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Undiscovered country

New Rep’s Eurydice, the ART’s Let Me Down Easy, SpeakEasy’s The Light in the Piazza
A young woman steps off the Elevator Styx into a Hades ruled by Pee-wee Herman.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 24, 2008

Stop the bastards!

African exiles get political.
If you’re unfamiliar with the history of Ethiopia, you’ll probably be lost. (Try skimming a summary before you go.)
By GREG COOK  |  July 08, 2008

Power outage

As South Africa celebrates 14 years of post-apartheid rule, AIDS and electricity could spark revolution
Damn it, I want to be optimistic. I have always seen my glass as half full and not half empty. Now I think it’s dry. I’ll check once the lights come on again.
By PETER-DIRK UYS  |  April 23, 2008


Liz Lerman and Sayat Nova
“Out of Darkness” worked under the assumption that remembered pain can be translated into effective stage action.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 27, 2008

Wings of desire

Samuel Bak’s ‘Remembering Angels’
Half a millennium after her birth, in the wake of world wars and genocides, she’s become timeless.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 30, 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

Diamonds in the rough

Holocaust survivor Meyer Hack kept a special collection of jewelry secret for 60 years
In 1941, 27-year-old Polish Jew Meyer Hack was deported to Auschwitz along with his mother, two sisters, and brother.
By IAN SANDS  |  January 17, 2008

Essence of place

A conversation with Alfredo Jaar
He spoke about his process creating public interventions, walking the audience through one of his best known projects, one concerning the genocide in Rwanda.
By IAN PAIGE  |  December 12, 2007

Darfur Now

A call to action
Theodore Braun’s probing documentary about the genocide crisis in Darfur takes a hopeful approach.
By TOM MEEK  |  December 05, 2007

Hell on earth

The Devil and Darfur
How does the Devil get his work done? With the greatest of ease, seems to be the answer.
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 27, 2007

Left behind

Human Rights film festival takes on the world
SPACE Gallery’s annual Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival, now in its sixth year, is the rare local film event as essential to movie buffs as it is to concerned citizens.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 07, 2007

Ordure in the court

Barbet Schroeder’s L’avocat de la terreur
“He couldn’t be a terrorist, living in a cellar and eating canned food,” says a perceptive friend of the notorious French attorney Jacques Vergès.
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 06, 2007

History and truth

Turkey needs to take responsibility for the Armenian genocide
It has been 92 years and there continues to be a reluctance (perhaps too gentle a word) to acknowledge that Turkey systematically killed a million and a half Armenians.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 17, 2007

Prescriptions for pot

It is time to make the medical use of marijuana legal. Plus, genocide and the ADL
Smoking a joint can be a better and more effective way of easing chronic pain than the use of prescription narcotics such as OxyContin and morphine.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 22, 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

The last Potter

What does the end mean for Harry’s strange Boston disciples?
The end is never easy, is it?
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 24, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: July 6, 2007

Washington is contagious
It is not easy being a US citizen with a conscience.

The debates so far

Why the Republican performance is so dangerous
Watching the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates debate this week in New Hampshire leaves an uncomfortable but undeniable impression.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 06, 2007

Darfur: The only hope

It is time for corporations and investors to disinvest in Sudan
The genocide in Darfur continues.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 16, 2007

September songs

Invincible Summer ; The Fantasticks ; I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda
“Try to remember the kind of September/When life was slow and oh, so mellow,” sings El Gallo at the top of The Fantasticks .
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2007

Beyond the Gates

It's weepy on the other side of the fence
As the end credits roll on Michael Caton-Jones’s film, the latest to deal with the Rwandan genocide, it’s hard not to tear up.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 29, 2007

Spring loaded

Working out the kinks
It’s spring, and Hollywood has to get the kinks out of its system before it can focus on the business at hand: the sequels of summer.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2007

God Grew Tired of Us

A devastating and uplifting documentary
Back in the ’80s, long before Darfur became a word linked with genocide in the Western media, the Islamic north waged a bloody campaign against the Christian farmers. Before there was darfur: Around the world. By Tom Meek.  
By TOM MEEK  |  January 17, 2007

The Rhoda Reaction

Why The Bad Seed teaches us more about “evil” than George W. Bush ever could
what are the causes of evil and how do we eradicate it — or at least keep it in abeyance?
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  December 20, 2006

The Mormonator

Mitt Romney’s blinding ambition. Plus, the inexplicable opposition to an Armenian-genocide memorial.
Political dynasties are as American as apple pie.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 30, 2006

My Chomsky

As the lefty linguist’s most recent book rises to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list, a partisan explains why Noam Chomsky’s all that
Had Groucho Marx been a Marxist and stopped in the middle of A Night at the Opera to praise Karl Marx, the effect might have been a little like that which greeted Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez after he lauded Noam Chomsky at the UN General Assembly last week. The Phoenix interviews Noam Chomsky (1999) Ali G interviews Noam Chomsky
By GEORGE SCIALABBA  |  September 27, 2006

Africans suffer while the world stands by

Despite the efforts of student activists, it’s hard to get Americans to care about death, rape, and disease in Sudan
Raised on a steady diet of “Never Again,” members of Brown University’s Darfur Action Network found it infuriating to watch the international community stand idly by as murder and rape in Darfur continued unabated.
By ALEXANDER PROVAN  |  June 07, 2006

Political raps

The Coup pick a bigger weapon
You can’t say a guy who blasts out of the starting gate with a song called “Kill My Landlord” and, then, eight years later, comes up with a riveting, darkly humorous rap titled “5 Million Ways To Kill a CEO” doesn’t have murder on his mind.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 16, 2006

Sisters In Law

Pleasant doc captures progressivism in a Cameroon court
Genocide, famine, injustice — that’s what we’ve come to expect from documentaries about Africa.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 03, 2006

Rebels with a cause

Students stand up for the people of Darfur
Unlike the war in Iraq, or the BU-biolab controversy, or immigrant rights, the fight to end genocide in Darfur — in which more than 300,000 have died, and 3.5 million are suffering violence and starvation — has brought out a cohesive movement of student activists.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 26, 2006

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