant that I’ve always loved and haven’t found in a long time.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 26, 2007

Four years later

Bush's bullshit
In the aftermath of a surprise attack by Egypt and Syria that overwhelmed Israeli forces in 1973, a special commission was convened to determine what went wrong.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 02, 2007

Sex, Iraq, and pop culture

The war for our attention
How many times a day do you think about sex? How many times a day do you think about the war in Iraq?
By ELLEE DEAN  |  January 11, 2007

Go for the gelt

Romney woos the jews. Plus, The Mass GOP fails to anoint a leader; negative funding in ’06; and a slow start to the at-large city council field
Much has been made of how Mitt Romney has been courting evangelical-Christian support for his presidential ambitions. But Romney is also seeking friends — and, more important, money — among Jews.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 10, 2007

Shooting under fire

Life during wartime: My summer in Israel
What began as an exotic summer job — shooting for the Israel-based photo agency Flash 90 — ended up being a crash course in combat journalism. Audio slideshow: Phil Sussman's photographs of Israel
By PHIL SUSSMAN  |  October 04, 2006

I ruined Stephen Colbert's coffee

Behind the scenes at Comedy Central
It’s 11:39 pm on June 26, and my cell phone is about to explode.
By SEAN BARTLETT  |  September 28, 2006

Rethinking 9/11

Eleven thinkers reflect on how their ideas have changed since September 11
The Phoenix decided to ask ten people prominent in a range of fields a question.
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  September 11, 2006

Conspiracy of silence

Letters to the Boston Editor: September 1, 2006
Your editorial on  security in the US post-9/11  made me angry enough to actually write back.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 30, 2006

Good night, Mr. White

A fond farewell to a local legend  
Phillipe and Jorge were mightily saddened last week when we learned of the death of longtime friend, confidante, and jokester Doug White right after our deadline.
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 23, 2006


Why we are no safer today than we were before 9/11
The mainstream media has more or less treated the news that a group of British-based Islamist terrorists planned to blow up as many as ten airliners with colorless liquid explosives as the planes cruised over the Atlantic as a new development. It isn’t.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 22, 2006

All around town

Letters to the Boston editor, August 18, 2006
Letters to the Boston editor, August 18, 2006
By PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 17, 2006

The real anti-Hillary stands up

John Edwards stakes his claim
According to John Edwards, America has too many politicians (focus-grouped, poll-obsessed, expedient) and not enough leaders (principled, candid, sincere).
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 27, 2008

Taking sides

Letters to the Boston editor: August 11, 2006
I want to congratulate you on your brave and wise editorial called, fittingly, “ The Brutal Truth .”
By EDITORIAL  |  August 09, 2006

The face of war

Hezbollah’s agenda is single-minded: destroy any hope for peace
Meet Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, chief of Hezbollah and — as such — the culprit most responsible for triggering the latest war in the Middle East.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 07, 2006

Getting oiled up

Gouging on gas prices should outrage our elected officials
Phillipe & Jorge rarely have reason to scream at our Congressional delegation.
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 02, 2006

The brutal truth

Hezbollah and Hamas, Iran and Syria — not Israel — are to blame for the unexpected war in the Middle East
The carnage is due to the aggression — the terror — of Hamas and Hezbollah, groups that at best are dedicated to the destruction of Israel and at worst want to kill as many Jews in the Middle East as they can.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 28, 2006

What smell?

2006: A second-quarter scorecard — summer fiction bonanza
It’s always summer to George W. Bush, our lazy, hazy, crazy commander in chief who puts in shorter presidential work weeks than Woodrow Wilson did after he was paralyzed by a stroke.
By BARRY CRIMMINS  |  July 28, 2006

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