War and Conflict

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Video: CSU block party enhances party school rep -- until the cops drop the tear gas

    The 2011 Ram's Pointe bash, which drew thousands and led to the arrest of two football players, put CSU on the underrated party school map. Now, thanks to a massive block party this weekend, this reputation is getting harder to ignore, especially given a police response that included flashbangs and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Najibullah Zazi, beauty-school bomber, helps convict his co-conspirator

    Eric Holder called it the most serious terror threat to the United States since 9/11. And the bombs that could have blown up New York's subway system got their start in Denver beauty-supply stores, where Najibullah Zazi bought the ingredients to make homemade detonators. But that plot exploded, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Najibullah Zazi, beauty-supply bomber, testifies at terrorism trial

    The story seemed too crazy to be true: A DIA shuttle driver conspiring to blow up New York's subway system with bombs made from components found in Aurora beauty-supply stores? But after days of questioning in September 2009, 26-year-old Najibullah Zazi was indicted and shipped off to New York, wher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Najibullah Zazi's classmate and alleged co-conspirator goes on trial today

    Terrorism hit close to home in September 2009, when Aurora resident Najibullah Zazi, an airport shuttle driver, was indicted for being part of a conspiracy to bomb the subways of New York -- with homemade bombs concocted from ingredients he'd purchased at local beauty supply stores. In February 2010 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Five better ways to help Uganda than watching the Kony 2012 viral video

    By now your Facebook page has probably exploded with friends' posts of the viral video Kony2012. If you're one of the few who hasn't yet seen the video or read the hash tag on Twitter, Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) of Uganda. He's been terrorizing Uganda and Southern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Blago in Colorado? If so, FCI Englewood says he won't find country club

    Rod Blagojevich.​Word has it that disgraced but nicely coiffed former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich would like to complete his prison sentence at FCI Englewood, a facility Forbes called one of the best places to serve time a few years back. But ask about its reputation as a country club p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Win tickets to the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival this Sunday up in Lyons

    See the Civil Wars with Jackson Browne, Danielle Ate the Sandwich and more​Aw, what's the matter? Why the long face? Ah, yes, you were hoping to see the Civil Wars this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, but it's sold out. Bummer. Here's something that should turn your frown upside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Chris Combs on Race Riot Suite, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's forthcoming new album

    ​Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (due at Dazzle tomorrow and Thursday) has just made an important record. Just how important remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: When this quartet of proud Oklahomans turns its attention to one of its state's most shameful events, the musical results are elect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Tom Tancredo is glad that it's Osama, not Obama, who's dead. Really!

    Tom Tancredo​While Governor John Hickenlooper was tangling with legislative leaders Tuesday, Tom Tancredo, the renegade candidate who got 36 percent of the vote in the gubernatorial race last November, was tangling with MSNBC host Martin Bashir. Who won? You be the judge.

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Reader: Department of Homeland Security's terrorism video uses fear to try to control us

    ​Our post yesterday about Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's visit to Denver to promote the expansion into Colorado of the "If You See Something, Say Something" anti-terrorism campaign drew a strong response from one reader, who sees terrorists as only the latest in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Top 3 Colorado terrorists: No wonder Janet Napolitano is coming to town

    Jihad Jamie.​Janet Napolitano is in town today for the National Fusion Center Conference, a meeting of the country's joint intelligence centers. Not included in that local fusion lineup are some of our homegrown terrorism experts, including John Elway, who narrated "8 Signs of Terrorism," a fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Tonight: Catch a $10 preview of the B-Team, starring a bunch of white guys

    ​Some directors might get a hold of the script for David Holstein's The B-Team -- about a group of second-string terrorists who fail at everything they try -- and think, "A play about Pakistani terrorists must be cast by Pakistani-Americans. Obviously. Of course." But not Jeremy Make. No, he c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Rupert Murdoch craps on journalism again: The Sun admits to making up front-page story

    ​It's almost an affront to the word "news" that the Rupert Murdoch-owned umbrella conglomerate that oversees media outlets like Fox News and the UK's The Sun is generically called News Corporation, since that term generally implies facts. Facts, however, have never been the specialty of either ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Osama-hunter Gary Faulkner, 2010 Shmuck of the Year nominee

    Gary Faulkner.​Westword is asking readers to help us select a Shmuck of the Year by rolling out a new candidate each week throughout the month of December. The winner -- loser -- will be announced on January 3. Our first two candidates were Josh McDaniels and Scott McInnis. This week, say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Scott McInnis: Keep Medal of Honor video game off the shelves

    Scott McInnis.​Scott McInnis may have lost his bid to be the next Governor of Colorado, but that won't stop him from leveraging his political weight. Today he sent a letter to the President of the Colorado Retailers Association, Christopher Howes, in an attempt to keep a new Medal of Honor vid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Columbine shootings an example of Christian killings, says Tavis Smiley

