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News, Matt Smith

The End of Our Progress

Art Agnos, the old political lion many lefties had pegged as the best possible hope for unseating the incumbent mayor, arrived here last month in a city he hardly recognized following a stay in Sierra Leone. "Twenty-five percent of children…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Diamonds in the Rough

Diamonds in the Rough

Blood Diamond (Warner Bros.) Ed Zwick's Blood Diamond, about the civil war over diamonds that devastated Sierra Leone in the late 1990s, plays like a guilt-ridden Jerry Bruckheimer movie. It's little more than action-adventure pulp drenched in someone else's blood…
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Film, Say It With Diamonds?

Say It With Diamonds?

"T.I.A.," mutters Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), slouched across a bar in Sierra Leone. It is 1999. As the West obsesses over Clinton's blowjob, the West African nation is mired in a savage civil war. Our hero, a world-weary soldier of…
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