    Tavis Smiley has a new take on Columbine.​More than a decade after the attack on Columbine, the high school's name remains a buzz word -- and an infinitely flexible one. Example: Public Broadcast Service talk-show host Tavis Smiley used the massacre as an example of violence done by Christian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Jihad Jamie a boon to Leadville tourism: Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario

    Since her compelling story touches on all of America's hot-button issues, from giving birth to an illegal immigrant's son to on-line Al-Qaeda chats, Terrorist Mom could really be an economic boon to this tiny mountain town... ​ Inspired by Jihad Jamie Paulin-Ramirez's love of wearing Islamic d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Party time in Fort Collins after CSU beat CU -- and before the rubber bullets started flying

    Last night, Colorado State University fans descended on downtown Fort Collins to celebrate the Rams' out-of-the-blue 23-17 victory over the heavily favored CU Buffs in this year's Rocky Mountain Showdown. But what began as a good time devolved into a bummer when cops used rubber bullets to disperse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Big House on the prairie

    ​On January 22, new President Barack Obama signed an executive order promising that Guantanamo would go -- within a year. But closing the prison in Cuba -- and figuring out where to put the 229 suspected terrorists now held there -- has proved complicated. Moving at least some of them to facil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: The terror!

    It's official: Hillary Clinton yesterday confirmed that the Obama administration is no longer fighting a "War on Terror" in its battle against al-Qaeda and militant Islam. So are those prisoners still incarcerated in Gitmo considered "terrorists"? Some of those prisoners could soon be living at Sup ... More >>

  • Music

    August 28, 2008

    Car Bomb

    Friday, August 29, Oriental Theater, 1-866-455-2263.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Rollin’ Rockies takes on the Air Force

    The Rollin' Rockies. Sure, Colorado’s Major League Rockies may be mired in mediocrity this year, but this city’s other Rockies team – the Rollin’ Rockies Colorado Wheelchair Softball team – have lately been dominating the diamond. The Rollin’ Rockies, founded in 1996 to provide Colora ... More >>

  • Film

    March 27, 2008


    Iraq War movie Stop-Loss does its best not to mention the war.

  • News

    October 25, 2007

    Blackwater Isn't the Only Security Contractor With Something to Hide

    A Denver court case reveals dirty trade secrets from the business of war in Iraq.

  • Film

    September 20, 2007

    The Hunting Party

    Two hardened journalists and a newbie go after a war criminal in this dark and dirty winner.

  • Film

    August 23, 2007

    No End in Sight

    Breaking out of the pack of Iraq war docs, No End in Sight devastates.

  • Film

    June 7, 2007

    Day Night Day Night

    A young, female, would-be suicide bomber prepares to detonate her cause unknown in the harrowing Day Night.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2006
  • Blogs

    April 28, 2006

    Terrorist Likes Us, He Really Likes Us

    Denver's about to get The Real World, but four years ago we had a shot at getting a much bigger piece of a world that was -- and remains -- all too painfully real. "In the name of Allah," began the 29-page, handwritten pleading filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on ... More >>

  • Music

    April 27, 2006

    The Coup

    Pick a Bigger Weapon (Epitaph)

  • Film

    November 17, 2005

    Last Laugh

    Paradise Now finds humor in the mission of suicide bombers.

  • Culture

    March 17, 2005

    Examining 9/11

    Next Stage probes everyday reality in Recent Tragic Events.

  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    I Am the World Trade Center

    The Cover Up (Gammon Records)

  • Film

    June 3, 2004
  • Film

    April 15, 2004
  • Film

    November 13, 2003

    Flick Pick

    Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

  • Film

    May 15, 2003

    Terror Firmer

    In The Dancer Upstairs, Bardem is the calm amid the political storm.

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2003

    Best Sophomore Non-Fiction Book

    Blood Diamonds
    Greg Campbell

  • Goods & Services

    March 27, 2003

    Best Recycled Recycling Information

    Second Life for Stuff in Denver
    Sally Kurtzman

  • News

    September 5, 2002

    We Are the World

    It's business as usual at the World Trade Center.

  • Calendar

    April 4, 2002
  • Culture

    January 3, 2002

    Rescue 9/11

    This year, a handful of shows provided the healing power of laughter.

  • Music

    November 15, 2001

    Laurie Anderson

    Life on a String (Nonesuch)

  • News

    November 15, 2001

    Hot Target

    The Rocky Flats Web site is dark -- but terrorists may already have a blueprint for the former nukes plant.

  • Culture

    November 1, 2001

    Hell of a Long Day

    24 has been the most talked-about show of the season, and for all the wrong reasons.

  • Culture

    October 4, 2001

    The Brave & the Bold

    On September 11, the world needed superheroes. It found them not in comic books, but in real life.

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    A Plague on All Your Houses

    Denver readies itself for a bio-bomb but is the federal program behind this exercise a dud?

  • News

    February 11, 1999
  • News

    January 8, 1998

    End-of-School Sale

    How a mad dash to a Wyoming arms dealer helped Boulder quell its riots.

  • News

    June 7, 1995



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